Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Launch National “Fast for Families” at Capitol’s Doorstep

National faith, immigrant rights, labor leaders to fast every day and night on the National Mall to call on Congress to take action on commonsense immigration reform


WASHINGTON, DC – As more communities across the country continue to escalate their campaign to put pressure on the leadership in the House of Representatives, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders will announce thisTuesday, November 12, the launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” followed by a mass prayer vigil in the evening.

The press conference will feature prominent leaders and members of the immigrant community at the “Fast for Families” Community Tent on the National Mall. Speakers will underscore the moral crisis caused by our country’s broken immigration system and its impact on millions of families. Several leaders will commit to fast every day and night in front of the Capitol’s doorstep, to send a clear and visible message to Congress.

The fast in Washington, DC will be in conjunction with dozens of local and solidarity fasts, events, and actions already underway in key congressional districts across the country. Fasters will be joined nationwide by groups and activists who are prepared to make sacrifices for the passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

On Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM, an evening prayer vigil will include Rep. Zoe Lofgren, faith and immigrant rights leaders, and hundreds of immigration reform supporters. The service is organized by CASA in Action.



11:00 AM Press Conference: Launch of ‘Fast for Families’

6:00 PM Prayer Vigil with elected, faith and immigrant rights leaders


WHERE: ‘Fast4Families’ Community Tent on National Mall

3rd St. and Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC


WHAT: 11:00 AM – Press Conference: Launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship”



·  Eliseo Medina, SEIU

·  Wade Henderson, President, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

·  Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby

·  Rev. Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners

·  Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism

·  Rev. Barbara Williams Skinner, Co-Chair, National African-American Clergy Network

·  Dae Joong Yoon, Executive Director, NAKASEC

·  Lucy Tzunun, Make The Road NY

·  Rev. Al Herring, PICO National Network

·  Rev. Michael Livingston, Public Policy Director, Interfaith Worker Justice

Press conference will include Q&A and fasters/speakers will be available for interviews immediately following the event.


6:00 PM – Evening prayer vigil with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), faith and immigrant rights leaders, including Gustavo Torres of CASA in Action and fasters

Hundreds of immigration reform supporters will hear from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, faith and immigrant rights leaders at the “Fast4Families” Community Tent. Following brief remarks, the participants will lead a procession to the West Lawn for a candlelight prayer vigil, featuring musical accompaniment.

VISUALS: At the Community Tent, there will be a permanent altar to remember those who’ve died in their journey to the U.S., border death memorials, faith and spiritual symbols to represent the unity for reform.

The “Fast4Families” is being organized by pro-immigrant rights, faith, labor, and community groups determined to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship for all 11 million. Groups include Alliance for Citizenship, Church World Service, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Faith in Public Life, Franciscan Action Network, National Council of Jewish Women, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, PICO National Network, the Service Employees International Union, Sojourners, and dozens of other groups.


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