The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz began on July 15th, 2013 in Washington D.C. and will arrive at Alcatraz on December 22, 2013. The purpose of this Walk is to reaffirm the heart of Traditional Tribal Sovereignty rooted in Ceremony and land based spiritual relationships.
"We call on all Indigenous Peoples to come and support this Walk.... We also Walk to remind all peoples that Leonard Peltier and his continuing incarceration is symbolic of the continuing incarceration of all Indigenous Peoples in the policies and political structures of the colonial nation-states. The time has come for the release of Leonard Peltier based on principles of reconciliation. It seems strange and one sided that nation-states seek forgiveness for horrendous crimes against our Peoples such as massacres, land confiscations, the theft of our children to abusive boarding schools and such, yet can’t find a way to release a person who has served over 30 years in prison, for what happened during a time of conflict. Leonard Peltier should be freed on this principle of reconciliation regardless of what one may think in terms of justice, innocence or guilt."
For more information about the Longest Walk 4, see http://returntoalcatraz.com/.