Six weeks ago, the Fast 4 Families launched their two-bus, nationwide tour winding around 75 key Congressional districts across the US and calling for immigration reform.  Along the way, the bus tour visited a Paul Ryan town hall, visited with community members who fasted in solidarity, and drew attention to families facing the threat of separation… Continue »

Fast 4 Families and We Belong Together have joined forces to bring 100 women — some of whom are facing deportation — to Washington, DC for a 48-hour fast calling on President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform and stop the deportations. Yesterday, the women marched to the Capitol carrying signs that read “Missing: Courage”… Continue »

The #Fast4Families bus tour is still going strong, and yesterday they stopped at a Paul Ryan town hall in Franklin, Wisconsin. Ryan often says sympathetic things about immigration reform, and agrees that current laws are broken.  But he’s also done next to nothing to push immigration legislation through the House, and echoes the GOP talking… Continue »

This week, Eliseo Medina–formerly of SEIU–along with two others broke his 22-day hunger strike with the #Fast4Families.  Others, including a succession of Congressmembers, have been picking up the fast for immigration reform since then.  Today, on our weekly Office Hours call, Eliseo spoke about how he’s been doing since breaking his fast, what he’s learned… Continue »

The consistent daily pressure and moral commitment of the immigration reform movement stands in stark contrast to the inaction and avoidance of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republican leaders in the House.  Not only are House leaders refusing to allow a vote on the bipartisan HR 15 bill—despite the fact that the votes exist to… Continue »

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… Continue »

But Only if House GOP Leaders Move from Talk into Action  Yesterday, after the New York Times reported that this Congress is on track to be the least productive in history, John Harwood of the New York Times and CNBC tweeted “Whatever else Obama fumbles/Rs obstruct, substantive/political success of this Congress rests on 1 thing still… Continue »

The following is a press release from the #Fast4Families.  View more photos from the passing of the fast here. At Ceremony on National Mall, New Fasters Pick Up Where Others Left Off After 22 days of a water-only fast on the National Mall, four long-term fasters of the “Fast for Families” today announced an expansion… Continue »

Today, on the 21st day of the ongoing #Fast4Families, immigrants and advocates journeyed to Speaker Boehner’s office on the Hill to deliver an invitation asking him to meet with the fasters.  Numerous elected officials, from President Obama to Joe Biden to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Republican members of the House, have already visited the fast.… Continue »

Since early November, labor, community and religious leaders have been engaged in the “Fast for Families” – a water-only fast in a tent on the National Mall that highlights the moral urgency of immigration reform.  As prominent faster Eliseo Medina said, their sacrifice is designed to “create a moral force that will convince Congress that… Continue »