3,000 Fast to End War

HNP Communications Franciscan World

Louie Vitale, OFM, is one of an estimated 3,000 people in 18 countries fasting from July 4 until Aug. 14 to end the war in Iraq.

On July 3, 200 protestors ate a last meal on a lawn across the street from the White House before beginning their fast. The food for the “Fast Supper” was donated by Food Not Bombs.

The speakers included Louie Vitale, peace mom Cindy Sheehan, actor/comedian Dick Gregory, Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, diplomat/Colonel Ann Wright, Iraqi analyst Raed Jarrar and various religious leaders.

“We’ve marched, held vigils, lobbied Congress, camped out at Bush’s ranch, we’ve even gone to jail, now it’s time to do more,” said Sheehan, who emerged as an anti-war icon after losing her 24-year-old son Casey in Iraq.

The photo to the right is of Louie and Toby Blome, of San Francisco, standing in protest during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on July 13.