The Common Good

Rep. Joe Kennedy Joins Immigration Fast

Source: Politico
Date: December 3, 2013

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) — whose great-uncle’s cause to overhaul the nation’s immigration system has gone unfulfilled — joined a prominent fasting effort on Tuesday that is aimed at urging the Republican-led House to take up immigration reform…

The first round of fasters included Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota, Dae Joong Yoon of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, and Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners. The activists, who have fasted for 22 days, were on hand Monday evening while the House voted — during which they received an enthusiastic ovation from lawmakers in the chamber. “As we fasted, the American people responded with overwhelming support and solidarity,” the fasters said in a statement. “Thousands chose to fast and pray, reigniting the power of the immigration reform movement and strengthening our spirits and determination. However, Speaker Boehner is not listening. He has failed to act and move forward with immigration reform legislation in the House.”

The new group of fasters includes Kennedy, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Phillip Agnew and Ciara Taylor of Dream Defenders, the the Rev. Eun-sang Lee of the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Stephan Bauman of World Relief, the Rev. Gabriel Salguero of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism.