January 12, 2008

Longest Walk 2

Inland stops included in 'Longest Walk 2' across AmericaA five-month journey across America aimed at raising awareness about protecting the Earth, sacred sites and the next generation will come into the Inland area in early March.

The trek, by foot, called the Longest Walk 2, commemorates a similar walk from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in 1978 by activists wanting to draw attention to American Indian issues.
Background:Dennis J. Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement, helped organize the 1978 Longest Walk.

It shed light on the movement and the people and helped defeat 11 legislative bills threatening American Indian sovereignty, according to event organizers. Moore said it was a huge catalyst for change, drawing the support of several thousand people, including boxing great Muhammad Ali and actor Marlon Brando at the end.

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