Arizona, Promise AZ

4/7/14 Day 31 — In Arizona 50 women fasted for immigration reform and the stop of deportations. The fast lasted for 24 hours starting on Monday, April 7th, 2014 @ 7PM until Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 @ 7PM.

On Monday April 7th over 40 people gathered for a Rosary at the Promise Arizona office in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to starting the Rosary about 20 women were present to receive a wooden cross necklace that had been blessed prior. The cross was given to each woman as a sign of strength and encouragement for the subsequent 24 hours of fasting as well as the continued fight for immigration reform. The men, children, and those unable to fast were given a blue ribbon to wear around their left arm to be in solidarity with their sisters, mothers, daughters, friends that were fasting.

About one hour west of Phoenix in Tonopah, AZ 25 women gathered in prayer and began their fast as well for immigration reform and the stop of deportations. In Somerton, AZ a border town to Mexico a few women spiritually joined the fast from their homes. After the Rosary in Phoenix a few women spent the night in the sanctuary to remain in solidarity with their sisters in fasting.

The following morning a group of about 15 people visited the offices of Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ). After a press conference to state why women in Arizona were fasting, hearts of courage were then taken to the Republican Headquarters. These hearts stated what true courage was: “Courage is justice”, “Courage is passing immigration reform now”, “Courage is keeping families together”.

In the evening at the end of the 24 hours the women gathered at the Promise Arizona office and broke their fast together. There each one shared why they decided to fast and their feelings after their time of reflection. We spoke about what still needs to be done and that there is a fight still ahead of us until we get a just and comprehensive immigration reform for all.