This weekend Asamblea leaders gathered in both Minneapolis and St. Cloud, MN for a 24-hour fast, in solidarity with “We Belong Together Women’s Fast for Families.” Asamblea de Derechos Civiles’ (hereafter “Asamblea”) fast, part of a month-long, cross-country action, is meant to draw attention to our unjust and oppressive immigration system, pressuring congressional decision-makers to pass a just comprehensive immigration reform bill and urging President Obama to halt all deportations (thus, keeping our families together).
It also served as a space for our community to gather to celebrate our faith during this Lenten season, to continue building our organization’ power, and to engage in spiritual reflection on the struggles that have happened and will happen. It was a space to continue building a shared commitment to the work we must continue to do.
Xenia Torres, an active member with Asamblea and a member of the Santo Rosario congregation, says that she fasted because, “While the path is difficult and the struggle is tough, we fast and we do this work, because we are fighting for something better, for our families, our friends, and ourselves.” Miguel Zuniga, another faster and a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Brooklyn Park, echoed Torres’ words.
Asamblea has spent the last several years working for Emancipation for all immigrant communities. A just comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship is just one piece of that vision for Emancipation, but it is the beginning of a better world for immigrant communities. This week, on the anniversary of Cesar Chavez’ birthday, Asamblea celebrates its eighth anniversary as an organization. Here is to the next eight years.
Asamblea fasted in conjunction with the Gamaliel network of affiliates.
Check out the photos above and the video link below for a video playlist from this past weekend’s 24-hour “Fast for Families.”
“It was a Fast for nonviolence and a call to sacrifice. Our struggle is not easy. Those who oppose our cause are rich and powerful and they have many allies in high places. We are poor…But we have something the rich do not own. We have our own bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as our weapons”(Cesar Chavez, 1968, following the end of a 21-day fast).