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I am fasting for my family

April 9, 2014
I am a 25-year-old UC San Diego graduate and I taking on my second fast for fair immigration reform. I was born in Oakland and have waited all of my life to meet my family from the Philippines. My mother obtained her citizenship before I was born and one of the first things she did was file for family visas for my aunts and uncles. After 25 years, we are still waiting. It has been a particularly hard road over the past five years. After the death of my father, my mother has suffered from depression, and longs for the comfort of her siblings. The visa situation is just another barrier that...

My fast will last past the We Belong Together delegation in DC

April 8, 2014
I am originally from Mexico and studied electronic engineering there until I moved to Grand Rapids in 1991. My family has been living and working there since 1945 when the United States was doing all they could to get workers from Mexico to come to this country to work during the war effort. My husband, two daughters, and I have a comfortable life in Grand Rapids. But when I think of the hard-working immigrants who came to this country in an effort to make a better life for their families back in Mexico, I know that I must act. I think about what is must be like for them to go to a job and...

I fasted for comprehensive immigration reform that helps families thrive

April 8, 2014
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. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. I was really excited to participate in the fast with other advocates of immigrant survivors. During the day when my tummy would give a little rumble I was able to reflect on all the immigrant families I've met in my...

What I think about when I fast every Wednesday for Lent

April 8, 2014
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. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. Fasting has been a very interesting and contemplative experience for me. In addition to this 24-hour fast for immigrant survivors of violence, I have pledged to fast every Wednesday during Lent. Fasting is very...

After fasting, I felt triumphant!

April 8, 2014
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. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. I put up a sign next to my cube at work that said I was fasting and got a lot of support from co-workers (especially those who were also fasting themselves), and others who share our office space. I shared a post on my...

The Most Difficult Part of the Fast...

April 8, 2014
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. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. I was honored to participate in the Act. Fast. Women's Fast for Families campaign with a group of advocates across the country to raise awareness of the critical need of immigration reform. We shared information about the...

Estoy ayunando por familias como la mía

April 8, 2014
Nota de la editora: Más de 1.200 mujeres de 70 organizaciones están ayunando en 35 estados por la reforma migratoria que mantenga a las familias juntas y que trate a las mujeres con justicia y dignidad. 100 mujeres se unieron en el capitolio de Washington desde el 7 de abril hasta el 9 de abril para ayunar por 48 horas. ¡Firme esta petición al diputado Boehner para reunirse con estas mujeres valientes en Washington! Yo voy a estar ayunando por 24 horas para lograr un camino a la ciudadanía. También para asegurar que los derechos de los inmigrantes se implementen. El papá de mis hijos...

Estoy participando en el ayuno por nuestras familias

April 8, 2014
Nota de la editora: Más de 1.200 mujeres de 70 organizaciones están ayunando en 35 estados por la reforma migratoria que mantenga a las familias juntas y que trate a las mujeres con justicia y dignidad. 100 mujeres se unieron en el capitolio de Washington desde el 7 de abril hasta el 9 de abril para ayunar por 48 horas. ¡Firme esta petición al diputado Boehner para reunirse con estas mujeres valientes en Washington! Yo voy estar participando en el ayuno porque quiero apoyar un camino a la ciudadanía. He estado en los Estados Unidos por más de 16 años y no he podido regresar a ver a mi familia...

Immigrant Women Need Immigration Reform NOW: My Mother’s Story

April 8, 2014
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. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. In 1971, my mom walked out of a plane and set foot on U.S. soil for the very first time. At age 17, she left Guyana, a small provincial country plagued by ethnic conflict and economic instability, for the bright lights of...

Hungry for Action and Reform

April 8, 2014
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. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. This blog post originally appeared in the National Immigrant Justice Center website. I’m hungry. Today, I join advocates for immigrant survivors of violence across the country in a 24-hour fast to call attention to the...

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