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Individuals For Justice Blog
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Fasting for the GITMO Hunger Strike - Solidarity with Brian Willson
Mood:  down
Now Playing: Portland Solidarity - Hunger Strike - GITMO Torture Programs
Topic: Justice
Sometimes life is so interesting I want to live another 100 years. The week started out normal with us going to the City Council meeting and annoying the 4 shi-s + 1 but the security people were glad to see us, because we were going to argue on their behalf to save their jobs from Hales Budget, better known as his whining about a 21 million dollar shortfall that does not exist. There is money if they want to spend it, but you see politicians always do this kind of thing, say there is a shortfall and make the peasants fight over what programs get cut. 

There was a bright light in this whole exercise in bullshit and that was people from Occupy, Unions, and other groups who told the council to stop making shit up. The kids that were so nervous about the Sun Programs being cut got good news and as scripted thanked the council. The people who were concerned about the needle exchange program were also happy as the county came to their aid, but the programs for getting kids away from pimps seem to still be in jeopardy. Listening to the people who work so hard and seem to be having some success begging for funds was very painful. It would be tragic if there really was no way to get the money to fully fund these programs, however the fact that the council could support them if they wanted to, makes their pleas for help horrendous for us. 

Outside of the den of thieves, another action was going on, called by Brian Willson to protest the treatment of prisoners at Gitmo. Brian asked us, Individuals For Justice, to join him in protesting the conditions, torture, and ill treatment of the remaining people at Guantanamo, Cuba. Roberto and I were there and I joined Brian on a symbolic fast. 
My doctors said I could go for 24 hrs and that was my limit. I started at 10:00 PM Wednesday night and ended it 10:00 PM Thursday night and man, I was hungry. Before I left for the protest all the food in the house was whispering to me, “Joe don’t you just want to hold me, I am so lonely.” I made it through and Brian remains on a 300 calorie per day fast. We will join him as much as possible and that means my days protesting against fluoride are over. I hope we win, we have given much time to stop this madness, but people in Gitmo are near death because of their hunger strike, the decision to join Brian was a no brainier for us. So we have much to do, get together Unions, Church groups, Vet groups, Justice groups, lawyers, firefighters, homeless/houseless groups and stay focused, we are all getting screwed. “Storm the Bastille.”

When downtown, stop and say hello to the people who are protesting the camping ban in front of City Hall, if you don’t take a few minutes to say hello, you are risking becoming a “Cocktail Liberal.”

Posted by individuals4justice at 6:01 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 19 May 2013 6:08 PM PDT
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