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    Ethel Kennedy to Protest Family Separation With Hunger Strike
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    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Ethel Kennedy attends the 30th Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards Ceremony, in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Ragia Omran, Egyptian human rights attorney and women's rights activist, was selected for the award in June out of a field of 111 nominees. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    The 90-year-old widow of Robert F. Kennedy plans to participate in a hunger strike to protest the separation of immigrant families.

    The Boston Globe reports Ethel Kennedy plans to join several of her family members and dozens of activists who each plan to fast for 24 hours and make a donation equal to the value of the food they would have eaten.

    The organization Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is holding what it calls a "hunger strike and prayer chain" over 24 days in honor of an estimated 2,400 children separated from parents because of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally at the Mexican border.

    Kerry Kennedy heads the organization. She says her mother is "very joyful" about participating in the protest.

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