LONG WALK FOR FREEDOM

Why did we march?

Too many human beings around the world face the appalling realities of enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, and forced conversions. Amidst it all, those with the power to act stand by as global temperatures rise beyond the point of no return, sparking unprecedented fires, droughts, and massive storms.

It is time we stand in solidarity.

Photo by Mukul Ranjan

Instagram: @mukulphoto

We passed through the following major sites!

The march began on April 7, 2021 at the UN headquarters in New York City, NY and ended in Washington, D.C. on April 29. We crossed through five states by foot: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

New York City, NY

Newark, NJ 

Princeton University

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania

Wilmington, DE

Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland

Washington, DC

April 7

April 8

April 12

April 15

April 15

April 17

April 25

April 28

April 29

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Video by Rachel Clara Reed ©

Video by Rachel Clara Reed ©

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Photo by Rachel Clara Reed ©

Congressman Brad Sherman, speaking in D.C.

Photo by Mukul Ranjan ©

Instagram: @mukulphoto

New York City Event

Video by Rachel Clara Reed ©

The Long Walk for Freedom is just the beginning. Our mission continues and we will not rest until actions are taken on the demands of the Long Walk. The following is a shortened version of our demands.

 

We demand:

- An end to enforced disappearance in Pakistan and around the world.

- An end to extrajudicial killings in Pakistan and around the world.

- An end to abductions and forced conversions of women and girls in

  Pakistan and around the world.

- A repeal of blasphemy laws in Pakistan and around the world.

- The creation and implementation of transparent criteria and

  accountability mechanisms regarding eligibility to serve on the Human

  Rights Council.

- An end to infrastructure projects which disproportionately threaten

  marginalized people around the world and in Pakistan.

- The prioritization of human rights when engaging with foreign

  governments, including Pakistan.

For the full list of our demands, please see this document 

Want to do more?

It took a lot of people and resources to plan a 350-mile march. If you are interested, we could use your help!

Donate 

We want to thank everyone for your generosity in helping to contribute towards the  $60,000 to cover the resources needed to fund the Long Walk for Freedom. 

If you can help us to reach our goal of $60,000, please consider donating to our GoFundMe page. Any contribution will help!

This march marked the beginning of a new era. If you are able, please donate and share.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer with the Sindhi Foundation to help us with our future projects, please email us at sindhifoundation@gmail.com

We could use your help!
 

Share on social media

We need people power to spread awareness of the Long Walk – but we can't reach all people ourselves. If you are excited about this march, or know others who may be able to support, tell the world!

Share the news on social media. We have downloadable post and story graphics for you to use!

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Support and Encouragement from Members of Congress

Congressman

Jamie Raskin

Congressman

David Schweikert

Congresswoman

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congressman

Raja Krishnamoorthi

Congresswoman

Carolyn B. Maloney

Congressman

Adam Schiff

Endorsements and allies

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Sunrise Movement,

Philly Hub

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Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition 

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Ambazonia Recognition Collaborative Council (ARRC)

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International Campaign for Tibet

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American Kurdish Information Network

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Hindu American Foundation

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Center for Victims of Torture 

Psychologists for Social Responsibility

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Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, USA

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International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances  (ICAED)

International Interfaith Service Initiative

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Armenian Council of America

Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher, and political activist

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María Adela Antokoletz, Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared  (FEDEFAM)

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Richard Benkin, independent human rights activist

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Sister Dianna Ortiz, Catholic nun and torture survivor

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Mahirwan Mamtani, Artist

Bev Stohl,

Noam Chomsky's Gatekeeper

Sapna Bhavnani, filmmaker and activist

Emily Hauze, Sindhi Traveller and Writer

John Salzberg,

Quaker

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Jonathan Banks, 

Photographer

The Reverend Charles

Hoffacker, Episcopal Priest, Writer and Scholar

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Maria Leonard Olsen,

Civil Litigation Attorney, Show Host and Author

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Brian Thompson, Actor

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Laveen Kanal,

Professor Emeritus at University of Maryland

Gul Agha, 

professor and CEO of Embedor Technologies

Monica Dogra, 

Musician and Actor

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Rangita de Silva de Alwis,

Associate Dean of International Affairs at University of Pennsylvania

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Questions?

Contact the organizers. We'd love to chat!

Email any inquiries to sindhifoundation@gmail.com.

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