Dear friends and allies of the Fast for Families,
We find ourselves in a critical moment as the fasters’ bodies grow weaker, but their resolve remains. As Congress returns from their break, join us for the National Day to Act, Fast, and Pray when the Fasters will hold an important press conference and announcement at the tents on the National Mall this Tuesday, December 3, at 11:30 A.M.
We hope clergy and lay leaders can attend wearing stoles and collars when possible to show the support of the faith community.
More than 20 days have passed since SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, NAKASEC’s Dae Joong Yoon, DREAMer, Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila, and Sojourner’s Lisa Sharon Harper have courageously fasted in the shadows of the Capitol to highlight the need for immigration reform with a path to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans who suffer in the shadows everyday. The personal sacrifice of the Fasters has been an act of love, emblematic of the sacrifices that too many families have endured.
This movement set tents on the National Mall to change the heart and mind of Speaker Boehner. The fast has captured national attention and captivated countless people to act, fast, and pray that Congress will be unable to ignore the daily human cost of our broken immigration system.
The Fasters want to share their deep gratitude for your commitment and support. Without your efforts—both visible and behind the scenes, your visits to the tents, solidarity fasts and your prayers—this movement would not have achieved the incredible impact we have seen so far. As of today, more than 5,000 people have fasted in solidarity for one or more days, hundreds have joined nightly community meetings providing spiritual sustenance, and Fasters have received visits from leaders including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Biden.
This Tuesday is the National Day to Act, Fast, and Pray. Join in solidarity with the fasters to make a historic impact on the call to Congress to take action now and we hope you will join together at the tents at 3rd and Jefferson on the National Mall at 11:30 A.M.
If you were a solidarity faster or volunteered and have an Act.Fast sweatshirt – please plan to wear it in solidarity. I’ve also attached a turnout flyer that you can share with your network. Thank you so much and see you Tuesday morning.
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