June 9, 2021 was the launch of the #WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom in Washington, D.C. (pictured, below, left) to shine a spotlight on our nation’s moral obligation to fully and finally include our immigrant siblings as part of the American family. Several dozen fasters will gather in stages for at least 3 weeks to encourage Congress to utilize the jobs and infrastructure package and budget reconciliation to codify a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented community members – many of whom have kept our families and our economy functioning as essential workers during the pandemic.
The first 11 fasters – faith leaders and impacted essential workers – gathered to dedicate a week of their lives to prayer, meditation and sacrifice in the name of justice for 11 million undocumented siblings. Click here to see some photos from the launch.
As each day of the fast comes to a close, faith leaders will be supporting the efforts and fasters through a prayer service. FAN’s own Sr. Marie Lucey and Sr. Maria Orlandini led the Thursday night prayer service, (pictured, above, right) sharing a carnation with each of the initial fasters. See more photos by clicking here.
Now is a critical time to escalate our voices, as the House is set soon to announce if and how it may use reconciliation as a vehicle to help create pathways to citizenship—and we will need the Senate to likewise provide opportunities for permanent protections that are so long overdue.
There are many ways you can support this effort. We invite you to look through this Fast for Freedom Solidarity Action Toolkit and consider your time and ability when choosing to take action.