Local peace activist Jerry Rubin began his 100-day liquid only fast today (Sept. 3) and he will stay on the fast through Dec. 11, when he will celebrate his 70th birthday.
Rubin says the fast is not a hunger strike or a protest, it’s simply a way of “personally reflecting on his life and making a positive statement for activism and peace.”
P.E.A.C.E. is Rubin’s acronym for "Positive Expectations, Activism and Creative Energy."
In an official release, Rubin stated the fast will be a time for him “to reflect on how grateful he is for being a peace activist, for having such a loving wife and family as well as supportive friends, and for having the opportunity to be living in such a progressive and environmentally friendly city as Santa Monica.”
Said Rubin, “During each of the 100 days of my fast, I will be reflecting on what a real honor it is to be a peace and environmental activist, and hoping I can continue for many years to come."
In order to sustain his 100 day odyssey, Rubin plans to mix vitamins, minerals and other healthful supplements into his juice drinks. He also says he recently joined the Santa Monica YMCA to help get into good mental and physical "activist shape."
Rubin, who founded the Activist Support Circle in 2005 as a support group for progressive activists wanting to guard against activist burnout, says he has fasted more than 40 times for numerous peace, environmental and other political causes in his nearly 35 years of activism. He says this fast is unique and will require a very different sensibility and personal focus.
Rubin will break his fast by eating a tiny portion of a large peace symbol-shaped birthday cake at his "70th Birthday Public Celebration" taking place the evening of December 11 at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier. The birthday celebration will be a fundraiser to help repair and restore Paul Conrad's 26-foot tall 'Chain Reaction' landmarked public art peace sculpture in the Santa Monica Civic Center.
For more information call 310-399-1000 or email to JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net
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