Friday, May 11, 2007
[Abolition 2000 is the largest global network of nuclear disarmament organizations - more information is available at www.abolition2000.org.]
MESSAGE TO THE UC HUNGER STRIKERS – MAY 11, 2007
The Abolition 2000 caucus, gathered in Vienna, Austria for the first Preparatory Committee meeting of the States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for the 2010 NPT Review Conference, sends our greetings, solidarity and support to the hunger strikers at University of California campuses. For the past two weeks, NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Greece, Costa Rica and other countries have been calling on the governments gathered here to make good on their obligation under Article VI of the NPT to negotiate in good faith the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and we are cautiously encouraged by some of the results. (See today’s press release, attached.)
We were excited to learn of your hunger strike, and publicized it to the government delegates and NGOs attending the PrepCom through an article published in the daily NGO newsletter, “News in Review” (see http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/legal/npt/NIR2007/Day9.pdf). The large youth delegation from BANg (Ban All Nuclear Weapons generation) pledged to spread the news of your hunger strike through their European network.
We wholeheartedly support your demand that the University of California Regents stop providing a fig leaf of academic respectability to the creation of the world’s most toxic and deadly weapons, and instead use their position of political leverage to spur the United States toward genuine nuclear disarmament, in conformity with its obligation under Article VI of the NPT, as well as democratization and demilitarization.
Finally, we urge you to drink your juice! Love and peace!!
On behalf of the Abolition 2000 caucus in Vienna, Jackie Cabasso
Posted by will at 11:54 AM
I'm heading up to Davis for the famed Whole Earth Festival this weekend. I am taking with me a message, a desire and and empty stomach. I'll be staying with my parents, so I will have support and care, but I will be thinking about my fellow strikers at home and our persistence! I will try to organize a few hardy souls who may also come down to the Regents meeting next Thursday.
In other news, I'm surprised how little I've felt my hunger. I have been consuming only liquids- v8 juice, lime/lemonade, teas, and water of course- yet only when I was surrounded by tasty treats or biking leisurely past Woodstock's pizza did I feel the twinge in my belly. I expect that will soon change. Perhaps this weekend I will find a new delicious beverage to enjoy in place of food.
Last night we had a great internal teach-in and I feel more hopeful than ever. My knowledge gives me strength. Whatever comes of this will only help our cause, whether it is our ultimate goal: the cessation of wars or if it is simply an unease permeating the Regents and their uninspiring, unlawful, undemocratic actions. Awareness is such an important step. The meeting last night was very important to me. Thank you to all who came and learned and shared.