A group of postal workers and postal activists arrived in D.C. this week to rally against cuts to the Postal Service. Their main weapon: an empty stomach.
Tom Dodge of Community and Postal Workers United told Yeas & Nays that 200 people are expected to show for a week of events in D.C., including vigils outside of the Rayburn House Office Building, a rally outside the Postal Service headquarters, and of course the hunger strike. At least 12 and as many as 20 people will go without food to urge Congress to repeal a law that requires the Postal Service to pre-fund its retiree benefits 75 years in advance.
Dodge said he's never fasted but was cleared by a doctor to go without food for four days. He adds that medical help will be on hand, along with chocolate, for any hunger strikers who require it. "We have cell phones," he said. "We'll be prepared for this."