Sunday, Prospect Park: Run Down the Walls

RDTW 2013From NYC ABC:

*WHAT*: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike

*WHEN*: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, September 1st

*WHERE*: Prospect Park– Lincoln Road/East Lake Drive, east of the Terrace Bridge (see the map for exact location)

*COST*: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

*We’ll be starting here*:  <http://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/rdtw-2011-starting_meetup-point.jpg>

*Directions*: From the B or Q train, get off at the Prospect Park stop. Walk to Lincoln Road and turn right into the park. We’ll be about 700 feet away.  The route will be two laps around what is known as the Inner Loop, and will total five kilometers.

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity events 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. NYC ABC’s goal with this year’s run is $2,000.  This year’s run will take place on Sunday, September 1st at 2:00pm in solidarity and conjunction with runs that will take place in cities and prison yards across the country at the same time.

REGISTER AS, OR SPONSOR, A PARTICIPANT

To raise our goal of $2,000, we need your support.

* Run/walk/bike/roll in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike/roll the 5k and are able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run. Download the brochure, complete with registration and sponsor form.

* 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 beforehand.

* 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: NYC ABC Post Office Box 110034 Brooklyn, New York 11211.  Your donation of $10 or more entitles you to the celebratory picnic after the event.

Each year, we split proceeds between the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Warchest Program and a local organization. This year’s partner group will be The Base.

*The Warchest Program*: The Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) has initiated a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994. Its purpose is to collect monthly funds from groups and individual supporters, and send that money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks. Over the last decade, the ABCF warchest has dispensed over $60,000 to political prisoners in the United States. Currently, there are eleven imprisoned comrades who receive a monthly stipend as part of the program; they are:  Joseph Bowen,  Russell Maroon Shoatz, Tsutomu Shirosaki, Alvaro Luna Hernandez, Herman Bell, Maliki Shakur Latine, Ruchell Magee, Sundiata Acoli, Hanif Bey, Sekou Kambui, and Oso Blanco.

*The Base:* The Base is a new sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing. The mission of the space is to spread ideas and practices to the broader populace and provide a place where individuals can learn, grow, and organize outside of traditional activist and educational institutions. For more information, visit: thebasebk.org

Of course, if you have any questions, e-mail at nycabc at riseup dot net.

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