On November 21, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Fast for Families tent and met with the fasters. He conveyed the White House and the Obama administration’s commitment to keeping families together.
Each day that passes without Congressional action on immigration reform, 1,100 family members are separated from each other through deportations. Given this devastating reality, NAKASEC Executive Director Dae Joong Yoon, national labor leader Eliseo Medina, and Cristian Avila, Arizona State Coordinator of Mi Familia Vota have been on a water-only fast for 13 days. Read the New York Times profile of Eliseo here and recent coverage from the Washington Post and NBC Latino.
The fasters gain strength of purpose from the overwhelming support and encouraging messages they have received from community members since November 12. If you are in Washington, DC, come by and visit the fasters at the Fast for Families tent located at the National Mall. There is a daily public event from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at 3rd Street SW and Jefferson Street SW.
Congressmember Jan Schakowsky of Illinois announced on November 19 that she will participate in a one day solidarity fast in support of the Fast for Families. Click here to read more.
Since November 22, Dream Riders and youth across the country are holding solidarity dinner fasts to support immigration reform. To get involved, please contact Sae Hee Chun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Korean Resource Center and its ally organizations in Orange County including Orange County Congregation Community Organization and SEIU-USWW held a five-day solidarity fast from November 18 to 22. Eleven fasters, representing the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., fasted at a local Congressmember’s office to highlight the need for Congress to act. Listen to Southern California Public Radio coverage here.
The National Education Association just announced their plans to hold a solidarity fast by passing on the fast from one member to the next member until the Fast 4 Families achieve their goal.
This Monday, November 24, KRCC (Korean American Resource and Cultural Center), Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago Workers Collaborative, and other many immigrant rights and social justice organizations, will be fasting in solidarity with fasters across the country. These events are being organized to call on Congress to stop the inaction and delays. It’s time to stop the separation of families. To get involved, contact Sik Son at (224) 836-1655 or via email at email@example.com.
To sign up for a solidarity fast or other ways to support Fast for Families, please visit www.fast4families.org
Make a call to Speaker Boehner and call for a vote on immigration reform and citizenship! (202) 225-0600
To view the list of Fast4Families sponsors, click here.
Thanks also to the following organizations for their support in recent days: AFSCME-UDW, Alliance for Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Chicago Workers Collaborative, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, Churches United, Greater Life Missionary Baptist Church, Hanul Family Alliance, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Korean American Community Services in Chicago, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, Korean American Women In Need (KAN-WIN), Korean Resource Center, La Habra Iglesia Bautista, Mujeres Latinas in Accion, National Education Association, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Orange Coalition Immigration Coalition, Orange County Community Congregation Organization, Orange County Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, SEIU-USWW, St. Anselms Episcopal Church, St. Joachim Catholic Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, West Coast Christian Tabernacle, Women for Compassionate Immigration, and many more.
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) and the Korean Resource Center (KRC) are a network of community-based organizations advancing progressive civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promote the full participation of Korean Americans in American society.