Category: Dennis Banks

Dennis Banks for Vice President

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Dennis Banks (photo credit: Maria Pasho)

Dennis Banks is running for Vice President of the United States together with presidential candidate Gloria La Riva. Banks and La Riva will appear on the California ballot as the candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party, they’re also on the ballot in New Mexico, Colorado and Iowa for the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Dennis Banks, “Nowa Cumig”, is Anishinaabe, born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

He co-founded American Indian Movement in 1968, and has led or organized many struggles for the rights of Native America, from the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties to the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, which brought world attention and support to the Native struggle. Banks organized the Longest Walk in 1978 from San Francisco to Washington, DC, which defeated all the anti-Indian legislative bills. In 1986 he organized the Great Jim Thorpe Longest Run from New York to Los Angeles, to demand the Olympic Medals taken from Thorpe be restored. They were restored in 1983 to Thorpe’s family. In 1994, he led the “Walk for Justice for Leonard Peltier.” Banks has led 12 international Sacred Runs.

His autobiography Ojibwe Warrior, was published in 2004. The documentary featuring Banks’ life, A Good Day to Die, received the Best Documentary Award at San Francisco American Indian Film Festival in 2010.

Native leader and Vice-presidential candidate Dennis Banks campaigns in CA

This report first appeared at on October 8, 2016.

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Gloria La Riva and Dennis Banks

Banks is on the ballot as the U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party in California, and in Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado for the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement and Vice-Presidential candidate recently visited California to promote the campaign and speak out in solidarity with Native and working-class struggles.

Dennis Banks speaks at Sacramento State

A campaign appearance by vice-presidential candidate Dennis Banks on October 4 got excellent coverage on the Sacramento State University campus. The article begins:

As the major party vice presidential candidates were debating in Virginia on Tuesday night, over one hundred students and activists came to the University Union to listen to Dennis Banks, the vice presidential nominee of the socialist Peace and Freedom Party.

Banks is running alongside Gloria La Riva, who has gained ballot access in eight states, including California.

Banks said that the 2016 race may be remembered as “the worst presidential election in U.S. history.

John Ferrannini, Peace and Freedom vice presidential nominee speaks at Sacramento State, The Sacramento State University Hornet, October 8, 2096.