Hunger Strike Continues In Pelosi’s Office By Extinction Rebellion

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Above: Hunger Strikers in Rep. Pelosi’s office, Day 1, November 18, by Ford Fischer.

“Speaker Pelosi: Why are You Starving me?” Youth Hunger Strikers to Occupy Pelosi’s Office for Third Day

Photo from Extinction Rebellion Christine Solomonik.

Hunger strikers with Extinction Rebellion will occupy Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office for the third day in a row today (November 20) as part of a Global Hunger Strike taking place in 27 countries on six continents. The hunger strikers are demanding the speaker meet with them on-camera for one hour to discuss the climate and ecological emergency that threatens the collapse of civilization. If Pelosi is supportive of climate action, why won’t she meet them? Is Pelosi too busy for the increasingly starving youth in her office? 

The Global Hunger Strike is working. Two days in, Sweden’s environment minister agreed to meet with the hunger strikers to discuss Extinction Rebellion’s demands. In the UK the Green Party agreed to meet with hunger strikers.  

Extinction Rebellion is taking this action because time has almost run out to address the ecological crisis, which includes the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, and abrupt, runaway climate change. Scientists and other experts see the societal collapse and mass death as inevitable, with human extinction a possibility, unless rapid action is taken. Nancy Pelosi says she cares about the climate and ecological breakdown but her words ring hollow. She continues to ignore the science by blocking action on the crisis, including the climate emergency resolution and the Green New Deal.

Accepting climate science while refusing to take transformative action makes you no better than the deniers. “Speaker Pelosi: Why are you starving me? Why won’t you just speak to us?” asked hunger striker Nick Brana, visibly pained in her office.

Extinction Rebellion activists sitting in doing social media in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office.

The action is part of a Global Hunger Strike organized by Extinction Rebellion in 27 countries on all continents bar Antarctica, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, New Zealand, Pakistan, Turkey and the UK. More than 400 people are taking part in the biggest climate hunger strike in history.

Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their government. Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:

  1. Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  2. Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  3. Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
  4. A just transition that priorities the most marginalized and affected people.

More information from Extinction Rebellion:
What Emergency? 

Extinction Rebellion in Numbers 

This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook 

For press release: https://rebellion.global/newsletters/2019/10/31/global-hunger-strike/

  • voza0db

    To this one I will say what Euronews says “No Comment”!

    “hunger strike” really?!

    Scoundrel Pelosi will step over your dead bodies… She couldn’t care less about you guys.

  • kevinzeese

    And, it is protests like these that demonstrate who Pelosi really is. It is part of an ongoing campaign to expose the corruption of Pelosi, and the Democrats around the climate issue. The same could be done around healthcare, war, inequality and other issues.

    Thank goodness people are taking action and not just on the sidelines saying “it can’t be done.”

  • voza0db

    If a few group of people need to perform a hunger strike in order to demonstrate that scoundrel Pelosi is a scoundrel…

    I’m sorry to say but you guys are still extremely very far away of reaching a level of critical number of people in order to actually CHANGE the main system.

    But then again 62,984,828 voted for scoundrel mutTrump and another 65,853,514 voted for scoundrel Killary Clinton, so I guess many hunger strikes will be needed.

  • kevinzeese

    Are you doing anything other than complaining about people who are doing as much as they can?

  • Pat moore

    I care, and will join in support

  • voza0db

    Kevin… That is not complaining. I know that the americans have this strange mindset where almost everything sounds like a complain if it’s not following the Main Herd feelings.

    What I wrote is a simple observation of FACTS. Never seen any hunger strike cause a CHANGE in the sub-system Policitcs! And it seems that this one is not going to be the first.

    Now addressing the other funny american peculiar behavior… When I don’t won’t to address facts and the mere observation of reality I inquire “What do you do besides complaining?”

    Lucky me, someone ask me that a few months ago so I have it ready to copy/paste!

    Disclosure: I don’t do any of the following because of “Uman Made Climate Change” or any other nonsense of that magnitude.

    So… What do I do?

    Many years ago (10+) I stopped being a degenerated necrophagous uman animal. Now I’m just a degenerated uman animal.

    I do not drink coffee, alcohol, sodas and so on! Only water and water with barley.

