Thirty-six college students from around the country are walking coast-to-coast across the United States and Canada to spread the pro-life message.The group is walking as part of the Crossroads organization. Students are wearing tee-shirts with “pro-life” in giant letters to attract attention. They are expected in North Platte sometime between Friday, June 27 and Sunday, June 29.
They will speak at parishes along the way, with media, and those they meet in passing. Other duties include praying and counseling outside of abortion clinics.
The goal is to touch hearts and minds at a grassroots level. By educating and raising awareness, walkers hope to promote the idea that there are alternatives to abortion and that support systems are available. They also hope to encourage others to get involved in the pro-life movement.
Groups will depart on May 24 from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and converge in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 16 for a pro-life rally at the Capitol. The walk in Canada will depart on May 24 from Vancouver, British Columbia and end at a pro-life rally on Aug. 16 in Ottawa, Ontario.
“Last summer, I was blessed to hear and learn from the many testimonies that people shared from their lives about how the pro-life movement has positively impacted their lives. I am looking forward to the many new experiences I will share with my new team, and to once again give a voice to the voiceless,” said Alex Wilson, who walked the northern route in 2013 and is the walk leader for this year’s central walk, orgranizers said.
With the exception of flights to California and home from Washington D.C., Crossroads is funded fully through donations collected along the way, online, and through mail. Donations are tax deductible, and Crossroads is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.
Founded in 1995, Crossroads is a civil rights group that follows the Catholic doctrine of teaching that life should be valued from conception to natural death. They recently added pro-life walks in Spain, Ireland, and Australia.