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RELEASE: Fast for Families Campaign Urges Rep. Paul Ryan to Fix the Broken Immigration System in Wisconsin Town Hall

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Press Release

For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2014
Contact: Emily Kessel, NAKASEC,
Fast for Families Campaign Urges Rep. Paul Ryan to Fix the Broken Immigration System in Wisconsin Town Hall

“Fast for Families” Leaders DJ Yoon and Rudy Lopez engage in activities with hundreds of community members in Wisconsin.

Washington DC– Fast for Families leaders Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon (NAKASEC) and Rudy Lopez (FIRM), along with DREAMers, immigrant rights, faith, and labor communities delivered a unified call for immigration reform this year.

On Tuesday, March 18, DJ Yoon spoke to Rep. Ryan at the town hall in Janeville, Wisconsin, stressing the importance of a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented aspiring Americans and the importance of family immigration.

In Wisconsin, one hundred impacted women immigrants and immigrant rights advocates also joined “Fast for Families” as they collected photos and prepared to fast on Wednesday. Some of these women will participate in a Listening Session with Rep. Paul Ryan today, Wednesday, March 19. They will challenge his support for devastating enforcement policies and its impact on American families.


Campaign Overview

On January 27, 2014, Fast for Families Across America launched its second phase with plans to visit over 100 Congressional districts in all. For one month, fly-ins was organized to reach over 25 key Congressional members. On February 24, 2014, the campaign kicked off its two-bus nationwide tour in Los Angeles. “Fast for Families” leaders DJ Yoon (NAKASEC) and Rudy Lopez (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) will travel on the northern route while leaders Eliseo Medina (SEIU) and Cristian Avila (Mi Familia Vota) will travel on the southern route for the entirety of the tour. Stopping at more than 75 districts with daily events calling for Congressional action on immigration reform, the two buses will meet in Washington DC in April.

“Fast for Families” reignited the immigration debate last November when Eliseo Medina (SEIU), DJ Yoon (NAKASEC), Rudy Lopez (FIRM) and Cristian Avila (Mi Familia Vota) —abstained from all food, except water for 22 days in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol on the National Mall. The campaign calls for Congressional action for just and humane immigration reform.


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The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans on major social justice issues. NAKASEC maintains offices in Annandale, Virginia and Los Angeles, California. NAKASEC has affiliates in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center) and Los Angeles (Korean Resource Center).