Running Down The Walls
Join community members on October 15th at 2-5pm NT for the first ever St John’s Running Down the Walls fun 5k run/jog/walk/strut/roll.
Bring $10 to participate or fundraise a minimum of $10.
There will be water and snacks for all participants!
Event starts at 2pm NT at the Corrections Wellness Garden, 89 Forest Road.
The route takes us down past Dominion, along the near side of Quidi Vidi Lake , and back up through Quidi Vidi Village and along Forest Road to end at the same Corrections Wellness Garden.
Social to follow from 5pm-8pm at the Benevolent Irish Society (30 Harvey Rd).
Featuring pizza & snacks, and a cash bar.
Let us know when if there is anything we can do to make participation more accessible for you.
For example, we can help with bus fare, or if you need transportation between the run location and the social we can ask a volunteer to give you a ride.
Email RunningDownTheWallsNL@gmail.com with questions or accessibility concerns.
Running Down the Walls is an annual event held in cities across the US and Canada every year in September or October.
It is a non-competitive 5k run/jog/walk/strut/roll that is used to raise awareness and funds for prisoners, especially political prisoners, across the continent. It involves people running simultaneously in many cities and in many prisons at once.
Running together is actually a big component of Running Down the Walls. The solidarity shown across cities illustrates, through several small collective actions, that we have not forgotten those locked up inside. Runs inside of prisons happen to both help politicise other prisoners and to illustrate that our acts of solidarity outside have been heard.
Half of the funds raised at the first ever St John’s Running Down the Walls event will go to the Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) Warchest Program. This money is used to assist prisoners, especially elder prisoners, who have little or no financial support by giving them a monthly check.
$50 will go toward the NL based Prison Pen Pal Project, to cover the cost of postage and materials associated with writing letters to incarcerated community members.
The remainder will go to the East Coast Prison Justice Society (ECJPS), a hub for prison justice advocacy on the East Coast of Canada. The ECJPS is a collaboration of individuals and organisations working to advance social justice through advocacy focused on the rights and interests of criminalised and imprisoned people.
So bring $10 or fundraise even more than that, bring your most fabulous shoes, and join us on October 15th at 2pm NT to run/walk/roll together in solidarity with those who are caged and help us build advocacy for prisoners here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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