The Common Good

Activists To Fast On Capitol Hill Until Congress Passes Immigration Reform

Date: November 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) As an icy wind whipped the sides of a packed tent, five activists committed themselves Tuesday (Nov. 12) to fast from food and drink and to camp in front of the U.S. Capitol until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform.

“I know that there are going to be difficult days ahead of me,” said Eliseo Medina from the Service Employees International Union. “I know that going without food will not be easy and I know that I will suffer physical hunger.

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of the progressive Christian group Sojourners, said Christians must pray against the political dysfunction, self-interest and racial polarization that has blocked immigration reform.

“Sometimes you can organize and march and struggle and work as hard as you can, and sometimes all you can do finally is pray for a miracle,” Wallis said. “We’re here to pray for a miracle.”