On February 11, 2008, Longest Walk 2 participants will embark on a 5 month journey across America walking over 4,400 miles to Washington, D.C. arriving on July 11, 2008. The Longest Walk 2 is being organized and led by American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis J. Banks. It is an extraordinary grassroots effort on a national level to bring attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth.
The Longest Walk 2 is walking to create awareness about the environment. We are walking to protect sacred sites in our country. We are walking to commemorate the successful efforts of the 1978 Longest Walk. We are walking to promote positive change in our world.
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 with trash pokers 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.
We are Cleaning Up Mother Earth mile by mile, village to village, city to city, state to state and shore to shore from Alcatraz Island to Washington, D.C. We walk with the message: All Life is Sacred.