Caption: Proud to stand by fellow solidarity fasters Mara Keisling (National Center for Transgender Equality), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Sharita Gruberg (Center for American Progress), along with our friends at NCTE and CAP.
LOVE THROUGH ADVERSITY
Today, I am not eating.
Not because of the latest diet fad, or because I can’t find organic vegetables. I’m fasting for a cause I believe in- common sense immigration reform.
I’m joining the #Fast4Families for a one day solidarity fast, along with activists from LGBT AAPI communities around the country. NQAPIA board members, staff, and partners are joining over 500 solidarity fasters from AAPI communities to push Congressional action on common sense immigration reform.
Congress remains stuck in partisan bickering, but we need them to act now. Our families across the country are waiting for a decision and can’t afford to wait any longer. So we’re following the footsteps of human rights leaders like Mahatma Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and now, sadly enough, Nelson Mandela who are no longer with us, but who energized their communities by fasting as protest to push for justice.
The note I left with the fasters says it all: “LGBT people know how to love in the face of adversity.” That’s why we #Fast4Families and bring our bodies and whole selves to the struggle.
Fasting will not be easy, but I need to do this for our community. And I know I’ll find strength when you join me in demanding justice for LGBT AAPI immigrants and all our families.
Ben de Guzman
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