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One Way to Remember – Running Down the Walls

August 10, 2009

On Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross will host a 5k run/walk/jog/bike through the trails of the Whittier Narrows Regional Park in El Monte, Ca. This run/walk/jog/bike is designed to raise much-needed funds for the ABCF’s Warchest program. The Warchest program was created in November of 1994 to provide monetary support to political prisoners (PPs) and prisoners of war (POWs) in North America. Funds for the Warchest are divided and distributed through monthly stipends to PP/POWs who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. Funds have been used by prisoners to pay for shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

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 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 sponsors for the run as possible. Remember the money received is going to help imprisoned comrades who need your help. The person who collects the most amount of funds will be given a prize for their involvement and dedication to helping our fallen comrades.

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.
Get involved in the planning of Running Down the Walls: We always need help with organizing the event and we encourage people to contact us if they would like to get involved. You can do this by contacting the LA Anarchist Black Cross,,

Registration fees: $12 preregistration; $15, the day of the run. (Make checks out to Tim Fasnacht)

For more information contact the Los Angeles Branch Group of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation

PO BOX 11223
Whitier, Ca 90603

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