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Tony Hall Will End Fast on Easter Sunday; Budget Protest Continues - PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, April 21, 2011

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Tony Hall Will End Fast on Easter Sunday; Budget Protest Continues

After going 28 days without food, former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) announced that he will stop fasting on Easter Sunday. He made the announcement at an event today at The George Washington University organized by student groups.

“The Hungerfast campaign is coming to an end, but the movement to ensure our leaders don’t balance the budget on the backs of poor and hungry people is only getting started,” said Hall in a statement released today.

In the midst of a national debate about America’s long-term fiscal health, Hall also called for renewed focus how budget cuts approved by House Republicans last week would hurt poor and hungry people.

“By voting for the Ryan budget, my colleagues have chosen to continue ignoring the voices of poor and hungry people,” continued Hall, “On Easter Sunday I will start eating again, but millions of people here in America and around the world will not have the same luxury; they will continue to go hungry.”

The FY 2011 budget agreement recently passed by Congress included steep cuts to domestic and foreign assistance programs that are vital to vulnerable people. A FY 2012 budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposes even deeper cuts. Nearly two-thirds of Ryan’s cuts are to programs that serve poor people.

In 1993 Congressman Tony Hall fasted for 22 days in response to budget cuts would hurt poor and hungry people. On March 28, 2011 a broad coalition of religious and other leaders launched a new fasting, prayer and advocacy campaign to form a “circle of protection” around programs benefitting vulnerable people.

To date over 36,000 Americans, 28 Members of Congress and the leaders over 40 diverse organizations — including Bread for the World, Sojourners, Women Thrive Worldwide, World Vision, American Jewish World Service, Islamic Relief USA, Feed America, Share Our Strength, ONE, and SEIU — have joined the HungerFast movement.

For a full list of participating organizations please visit