24-Hour Fast and Vigil
Solidarity for a Different Future!
No more detentions! No more deportations! No more oppressive laws!
24-hour fast, community visioning & vigil --'Cause We're Hungry for Justice!
Join us, in solidarity with the people of Arizona and those unjustly detained in our own state, for 24 hours of fasting, reflection, workshops, prayer and protest.
Beginning: Sunday, August 1st at 6:00pm
We'll set up camp overnight outside the GEO Immigrant Detention Center, making our presence known to our community on the other side of the walls. The following 24 hours we'll have ongoing educational opportunities, time for deeper reflection on solidarity and visioning of the world we will create. And always time for healing song, prayer and protest!
Join us for all or part, whether or not you choose to fast!
Breaking of the Fast: Monday, August 2nd at 6:00pm
We'll break our fast together in front of the GEO Immigrant Detention Center.
On July 29th, Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070 is set to go into effect. For the week of July 25th-August 2nd communities around the country will be fasting to declare their opposition to oppressive laws like SB 1070, laws which separate families and terrorize workers, neighbors and friends who are caught in a broken system. You can join in showing that it is Justice for which we hunger, not greater repression nor a continued status quo which denies immigrants their human rights.
Ways to participate:
- Join us for part or all of the 24-hour solidarity vigil and fast outside the detention center and come to the breaking of the fast the next day.
- Sign up to fast for the entire week, 3 days or 24 hours Send your name and commitment to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Support the 24 hour vigil and fast: offer workshops, testimony, songs or prayer during the 24 hours at the detention center.
- Offer to bring food for the breaking of the fast.
* In spite of the absolute safety and benefits of fasting, there are certain persons who should NEVER fast without professional supervision. For example:
- Persons who are physically too thin or emaciated.
- Those who suffer weakness or anemia.
- Persons who have tumors, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood diseases, or who have heart disease.
- Persons who are prone to anorexia or bulimia
- Those who suffer chronic problems with kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, or other important organs.
- Individuals who take insulin for diabetes, or suffer any other blood sugar problem such as hyperglycemia.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing.
There are plenty of ways to engage in meaningful time for reflection if fasting isn’t a good fit for you.
Jordan T. Garcia, Immigrant Ally Organizing Director
American Friends Service Committee
901 W. 14th Ave. #7,
Denver, Colorado 80204