The Common Good

Immigration: New Fasters Join Campaign For Comprehensive Reform

Date: December 5, 2013

After 22 days of a water-only fast on the National Mall, four long-term fasters of the “Fast for Families” announced an expansion of the action as they passed the fast on to a group of prominent faith leaders and activists who will continue to highlight the moral dimension and human tragedies caused by our broken immigration system. At a ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol, the four long-term fasters, Eliseo Medina of SEIU, Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota, Dae Joong Yoon of NAKASEC and Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, were led to the stage by Bernice King, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Representative Joe Kennedy, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta, Reverend Joel Hunter and Pastor Mike McLenahan.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, led the ceremony during which Father Jacek Ozechowski provided the fasters with blessed bread as they gave the crosses they have worn for the last 22 days to the new fasters. The new fasters are Reverend Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Philip Agnew of Dream Defenders, Reverend Eun-sang Lee, Board member of NAKASEC and Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief, Ciara Taylor of Dream Defenders, Reverend Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Representative Joe Kennedy. Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism has also joined the fast but could not attend the ceremony.