The Common Good

President Obama Visits Reform Activists In Fasting

Date: December 18, 2013

On day 18, “Fast for Families” welcomed the visit of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, from National Korean American Service and Education
Consortium (NAKASEC) Dae Joong Yoon and the DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila as well as FIRM‘s Rudy Lopez and Sojourner‘s Lisa Sharon Harper along with 22 other advocates fasting in solidarity, met with the President and First Lady in a private session at the “Fast for Families” tent where both listened closely to the fasters’ personal stories.

The President said that this fast and their sacrifice are receiving immense attention. He expressed great concern over their health, urging them as well to continue praying over their decision on the time they intend to fast.

During their meeting, the President also held the shoe of an immigrant who perished in the desert trying to seek a better life, which the fasters hold in reverence as a symbol of why they are fasting to underscore the plight and suffering of immigrants.