WILMINGTON -- A 100-mile walk for justice began in Wilmington Sunday afternoon. Witness for Peace Southeast kicked off their 26th annual pilgrimage to raise awareness about immigration reform and human rights. The group makes stops across North Carolina each year during Holy Week.
Close to 100 people walked through the Port City before stopping for a short rally at Waterfront Park. Activists say criminalization of immigrants in the state is on the rise and demand a change in the system.
"These are issues large and small and a pilgrimage like this gives people a chance to think about it and discuss it in public and to press for a more just world," said activist Jerry Markatos.
The walk will continue in Greenville, Rocky Mount, Wilson, and Cary before concluding in Raleigh on Good Friday.