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Eliseo Medina Is No Champion of Immigration Reform -- But He Could Be

Cesar Vargas | Posted 08.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Cesar Vargas

Where is the Eliseo that urged the AFL-CIO, despite their (unsubstantiated) concern that immigrants take workers' jobs, to adopt the position of legal status for undocumented immigrants as a tenet of its platform? We need that Eliseo Medina. 

Hope Reborn From Fast for Immigration Reform

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 06.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

By next Thanksgiving, it is my hope and belief that fasting, and all of our other efforts, will have turned the tide at last.

Immigration Reform Checkmate: DACA and Mental Health

Jarryd Willis | Posted 06.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

The House GOP can't continue to block immigration reform and have their presidential candidates oppose the DACA program and expect to garner more Hispanic/Asian votes than they did in 2012.

Another Pro-Life Issue

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Immigration reform is not just an economic issue -- although it plays a big role in attracting and retaining talented people who will contribute to our economy. Commonsense immigration reform -- as Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley affirmed -- is part of a consistent ethic in which all of life is treated as sacred.

Elise Foley

Immigration Reform Advocates Not Giving Up On Congress Yet | Elise Foley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As some immigration activists turn to the White House with hopes for immigration reform, a coalition called the Fast for Families conclu...

Elise Foley

Immigration Activists Escalate Deportation Fight | Elise Foley | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration activists are gearing up for a major day of action on Saturday directed squarely at President Barack Obama, demanding he hal...

Elise Foley

The Man Who Kept Immigration Reform Alive | Elise Foley | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Eliseo Medina fasted for 22 days on the National Mall in support of immigration reform. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Eliseo Medina is a relentles...

This Holiday Season: Fast. Reflect. Pray. Celebrate. Act. Change.

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Jose Antonio Tijerino

"This is not about politics, the fast is about faith. Faith in the American people who we believe care about families being torn apart. Faith that Congress will reflect during the holidays and do the best thing for America."

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Congress ends its December session today, and we will break down the tent. But this is not the end of the Fast for Families; it is only the beginning. It's time to take our movement deeper, take this nation deeper, and take our political debate to a much deeper level.

Remembering the Greatest Political Leader of the 20th Century: Nelson Mandela

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Today I had the great honor of saying an opening prayer at the National Cathedral's memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the most important political leader of the 20th century. This was an honor, not only because of Mandela's stature on the world's stage, but because he was someone I admired very deeply and personally.

Fast for Families and César Chávez: Two Stories About the Hunger for Human Decency

Javier Sierra | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

During 22 days, four social justice heroes fasted in Washington, D.C., to support immigration reform including a path to citizenship, in the shadow of the very same Congress that refuses to vote on it.

Fasting for Families and Immigration Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Faith leaders and young Dreamers are joining this historic fast on behalf of immigrant families who suffer because our leaders refuse to address a glaring problem with obvious, common sense solutions. It is politics, and politics only, that stands in the way of progress.

Elise Foley

'Fast For Families' Grows As Advocates Starve For Immigration Reform | Elise Foley | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four immigration activists who had gone without food for 22 days broke their fast on Tuesday, passing the effort onto others as they con...

Fasting for Families: When We Act, We Can Change the World

Heather Booth | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Heather Booth

By day five I began to have a few more symptoms from lack of food. Eyes began to twitch and my legs began to cramp. I found my heart would race if I went upstairs. And then my heart would race at various moments. But I knew even more deeply in my heart that this was such an important struggle.

Feast With Your Family This Thanksgiving; Then Fast With Us Next Week -- for Families in Great Distress

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The debate about immigration reform has been very productive in America over these past several years. And that debate has been won -- by those who favor a common sense agenda for reform. There are really few policy debates left on this issue, except about details. There is no real substance behind the opposition to reforming what mostly everyone agrees is a broken and brutal system. Rather it is politics: angry politics, fearful politics, and, sadly, racially-based politics, with institutional political practices and rules that can avoid democratic accountability. That is just wrong. Democracy is being vetoed by corrupt and racial politics. It's not just our immigration system that is broken -- our politics are too.

Elise Foley

Immigration Advocates Fast, Tell Boehner To Do His Job | Elise Foley | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigrant rights advocates who have been fasting for a week walked to John Boehner's office on Tuesday to ask, unsuccessfully, for a mee...

Why These Activists Are Fasting Outside The U.S. Capitol

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) As an icy wind whipped the sides of a packed tent, five activists committed themselves Tuesday (Nov. 12) to fast from food and drink ...

Fasting for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

My fast is inspired by the immigrant workers our nation and our economy depend on -- whether they are child care workers, janitors, security guards, airport workers, fast food workers, or adjunct professors -- but who earn far too little and are barely getting by.