4/3/2014 — 68 youth, community members, and staff participated in a 24 hour fast with El Centro de la Raza on Thursday, May 3rd to peacefully advocate for comprehensive immigration reform amidst the violent family separations and deportations happening around the country.
We had a series of activities to support one another and build community while fasting including; Guided Meditation Fasting with Jordan Van Boast, watching the film Migration and discussing current immigration policies, a visit from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Office for Civil Rights and representatives of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) to our weekly Charla to discuss the importance of the Race and Social Justice Initiative to the City of Seattle and sign an Executive Order strengthening the initiative, focus group discussions with the Office for Civil Rights, participating in the filming of a music video by local artists from 206 Zulu to highlight the importance of immigration reform, and lastly, our staff met to share their day’s experiences with the 24 hour fast and donate the cost of 1 days’ worth of food for the families of those detained in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
“We are a country of family values that honors the institution of family. Deportation breaks families apart. This lack of compassion is a scar on the soul of our nation.” Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza.