Walk #1: Saturday, April 8
We are very excited and honored to welcome our guest to the April 8th Refinery Healing Walk: Sweetwater Nannauk! Sweetwater is an Idle No More activist that advocates for the protection of the fragile environment of the Northwest Coast, for tribal sovereignty rights, and the traditional way of life of Native people. She is a signer of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty and a long-time community organizer, activist for police accountability, and Native artist’s rights.
We will begin near the Pittsburg Marina at 3 Marina Blvd in the City of Pittsburg, California
8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk - please see the details of the route below.
The walk will end at Martinez Shoreline Park, end of Ferry Street in the City of Martinez, California
Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m. We will walk to the shore and make our prayers. Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your area to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Pittsburg.
Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles. For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to "What To Expect" in the tabs above.
This walk is approximately 13.5 miles from beginning to end. There will be support vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk. Medics will also be available. Water will be provided - please bring your reusable water bottle.
Joining us for the first Refinery Healing Walk of 2017? We encourage walkers to take BART to the North Concord Station if possible! We are happy to transport folks arriving on BART to our starting point for the Water Ceremony – and we promise to get you back to the Martinez/North Concord Station at the end of the Healing Walk. If you know you will need to leave before the end of the walk, please arrange your own ride. To ensure we have enough vehicles on standby, please do these two things:
1) RSVP ASAP for BART pick-up at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your first names and a contact phone number.
2) On April 8th, arrive at the NORTH CONCORD BART by the 7:26 AM train at the latest. There will be no BART pick-ups after 7:40 AM.
A bus (called Iguana!) will take walkers over a 2 mile part of the walk on the freeway between Pittsburg and Martinez. There was no other route available for walkers other than a route that would have added many miles to the walk.
CARPOOL? CLICK HERE
Please RSVP on Facebook: I/We are coming!
Scroll down to see a map of the walk.
2017 Healing Walk #1 Pittsburg to Martinez
8 AM – Meet at Central Harbor Park across from Pittsburg Yacht Club
at 3 Marina Blvd
Opening Water Ceremony led by Idle No More
8:30 AM – Sign non-violence agreement, get a map, buy a t-shirt
9 AM - Circle
(If needed, restrooms at 51 Plaza Marina)
9:30 AM Start walking!
Part 1 – 5.3 miles
L on Marina, L on East 3rd Street (at The Yellow Boat display)
R on Railroad Avenue
Restrooms at Steeltown Coffee, Railroad Avenue and E. 7th St
After passing Central Ave, stay on walkway to
follow the pedestrian pathway down to North Parkside
Walk down the hill to the park
L on North Parkside (which turns into Willow Pass Road)
Rest Stop Tower Mart Quick Stop – snacks/restrooms
Meet Up Point 1805 Willow Pass Rd @ Seasons/Loftus
Cross over Port Chicago Freeway. Turn right into the
parking lot of Open Bible Church/Bay View Church
This is the Willow Pass Rd side entrance of the church
at 3801 Camino Andres Rd, Bay Point
This is where we will meet the Mexican Bus!
Enjoy your seat for 2.2 miles of up & down hills!
½ hour LUNCH STOP at top of hill
w/restrooms, Food Mart, Subway, Taco Bell
Back on the bus for one freeway exit
Get off the bus at the Meet Up Point
In the northwest corner parking lot
at Arnold Industrial Way and Port Chicago Highway
Part 2 – 8.2 miles
At Arnold Industrial Way and Port Chicago Highway
Take a picture with the bus! Continue west on Arnold Industrial Way
Restrooms Lowes – last one for a while!
Prayers at Tesoro Gate – Imhoff at Solano
(Request for prayers as we walk by Las Juntas Elementary School - it is so close to the refineries)
L on Blum Rd. R on Pacheco then L to stay on Pacheco
Meet Up Point
Prayers at Shell Gate – Pacheco at Howe
Restrooms - La Primavera in back of USW Local 5
Left on Willow, R on Pine – Pine St turns into Court St
Last Meet Up Point Contra Costa Superior Court
On the steps at 725 Court St
(Short walk from here to the end point)
Continue on Court, L on Marina Vista Way
Walk through parking lot
Right onto Ferry St, over Amtrak tracks into Park
Follow the signs to Food/Drink/Art/Restrooms
Closing Circle, share gratitude, have a meal, make an art square of your "vision of your community beyond fossil fuels"!
At the very end: Water Ceremony w/ Idle No More
You did it! Thank you so much!
See you next month!