Hunger Strikers Shut Out by Pelosi Will Shut Federal Building
Speaker Refuses to Speak to Peace Community
When: 1 pm, Thursday, August 23
Where: SF Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave., SF
What: Symbolic shut down of the Federal Building
CODEPINK women who have been fasting for 11 days to meet with Speaker
Pelosi about the war received word from Cong. Nancy Pelosi's SF
Director Dan Bernal that the Speaker does not have time to meet with
them or any of the peace groups in her district anytime during the
August recess. Shut out and silenced by the Speaker, CODEPINK women
will symbolically shut down the Federal Building on Thursday in protest.
Women with CODEPINK: Women for Peace have been fasting and camping
outside Speaker Pelosi and Senator Feinstein's offices for 11 days
asking for meeting about the war. In response to the tents pitched
outside her Pacific Heights mansion, Senator Feinstein held a meeting
at the encampment with the fasters on Tuesday, August 21, after which
the group agreed to end their camp at her home. Speaker Pelosi,
however, has refused to meet and called the hunger
strikers “nuts.” The fasting activists presented a letter to the
Speaker asking for a meeting. The letter was signed by 30 prominent
peace and justice groups in the Bay Area, including Iraq Veterans
Against the War, the San Francisco Labor Council, Jewish Voices for
Peace, American Muslim Voice and MoveOn.
“Pelosi's SF director, Dan Bernal, said the speaker refuses to meet with any of us, but won't give us a reason why,” said hunger
striker Nancy Mancias. “We will block the entrance to the Federal
Building to symbolize our lack of representation by our elected
With the August recess and Congresspeople all over the country meeting
with their constituents, CODEPINK and a coalition of San Francisco
peace groups have sent multiple requests for a meeting. All their
attempts have been rebuffed.
“The speaker has plenty of time for fundraisers and luncheons with
donors. She even made a surprise appearance at a Democrats and Donuts
coffee klatch gathering in Ahwatukee, Arizona, and the organizers
gushed about how much time Pelosi gave them,” says CODEPINK founder
Medea Benjamin. “It's outrageous that she has time for everyone but her
constituents who want to talk about the most pressing issue facing this
Several members of the group, including the hunger strikers, will risk arrest at the Federal Building action.
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