by Obert Madondo, @Obiemad | The Canadian Progressive, June 6, 2012:
After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final push for a response from Harper in the last two weeks, and my meeting with NDP MP and justice critic, Francoise Boivin (with me in the pic), on Parliament Hill this afternoon.
I just got back from the doctor’s office and was told that I’ll be back on my feet within two weeks. My health is my immediate priority. I’ll focus on recovering the 34kg (74.8lbs) I lost during the protest, and on bumping up my Vitamin D levels from the current critical-low of 20 to the normal of 76+.
The hunger protest was one hell of a life-changing journey through the soul of my beloved adopted country! There are no words to express how grateful I’m for your support, solidarity, advice and criticism. I couldn’t have done it without you.
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
Below is a copy of my letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, send today and copied to leaders of elected parties and selected MPs.
May 29, 2012
The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister,
Re: My Final Push For Your Response To My Indefinite Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike
OTTAWA, May 6, 2012 - Today marks the 53rd day of my indefinite hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. My name is Obert Madondo. I’m Ottawa-based activist and progressive political blogger. My two core demands: the Parliament of Canada should immediately repeal the law AND Senator Vernon White must resign.
Although my health has deteriorated significantly since I started the hunger strike on March 14, the silent treatment I’ve received from the Parliament of Canada and the mainstream media so far has left me no choice but to take my peaceful protest to Parliament Hill. Starting Monday, May 7, 2012, I will be protesting from the steps to Parliament Hill every day from 12pm to 5pm.