Today marks the end of the second week of the Hunger Strike for Justice at the College of the Holy Cross. I began the hunger strike when the college took some steps to address harassment and hate speech by about twenty students, but still did nothing about serious unethical behavior by the administration even though I had complained about it for years. That was just not tolerable to me. I had to take a stand for justice.
I did finally see a way to go, and I like it. Part of what I asked the college to do is acts of penance for its behavior. This requires substantial donations to poor people, abuse victims, and organizations that help poor people or abuse victims. I also asked the college to address my expenses, the medical advice, and misconduct by the administration.
I decided if the college just addresses the penance — the donations to poor people and abuse victims — I will stop the hunger strike for justice and return to doing a vigil until all the rest is resolved, which can be done more slowly (the college normally has a very, very, very, very slow speed — EXCEPT when it wants to RETALIATE!!!). It makes more sense to split it this way, so I can see some good will from the college after more than a year of retaliation and ill will. Once they do this, the animosity should disappear.
It’s a relief to see an outcome that isn’t as hard as the only outcome I saw before — solving everything — after I had been so misled and jerked around the past year and had no more trust in the college.
So the Hunger Strike for Justice will continue until the college agrees to help poor people and abuse victims as an act of penance for its retaliation, unreasonable delays, and ill will. All the rest can wait til later.