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#DoYouSeeMe? March to create awareness through downtown Philly!

Posted: October 02, 2015

After listening to a variety of presentations, testimonials and small group table discussion, it was time to hit the streets!  Because the schedule got adjusted, I wasn't able to speak again to WCCO Talk Radio Show host John Williams  (our first interview took place the Wednesday before we left). About 300 members of PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) marched the streets to bring awareness to those who are not seen or heard by our society - the very people Pope Francis is encouraging each of us to encounter as we live out our faith!

At each of the four stops, a member of our group shared a personal testimony connected with issues concerning immigration, incarceration, economic inequality and racism. Here are a few photos...

First stop where we got down on our knees and prayed for the conversion and transformation of those who are overlooked by our society... 

First stop where we got down on our knees and prayed for the conversion and transformation of those who are overlooked by our society... 

Second stop along our march where individuals inside the federal detention building were awaiting deportation, saw and heard us chanting "Do you see me?" and responded by tapping on the windows, at which we responded - "We see you!" "We see you!"  Powerful!

Second stop along our march where individuals inside the federal detention building were awaiting deportation, saw and heard us chanting "Do you see me?" and responded by tapping on the windows, at which we responded - "We see you!" "We see you!"  Powerful!

Third stop where a former Philly airport security screener shared her story about how she was fired for requesting to leave her post after receiving a phone call that her infant daughter was being rushed to the hospital... 

Third stop where a former Philly airport security screener shared her story about how she was fired for requesting to leave her post after receiving a phone call that her infant daughter was being rushed to the hospital... 

Our final stop included a testimonial by Rev. Traci Blackmon from Christ the King United Church of Christ (Ferguson, MO), which ended in a prayer vigil for all those whose lives have been lost and changed by racism.  

Our final stop included a testimonial by Rev. Traci Blackmon from Christ the King United Church of Christ (Ferguson, MO), which ended in a prayer vigil for all those whose lives have been lost and changed by racism.