The Common Good

Activists End Fast Without An Immigration Vote; New Fasters Take Over

Source: NBC Latino
Date: December 3, 2013

They tried to put the best face on it. They called the end of the nearly 22-day fast “passing the baton” and surrounded it in religious symbolism and protest songs. But Tuesday’s ceremonies attended by many VIPs and marking the official end of the fast didn’t change the reality that 21 1/2 days of three individuals going without food and of a fourth person restricted to juice, did not move GOP House leaders to call a vote on immigration reform…

Three of the initial fasters have been subsisting since Nov. 12 on water alone: Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union; Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium and Cristian Avila, of Mi Familia Vota. A fourth, Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, restricted her diet to juice. They each lost an average of 20 pounds or more by the time they ended their organized starvation. Three weeks is generally the maximum most people can go without food… The new fasters also are a diverse group. The Rev. Gabe Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition is the sole Latino among the new set of fasters. The remaining fasters who took over are the Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners president; Ciara Taylor, political director of Dream Defenders; the Rev. Eunsang Lee, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City; Stephen Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief and Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders.