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Letter Writing Night & Dinner for Lynne Stewart– Tuesday September 3rd

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

We fully encourage you to come out to this excellent letter writing event and dinner for Lynne Stewart, who is fighting cancer while imprisoned at a Texas federal prison.
For more information, check out http://lynnestewart.org


WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
WHERECAGE – 83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free

You know this country has made little progress when corny ass pop stars are still comfortable with racist cultural appropriation while at the same time being used by the corporate media to distract us from the impending war about to be waged on yet another Middle Eastern country. Where the largest prison hunger strike California has ever seen is being wholly ignored by the same media. And where our elders are allowed to age and die behind prison walls, suffering the same indignity of ignore-ance. Speaking to the latter is where we come in.

As a collective organized around supporting political prisoners, we refuse to fall prey to the media’s inexcusable omission of our elders from their pages. To that end, we focus this week’s political prisoner letter-writing dinner on a comrade suffering behind bars– Lynne Stewart.

Lynne Stewart received a 28-month sentence in October 2006. The government appealed the sentence, and in 2009 Lynne was sentence to 10 years in federal prison. She is now in a federal medical facility for women in Texas, thousands of miles away from her home, family and community.

If for some insane reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Lynne, you can write to her at:
Lynne Stewart #53504-054
FMC Carswell
Post Office Box 27137
Fort Worth, Texas

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials andprisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.

DIRECTIONS: Getting to CAGE is simple:
-From the J/M/ZEssex Street Stop: Walk west on Delancey Street (toward Essex Street, away from Norfolk Street) and make a left on Essex Street. Walk three blocks and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
-From the FEast Broadway Stop: Walk north on Rutgers Street (toward East Broadway, away from Henry Street), that becomes Essex Street, and turn left on Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
-From the B/DGrand Street Stop: Walk east on Grand Street (Toward Forsyth Street, away from Chrystie Street) and turn right on Orchard Street. Walk one block and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re a few storefronts down on the right.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you at supper. This event is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Anarchist Black Cross.



Running Down the Walls training update: Wednesday

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
With just a few days left before the big run I ran 28 minutes long and slow. Nothing too exciting.
NYC peops: come to run, eat vegan food & cheer me on!

: 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 below map for exact location)
COST: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

From the Q or S Shuttle 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 event will be two laps around what is known as the Inner Loop, and will total five kilometers. For the curious, here’s what it looks like:


Weekend training update!

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Running down the Walls is 8 days away and I am kicking up the training. Friday night was intervals: 1 minute of running followed by 2 minute jog. Did that 6 times and finished with 5 minute cooldown. Saturday afternoon: Ran 29 minutes at decent pace. Finished last mile *running* with a stack of books (see below)! I am determined! Come cheer me on, help support political prisoners and have some great food at the post-run picnic at Prospect Park, September 1st from 2-6pm. Sponsor me at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RY687ZGYPQXZ2

Menu for Running Down the Walls 2013 post-run picnic

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Here’s the latest confirmed menu for RDTW 2013 (all vegan):

***Smoked and slowly simmered jack fruit “pulled pork” sandwiches in a from-scratch Texas-style barbeque sauce

***Kala Namak infused faux deviled eggs filled with whipped turmeric bean curd

***Heirloom potato salad

***Chocolate chunk cookies

***A variety of homemade cupcakes

Running Down the Walls training update: Friday night

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Running down the Walls Training update: FRIDAY NIGHT RUNNING. I’m hoping rain doesn’t come. Planning to do half-hour of intervals.

First day of doing something other than long runs. Wish me luck! Hope to be doing 1 minute of hard running followed by 2 minutes of slower. What the hell do I know about running? Not much!

See you on September 1st at Prospect Park for #RDTW

You can sponsor me on our online donation page.

Running Down the Walls promo video

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Thanks to Denver ABC, there is now a new promotional video for Running down the Walls 2013!
You can view the video here.

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Volunteers needed for Running Down the Walls

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

NYC ABC  will need run-day volunteers for Running down the Walls. ”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” Contact nycabc@riseup.net to become a run day volunteer

Training Update: Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Running Down the Walls training update: Wed. Ran 33 minutes with no rest. Hit two hills and finished strong. 11 days until run.


RDTW Training update: Sunday night

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Ran 23 minutes, took a 3 min rest and ran another 13 minutes. Stopped by Books Through Bars – New York City at Freebird Books for a breather. If you do not know about Books thru Bars and the excelllent work they do, please check out their website at http://booksthroughbarsnyc.org I am running two days on and one day off at this point and ratcheting up the fundraising for the run. Please help me run this race and sponsor me here.

There are two main recipients of proceeds from Running Down the Walls this year: The ABCF warchest and the Brooklyn Base.Please check out their sites.

The route for this year’s run at Prospect Park is below. Hope to see you there on September 1st. All the info you need about the run is here.

Friday night Running Down the Walls training update

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Ran 30 minutes (around 3 miles)  & did not stop once. Saturday is a day off!