Walk for Immigrant NY 2011

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On September 17th, over 500 people from each of New York’s five boroughs as well as Long Island will convene on Queens’ Northern Playground in Jackson Heights for the Walk for Immigrant New York, a chance to celebrate and support New York’s immigrant communities.

The goal this year is to raise $75,000 to help the Make the Road New York (MRNY), the largest participatory immigrant organization in New York City, which takes its title from poet Antonio Machado, who wrote: “Searcher, there is no road. We make the road by walking.” MRNY works to both help immigrants directly by providing youth development, adult education, and legal and support services, but also on a broader scaled through community organizing and policy advocacy, recently becoming involved in a number of discussions on local and national immigration policies.

The walk proceeds to Hinton Park, where walkers will be met by with food and a performance from marimba players Diego Obregon/Grupo Chonta. So head over to the walk’s site to register or to sponsor (or both!) and help support this wonderful organization.