Today IWJ’s the Rev. Michael Livingston joined Eliseo Medina, the former International Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), in a solidarity fast.
Medina has been fasting for a week on Capitol Hill and he has been joined in solidarity fasts here in Washington, and all across the U.S.
While the legislation floating around the halls of the Capitol Building is far from a just answer to current immigration policies, the failure by Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to debate and vote on the legislation is a grave injustice to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
Every day, more than 1,100 new Americans -- including husbands and wives, parents and children -- are forcibly removed from the country. We will fast to change the hearts of lawmakers who refuse to hear the cries of these families.
Fasting is a sacred undertaking inspired by the prophets that brings us closer to God and demonstrates the moral resolve of our movement. The ultimate example of this is Jesus Christ, as well as iconic leaders from recent history such as Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez deprived themselves of nourishment to show solidarity with the oppressed and call society to atone for injustice.
"My first day isn't over yet, and I've already heard enough amazing stories from other fasters to deepen my resolve to struggle for comprehensive immigration," the Rev. Livingston said. "I heard heart wrenching stories of families torn apart by deportations. We have to stop deportations and reform this, not just broken, but immoral immigration system."
By joining the fast, he is honoring the suffering experienced by thousands of families in America by immoral immigration policies and immoral escalation in deportations tearing apart our families and hurting our communities.