The following is a message that I sent out to the Save Our Somerville e-mail list on behalf of Leon David. A recipient of the e-mail asked that I post it on Somerville Voices as well, so here it is unabridged:
Save Our Somerville’s always reliable, Leon David, has been hard at work organizing a disaster relief march for Haiti. Haiti has been devastated by something like four hurricanes this year. Leon has asked that this message be shared with the SOS network to help all of Somerville become aware of this issue that has sent shockwaves through our Haitian community. On Sunday, let’s show that all of Somerville stands in solidarity with Haiti and her expatriates here in our city.
Following is Leon’s message, he can be contacted at leon.david(at)gmail.com or 781-888-6702:
A permit to hold a march on Sunday, October 26, 2008 has been secured from the city of Somerville. The march will begin at noon in Sullivan Station, continue along Broadway through College Ave. and end at Davis Square for 3PM. Please join us in rallying your congregation, students, friends, children & loved ones. Let’s make it a family affair. Let us make Sunday, October 26, 2008 a day that we come together to walk in song and prayer for our brothers and sisters. A flier is on the way, but in the mean time spread the word.
Come dressed in your Haitian Colors; bring your Haitian and American Flags. LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN; this is our generation’s opportunity to stand up and show what we can do to create a new reality for Haiti.
Does the time conflict with when you’re in church?? Good, I did that to encourage you to bring your entire congregation so that folks can’t say “Well I have to go to church, the house of God.” Isaiah 66:1 helps me to explain my point better: “Thus says the LORD, ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?’”
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL YOUR NETWORKS AND INVITE THEM TO ATTEND!!
We will have prepared some signs, but feel free to make and bring your own. We encourage participants not to forget about the hurricane victims in the U.S. as well – so feel free to make signs so that people don’t forget about them either.
If you are able, please bring a couple dollars with you to drop in donation boxes/cans (we will have volunteers stationed at major intersections canning for donations)
Let’s get at least 200 people there!
Do not hesitate to contact me directly.