August 17, 2020
Family and Friends
A surprise thunderstorm warning forced me to adjust my planned route and start earlier than I had planned, but I finished this year’s (half) Marathon for Peace in 2:42:10. That’s just 10 minutes slower than last year, but almost an hour and 10 minutes slower than my best half marathon back when I was just 52 (1:33:59, 7 minutes, 10 seconds per mile pace). But I am fortunate to be able to cover those miles at any speed and I appreciate all the support I received from so many of you.
To coincide with Marathon for Peace 2020, I wrote my latest Organizing Upgrade column on the importance of strengthening today’s movements for peace, anti-militarism and international solidarity. It was posted Saturday and you can find it here:
Building momentum for peace and global solidarity is a task for today, tomorrow and the foreseeable future. The U.S. government will not end its policies of militarism and aggression even if we succeed in getting Donald Trump out of office in November. I ran this half marathon to raise funds for Organizing Upgrade, and thanks to your generosity I made my fundraising goal. But to make sure OrgUp has the resources to advance its work over the long haul, please consider extending your generosity and signing up as a monthly or quarterly sustainer at this link:
Stay healthy, keep struggling, and see you all again next year for Marathon for Peace 2021.
Thanks, peace and hope!
July 22, 2020
Family and Friends
I will be running my 15th annual Marathon for Peace August 16. This year’s run will be a little different, but once again I am asking for your support.
The first difference is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no safe organized races to run, so I’ll be covering the distance on a home-made course and doing my own timing. I’ve also been having increasing problems with my back after running 38,000-plus miles (including 40 marathons) in the last 25 years. So like last year I will only be able to do a half-marathon. But I will get to the finish line.
The second difference stems from today’s powder keg political landscape. Peace and every other component of the progressive agenda is tightly bound up with the fight against a white nationalist administration driving toward authoritarian rule. The Gestapo operation underway in Portland is one of its pilot programs. So this year I am running to raise funds for Organizing Upgrade as part of its first-ever fundraising campaign. Since OrgUp’s launch in 2017, this all-volunteer project has offered a site for left strategic discussion to map out the best ways to beat back the racist right, and to build an internationalist left rooted enough to drive a long-term project of radical change.
Now poised to expand its work, OrgUp will use the funds raised to redesign our website, expand our readership, and launch a podcast series. I am a member of OrgUp’s Editorial Committee and a regular columnist. You can find out more about Organizing Upgrade at:
You can help by pitching in $1, $2, $5 or $10 for each of the 13.1 miles I’ll be covering August 15. All donations are tax-deductible and you can donate on-line at:
You can also send a check to Organizing Upgrade, 490 Lake Park Ave. #10062, Oakland, CA 94610
Thanks so much.
Defend Black Lives.
Peace and Hope!