Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 09, 2014
For months, Delaware attorney Brian Zulberti, Esq. carefully planned for his Hunger Strike outside the United States Supreme Court to protest social media firings. For six days, he spread his message to hundreds of passersby, drawing dirty looks from some but support from many others. Zulberti's goal was to give America a 90 second warning on prime time national television.
On his website, Zulberti says that by social media firings he means "when someone is fired because their social media account includes content that is repugnant to an employer, even if this content is tasteless, hateful, or racist, or because their social media account includes content showing they live a lifestyle that, while legal, an employer finds objectionable or immoral."
Day 2 arrived, and Zulberti received his first coverage by a major newspaper- The Washington Post. After receiving this initial coverage, local Washington DC news WUSA-9, Fox Business Chanel’s “Cavuto,” Politico, Bustle, and dozens of other national and international sources followed suit. Zulberti’s website, http://www.brianzulberti.net, has a publicity page showing most of the sources that covered him.
On Day 6, the pain from having not eaten in 136 hours grew “excruciating.” Zulberti became nauseous, throwing up bile, and shaking uncontrollably. Zulberti collapsed on one of his many trips to the trashcan to vomit, just feet away from his Hunger Strike station. When Zulberti collapsed he remained unconscious for nearly a minute.
Waking up and realizing what happened, he began to argue with the guards outside the Supreme Court, demanding to stay and continue his Hunger Strike. However, after his vitals were taken and it was discovered that his blood sugar level was dangerously low, this was not an option and Zulberti was rushed to Howard University Hospital where it was determined he was severely dehydrated and that his heart beat was irregular. After 8 hours in the emergency room, Zulberti left exhausted, but under his own power.
All this was to support a message that Zulberti has been advocating for the past few years. Zulberti believes that your personal life and your professional life should be two completely separate and distinct things under law. He believes that too many people have been fired for just posting their opinions on social media. He vowed during his hunger strike that he would receive either one of two things- 90 seconds on a major media network or death right outside the Supreme Court. Zulberti, always one for the drama, even went so far as to record a video to be played at his own funeral.
The reaction to Zulberti’s Hunger Strike was unsurprisingly mixed. A Philadelphia publication described his Hunger Strike as the “Dumbest Hunger Strike in history.” An online petition was created collecting signatures to urge the media not to cover Zulberti so he could die and “Prove Charles Darwin correct.” On the other hand, Zulberti received an outpouring of support. This support is clearly evident on his personal Facebook page and his fan page. Some examples-
Reggie P- West Warwick, Rhode Island: “There is power in numbers and this is an issue that needs to be addressed quickly. I support what you are fighting for and will help any way I can.”
Jamal W- Jonesboro, Arkansas: “I am soooo proud of you! We need more people lilke you. Free thinkers is what our nation needs. You tried your hardest to stand your ground. Youre not a failure and to anyone who had negative thoughts about you are all hypocrits. We all have a way to show our passion for something and you did your thing buddy. Im here for you 100% keep the fight going. You can do ALL THINGS with the strength, power and blessings that God puts in front of you. Stay up kiddo!!!!”
Nichole L- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “You were a topic of conversation today and we totally agree with your message .. just because this didn't go as plan , don't shut your mouth about it . Keep spreading your message .. we hear you !”
Although Zulberti wishes that the Hunger Strike had continued until death or coverage, his message got out to hundreds of thousands of people. Zulberti admits on his website that the Hunger Strike didn’t go as he’d hoped but that “it wasn’t a total failure.”