Well here we we are, about 8 hours into day 1 of our hunger strike for livable wages and workers rights at UVM. There are 12 strikers in all. We kicked off the day by setting up camp outside of Waterman. We brought chairs, tents, and lots of banners and information to be as visible and accessible as possible. We were visited by a few members of the press who conducted interviews, which is a great first step. We also had a meeting with Pat Brown about a permit for staying outside. We got a tentative ok but he need to “look into some things.” We’ll see what happens…

It is simultaneously exhilerating and nervewracking to be hunger striking. I feel good so far, a little light-headed, but all in all more energized than ever before to really win a livable wage. It’s not easy to give up food. Its really difficult actually. It seems like a lot of people are supporting us, when I walk around campus everyone looks over at me. It feels good to know that the students are behind us. But it feels even better when the workers come by and thank us for our work. We’re doing the right thing, and we’re in a position like we’ve never been before. We will not be silent!!


4 Responses to “HUNGER STRIKE Day 1”

  1. 1 tt April 24, 2007 at 3:28 am

    i doubt you’ll make it past a day or two…that non-livable wage food at the grundle is just too tempting..

  2. 2 Wes Weaver April 25, 2007 at 2:54 am


    My name is Wes Weaver from Temple University SLAP. I’d like to let you know that you have Philly SLAP’s full support and solidarity. If you need anything at all, let us know.


  3. 3 Elias April 25, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Day one was a huge success Fogel and his cronies had a emergency meeting to discuss our actions. Today he released a formal response once again applauding our commitment yet condemning our tactics. He mentioned something along the lines of ” You can’t take money out of a straw”… well we are the ones who are funneling the cash into this university as Fogel and his VP’s snort lines of $ with this hypothetical straw. We are showing self-sacrifice because we have exhausted all options for meaningful negotiation. We are tired of the Administration’s adamant claims that it is a model employer when it is not. I personally know several employees who are continuously struggling to make ends meet. This school is a corporation, it attracts students with hotel-like university heights dorms and the construction of the largest student center at a public university in new england. Cooks, custodians, electrical workers, groundskeepers and clerical workers keep this school running… its time they receive fair compensation to meet the current rate of inflation in Burlington.

  4. 4 lmz April 25, 2007 at 7:34 am

    I am the mother of one of the strikers. I am extremely concerned about the health of you all and a possible breakdown with severe, long term consequances. May this time of sacrifice give you clarity and strength. May you continue to take the right side when witnessing injustice. But you have to take care of yourself because the world needs you strong and healthy, and persistent. Please. I do not agree with tactics either, but I am with you all. Peace.

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