La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Neta will protest the wrongful actions and family separations that hurt the immigrant community in the Rio Grande Valley through a 24-hour hunger strike and prayer chain that will last 24 days, in honor of the more than 2,400 children separated from their parents from June 23 – July 17, 2018.
Fasting as a means of nonviolent protest is a historic tool utilized by Cesar Chavez, co-founder of La Union del Pueblo Entero, in resistance to the injustice faced by farm workers of Mexican descent. Cesar’s commitment to nonviolent protest, including his fasts, won the support and friendship of Robert F. Kennedy to the farm worker cause back in the day. Together they fasted for days to raise awareness about the inhumane practices impacting farm workers. But today Dolores Huerta and Kerry Kennedy re-enact the historic moment in order to honor the 2,400 plus children separated from their parents.