The Common Good

Hunger Fast Aimed At Pushing Congress To Pass Immigration Reform Bill

Date: November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Photos of happy families were posted inside the Fast 4 Families Community Tent at the National Mall in Washington Nov. 12. Beside the smiling faces, however, were Post-it notes that read “I pray that families stay together” and “God, please don’t take my mom away.” National religious, labor and immigrant rights leaders gathered at a news conference to launch “Fast 4 Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship” and begin fasting until members of Congress vote in favor of immigration reform…..

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, said the act of fasting is “neither a tactic nor a symbol.” “This is not a political issue, it’s a moral issue,” he said. “(It is) a fast against political dysfunction that keeps our country from moving forward.”