Hunger Strike for Housing Justice

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Former mayoral candidate, Cameron Whitten, on day 18 of his hunger strike to raise awareness of the plight of Portland's homeless community.

Former mayoral candidate, Cameron Whitten began a Hunger Strike for Housing Justice on Saturday, June 2, 2012 to protest fines imposed on the Right 2 Dream Too encampment for homeless people, and to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people in Portland.

July 30, 2012: Whitten announces escalation of his 30 day-old hunger strike protesting maltreatment of Portland's homeless community.[1]

On day 19 of his hunger strike, Whitten posted a "Dear Occupy" letter on Occupy Portland's Facebook page in which he called Right 2 Dream Too "a group of empowered, radical People that is practically the identical twin of Occupy Portland," and chided Occupy activists for what he felt was "a large lack of Solidarity."[2]

On the 30th day of Whitten's hunger strike -- Sunday, July 1, 2012 -- Whitten held a press conference in front of City Hall announcing that he was escalating his hunger strike. Although he'd gone 30 days without eating food, beginning on Monday, July 2nd, Whitten said he would also stop taking liquid nourishment (aside from water).


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