Richmond invited to walk with Native Americans this Saturday

Participants take part in the Native American Sobriety Walk in Richmond in 2017. (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

The 5th Annual Indigenous People’s Walk for Sobriety is set to take place Saturday, July 20.

The walk will begin at two locations: Veterans Memorial Hall, 968 23rd St., at 11 a.m., and at the parking lot of Grocery Outlet, intersection of San Pablo and Macdonald avenues, at 11 a.m. The final destination: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Barrett Avenue and 32nd Street. See the flyer for more information.

Set to participate in this year’s walk are nationally-known California Native activist-advocate Connie Reitman, Mayor Tom Butt and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia. Vocalist-performer Eileen Hazel will headline the event.

Connie Reitman

It is being held by the United Urban Warrior Society-California Chapter (UUWS). The UUWS is a national organization advocating for the advancement of human and civil rights for Native Americans.

The focus is “ on mental health, recovery and sobriety,” organizer Mike “Raccoon Eyes” Kinney said.