Cesar Chavez Fast

I am fasting April 16th and April 17th as part of a community celebration of Cesar Chavez sponsored by Latino Boys Leadership and Inclusive Lafayette.

In 1982 I saw the movie Gandhi. His life and words captivated me; I went to see the movie several more times and began reading his book of aphorisms and sayings. Even as a 4th grader, I recognized wisdom.

Gandhi’s fasts were a means of self-purification and political protest. As founder of the UFW, Chavez had similar reasons for fasting. Daniel Escalante sent me information about the fast, including this youtube video of first hand accounts of Chavez’s fasting.

Fasting is a spiritual practice and a nonviolent response to a manifest injustice, and so, I follow the legacy of Chavez and Gandhi in dedicating my two day fast to heartfelt spiritual purification and to

The millions of men (and their families) whose liberty is curtailed by the prison system will be on my mind and in my heart during this fast.

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