Troops Home Fast Announced in Front of the White
House: 200 Break Bread Together in the “Fast Supper
Our beautiful pink table in the middle
of Pennsylvania Avenue is set for 200.
Today we announced the Troops Home Fast in a beautiful public
event in Washington DC. It started at 2pm in Dupont Circle, where
the fasters greeted the Granny Peace Brigade that just arrived after
their march from New York City. Then we marched to the Gandhi Statue,
where we paid tribute to the spirit of Gandhi and non-violent resistance
to oppression, recalling Gandhi’s words: First they ignore
you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
We then marched, hundreds strong, through the streets of Washington
DC to the White House, where we held a moving press conference before
breaking bread at our Fast Supper, dinner for 200 donated by Food
The speakers included a diverse group of fasters--peace mom Cindy
Sheehan, actor/comedian Dick Gregory, Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg,
diplomat/colonel Ann Wright, Iraqi analyst Raed Jarrar, Reverend
Yearwood, Father Louie Vitale, and Reverend Sekou.
“Two-hundred-thirty years ago we declared independence from
another oppressive George, and today we’re declaring independence
from an oppressive George who has taken us into an unjust war, killed
our children, infiltrated our peace groups, eavesdropped on our
calls,’ said Cindy Sheehan. “We, once again, declare independence
from oppressive rule.”
CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin announced
that so far, over 3,000 people around the U.S. and in 18 other countries
have joined the fast. “This has obviously touched a chord.
Every day hundreds of new people are signing up for the fast. Some
communities are doing rolling fasts, each person taking a day. We
have celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, writers like
Alice Walker, activists like Dolores Huerta, congresswomen like
Lynn Woolsey. This is sparking a new level of commitment to get
out of Iraq.”