Join Staten Island resident Bill Johnsen for a walk on the first Saturday of the month leaving from Brighton St & Billopp Avenue, Tottenville, ending at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Uniting the Victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The walk will begin at 10 AM at Mill Road & Guyon Avenue, Oakwood to Midland Beach.
All are welcome.
Bill Johnsen is a Vietnam vet, longtime peace and justice activist, and lifetime Staten Islander. For many years, Bill has been taking a yearly “Walk for Democracy and Justice.”
He sets out to walk 240 miles around Staten Island in increments of as many as ten miles at a time, stopping along the way to engage Staten Islanders in issues that are close to their hearts.
“Foreclosure, homelessness, jobs, family, love: those are very poignant words,” Johnsen says. They represent the sentiment and passion that he aims to project to the Staten Island community.
Bill learned that people are always intrigued by the idea of demonstrating in the form of walking, because they can see the commitment in the sheer fact of physical exertion and are inspired by it. His way is to inspire, motivate, and not antagonize.
Anyone who wants to join the walk is free to speak his or her mind, but the premise is to be non-confrontational and respectful.
“As someone who has used my voice,” Johnsen says, “you can lead into a conversation that engages if you do it with respect.”
For more information please contact billjohnsenwalkfordemocracy @ gmail .com or (718) 227-4250
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