The Common Good

National Conservative Leader’s Hunger Strike For Immigration Reform Spawns Similar Efforts

Date: November 8, 2013

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, one of the nation’s most prominent Latino religious leaders, has subsisted on just sparkling water and broth for one week as he continues on a hunger strike to press Congress to pass an immigration reform bill.

Rodriguez told Fox News Latino that he has lost nearly five pounds since he started the fast, which he intends to continue for at least 40 days. More Latino leaders and immigration reform advocates will be holding fasts in the coming weeks...

On Tuesday, immigrant rights, faith, labor, and community groups plan a press conference in Washington to announce that they will also launch a fast for immigration reform. Those groups include the Church World Service, Faith in Public Life, The PICO Network, the Service Employees International Union, the Alliance for Citizenship, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Sojourners, Franciscan Action Network, and dozens of other groups.