Monday, March 31, 2008

Day 1 Walk 4 Life. March 31, 2008

He we are, 40 miles into the Walk 4 Life. That's about how much ground I covered today the first day in about 12 hours taking one 2 hour break to get some work done.I got to the State House in Trenton, NJ where Governor Corzine just signed the bill to become the first state to abolish the death penalty in over 40n years, at about 4:45am with my long time confidant Prince LSD. LS did roadside assistance all day. He did a great job leaving me to feel secure so to focus on the task at hand.Now I had asked for 500 people to join me at the State House to walk the first mile with me. I was a bit disappointed at the turn out. No one showed up. But this did not stop me. We took a quick ride to get some coffee and the morning news paper which made up for no one showing up to walk the first mile with me. The Capital of New Jersey's news paper the Trentonian ran a real nice story about the walk. Knowing a few hundred thousand people would be reading the story they titled "Stop Killing" had me pumped up and ready to walk. I actually didn't get started till 5:28am by the time we got back from the store. It wasn't real cold out, but it was very cool which was good, it made me walk faster. Within 15 minutes of leaving the State House I was crossing the Delaware river. It was still dark and not a lot of traffic at all, it was peaceful really. As you can imagine a million thoughts were running through my mind. The thought of Mumia and all the other captives in Pennsylvania sitting in cages waiting to be murdered made me walk more upright, like a guerrilla marching into combat.
I got my first phone call just as I was crossing the Delaware. A dear friend of mine from California called. I was surprised, figure it was like 3am in Cali. I was pumped up already but by the end of our brief conversation I was a fiery ball of energy. Yea the first 4 to 5 hours I was non-stop, I felt really good. Now, no one had chosen the first day for a prisoner. I actually think we were to dedicate it to all the death row prisoners in the country. We ran short on time to do something special but we will be honoring them all before the walks end. Anyway I took it upon myself to dedicate March 31, 2008 to Mumia Abu Jamal about a week before I began to walk. It seemed right seeing I was walking into the state the holds him captive. I thought of all the prisoners believe me not just those on death row. See I have been to some of the worst prisons in the country and I know any sentence is like a death sentence seeing that death is always a possibility in prison.
I want to say that not long ago, some time in late 2006 I got to travel to Italy for the first of many times. I love Italy. It was in Italy that I actually felt free for the first time in my life. It's hard to explain the feeling but I will say it felt great. I had never felt so at peace, I was in a great place. I felt a strong presence of God in Italy. I am saying this because this is what I began to feel as I walked today. It was not as intense as the feeling I had in Italy but it was a good feeling regardless. This feeling of freedom I believe we were born with it's just not recognized much in these very difficult and trying times. It was strange feeling this freedom here in the US where I have felt like a prisoner for as long as I can pretty much remember, it's crazy.
About 5 or 6 hours into the walk I was giving thanks to God for my partner doing roadside assistance. I had somehow missed a slight turn off and walked about 5 miles in a wrong direction. I called LS right away when I noticed. He picked me up and we drove back, tracking the distance from where I realized the mistake to where I made the mistake and LS then drove that distance in the right direction then he dropped me off. I was grateful for the foul up though because there were some great sights on that 5 mile stretch.
I didn't look at the time of day it was when I reached Philadelphia but let me tell you it was a great feeling for some reason. I never walked such a distance before so I'm guessing it was just seeing that sign, Welcome to Philadelphia. I felt like what I imagine a child feels like on Christmas morning, just breaking at the seams with joy. I say I imagine what a child feels like because I would not know. We didn't celebrate holidays when I was growing up. I quickly took out my camera and took a picture. It wasn't good enough, I ran halfway across the highway and got a great shot. The feeling of accomplishment was amazing even though I was only just starting my long journey to Texas. It was just great.
I am going to tell you from the very first moment the idea of doing this walk came to me I felt the Hand of God guiding this what I call movement. This is still very much so and I hope through my sharing you will all see the evidence of this. I pray for this. See I mapped out the walk as best I could using a map and map quest. I didn't get into many specifics I just made sure I was away from major highways. As I was walking I prayed for Mumia and his family as well as the victim Mumia is accused of killing and his family. I then came upon the sign above. I had no idea believe me. What's crazy is it fit into what my thoughts were on what this walk was to stand for. Building a bridge joining all the victims involved together. I was pretty much speechless after I took that picture thinking of how it all came together like it was planned. I believe it was to tell you the truth.
A few hours later into the walk I was met by my comrades Therapist and Unabeatz. We loaded my gear into their ride and they followed LS for a few miles till they learned the ropes of working roadside then LS headed back to Jersey. It was a great day even though is was raining most of the day, I seen a lot of beautiful sites and met some good people. I don't remember the exact stop time I stopped walking I believe after 6pm, I was just exhausted. I didn't even eat after walking. I just did a bit of work on my computer and did a couple of radio interviews set up by a dear friend in Maryland. Not long after hanging up with DJ RBI I passed out.
The first day changed me. I haven't pin pointed yet but yea, the experience had a very powerful impact on me. I am curious to see how this ends up really.
In closing I just want to say thank you to everyone who called as I was walking. And to everyone who wrote and text me. And thank you to everyone who prayed for me, God bless you all. I wouldn't have made it without you all. Till next time, peace, love and progress. "X"

