The Longest Walk to the Lodi Sikh Gurdwara

While perusing the internet news, I found something interesting. It seems that Native Americans, in order to bring awareness to issues concerning both Native Americans and 1_walk_080214.jpgthe global community, have started an initiative, called the Longest Walk 2008, commencing from San Francisco this past Tuesday with volunteers walking to Washington DC on foot and reaching there by July 11, 2008.

From their press release, their mission and the occasion is stated:

On Tuesday, February 12th, representatives from hundreds of Native American nations participated in a ceremonial and cultural commencement for the Longest Walk 2, the 30-year anniversary of the historic 1978 Longest Walk. More than two hundred participants of the Longest Walk 2 have embarked on a five-month long trans-continental journey on foot from San Francisco. The walk will arrive in Washington, D.C. on July 11, 2008, bringing attention to issues of environmental injustice, protection of sacred sites, cultural survival, youth empowerment, and eroding Native American rights.

Currently, one group of walkers is heading down through the Central Valley along Highway 99 and is currently in Lodi. How this march originally caught my attention is through a local newspaper stating:

The group was headed to the Lodi Sikh Temple on Armstrong Road Wednesday. They’ll head to Stockton Thursday, then Manteca, Madera and Fresno, and on to Southern California, Arizona, through the South and up to the nation’s capital. [Emphasis Added]

Now, I have no idea what they did at the Gurdwara, my hope is that the Lodi Sikh sangat provided them Langar and any other facilities they required in solidarity. I am not sure of others stops by the marchers, but I hope other local Sikh sangats along the route show their support and solidarity as well.

While this blog calls for a change in the community and we are critical (which is a good thing), we also highlight ‘good news’ that certain Sangats are doing. I thought I would share this one. If we have any readers from the Lodi area, we would love to hear about it. Other thoughts?


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14 Responses to “The Longest Walk to the Lodi Sikh Gurdwara”

  1. Mewa Singh says:

    In terms of Central California towns, the march will be in

    Modesto (tomorrow) – Saturday

    Merced – Monday

    Fresno – Wednesday

    Delano – (Monday 2/25)

    and who cares about anything south of Delano.

  2. Mewa Singh says:

    In terms of Central California towns, the march will be in

    Modesto (tomorrow) – Saturday
    Merced – Monday
    Fresno – Wednesday
    Delano – (Monday 2/25)

    and who cares about anything south of Delano.

  3. I Heart Tractors says:

    Mewa Singh,

    While I appreciate your focus on Central California towns, could we please express a little more love and solidarity in Central Cali! Let's "unite" and not "divide"!

    If you want to get to LA … your forced to care what’s south of Delano … 99 to the 5! :)

    p.s. For those who care what's south of Delano … the march is going to be in:

    Wasco (02/25)

    Bakersfield (02/27)

    Edison (02/28)

    Keene (03/01)

    Tehachapi (03/02)

  4. I Heart Tractors says:

    Mewa Singh,

    While I appreciate your focus on Central California towns, could we please express a little more love and solidarity in Central Cali! Let’s “unite” and not “divide”!

    If you want to get to LA your forced to care whats south of Delano … 99 to the 5! :)

    p.s. For those who care what’s south of Delano … the march is going to be in:

    Wasco (02/25)
    Bakersfield (02/27)
    Edison (02/28)
    Keene (03/01)
    Tehachapi (03/02)

  5. Kaur says:

    And how about Southern California?

    Thanks guys

  6. Kaur says:

    And how about Southern California?

    Thanks guys

  7. FRESNO says:

    who cares what comes after the grapevine. Stay up north it will save all of us from weird so cal people…fresno rox my sox

  8. FRESNO says:

    who cares what comes after the grapevine. Stay up north it will save all of us from weird so cal people…fresno rox my sox

  9. Camille says:

    Hi Kaur,

    In Southern California, the itinerary follows:

    Rosamund (3/3)

    Apple Valley (3/4)

    Lucerne Valley (3/6)

    Yucca Valley (3/7)

    Joshua Tree (3/8)

    29 Palms (3/10)

    Other sites in CA are TBD.

  10. Camille says:

    Hi Kaur,

    In Southern California, the itinerary follows:

    Rosamund (3/3)
    Apple Valley (3/4)
    Lucerne Valley (3/6)
    Yucca Valley (3/7)
    Joshua Tree (3/8)
    29 Palms (3/10)

    Other sites in CA are TBD.

  11. fresno mayor says:

    Unite and not divide, whatever works for everyone.

  12. fresno mayor says:

    Unite and not divide, whatever works for everyone.

  13. oran youra says:

    its a great

  14. Tamier zonee says:

    It's a great thing that native American also takes part in national issues, but I am scared that no buddy takes interest in agriculture and I am watching dark future for farmers and tractor driversused tractors Massey Ferguson in Ghana

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