History


History

Since 1999, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, incarcerated people and support organizations across the country participate in Running Down The Walls (RDTW) . This annual 5K run/walk/roll event is to show solidarity and raise funds for numerous political prisoners in North America. Funds raised are typically split between the ABCF Warchest and a community group chosen by the host group. Each year, incarcerated comrades participate by running inside prison. This event brings us closer together each year, strengthens our bond, and lets people behind bars know they are not forgotten!

The Warchest program receives donations from ABC chapters and other individuals and then disperses the funds to the recipients in the program. Since initiation in November 1994, the program has raised more than $205,000. The current Warchest recipients are:

In past years, Running Down the Walls was held in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Austin (TX), Bellefonte (PA), Bloomington (IN), Boston (MA), Brooklyn (NY), Buffalo (NY), Chicago (IL), Chico (CA), Denver (CO), Hamilton (Ontario), Elmore (AL), Guelph (Ontario), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Lowell (MA), Marion (IL), Middletown (CT), Minneapolis (MN), USP Navosta (TX), New York (NY), Oakland (CA), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Pittsburgh (PA), Riverside (CA), FCI Sandstone (MN), Seattle (WA), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (Ontario).