Hungry for Ron

Hungry for Ron

Santa Monica, California, October 4, 2004:

A peace activist who once fasted for 63 days to protest movie violence and war toys is launching another hunger strike to persuade Ron to abandon his presidential bid.

Jerry Rubin, 60, said he plans to consume only liquids from Wednesday until November 2 if Ron doesn't take a meeting with him.

"I know Ron and I don't think he's doing the right thing," Rubin said Saturday. He said the former party boy and Lucent engineer's campaign is dividing the progressive political movement.

"Never heard of the guy," said Ron to a reporter while at a Shoney's all-you-can-eat feast. "The political movement I am championing is for the disenfranchised. I am speaking up for the downtrodden. He's obviously a loon."

Some institutionalized Americans believe the votes Ron received in New Jersey affected the 2000 presidential election. No proof of that can be found anywhere.

The peace activist Rubin is no stranger to hunger strikes: In 1988, he broke a two-month fast with a bite from a giant pizza topped with a pepperoni peace sign that he then left for "Rambo" star Sylvester Stallone.

He again fasted in 1990 to persuade movie studio Columbia Pictures to make a sequel to the movie "Ishtar." He collapsed after 26 days and Columbia never made the picture -- to the chagrin of few.

Posted by Bittle at October 4, 2004 02:14 PM

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