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dedicated day's to prisoners, Walk 4 Life

We Are Still In Need of Donations if anyone can help it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

The Following Day's Have Been Dedicated to Prisoners By Their Loved Ones. To dedicate a day to a loved one please contact us at Mark subject Prisoner dedication.

(If a prisoners name was removed it may be because they are not on death row. We were having some problems with some supporters on this matter please except our apologies.)


31.Mumia Abu-Jamal (PA)


1.Brett Hertmann (Ohio Death row)


3. Norman Parker - Florida Death row

4.Howard Neal - MS death row (on death row for 28 years)

Sammy Capers - CA death row

5.Joseph Barret (CA)


7.Mark Scott Thornton

8.Bennie Price

9. Lee Taylor- Texas Death row

10. Anthony Nealy - In memoriam - executed by TX in 2007

11. Anthony D.(NM)

12.Scott Collins (CA) San Quentin

13. Carol King - PA - Female on death row

14. Woody Wilson - CA death row

Michael Morales - CA death row

15. Glen S.(Alabama)

16.George Skatzes - Ohio

17.Gerald Marshall - death row Texas

18. Teresa Lewis - Virginia death row

19. Arthur Taylor

20.Rudy Medrano (Texas death row) - convicted under the Law of Parties

Michael Astorga (New Mexico)

21.Anthony Wiseman (Huntsville (Estelle Unite)

22.Rickey Roberts (Florida death row)

23.Chelsea Richardson (Female on Texas death row)

24.Gary Johnson (TX death row) - no family or friends

25. James Robinson Jr.(CA) San Quentin

Leon C. Cooper (CA death row)

26. Paul Reid - Tennessee death row

27. Frankie Harris - PA death row

28. Eric H - CA death row

29. Larry Rush (Been on Death Row 20 Yrs.)

30.William Irvan (TX death row)


1. Sean Running Eagle - Arizona death row

2.Kevin Watts (TX)

3.Barry Williams (CA) San Quentin

4. Alexander Martinez - In memoriam - executed in TX 2005 - volunteer

5. Paul H.(FL)

6.Jarvis Jay (MS)

7.Chuong Tong (TX death row)

8. Ken Taylor - Florida death row

9.Robert Poyson (Arizona death row)

10. Mustafa Raheem - Georgia death row

11. Richard "Nate" Simon (CA death row)

Albert Jones (CA death row)

Royal Clark (CA death row)

12.Carl Blue (TX death row)

13.Donny Leffingwell

14. Michael Yowell - Texas death row

Cleve Foster (Sarge) - Texas death row

15. Al Cunningham - CA death row

Bernard Nelson - CA death row

16.Frank Moore (TX death row)

17.Tracy Alan Hansen - in memoriam (executed by MS in 2002)

18. Juan Ramirez - Texas death row

19."Ghost" - Texas death row

20. Will Speer - Texas Death row

21. Bobby Lee Hines (Texas death row)

22. Orlando Romero - CA death row

Grayland Winbush - CA death row

23. Karl Chamberlain - Texas death row


Austin Texas.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Walk 4 Life Second Leg

