Today was Day 17 of the Innocence March. We’ve walked more than 200 miles and are working our way through Santa Barbara County. Aside from some sunburn and blisters, we are all doing fine. The walk through Camp Pendleton, and the areas with no sidewalks along Route One in Orange County, have probably been the toughest days. Walking around the Long Beach refineries in the rain was not pleasant at all. On the other hand, we have had some amazing days. Having 300 friends and family members join us on Day 1 was awesome. Walking with CIP exoneree Adam Riojas and his wife and baby in Oceanside, while he told us about his current life as a minister, was an incredibly moving experience, as was walking with Guy Miles family through Long Beach. Guy’s elderly parents and uncle struggled to walk as far as they could while his wife walked the full 20 miles. We had a great rally in Santa Monica with exonerees, family members, CIP staff, and students, and on Mother’s Day weekend we walked with Brian Banks and his mom.
I feel very good that this march is doing everything we hoped for. We’ve raised awareness through the media and public speaking events. We’ve met incredible people along the way, my favorite being the Mexican farmer who insisted on giving us free fruit and letting us use the bathroom in his home when he heard what were were doing. We’ve had people honking their support the whole way up the coast. Most important, we’ve obtained a meeting with the Governor’s Chief of Staff to present our petitions.
Below is some of the media coverage we’ve received so far and some photos from the march. Thanks to Pam, Hank, and Ian for their help coordinating the media effort. Happy trails. jb
Major Blogs about March:
Videos we’ve made about the march: