Ending the Fast on Day 14

Francisco Aguirre, the Portland labor leader whose prosecution for lack of immigration documentation led to his seeking sanctuary in the Augustana Lutheran Church, is no longer so threatened that his sanctuary need be accompanied by volunteer companions.

I spoke to him Sunday when I saw him, perhaps the last day on which he was accompanied. For the first time I learned that he had gone on a hunger strike, a hunger strike which I joined, in solidarity with a hunger-striking group of mothers of Dreamers in front of the White House in Washington, DC; and that since they had chosen to end their fast once Obama reduced the scope of deportations by executive order, so had he.

And, consequently, so have I: I am eating again.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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