OK this is what I'll call the second leg. This leg will be through Virgina 262 miles. This will take me nearly a week. I am still in need off road side help through Virginia. Also any friendly crash spots events yea anything. If you can all get the word out I am really looking for someone to do roadside the entire way being relieved by volunteers. I am not trying to get caught out there walking along carrying 50 pounds worth of equipment. So yea can really use help in this area. Thanks. "X"

3020 Riverside Dr, Danville, VA 24541

A: 625 L St NE, Washington, DC 20002-3543
1: Start out going WEST on L ST NE toward 6TH ST NE. 0.4 mi
2: Turn LEFT onto 1ST ST NE. 0.5 mi
3: 1ST ST NE becomes COLUMBUS CIR NE. 0.1 mi
4: Turn RIGHT onto LOUISIANA AVE NE. 0.4 mi
6: Turn RIGHT onto PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW. 0.1 mi
7: Turn LEFT onto CONSTITUTION AVE NW. 1.7 mi
8: Turn LEFT onto 23RD ST NW. 0.1 mi
11: Enter next roundabout and take 1st exit. 0.2 mi
12: Merge onto US-50 W (Crossing into VIRGINIA). 15 mi
13: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-50 W/FAIRFAX BLVD/MAIN ST. Continue to follow US-50 W. 18 mi

(OK first day will end around here.)

14: Turn LEFT onto US-15/JAMES MONROE HWY. Continue to follow US-15 S. 14 mi
15: Turn RIGHT onto LEE HWY/US-29 S/US-15 S. Continue to follow US-29 S. 76 mi

(Day 2 and 3 will end walking this stretch)

16: US-29 S becomes US-29 BR S/N EMMET ST. 2.0 mi
17: Turn RIGHT onto US-29 BR S/JEFFERSON PARK AVE. 0.6 mi
18: Turn RIGHT onto FONTAINE AVE/US-29 BR S. 0.8 mi
19: Merge onto US-29 S via the ramp on the LEFT. 48 mi

(Day 3 and 4 end on this stretch)

20: Take the US-29-BR S exit toward MADISON HEIGHTS. 0.2 mi
21: Merge onto US-29 BR S. 16 mi
22: Take the US-29 S exit, EXIT 9, on the LEFT toward DANVILLE. 0.5 mi
23: Turn RIGHT onto US-29 BR S/WARDS RD. Continue to follow US-29 BR S. 1.4 mi
24: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto US-29 S. 60 mi

(Day 6 and 7 end on this stretch)

25: Take the US-58-BR W/US-360 W ramp toward DANVILLE. 0.4 mi
26: Merge onto US-58 BR W. 3.8 mi

(11.8 miles remain I will enter North Carolina)

27: End at 3020 Riverside Dr Danville, VA 24541-3425
Estimated Time: 5.0 hours 16 minutesEstimated Distance: 262 miles

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Walk 4 Life First leg

Ok, here is the route for the first leg of the walk I’ll call it. I will be at the State house in Trenton by 4:45 am Monday March 31. I will start walking at 5:am. I will be walking on US Route 1 South. US Route 1 will actually take me all the way into Washington DC where I will be greeted by has put together an event for me in Washington DC, the details will be posted as they come in. This portion of the walk is approximately 163.70 miles. Here is the break down first leg from Trenton to Washington, DC:

