The Common Good

House Democrats To Join Immigration Fast

Source: Politico
Date: November 19, 2013

Several activists have been fasting on the National Mall for more than a week to bring attention to the push for comprehensive immigration reform – and a Democratic lawmaker is about to join their cause.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said in an interview Tuesday that she’ll fast for one day to mark solidarity with the activists, who are trying to highlight the effect of U.S. immigration laws on families in their “Fast for Families” initiative. The fast began on Nov. 12 and the fasters have each lost 10 pounds so far, organizers said.

The activists who have been abstaining from food for eight days are: Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union; Dae Joong Yoon of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium; Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota; Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners; and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. They have vowed to fast until they are no longer physically able to do so.