Details for Pilgrims: Schedule & Logistics

We are so grateful that you are joining the ECCO’s Solidarity PIlgrimage for Immigrant Justice.  We anticipate it to be a powerful and important experience - and there are a lot of logistics and coordination needed to make it work as a visible testimony and a safe journey for all participants.  We will do our best to keep you informed and ask you to do your best to cooperate, collaborate, and come on time to make our journey a success. Below is some key information about the Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Point People
To contact people on the pilgrimage itself, especially to meet up with folks along the journey, contact Rev. Andre Bennett at ‭(978) 401-1763 or Gini von Courter at (231) 218-3798‬.  They can help connect you with the right person..

Daily Schedule 

  • 7:15am - Breakfast

  • 8:00am - Day walkers arrive, all bags must be in the van

  • 8:30am - Depart

  • Day of walking - playing it by ear, with rest and snack breaks along the way! Lunch sites have been scouted.  

  • 7:00pm - Dinner

Exceptions to the Daily Schedule

  • On Monday, we will begin with an opening rally at 10:00am at the JFK Building in Boston, and will conclude with our evening gathering at 7:00pm at St. Stephen’s in Lynn.  

  • On Wednesday, we will walk three miles, then be shuttled in cars through an unsafe part of the route (on Rte 1) that is illegal to traverse, and then we will walk the final five miles. We may arrive early or take a long break in the middle. Call the contacts if you want to meet us along the way!

  • The Friday evening event will be at 6:30pm; there is an optional candlelight vigil at the detention center from 9-10pm.

  • On Saturday, the closing event will begin at 3pm and will end by 4:30pm.

  • There will not be public evening events on Tuesday-Thursday.

Schedule of the Week

  • Monday, August 19, 2019

    • Depart - JFK Federal Building, 15 Sudbury Street, Boston, 10:00am Kickoff Rally

    • Arrive - St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Lynn, MA

  •  Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    • Depart - St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Lynn, MA

    • Arrive - Northshore UU Society, 323 Locust St., Danvers, MA 

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    • Depart - Northshore UU Society, 323 Locust St., Danvers, MA

    • Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St, Newburyport, MA 

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019

    • Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St, Newburyport, MA 

    • Christ Church Episcopal, 43 Pine St, Exeter, NH 

  •  Friday, August 23, 2019

    • Christ Church Episcopal, 43 Pine St, Exeter, NH 

    • Lee Congregational Church, 17 Mast Road, Lee, N.H.

  • Saturday, August 24, 2019

    • Lee Traffic Circle, Lee, N.H.

    • Strafford County Department of Corrections, 266 County Farm Road,Dover, N.H. 

Meals, water and snacks will be provided by our host churches.  If you have dietary restrictions or particular food needs, please consider bringing some items along that will sustain you.  We are asking host churches to provide a vegetarian option for each meal. 

Info for Day Walkers
Walkers will be meeting at 8:00am each morning and meeting at the evening site each night at 7:00pm

If you want to join later than 8:00am, please contact Rev. André Bennett at ‭(978) 401-1763‬ or Gini von Courter at (231) 218-3798 and they can tell you where to meet (or connect you with the right person who can tell you that info).

For Overnight Pilgrims
Baggage/What to Pack
We will transport each pilgrim’s luggage to the next site.  You must have your things packed and at the van at 8:00am each day.  (Note: You may drop your bags at St. Stephen’s on Monday morning before the rally in Boston between 7-8:30am or bring your things to Boston, where the van can take them from there.)

Please bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, camp towels, air mattresses - we don’t have tons of room so please pack thoughtfully and minimally.

 Please pack a water bottle and bandaids/moleskin/tape for your feet - this is a long, hot walk, your feet will feel it.

We have access to showers at a few of the churches - but come thinking about this as a wilderness camping experience and then you won’t be disappointed.

Host churches will have bathrooms and there are plenty of bathrooms along the way.