May 2008

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“This is the worst kind of social and military intervention that turns the world against the United States.” – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) commenting on the Merida Initiative, a military-based foreign aid package for Mexico and Central America. Learn more about the Merida Initiative.

Campsite D to Church X 12.5 miles (Four water stops, three full stops) After yesterday, every walk from here on out will seem short!  We still have a full morning’s walk, nevertheless, though our destination today is a church, not a campsite as it has been every other day so far.

Campsite C to Campsite D 15.9 miles (Five water stops, five full stops) We walk almost 16 miles, the longest day on the Migrant Trail.  Though the mid-afternoon sun beat down on us as we finish the day’s journey, we are consoled in the evening by our first (and only shower on the trail).

Campsite B to Campsite C 10.8 miles (Four water stops, three full stops) We have a shorter walk today, and we set up camp around noon.  Our feet are tired, and we haven’t showered since Sunday, but the donated food and the van carrying our belongings remind us of how well off we still are.

“It isn’t just a matter of fair trade coffee at your local Starbucks.” — Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) commenting on the need for consumers to actively care about the labor conditions that produce their food. For more information on fairness in U.S. fields, visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.