This month, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is joining Faith in Action and a coalition of faith-based partners in promoting the Fast for Freedom campaign, an interfaith fasting campaign happening from June 9 to early July to highlight the need for undocumented essential workers to be given a pathway to citizenship in the upcoming jobs and infrastructure bills in Congress.
In support of the campaign, click here to take action by contacting your Members of Congress to urge them to provide pathways to citizenship for undocumented essential workers.
Essential workers have put themselves at great risk while working jobs that keep our nation fed and safe during the pandemic. Of the 11 million undocumented U.S. residents, many work in essential industries. Many are our neighbors and friends, members of our faith communities, and the parents of U.S. citizen children who have deep roots here in the United States. Due to the structure of our broken immigration system, they lack pathways to legal residency and citizenship to relieve them of the fear of deportation and family separation.
You can click here to learn more about the Fast for Freedom campaign, which involves a group of immigrant leaders and interfaith clergy who have committed to fasting as a spiritual practice and public witness on behalf of undocumented communities in the United States. There are many ways you can support the campaign locally, including by organizing fasting and solidarity actions in your community.