Fast Updates

Seattle, Casa Latina

4/6/14 — Casa Latina called on family, friends, supporters and allies to fast for 24 hours in support of the Northwest Detention Center hunger strikers in Tacoma, WA who are on hunger strike to demand better conditions in detention, an end to deportations, and their release to return to their families. 57 fasters gathered gathered on Sunday April 6th to start the fast at Casa Latina. We wrote messages stating our reason for joining the fast and screen-printed the message Not1More Deportation on white t-shirts to wear proudly during our fast.

Houston, TX, Fe y Justicia Worker Center

4/4/2014 — 10 women members of the Fe y Justicia Worker Center joined the fast. We held a powerful protest and a press conference at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Houston to announce the National event of women fasting for an end to deportations and to demand a vote in the U.S. House on comprehensive immigration reform .

We had full local coverage media, about 50 people joined the protest from the community,members allied and faith Organizations.

Oakland, CA, First Congregational Church of Oakland

4/4/14 — 15 people fasted, most for 48 hours. We broke our fast together at the church service where many of us attend on Sunday with communion. Friday April 4th we began our fast together by having a prayer vigil outside of the Federal Building in Oakland where about 18 of us gathered and we held 11 plates for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. After sharing prayers in English and Hindu, we sang, and then met with Jose Hernandez, Rep. Barbara Lee's staffer on immigration.

Nevada, PLAN Nevada

4/4/14 — More than 51 fasters - including 6 pairs of mothers and daughters - fasted as part of PLAN Nevada's 24-hour women's fast on April 4, 2014. Here are excerpts from testimonials written by some of the women fasters:

San Francisco, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and La Colective de Mujeres

4/3/2014 — More than 35 women fasted in San Francisco as part of the Mujeres Unidas y Activas and La Colective de Mujeres day of fasting. Some of the women were domestic workers who had to work that day but then they returned to join us in the fast. It was a great day with many activities. There was a workshop on the history of fasting as a social movement tactic, we created art using our migration stories to make a quilt. We say a movie on immigration called "A Better Life", did yoga and played games together.

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) - Nationwide, Monthlong

To support and raise awareness about the moral crisis for women from diverse backgrounds, members of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 31 organizations, joined allies around the nation in the Women's Fast for Families. 20 NCAPA organizations participated over the course of the month, with a total of 128 community members fasting from all over the country, from Colorado and Hawaii to New York and D.C.

San Francisco, Temple Hashem

4/2/2014 — 20 of us in our congregation at Temple Hashem fasted. As Jews who always fasted on Yom Kippur and Tisha B Av a 24 hour fast was nothing for us to do. We focus on the suffering of the families that have been separated. As Jews we stand we the community as we are commanded to repair the world. Tikkun Olam.