On February 11, 2008, People from all over the
country will begin The Longest Walk 2, a 30 year commemoration of the
First Longest Walk held in 1978. That Walk successfully brought
attention to eleven legislative bills which would have ended much of the
remaining Native Sovereignty. All the bills were voted down in Congress.
Led by Dennis J. Banks, co-founder of AIM. participants in this Walk
will travel approximately 4400 miles in 5 months,
crossing 11 states and the District of Columbia. It will begin with a
sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island on February 11, and end up in
Washington D.C. in July.
According to their press release, "The Longest Walk 2 is a peaceful,
spiritual effort to engage with the public about restoring harmony with
the environment by leading an effort to clean up the lands surrounding
our highways. We will be launching The Clean Up Mother Earth Campaign
where our Longest Walk participants will work together to clean up our
country’s highways and roads by collecting debris found along the
Longest Walk route. This monumental task will engage Walkers in a global
effort at a grassroots level to promote harmony with our delicate
environment. A rotating team of walkers will pick up trash along the way
.... leaving a healthy trail in their path.
We take up this task to walk in a manner befitting our nations. We shall
walk for the Seventh Generation, for peace, for justice, for healing of
Mother Earth, for the healing of our people suffering from diabetes,
heart conditions and other diseases."
The Longest Walk is open to everyone and there is no fee to join.
For more information about the Longest Walk 2, contact: National
Communications Coordinator - Tashina Banks Moore 505-280-3989.
I know a lot of us can't participate in an event of this magnitude, but
each of us can do something to help rebalance our Mother Earth. Maybe
some of us could organize our own "Clean Up Mother Earth" mini walk. All
it takes is one person reaching out to another person and there you
This might just be the beginning of something Big!