“Walk a mile in my shoes.”
We’ve all heard this old admonition, which is associated with developing empathy and understanding for another’s perspective, position, or point of view.
But next week, I’m taking the phrase literally.
Beginning on Monday, May 28, I’ll be joining El Coalición de Derechos Humanos (The Human Rights Coalition) for the annual Walk for Life on the Migrant Trail to honor and raise awareness about the men, women and children who have struggled and lost their lives during their migration to the United States. The 75-mile trek through the Sonoran desert will take a week to complete and will culminate in a celebration in Tucson, Ariz., on June 3. If you are in the area, I invite you to join me at Kennedy Park at 11:30 a.m. that day.
I hope to send occasional photos and reflections from the trail (as technology allows) and plan to blog about the experience upon my return. In the meantime, I ask that you join in solidarity with me—and those for whom this hike is meant to honor—and consider the ways in which good people across the nation can and should respond, in love and compassion, to this phenomenon that too often ends in tragedy.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this important journey.