Diane Wilson: bring the troops home, fast

Author, activist and Texas shrimper Diane Wilson has reached the 24th day of her hunger fast to protest the war in Iraq. And she's doing it only 150 yards away from the White House, in alliance with Code Pink's Troops Home Fast.

According to the Associated Press:

Wilson, an environmental activist and co-founder of Code Pink, is one of more than 4,000 people in the United States and 22 other countries participating in the Troops Home Fast that began July 4.... Code Pink has pledged to keep the fast going until International Peace Day on Sept. 21.
But while others are participating in one-day hunger strikes or consuming juices, Wilson claims to be sticking to a water-only diet. She has shed 20 pounds from her 170-pound frame, and loose, leathery skin has replaced muscle.
"I'm all or nothing. I'm not a lukewarm person," Wilson said, explaining her refusal to modify her hunger strike. "I'm either right there with something, or I'm not there."

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