ACT. FAST: Women's Fast for Families

Fast Updates Media (24hr) Media (48hr)

Thank you to everyone who helped make the We Belong Together Women's Fast for Families a great success! Between March 8 and April 9, more than 1500 women fasted through 80 events in 35 states as well as in Washington DC and Mexico City, and 100 more women fasted for 48 hours on the National Mall in DC.

Together we went without food to feed the courage of House Republicans to give us a vote on a fair reform bill now, and of the Obama administration to take immediate action to stop deportations for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The We Belong Together Women's Fast for Families united women hungry for common sense immigration reform across the country and beyond borders. See inspiring visuals and read some of the fast reports below!

  • Fast sites
  • National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) Fast Sites (March 9)
  • Fast of Esther sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (March 13)
  • Alliance for Citizenship Fast sites (March 19)
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) Fast Sites (March 8-April 8)
  • Unitarian Universalist Association Day of Action (March 30)
  • Michigan United Statewide Day of Action (April 4)

Fast Updates

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.

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 fam

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

4/2/2014 - 10 women in DC, Chicago, St. Paul, Des Moines, New York and Mammoth Lakes, CA fasted as part of the "Advocates for Women Survivors of Violence" team. The following are testimonials from some of the women fasters:

4/1/14 - Seven women from across Central and Eastern Washingon fasted to demonstrate to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that she must act immediately to end the moral crisis of family separation by bringing immigration reform to a vote in the House.

March 31, 2014 — Washington State Labor Council demonstrated outside the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center and called on Republicans to bring the Immigration Bill to a vote in the US House of Representatives.

3/28/2014 — More than two dozen women sent a clear message to Rep. Amodei and GOP leaders on March 28th: move on immigration reform or risk losing your seats in Reno, Nevada.

3/25/2014 - 8 women from the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women fasted as part of the Women's Fast for Families.

3/25/2014 — Twenty-five women from the worker’s rights organization 9 to 5 from Atlanta to San Jose joined the We Belong Together National Women’s Fast for Families on March 25th and 26th.

3/24/14 - The WRC had 8 fasters split between our DC and NY offices. Michelle Brane, Jennifer Podkul, Rebecca Katz, Dale Buscher, Feven Teklu, Kim Howell, Danielle Pekalski and Raymond Luo.

3/24/14 — 40 fasters in Las Vegas committed to fasting for common sense immigration reform. A protest was organized at Rep.

3-24-14 — Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, MORE2, joined hands with member organization AIRR- Advocates for Immigrants Rights and Reconciliation, to participate in the national Fast for Families effort in March. Our public action opened with prayer.

3/22/14 - 15 mothers of DREAMers, supported by 5 people who came to give support through messages of courage to the fasters, gathered at the Mission St. Jospeh in Pompano Beach, FL to hold their fast.

3/22/14 — Asamblea leaders and organizers gathered in both Minneapolis & St. Cloud, MN for a 24-hour fast, in solidarity with “We Belong Together” Fast for Families, and as part of our partnership with the Gamaliel Network.

3/22/2014 — Fifteen DREAMer’s Moms joined We Belong Together’s National Women’s Fast for Families in Virginia, including women from Republican Rep. Frank Wolf’s district and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s district.

On March 19, 2014, an amazing group of 27 women joined the fast. It was perhaps the most diverse group in the fast.

3/19/2014 — One hundred women in Wisconsin joined women across the country in the We Belong Together National Women’s Fast for Families including multi-generational fasters of mothers, daughters and grandmothers.

San Antonio, TX

Date: March 8

Sponsoring organization: Southwest Workers Union (National Domestic Workers Alliance)

NAPAWF (Twin Cities)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (NYC)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (Lowell, MA)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (San Diego)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (Ann Arbor)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (St. Cloud)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (Seattle)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (Chandler, AZ)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (John's Creek, GA)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NAPAWF (DC)

Date: March 9

Sponsoring organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Part of NAPAWF's nation-wide fast.

NCAPA (Mass)

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Center for Asian Pacific American Women

Dallas, TX

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Workers Defense Project (WDP)

NCAPA (Illinois)

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Center for Asian Pacific American Women

NCAPA (Texas)

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Center for Asian Pacific American Women

NCAPA (Oregon)

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Center for Asian Pacific American Women

NCAPA (California)

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Center for Asian Pacific American Women

NCAPA (Hawai'i)

Date: March 10

Sponsoring organization: Center for Asian Pacific American Women

Bay Area, CA

Date: 3/11, 3/18, 4/3, 4/4, 4/6

Sponsoring organizations:
March 11 and 18, and April 6: La Colectiva de Mujeres (National Domestic Workers Alliance), San Francisco
April 2: Temple Hashem, San Francisco
April 3: La Mujeres Unidas y Activas (National Domestic Workers Alliance), San Francisco
April 4: First Congregational Church of Oakland

Austin, TX

Date: March 11

Sponsoring organization: Workers Defense Project

Denver, CO

Date: March 12

Sponsoring organizations:

