The Nation : Snyder Begins Third Fast
Activist Mitch Snyder began his third hunger strike in less than two years, vowing to refuse food and water until the White House turns over $5 million promised for refurbishment of a shelter for homeless people in Washington. Snyder and 26 supporters started the fast with a prayer service at the shelter, a few blocks from the Capitol. “Either the money flows soon and the work starts, or some of us are not going to live,” said Snyder, who recently was portrayed in a television movie about the homeless. The building houses about 900 people. Snyder ended his last fast in March, when the money was pledged, but the legislation is tied up in Congress.