The Common Good

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Joins Immigration Fast

Date: December 3, 2013

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) agreed Tuesday to join other activists in an ongoing fast designed to compel the House of Representatives to begin debating proposals to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. At a ceremony on the Mall two blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Kennedy ceremoniously began his fast by accepting a small cross from Eliseo Medina, a longtime immigration rights activist and labor leader who was concluding a 22-day fast Tuesday. Medina's fast will also be continued by Rev. Jim Wallis, of Sojourners. Kennedy plans to fast through midday Wednesday and "pass it on" to other activists Wednesday, he said in brief comments to reporters…
Medina and three others -- Sojourners's Lisa Sharon Harper, an immigration activist from Arizona, Cristian Avila, and Korean-American rights activist Dae Joong Yoon -- have been fasting since November to draw attention to the refusal of House Republican leaders to hold votes in the full House on proposals to address immigration. They have spent most of the day in specially-heated tents and the night in nearby churches and hotels.