I would like to thank the speakers, and the rest of you all for attending.
There is a coldness in the heat of our society. As the highest tier of Americans continue to profit, the gap of inequality widens, and invaluable lives are deprived of the basic essentials for survival.
Some may think that a hunger strike is a dangerous, ineffective tactic to address this crisis.
Some may think that its not enough, where even in the worlds most prosperous nation, every 53 minutes an American child dies due to poverty.
How many more are we willing to let die, before we act?
The theory of “housing first” states that providing a stable place to sleep significantly enables a person to find employment, recover from substance abuse, refrain from violence and crime, and seek mental health counseling at a lower cost to government.
In a Progressive and Thriving City such as ours, if we were able to adapt such a powerful resolution, we would be more successful and resourceful in combating systemic poverty, rather than having our police force sweep vulnerable human beings from bridge, to doorways, to jail cells.
We entered this protest with three distinct goals. So far, advancement with the City has appeared a little bleak.
But if you pay close attention, you can see a subtle change in our approach on the issue.
I’d like to thank the Mayor and City Council for their responsiveness, their advocacy, and endless work behind the scenes to address our general welfare. We have their attention, and are beginning to broaden their policies to deal with the housing crisis.
Now, it is time for the citizenry do to their part.
August 10th will be an observance of the 70th day of my hunger strike, and the day the United States’ Declaration of Independence first reached the streets of London. Beginning right here, we will host a rally, march, potluck, dance party, and slumber party. I strongly encourage the students, the workers, the unemployed and poor, those left in endless debt, and all others looked as being less than “middle class” to participate in our Day of Economic Justice.
There is so much visibility for this great cause, the whole world is watching. Now is the time for unity, not to divide amongst ourselves.
I can see the light inside of every single one of you right now. Never surrender that power. Thank you,