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21 DAYS BEFORE THE 2008 ELECTION
THE LARGEST HUNGER STRIKE IN U.S. HISTORY CALLING ON 1,000,000 PEOPLE TO SIGN A PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
The “Fast For Our Future” campaign will begin in Los Angeles on October 15th, 2008, three weeks before the November 4th presidential election. Over 100 people will fast in order to mobilize our community to vote for immigrant rights.
Fasters will give up all food and juice liquids. When engaging in a hunger strike, we will commit to only drink water.
The Fast will be based at an encampment at La Placita Olvera, the historic heart of Los Angeles. The encampment will be a visual representation of the size and growth of the hunger strike. Fasters will sleep in tents and live at the encampment for the duration of the Fast.
The Fast will continue until at least 1,000,000 people have signed the Pledge to vote and take action for immigrant rights.
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Goals of the Fast
Mobilize 1,000,000 People to Vote on November 4, 2008 for Immigrant Rights!
Distribute the Pledge Nationwide and Re-energize the Movement through Infectious Action and Viral Communication Based on the Momentum We Create Collectively.
Recruit a Critical Mass of Fasters (water only fast between 1-day to over 3 weeks) to Make a Deep Personal Sacrifice for the La Causa.
Build the Encampment at La Placita Olvera in Downtown Los Angeles, Make It a Visual Representation of Our Strength and Numbers.
Donate to the RISE Movement In Order to Strengthen the “Fast For Our Future” Campaign and Mobilize Future Nonviolent Actions.
One Million Pledges
We are fasting until at least 1,000,000 people sign the Pledge to vote on November 4th and take action to hold the next administration accountable to immigrant rights.
The demand of the hunger strike is not directed toward any political leader, legislative bill, or proposition. In the same spirit as César Chávez and Mohandas K. Gandhi, we are engaging in a hunger strike directed at the movement itself.
When fear, discouragement, and despair plagued the social movements of the past, it was the deep personal sacrifice of its leaders and members that re-energized their cause and placed them on a path to victory.
We have witnessed the power of sacrifice to re-ignite movements. In a time of aggressive enforcement of broken immigration laws, the tearing apart of families through detention and deportation, and the shredding of our civil and constitutional rights–now is the time to take action.
Help us spread the word to get 1,000,000 people to sign the Pledge saying that they will vote for immigrant rights.
If you have not yet signed the Pledge (or invited your friends and family to sign the Pledge), please click here and sign the Pledge today!
Watch the 8-10 minute YouTube video (English and Spanish) that provides a strong visual description of the “Fast For Our Future” action and demands.