The Common Good

Fasters For Immigration Reform Pass Torch To New Group

Date: December 3, 2013

(WASHINGTON) -- For 22 days, a group of activists has gone without food in hopes of getting Congress to vote on immigration reform. But now, they’ve reached their limit. Four demonstrators, including union leader Eliseo Medina, announced Tuesday they are ending their hunger strike and passing the torch to seven others who will fast in their place. The new group includes freshman Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., the grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy…

With lawmakers looking on, the Rev. Jim Wallis, a new faster, said he was depriving himself of food to counteract gridlock blocking an immigration reform in Congress. “This must go deeper than politics because politics is stuck,” he said. “We must go deeper now. Fasting changes us. Prayer changes us.”