Local Immigrant Workers, 32BJ SEIU to Pray with Immigration Reform Fasters

Area Janitors to Give Fasters, SEIU’s Eliseo Medina Symbolic Gifts in Solidarity


Washington, DC –Immigrant workers and 32BJ SEIU members will visit the Fast for Families fasters today to show their solidarity with the group in the overall fight to pass commonsense immigration reform in 2013. The union and workers will present fasters with a 32BJ flag signed with messages of support as well as a bucket filled with a dust pan, gloves and toilet paper among other items that represent the work of 32BJ’s janitors.

Wednesday marks day nine for the five main fasters, Eliseo Medina of the SEIU, Dae Joong Yoon of NAKASEC, Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota who recently arrived to Washington, DC to continue his fast, Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of NHCLC remain steadfast, but have already lost more than 10lbs each in the last week.

They have been joined in solidarity for different periods of 1 to 3 days by faith and immigrant rights leaders. From California to universities such as Notre Dame and Loyola, many more organizations and thousands of activists have also committed and signed up online to fast in support.

With more than 145,000 members in 11 states, including 17,000 in DC, Maryland and Virginia, a majority of whom are immigrants, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.


What:              Prayer and gift-giving to support immigration reform fasters

Where:            National Mall: 3rd Street & Jefferson – Fast for Families Community Tent

When:             4:30-5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Who:               32BJ SEIU, immigrant workers and faith leaders


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