One of the strongest weapons in the protest arsenal is the hunger strike. Gandhi used the tactic several times to great effect. British suffragettes attempted to starve themselves in their quest for the vote, but brutal force feeding thwarted their efforts. Irish freedom fighters, lead by Bobby Sands, did starve themselves to death protesting England's occupation of their homeland. In recent years detainees held in Guantanamo Prison have attempted several hunger strikes. Now, 100 members of OURWalmart, protesting the poverty pay of their employer, have committed themselves to a hunger strike. Writing in 'Poverty pay' leads Walmart employees to skip lunch---or steal it from coworkers for The Guardian, Jana Kasperkevic ledes:
Walmart employees are so poor that they are skipping lunch, sharing it or, in some cases, stealing it from their coworkers, some of the company’s workers claimed on Thursday while announcing a fast in protest of the company’s wages. Starting Friday morning, over 100 Walmart associates who are members of Our Walmart, a workers organization, and about a 1,000 supporters will begin a fast to shine light on what they describe as Walmart’s “poverty pay”. The protest comes in the run-up to Thanksgiving and the Black Friday shopping bonanza, one of Walmart’s busiest periods. Some of the workers will take their fast to the doorstep of Walmart heiress Alice Walton’s apartment in New York City.The one line that everyone remembers from the very bloody French Revolution is Queen Marie Antoinette's slightly misquoted "Let them eat cake." The Waltons may need to pay a little more attention to history. In my ongoing quest to back fill stories, take a look at ALICE DOESN’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE… from 13 September. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.