07 December 2010

Hunger Strike? What Would So Stir You Up?

That is Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, the 7th largest city in the richest, most powerful country in the world.

He has just asked protesters who are on Day 27 of a hunger strike to eat. He tells them they have made their point, they have shown how passionate they are, and they are now risking their health.

Please eat, he says.

No, they reply. Not until Congress acts on our request.

What they are striking for isn't important. So as not to distract, I won't even include it here. What is important is that these people are passionate enough about their cause that they would sacrifice significantly to make their position known.

What stirs up that passion in you? What would you go on a hunger strike to illuminate? What so desperately needs action that you would potentially harm yourself to see others helped?

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