For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2014
Emily Kessel, NAKASEC, email@example.com
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) Urged to Join Fast for Families Weekly Wednesday Fasts
AAPIs from California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Urge Communities to Participate
During the season of Lent, community members are asked to demonstrate their commitment to immigration reform by fasting for a meal or the entire day every Wednesday. Fasting is a personal but powerful collective way of standing in solidarity with immigrant communities who have suffered daily because of the failures of today’s immigration laws. Fast for Families is calling for humane immigration reform that includes path to citizenship and keeps families together by eliminating backlogs and ending deportations.
Invite your community, family and friends to join by Signing on here.
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.
Visit www.fast4families.org for more information and follow on twitter for updates @nakasec @djnakasec @fast4families #fast4families
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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).