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Arizona college students threatened to go on a second hunger strike if Congress doesn’t pass the Democrat-led voting legislation by Jan. 17.
“We’re prepared to hold out indefinitely now that the holidays are over,” Leila Winbury, a junior at Arizona State University, told Fox News Digital. “I have seen the consequences of a broken democracy my entire life, so we’re willing to suffer the consequences of hunger striking rather than the consequences of the bill not passing.”
The article goes on to state the following:
She said the next hunger strike will be “a lot bigger” than the 15-day one organized in December.
“Nationwide hunger-striking, more than likely,” Winbury said.
The group traveled to Washington, DC back in December, but the protest ended when Biden pledged to prioritize the Freedom to Vote Act’s passage.
“If they fail to pass the #FreedomToVoteAct in the new year, we’ll be back,” the group vowed.
The reason we went on #HungerStrike4Democracy was that our politicians were failing to act to save our democracy. If they fail to pass the #FreedomToVoteAct in the new year, we’ll be back. pic.twitter.com/FykfhPWrnq
— Un-PAC (@LetsUnpac) December 27, 2021
.@POTUS we are STARVING rather than suffer the consequences of inaction on voting rights & money in politics. It should not have to come to this.
— Un-PAC (@LetsUnpac) December 13, 2021
“The vote on the #FreedomToVoteAct is in ONE WEEK,” the group tweeted Monday. “If we want to ban partisan gerrymandering and protect our democracy before the 2022 elections, we must pass this bill NOW. We will lose our democracy if we lose this bill.”
The group’s website says, “If the Freedom To Vote Act has not passed by MLK Day, January 17th, we will be escalating once again. We can’t win without you!”
The vote on the #FreedomToVoteAct is in ONE WEEK. If we want to ban partisan gerrymandering and protect our democracy before the 2022 elections, we must pass this bill NOW. We will lose our democracy if we lose this bill. pic.twitter.com/OSZOS6P21g
— Un-PAC (@LetsUnpac) January 10, 2022
“The bill, if it were enacted, would implement same day and automatic voter registration in all 50 states, as well as mandated polling locations on every college campus,” Un-PAC co-founder Shana Gallagher said. “And election day would be a federal holiday.”
However, the bill does not appear to have the support to pass by the Jan. 17 deadline, the report notes.
A #votingrights hunger strike has continued into the new year for many. Un-PAC national student organizing manager Kyla Frank and #Arizona college student Leila Winbury expound on the urgency of this matter, on #PRIME, with host @CharlesMBlow. pic.twitter.com/WS82fgJyxH
— Black News Channel (@BNCNews) January 5, 2022
Arizona college students threaten hunger strike if voting bill isn’t passed by Jan. 17https://t.co/gVwMlY8JwM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 11, 2022
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