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hunger strike at uc berkeley
by frenzy
Tuesday May 4th, 2010 3:59 PM
hunger strike on uc berkeley campus ion its 27th hour

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by frenzy Tuesday May 4th, 2010 3:59 PM

§hunger strike at uc berkeley
by frenzy Tuesday May 4th, 2010 3:59 PM

§hunger strike at uc berkeley
by frenzy Tuesday May 4th, 2010 3:59 PM


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by Science Means Knowledge
Wednesday May 5th, 2010 8:05 AM
Today, on May 5, 1981, Bobby Sands, the Irish political prisoner, died after a 65-day hunger strike, and of course, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher never acceded to any demands of the Irish political prisoners.

At least in prison, hunger strikes are understandable as it is not possible to organize the unorganized. However, going to the death is not undertandable but a sign of belief in religion, which is supersitition, and lack of political consciousness of the necessity of mass struggle.

Looking at the demands at
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/05/03/18646782.php
we can see that there are mass movements around all the demands and thus this hunger strike can only hurt the strikers. Addressing the demands:
1. The movement to repeal Arizona's anti-immigrant law is supported by millions of people and there are 2 lawsuits currently filed to stop this unconstitutional law that will most likely succeed, thanks to the precedent set by the Latino truckers' strike against the passage of California's Proposition 187 in 1994, forcing the ruling class to realize that their profits were threatened, so their courts declared correctly that Prop 187 violated the Constitution in that only the federal government can make immigration law. There were lots of other violations, but one was sufficient, and it was the mass action of the workingclass against the profits of the capitalist class that ended it. The ruling class of Arizona and its cohorts across the nation are on the defensive because they know 500,000 marched in Los Angeles on May Day 2010, 100,000 in Austin and Dallas, Texas, 20,000 in Chicago and 5,000 in San Francisco, with voices of support from across the nation including Arizona. The ruling class knows that undocumented immigrants are 98% of the farmworkers, who walked out of the fields in the May Day 2006 strike. Without food, this society cannot exist. For more figures, see
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2010/05/238209.php

2-6. There is a statewide movement in support of taxing the rich to pay for public schools; the ACLU and others are working on changing the student conduct code, there is a statewide movement in support of all students who have been charged with anything, and it can only grow as the public anger with the attacks on education mean the end of the non-existent "American Dream." A society that destroys its school system ceases to exist and the resistance to suicide is massive and growing.

If this hunger strike goes on for more than 1 week, you will be damaging your much needed bodies and brains for the struggle ahead, and for living a long, full life. You might be interested to know that one reason Cesar Chavez, the labor leader, died at the relatively young age of 66 is because of his many hunger strikes, which weakened his body. The farm workers are as much in need of labor organizing today as in the 1960s. We need you now to participate in the mass struggle. First and foremost, complete your final exams, then help us build a labor movement to address all the issues for it is only labor that has the power to end the profit motive that is destroying this society. It is not appeals to the worthless parasites that constitute the UC administration that are needed; it is mass labor and community organizing of the workingclass that we need. Organize the unorganized.