I will fast for those who have been silenced
Editor's Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.
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In my reflections during my fast, I thought about the need to provide a voice for those who do not have the capacity to speak for themselves. Un-silencing the hunger pangs that came and went, un-silencing all the families that are torn apart, un-silencing all those who come here for a better life.
My mom came to this country from Taiwan to live the American Dream not knowing that 34 years later, her daughter would be working for a national civil rights organization ensuring that our voices are not left unheard and providing opportunities for the Asian Pacific American community. I could not imagine any woman being separated from their family, women who came to this country to speak for themselves and to give themselves and children a better life.
I am the primary caretaker for my mother, who battles cancer each day. There are undocumented individuals out there who are the primary caretakers of their families, and they should be allowed to continue taking care of their families. I'm living the American Dream. And everyone should have access to the American Dream.