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Sindhi American activists are marching from New York, outside the United Nations headquarters, to Washington D.C. in a month long campaign known as the “Long Walk for Freedom, Nature and Love”.
The Sindhi Foundation, lead by Sindhi activist Munawar Sufi Laghari, organized the march which began to highlight climate change and the human rights violations in the Sindh province in Pakistan.
“We saw a significant increase in human rights violations and abuses during COVID in Sindh. We cannot just sit and watch while our loved ones get killed, abducted and disappeared,” Said Fatima Gul, Sindhi American Human Rights Activist according to ANI News.
Members of the United States Congress, including Eleanor Holmes Norton, Indian American Raja Krishnamoorthi, Carolyn Maloney, Jamie Raskin, Adam Schiff and David Schweikert have shown support for the Long Walk according to a report by India West.
“Marginalized communities across the world live their days in fear of persecution and with our planet warming and Antarctic ice sheets shrinking day by day, there is no time to waste. Facing a pandemic that has pushed our nation into a year-long mourning period, a worsening climate crisis, and rampant human rights abuses, marginalized people around the world are standing together to demand an end to the suffering,” said Rep. Krishnamoorthi.
The march began on April 7 and will end in Washington D.C. outside the Lincoln Memorial on April 29. The demonstration will cut across five U.S. states: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Along the way, activists will meet with community members, human rights groups, and political leaders.
The Sindhi Foundation has currently raised over $18,000 of its $60,000 goal. You can donate to the Sindhi Foundation’s Long Walk gofundme.
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