Sindhi Foundation planning 350-mile march to raise environmental and human rights awareness

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An image advertizing the Long Walk being planned by the Sindhi Foundation. Photof: courtesy Sindhi Foundation.

The Sindhi Foundation is planning to conduct a 350-mile march across the East Coast of America next month to continue advocating against human rights violations, the climate crisis and environmental injustices.

The march named ‘The Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love’ will begin at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on April 7, 2021, and will end in Washington D.C. on April 29, according to a press release from the Sindhi Foundation.

Organizers said the Long Walk has received additional backing from Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, Congressman Brad Sherman, D-California, and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York.

In addition, a video message from Congressman Adam Schiff, D-California, a member of the Congressional Sindh Caucus since 2010, is quoted is quoted from in the press release, saying, “I have had the honor of getting to know more about the Sindhi people and their peaceful and inclusive culture. I am also deeply concerned to see the trends of human rights abuses in Sindh province, including disappearances, torture, forced conversions and extrajudicial killings. I hope that the Long Walk can raise awareness for these crimes and bring peace and justice to Sindh. I am with you as well in your efforts to call for action on climate change and environmental justice.”

Several volunteers and delegates will gather at various stops as they cross through five states by foot: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Along the route participants will meet with community members, human rights groups, and political leaders who back the fundamental cause, according to the release.

After completing the journey in Washington, D.C., participants will hold an event between Long Walk affiliates and congressional members of the United States Congress.

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