Diane Wilson's Troops Home Fast
"Are we who want the killing to stop as committed to peace as those who are committed to war? The war machine will certainly commit the lives of our children and Iraqi children. But will we commit our own lives? Would we exchange our lives for those of the soldiers being shipped out?"
After 28 days of fasting, Diane Wilson and other anti-war hunger strikers received a breakthrough victory for their sacrifice: Leading members of the Iraqi Parliament invited fasters to join them to discuss their plans for peace in Iraq. The peace delegation met with the Parliamentarians and then traveled to Lebanon to bear witness to the destruction caused by the escalating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. You can listen to the daily podcasts Diane recorded during her hunger strike below.
Daily Podcasts Produced by Talk Radio News Service
Day 30, August 2, 2006
Diane Wilson gets ready to depart to Jordan tonight as well as break the hunger strike tomorrow with the Prime Minister of Iraq. She states that the Iraqi parliament is quite cooperative and that CODEPINK is going there to listen to the whole peace initiative in order to bring it back to the United States. Listen here.
Day 29, August 1, 2006
Diane Wilson comments that today is her last day protesting in front of the White House, as she is scheduled to depart for Jordan tomorrow. Wilson says she “is feeling pretty perky,” however, she is slowly loosing her voice as she gets ready to close this chapter of the hunger strike and leave for Jordan. Listen here.
Wilson states that the greatest area of progress in the past 24 hours is the scheduled meetings with the Iraqi parliament. Listen here.
Wilson informs Talk Radio News Service of the events planned for her upcoming trip to Jordan, which is scheduled to last for a month. Listen here.
Day 28, July 31, 2006
Diane discusses her upcoming trip to meet with the Iraqi Parliament and talk to them about the Parliament’s peace plan. After meeting them in Jordan the group with go to Syria and to Lebanon to witness the bombing and talk to the relief workers. When they get back the delegation plans to publicize the Iraqi Parliament’s plan for peace which includes U.S. troop withdrawls. Listen here.
Day 27, July 30, 2006
Diane talks about the effects the fast it having on her body and her mind. She talks about the upcoming trip she will be taking to Jordan and the possibility that the group will go to Lebanon as well. Listen here.
Day 26, July 29, 2006
Diane talks about her arrest yesterday as she and other fasters blocked the White House gate refusing to let Tony Blair out until he and Bush had formulated a plan to get troops out of Iraq. She also talks about the invitation CodePink has received from some members of the Iraqi Parliament to meet with them in Jordan. Listen here.
Day 25, July 28, 2006
Diane Wilson was arrested today as she sat in front of the White House gates. She and other fasters were blocking the driveway, refusing to let Tony Blair out of the White House until he and George Bush came up with a plan to pull U.S. and British forces out of Iraq. Truth Out was there when the group was arrested. See the video footage.
Day 24, July 27, 2006
Diane talks about today's arrest of CodePink activists on Capitol Hill and about some of the early actions that the group organized against the war. Listen here.
Day 23, July 26, 2006
Diane talks about her hunger strike on Day 23. She has so little energy it takes determination to complete small everyday tasks. She tells about Media Benjamin’s arrest when she disrupted the Iraq prime minister’s speech before Congress. She promises that CodePinkers have a lot planned for Tony Blair when he comes to town next week. Listen here.
Day 22, July 25, 2006
Diane discusses her hunger strike on Day 22. She talks about her physical condition and discusses CodePink's efforts to get an interview with Prime Minister of Iraq. Diane talks about the violence between Israel and Lebanon and how it affects the actions of the hunger strikers. Listen here.
Day 21, July 24, 2006
Diane talks about how the hunger strike is affecting her body, though she doesn't feel hungry. She also talks about the Prime Minister of Iraq who is visiting D.C. today and CodePink's invitation for him to come and talk with the group. Listen here.
Day 20, July 23, 2006
Diane Wilson comments on the “seriousness” of a hunger strike and the “long-haul”. She talks about getting the White House to pay attention to CODEPINK. She shares her thoughts on hunger strikes and martyrs. Listen here.
