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    I don't know how to do a diary yet so I thought this would be a good place to post this. Hope no one minds.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Update on Hunger Strike, Prayer Vigil to Stop HB3

    Contact: Jonathan Meier, (614)208-1593; Rev. John Edgar, (614)327-5468

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - (December 9, 2005) - Despite the heavy snow storm and bitter temperatures, Jonathan Meier, a 23 year-old divinity student and Columbus resident, is continuing a prayer vigil and hunger strike at the Ohio Statehouse to signal his disgust and distrust with House Bill HB3 - the vote reform bill proposed and supported by GOP lawmakers. Early this morning, Meier was joined by Kyle Poorman, a 25 year-old
    voter organizer from Columbus.

    Meier says that the demonstration is his way of highlighting the injustice of House Bill 3.

    "Most people don't realize that this legislation, if passed by the senate next week, would make it virtually impossible for homeless folks to vote, would make it virtually impossible for groups to register large numbers of voters, would eliminate oversight of voting machines,and would cancel our right to challenge election results."

    Why prayer and a hunger strike?  Meier says that his Christian faith calls him to "constantly pursue social justice and illuminate social
    ills, and, often, this call requires personal sacrifice."

    The Ohio Senate is expected to vote on House Bill 3 next week.  Meier affirms that he will continue praying and fasting until that point.

    "Who gains from this legislation?," Meier asks.  "Instead of addressing the long lines at the polls, instead of making it easier for people to register and to vote, Republican lawmakers put forward 424 pages of legislation that will set up roadblocks to our democracy.  I, for one,do not trust a vote reform bill that is purely a partisan act."

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 07:16:12 PM PST

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