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The Hunger Strike for Health Care has moved its location to occupy the sidewalk in front of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Hunger strikers spent Sunday night outside and refuse to leave. They will attempt to enter the hospital and demand a meeting with the CEO.

 
A press conference will be held Monday, August 5, 10:30 A.M. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Background
Hunger strikers are escalating their protest against Northwestern Memorial Hospital, after the administration refused to meet them last week. The protesters who include patients in need of organ transplants, their loved ones and other community members, moved their hunger strike to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and are occupying the sidewalk across the street from the main entrance. They are demanding a meeting with hospital CEO, Mr. Dean Harrison and refuse to leave.

Hunger strikers accuse Northwestern Memorial Hospital of putting profits over human life. “This hospital is not about health care, it is all about money,” stated Maria Garnica, one of the hunger strikers. “I want to ask Mr. Harrison, if you can take organs from us, how come you will not give us organs when we need a transplant?”

“Are we only valuable for our body parts?”, asked Father Jose Landaverde. “Making organs a profit-driven business is a form of trafficking.” Hunger strikers accuse Northwestern Memorial Hospital of routinely denying life-saving care to the poor, the elderly, immigrants and other marginalized groups. “They exploit us, and then leave us to die,” stated Landaverde.

Overnight Protest Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/278977162241379
Monday Morning Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/609449932428970
Call-in Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/events/573732199357776

For more information, contact: Fr. Jose S. Landaverde 872-203-4310

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