'Troops Home Fast'-ers: hungry for peace
Today marked the second week of high-profile peace activists' (Diane Wilson, Colonel Ann Wright, Medea Bejamin, and Dick Gregory, to name a few) "peace fast" on the White House lawn.
The historic hunger strike, which began on July 4th, was organized by women's peace group Code Pink. The fasters have met with senators, spoken to the press, and fed ice cream to the homeless to help illustrate their demand that Bush fund the poor, not the war.
In a show of solidarity, more than 3,700 supporters -- from celebrities and vets to moms and other "regular folks" -- are participating in a "rolling fast." This means they'll fast for as long as they can before "passing the fast" on to someone else. Famous fasters include Willie Nelson, Michael Franti, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Gulf War vet Michael McPherson, writer Alice Walker, and labor leader Dolores Huerta. Ã‚Â
The group of fasters at the White House will stay put until Aug. 15, when they'll move to Camp Casey in Crawford, TX for two weeks. They will then return to Washington DC, 'til the fast ends on September 21 -- International Peace Day.
Check out TroopsHomeFast for more info on joining the fast.