Dem. Rep. Keith Ellison Goes on 'Hunger Strike' to Support Occupiers

Here’s why I put the “hunger strike” in quotes.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., embarked on a 24-hour hunger strike in solidarity with four Occupy DC protesters who have gone without food since Dec. 8 to advocate for D.C. voting rights.

Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in the House, met with the hunger strikers Thursday and pledged to read their declaration – which calls for full voting rights for District residents as well as legislative and budget autonomy – on the floor of the House of Representatives to enter it into the congressional record.

One day is not a hunger strike. It’s a diet. Maybe a fast. Not a hunger strike, in which one commits slow suicide to make a political point.


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