Day 19, July 22, 2006
Diane Wilson comments on the developments in the Middle East. She says she cannot believe what is going on with the Bush administration and the events in the Middle East. She also discusses actions CODEPINK will organize this week around D.C. Listen here.
Day 18, July 21, 2006
Diane Wilson comments on all of the reasons that have been proposed to the American people on “why we are at war.” She speaks on the reasons why we have troops in Iraq and why they should not stay there any longer. Listen here (0:27)
Diane Wilson comments on the actions of U.S. elected officials. She calls on the members of Congress to take a more active role in bring the troops home. Listen here (0:32)
Diane Wilson comments on the reactions and impact of the hunger strike effort. She says that the CODEPINK activists situation needs to get to a critical phase before people will start to take them more seriously. Listen here (0:37)
Diane Wilson comments on her reaction to one of the CODEPINK activists possible becoming ill. When asked about the occurrence of a fatal illness of a fellow hunger strike activist, Wilson says that the organization will continue with the cause. Listen here (0:20)
Day 17, July 20, 2006
Diane talks about her waning energy level and how it makes it difficult for her to participate in actions around the city. Her favorite activity is handing out ice cream at the homeless shelter; she may soon not have enough energy to stand up that long. She talks about the actions others are participating in around the city. Listen here.
Day 16, July 19, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about the nightmares she is having. She believes they are caused by the stress and crisis of Washington and her feeling that our country is on a devastating path. Listen here.
Diane talks about the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, its impact on civilian populations and Bush’s refusal to call for a ceasefire. Listen here.
Diane talks about the reaction of passersby as they realize how long the protesters have been on a hunger strike. Listen here.
Day 15, July 18, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about what CodePinkers are doing around the country to protest the war in Iraq and how the fast is catching on as more groups join. Listen here.
Day 14, July 17, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about this evening's fundraiser at Busboys and Poets. She has also received a lot of e-mail from people in Bhopal, India who are participating in the hunger strike. Listen here.
Day 13, July 16, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about how she is feeling. She talks about the Congressional support they have received so far and her disgust with some Democrats who are afraid to come out against the war. Listen here.
Day 12, July 15, 2006
Diane talks about where she gets her strength to continue. She discusses the support the hunger strikers are receiving from veterans and military families. CodePinkers are collecting many signatures from tourists who are pledging to vote for a candidate who will bring the troops home this November. Listen Here.
Day 11, July 14, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about the need for more unreasonable women in the world. She tells the story of how a speech she gave at Bioneers in 2002 inspired the formation of CodePink. Listen here.
Day 10, July 13, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about the national support shown for the hunger strike about the ramifications of military spending and the cuts of domestic programs to fund the War in Iraq. She adds that she is “not a suicidal-nut” as many would try to portray her. Listen here.
Ann Wright, a retired US Army Colonel and member of CODEPINK, talks about her arrest at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the nomination of William Haynes for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Wright talks in detail about CODEPINK’s goals for Guantanamo and the need for fair trials. Listen here.
Day 9, July12, 2006
Diane Wilson talks about her past hunger strikes and how she is feeling on day 9 of her current fast. She tells us about fasters who are attending Congressional hearings and the story of how Anne Wright was arrested for disrupting the appointment of a federal judge. Listen here.
