Jaan Laaman’s Organizing Announcement for Running Down the Walls 2013
It’s time to lace up those running shoes for Running Down The Walls 2013. Political Prisoner Jaan Laaman explains the history of the event and implores listeners to get organized for 2013’s run. Thanks go out to Prison Radio for recording this.
Runners, walkers, Human Rights supporters and people of positive consciousness, it’s time to lace up your running shoes and get ready to participate in the 2013 Running Down The Walls. Hello, this is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice coming to you from the u.s. prison in Tucson, Arizona. Let me tell you about this annual 5k run, that takes place in dozens of cities and towns, and behind state and federal prison walls across the usa and in some Canadian cities too.
Running Down The Walls was started 14 years ago in Los Angeles by the ABC Federation, to support and bring attention to the reality of political prisoners in the United States. More broadly this run helps to publicize the denial of Human Rights and abusive conditions, that so many men, women, and children locked up in american prisons, face daily.
In addition to the runs held in cities around the country, prisoners organize solidarity runs in prison yards, also across the country. These solidarity runs allow us to join with and show our support for the folks running outside. Also, this shows unity among ourselves, old, young, Black, white, Latino, Native and all prisoners, running together for a positive goal of justice and freedom.
This year Running Down The Walls will take place on Sunday, September 1st.
If there is no run in your area yet, why not pull one together yourself? Join in, with the thousands of runners — inside and out on September 1st. We might be separated by miles and bars, but we are united in our goals of Justice, Human Rights, and Freedom!
Until next time, remember, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle.