The Common Good

The Most Memorable Immigration Moments Of 2013

Source: Voxxi
Date: December 28, 2013

Fast for Families: Three immigration reform advocates went 22 days without eating food and only drank water at a tent set on the National Mall. They say they did it to call attention on the plight of undocumented immigrants and to stress the urgency of passing immigration reform legislation. The three fasters were: Eliseo Medina of the SEUI; Dae Joong Yoon of the National Korean American Services Consortium; and Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota. They were joined by Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, who also abstained from food, except juice, for 22 days.

The fast began on Nov. 12 and it quickly captivated the attention of many, including President Barack Obama who surprised the fasters with a visit at the tent on Nov. 29. Dozens of members of Congress also stopped by to show their support, while thousands from across the country committed to fast in solidarity.