Hunger Strike

Immigration activists participate in a protest announcing their intent to go on a hunger strike on March 25, 2015 in New York City. Approximately 50 people who would be effected by the proposed DREAM Act have pledged to participate in the hunger strike until the DREAM Act is included in the New York State budget, which is expected to be completed by Friday of this week. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Immigrant Students Begin Hunger Strike For NY Dream Act

About 50 immigrant students who live illegally in New York state have started a hunger strike after a proposal that would allow them to apply for state financial aid for college was not included in the state’s budget, some of the students said Wednesday.

03/25/2015

Jeffrey Davis

Brother Of Slain City Councilman Holds Hunger Strike To Stop Gun Violence

It was nearly 10 years ago – July 23, 2003 – when Brooklyn City Councilman James Davis brought a political rival to a council meeting at City Hall, and then was shot dead by the man in front of schoolchildren and a chamber full of government leaders.

07/09/2013

Mos Def (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Rapper Yasiin Bey Undergoes Painful Force Feeding To Draw Attention To Guantanamo

Brooklyn-born rapper and actor Yasiin Bey – formerly known as Mos Def – has been drawing attention to a prisoners’ hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay with a graphic video in which he volunteers to be force-fed as the prisoners are.

07/08/2013

Guantanamo Protest At Federal Courthouse

12 Arrested In Anti-Guantanamo Protest At Federal Courthouse

A dozen people protesting the holding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were arrested Monday as they staged a “die-in” on the steps of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse Monday.

04/22/2013