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Missouri Student Ends Hunger Strike, Calls Situation 'Vile'

Jonathan Butler had protested against campus prejudice

(Newser) - Jonathan Butler can finally savor a good meal—and the taste of victory. The 25-year-old University of Missouri graduate student, who began a hunger strike on Nov. 2, posted a tweet Monday in the wake of school President Tim Wolfe's resignation : "The #MizzouHungerStrike is officially over!" Butler...

Student Goes on Hunger Strike to Fix 'Infected' Campus

U of Missouri student wants president gone over racist, sexist, homophobic incidents

(Newser) - Jonathan Butler isn't planning on eating "until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost." Those were the words the graduate student wrote in a letter sent Monday to University of Missouri officials, declaring he's on a...

Parents End 34-Day Hunger Strike, but They Aren't Done

Chicago protesters plan to keep up fight for 'green tech' school

(Newser) - Protesting parents in Chicago ended their 34-day hunger strike on Saturday—not because they're giving up their battle over a high school in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, but because they want to have the strength to keep fighting. "We decided that we will feed our bodies so that...

Chicago Parents Hunger-Striking Over a Closed School

'We have to starve ourselves to have our voices heard,' says protest leader

(Newser) - Protesters in Chicago say they haven't eaten in eight days and will continue their hunger strike until a proposal to turn a former high school into a new "green tech" school is accepted. For years, members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School have fought to preserve...

Palestinian Hunger Striker Suffers Brain Damage

Israeli court suspends detention of Mohammed Allan

(Newser) - A Palestinian lawyer who hasn't eaten in more than two months to protest his detention in Israel won a court victory today, though he's likely not aware of it. Mohammed Allen, 31, remains sedated in a hospital, and a medical exam shows that he has suffered brain damage...

'Special Threat Group' Inmates in Utah Won't Eat

They say they're kept in their cells all but 3 hours a week

(Newser) - The maximum-security Utah State Prison sits about 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City, in Draper, Utah. Within its walls, in the Uinta 2 housing unit, live what's referred to as the Special Threat Group, or STG. These inmates, who have been branded violent, say they're kept in...

Denied Abortion, Woman Forced to Have Baby at 25 Weeks

Irish case tests new law that permits some abortions

(Newser) - The abortion issue is heating up in Ireland, where a woman was denied termination under a new law—then threatened a hunger strike and was forced to have a Caesarean section, the Guardian reports. The woman (impregnated via rape, a friend says) demanded an abortion at eight weeks' pregnancy and...

Secret Tapes of Gitmo Force-Feedings Do Exist

Well, at least tapes of one detainee being force-fed

(Newser) - In an unprecedented ruling, non-government officials have been given the go-ahead to view secret recordings that depict force-feedings at Guantanamo Bay—a ruling that by its nature establishes the fact that these tapes actually do exist, reports the Guardian . A federal judge yesterday ruled that lawyers for Abu Wa’el...

No One Intervened as Ky. Inmate Starved to Death
No One Intervened as
Ky. Inmate Starved to Death

No One Intervened as Ky. Inmate Starved to Death

Prison doctor has been fired, criminal investigation opened

(Newser) - A 57-year-old Kentucky inmate is dead after going on a five-week hunger strike, dropping 50 pounds between September and his death in January. A prison doctor was fired and two other staffers are in the process of being dismissed over the death of James Kenneth Embry, 57, found dead in...

American on Hunger Strike in Cuban Jail

Alan Gross has been jailed for 4 years, wants out

(Newser) - After four years cooling his heels in a Cuban prison, American Alan Gross has begun a hunger strike he says is a protest against his treatment by both Havana and Washington. Gross, 64, was arrested in 2009 while working for USAID as a sub-contractor to get Internet access to Cuba'...

New Radar Evidence the Jet Turned West

Thai military releases its data

(Newser) - Thailand is offering what CNN calls "the second radar evidence" that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight took an altered path toward the Strait of Malacca. All looked normal on Thailand's military radar until 1:22am, when Flight 370 vanished. Within six minutes, an unknown aircraft was spotted moving...

Why 30K US Inmates Went on Hunger Strike

Solitary confinement drove alleged gang leaders to make a statement

(Newser) - Last summer, four prison inmates organized a hunger strike from their solitary-confinement cells and inspired 30,000 prisoners to join them —a stunning development that says a lot about US prisons, writes Benjamin Wallace-Wells in New York . The four guys—allegedly leaders of white, black, and Latino gangs—were...

Hunger Strike Puts Jailed Pussy Rioter in Hospital

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova hasn't eaten in five days

(Newser) - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been moved to the medical ward at the Mordovia penal colony, after five days of refusing to eat, Russian state-run media reported today. The 23-year-old Pussy Riot member declared that she was going on hunger strike after her request to move to a different prison was denied....

59 Days Later, California Prisoners End Hunger Strike

40 had been striking since July 8

(Newser) - California inmates have ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system's isolation policies, prison officials said today. More than 30,000 inmates, who said gang leaders are often held for decades in isolation units, had been refusing meals when the strike began July 8. By this...

Judge: OK to Force-Feed Calif. Inmates

Backs officials' request as 129 remain on hunger strike

(Newser) - As a prison hunger strike continues in California, a federal judge has given officials the go-ahead to force-feed inmates. The procedure is allowed if a prison's medical chief finds that an inmate is "at risk of near-term death or great bodily injury" or can't make his or...

Woman: 16 Days in NJ Jail a 'Death Sentence'

Topless-rights activist Phoenix Feeley threatens hunger strike

(Newser) - Phoenix Feeley thinks that conditions at Monmouth County Jail in New Jersey are so bad that a 16-day stay there amounts to a "death sentence." Feeley, a 33-year-old professional fire-eater, has been locked up for refusing to pay a $816 fine for going topless at Spring Lake beach...

Take It From an Ex-Con: Solitary Confinement Is Cruel

California's striking inmates deserve our attention: Wilbert Rideau

(Newser) - At last count, about 2,500 inmates in California were still taking part in a hunger strike that began on July 8. If corrections officials were smart, they'd pay careful attention to the inmates' complaints, writes Wilbert Rideau in the New York Times . The main one is that prisons...

Gitmo Hunger Strikers Have Eaten: Officials

But that doesn't mean the strike is over: Lawyers

(Newser) - The Guantanamo hunger strike may be coming to an end, with 99 of the 102 hunger strikers reportedly eating on Friday, according to military officials, the Washington Post reports. But were they really ending their strike or just pausing for Ramadan? Gitmo spokesman Captain Robert Durand says most of the...

30K California Inmates Join Hunger Strike

Prisoners demand end to indefinite isolation

(Newser) - More than 30,000 inmates in California refused meals yesterday in what could be the start of the biggest prison hunger strike in American history—although corrections officials won't consider it a hunger strike until inmates miss nine consecutive meals. Inmates at more than 20 of the state's...

Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike

Maria Alekhina says prison officials met her demands

(Newser) - A Russian activist says that a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural Mountains attempted to turn fellow inmates against her with a security...

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