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Running Down the Walls 2020 Announcement

donate buttonSince 2008, NYC ABC has been organizing annual events in solidarity with Running Down the Walls (RDTW), started by ABCF-Los Angeles in 1999. Over the years, our RDTW events have become more than fundraisers for the ABCF Warchest and local organizations: they’ve become hubs where folks from overlapping radical and revolutionary communities—multigender, multiracial, and multigenerational—come together and socialize after an enthusiastic five kilometers of running, walking, biking, skating, and rolling. Many of the folks who anticipate each year’s event do so knowing they will see folks they might not see more than once a year. So, with all that said, we regret to announce that for 2020 we will not be organizing a physical Running Down the Wall event. The stakes are too high and we have too many close comrades who are elders or otherwise at higher risk if exposed to Covid-19.
SUPPORT RUNNING DOWN THE WALLSWhile recognizing the importance of the local event to various communities, it is ultimately the way by which we help build the warchest and directly support out political prisoners and prisoners of war (PP/POWs). Therefore we are calling on those communities to help us reach a goal of $3,000. Unless otherwise noted by the donor, all donations to through September 6th will go directly to the warchest.

Just as we support those facing repression in the fallout of recent uprisings, we must also support the PP/POWs who have been imprisoned for years, even decades. Please help us spread the word and direct your friends, loved ones, and colleagues to
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BK/NY – Friday, July 3rd – Memorial Action for the Martyrs of the George Floyd Rebellion

WHAT: Public Memorial
WHEN: 7:00 PM, Friday, July 3rd
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York
COST: Free
More than 20 people have died at the hands of fascists/white supremacists, in or out of uniform, in the uprising since the murder of George Floyd, and this would be our first opportunity to memorialize them together.

This is a call to all backgrounds who seek radical change, not liberal reform, to come together to mourn those murdered by fascists/white supremacists, in or out of uniform, during the uprising following the murder of George Floyd.

A call for the abolition of police and prisons and nothing less, and reallocation of those funds to resources for Black and brown communities.

A call to free all those who have been arrested, arraigned, detained, or incarcerated by the city of New York.

A call to turn up at a time when we are told to turn down by collaborators, careerists, respectability politicians, and peace police.

Mask up, bring your crew, spread the word!

BK/NY – Friday, June 5th – #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Noise Demo

WHAT: Noise Demo
WHEN: 4:00pm, Friday, June 5th 2020
Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC, the federal prison in Brooklyn); meeting at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 30th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11232 (D/N/R to 36th Street or R to 25th Street)
COST: Free
2020 noise demoIn solidarity with the international Justice for George Floyd and in response to the prison cop murder of Jamel Floyd at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement NYC (RAM-NYC) and NYC ABC will be outside MDC making noise in support of those behind the walls. Come #MakeNoise with us in NYC as we join solidarity actions here and around the country.

Since the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25, a previously unimaginable wave of revolt has swept across the country. People have fought back against the cops, who for so long have slaughtered Black folks in the streets without consequences. As we come close to the brink of revolution that could finally abolish white supremacist police and the institutions that constitute policing, we will be struggling closely alongside our imprisoned comrades, who face enslavement in the prison system.

On June 3, Jamel Floyd, who was imprisoned at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), was murdered by guards after staging a rebellion in his cell. NYC ABC stands in solidarity with those fighting for freedom against the system that places them in cages and regularly brutalizes them.

The police and prison system operate hand in glove to murder, enslave, and terrorize Black people. In order to abolish police, we must also abolish prisons!

All power to the rebels, fighting against injustice and for a better world!

Over 100 in the streets for NYC ABC NYE Noise Demo

2019 started strong as we welcomed home water protector Dion Ortiz. Throughout the year, we saw more comrades released (Janet, Janine, and Eddie Africa; Little Feather, Connor Stevens, and Nina Droz Franco). And yet, as more elders age behind the wall, we lost a true warrior, Tom Manning. To close the year, NYC ABC organized a noise demo outside of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in order to protest, celebrate, and let folks on the inside know they are not forgotten.

04We got there a little after 8:30 and others were there waiting. We greeted old comrades and folks we’d yet to meet and by 9:00pm, a decent crowd had formed. The night was relatively warm by winter standards, but comrades from the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) showed up with tea and hot chocolate to make sure everyone’s vocal cords stayed nice and toasty as we yelled and sang upward, into the steel and cement monolith that is MCC.

There were all manner of noise makers, most folks brought their own. Hell, we even had a makeshift drum corps to keep this noise demo moving.


Photo by NYC RAM

And while folks were there to celebrate and reach through the walls, signs and banners also expressed the brimming rage of the crowd. A crew from The Base showed up with black flags and banners to make sure all inside knew there were anarchists organizing in solidarity with them.

