Pictured Above: At the July 4, 2018 march in downtown Sag Harbor | Dave Davis photo
A year ago on July 4, 2018, an historic gathering of East Enders from different communities, backgrounds and ages joined together in Sag Harbor for the Walk for Interdependence in support of the rights of newly arrived families to stay together in the face of national and local threats to the immigrant population.
The Walk for Interdependence was created by several local community and faith groups to show East Enders’ commitment, in the face of a national climate threatening separation and isolation, to living and working as neighbors and communities.
A second annual walk in Sag Harbor will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m., meeting at the windmill at the foot of Main Street.
Continuing the theme of “Keep Families Together,” the walk will highlight the ongoing brutality visited upon immigrant families being rounded up, separated, and held in detention centers without recognition of basic human rights; the rights of black and other mothers of color incarcerated and separated from their children; and the harsh reality of missing and murdered indigenous women.
“Kids learn better when the family is together. PERIOD!” said Bonnie Cannon, Director of the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center
“When our laws and policies systematically put people in cages, make lives invisible, separate families, that is a form of violence against us all,” said Ella Engel-Snow an artist and activist who helped organize the walk. “Interdependence means that we need each others’ health, sovereignty, and liberation for all of our wellbeing and that of our families.”
Sponsors of the walk include Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, OLA of Eastern Long Island, PEER: Progressive East End Reformers, Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, Ocean Zendo, Christ Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church of Southampton, Temple Adas Israel, East End YIMBY, Centro Corazon de Maria, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants and Solidarity Sundays East End.