JOIN US AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL JULY 15, 2016
AMERICA, CAUGHT IN THE EYE OF A MONSTER DRUG STORM
The Longest Walk 5 - Calling an End to Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence ...The destruction is at a pandemic stage!
On July 15, 2016, at 10 am, The Longest Walk 5 will reach the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC for a day-long gathering at the National Mall, the culmination of a mission to cross the continent on foot, seeking cultural and spiritual solutions to end drug abuse and domestic violence.
Dennis Banks, the founder of The American Indian Movement, issued the call for this Walk across America because of the extremely high rate of domestic violence, suicides, drug related deaths and destruction on Indian Reservations and in communities in the United States. Walkers and runners from all over the world joined in unity to help put an end to these pressing issues. Hundreds gathered in California on February 13, 2016 to be part of this 3600 mile, 5 month journey.
As the Walk neared Washington, Banks stated “If we don’t act now, the seventh generation will condemn us for doing nothing to halt this massive abuse and drug storm we are caught in. As we walked, we worked with communities collecting hard data and seeking information on ways to heal our people. This information will help prepare a new generation of Native leaders and community leaders to help guide us to a better future.”
The July 15 “Visions - A Call to Action” event for the country will focus on the raw reality of the suffering in America and how it extends beyond the individual. It will reflect on what we have learned on the Walk and will share information on how the new generation is suffering, and what can help people across the United States.
We will hear of the despair that plagues the nation and demand help from the US government but we will also be lifted by hope!
Three time Grammy Winner Bill Miller will perform. We will honor the hero of our Walk, a walker who died peacefully in his sleep after fulfilling his dream. Kid Valance will remind us that we are all connected through his performance “To Be Here (A Blessing).” An Ojibwa Equa will lead us in a Healing Water Ceremony and Dennis Banks will lift us up with a performance “Still Strong.”
The spiritual runners carried the heavy load of the Walk with amazing commitment and dignity. They live by their motto “Every step is a prayer, every mile a ceremony”.
The Longest Walk 5 is a three-year 10,000-mile endeavor ending in Washington DC in 2018.
Connect with history. Join Dennis Banks in Washington DC July 15, 2016.
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Dennis Banks is a Native American leader, teacher, lecturer, activist, and author. He is an Anishinabe, Ojibwa, born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. In 1968 he co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM), to protect the traditional ways of Indian people and to engage in legal cases protecting treaty rights of Natives-such as hunting and fishing, trapping, and wild ricing. Learn more.
Dennis Banks Biography