Some of the faces and facts of the San Miguel Walk Against Violence

By Trish Snyder

Reina Baez is a marriage and family therapist volunteering at CASA while her husband works on his graduate degree in international development and studies water issues in Guanajuato. She donated the cash Christmas present her parents gave her to the San Miguel Walk Against Violence.

San Miguel Walk Against Violence
To San Juan de los Lagos
Fri, Jan 24, 5am
El Jardín

Anna Araiza is a public health professional who lives in New York City. She and her friend are knitting hats and scarves to give to friends and family who donate to the Walk.

Martha Lieberman is living here while her daughter studies Spanish. She held multiple workshops for volunteers to teach them how to put their picture and a link to a website in their personal request letters to friends and family asking them to contribute to the Walk.

Carol Jackson came up with the idea of walking partners. Her idea allows people who are either unable to walk the seven kilometers or who won’t be in San Miguel on January 24 to participate by raising money to sponsor one or more Mexican jovenes (young people) who want to demonstrate their opposition to violence to participate in the Walk. The jovenes represent both themselves and their sponsor and each cheers the other on for the San Miguel Walk Against Violence.

Ron Felton took pictures of last year’s Walk and made them into a gift card so donors could make a contribution in honor of a loved one.

More than 20 volunteers—men, women; Mexican, Canadian and American; some young and some not so young—have come together as members of the Planning and Outreach Committee for the 11th annual San Miguel Walk Against Violence. They are all reaching out into their networks of friends and families and into their own pockets to raise US$35,000 to fully finance the Centro para los Adolescentes de San Miguel’s (CASA) anti-violence program for 2014.

According to CASA donors, their passion to support CASA’s anti-violence efforts in San Miguel and surrounding communities is renewed every time they read the positive statistics like those below.

Every US$100 the Walk committee raises pays for one week of a CASA psychologist’s salary.

CASA’s violence prevention, midwifery school, day care, libraries and literacy program, nutrition education, and other programs serve more than 80,000 people a year. Families suffering from abuse come forward through all of these programs.

Another important statistic: In 2013, CASA psychologists rescued more than one domestic violence victim every week.

CASA’s Anti-Violence Program provides crisis intervention; a 24-hour hotline; support groups in seven rural communities; ongoing psychological counseling; violence prevention education and workshops in schools and churches; and temporary shelter for victims who have no other options.

This January 24 marks the 11th annual San Miguel Walk Against Violence. We will meet in the Jardín at 5am and join many thousands of pilgrims for the first seven kilometers of their nine-day journey to pay homage to the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos, known for bestowing miracles on women and children.

CASA’s anti-violence program is built on one clear mission and message: No Más Violencia: No More Violence. Please don’t turn your back. Domestic violence is wrong and we can stop it.

CASA Walk Against Violence Information
Kick-off event: Thu, Jan 23, 3pm, Milagros Restaurant, Reloj 17. All are welcome to attend.
Walk: Fri, Jan 24, meet in front of Parroquia at 5am
Cost to participate in Walk: US$50 or peso equivalent
To join the Walk or donate, contact:
English: Trish Snyder, 121-0612,
Spanish: Dulce Ortiz, 154-6060,
To see what happens the day of the Walk, watch the videos:

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