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THE LONGEST WALK 3 (Reversing Diabetes) Feb 14 – July 8, 2011
In less than 6 months we will embark on another historic journey — an event so great and much needed for all of America!
This is a 5,000+ mile Walk Across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our entire diet and lifestyle! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country.
We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. Our goal will be to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD! Along both routes we will be launching a CLEAN UP MOTHER EARTH campaign, picking up trash along both routes!!
I did an Inipi (sweat ceremony) with a tribal member who had not been able to do the Inipi for a long time due to his diabetes. He looked like a new man afterwards. I have also done ceremony with various tribal members who have to take insulin during the ceremony and have something to keep their blood sugar level up. Ceremonies, you know those ceremonies that used to banned by the United States because of that religious bigotry that led to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978? But some say the Inipi was to make The People stronger and the seventh most sacred rite is a vision for an entire Nation. What could be more urgent overall –
We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs.
– since before we can help others, we must take care of ourselves? Read what I say next twice. That man I first mentioned who looked like a new man after the Inipi, adopted a girl he has to help take care of.
So, I have a question for our congressional representatives who hopefully see this. Do you care?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes, compared to a national average of seven percent.
I mean, I know john (little “m”) mccain doesn’t care.
I know palin “to hell with the Native Alaskans” what’s her 1st name doesn’t care.
I know the Arizona “kill all other ethnic studies but white” politicians don’t care.
But what I’m a tryin’ to say, with the future of the Democratic Party at stake and all now, is that – maybe you should.
(all bold mine)
The rise in the minority population is due to recent sharp increases in minority births, especially among Hispanics, who accounted for more than half of total U.S. population gains last year. There are now roughly 9 births for every 1 death among Latinos, compared to a roughly one-to-one ratio for whites.
Some 64% of the nation’s Hispanic population are of Mexican origin
(see table). Another 9% are of Puerto Rican origin, with about 3% each of Cuban, Salvadoran and Dominican origins. The remainder are of other Central American or South American origin, or of origin directly from Spain. About 7% are of unspecified national origins. It should be noted that these figures pertain to ethnic self-identification; the same dataset (abstracted from the 2007 American Community Survey) indicates that 60.2% of all Hispanic and Latino Americans were born in the United States.
We will be leaving La Jolla (San Diego County), California on February 14, 2011 (Valentine’s Day – Heart Day) following a pipe ceremony, and other events, and entering Washington DC on July 8th, 2011 (Note: Facebook only allows events to be posted that are 4 months or less — this walk is actually about 5 months).
California- Feb 14 – Feb 24
Arizona – Feb 24 – Mar 16
New Mexico – Mar 16 – Apr 6
Texas(panhandle) – April 6 – Apr 8
Oklahoma – Apr 8 – Apr28
Arkansas – Apr 28 – May 1
Louisiana – May 1 – May 17
Mississippi – May 17 – May 20
Alabama – May 20 – May 22
Florida – May 22 – June 12
Georgia – June 12 – June 19
South Carolina – June 19 – June 25
North Carolina – June 25 – July 2
Virginia – July 2 – July 8
The Longest Walk 3 is welcoming a NORTHERN ROUTE from Portland, Oregon to Washington DC!! Chris Fransisco will be leading this route. Please help support both routes. We Need Your Help!!
Oregon February 14 – March 3
Idaho March 3 – March23
Wyoming March 23 – April 5
Nebraska April 5 – April 19
Kansas April 19 – May 10
Missouri May 10 – May23
Illinois May 23 – Jun 1
Indiana June 1 – June 15
Ohio June 15 – June 25
West Virginia June 25 – July 1
Virginia July 1 – July 8
STATE COORDINATORS ARE NEEDED IN THESE STATES. If you or someone you know is willing to make a commitment of this type, please contact our National Coordinator, Goodz Cloud (also on Facebook) or myself. Please let us know as soon as possible since we have less than 6 months left!!
There will be a Mid-walk break from May 11 – 17th, while we’re in Louisiana for the walkers to travel back home, or help the communities in that state.
We also welcome a Link run coming in from Rapid City, South Dakota, meeting us in Oklahoma. For more info on this, please contact Tokala Banks.
Each day the walkers will walk a total of 15 – 25 miles, and the runners will run between 50 – 100 miles. This event has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY on DRUGS/ALCOHOL — this will be your only warning.
We are currently in need of local event planners, volunteers, supporters, and musicians willing to play benefit concerts along the route. If you are interested in making a commitment of this type, or know of anyone, please contact us via email or phone. We will then put you in contact with one of our State Coordinators in your area.
We have only 6 months before the start of this historic event. Our route is taking us along much of the southern coastline. We have and will address any needs while the walk is in your state, with adequate notice. So please let us know as-soon-as-possible.
The Longest Walk 3/Reversing Diabetes 2011
President, Dennis Banks Co.
LET US BEGIN!
MIIGWETCH FOR YOUR TIME & TRUSTED SUPPORT,
Dennis J. Banks
Native American Diabetes More Than Double the National Average:
American Diabetes Association Home Page:
Longest Walk Northern Route Information:
The birth of the Long Walk to Reverse Diabetes 2010 with Dennis Banks:
The LongestWalk NorthernRoute Facebook Fundraiser:
This route is currently being updated and will include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia.
Chris Francisco (Navajo) – Longest Walk 3
Red Town Radio
Date / Time: 9/4/2010 1:00 PM
Category: Politics Progressive
Call-in Number: (646) 929-0892
THE LONGEST WALK 3 (Reversing Diabetes) Feb 14 – July 8, 2011 The Longest Walk northern route 2011 is being organized by Chris Francisco, Navajo from Shiprock, N.M., living in Portland.
This is a 5,000+ mile Walk Across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our entire diet and lifestyle! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country. LW III will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. They will be advocating for major changes in eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. The goal is to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD! The Longest Walk 3 is welcoming a NORTHERN ROUTE from Portland, Oregon to Washington DC!!