Occupying 26.2 Miles: Marathon for Peace 2011

By Max Elbaum
Nov 18, 2011

Our spirits buoyed by #Occupy and the rising of the 99%, War Times is redoubling our efforts against wars and militarism. (For the latest on #Occupy including the Nov. 17 International Day of Action, look here and here.) Among other things War Times has expanded our presence on social media - you can now find War Times on Facebook here or follow us on twitter here.

Once a year we appeal to our readers for the funds needed to sustain this all-volunteer effort. To anchor our campaign, one of our staffers runs an annual Marathon for Peace as a fundraiser for War Times. Below is Max Elbaum's message about Occupying 26.2 Miles on November 26, please take a look and consider lending a hand.    


War Times/Tiempo de Guerras

Family and Friends,

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune… On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures." --William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Occupy Wall Street is today's full sea (but without the gender one-sidedness of Shakespeare's otherwise eloquent words). This wave of creative protest has inspired and engaged large portions of the beleaguered 99%. It has shifted the national conversation from deficits and budget cutting to inequality stemming from a broken system. The Occupy surge led by a new generation has opened up space for all kinds of changes that seemed off the table just a few weeks ago. It has given every one of us a chance to take the current, both by supporting the Occupy encampments in our localities (I Hella Love Oakland!) and by pushing forward the tide of social change on every issue and battlefront. 

The Occupy movement, and the big protests that followed the recent police assault on Occupy Oakland, reminded me how much I loved marching, sitting and running in the streets back in the 1960s. But at age 64 I'm not as adept at direct confrontation as I was back then. So the way I run to build the movement has changed. I run Marathons to help raise funds for peace and justice projects - and once again it's time for my annual Marathon for Peace (and my 30thMarathon overall). I'll be occupied running 26.2 miles in the Northern Central Trail Marathon outside of Baltimore November 26 and I'm writing to ask for your support.

As in previous years, this run will benefit War Times/Tiempo de Guerras- the antiwar project I've worked with for the last decade. In today's changed climate, there are big opportunities to persuade millions that there are close links between the economic afflictions faced by the 99% and war, empire, militarism and racism. That's both an urgent and a long-haul task. The two dozen volunteers who staff War Times are determined to contribute all we can.  

As many of you know, last year a dozen talented younger activists took over the tasks of writing  War Times' monthly columns and other articles. They've done a great job. Their voices can be amplified further if War Times can obtain the resources for an expanded presence on social media (you can find War Times on Facebook here) and in other areas.  

Can you pitch in to support this work, perhaps with a dollar for each of my upcoming Marathon’s 26.2 miles? All donations are tax-deductible, you can donate on-line at http://www.war-times.org or send a check to War Times, P.O. Box 22748, Oakland CA 94609. 

It is a source of both hope and endurance to be connected to so many dedicated and generous partisans of peace and justice. And especially so when the tide is starting to flow our way.

Thanks, Peace, and Stay Occupied!


The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project

Max Elbaum has worked with War Times since its founding. He has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (known as SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. Through the 1970s and 1980s he participated in campaigns defending affirmative action and opposing U.S. military interventions in the Third World while writing extensively for the radical press and taking part in then-widespread efforts to construct a new US revolutionary political party.

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