Published January 13, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO – The Longest Walk 5 – 2 to begin from San Francisco on February 12, 2017.
This year’s Longest Walk is part two of a three-part walk across America to bring attention to the war on drug abuse and domestic violence. Last year’s walk took a southern route across the country. It originated in San Diego in February and ended in Washington, D.C. in July.
“Because of the extremely high rate of abuse, suicides, drug related deaths and destruction, which is at a pandemic stage, our mission is to cross this continent on foot; seeking cultural and spiritual solutions to end drug abuse and domestic violence,” said Dennis Banks, who is the leader of the Longest Walk 5 – 2.
This year’s route will take a more central route across the country, beginning in San Francisco with stops along the route at Indian reservations. A planned stop at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the site where water protectors are opposing the Dakota Access pipeline. The route will continue on to Washington, D.C.
The Longest Walk 5 – 2 is a 165-day journey that will cover approximately 3,946 miles.
The start of the walk will be at the Warming Hut Café, located at Marine Drive in San Francisco.
The walk will have approximately 30 dedicated walkers, five – ten runners and people joining from various tribal communities and reservations along the route. Anyone interested in walking or running in the Longest Walk 5 – 2 can contact Ana Jacome at 619-577-5236.
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