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Press Release:

(January 21, 2010) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to Visit South Florida to Meet with Fasters and Community Leaders

(January 14, 2010) Fast for Our Families Enters Third Week Calling for TPS for Haitians, Facing Serious Health Concerns

(January 8, 2010) Multiple Faith Leaders and Community Supporters flock to Naranja to show support for the Fast for Our Families

(January 5, 2010) Immigrant Rights Movement Escalates! Detained Haitian Immigrant Leader Jean Montrevil Joins Fast for Our Families as 8 NY Clergy Arrested Fighting Separation of Families

(January 1, 2010) Florida's Pro-Immigrant Community Begins Indefinite Fast in Miami and Walk to D.C. to Demand Real Change from President Obama

Despite the recent announcement of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Florida's immigrant communities and allies feel that neither Congress, nor the Obama Administration is doing enough to ease the suffering of immigrant communities. In fact, there has been an increase in the raids, deportations, and separation of families that outraged immigrant communities during the previous administration.


We feel that Congress and the President must act immediately to keep our families and communities together. The Trail of DREAMs and Fast for Our Families demonstrate our willingness to make serious sacrifices, risking our future, because our present--living in the shadows in a state of oppression and exploitation--is unbearable.

About the Fast for Our Families

On New Year's Eve, a half-dozen families directly affected by deportation and supporters will take their last meal before beginning an indefinite fast on New Year's Day. Participants in the Fast for Our Families will take sanctuary in a South Dade Church during the fast. The fasters are calling on President Obama to act now to stop separating immigrant families and destroying our future. The fasters are also asking the President to send Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to South Florida to meet with the fasters.


About the Trail of DREAMs

Also on January 1, 2010, four brave students from Miami will embark on a long journey across the southeast, all the way to Washington, D.C., to galvanize unorganized communities and link immigrant rights networks and their allies. The walkers, who will be joined by supporters from throughout Florida and other states along the way, expect to arrive in our nation’s capital on May 1st, cheered on by supporters.

WE SUPPORT just and humane immigration reform that includes equal access to education, an end to the separation of families, worker's rights, and a pathway to citizenship.

Why a Fast?

Our struggle for justice is the same spiritual journey as faith communities around the globe and leaders that came before us, such as Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi. We fast to strengthen our spirit but also because we are hungry for justice and our families are starved of the love that comes from our unity. We fast because we believe in a peaceful resistance to our oppression but understand that resistance is essential. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our choice now is no longer between violence and nonviolence, but rather between nonviolence and nonexistence.”


Why a Walk?

Each walker is deeply committed to making the personal sacrifice required to demonstrate his or her desire—and need—for complete citizenship. They are going the extra mile, armed with the spirit of righteousness and the passion for justice and freedom that was shown in the Civil Rights movement. Through their commitment to denouncing our broken immigration system and lack of access to higher education, the walkers will continue to stand up for the DREAM of a country where all have the opportunity to fulfill their talents and ambitions, and live their lives free from fear, exploitation and oppression in the country that they have adopted as their home. Because of the urgent need for just and humane reform, they are willing to risk it all as they walk across the southern states on their path to Washington to demand real change.


More information:

Erin Marth,
Jan 1, 2010, 7:51 PM
Erin Marth,
Jan 1, 2010, 7:49 PM
Erin Marth,
Jan 1, 2010, 7:49 PM