In Washington, DC, ADL marked Human Rights Day by joining civil and human rights partners in a solidarity vigil with activists who are fasting to urge Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
“Immigrant rights are human rights,” ADL Washington Director Stacy Burdett told the fasters and their supporters gathered in a tent opposite the U.S. Capitol. The “Fast4Families” participants—who abstain from all food, except water — have been encamped on the National Mall since November 12th.
They have been joined by thousands of community fasters at events across the country in an effort to elevate the urgent need to fix an immigration system that is ripping apart families and forcing immigrants to live in fear. A “who’s who” of civil rights and political leaders have visited Fast4Families to lend their inspiration and support: from President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Biden to Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights iconDolores Huerta.
In June, ADL welcomed Senate passage of an immigration bill (S.744) that includes a path to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants but the House of Representatives has yet to follow suit. Use ADL’s online Action Center to contact your Member of the House of Representatives to urge them to act now for fair and humane immigration reform.