Longtime peace activist Jerry Rubin, who has been on a liquid-only protest fast against nuclear weapons since May 6, will end his fast at a public peace ceremony he and his wife Marissa are organizing in Santa Monica on the October 2 birthdate of Gandhi.
The free-to-the-publc peace ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2 from 6:00pm (until 6:30pm) at The Children's Tree of Life located in the Santa Monica Palisades Park at Ocean Ave. and Colorado Ave. just north of the gateway to the Santa Monica Pier. The ceremony will include the lighting of a large peace candle in memory of Gandhi, and the sharing of a peace symbol-shaped fruit salad, which will be Rubin's first solid food in five month.
Rubin, who originally intended to fast for three months but then extended it to four months and again to five months says he lost 35 pounds but gained tons of inspiration and insight.
Rubin says he understands those people who question his fasting strategy. Rubin says he knows that fasting is not enough, and that he believes every traditional and creative means of peaceful activism and organizing must be incorporated by growing numbers of people throughout America and worldwide to achieve the dream of nuclear weapons abolition and peace.
Rubin says activists should always remember one of Gandhi's quotes when facing daunting uphill challenges:
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
Rubin is 71 -years old and resides in Santa Monica. He has been a peace activist for more than 35 years. He is not related to the late 1960's activist of the same name.
Mahatma Gandhi was born October 2,1869 in Porbander, India and was assassinated on January 30,1948 in New Delhi, India.
For further information on the public event call Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000 or visit his facebook page at www.facebook.com/jerry.rubin.98. #####