The Hunger Strike at City Hall gone on for over 28 days. Cameron Whitten’s weight has dropped to 177 pounds from a starting total of 193.7. He is still accompanied by Billy Schidner, on Day 17 of a water-only fast.
Whitten has been visited by medics on a daily basis for a check up on his vitals. While their examinations reveal that he is deficient in certain essential nutrients, such as calcium and protein, overall they state he has not suffered any severe medical injury, yet. They have raised major concerns over Billy, who refuses to take any form of electrolyte, including salt.
Whitten has had his hands full, between explaining the housing situation in Portland to passing inquirers and fighting racist attacks on white supremacist websites. Whitten recently met with Mayor Adams, who expressed his disapproval with Whitten’s tactics for social change and described his condition as ‘glassy-eyed’. He has not received any indication that he will be granted an audience with Commissioners Saltzman or Fish.
On July 1st, for the 30 day anniversary of the hunger strike, activists are organizing a Slumber Party, where sleeping bodies will occupy the sidewalks, surrounding the entirety of City Hall for public employees to see the support for housing justice as they arrive to work in the morning. Participants are expected to trickle in around 9 PM on Sunday night, and Whitten has a public announcement scheduled at 9:30 PM.
There is no determined end date for this protest.