From FODU website.Questions and answers on the Walk of Support
We hope you are all aware that a Walk of Support
, organized by Concerned Duke Mothers and Duke Students for and Ethical Durham (DSED), is scheduled for 11am tomorrow morning. The purpose of the walk is to show support to Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, the three falsely accused defendants of the lacrosse case. Below is the latest update on the logistics of the Walk. We present the update in the form of questions and answers. If we missed answering some of your questions or concerns, please let us know. We will be glad to respond to those as well.
1. Who is expected to participate in the Walk?
Everyone is invited to participate in the Walk of Support. The event is organized by Concerned Duke Mothers, but attendance is in no way restricted to mothers. We urge all our friends, especially those who live in the area to make an effort to participate in the Walk. A lot of planning went into the organization of this event and a good turn out is very desirable. If you can, please join the Walk!
2. Where and when?
The Walk of Support will consist of two routes – a regular route and a shorter, alternate route. You may choose either of the two routes based on your own preference. At the end of the walk, the two groups taking the alternative routes will come together and merge at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium.
The first route (this is the ‘regular’ route) is from Durham County Judicial Building to Duke’s Koskinen Stadium. The Walk on this route will start at 11am. The length of this route is estimated as two miles.
The second route (this is the ‘alternate’ route designed for those who may have difficulty walking the regular one) is from Duke’s Nasher Museum to the Koskinen Stadium. Nasher Museum is located at the corner of Anderson Street and Campus Drive. The Walk on this route will start at 11:15am. The length of this route is estimated as half a mile.
3. Is there a map of the two routes?
Yes, here is link to such a map: http://z10.invisionfree.com/FODU_Open_Boar...post&p=11707923
4. Where to park and how to get to the Walk?
If you are participating in the regular Walk, we recommend that you drive to Durham and park at Court House’s parking facility. At the end of the walk, there will be a shuttle bus to take you back to your car at that location. You may consider the parking recommendation for those walking the alternate route, see below, as well.
If you are participating in the alternate Walk, we recommend that you park at Duke’s Bryan Center parking facility. Then, you can catch the shuttle bus that will be running between Duke campus and Durham Judicial Building between 10 am and 2pm and get to your destination and back.
Do not park at the Koskinen Stadium parking lot. There is a Duke basketball game tomorrow at 2pm and that parking facility will not be available for our purposes. If you park there, you will run the risk of getting a parking ticket or being towed.
5. Are there transportation tips?
Yes, as mentioned above a shuttle bus will be running between Duke campus and Durham County Judicial Building between 10 and 2pm. There will be tents setup with a sign “Shuttle Here” on both ends of the bus route. This is how you will identify exactly where to catch the shuttle bus. Please approach those tents and ask about the next arrival or departure time of the bus.
6. Does Duke know about the Walk?
Yes, Duke University is aware of the walk. The University has kindly agreed to make Duke Policy available to direct traffic on campus for the duration of the walk. We expect the traffic situation to be very orderly.
7. Does City of Durham know about the Walk?
Yes, the necessary permission for such a gathering has been obtained by the organizers of the Walk.
8. Signs and banners?
We ask that you prepare and bring your own home made signs. Make sure your signs are respectful of the purpose of the Walk. The organizers of the walk emphasized how important it is that this Walk be carried out in the most orderly and dignified manner.
9. Dress code?
Dress comfortably. If you arrive early, you may be given Lacrosse t-shirts to wear. However, only 35-40 of those will be available, so do not count on getting one. It is especially important to wear comfortable walking shoes.
The weather is looking good for tomorrow, as best we can tell.
11. Latest information and announcements?
In the event there are last minute announcements or updates on the Walk, you may consult the following thread on FODU’s discussion board. http://z10.invisionfree.com/FODU_Open_Boar...wtopic=70&st=20
12. What can those planning to participate in the Walk do to help?
The most important thing you can do is to come out and join the walk. If you can bring friends along that is a plus. Also, try to be as orderly, peaceful and respectful of your fellow participants (and others you may run into) as possible. Bring along thoughtful signs that express the objective of the Walk (i.e. our support of Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans).
13. What can those who are unable to attend the Walk do to help?
Most importantly, make sure you have contacted all your friends who may be able to attend and urge them to do so. It is very important that the Walk is well attended. Aside from this, you may be able to help in two other ways.
First, if you have not already done so, be sure to sign the following petition to show your support to Reade, Collin and Dave. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fodu_1/index.html
Second, whether you have already done it or not, you may consider contributing a small amount to the legal defense fund in lie of the Walk that you could not attend. This too is a good way to show your support to Reade, Collin and Dave on this special day. The lowest amount you can contribute to the defense fund through the https://www.online-donation.com/truthandfairness
is $50. If that’s too high, you may send a check for a smaller amount (details available on the website). What matters is that you participate in some small way in the spirit of the day and show your support to this cause.
Let us make the Walk of Support a successful event and a positive experience. Let us show our support to Reade, Collin and Dave. Good luck and thank you to all those who are participating in the Walk tomorrow.