Statement on Sally-Alice Thompson’s Fasting Against Sanctions and Siege (FASS)

On June 16th, 2019, Sally-Alice Thompson, a long-time member of the Democratic Socialists of America, began a hunger strike to protest the economic sanctions that the United States has placed against countries like Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba. She rightfully asserts that all economic sanctions affect the poorest and most vulnerable citizens in a country and also have seriously detrimental effects on babies and young children.

Sally-Alice Thompson clarified the exact parameters of her hunger strike. She explained that she is only cutting out one meal per day and abstaining from snacking due to her age and health. Sally-Alice also explained that this is an action in solidarity with the children around the world that are going hungry due to American imperialist sanctions. At our last conversation, she said that she is in good spirit and very optimistic about the future.            

At this time Sally-Alice Thompson is asking that we call our local congressional and senatorial representatives and demand that they end the harmful practice of placing sanctions against other countries. Albuquerque Democratic Socialists of America commends Sally-Alice Thompson on her radical solidarity and proudly endorses her action and also encourages people to contact their congressional representatives on this issue.