1: Start out going WEST on W STATE ST toward TAYLOR PL. 0.3 miles
2: Turn LEFT onto CALHOUN ST (Crossing into PENNSYLVANIA). 0.2 miles
3: CALHOUN ST becomes E TRENTON AVE. 2.6 miles
4: E TRENTON AVE becomes US-1 BR S. 3.6 miles
5: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto MAPLE AVE / US-1 BR S. Continue to follow US-1 BR S. 4.1 miles
6: US-1 BR S becomes W LINCOLN HWY. 0.3 miles
7: W LINCOLN HWY becomes OLD LINCOLN HWY. 2.3 miles
8: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto LINCOLN HWY / US-1 S. Continue to follow US-1 S. 11.9 miles
9: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto W ROOSEVELT BLVD / US-13 S. Continue to follow US-13 S. 2.5 miles
10: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto W ALLEGHENY AVE. 0.4 miles
11: Turn RIGHT onto RIDGE AVE. 0.7 miles
12: Turn LEFT to take the ramp toward I-76 / LINCOLN DR / US-1 / CITY AVENUE. <0.1 miles
13: Take the ramp toward I-76- US-1 / CITY AVENUE. 0.4 miles
14: Merge onto CITY AVE E. 4.7 miles (FIRST DAY ENDS)
15: CITY AVE E becomes US-1 S. 4.5 miles
16: Take the SPROUL RD / PA-320 ramp toward SHOPPING CTRS. 0.1 miles
17: Turn LEFT onto W SPROUL RD / PA-320 S. 0.3 miles
18: Turn RIGHT onto BEATTY RD. 2.0 miles
19: Turn RIGHT onto E BALTIMORE PIKE. <0.1 miles
20: E BALTIMORE PIKE becomes E BALTIMORE AVE. 0.1 miles
21: Turn LEFT onto MANCHESTER AVE. 0.6 miles
22: MANCHESTER AVE becomes MANCHESTER RD. 0.4 miles
23: Turn LEFT onto E KNOWLTON RD. 3.3 miles
24: Turn RIGHT onto CONCORD RD. 2.2 miles
25: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto FOULK RD / PA-261 (Crossing into DELAWARE). 6.5 miles
26: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MURPHY RD. 0.7 miles
27: MURPHY RD becomes POWDER MILL RD / DE-141 S. 1.8 miles
28: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto BARLEY MILL RD / DE-141 S. Continue to follow DE-141 S. 3.5 miles
29: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto FERRIS RD. 0.1 miles
30: Turn SLIGHT LEFT to take the SR-2 W ramp toward NEWARK. 0.1 miles
31: Turn RIGHT onto ROBERT W KIRKWOOD HWY / DE-2 W / DE-41 N. Continue to follow DE-2 W. 7.2 miles (END DAY 2)
32: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E MAIN ST / DE-2 BR W / KIRKWOOD HWY / ROBERT W KIRKWOOD HWY. Continue to follow DE-2 BR W. 2.6 miles
33: DE-2 BR W becomes ELKTON RD (Crossing into MARYLAND). 4.2 miles
34: ELKTON RD becomes MD-279. 1.7 miles
35: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto W PULASKI HWY / US-40 W. Continue to follow US-40 W. 46.0 miles (DAY 3 ENDS IN HERE)
36: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-40 W / ORLEANS ST. 1.4 miles
37: Turn LEFT onto N CENTRAL AVE. 0.3 miles
38: Turn RIGHT onto E LOMBARD ST. 1.3 miles
39: Turn LEFT onto S GREENE ST / MD-295 S. Continue to follow MD-295 S. 0.1 miles
40: Turn RIGHT onto WASHINGTON BLVD N. 20.2 miles (DAY 4 ENDS IN HERE)
41: WASHINGTON BLVD N becomes BALTIMORE AVE / US-1 S. 9.4 miles
42: Turn LEFT onto BALTIMORE AVE. 0.9 miles
43: Keep RIGHT at the fork to continue on BALTIMORE AVE. 0.1 miles
45: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MARYLAND AVE NE. 0.4 miles
46: Turn LEFT onto 11TH ST NE. 0.5 miles
47: Turn RIGHT onto NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE. 0.6 miles
48: NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE becomes D ST SE. 0.3 miles
49: Turn LEFT onto S CAPITOL ST SE / S CAPITOL ST SW. 0.3 miles
50: Turn RIGHT onto I ST SW. <0.1 miles
51: End at 10 I St Sw
Washington, DC 20024-4266, US
Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 33 minutes Total Est. Distance: 163.70 miles (DAY 5 Washington, DC)

There it is the first leg. I am still in need of a couple volunteers for this leg to help with tagging along, filming and contacting all media outlets on the route severely. All supporters are urged to come out. We continue to ask for donations please, to make this action a complete success. thank you. KEEP IT Loqed!