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Congressmen, Christians on Hunger Fast for 'Moral Budget'

By Wesley Ernst on April 8, 2011
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Thousands, including congressional members, answered a call by religious leaders to participate in a hunger fast in protest of proposed government budget cuts for programs benefiting the poor in the U.S. and abroad.

Ten days into the fast, over 36,000 participants including former Democratic Rep. Tony Hall have joined the progressive religious coalition comprised of Christian, Muslim and Jewish organizations.

Among the 28 Democrats joining the fast are California Reps. Mike Honda, Sam Farr and Barbara Lee; Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern; Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver; Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur; Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison; and Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

The participating congressmen opted for a "relay fast," where one abstains from eating for a day before passing the responsibility to another colleague. Meanwhile, religious leaders say they will fast all the way through Easter Sunday.

Calls for fasting began last month with an announcement made by anti-poverty leaders at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Those present included Jim Wallis of Sojourners; the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; and Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide.

Ten days into the fast, over 36,000 participants including former Democratic Rep. Tony Hall have joined the progressive religious coalition comprised of Christian, Muslim and Jewish organizations.

Among the 28 Democrats joining the fast are California Reps. Mike Honda, Sam Farr and Barbara Lee; Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern; Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver; Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur; Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison; and Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

The participating congressmen opted for a "relay fast," where one abstains from eating for a day before passing the responsibility to another colleague. Meanwhile, religious leaders say they will fast all the way through Easter Sunday.

Calls for fasting began last month with an announcement made by anti-poverty leaders at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Those present included Jim Wallis of Sojourners; the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; and Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide.

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