Hunger strike raises awareness

Monday, August 12th, 2002 - 7:07 am PDT

In an attempt to bring attention to the plight of hunger strikers throughout the world, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith today went on a hunger strike. “How can I eat food while the hunger strikers of the world go hungry?” asked Smith. “I cannot sit idly by as my fellow strikers are allowed to starve themselves away to nothingness. Self-imposed hunger is not a problem that will go away on its own.” Smith’s strike ended later in the day when he “got so hungry [he] couldn’t take it anymore” and ordered two pizzas which he devoured by himself. “I strongly urge all hunger strikers to do the same,” said Smith, wiping tomato sauce off of his chin.