Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

“Fast for Families,” Faith and Community Leaders to Call on Members of Congress to Back Commonsense Immigration Reform

Apr 1 2014    Press Center

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“Fast for Families,” Faith and Community Leaders to Call on Members of Congress to Back Commonsense Immigration Reform

On Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2, “Fast for Families Across America” leaders DaiJoong Yoon, Executive Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEK) and Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojourners will gather with local faith and community leaders to hold a series of events urging Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-7) to call for a vote on immigration reform this year. In the fifth week of a six-week bus tour across the country, they will urge Representatives to support commonsense immigration reform and share the determination of immigrant communities to pass reform this year.

 The “Fast for Families Across America” bus tour – covering 30 states and more than 14,200 miles – kicked off in Los Angeles on February 24 and is targeting 75+ key congressional representatives and mobilizing advocates from across the political spectrum to act, pray and fast.

“Fast for Families” reignited the immigration debate last November when Fast for Families leaders DaeJoong Yoon and others including Eliseo Medina and Cristian Avila abstained from all food, except for water – for 22 days on the National Mall. Joined by faith, labor and immigrant rights leaders and thousands across the country who fasted in solidarity, the movement drew national attention, including the support of President Obama, members of Congress – many of whom fasted – and national civil rights leaders.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1
10:00am – Rally and Press Conference with faith and community leaders, Corner of Union Street and Martin Luther King Drive

1:30pm – Rally at Rep. Dent’s Office, 3900 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA

3:30pm – Community Meeting/Prayer Service DeSales University, McShea Activities Center/MAC Room, Upper Saucon, PA

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
10:00am – Community Rally, Office of Rep. Gerlach, 111 E Uwchlan Ave, Exton, PA

12:00pm – Rally and Press Conference, Office of Rep. Meehan, 940 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA

6:30pm – Community Meeting/Prayer Service, Villanova University – St. Thomas of Villanova Church – 800 E. Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA

For more information visit http://www.fast4families.org and on Twitter at@Fast4Families and #TimeIsNow

Local Sponsors – Pennsylvania Council of Churches, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), SEIU Healthcare PA, El Comite de Apoyo los Trabajadores Agricolas (The Farmworker Support Committee), Sisters of Mercy, SEIU local 32BJ, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), PA Jewish-Latino Immigration Coalition, New Sanctuary Movement, Center for Popular Democracy, Campus Ministry offices at Villanova University, DeSales University, Cabrini College, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

 

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