The demo lasted a couple of hours, but not before folks broke out sparklers and fireworks. And not before a fair amount of cops came to observe. They didn’t have riot gear or visible plasitcuffs, so the threat was more in what a bunch of preposterous goons they are than in any potential for arrest.

We’ve been told before, by comrades who were once held in MCC, that the noise demos light up the whole place and get through to the prisoners. If you’re thinking about organizing a noise demo in your town, do it.

Shortly before the crowd started to break up and head out, the following statement was read as a call and response, ensuring that our comrades inside could hear it:
“To many it feels like we live in a time like no other with surveillance and repression at every turn but also resistance, rebellion, and open revolt. This is neither the new golden nor dark age, it is simply another moment in time where we can collectively force conflict with a fucked up system.

Every day there are revolts of varying scale, most of which you never hear about. For those captured in revolt we come together in protest and celebration. Through the din of revelry and rage we tie ourselves to those who suffer systematized white supremacy and war against the working class

Prison is a means of social control to be absolutely destroyed.

Here’s to the total destruction of a prison-based society!

Tonight we bring with us the courage of Bill Dunne, the ferocity of Joe-Joe Bowen, the wisdom of Mutulu Shakur.

We remember in every act of rebellion against the state, our deceased comrades Tom Manning and Robert Seth Hayes your legacies will never be forgotten.

We hold in our hearts comrades soon to be or recently imprisoned—David Campbell, Joseph Dibee, Gage Halupowski, Chelsea Manning.


BK/NY – Sunday, December 15th – Send Love Through the Walls 2019

WHAT: Send Love Through The Walls: Holiday Card-Writing For Political Prisoners
WHEN: 4:00-8:00pm, Sunday, December 15th, 2019
WHERE: 263 Eastern Parkway, Apartment 5D (Direction Below) phone: 718.783.8141
COST: FREE (Donations to cover the cost of stamps greatly appreciated)
holidaycardwriting2016 with outlinesIn what many prisoners have told us is their favorite event of the year, Resistance in Brooklyn and NYC Anarchist Black Cross again join forces to bring you the annual holiday card-writing party for U.S. held political prisoners, prisoners of war, and prisoners of conscience. This event is always a lot of fun, the food outstanding, the camaraderie lively, and the handmade cards flat out amazing. This year will be no different. So plan to bring your friends, your creativity, and a healthy appetite. We’ll have updates on the pp/pow campaigns as well as paints, markers, crayons, and envelopes. Read more…

NYC/NYE – Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs

noise demo flyerWHAT: Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of PPs + POWs
WHEN: 9:00pm, Tuesday, December 31st
WHERE: Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan); Pearl Street, between Cardinal Hayes Place and Park Row (J to Chambers Street or 4/5/6/ to City Hall)
BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!

On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise demonstrations outside of prisons, is asking folks to join us outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Come, not to appeal to authority, speak truth to power, or any other contrivance, but rather to stand arm in arm with comrades and show direct solidarity to those on the other side of the wall.

The state, writ large, is targeting anarchists all across the United States and abroad. This will be both protest and celebration. To keep the cold at bay, comrades from MACC will be on hand with cookies and hot cocoa to keep the vocal cords nice and warm.

International Call For New Year’s Eve Noise Demonstrations

Spanish and French translations follow english text below.

This is a call for a raucous night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state on one of the noisiest nights of the year. On New Year’s Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself and come together to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not alone.

Internationally, noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a way to remember those who are held captive by the state and a way to show solidarity with imprisoned comrades and loved ones. We come together to break the loneliness and isolation.

We know that prison is beyond reform and must be completely abolished. It is a mechanism of repression used by the state to maintain a social order rooted in white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. To come together outside of the sites of repression is to also stand in defiance of what they represent.

The logic of the state and capital—of punishment and imprisonment, must be replaced by a rejection of oppression and exploitation. This call is one step in that direction.

Wherever you are, meet on New Year’s Eve at the prisons, jails, and detention centers, be loud in solidarity with those imprisoned and to push forward the idea of a world free from domination.

We send this call in solidarity with those defying state repression of large scale dissent: from the anarchist uprising in Chile to those in Exarchia facing repression as anarchist anti-state organizers, and all of those in the spaces between.

We want a world without walls and borders.

We will fight together until everyone is free! Read more…

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BK/NY – Saturday, November 16th – State Violence and Crowd Control in France

WHAT: Presentation
WHEN: 7:00pm, Saturday, November 16th, 2019
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free
Interv_USAJoin NYC ABC as we host a member of Let’s Disarm Them! to describe the workings of state violence and the evolution of policing in France, from a historical and radical perspective.

The collective Let’s Disarm Them! was founded in 2012 by anarchists who for several years have faced state violence and been directly affected by the use of grenades and rubber bullets.

