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Running Down The Walls 5K Solidarity Run/Walk

On Saturday, Sep. 12 folks will run in solidarity with prisoners here in Portland.
Running Down The Walls 5K(3.1 miles)
Saturday, Sep. 12th, 10AM
Leaving from Black Rose Collective Infoshop- 4038 N Mississippi Ave.
& Arriving at Overlook Park- on N. Interstate

While there is no registration fee, we encourage participants to raise
$15 or more to be donated to the Anarchist Black Cross Warchest. This
money will directly support political prisoners and POWs by providing for
necessities in prison.

We can also use more local volunteers. For more info contact  runningdownpdx@rocketmail.com or abcf.net/la

Solidarity Runs
Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity runs with Running Down the Walls (Los Angeles). Last year, we had runs in Arcata (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), Navosta (TX), Inez (KY) New York (NY) and Massachusetts. We raised just under $2,000 with funds being distributed between the ABCF Warchest, El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Free Chip Fitzgerald Committee and several other local programs.

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. We have confirmation on runs at the following locations: Arcata, CA; Portland, Or; Ashland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; Marion, IL; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; and West Massachusetts.

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 the Anarchist POW Ojore Lutalo says it, "Any Movement that does not support its political internees, is a sham movement." So please help us, help them! Help us, help you!

We encourage people to participate in helping us raise funds for the Warchest, which can be done in the following ways:

Be a runner: We are asking people or groups who are running to collect as many sponsor for the run as possible. Remember the money received is going to help imprisoned comrades who need your help.

Sponsor a runner: This can be done through a flat donation to the runner of your choice. We ask from those who wish not to run to actively support those who are running in hopes of collecting as much for our comrades as possible.

Sponsor Running Down the Walls: Any amount helps. Contact the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross if you wish to simply donate money to the cause.

Donate to the Warchest: Send funds directly to the Los Angeles ABCF (PO Box 11223, Whittier, CA 90603) or to the Philadelphia ABCF (PO Box 42129, Philadelphia, PA 19101) Make checks or money orders out only to Tim Fasnacht.

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