National CAPACD Joins Growing Network of Fasters for Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2013
 
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Kevin Sanada
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National CAPACD Joins Growing Network of Fasters for Immigration Reform
 
Community leaders from around the country join “Fast for Families” effort
 
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) will fast this week in solidarity with faith, labor, immigrant rights, and community advocates in a call for commonsense reforms to our broken immigration system. Board members, staff, and allies of National CAPACD will fast for 24 hour periods throughout the week in support of the “Fast for Families” advocates currently fasting on the National Mall. 
 
Joining the "Fast for Families" this week will be:
 
Hyeok Kim, Interim ICDA (Seattle, WA)
Michael Byun, Asian Services in Action (Cleveland, OH)
Michelle Kauhane, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Honolulu, HI)
Maiko Winkler-Chin, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (Seattle, WA)
Sefa Aina, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (Pomona, CA)
Joni Byun, Nakatomi and Associates (Los Angeles, CA)
Dean Matsubayashi, Little Tokyo Service Center CDC (Los Angeles, CA)
Lua Pritchard, Asian Pacific Cultural Center (Tacoma, WA)
Lynette Jung Lee (Oakland, CA)
Doua Thor (Washington, DC)
Lisa Hasegawa (Washington, DC) 
 
Among the original fasters is Dae Joong Yoon, Executive Director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC). While his fast concluded this morning after 22 days, Dae Joong has passed the torch to NAKASEC board member Reverend Eun-sang Lee, who will continue to “Fast for Families” alongside a growing number of advocates and community leaders around the country.
 
“I want to thank my fellow brothers and sisters in the National CAPACD network for standing with me and raising your voices for immigration reform,” said Yoon, “Our community has demonstrated and upheld a high moral power and family values through fast and prayer. Our movement does not abide by a calendar or deadlines set by Congress. We will continue and each day we become stronger. We have faith that more American sisters and brothers will join us. We’ll make sure our lawmakers listen to the people’s voice and make them accountable in the coming months."  
 
“Dae Joong has inspired so many of us with his sacrifice over the past 22 days,” noted Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD, “I was so honored to represent National CAPACD as I sat with the solidarity fasters this morning. I am inspired by their commitment to continue the fast until Congress passes immigration reform.”
 
Sign up for the Stand with Families: Time to Act Campaign today to support Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant families! Please visit www.standwithfamilies.org for more information. For more information on the Fast for Families, please visit the official website.
 
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National CAPACD is a national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the housing, community and economic development needs of diverse and growing AAPI communities. National CAPACD’s member-based network includes more than 75 community-based organizations and individuals, including community development corporations, preservation agencies, community-based social service providers and advocacy agencies. Our members are in 17 states, implementing innovative affordable housing, social service, community development and community organizing strategies to improve the well-being of low-income AAPIs.
 
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