Press Release: Houston Janitors, local leaders, and a DREAMer will participate in a 24-hour fast Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in solidarity with pro-immigration reform “Fast for Families” fasters in Washington, DC.
Inspired by fasters nation-wide, Houston janitors, local leaders, and undocumented youth will fast for a period of 24 hours, beginning at sunrise, availing themselves of liquids only. A blessing of the water and of the fasters will start off a day of prayer and reflection. The fasters want to send a clear message to House Speaker John Boehner and the Texas congressional delegation that the time is now to pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
“A small sacrifice on our part is meant to send a strong message to the rest of America that our broken and cruel immigration system can be fixed but politics is the only thing standing in the way,” stated Steven Arteaga, a Houston DREAMer who will be joining the fast tomorrow.
The three core “Fast for Families” fasters in Washington, DC – SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila and NAKASEC’s Dae Joong Yoon – have been abstaining from all food since November 12 and have vowed to fast until they can no longer sustain.
“We have been fighting for justice for many, many years, but for the next 24 hours we will fast to highlight the absence of good will and common sense in Congress to alleviate the pain and suffering of so many good families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and their children,” stated Yesenia Romero, a Houston janitor, SEIU Texas member and fast participant.