From Wednesday, June 2nd to Saturday June 5th, more than 50 immigrant community members, clergy, NYC Council Members and advocates will be on a 72-hour fast to demand comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.
Following the example of labor leader and immigrants rights champion Cesar Chavez, the fast will be an opportunity for prayer, reflection and strengthening the commitment to justice for immigrants.
Each day of the fast will highlight the contributions that immigrants have made to New York City and the United States, and illustrate the need for changes in immigration policy on both a national and local level.
MRNY and New Sanctuary Coalition members will also be conducting a massive community education and outreach effort to engage thousands of community members in the national campaign to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the local campaign to end New York’s collaboration with immigration enforcement at Rikers Island and to repudiate the signing of SB 1070 into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ).
This weeks events:
June 2, 11am at Clifton Castle, Battery Park City: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez joins us for the launching of the fast.
June 3, 10am at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: Faith leaders and City Councilmembers join fasters to demand New York get out of the deportation business.
June 4, 5pm on the steps of Judson Memorial Church: Hundreds of high school and college students join fasters to support the passage of the DREAM Act.
June 5, 11am in Union Square: Fasters will reflect on the struggles faced by immigrants and will appeal to our leaders to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2010.
You can also join fasters at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square, Manhattan.
To keep updated check out our Facebook page: