12월 12일, 미 연방하원은 가족을 보호하는 이민개혁을 투표에 부치지도 않은 채 올해의 회기를 마칠 것입니다. 지금, 여러분의 참여가 필요합니다. 이민개혁에 대한 염원이 점점 거세지고 있는 지금, 우리들은 날마다 더 강력해지고 있고 오늘 당장 이민개혁이 하원에서 통과되기를 바라고 있다고 전합시다!
1. 베이너 의장에게 전화를 걸어주세요.
Fast for Families — a national action highlighting the moral urgency of immigration reform — launched on November 12. Thursday, December 12, will mark the 31st day of this campaign. Tens of thousands across the nation have fasted. Your prayers and solidarity fasts have strengthened and galvanized the immigration reform movement.
Now we need your help. On December 12, the House of Representatives will conclude their calendar year. But it has not acted yet to keep immigrant families together. Let’s tell our leaders that we are growing stronger each day and we expect them to act now. Here are 3 easy actions that you can take today!
1. Call Speaker John Boehner
Pick up your cell phone and dial (202)-225-0600 and let him know that you support the Fast for Families, stand with families, and are watching him closely. Tell him: “As a member of the Asian American community, I am calling upon you, Speaker Boehner, to have a heart for immigrant families and put a bill to the floor for a vote!”
2. Snap a Photo of Your Actions and Support
Send us a picture or video message of your support those who are fasting and for immigration reform. Also, would you consider fasting for a meal on Thursday, December 12?
Please email pictures or messages to Emily Kessel with the subject title: #Fast4Families. You can also message a video clip to youtube.org/nakasec or tweet us @nakasec or post atwww.facebook.com/nakasec
3. Sign on to the Stand With Families Campaign!
Sign-on Here: Stand with Families: Time to Act
Together, we are growing stronger. Now is the time for action.
Follow Fast for Families and NAKASEC at www.facebook.com/nakasec or on twitter @nakasec and www.standwithfamilies.org and www.fast4families.org
p.s. Invite your family and friends to join the NAKASEC listserv to keep up with the Fast for Families campaign and the other exciting work that we do to to project a progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues. Sign up here.
The Fast 4 Families grew from an event in a tent on the National Mall in Washington DC to a nationwide movement in less than a month’s time. Hundreds of AAPI community members are fasting in solidarity with families and over 11 million of their aspiring American brothers and sisters.
Meet some of them below: Continue reading
|Updates!With days left in the Congressional calendar, the immigrant rights movement is ramping up activities to emphasize the urgency of passing immigration reform. The Fast for Families is part of many actions around the country. Read here a timely New York Times opinion piece on the need for leadership and courage on the issue.
The Korean American community has been galvanized to act. Each day, NAKASEC and its centers receive calls from community members pledging to join the fast. Read more about the coverage from WKTV News, KyungHyang Shinmun, and SBS.
On Tuesday, November 26, the Fast for Families announced the escalation of pressure to Speaker John Boehner to bring a vote on an immigration reform proposal with a pathway to citizenship and that keeps families together. From December 1st to 3rd communities across the nation are called to participate in a time of action, fasting, and prayer.
Ways to Participate:
If you take part in a fast, prayer vigil, or rally for the National Days of Act, Fast & Pray (December 1-3), take a photo with a message of support and share it with us!
• Twitter @nakasec #fast4families #timeisnow
• Facebook @nakasec
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Title: “Fast4Families Solidarity Fast Alert!”
1. Organize a solidarity fast in your community. Fast for a day or more.
2. Hold a vigil or prayer service at your place of worship.
3. Call Speaker Boehner at: 202-225-0600 and urge him to bring immigration reform for a vote.
Sample script: “As a member of the Korean American community, I am calling upon you, Speaker Boehner, to have a heart for immigrant families and put a bill to the floor for a vote!”
4. Visit the Fast for Families tent at the National Mall in Washington DC.
Meet with the fasters to show your support and solidarity in urging lawmakers to bring immigration reform to a vote. Fasters will be at the tent during the daytime hours throughout the 3 days.
Press the “CC” button on the bottom right to view English subtitles.
|DAY 5: Saturday, November 16
We Welcome Our Visitors
The Fast for Families is drawing attention from political and faith leaders and the NAKASEC family. On Saturday, NAKASEC board and supporters came to visit NAKASEC executive director Dae Joong Yoon and Mr. Jung, and to show their support for the fasters and their dedication to immigrant families.
Nanwon Kang, NAKASEC board member: “Wan-Mo and I came to visit from New Jersey because we are very strong believers in the unity of family, the invaluable importance of family and the love that is shared among its members, and the universal “no matter what happens we love you” kind of love. This is the foundation for any human being and no entity on this earth can make laws that break up the family. We support comprehensive immigration reform.”
Edward Lee, NAKASEC board member: “This immigration reform movement seems to be taking longer than what people expected or what it should be. Meanwhile, 11 million people have suffered too much and for too long.”
Sookyung Oh, NAKASEC supporter: “The sacrifice that DJ and Mr. Jung are making is immeasurable. They are true movement builders. As a Korean American who also wants justice for all, visiting DJ, Mr. Jung and the others fasters inspired me to keep moving forward.”
YOUTH and Allies!!!
Participate in a 3-week evening or dinner fast AND/OR one-day solidarity fast.
November 21, 2013 – December 12, 2013
Why are we fasting?
The purpose of this national youth fast is to stand in solidarity with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who must constantly live with a fear of deportation and face struggles with family separation. This is a solidarity fast initiated in relation to the Fast for Families campaign held in Washington, DC (November 12 to December 12).
Millions of immigrants are separated from their families due to deportations, family backlogs, and other obstacles with access to citizenship. Despite Thanksgiving being a family holiday and a time when families come together, many immigrant families are not able to come together due to the country’s broken immigration system. Therefore, the youth who participate in this fast pledge to also abstain from Thanksgiving dinner as a part of this three-week fast.
“Who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an in and cared for him.
Gospel of Luke, 10:30-34
A powerful nation is not simply a nation with powerful weapons. It is a nation with healthy citizens and a healthy society. I think of a healthy society as one in which individual members of the society are able to engage in free expression and enterprise.
There have been numerous studies showing that if we provide an opportunity towards citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers who are already active in different industries of the economy, the U.S. economy will be strengthened, and in turn improving the society and the nation.
The United States is said to be a democracy.
The nation should operate within the frames of fair laws – laws that are unfair should be repealed and amended so that the rules of this society are equal for all. A law can’t be catered to a single individual or a select few.
Our broken immigration system is forcing immigrants into an undocumented status where they are no longer able to pursue normal economic activity. We must fix this broken immigration system, and bring those who became undocumented out of the shadows, so that they are active in society. Continue reading