9/14-15 Los Angeles DREAM Fast Updates!
DREAM Fast Vigil: DAY TWO
September 14, 2004 (Tuesday)
From: Alvaro Huerta
2533 W. Third St. Ste. 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Los Angeles, CA - Across the street from an institution of higher learning,
the Los Angeles DREAM Fast and Vigil participants continued their efforts to
inform the public about the significance and necessity of passing the DREAM Act.
Waking up with daily stretch exercises, the fasters prepared for a second day
of the Campaign. However, a member of the two-week fasters had to end his
vigil as he became ill and could not continue. His condition was not serious and
due to his advanced age, the decision to end his fast was best for his
health. The remaining fasters continued to hold steady and spent the day reading,
playing board games and engaging in conversation with local university students
who are increasingly becoming interested in the Campaign's 'Tent City' and
supporting our efforts.
Wise Up! members arrived to stay with the fasters and to provide information
to passing students. The day also involved creating a set of visually
exciting banners (in Korean, Spanish and English) that attracted the interest of many
of those passing by the busy intersection of Hoover Street and Jefferson
Boulevard. Team-building activities and reflection exercises helped to galvanize
the group. A few USC professors stopped by to discuss the historical and
philosophical origins of fasting as a powerful method of transmitting a message.
Supporters who have expressed interest but could not fast on-site have
pledged to fast off-site in solidarity with the on-site fasters.
Six new endorsers, including the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative
(CIWC), the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Asian Law Caucus,
joined the original 19 endorsers on the second day of the two-week fast.
Along with the organizational endorsements, endorsements from supportive
individuals keep pouring in. Each new endorsement reinforces the resolve of the
fasters as they persist in their struggle to let Congress and the Administration
know that the DREAM Act must be made law immediately.
Media interest includes the Los Angeles Times, which is considering doing a
story on the Campaign. We will provide additional information on this as we
learn more. We are also searching newspapers with articles carrying the story.
Pacifica Radio's "Enfoque Latino" show was on hand to interview participants
and plans on returning to cover the fast. Our media coordinators are doubling
their efforts to draw media attention by releasing statements and updates
each day of the Campaign.
Day Three of the campaign will see the fasters preparing pickets and banners
that depict symbols of higher education and the DREAM act. The Association of
Latin American Students (ALAS) from Santa Monica Community College will join
the fasters in solidarity.
DREAM Fast Vigil: DAY 3
September 15, 2004 (Wednesday)
Jane E. Chung
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
[Los Angeles] Day 3 of the DREAM Fast Vigil kicked off with the theme "Higher
Education Day." The highlight of the day came through paintings that fasters
drew that tied higher education to the DREAM Act. Fasters also drew pictures
depicting their thoughts and feelings. These will be hung as part of the
existing visuals at the fasting site throughout the 2 weeks. The fasters are
also engaged in daily journals and writing daily letters to Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist and to President Bush.
The fasters were also joined by two new 24-hour solidarity fasters. Noraney
Compo from the Immigrant Rights Coalition at UCLA joined as a student in
support of the student legalization legislations. Noraney commented on Day 3
saying, "I'm feeling pretty good. Today a parent stopped by our information booth
and found out about the DREAM Act. She wanted to get involved and said she
will come back to support us. It is important that we get support and interest
The interest from the campus grows daily as students, parents, and teachers
are stopping by the information booth to take information and wishing the
fasters luck. There were also those students that had noticed the campaign on
previous days and stopped by the information desk for the first time to ask about
Han Jin Kim, a 22-year student at UCLA and a 1-week faster said, "I'm feeling
pretty full to see all the people here in Los Angeles and across the country
working for this cause. I'm feeling optimistic to see students and just
people stopping by our information booth asking questions and wishing us luck. I
don't have time to think about my hunger because I am hopeful."
Hopeful is also what Mrs. Chang (wants to withhold whole name) also felt
today. Mrs. Chang is a mother of an undocumented student. She had heard about
the fasting campaign through the Korean media and wanted to participate.
"Anything that I can do as a mother I will do for my daughter. I feel like I am
making a difference. Because of work I cannot come out everyday. But I am going
to come out again, with my daughter, on Sunday."
The fast action has been gaining media attention. Today covered the Korean
Daily, Hankyoreh Daily, and Radio Seoul came out to support the fasters as well
as interview students and Ms. Chang. As fasters gear up for Day 4 of the
DREAM Fast Vigil, they are all hoping for escalated support and action around the
student legalization legislations.
DREAM Fast Vigil Campaign
September 13 - 25th
In front of the University of Southern California (USC) - CORNER OF HOOVER
Fasters Needed for Los Angeles DREAM Fast Vigil 9/13-25!
ActionLA and National Immigrant Solidarity Network had endorsed the fast and
will provide faster for the DREAM Fast Vigil, we are encourage APALA members
to support as well!
Suggest fast date:
Sept 16th, 2004: 24 Hr. General Supporter Day
Sept 21st, 2004: 24 Hr. Labor Supporter Day Fast and Immigrant Convention 9
AM - 12 PM at Korea Town
Sept 23rd, 2004: March and Vigil Day
For more information, or to get involved, please call us at (213) 201-4449 or
Lee Siu Hin
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
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