National Days to Act, Fast, and Pray for Immigration Reform
Fast for Families is an action to highlight the need for fair immigration reform. For more than 20 days, SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, NAKASEC’s Dae Joong Yoon, DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila, and Sojourner’s Lisa Sharon Harper have fasted in front of the U.S. Capitol and their actions have sparked a nationwide movement including more than 5,000 solidarity fasters from coast to coast.
“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force stands in solidarity with those who are fasting for fair immigration reform. We are united with these friends and allies in demanding justice for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants — more than a quarter of a million of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — who long for a pathway to citizenship and access to the American Dream. Fasting is an age-old practice in many faith traditions that seeks to draw attention to injustice in our midst. It shines a light on those who are too often confined to life in the shadows and exposes the brokenness of systems that keep others on the margins. Our various faith traditions share in common a belief in the inherent dignity of human life and call us to act for justice,” Javen Swanson, Interim Faith Work Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.