Today until 5:30 p.m. a handful of women from across Eastern Washington will be fasting at Riverfront Park to demonstrate to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers that “she must act immediately to end family separations and bring fair immigration reform to a vote in the House.”
OneAmerica, Mecha and SEIU are joining in the day of fasting to support comprehensive immigration form. This is one of dozens of coordinates women’s actions taking place in 20 states across the U.S., as well in Mexico City, according to a press release.
“The actions will demonstrate women’s hunger for reform as well as their political power: women and children make up three-quarters of all immigrants, women make up the majority of the electorate, and an overwhelming majority (nearly 70 percent) of women support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” OneAmerican reports.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.