Centro Humanitario Para los Trabajadores/as (member of National Domestic Workers Alliance)
Colorado 9to5

Fast of Esther (Chauncey, OH)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (VA)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fredericksburg, Richmond, Washington

Fast of Esther (Durango, CO)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Vassar, MI)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Tulsa, OK)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Burlington, VT)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Lakewood, CO)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Central MI)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Jackson and Kalamazoo

Fast of Esther (Greater Portland)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Portland and Monmouth

Fast of Esther (Washington)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Bellevue, Bellingham, Bremerton, Kirkland, Seattle

Fast of Esther (CT)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Bethel, Norwalk and Woodbridge

Fast of Esther (Twin Cities)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Long Lake, St. Paul, St. Louis Park

Fast of Esther (Myrtle Point, OR)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (West Allis, WI)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Smyrna, DE)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Meadowlands, MN)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greater St. Louis)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Creve Coeur, St. Louis, St. Peters

Fast of Esther (Yachats, OR)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Stevens Point, WI)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (DC)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greensboro, NC)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (PA)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Philadelphia, Sellersville, Wynnewood, York

Fast of Esther (South Florida)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Launderdale, Fort Myers, Lake Worth, Miami, Parkland

Fast of Esther (Omaha, NE)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Lincoln, RI)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Clearwater/St. Petersburg)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Clearwater, Indian Shores, Largo, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs

Fast of Esther (NJ)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Cliffside Park, Englewood, Hackensack, Jersey City, Morristown, Scotch Plains, Tenafly

Fast of Esther (Antioch, TN)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Kingman, AZ)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Palm Bay, FL)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (NY)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Baldwin, Brooklyn, Irvington, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Mahopac, Mount Kisco, New York City, Oakland Gardens

Fast of Esther (Austin, TX)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Oro Valley, AZ)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Cortland, NY)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Alamo, TX)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greater Phoenix)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe

Fast of Esther (GA)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Atlanta, Decatur, Macon, Smyrna

Fast of Esther (Hermon, NY)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Corpus Christi, TX)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Bay Area)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Alameda, Antioch, Benicia, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Montara, Palo Alto, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek

Fast of Esther (IL)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Chicago, Evanston, Flossmoor, Highland Park, Lindenhurst, Morton Grove, Oak Park, Waukegan

Fast of Esther (Saranac Lake, NY)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greater Dallas)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Benbrook, Dallas, Southlake, Wylie

Fast of Esther (El Dorado Hills)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Indianapolis)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Troy, NY)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greater Houston)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Bellaire, Houston, Kingwood, Livingston

Fast of Esther (Crescent City)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greater Kansas City)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Shawnee Mission KS, Kansas City MO and Plattsburg MO

Fast of Esther (Williamsville, NY)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Mason, TX)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Fresno)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (MD)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Baltimore, Clarksville, Ellicott City, Severna Park, Sharpsburg

Fast of Esther (Greater Cleveland)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Beachwood, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, University Heights

Fast of Esther (San Antonio)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Grass Valley)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Maine)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Lewiston, Portland, Verona Island

Fast of Esther (Columbus, OH)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Fast of Esther (Greater LA)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring Organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Mission Viejo, Northridge, Santa Monica

Fast of Esther (Greater Detroit)

Date: March 13

Sponsoring organization: National Council of Jewish Women

Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Point, Southfield, Sterling Heights, West Bloomfield

NCAPA (LA)

Date: March 14

Sponsoring organization: LEAP

El Paso, TX

Date: March 15

Sponsoring organization: Comité de Justicia Laboral/Labor Justice Committee

Charlotte, NC

Date: March 15, 22 and 29

Sponsoring Organization: Latin American Coalition

Sebastopol, CA

Date: March 16

Sponsoring organizations:

Centro Laboral de Graton / Graton Day Labor Center (National Domestic Workers Alliance)
North Bay Organizing Project (Gamaliel)

Raleigh, NC

Date: March 17

Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Justice Center

South Bend, IN

Date: March 17

Sponsoring organization: Indiana Organizing Project/Gamaliel

Fox Valley, Wisconsin

Date: March 18

Sponsoring organization: Wisdom Esther/Gamaliel

Alliance for Citizenship (DC)

Date: March 19

Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Citizenship

Alliance for Citizenship (CA)

Date: March 19

Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Citizenship

Alliance for Citizenship (AZ)

Date: March 19

Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Citizenship

Alliance for Citizenship (CT)

Date: March 19

Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Citizenship

Milwaukee, WI

Date: March 19

Sponsoring organization: Voces de la Frontera

Greater Los Angeles

Date: March 19 and April 2

Sponsoring organization:

March 19: The Lantern Intiative, Newport Beach
April 2: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

St Louis, MO

Date: March 19

Sponsoring organization: Metropolitan Churches United/Gamaliel

Chicago, IL

Date: March 20, April 2

Sponsoring organizations:

March 20: Gamaliel of Metro Chicago
April 2: National Immigrant Justice Center/Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence (DC & Chicago)

