Fast for Families


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This morning, I spoke at the L.A. Faith, Civic and Business Leaders To Announce “Fast For Families” In Solidarity with National Movement for Immigration Reform with many other leaders from our community to call on Congress to pass immigration reform. It is past time for Congress to act.

How many immigrants in Los Angeles alone have been working, enriching our community, creating and waiting: always waiting for Congress to solve this chronic problem.  

We need immigration reform and we need it now.  We need to tell our representatives that the "immigrants" they speak of attend our schools, prayer at our houses of worship, work at our shops, own our stores and are embedded deeply into the very fabric of our society.  

As Archbishop Gomez said, “We gather with our families and loved ones around the dinner table on Thanksgiving to give thanks for the many blessings we have received.  Sadly, many of our families in our immigrant communities can’t be together this Thanksgiving because of the impact of our broken immigration system. We are fasting and praying so that the Holy Spirit may move the hearts of our Congressional leaders to pass much needed legislation to keep our families together and give our immigrant community the gift of hope this holiday season.”

More from Los Angeles County Federation of Labor:

 

L.A. Faith, Civic and Business Leaders To Announce
“Fast For Families” In Solidarity with
National Movement for Immigration Reform

TELL CONGRESS IMMIGRANTS “HUNGER FOR CITIZENSHIP”

(Los Angeles) -Archbishop José H. Gomez, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, labor leader Maria Elena Durazo, LA Chamber of Commerce Chairman Alan Rothenberg and leaders from Los Angeles’ faith, civic and business communities to announce a 24-hour fast in solidarity with the mounting national effort to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The Los Angeles Fast for Families joins the on-going national action by immigration reform supporters committed to a daily fast in front of the U.S. Capitol and at locations across the country to send a clear and visible message to Congress about the moral crisis caused by our country’s broken immigration system and its impact on millions of families. Organizers are asking supporters of immigration reform in Los Angeles to join them on their 24-hour fast.

“We gather with our families and loved ones around the dinner table on Thanksgiving to give thanks for the many blessings we have received,” said Archbishop Gomez. “Sadly, many of our families in our immigrant communities can’t be together this Thanksgiving because of the impact of our broken immigration system. We are fasting and praying so that the Holy Spirit may move the hearts of our Congressional leaders to pass much needed legislation to keep our families together and give our immigrant community the gift of hope this holiday season.”

Durazo, a leader of LA’s union movement said, “It’s a moral outrage that Congressional leaders dine at the public trough while millions of hard working families live in fear and get torn apart through deportation.  We hope our fast plays a small role in a growing moral and political imperative to get Congress to vote now.”


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