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The Longest Walk to reach Merced

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first Longest Walk in 1978, participants are again making their trip from Alcatraz for a five-month journey to Washington, D.C.

The group plans to walk through Merced beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. They will leave from Olive Avenue and Highway 59, traveling down Olive on their way to Chowchilla.

The first Longest Walk was conducted in response to proposed legislation in Congress that could have compromised American Indian treaties protecting land. The walk this year is to bring attention to global warming and other environmental issues, as well as to raise awareness about protecting important, natural sites.

Anyone is welcome to join the group, which is also accepting donations of water, vegetables or nonperishable items. For more information about the Merced stop, contact Mike Hermann at 209 726-9620.