Day 8, July 11, 2006
Diane Wilson discusses how she is feeling on the 8th day of her hunger strike. She talks about the political activities hunger strikers are involved in around Washington today and about the homeless shelter she visited. Listen here. (3:58)
Day 7, July 10, 2006
Diane Wilson co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses her symptoms of exhaustion and dehydration from not eating on day seven of her hunger strike. Wilson remarks that she is “feeling real good,” other than dry mouth from dehydration and wearing down easily when walking long distances. Listen here. (0:32)
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses how members of CODEPINK will lobby Congress to support their hunger strike and bring the troops home. Wilson threatens members of Congress who vote in support of the war that she will create a voters block to vote supporting members out of office, and comments “it’s we the people,” that the U.S government was created for, not the politicians or the president. Listen here. (1:11)
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, speaks about the city of Washington D.C. giving $9 million dollars to the war in Iraq, and the little money it takes to feed the homeless. Wilson comments how the money going to Iraq “depletes the budgets” for the homeless, healthcare and education, and explains that most shelters raise their own funds to feed the homeless. Listen here. (0:53)
Day 6, July 9, 2006
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, tells Talk Radio News Service how the fifth day of her hunger strike went and how her body is reacting to the lack of food. She discusses her physical state and her daily routine as she tries to bring the troops home with a hunger strike. Listen here. (5:10)
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, talks about the increasing level of support for her organization. She says, “Everyday, it’s a new bunch of people. I’m amazed at the amount of people that are really congratulating us.” Listen here. (0:45)
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses her physical state on day 6 of her hunger strike. Wilson states, “You really, really notice your level of energy…I don’t feel hungry at all.” Listen here. (0:45)
Day 5, July 8, 2006
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, tells Talk Radio News Service how she is feeling on the fifth day of her hunger strike. She discusses the criticism she has received, her reaction to that criticism, and the incredible influence a hunger strike can have. Listen here. (4:24)
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, describes why a hunger strike is such a powerful method of protest. She explains, “You’re committing your health, and you might even be committing your life…it’s nothing any politician can control.” Listen here. (1:27)
Diane Wilson, co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses how she reacts to negative feedback on the fifth day of her hunger strike. Wilson says, “We’re definitely building true believers for the cause of bringing the troops home…there is a lot of sentiment opposed to this war and this administration.” Listen here. (2:43)
Day 4, July 7, 2006
Diane Wilson comments on her hunger strike and how CODEPINK made an anti-war demonstration to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She discusses how CODEPINK rushed the White House gates after the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Harper to protest Canada in not supporting the war but supporting the war resisters. Listen here. (0:45)
Diane Wilson co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses what she was like as a child and her visions of death at the age of 17. Wilson remarks on her empathy for teenagers and why she thought of death at age 17, and discusses her strength and passion to hunger strike for causes she becomes enthusiastic about. Listen here. (1:32)
Diane Wilson co-founder of CODEPINK and mother of five, remarks on the concern and involvement of her children in her hunger strike. Earlier in her hunger strike Wilson mentioned to Talk Radio News Service that she wrote her will; on Day 4 she discusses that she has tried not to alarm her children and even inspired her daughter to fast. Listen here. (1:09)
Diane Wilson co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses plans of doing a vigil at the Walter Reed Hospital Army Medical Center and handing out ice cream to the homeless at the Mitch Schneider Homeless Shelter. She speaks about her plans of doing a vigil at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Mitch Schneider Homeless Shelter, and remarks on the temptations and challenges of a hunger strike. Listen here. (1:26)
Day 3, July 6, 2005
CODEPINK’s Diane Wilson discusses her health thus far and the support that she is receiving on day three of her hunger strike. Wilson says that an increasing amount of people are joining her in the cause to get the troops out of Iraq. Listen here. (2:47)
CODEPINK’s Diane Wilson speaks on how she is feeling on the third day of her hunger strike. She says she is feeling “pretty perky” and remains steadfast in her mission to bring the troops home. Listen here. (0:44)
Day 2, July 5, 2006
Talk Radio News Service interviews Diane Wilson, author of "An Unreasonable Woman," and co-founder of CODEPINK on Day 2 of her hunger strike. Listen here. (7:45)
In the rain in front of the White House, Wilson discusses CODEPINK, how she was raised in a Pentecostal family, and her beliefs that the hunger strike will bring the troops home. Listen here. (1:54)
Wilson, a mother of five, discusses military recruiting and how it has impacted her family; and remarks about her experience in the Vietnam War as a medic. Listen here. (1:55)
Wilson discusses about the second day of her hunger strike in front of the White House to stop the War in Iraq and bring U.S. troops home. Listen here. (1:48)