Monday, November 10, 2008

Reyes, City Council Support Nationwide Hunger Strike

Councilmember Reyes celebrates efforts, symbolic and legislative, that promote dignity and respect for all people. So on Friday, Reyes joined with the the Los Angeles City Council to unanimously approve a resolution he co-authored that commends Fast For Our Future hunger strikers for supporting immigration policy that unites all families.

More than 400 people nationwide participated in the fast which ran from Oct. 15 through Nov. 4 Election Day, said organizer Kai Newkirk.

Some fasted for one day. Twelve went 21 days without food and only drank water.

The group, camped out in tents at Olvera Street, was comprised of religious leaders, students and advocates who fasted to mobilize at least 1 million people to sign a pledge in support of immigrant rights. They believe that to successfully confront and overcome the human rights crisis, we must use the non-violent strategies and tactics taught by Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.