Sep. 2: Running Down the Walls 2012 5k for Political Prisoners

August 11, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver General Assembly has voted to endorse the 4th annual solidarity benefit run for political prisoners being put on by the Denver Anarchist Black Cross.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 11:00am
Where: Cheesman Park, Denver, CO
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Over Labor Day Weekend, hundreds of people across the continent will participate in solidarity 5k runs in communities and prisons. This collective event, known as Running Down the Walls, has been held annually since 2002. Each year, Anarchist Black Cross chapters, prisoners, and allies, participate in these runs to raise funds for the Anarchist Black Cross Federation Warchest (a fund that sends monthly sti pends to political prisoners across the country), and other support efforts for political prisoners and prisoners of war.

Last year, the Denver Anarchist Black Cross event drew over 40 run participants, and we raised over $1100, which was split between the ABCF Warchest (a program that sends monthly stipend payments to political prisoners across the United States), and political prisoner Michael Davis Africa, raising enough to help him purchase band equipment for a revolutionary jazz band he started behind the prison walls.

This year, we are aiming to double the amount of participants, and also, in turn, double the amount of funds raised. The money raised from this year’s Denver run will be split between the ABCF Warchest, the Denver ABC Warchest (our own monthly stipend program that sends money to several prisoners who we support including Dr. Mutulu Shakur , and Siddique Hassan), and the funds needed to host the 2nd Annual North American Anarchist Black Cross conference to be held here in Denver in October.

To make this effort successful, we need YOUR support!

  • Run/walk/bike in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike the 5k and able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run. If we get 60 participants, who each raise $50, we can more than double our income for this year’s run!
  • Volunteer for the run – We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route before the march.
  • Donate to the run/sponsor a participant – If you are not able to attend, but want to support this fundraising effort, please mail donations to Denver ABC, 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D, Denver CO 80211. Or contact denverabc@riseup.net to work out a way to donate.

Want to participate? Want to volunteer? Want to donate? Contact us at denverabc@riseup.net, or comment on http://denverabc.wordpress.com/.