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Day 32: Homeless Dave and supporters to picket at new controversial site

by DTES Hunger Strike

Media Advisory 
For Immediate Release: Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 32: Homeless Dave and supporters to picket at new controversial site

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories: Today is Day #32 of “Homeless Dave’s” Hunger Strike, he has lost a lot of weight (21 pounds as of Day #28) and his health is deteriorating. Time is running out for Dave and for the hunger strike demands to be met. Dave is still drinking 375ml of “Happy Planet” juice a day plus sage tea.

As of today, the daily picket is expanding to a new controversial site as a way to seek resolution to the demands and end this hunger strike. 

Where: To be announced either at the corner of Hastings and Main at 5:30pm or call 604-839-0379 or 604-790-9943 at that time (not earlier) to find out the location.

When: Monday, April 22th PM at 5:30pm

Hunger strike demands:

More info: Wendy 604-839-0379; Tami 604-790-9943

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