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Over 1,000 youth and young adults from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland and from the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine will participate in a "compassion rally and march" across the Casco Bay Bridge in support of acts of compassion and saying "no" to violence, organizers noted. The march will end at Monument Square.
On Saturday, March 22, the Atlantic Union Conference of Adventist Youth Ministries is hosting its annual Compassion NOW rally, the city reported. Held last year in New York, the event brings together church members from across the Northeast and Bermuda for a weekend of service projects, in addition to the march and rally. The march begins in South Portland in the Shaw's plaza parking lot. Marchers will continue over the Casco Bay Bridge into Portland. From York Street, the group will then proceed up to the Danforth Street intersection, turn left onto Center Street, right onto Congress and end in Monument Square for the rally.
Organizers said, "We are marching for change! Change the statistics! Change the trend! No more domestic violence, it is time for Compassion. This march will inspire hope in our young people that a bright and prosperous future can be theirs if they say no to domestic violence. This march reflects the need for more compassion in the way we live our lives."
The march is part of a weekend in which Adventist youth, young adults, friends and
community faith-based friends, such as Project Bazia and Casco Bay Rescue Mission, will be
donating between 10,000-12,000 hours of volunteer community services, and acts of
compassion to the city of Portland and its surrounding vicinity, including Freeport, Brunswick, Portsmouth and Saco, organizers said.
This anti-domestic violence march participants will gather at the Mill Creek Plaza (Shaw's Parking Lot), in South Portland at 2 p.m. and the march will begin promptly at 3 p.m. The march will end at Monument Square in Portland with a press conference and rally.
The march and rally to highlight compassion is expected to attract almost 2,000 people to downtown Portland, and the city warned that minor traffic detours and delays are expected. Traffic along the route will be detoured in spots and at times held back, the city cautioned.