Journey for Justice - Conditions of the walk
The Journey for Justice will begin at 7:30PAM on Friday, July 12 at the Masjid As-Salam at 262 Central Avenue, Albany, New York.
Please note: The Journey for Justice will resume on 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, July 13 at the Pine Hills Library, 517 Western Ave Albany, NY 12203.
The Journey for Justice will end at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 23 at the Federal Courthouse, 15 Henry Street, Binghamton, New York
Sign the petition - A Case of Mistaken Identity
Route and Conditions
Walkers will walk south on Lake Street to Western Avenue (Route 20) in Albany. The route will continue on Route 20 until Duanesburg. At Duanesburg, the walkers will walk on Route 7until they are just outside Binghamton. To walk into Binghamton, the walkers will take Old State Road to Chenango Road and then to Henry Street.
Walkers are expected to walk 13-15 miles per day at about 2 to 2.5 miles per hour. Walkers need to be prepared to be on the road six to seven hours per day. Of course, people are welcome to join for just a few feet or a few miles. Arrangements must be made to bring walkers back to their cars at the end of the day.
What you need to know for your comfort and safety
Highway travel: Route 7 is a two-lane, 55-mile-per-hour highway through upstate New York. There are shoulders on most of the highway, but sometimes the shoulders are very narrow. Route 7 is also bordered by farmland. There is literally no place to sit on the side of the road, and there is very little shade on the route. Walkers must wear a sun hat.
Visiblity: Walkers must wear bright colored, reflective clothing. Lynne will be happy to provide t-shirts to walkers, please email her ahead of time with size information.
Walk facing traffic: All walkers will walk single-file, always facing the traffic. Walkers must keep alert for traffic at all times.
Services: Services on the highway are many miles apart. It is possible to walk more than five miles and not see a single gas station or convenience store, so bring with you whatever you'll need for your comfort. Remember, it may rain or there may be thunderstorms
Heat: Upstate New York in July is hot and humid. Walkers must bring water with them.
Walk alone: There will be no support vehicle with the walkers. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to accompany the walkers with a vehicle, that would be great!
Good graces of neighbors: Lynne is hoping to find good samaritans who will give her dinner, breakfast and a place to stay each evening of her walk. If you can open your home to Lynne and other walkers along the route, please email Lynne Jackson.
Hazards you should know about
Lyme disease is rampant in upstate New York. Lyme disease is carried by the deer tick. Deer ticks live in grass and people get ticks by walking through grass where the ticks brush off onto walkers. It is recommended that walkers use DEET or other strong bug repellent to avoid acquiring ticks.
Still want to walk? Or volunteer?
Walkers will journey through spectacular scenery that only upstate New York can offer.
Walking is a peaceful way to bring attention to the serious issues of misidentification and secret evidence in the case of Yassin Aref.
Who is Lynne Jackson?
Lynne Jackson is a 59 year-old breast cancer survivor who has lived in Albany, New York for more than 40 years. She makes her living as a computer consultant, worked with Save the Pine Bush for more than 35 years, volunteers to work on the issue of preemptive prosecution of Muslims and gives presentations on these issues. She lives in the South End of Albany with her husband, Daniel W. Van Riper, and two cats.
Rally and March - Friday, July 12, 6:00 PM, Albany, NY
Journey for Justice - Deliver petition to home court of the judge by walking to Binghamton, NY
Notes on conditions of the walk
Walk Route - List of beginning and ending locations for each day, July 12 to July 23
Become a sponsor for the Journey for Justice
Press packet and supporting documents
Read media reports on the appeal motion and the Journey for Justice