In some countries, a shaded group of elites select the final decision based on the popular vote. The USA is such a country. As such, every election is a sham, a blatant illusion of democracy.
This man who came in 5th out of 26 candidates... NEVER had a chance of winning, as only a pre-approved elite has even an option of winning. The US system of "Electoral College" could save millions on the cost of faking every election if they would skip the meaningless Popular Vote (see: Election of George W Bush).
This man is now joined with the US Movement for Social Change.
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Whitten, a prominent figure in last fall's Occupy movement, started the strike to highlight housing issues just weeks after losing last month's election to become Portland mayor. Thursday marked his 20th day without food — he drinks water and juice — as he conducts a 24-hour-a-day demonstration on the sidewalk outside City Hall.
Dressed in a navy blue jumpsuit and wearing a baseball cap, the 21-year-old activist and college student spends his days sitting on a shabby office chair surrounded by protest signs and his nights in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk. To conserve energy, he generally moves infrequently.
He shed 11 pounds from his 193-pound frame in the first 13 days of the protest, but hasn't been on a scale since. He said his arms have lost muscle and his energy level is diminished. A policeman recently conducted a welfare check after a caller expressed concern about his appearance. The officer traded jokes with Whitten and congratulated him on his relatively strong showing in the mayor's race — he finished fifth out of 23 candidates.
Whitten seeks a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures and wants the Portland City Council to place a housing levy on the fall ballot. Moreover, he wants the city to waive the fines it has given to the owner of a vacant lot that has been transformed into a highly visible homeless camp.
"In America, hunger strikes aren't revered the same way as in other places, and I knew that coming in," Whitten said.
The political leaders Whitten hopes to sway have mostly ignored him. City Commissioner Nick Fish, who is in charge of housing bureau, declined comment through a spokeswoman on Thursday. Brendan Finn, chief of staff for Commissioner Dan Saltzman, whose bureau levied the fine against the owner of the vacant lot, said the office is concerned about Whitten's welfare, but the penalties are not being waived.