Thursday, April 4, 2013
Hunger Striker Takes on City Hall
DTES type of social activism lacking in Upper Fraser Valley
Released by the DTES Council/Submitted photo
unger striker Homeless Dave has lost a pound a day over the past two weeks. At a "weigh in" at Vancouver City Hall today, Dave tipped the scales 14lbs lighter than when he launched his open-ended hunger strike against gentrification in the Downtown Eastside.
A thinner but still upbeat
Dave slipped a letter with his demands through Gregor Robertson's
door, the mayor being 'out' when Dave and about 50 supporters
“i think it went better than great--i think we did a little of both, giving ballem a hard time – we were mostly nice now--so now it really begins...so tired--still deciding if i'm going to picket tonight--it's up in the air right now--but see you all at tomorrow at sequel and cop shop pickets -- hope i did ok today--everyone else did amazing," wrote Dave.
"ps i think this quote is like our community: 'Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead' — Oscar Wilde"
Editor's Note: Chilliwack has busloads of environmental activists but the Voice only knows of one social activist and that's 90-year-old Myrtle Macdonald, who advocates for the mentally ill. She is also a strong influence in other issues such as Rail for the Valley. Our readers are treated to her wisdom regularly on all kinds of topics like air and water quality, recycling and general tips and ideas.
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