Occupiers Launch Hunger Strike for DC Voting RightsThursday, December 8, 2011
(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)
Three Occupy DC activists began a hunger strike for DC democracy Thursday. Munching on a final meal of tofu stir-fry, Adrian Parsons, Sam Jewler, and Kelly Meers announced their strike at a press conference at McPherson Square Thursday afternoon. “Next time we eat, DC will have representatives in Congress,” said Jewler. "We admire the courage and conviction that the DC hunger strikers are displaying today," said Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of DC Vote. "Like so many other Americans, they are sick and tired of DC's second class status. They decided they are not going to accept less democracy for DC, and are demanding action. We call on Congress to respond by freeing DC's budget." Follow the hunger strikers’ progress on Twitter.