28.5 C
New York
Friday, August 12, 2022

Fast for Families” on the National Mall

President and First Lady Visit “Fast for Families” on the National Mall

President and First Lady Visit “Fast for Families” on the National Mall

For pictures of the visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fast4families/

On day 18, “Fast for Families” welcomed the visit of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, NAKASEC’s Dae Joong Yoon, DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila, FIRM‘s Rudy Lopez and Sojourner‘s Lisa Sharon Harper, along with 22 other advocates fasting in solidarity, met with the President and First Lady in a private session at the “Fast for Families” tent where both listened closely to the fasters’ personal stories.

The President said that this fast and their sacrifice are receiving immense attention. He expressed great concern over their health, urging them as well to continue to pray over their decision on the time they intend to fast.

During their meeting, the President also held the shoe of an immigrant who perished in the desert trying to seek a better life, which the fasters hold in reverence as a symbol of why they are fasting to underscore the plight and suffering of immigrants.

The President reassured the fasters that he truly believed Speaker John Boehner is sincere in wanting to get immigration reform done. The fasters were uplifted and encouraged by the President and First Lady’s words. Avila, a DACA recipient from Arizona, thanked the President for his support and decision to institute deferred action for millions of DREAMers.

“The President and First Lady’s visit has reignited our spirits,” stated 67-year-old Medina who has abstained from all food for 18 days. “Their encouraging words reconfirm their commitment to immigration reform and the countless aspiring Americans who seek to come out of the shadows of fear and repression.”

Adding, “We appreciate the President’s words and concern over our health. We connected on a human level, discussing the moral crisis impacting our country and our immigrant communities. We are moved by their visit and hope to continue efforts in making immigration reform and citizenship a reality.”

Related Articles

Celebrate Young Dolph’s Heavenly 37th Birthday w/ new single “Hall of Fame” (watch video here)

In honor of Young Dolph's 37th birthday, Paper Route Empire shares Young Dolph’s first posthumous single “Hall of Fame.” The song is classic Dolph,...

STYLE.ME Partners with XRSPACE to Bring Digital Fashion to the Metaverse

The industry-leading 3D fashion technology company, STYLE.ME and the company pioneering the next generation of visual reality in the metaverse, XRSPACE, have announced their strategic partnership...

Ever thought about moving to the UK: American’s top 5 questions answered by legal experts

As the prospect of living abroad can appear rewarding, many Americans are turning their attention to Europe for a new life. This is particularly...

Stay Connected

0FansLike
0FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

Celebrate Young Dolph’s Heavenly 37th Birthday w/ new single “Hall of Fame” (watch video here)

In honor of Young Dolph's 37th birthday, Paper Route Empire shares Young Dolph’s first posthumous single “Hall of Fame.” The song is classic Dolph,...

STYLE.ME Partners with XRSPACE to Bring Digital Fashion to the Metaverse

The industry-leading 3D fashion technology company, STYLE.ME and the company pioneering the next generation of visual reality in the metaverse, XRSPACE, have announced their strategic partnership...

Ever thought about moving to the UK: American’s top 5 questions answered by legal experts

As the prospect of living abroad can appear rewarding, many Americans are turning their attention to Europe for a new life. This is particularly...

Steve Madden Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results

Steven Madden, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children, today announced financial...

Machine Gun Kelly and Vevo release Live Performance featuring Glaive (watch here)

Vevo, the world's leading music video network, releases Machine Gun Kelly’s Official Live Performance of “more than life” featuring glaive. Official Live Performances are...
%d bloggers like this: