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Yesterday, we wrote about the passing of the #Fast4Families and how advocates like Eliseo Medina broke a 22-day fast for immigration reform by passing the baton onto others, including Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA). Forty-five years ago, Rep. Kennedy’s grandfather, Sen. Robert Kennedy visited Cesar Chavez in California when Chavez broke his 25-day fast for nonviolent action and workers’ rights. Medina began working with Cesar Chavez in 1966 and left SEIU this year to help push for immigration reform full-time.
During a segment on her MSNBC show yesterday, Rachel Maddow explored these connections, lifting up the Fast for Families and the ongoing hunger strike for immigration reform. She also spoke with Arizona DREAMer Erika Andiola, who is leaving her job as a Congressional staffer for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CA) to fight her mother’s deportation case, which came up last year and will be redecided in January.
View the full segment from Rachel Maddow below: