DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The steps they're taking through downtown Dayton are small ones, but they hope they'll add up to some major strides.
"It's too difficult to walk some of these walks by yourself so you need other people's voices to help bring about changes in the system," says Pam Long with the Catholic Social Action Office.
The people going through Dayton on Good Friday for a Justice Walk have been following that path for more than 25 years now.
It's one that was paved nearly 2,000 years before.
"We also do this in memory of Jesus who walked with his own injustice being condemned wrongfully to death and carrying his cross on our behalf," Long says.
With each stop comes a prayer, 14 in all to represent the 14 Stations of the Cross.
Some of the crosses carried by the walkers are issues that have been around for a long time like fear, others, like asking for Medicaid expansion, are newer ones.
But all have similar roots.
"Injustice is the basis of all the conflicts we have all over the world as well as in the city," says Pastor Robert E. Jones with College Hill Community Church.
For Mary Kirkendall the walk is a personal one.
The Harmony Creek Church Member showed up with her daughters to fight for acceptance.
With a gay son she sees how difficult that can be for some.
"Until it does affect you personally it's hard to wrap your mind around the severity of the problems," Kirkendall says.
Solving those problems will take more steps than just the ones being made here, but those involved feel they're headed in the right direction.
"If we can keep people focused on justice all the other things will fall in place," Jones says. "All the other ills of society can be handled."
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