Between 2011 and 2015, Let’s Disarm Them! took part in major radical anti-capitalist and ecological struggles. During this time the collective met other groups opposed to police violence; street medics; but also many victims–themselves mutilated or close to people killed by the police.

At the end of 2014, Let’s Disarm Them! participated in the building of a national network of mutilated people, the “Assembly of the Wounded.”

The state of emergency decreed at the end of 2015 after the attacks of Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan fundamentally transformed French society and the militarization of the public space accelerated through 2018, which coincided with a sharp rise of the far right.

Members of the collective have been under house arrest and on numerous occasions; prohibited from demonstrating, arrested and “brought to justice.”

The revolts against the labor reform and those of the Yellow Vests between 2016 and 2019 were harshly repressed. Many people have been injured, mutilated and imprisoned.

We are excited to learn from members of Let’s Disarm Them and share strategies for resisting repression together. Join us!

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BK/NY – Friday, September 13th – Emergency Rally At Brooklyn House of Detention

WHAT: Noise Demo
WHEN: 6:00pm, Friday, September 13th, 2019
WHERE: Brooklyn House of Detention, 275 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11201

COST: Free
flyerNew York City Council plans to move the entire Brooklyn jail population to Rikers by January 2020!

Stephen Levin and Speaker Corey Johnson for the last few months, have been secretly moving currently incarcerated people from Brooklyn House of Detention to Rikers Island! This is UNACCEPTABLE! We know Rikers Island is a torture chamber that MUST be shutdown without building new jails to replace it!

Join us at the EMERGENCY RALLY this Friday at 6pm, to DEMAND no one be MOVED to Rikers and for all City Council members VOTE NO on this disastrous jail expansion plan.

We WANT $11 billion dollars for community instead of jails.

At 7pm will be joined by our comrades No New Jails NYC, JLS Prisoners Human Rights, The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, Prisoners Human Rights Underground Railroad Movement for #Burnday Noise Demo Against Biden’s Crime Bill. We hope to see you there!

#CloseRikersNow #NoNewJails #burnday #AtticRebellion

Running Down the Walls 2019: A Reportback

Running Down the Walls 2019 in NYC started in the same way many things start out here, with arriving at the crack of dawn to squat choice real estate in a public park and yelling at some yuppie asshole because he doesn’t know the basics of parallel parking. As we set up for the day, passersby stopped to check out the goings on, peruse our display of free literature, and inquire about the 5k. We have noticed year in and year out that setting up in public, with a lot of foot traffic, draws attention and helps begin great conversations with folks who, until that moment, might have never considered that there are political prisoners and prisoners of war in the United States.

By about 1:30 pm, folks started arriving to register for the 5k, as we blasted old episodes of Burning Cop Car to get the people hyped. There were plenty of participants showing up, including many comrades we see once a year, at this event, and a bunch of folks we hadn’t met before. If you want to know what makes a day like this amazing, imagine seeing Sekou Odinga riding up on his bicycle as a comrade’s toddler wanders after a dog, and a black banner of a clenched anarchist black cross fist blows in the background.

steady mobbin'

Have you ever seen so much Sun in your life?

Operating on anarchist time, the 5k started closer to 2:30 than the publicized 2:00 pm, but only after taking a photo around the Running Down the Walls banner, giving folks the rundown on the route, and reading a statement by anarchist political prisoner Jeremy Hammond. With that, folks were off. Thanks to comrades from NYC Action Medical for being at the ready in case anyone needed medical attention during the event.
Jeremy Hammond Statement
After around 23 minutes, the first participant had made the slightly over 5k circuit and was ready for water. After cooling down and catching their breath, they told us that partway through the run, the thing that pushed them to run harder was the knowledge of what folks on the inside go through every day and how participating in this event renewed their strength in supporting imprisoned comrades.

After all of the folks participating in the 5k made there way around the circuit, we enjoyed a huge spread of unspeakable vegan delights. When Sekou Odinga came up to the table, one of his comrades pointed at one of the dishes and implored him to quickly try it, saying, “that one, there…that one’s special.” But where did he get his protein?!?

In the end, NYC ABC came close to reaching our goal of $4,000. If you’d like to help push us over the hump, you can still donate at or check the original event listing for other ways to donate.

The remainder of the day was spent socializing and enjoying a great day in the park, surrounded by comrades old and new. Later that same night, NYC ABC tabled a music night and fund raiser for the anarchist book fair. While there, we talked to a couple of folks who told us that the reason they love Running Down the Walls so much is that it’s a reminder that there is revolutionary community in NYC and that it is one of the few times in the year they know they will see a wide-ranging group of folks coming together to have fun, see each other, all while staying focused on those who are still inside. That’s what’s up and that’s how we get down (the walls).