Yale graduate students threaten ‘symbolic hunger strike’ where they eat only when hungry

A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits. The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.

“Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away,” the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. “We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”

Going hungry for an extended time is indeed a show of dedication and solidarity. BUT:

According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a  former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.


  • Hard Little Machine
  • FactsWillOut

    Employee to boss: “I’m hungry.”…wanders away from worksite to eat.
    Boss to employee: “You’re fired.”

  • robins111

    Is that the Theresa Spence weight gain, hunger strike plan

  • That’s funny.

    I eat when I’m hungry, as well.

    I’ve been on a strike this entire time and didn’t know it.

    • You’re an inspiration!

      • I did it to stop global warming or whatever it is we’re mad at these days.

    • David Murrell


    • Surele Surele

      you’ve just caught me during my hunger strike; finishing my dinner right now!

  • Reader
  • David Murrell

    I’ll have to confess to some hypocrisy during my leftist days in the 1960s. Our “students for peace” group planned a one-day hunger strike, where we still would attend classes. About 15-16 hours in, I felt starved, and snuck into the rathskellar fast good place, and wolfed down a double-burger and coke, alone. After 24 hours, we all met up and regaled ourselves with the pain and suffering we went through. Yessiree, a meaningful demonstration that was.

    • Watchman

      The stirring of enlightenment for you on the true nature of the universe.

  • Brenda

    So their tuition is paid in full and on top of that they earn a stipend of 30,000$ a year. Isn’t a teaching assistantship a form of paid job training anyway, where grad students learn to teach?

  • Ego

    This “hunger strike” is a joke, right?
    The Onion would be proud of it.

  • New Centurion

    Yale!? Ain’t that wereas smrat peoples go to scholl?

  • Surele Surele

    God forbid we should be at war…oh, wait!