CASA walkers join pilgrims on the road to San Juan de los Lagos
By Jade Arroyo
Last Friday, January 24, the early morning hours were punctuated by marching bands and rockets, surprising some sleepers. Hundreds of pilgrims departed San Miguel on the annual walk to San Juan de Los Lagos to pay their respects to the Virgin. In each new town or village they passed more pilgrims joined the procession. In San Miguel, a group of over a 100 others also joined the pilgrimage, motivated by a desire to promote human and women’s rights in the San Miguel Walk Against Violence. Early in the morning, at 5am, the pilgrims attended mass at the Parroquia and then joined up with the marchers against violence in the Jardín. At dawn they passed the train station, the sound of their footsteps muffled by the singing of the faithful.
This project was started by CASA to raise funds for anti-violence programs and help victims of domestic violence, as well as to heighten awareness about an issue that too often goes unseen in this still-conservative land.