Koykayi Nosakhere, a community activist in Anchorage, Alaska, hasn’t eaten in 28 days. The lead coordinator of a grassroots movement to end child hunger in America began his hunger strike in Juneau on Feb. 7 in hopes that it would inspire the State House Finance Committee to hear a bill that would give more kids meals at school.
According to Lisa Demer of The Anchorage Daily News, Senate Bill 3 was passed by the Senate in February 2011. It was assigned to the House Finance Committee in March, but a hearing for the bill was never scheduled.
Now, after nearly 30 days of starving himself and shedding 40 pounds, it looks like Nosakhere’s pressure campaign may have backfired.
On Monday, the co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, State Rep. Bill Stolze, said he did not plan to hold a hearing on the bill, suggesting an alternative program that would infuse $3 million into a fund that would let Alaska school districts purchase local food, Demer writes.
Stolze told the Daily News that bill activists had “hurt their cause with demands for a hearing and a vote.”
Meanwhile, according to Demer, Nosakhere said “he’s not going to eat until the bill gets a vote, the legislative session ends, or he dies.”
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