An activist correspondence amidst the struggle for social justice
Dear Professor Benjamin Borden,
Can we organize a hunger strike in our community on October 27 through the 29th? If so, how would you go about it? What would be the value of it for all who are touched by it?
Food Not Bombs
Professor Borden's reply
Subject: American University Hunger Strike and Fast
Date: Sun, 17 Oct. 2004 21:42:10 -0400
From: Benjamin Borden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Keith McHenry,
Washington DC is known for its transient population of business professionals and students who come and go from the city without a second glance at the disparity between the flawlessly manicured federal buildings and the surrounding poverty. There is a rapidly growing divide in this country between those who have and those who have not, which include the social and educational systems of both.
If the current trend continues, more and more generations will vanquish
in state of poverty and debt with no plausible means of escape. We, as
members both of this community and students, refuse to turn away from
the reality of this situation. Instead, we stand in solidarity with our
fellow country persons, Washingtonians and humans who struggle daily to
provide adequate food for themselves and their families.
On October 27 through the 29, the American University Collective Against Hunger and Homelessness will host the first annual Hunger Strike and Fest, a three day festival complete with local and national speakers, live music and food, all free and open to the public. We will do this to raise awareness about serious issues such as gentrification, poverty and homelessness.
Members of the AU Hunger and Homelessness Collective will take part in a three-day hunger strike as both a sign of unity with our fellow humans and as a challenge to the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, who have yet to brooch the subject of American poverty or gentrification on a large scale. Could you provide a speaker willing to address a related issue at Hunger Strike and Fest? If not, we would still greatly appreciate your joining us for some food, dialogue and live music all supporting a great cause. Please e-mail or call me for further scheduling information.
Peace through justice,
Benjamin Borden (202) 538-0978
End Colonial Occupation