Activist Who Went on Hunger Strike to Aid Homeless Is Arrested Outside White House
Social activist Mitch Snyder, whose pre-election hunger strike won a promise by President Reagan of aid to the homeless, was arrested Friday as he sat in a chair outside the White House while trying to meet with the President.
Snyder and a member of his Community for Creative Non-Violence were seized on charges of illegally placing structures on the White House sidewalk. They were requesting a meeting to discuss renovation of a dilapidated downtown shelter for the homeless run by the group.
Snyder agreed to end a 51-day hunger strike last Election Day eve after Reagan personally intervened and promised to authorize federal funding for the facility.