Longest Walk 30th Anniversary

THE LONGEST WALK 30TH ANNIVERSARY.
FEBRUARY 11- JUNE 11, 2008.
TWO ROUTES TO GO FROM S.F. ­ D.C.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
HEALERS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST AID STATION TO SUPPORT
THE WALKERS OVER 4,000 MILES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED.

GREETINGS FROM THE LONGEST WALK II MEDICAL COMMITTEE. We take this opportunity to invite you to be part of an historic event. The Longest Walk 2008 will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original The Longest Walk 1978, which resulted in historic changes for Native America and for our environment. To honor that achievement, TWO great walks are taking place ­a central and a southern route across the country. The purpose of The Longest Walk of 2008 is to raise awareness of the current state of global warming and it’s effects on our world environment & to protect sacred sites. We shall walk for the Seventh Generation, for our youth, for peace, for justice, for healing of Mother Earth, for the healing of our people suffering from diabetes, heart conditions, alcoholism, drug addiction, and other diseases.

THIS TIME AROUND ORGANIZERS ARE PUTTING TOGETHER WELLNESS & FIRST AID STATIONS to support the walkers along the entire route. Our mission for the wellness & first aid station is simply to provide preventative care tips and medical support to the walkers along the way. The first aid station will have a rotating group of volunteers, coordinated by an experienced health care practitioner. We will use a vehicle & other improvised space to provide care to walkers along the five-month journey.

HEALERS WELCOME! The mobile first aid & wellness center invites all kinds of healers & health-care providers to join the walk to share their healing skills with other walkers: those with first aid training, massage therapists, acupuncturists, traditional practitioners, herbalists, EMTs, physical therapists, nurses, doctors, mental health practitioners and more. All people working with the wellness & first aid station are asked to follow a code of ethics: Do no harm; Respect every individuals right to self determination; Work to learn how to share your healing skill in a non-oppressive manner; and Commit to the stated goals of the Longest Walk 2 with respect for Native American leadership. If you have medical skills please tell us a little bit about who you are, your experience and what skill you would feel comfortable sharing.

THE WALKERS NEED FOOD, MEDICAL AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR THE 4,400 WALK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Medical supplies that are needed range from herbal medicines, an assortment of bandages, blankets, pillows with waterproof covers, sheets, and other various supplies. The first aid stations also need the use of vehicles, preferably for the entire walk but any portion of the walk will be helpful. Although a hatch-back vehicle would do, a van or bus is ideal for a wonderful mobile first aid station to store supplies at least. Other donations besides medical are needed, such as food and gas money. See our wish list at www.longestwalk.org & contact us for further details.

DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. It is a monumental undertaking to move
as many as 1,500 dedicated people across the country. Nightly we will be holding community events, sharing our message and our knowledge. The Longest Walk is funded 100% by financial contributions that come from benefits, and from sponsors who encourage our work and believe in our message. In order For The Longest Walk 2008 to be a success, we encourage you to lend your support.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US with any question, large or small or for any additional info at LW08MEDICAL@gmail.com by phone at (831) 295-2555 for Aislyn Colgan or (510)-390-5017 for Dixie Block. For further info:

www.longestwalk.org

“Let those who doubt, hear our pledge. Let those who believe, join our ranks. As we walk the final miles, by our side will be elders, families, children, people of all races, from many walks of life, the old and the new America. All Life is Sacred, Clean Up Mother Earth!”
~Longest Walk II Organizers.

Sincerely, The Longest Walk II Medical Team
~ Aislyn Colgan, Greta Montagne, Dixie Block, & Pam Richards

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