    I always try to buy local (country level) food.
    I don’t buy anything that I don’t need.
    I don’t buy electronics just because! (example my (CRT)TV was bought in 1997)

    I never smoked or consumed drugs (no matter the legal status!).
    I’ve also stopped having fiat money at the banks (only leave the quantity necessary to pay the mortgage and the associated multi-risks insurance nothing else) since the last financial terrorist attack of 2007/8.
    I don’t travel for purposes of “tourism” or vacations.
    I don’t use the private ICE vehicle do go to work.

    I don’t have a smartphone/tablet/laptop nor mobile internet access.
    I don’t have social media accounts (Fakebook/Twatter/Instagram and so on).
    I don’t go to the cinema or other entertainments (shows, concerts and so on).
    I don’t buy news papers nor magazines nor books.
    I’ve taken care of 3 abandoned felines. One died. Two still around.

    In short, this is what I do. Quite boring and ineffective but almost free of stress! I know… very selfish.

  • kevinzeese

    Successful hunger strikes are part of campaigns. They are one tactic. And, they have been successful tactics as part of a broader strategy to achieve an objective.

    If your point is a hunger strike by itself accomplishes nothing, of course that is right. The hunger strike of these climate strikers is part of a bigger campaign and are being used for a narrow objective to either meet with Pelosi public or shame and expose her. The will accomplish that. In addition, they will excite other climate activists to take actions they would not have otherwise taken. When people take actions they inspire others to take action and that is one way that campaigns build.

    There have been successful campaigns that have used hunger strikes. Here are a handful of examples of hunger strikes that have been part of very important historical victories of social movements.

    Gandhi used hunger strikes as part of his campaign to end British rule over India.

    The Irish republicans also used hunger strikes fighting the British state as part of their successful campaign.

    The suffragettes in the UK at the beginning of the 20th Century to get the right to vote. Alice Paul and suffragettes in the US also used hunger strikes as a tactic. Both campaigns were successful.

    Cesar Chavez successfully used a hunger strike as part of his campaign for higher wages for workers.

    These were all successful campaigns, and are just a few examples of many, where hunger strikes were part of a larger campaign.

    Campaigns need to use a variety of tactics. Hunger strikes draw attention to an issue, show how seriously some people take it and can get the target to make some concessions as well as inspire others to join the campaign and take actions they would not have taken.

    People often think that a specific tactic did not work, but fail to understand a specific tactic is a strategic tool in a campaign to achieve a larger goal.

    You just seem to be a naysayer who criticizes anyone who does anything while you retreat into your world. That is a fair choice to make and I am not criticizing it, but you show a complete ignorance about how social transformation occurs. You may want to take our web-based school on How Social Transformation Occurs to get a better idea about what we are doing with this website and the various campaigns we are organizing. It is linked under “school” at the top of this website.

    If you are really interested in hunger strikes, here is one of many articles you might find of interest, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/gus-hales-hunger-strike-protest-ira-maze-prison-ukraine-suffragettes-guantanamo-a8648936.html

    Your negativity is not helpful and is being noticed. People are part of Popular Resistance because they are working for positive change on economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. If you are not interested in being part of these efforts perhaps you are on the wrong website and should go somewhere else. If you want to help make positive change the time is ripe with opportunities so join in, but if not – stop tearing down others who are trying.

  • Margaret Flowers

    I hope these personal changes are positive for you. The problems we face are systemic. No amount of changes in personal habits are going to bring systemic change unless they are part of a coordinated strategic campaign aimed at the people/policies causing the problems.

  • voza0db

    And again, about the REALITY and FACTS about 2016 you run away from those like a mole from the Light.

    I believe that “What I do” clearly left you in shock.

    And yet again the traditional mindset of americans surfaces. I wrote what I do, and since you can’t even process that reality you prefer to talk the same talking points and to tag negative personnel labels to distract.

    All those things I do on a DAILY BASIS are already helping! The funniest part is that you people are so blinded due to “courses” about “social transformations” and other rubbish that the easy way to go is to don’t even recognize what is the ripple effect of those individual actions.

    When I see some ACTION that has a real good chance of creating CHANGE I will be the 1st to promote it and praise it.

    E.R. with or without hunger strikes isn’t going to accomplish anything… But don’t let my view of Reality stop those courses.

  • voza0db

    If you make those chance then we are 2!

    And Kevin says I’m negative!!!!

  • voza0db

    What is “systemic change”?

    Are your daily actions part of the “people/policies causing the problems”?