The Common Good

AAPI Activists Fast For Immigration Reform

Date: December 3, 2013

After 22 continuous days of fasting, the four primary leaders of the Fast for Families Immigration Action, Eliseo Medina of SEIU, Dae Joong Yoon of NAKASEC, Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota and Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, have ended their fast today. They had abstained from all food since November 12, and vowed to fast until they could no longer physically do so. Today, the four held a press conference to pass on their fast to seven activists (including Dolores Huerta, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Chiara Taylor of the Dream Defenders), as well as to hundreds of supporters fasting in solidarity. Some of the activists will hand off the fast day by day. The #Fast4Families action took place at a tent set up on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Activists fasted day and night, abstaining from all food to move Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. More specifically, they are pushing House Speaker John Boehner and Republican House leadership to cease Congressional inaction and bring a vote on reform to the House floor.