On the morning of Day Seven, the East and West legs of the tour
reunited at long last. The day began with a debriefing after breakfast
recent coverage in the press highlighting the excitement to come
this week in Louisville...yet another sign of the escalating momentum
of the 2005 Truth Tour. Indeed, all signs point to a week of historic
On Sunday morning, churches all over Louisville opened their doors
to members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. In total, farmworkers
and their allies addressed fifteen separate congregations throughout
the city, bringing light to the injustices in the fields of Florida
and the US agricultural industry at large.
In many instances, Coalition members connected their campaign to
the social teachings of the Bible, expanding upon the powerful idea
at the heart of James 2:17 -- "Faith by itself, if it does
not have works, is dead."
Through the numeorus presentations, members of Louisville's religious
community attached a very human face to the tomatoes found in their
gorditas, Big Macs and double whoppers.
After an incredibly busy morning of delivering speeches and meeting
Louisville congregations (on top of an intense week of travelling
the country), members of the Coalition and their allies regrouped
at their temporary Louisville headquarters to celebrate their safe
arrival and share stories about the previous week. For those present,
it was a powerful moment of reflection and community.
Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church has done everything imaginable
in solidarity with the Coalition, transforming itself and the Louisville
community through the partnership. Not only did the congregation
open its doors in fellowship, it also opened its heart to the message
and people behind the Truth Tour.
In the evening, we gathered for a welcoming dinner with the Crescent
Hill Presbyterian Church. Members of the congregation and tour riders
reunited over a home-cooked meal, eagerly discussing the events
planned for the week of education and action.
From the main course right down to the handwritten greetings at
each placesetting, the overwhelmingly generous welcome extended
to the Coalition and its allies by Crescent Hill will not be forgotten.
Local singer/songwriter John Cage bids a fond hello to the Coalition
and its allies with a song by Woody Guthrie about the mistreatment
of farmworkers in the US. The performance was a fitting closing
to an evening celebrating the commencement of the CIW's week in
In the end, the day proved to be one of anticipation and jubilation.
The group was sent off with blessings and wishes of peace as they
headed into the second week of the Truth Tour, with more excitement
yet to come. For decades, people of faith have stood side by side
with farmworkers throughout the country in the long struggle for
dignity and a just wage, and Crescent Hill has certainly kept that
tradition alive, standing by the Coalition in its struggle.
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