Portland, Ore. — The hunger strike at City Hall is reaching its weeklong anniversary. For the past 168 hours, Cameron Whitten has camped in a cubicle chair, enduring the wind and soggy blankets in his advocacy for housing justice.
So far, City Council has mostly overlooked Whitten, whose personal office is situated between a bike rack and a Real Estate newspaper stand on 4th Ave. However, City Council members enter through the back entrance by vehicle. Amanda Fritz has been the only one to respond to her emails and Mayor Adams stopped by for a quick check-up yesterday, indicating he will back to talk in the future.
In the course of this period, his total body weight has substantially dropped from 193.7 to 186.2 pounds. He has completely excluded solid food from his diet, only adding fruit juices to his regimen after cautioning from medical experts. He assures that his energy levels are stable, but is starting to notice a weakening in his legs.
Supporters have stopped by to donate liquids and signs, taking to Twitter and passing out flyers to help spread the message. The protest is receiving its second participant, Monica Juarbe, a 33 year old woman who has fondly associated herself with Occupy Portland. She refuses to join the camp-out, which she calls “Balls to the Wall”. It is also not medically advisable, as the body loses its ability to regulate temperature.
There is no determined end date for this protest.
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