By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,740)
“This is the first time I’ve attended and I can’t wait to come next year,” said Edna Eli, 39, of her experience with the Compassion NOW March and Rally that took place this afternoon in Portland. Eli, who drove up from Boston last night with her family, worked all day with her children cleaning-up around Kennedy Park and MaineStay, a home for teens, both on Munjoy Hill. Well over 500 from all over the northeast attended the Rally against domestic violence in Monument Square late this afternoon.
Nine hundred people from all over the northeast signed up on-line for the three-day campaign against domestic violence. The Seventh- Day Adventists put this program into effect last year when it held its first Compassion NOW Rally in Brooklyn, New York. A civic-minded church, the Adventists have plans to grow it. Next year, they will go to Hamilton Bermuda; Worcester, Massachusetts and finally, in 2016,
Syracuse, New York in 2017. The Marchers organized in the Shaw’s shopping center just over the Casco Bay Bridge. Just after 3:00 PM., they marched across the Bridge, single file and then up Center Street to Congress Street. The event was coordinated by Ted Musgrove, of the City’s Department of Public Works.
At the Monument Square Rally, that lasted over an hour, Pastor Jose Cortes, Jr., M.Div., Director, Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists called for compassion for others because it will reduce the number of deaths, cause less depression and more happiness. “We are tired of seeing violence in our homes, schools and cities. This is why we marched today. Pray for the leaders and residents of this city. We hope Portland will become the City of Compassion,” he said.