If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just:
This may have created more questions than it answered. I spoke with one of the creators of #WALK Together, Kenneth Antonio, to figure out just what this walk was all about.
“#WALK together” is a sort of “un-demonstration”, a statement that we as a people can come together, and in doing so, we can learn to see that the lines that divide us are more of a mental creation,” he explained. “It’s a celebration of oneself, a walk because one can.”
But surely it can’t just be that straightforward, can it? According to Antonio and his co-organizers, Paul Ross and Lina Muk, it is.
As it turns out, it’s not that complicated at all. The confusion lies in how transparent the project is.
“You see it all the time: protest this, walk for that.” But in a world fraught with differences and divide, #WALK together presents a simpler solution. “How about let’s just walk for the sake of walking?”
As far as Antonio knows, #WALK together is definitely the first of its kind. Although it’s a little too early to speculate about the future of the walk, it’s never too early to be hopeful.
“I hope that it has some sort of positive butterfly effect that changes the way things are.” But right now, the pilot projects success depends on how the city responds.
It may be a little difficult to wrap your head around how simple the idea is – a walk to walk because we can – but there is no ulterior motive or hidden agenda behind this project.
Why not give in to your curiosity and give it a whirl, meet some new people, and stroll about this beautiful city we call home. What have you got to lose?
The inaurural #WALK takes place Saturday, July 18th, at 2:00pm, at Parliament Hill. See the Facebook event for more information, though it may raise more questions than it answers.