Oxnard, CA

Date: March 21

Sponsoring organization: Lideres Campesinas

East St. Louis

Date: March 21

Sponsoring organization: United Congregations of the Metro East (UCM)/Gamaliel

NCAPA (NYC)

Date: March 21

Sponsoring organization: South Asian Americans Leading Together

Minnesota

Date: March 22 and April 2

Sponsoring organizations:

March 22: Asamblea De Derechos Civiles (ADDC)/Gamaliel
April 2: Casa de Esperanza/Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

South Florida

Date: March 22, April 4

Sponsoring organizations:

March 22: DREAMers' Moms
April 4: Madre Tierra Collective

Boise, ID

Date: March 22, April 1-6

Sponsoring organization: Idaho Community Action Network

We will be fasting from April 1st through April 6th. Each person will fast on a different day. The entire ICAN staff is fasting on March 22nd and again April 1st and April 6th.

Virginia

Date: March 22 and April 6

Sponsoring organization: DREAMers' Moms

Immokalee, FL

Date: March 23

Sponsoring organization: Mujeres Campesinas Unidas de Florida

NCAPA (Madison, WI)

Date: March 23

Sponsoring organization: National Federation of Filipino American Associations

Kansas City

Date: March 24

Sponsoring organization: Metro Organization for Racial & Economic Equity (MORE2)/Gamaliel

Washington, DC

Date: March 24, 25 and April 1, 2

Sponsoring organizations:

March 24: Women's Refugee Commission
March 25: Women's Information Network
April 1: The Advancement Project
April 2: National Immigrant Justice Center/Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence (DC & Chicago)

Las Vegas

Date: March 24, April 4

Sponsoring organizations:

March 24: Immigration reform for Nevada
April 4: Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

NCAPA (Bay Area)

Date: March 24 and 29

Sponsoring organizations:

March 24: Associations of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (Oakland)
March 29: National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (San Francisco)

Racine, WI

Date: March 25

Sponsoring organization: WISDOM Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC)

San Jose, CA

Date: March 25

Sponsoring organization: Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women

Hawaii

Date: March 26

Sponsoring organization: Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform (HCIR)/Gamaliel

Duluth, MN

Date: March 26

Sponsoring organization: Frozen Feminists

Atlanta, GA

Date: March 26

Sponsoring organization: 9to5 Atlanta

Mexico City, Mexico

Date: March 27

Sponsoring organization: Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, AC (IMUMI)

Quad Cities, IA

Date: March 27

Sponsoring organization: Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI)/Gamaliel

NCAPA (Denver)

Date: March 27

Sponsoring organization: National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

Reno, NV

Date: March 28

Sponsoring organization: Immigration Reform for Nevada

Albuquerque, NM

Date: March 29

Sponsoring organization: Encuentro (National Domestic Workers Alliance)

Washington State

Date: March 31-April 6

Sponsoring Organizations:

March 31: Washington State Labor Council
April 1: One America
April 2: AFT-Washington State
April 4: Washington CAN and El Centro de la Raza and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
April 6: Casa Latina (National Domestic Workers Alliance)

Unitarian Universalist Association (DC)

Date: March 30

Sponsoring organization: Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Association (Brea, CA)

Date: March 31

Sponsoring organization: Unitarian Universalist Association

Albany, NY

Date: April 1

Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Quality Education

New York City

Date: April 1, 2 and 4

Sponsoring organizations:

April 1: NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
April 2: Violence Intervention Program/Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence
April 4: We are women working in philanthropy to promote women's rights and end violence against women

Portland, ME

Date: April 2

Sponsoring organization: Maine People's Alliance

Des Moines, IA

Date: April 2

Sponsoring organization: ASISTA Immigration Assistance/Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Date: April 2

Sponsoring organization: Wild Iris Family Crisis and Counseling Center/Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Knoxville, TN

Date: April 4

Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coaltion

Michigan United (Detroit)

Date: April 4

Sponsoring organization: Michigan United

Houston

Date: April 4

Sponsoring organization: Fe y Justicia Worker Center

Portland, OR

Date: April 4

Sponsoring organization: Causa Oregon

Burlington, VT

Date: April 5

Sponsoring organization: Webskillet Cooperative

Phoenix, AZ

Date: April 6

Sponsoring organization: Promise Arizona

Nashville, TN

Date: April 6

Sponsoring organization: Tennesse Immigrants Rights Coalition

NCAPA (Metro DC)

Date: March 8-April 8

Sponsoring organizations:

March 8: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (DC)
March 10: Center for Asian Pacific American Women (MD)
March 11: National Asian Pacific Bar Association (DC)
March 13: Asian Pacific American Advocates (Arlington, VA)
March 18: Hmong National Development (DC)
March 23: National Federation of Filipino American Associations (Kensington, MD)
March 24: Associations of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (DC)
March 26: Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (DC)
March 29: National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (DC)
March 31: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (DC)
April 2: Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (DC)
April 8: NAKASEC (VA)