Immigration Reform Leaders: “Fast until we can no longer sustain”

Schumer, Gutierrez, Chu, SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry, Moral Monday’s Rev. Barber, faith leaders, youth and many more to visit “Fast for Families” at National Mall


WASHINGTON, DC – As groups and activists across the nation amplify the pressure on Speaker Boehner and his colleagues in the House with acts of civil disobedience, paid ads and a new push to target nine Republicans, the nation’s capital is host to the center of a blossoming spiritual movement for immigration reform led by faith and immigrant rights leaders who are fasting until they are medically prevented from continuing their efforts.

Like Cesar Chavez before them, “Fast for Families” leaders are abstaining from all food, except to drink water, and remaining day and night at the National Mall—500 feet away from the steps of the Capitol.

The following leaders are fasting until they are medically prevented from doing so:

Eliseo Medina of SEIU (Service Employees International Union)

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of NHCLC (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference)

Dae Joong Yoon of NAKASEC (National Korean American Service and Education Consortium)

Sang Hyug Jung, Korean immigrant, father of two DACA children

Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota, fasting from Arizona

Morally driven by the separations of families, deportations, deaths on the border and an unjust immigration system, leaders are fasting in prayer and hope of moving the House to act on immigration reform and encouraging communities across America to join in solidarity.

Nationwide, the PICO National Network of faith communities began fasting and mobilizing in cities and key congressional districts, including Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Michael Grimm’s (R-NY) districts. More events and groups are expected to participate in the coming days.

Fasters stationed on the Mall will be regularly joined by faith, civil rights, labor and community leaders who will fast in solidarity for a finite period. Already, Lucy Tzunun, a Guatemalan immigrant and member of Make the Road New York, and Arizona Promise’s Gina Sanchez have begun fasting with leaders and will remain with fasters for more than 3 days (both organizations are part of FIRM). They will also welcome visits from members of Congress, national leaders and diverse communities and groups.

All events will begin at the Fast for Families tents at 3rd St SW and Jefferson Dr. on the National Mall.


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