Denver: Running Down the Walls a week away!

RDTWRunning Down the Walls
A 5k benefit run for political prisoners and POWs
Saturday August 7th, 11am
Confluence Park, Denver

Want to support Political Prisoners and local efforts to free our
imprisoned comrades?

Denver Anarchist Black Cross is calling for any all supporters of political prisoners and prisoner of war in Denver to participate in this year’s Running Down the Walls, a 5k fundraiser run to raise money for the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Warchest program and the Denver Anarchist Black Cross.

Last year, over a dozen runners helped raise nearly $500. This year we hope to double or even triple the amount of runners and the amount of funds raised.

This year’s run will take place on Saturday August 7th at 11am in solidarity and conjunction with runs that will take place in cities and prison yards across the country at the same time.

DABC is looking for folks that are able to:
-Run, walk or bike the 5k route
-Volunteer to hand out literature
-Volunteer to hand out water to runners
-Volunteer as street medics
-Sponsor runners or donate money
-Be present to cheer on runners and rally for the freedom of our
imprisoned comrades

If you are able to participate in any way imagineable, we need you!

Please contact Denver ABC at denverabc@rocketmail.com if you are interested in supporting this event in any way.

Below is a little more information on the run and the significance of August 7th.
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Running Down the Walls 2010

When: Saturday, August 7th, 2010, 11 am

Where: Confluence Park, Platte Street and 15th STREET, directly across the
Platte River from REI North of downtown

What: A 5k run/walk/bike event to raise funds for political prisoners held
captive in the United States and the Denver Anarchist Black Cross. The run
will be followed by a celebration back at Confluence Park (the path of the
run will begin and end at Confluence) with food, speakers, and more.

From the press release developed by LA ABCF:

Solidarity Runs:

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize
solidarity runs with Running Down the Walls. Last year, we had runs in
Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston
(MA), Denver, (CO), Elmore (AL), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL),
New York NY), USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson
(AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. This year we hope to expand the amount of runs
in prisons and other cities, as well as, increase the amount of funds
raised for community projects. This year we hope to have even more runs
in cities, towns, and prisons all across North America.

Raising Funds:

The Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to
send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War
(PP/POWs) who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial
support during their imprisonment.

Support the Struggle:

We must remember that many of those arrested in the past or present are
not far from us. Many of them were and are community and labor activists,
queer, and environmental activists; people who decided to speak out
against various forms of oppression and paid the price of their freedom
for their actions. We must remember that anyone of these people could have
at one time stood beside us in a demonstration, at a speak-out, or even at
an organizing meeting. At any given moment it could be us who finds
ourselves in this situation, so it is imperative that we ensure that a
strong enough community of support exists for these people as well as
ourselves. The strength of our movement is determined by how much we
support our fallen comrades. As Anarchist and former POW Ojore Lutalo say,
“Any Movement that does not support its political internees, is a sham
movement.” So please help us, help them! Help us, help you!

Why August 7th:

We chose the date of August 7th as the day to run down the walls to
commemorate the life of revolutionary Jonathan Jackson who on August 7th
was killed in an attempt to free the Soledad Brothers. On August 7,
1970, Jackson brought guns into the Marin County Court house during the
trial of James McClain, William Christmas, and Ruchell Magee. Jonathan
Jackson demanded the release of the Soledad Brothers as he and the three
prisoners took the Judge and four others hostage. As Jackson and the
others entered his van in an attempt to leave, the authorities open fired
on the van, killing Joanathan Jackson, James Mclain, William Christmas and
Judge Harold Haley. Ruchell Magee was injured but survived the onslaught
and remains in prison to this day.n and resistance!

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