On November 12, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders announced the launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” taking place on the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol. The fasters in D.C. sit today on day eleven of their journey. Every day their bodies get weaker, but their spirits grow stronger as they take a dignified stand for justice for millions of aspiring Americans.
They’re drawing inspiration from the thousands of people holding solidarity fasts and showing their support any way they can, including this one in Bakersfield. Our fasters tried to deliver a letter to Representative Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield, but he called the police and did not let our folks in. The action in Bakersfield was covered by several news outlets, including Channel 23 KERO News.
Their cause is capturing the nation’s imagination. Just this morning they were joined by Vice President Joe Biden.
As someone who cares and takes action against injustice, will you join them in urging Speaker Boehner to fix our country’s broken immigration system? We need the House to bring a vote to the floor. Please sign the petition to Speaker Boehner now.
Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon and Cristian Avila have survived on just water for eleven days now. They will continue to fast until we win justice, or until their bodies can take no more.
Every day that the House Republican leadership stalls on a vote for immigration reform is one more day that families and communities continue to suffer the impact of deportations, deaths on the border, exploitation at work and the fear of living in the shadows with no path forward to citizenship.
This is the reality for so many millions of people. It is why the fasters are willing to put so much on the line.
Watch this video diary from Eliseo to see why he felt called to fast.
“During this fast, I know that I will suffer physical hunger, but there is a deeper hunger within me — a hunger for an end to a system that creates such misery among those who come here to escape poverty and violence in search of the American dream.”
— Eliseo Medina