The 15-member Dyett hunger strike lost two members on Tuesday due to health concerns, reports DNAinfo Chicago.
Cathy Dale and Jeanette Taylor-Ramann -- two of the original 12 activists who launched the hunger strike over the future of Dyett High School back on August 17 -- announced they will start eating solid foods again.
The two activists cited heart palpitations and high blood pressure as the health issues causing them to end their participation in the hunger strike, now aimed at forcing school officials to the negotiating table over the district's plan for Dyett.
In other Dyett news on Tuesday, members of the Jewish community delivered a letter with over 200 signatures to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office this afternoon, urging him to negotiate with the hunger strikers on their demands for Dyett.
Among those who participated in the letter delivery during Rosh Hashanah was Tzedek Chicago member Kelly Viselman.
"We are united in recognizing that our Jewish values compel us to take a stand with the coalition," Viselman said. "Judaism teaches that the imperative to save a life supercedes almost every other commandment. Our city's leadership cannot allow people who have gone a month without food to hang in the balance. We demand that they meet with them in good faith and come to a mutually agreed decision on Dyett."
On September 3 amid the hunger strike, the school district announced that the Dyett campus, located in Washington Park, will be converted into an arts-focused neighborhood high school plus an "innovation technology lab."
But the hunger strikers, who are in support of turning Dyett into a global leadership and green technology school, are not satisfied with the district's plan and have issued an updated list of demands, which include: "green technology and global leadership in the Dyett curriculum; preservation of the name Walter Dyett; at least six seats on the school design team; community selection of the principal; and a community school open until 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. daily with programs serving the community."