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California attempting to stop Longest Walk Northern Route
Support is urgently needed for the Northern Route of The Longest Walk!
The route is currently heading from Shingle Springs to Pollock Pines and attempts are being made to stop the walk! Walkers need supplies of warm clothing, food, and monetary donations as they head towards the snowy regions of Nevada, Utah, and Colorado!
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221 Idora Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94591
By Brenda Norrell,
Posted on Fri Feb 15th, 2008 at 03:13:38 PM EST
Longest Walk runners risk arrests today to continue
SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Longest Walk 2 Northern Route is combating an attempt by the California Department of Transportation to stop the sacred walk.
Jimbo Simmons, coordinator for the Longest Walk 2 northern route, said the California Department of Transportation is attempting to halt the walk now leaving Shingle Springs and heading east.
"We're going to walk today, even if we are going to be arrested," Simmons said on the live northern route broadcast on http://www.earthcycles.net/ from Shingle Springs Miwok Nation. "They can't stop us."
"We have permission. Grandfather Creator has given us the permission," Simmons said. "We're going to do it. If we have to walk over the mountain, we are going to do it."
Simmons asked people to call Julio Elver, chief officer on permits, 530-741-4403, and demand that permission be given for the sacred walk to continue through California to Nevada.
"Every step is a prayer," Simmons said. The walkers are now being joined by long distance runners. "In time of need, we call our runners."
Simmons said the sacred walk is underway because of the issue of survival for Mother Earth, to halt the destruction of the Earth, and for the continuance of the sacred way of life of Indigenous Peoples.
"This is a continuation of this 500 year struggle. The Longest Walk is one way of making those views known," Simmons said.
When the first walk departed Alcatraz in 1978, Congress was attempting to abrogate treaties. While some progress was made, the struggle continues as is obvious today in the attempts by California to halt the sacred walk.
Today, Friday, Feb. 15, young Miwok runners, including a group of fifth graders assisting with the sacred ceremonies, will run toward the snowline at the summit.
"We are in prayer. All of this land is our temple," Simmons said as runners gathered at noon.
Please call the Department of Transportation and demand that the Longest Walk be given permission to proceed without arrest.
--Brenda Norrell, on the northern route
brendanorrell [at] gmail.com
The California Department of Transportation issued the permit this afternoon. Thank you all for your quick response. The northern route runners ran up the mountain to Pollack Pines this evening.