Dear Respected Members of the Media,
My name is Kristen Hoye, mostly folks call me KC. I am one woman participating in a simple action. I am departing August 29th, and walking from Boston, MA to Washington, D.C.
I came to the rough realization last year that I am easily polarized. Like many I've railed against government, I railed against the media, and in my railing and flailing about, I realized that I am ignorant. Setting out to correct that ignorance, I started reading legislation, newspapers, whatever came to hand. When all was said (it's never done), I came to the conclusion that there was nothing that I alone could do. That I, in my ignorance or even in my educated state am the cause of suffering, and that suffering is systemic.
I've spent a year planning, rearranging my life to accomplish one goal. Walk to Washington, D.C. and deliver the letter below to the leaders of our Great Nation. Over the past year I've largely spent my time researching. More recently I've worked with activists, planned actions, researched laws, protested at rallies, above all I've listened. I've learned that the issues have not changed in the past 50 years.
The problems we face are the same today as they were in the days of our grandparents. Racial profiling still exists, only in a wider variety of populations. Poverty and starvation domestically and abroad still exist, but are glossed over by large name NPO's that haven't altered the statistics in decades. We, as a country continue imperialist practices, regardless of the cost to the countries we are working in, or making provisions for the resulting influx of immigrants afterwards.
So I am walking 460 miles. I am walking on behalf of those who cannot take the time, those with responsibilities and commitments they can't leave behind. For those who cannot betray interests and must remain silent, I am walking from Boston to Washington DC. I leave August 29th, 2012 at 9:00AM from Parkman Bandstand. Follow my journey at www.whywalkabout.com.
With the utmost respect,
Kristen (KC) Hoye
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