The Common Good

Fasting to Oppose Budget Cuts

Source: The Nation
Date: March 30, 2011

 There is a new movement of 4,000 people fasting in order to protest Congressional budget cuts. Mark Bittman, who is ironically a foodie, wrote about the protest in the New York Times. In the article, Bittman explains that the fasting protest is in response to House budget bill H.R. 1, which proposes cuts in WIC, a program that “supports women, infants, and children, [and] international food and health aid (18 million people would be immediately cut off from a much-needed food stream, and 4 million would lose access to malaria medicine.)” Farmers in underdeveloped countries would also be profoundly affected by the cuts.