Solidarity runs took off in Buffalo and NYC on September 4th, and yesterday in LA, Chico, Lake Worth, Middletown, Seattle, Turners Falls, Denver, and the Twin Cities. Running Down The Walls 2016 was a total success!
Starting at around 9:00am, Denver ABC and friends arrived at Sunken Gardens Park to set up our check-in table, literature, and the route. The weather was already amazing and remained sunny throughout the day. At about 9:30 the first few participants showed up to check-in and get their t-shirts. The shirt graphic features Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell, who was murdered in prison on August 12th, 2015 (Rest In Power Yogi Bear). Soon around 45 people had gathered in our corner of the park. The literature table was busy and Denver Food Not Bombs arrived with tasty food and beverages. At 10:30 we made welcoming announcements and initiated group stretches. Three wonderful folks volunteered to work the water stations. As soon as water stations were set, the run/walk/roll ignited! “Let’s go!”
The route crossed Speer Blvd at 11th Ave then moved to 12th Ave, eventually turning right on Ogden St. After another right on 9th Ave and left on Logan St, we soon found ourselves outside the Governor’s Mansion. Many of us took a moment to raise our middle fingers and scream profanities about the shit-bag who lives inside.
A few stayed behind to start grilling vegan hot dogs and making other meal preparations. Denver Food Not Bombs made the best fruit salad in addition to juice drinks, and granola bars. A good amount of water, chips, and salsa were donated by others. Thank you Food Not Bombs and everyone who brought food/drink items!
Once everyone was back at the park we gathered for a group photo and started eating. Announcements were made about upcoming events to support the #PrisonStrike. We hung out for the next few hours, building stronger connections to our community and revolutionaries inside. Enormous thanks to all who participated this year. It means so much to our imprisoned comrades. They will never give up the fight, and neither will we! Thank you Denver community for making our 8th Running Down The Walls another success. Together we raised around $1500 with more donations still rolling in. You rock!
Funds from the event go to support both the ABCF Warchest and Denver ABC Warchest. The Warchest program sends stipends to political prisoners in need of financial assistance.
Love & Solidarity,
Denver Anarchist Black Cross
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