June of 2012 – Cameron Whitten’s epic hunger strike

Portland, Ore. — On June 2nd, Cameron Whitten did not in the Starlight Parade, a 36 year old tradition which revives the spirit of the Rose City. Instead, he will magnify the immediate crisis of human need that extends across the entire region. He persuaded others to resist the distraction of superficial festivities and to concentrate on community survival.

Whitten, a 21 year old activist who was known for his leadership during the Occupy Portland  demonstrations and a five month campaign for Mayor which garnered over 1,700 votes,  performed a hunger strike on the doorstep of City Hall. With water and a daily vitamin as his only supplements, he occupied the space in advocacy of three practical and essential concerns.

1. For City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Withdraw the fines on Michael Wright and Dan Cossette, co-owners of the Right 2 Dream Too Rest Area, and seek a peaceful resolution for this cost-free solution to homelessness for the remainder of the lease agreement.

2. For City Council, Add a housing levy measure to the November 2012 General Election ballot.

3. For Sheriff Daniel Staton, Issue a 1-year moratorium on home foreclosures in Multnomah County.

“I have never done this before. I might die fighting for something I believe in,” he states.

Whitten said,“Social justice requires great sacrifice. I have not done enough to protect the wellbeing of mankind, none of us have done enough. I ask you to join me, strike, organize, and educate.  Propel our destiny towards a more conscious and prosperous future. Don’t ever surrender hope.”

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