Fasting for the future Oct 15

On October 15th, over 100 people will begin one of the largest hunger strikes in American history to call on Latinos, immigrants, and people of conscience–the Immigrant Rights Movement–to rise out of our fear and vote for change. “The Fast for our Future” will be based in a permanent encampment at La Placita Olvera, the historic heart of Los Angeles, and will continue until at least 1 million people have signed this Pledge. Through our shared sacrifice and commitment we will renew our movement and inspire an historic mobilization of Latino, immigrant, and pro-immigrant rights voters. We must remember the I.C.E. raids, those detained and deported, the families torn apart, the dreams deferred. We must remember the marches, the walkouts, the boycotts, and the promise we made: “Hoy Marchamos, Manana Votamos.” Yesterday we marched for our rights, today we vote. 

One way or another the immigration issue has to be addressed by the U.S. government. I urge that anyone that supports positive immigration reform to sign the petition and spread the word. Fast for a day if even possible, even though most of us, including myself, can’t because we have responsibilities that need us in our full mental capacity. Not only that but make sure to register to vote and let your voice be heard. There are some of us that don’t even have that privilege and for someone to just throwaway their vote is ignorant and stupid. Everyone complains about how bad things are, so then do something about it and vote.     



The Fast for Our Future campaign will begin in Los Angeles on October 15th, 2008, three weeks before the November 4th presidential election. Over 100 people will fast in order to mobilize our community to vote for immigrant rights. Fasters will give up all food and juice liquids. We will only drink water.The Fast will be based at an encampment at La Placita Olvera, the historic heart of Los Angeles. The encampment will be a visual representation of the size of the hunger strike. Fasters will sleep in tents and live at the encampment for the duration of the hunger strike. The Fast will continue until at least one million people have signed the Pledge to vote and take action for immigrant rights.

Daily Public Schedule of the Fast Encampment:

8:00 – 8:30am Prayer Service
8:30 – 9:30am Agenda for the Day
10:00am Public Announcement or Press Conference
11:00am – 12:00pm Rest Period
12:00pm – 4:00pm Work
4:00pm – 5:00pm Rest Period
5:00pm – 6:00pm Vigil
6:00pm – 8:00pm Group Reflection
8:00pm – 10:00pm Free Time
10:00pm – 6:00am Quiet Time

El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Park

845 N. Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012 

5 thoughts on “Fasting for the future Oct 15

  1. hmmmm…which liberal organization is putting this movement together?

    latinos are so misguided and misinformed this election season…i hope this vigil informs as well as heals the immigrant community that is desperate to be acknowleged by some good policy from washington… but, alas, i don’t expect the distribution of accurate information to be a part of such a grand effort to rally latinos…

    i am alluding to the massive failure in our community to recognize Mccain for his efforts to help immigrants. he was pilloried by his own party for calling on politicians to show compassion and decency to immigrants, and what did he get from us in return?…we’ve bailed on him…we are ingrates!

    viva mccain!!!

  2. By insane I mean that while your entitled to your personal opinion, it differs from mine and I respect that. But come on, McCain ????? I think the immigrants your talking about are irish immigrants and not the kind of immigrants I’m talking about. And as for latinos being misinformed this election, simply not true. Speaking from my own personal experience, all of my latino and mexican american friends voting are some of the most well informed people who know what they are doing. Either that or they’re just ignorant dolts who won’t even consider voting because they’re ignorant like that. I should know they ARE MY FRIENDS.

    “we are ingrates!” Who’s “we?” I haven’t seen or heard of any of the kind of things you say McCain has done for the immigrant community. If he has I’m all for it, but I have yet to see any of it in action.

  3. John McCain on Border Security
    and Immigration

    “As you know, I and many other colleagues twice attempted to pass comprehensive immigration legislation to fix our broken borders; ensure respect for the laws of this country; recognize the important economic contribution of immigrant laborers; apprehend those who came here illegally to commit crimes; and deal practically and humanely with those who came here, as my distant ancestors did, to build a better, safer life for their families, without excusing the fact they came here illegally or granting them privileges before those who have been waiting their turn outside the country. Many Americans did not believe us when we said we would secure our borders, and so we failed in our efforts. I don’t want to fail again to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. We must prove we have the resources to secure our borders and use them, while respecting the dignity and rights of citizens and legal residents of the United States. When we have achieved our border security goal, we must enact and implement the other parts of practical, fair and necessary immigration policy. We have economic and humanitarian responsibilities as well, and they require no less dedication from us in meeting them.”

    – John McCain

    you may disagree with some aspects of immigration reform but his work is on record; his favorite movie is a matter of record too:

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