Fast for Families celebrates Advocacy Day

Fast for Families is a nonprofit organization that advocates for immigrant rights in the U.S. The members of this group have pledged to fast in support of immigration reform. They base their message and work on influential civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Cesar Chavez.

Fast for Families has embarked on a cross-country bus tour aimed at gathering more support for its cause. The group wants to convince the U.S. government to pass immigration reform that will provide a legal path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers and their families living in the U.S. The group stopped in Springfield, Ill., recently and took part in a rally for Advocacy Day.

Advocacy Day is an event focused on advocating for family reunification and immigrant rights. This occasion was created by several groups of minorities throughout Illinois that feared programs that benefit immigrant families will be cut due to problems with that state’s budget and pensions. According to The Daily Illini, the executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, Dae Joong Yoon, led a chant during the rally as the crowd gathered around him, saying first in Korean, then English, then Spanish, “People united will never be divided.”

Yoon told the people there that even though immigrants come to this country from different homelands, speaking different languages, their goal is the same: to make a better life for themselves and their families. He used this as his argument for rallying the diverse group behind the cause of fighting for immigration reform.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights was also involved in the Advocacy Day rally. Its immediate goal is to introduce and pass the Illinois Trust Act, which would eliminate ties between local law enforcement agencies and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Coalition wants the Trust Act to help maintain funding for the Immigrant Service Line Item, which is one part of the Illinois Department of Human Services budget that pays for programs that benefit the Asian-American community.