Day 16 of the Hunger Strike at the College of the Holy Cross

I originally posted this as a comment to an earlier post a few days ago.  I found myself reading it often and seeing it as an important statement of why I have to do what I am doing and the way I am doing it.    Here it is:

“The health care people in my life are confident Holy Cross will respond but could take a long time, so they tell me not to do a hunger strike where I only have liquids, because that’s dangerous.

Me? I have dealt with a solid year of retaliation from Holy Cross, first hand experience of retaliation from my alma mater, treated like shit — and I am supposed to be confident Holy Cross will respond? Huh. Holy Cross would like me to drop dead — but have another way to blame the death, if it only could. So I am taking a stand for justice, liquids, and then no liquids.

There is going to be a public record of all the shit they put me through. I have a great deal of paper to prove it too.

Is that what makes health care people think they will respond? My records? I doubt that entered into it. One key piece of info is the chief health care advisor is a witness to McFarland’s promise of strict confidentiality and knows what strict confidentiality means. So he sees the shenanigans Holy Cross is pulling and then lying about — and he believes Holy Cross will eventually be reasonable and do the right thing. Reasonable and do the right thing. Holy Cross? With that hubris? That makes me laugh.

No, I think this hunger strike will go the whole distance, all the way. Holy Cross will never again mislead me about “settlement talks”, is not going to say “what about mediation?”, when I know they will not do it.

Now all they can do is say they will do the acts of penance I asked them to do. Prove they are humble and can act this way. Show they are people of good will and admit their mistakes. Then we can sort out the rest.

Can Holy Cross do this? Yes, of course. WILL Holy Cross do this? I am not going to place any bets.”

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