The Common Good

Immigration Reform Advocates Begin Fast In Va.

Date: April 3, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Advocates for immigration reform began a four-day hunger strike Thursday in Richmond, hoping to rally support for their cause and capture the attention of two powerful Virginia congressmen.

The event is part of the national "Fast for Families Across America" campaign that has taken two busloads of advocates to 30 states over the last few weeks. The campaign set up a tent in a park near downtown to serve as headquarters for its Richmond stay before heading back to Washington, D.C., next week...

Michel Zajur, CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Virginia, lauded the entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants and Jim Wallis of the Christian social justice organization Sojourners stressed the religious aspect of immigration reform.