Breonna Taylor: Livestream Hunger Strike Planned to Force Police Firings

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[Breonna Taylor Hunger Strike]
Courier-Journal: "They made the decision Wednesday that they would abstain from all food, Maybe said, and organizers have been working to make it a reality since then."
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Breonna Taylor protesters calling themselves "Hunger Strikers for Breonna," say they are starting a hunger strike until the three officers who killed her are fired and stripped of their pensions.

Ari Maybe planned to indulge in a few treats Sunday afternoon before starting a hunger strike Monday with three other protesters at an Airbnb in Louisville.

But eating too much the day before you start fasting is a bad idea, she said. She wasn't going to overdo it.

Maybe and three other demonstrators — Amira Bryant, Vincent Gonzalez and Tabin Ibershoff — say they plan to stop eating at noon Monday and will remain on a hunger strike until the three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their weapons the night Breonna Taylor was killed are removed from their positions and stripped of their pensions.

The four were among several speakers Sunday at a Kentucky Alliance Against Political and Racial Repression news conference at the Carl Braden Memorial Center on Broadway. They made the decision Wednesday that they would abstain from all food, Maybe said, and organizers have been working to make it a reality since then.

"We've been prepping for a few days now," Gonzalez added. "The clock is ticking, as they say."

It's a project that's bigger than four people. Medical personnel will be involved to monitor the hunger strikers, and others have been working to secure an Airbnb to serve as the site of the protest.

And then there's the livestream team — the group that will broadcast the demonstration 24 hours a day on their Facebook page, Hunger Strikers for Breonna.

For the rest of this Courier-Journal story log on to: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2020/07/19/louisville-p...

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