5505Fwd: TODAY: Wisconsin Elected Officials, Advocates Hold Day-Long Fast for Immigration Reform
- Dec 11, 2013This is for all who support comprehensive immigration Reform. Please make an effort to attend if you are able to. We need to show that we are united in this effort to end senseless deportations and pass CIR in Congress. I hope to see many of you at the Press Conference at noon in the State Capitol 328 NW.Sent from my iPhone
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2013
Joe Shansky (414) 795-3380, joe@...
TODAY: Wisconsin Advocates Hold Day-Long Fast for Immigration Reform and to End Deportations
WHO: Fasters include State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa and other elected officials, Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz, immigrant families, friends, faith leaders, and others
WHERE: Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 328 NW, Madison
WHAT: #Fast4Families Wisconsin Solidarity Fast
WHEN: Wed, December 11th 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM *Press conference at 12:30 pm
WHY: Across the country, momentum for federal immigration reform and an end to the separation of immigrant families is increasing. The calls are getting louder for President Obama to use his administrative powers to provide relief from record deportations, and for House Speaker Boehner and the Congress to act fast on a new reform bill.
In Washington, hunger strikers such as former SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, Christian social justice leader Jim Wallis, Rep. Joe Kennedy, and others have garnered national attention, and led to visits from President Obama, Michelle Obama, and congressional representatives including Wisconsin's Ron Kind.
To help sustain the fast for immigration justice, a delegation including Racine Unified School Board member Mike Frontier, is travelling from Racine to Washington DC today to participate in a national three-day fast to stand in solidarity with others from across the US, who are hungry for family unity and immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
"Every day 1,100 families are separated due to deportations, and I remember what it was like to live with the fear of not knowing when I'd be separated from my family. I am willing to sacrifice my body without food for one day if this brings the movement one step closer toward legalization with a path to citizenship," says Ramon Argandona, a local activist who will particpate in the fast.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:30 am, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm: Educational programs, prayer/silent meditation
12:30 pm Press Conference