9/14 Los Angeles: DREAM Fast Vigil - Day 1
- DREAM Fast Vigil
September 13, 2004 (Monday)
From: Jane E. Chung
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
[Los Angeles] At the corner of Jefferson Street and Hoover Boulevard,
with the University of Southern California as the backdrop, over 40 supporters,
allies, students, and community leaders gathered for a press conference to
kick off the DREAM Fast Vigil Campaign.
Moderated by EunSook Lee of the National Korean American Service & Education
Consortium (NAKASEC), speakers included Dae Joong Yoon, Korean Resource
Center, Angelica Salas from Coalition for the Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
(CHIRLA), Ben Monterrosso of Service Employees International Union, Moises
Escalante of the Interfaith Committee for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and
Byron Perez a member of CHIRLA Wise Up!, and an impacted student.
Media outlets that covered the press conference were Univision, Telemundo,
Hankyoreh Daily, the Korean Daily, the Korea Times, Radio Seoul, and KBS LA.
The DREAM Fast Vigil Campaign was initiated by the Coalition for the Humane
Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Korean Resource Center, and the National
Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and endorsed by 19
organizations based in California. It is coordinated nationally by the United We
DREAM Campaign and the New American Opportunity Campaign with Oregon, Maryland,
and New York engaging in similar fast actions.
The key purpose in this campaign is to highlight the urgency and the need for
accountability around the DREAM Act and the Student Adjustment Act,
bi-partisan legislations, which would allow undocumented immigrant students the chance
to pursue higher education and obtain legal status. Despite the overwhelming
grassroots activity on the local and national levels around these student
legalization legislations for the past two years, there has been no significant
movement in Congress since October 2003, when the DREAM Act passed the Senate
To re-affirm our confidence and the importance of these bills, a core group
of fasters will be fasting for a two-week period. They will be joined by
others who have committed to fasting for 24-hours, 48-hours, or for a full week.
Others who have expressed interest but could not fast on-site have pledged
off-site fasting with similar time periods.
Following the press conference, the fasters received a medical check, wrote
personal letters to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and President
Bush, and distributed flyers to the heavy traffic of students that passed through
the site. It was also the time to begin building bonds amongst the fasters.
Throughout the day, the fasters drank fresh fruit juices and water and sought
peaceful times reading magazine and playing board games.
As the fasters wait for “Day 2” of the campaign, community members and
allies are continuously pouring in their support to keep up their spirit of the
DREAM Act and the Student Adjustment Act alive.
Current list of organizational endorsers:
ActionLA, ArtsCorpsLA, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC),
Californians for Justice, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Committee of
Human Rights for Undocumented Immigrants, Hermandad Mexicana, Immigrant Workers
Freedom Ride – Los Angels Coalition, Korean Immigrant Workers Advocate (KIWA),
M.E.Ch.A de USC, Multi-ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON),
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), National Immigrant Solidarity Network,
Service Employee International Union (SEIU), South Asian Network (SAN), Students’
Coalition Union, UNITE HERE Local 11, United University Church, Young Koreans
United of Los Angeles (YKU of LA).
Current list of individual endorsers:
Maureen Santinan, Cynthia Castillo, Dr. Kee Whan Ha
What to expect on Day 2
September 14, 2004 (Tuesday) – Cultural Arts Day
Fasters will engage in arts and crafts activities to highlight the urgency
and importance of the DREAM Act and the Student Adjustment Act. The products of
their work will be used throughout the 2-week fast campaign as key visuals to
educate the general public on the student legalization legislations.
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
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!
New York: (212)330-8172
Los Angeles: (213)403-0131
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