December 1-3: Act & Fast
WASHINGTON, DC – The AFL-CIO supports the activists participating in the “Fast for Families” in Washington, D.C. We join their call for events across the country December 1st to the 3rd. Inspired by fasters, working men and women will send a clear message to Speaker John Boehner that the time is now to pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka said, “As Thanksgiving approaches and families gather, we remember the all too many families torn apart by our broken immigration system. Speaker John Boehner and his House Republican caucus are the final obstacle between a broken status quo and a healed country. The labor movement will not stop fighting until our immigration system is reformed and the deportation crisis is over.”
We honor the three core “Fast for Families” fasters in Washington, D.C. – SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium’s Dae Joong Yoon– who have been abstaining from all food since November 12 and have vowed to fast until they can no longer sustain. Their efforts, along with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s Rev. Samuel Rodriguez’s 40-day fast, have gained international attention and inspired thousands to fast for immigration reform across the country.
Across the country, the labor movement calls with one voice for Speaker Boehner and the House of Representatives to do their job and pass commonsense immigration reform.