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    Feb172010

    OC Weekly: Fastpass to Hunger, Disney Fasters Eat It

    Last night, around 6 p.m., eight Disney hotel workers broke their week-long fast. Hundreds of picketing supporters filled Disneyland Drive after the street was closed to traffic. Councilwoman Lori Galloway spoke to the crowd from a podium surrounded by fasters in wheelchairs eating bread and drinking apple juice--and not a moment too soon.

    Faster Richard Silva had been driving his cohorts crazy all week by listing his many cravings, ranging from nachos to Hawaiian food. Another faster had food on the brain for a different reason.

    "My legs felt like Jell-O," said Jorge Iniestra, "I couldn't stand up."

    The two-year battle with Disney over the union's health care didn't end with the first nibbles of food in Anaheim. Today, five more workers from UNITE HERE Local Union 11 began fasting in front of Disney's corporate headquarters in Burbank.

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