Czechs quit hunger strike as MPs join missile protest + Bruce’s Day 11

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Updated: added Bruce Gagnon‘s story


The Czech Social Democratic Party is supporting two hunger strikers in their campaign against a U.S. radar base in the country. The pair starved themselves for three weeks, despite warnings from doctors. But with their protest now set to receive political support, they no longer need to go to extreme lengths to be heard.




by Bruce Gagnon

Day 11 of my solidarity hunger strike

I got an email from my sister in Iowa today. It said, “Am sending faxes to all senator offices that i can re your article. Love Joan.” I about cried. This is my dear sister who is not by nature a political animal like me. She cares about what I do but is not one to usually get involved.

Also heard from four others saying today they are joining the hunger strike either very soon or on June 22 – in response to the Czech call for an international day of hunger strikes against Star Wars. One person told me he will take over for Mary Beth after she does her turn hunger striking.

David Occhiuto, who has an environmental radio show on WBAI in New York, got their news department to call me today for an interview. David will also have me on his show soon. This morning I was interviewed on Radio Prague.

Lots of people are forwarding our emails around and many have signed the on-line petition at So there is momentum.

We had 10 people in Brunswick at noon today on the street during a light rain. It was not supposed to rain that early so we didn’t come prepared. Just as the rain increased in intensity a young man came running up from nowhere and handed two black umbrellas to us and then ran off. We watched where he went and discovered he had come from the Bull Moose Record store down the street from where we stand each day. People are paying attention.

I woke up this morning with the least amount of energy I’ve yet felt and a bit grumpy. Housemates though say that in spite of that I am keeping a good humor – which I am glad to hear them say.

The photo above is from South Korea. I put it here today as a reminder that “missile defense” deployments are not just happening now in Central Europe. The U.S. is pushing them planet wide and it is important that we understand the breadth of this issue.

There is much work yet to be done for all of us. Help us stay at it please.

Bon appetit


Hunger strikers stand firm against U.S. missile shield (updated)