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Hunger strike: Day 4

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Roxana’s personal hunger strike is over, but our fast for her continues.

More than 340 supporters are going hungry for a day for Roxana. And the sign-ups are still coming in, a large percentage from Italy.

Today, 39 volunteers are skipping meals in solidarity with Roxana. These participants hail from states including Connecticut, South Dakota, Illinois, and Washington, DC, as well as countries including Italy, France and Switzerland.

Paul Hofland of San Francisco sums up why so many people are dedicated to this cause:  “Like many Americans, I am deeply troubled by the arrest and unjust imprisonment of the young American journalist Roxana Saberi by the government of Iran on baseless charges of ‘spying’.  This fast is one small gesture I and others can make to show our solidarity and support for her, and in so doing, call upon officials in Iran to grant her a timely and fair appeal process, followed by her immediate release.”

Click “Read More” to see the list of today’s volunteers, or browse the entire list of hunger strike participants.

Lucas Karmazinas
West Hartford, CT, USA
* I believe in global support and human freedoms. Let’s make this globe equally free!

Laura Halleman
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
* To help Roxana deal with this terrible ordeal & help a fellow journalist. Hoping she is freed soon.

Joshua Brost
Denver, CO, USA

Paul Hofland
San Francisco, CA, USA
* Like many Americans, I am deeply troubled by the arrest and unjust imprisonment of the young American journalist Roxana Saberi by the government of Iran on baseless charges of “spying”.  This fast is one small gesture I and others can make to show our solidarity and support for her, and in so doing, call upon officials in Iran to grant her a timely and fair appeal process, followed by her immediate release.  The false imprisonment of Ms. Saberi only serves to unnecessarily aggravate tensions between our countries.

Patricia Smiley
Palmyra, VA, USA
* We must support Roxana and the other two American journalists being held hostage.  Our government is doing nothing – if we can bring more attention to the issue; maybe the Obama administration will DO SOMETHING besides setting terrorists free.

Dede Taylor
Augusta, GA, USA
* I am a firm believer in Freedom of the Press…but more than that I believe that when met with evil you must take a stand.  I will stand with Roxana.

Mia Wells
Geneva, Switzerland
* I believe in freedom of speech. I believe no one should be imprisoned illegally without a fair trial. I will not stand for human rights being violated.

Mariel Rosen P.
Montclair, NJ, USA
* Journalism isn’t a crime.

Marilyn Zimmermann
Sioux Falls, SD, USA
* It is about more than freedom of the press, but freedom, period. I believe those Islamic/sharia governments embody the world’s worst evil treatment of women. This brazen kidnapping is simply Iran’s evil powers showing their disdain for the appeasement of Obama’s administration. I will support her as a woman, and freedom loving American.

Kristin Sather
Fargo, ND, USA
* The Saberi’s have been long time family friends.  I do with with love, support, concern and hope for Roxana and her family.

Christy McGuire
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Sarah Cheshire N.
Durham, NC, USA
* It’s a way to show solidarity with Roxana and put international pressure on the Iranian government to release her.

Maria  Greenberg
Newton, MA USA
* Roxana is a political prisoner, a pawn being used by Iran. She is an innocent person being jailed and most likely mistreated. This is a human rights abuse.

Erika Napoletano
Denver, CO, USA
* Personal. Political. Human.

David Caratelli
Evanston, IL, USA
* For freedom: Roxana’s, Iran’s, mankind’s.

Emily Bantell
Wethersfield, CT, USA
* I’ve been doing my best to follow this story. My belief in people’s freedom of expression and right to truth in journalism have driven me here. While the US is far from perfect, I’m grateful for the freedom’s I do enjoy, and the rights that I am awarded, and I will join in any movement to grant those rights to all humans around the globe.

Brenda Giguere
San Diego, CA, USA
* We need to stand up against this kind of oppression.

Felice Friedman
New York City, NY, USA
* Injustice to one is an injustice to everyone!

Carrie Wood
Waynesboro, VA, USA

Carla Christensen
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Gabriel Zamora
Brooklyn, NY, USA
* As a fellow writer, it is disturbing and disheartening to know of what is happening to Roxana. I always take the freedom of speech for granted here in the States, and her plight has made me aware of just how powerful the pen is, and what people will do to silence it. I wish to help.

Tammy Todd
New York City, NY, USA
* As an American writer, I felt a need to stand hand-in-hand with Roxana, as well as support free press the world over. Her story is compelling and heartbreaking. I trust in the greater good of writings’ purpose and saw that quality in Roxana’s writing.

Maurice Kane Jr.
Los Angeles,CA, USA
* Regimes should not incarcerate or punish innocent truth-seeking people (those lacking any malice or destructive intent), regardless of race, creed, citizenship or occupation.

Alex Amend
Washington, DC, USA
* As an amateur journalist and Minnesotan Saberi’s unjust imprisonment has a personal resonance. Moreover, I believe Saberi’s case should be getting more attention in the media and by the US government not in the context of US-Iranian (government) relations but in speaking for the majority of Iranians for whom this absurd judiciary does not represent.
Saberi is incredibly courageous and I wish to express my solidarity with this tough woman.

Sharon Kornely
Washington, DC, USA
* Roxana Saberi was one of my students at Medill in 1999.  I don’t believe she was spying on Iran.  I think she wanted the western world to see Iranians as they see themselves.  I wish I could do more to help her.

Matt Dunn
Denver, CO, USA
* I was a friend and classmate of Roxana’s at Northwestern University.

Ellen Shearer
Washington, DC, USA
* Roxana deserves our support.

Adriano Sofri
Firenze, Italy
* Free Roxana!

Mario Palombo
Italy

Piero Caracciolo
Paris, France

Brittany Phelps
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Cristina Bandinelli
Rome, Italy
* Free Roxana

Natassia Marchbanks
Von Ormy, TX, USA
* I, too, compete in the Miss America Organization. We’re all sisters, and one of our sisters needs support. In addition, relations between the United States and Iran need to be improved, and that can start by working with each other to protect civilians from both countries.

Massimo Strangio
Pisa, Italy

Vasuki Pasumarty
New York City, NY, USA

Anonymous
Messina

Anna Santoriello
Pomezia, Italy

Venus Wu
Ithaca, NY, USA

James Vincent
Omaha, Ne, USA
*Liberty is not democracy.  But Liberty is worth fighting for.  God bless our forefathers.

Written by Keith Kamisugi

May 6, 2009 at 7:55 am

Posted in Statements

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