Fast for Fifteen During Lent

Lent is a Christian season of fasting and repentance leading to Jesus Christ’s Passion and Resurrection on Easter. The season lasts 40 days, a traditional number of journey and transformation, exemplified in Israel’s wilderness journey and Jesus’ fast in the desert before his earthly ministry.

Ash Wednesday  is February 18th this year and marks the beginning of Lent. It is observed by having a cross of ashes put on one’s forehead, hearing the phrase: “Remember that from dust you have come and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Easter, April 5th this year (on the protestant calendar) is the end of Lent marked by celebration of the resurrection.

Logo_PMS_229-rev_typeFast for Fifteen: Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director, Rudy Lopez, invites supporters of worker justice into a fast from fast food during the season of Lent, in support of the fight for “15 and a union” for fast food workers. If you choose to join the fast, please name ICWJ as your participating organization. Here is Rudy’s message:

Across the country, fast food workers are taking courageous action to push for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. By joining with other workers across low-paying industries, they are winning concrete victories for the working poor. They are doing God’s work.

Moved by workers’ courage and perseverance, I invite you to join Interfaith Worker Justice for 40 days of prayer and personal sacrifice.  In solidarity with those forced to struggle on poverty wages, will you Fast from Fast Food from Feb. 18 until April 4?

The Fast from Fast Food coincides with the 40-day Christian season of Lent, a period of prayer, fasting, repentance and sacrifice. As a Catholic, I welcome this opportunity to connect my own tradition to the movement for worker and economic justice.

Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten Season, I hope to deepen my spiritual connection to the struggle. In the words of Pope Francis: “Faith is no refuge for the fainthearted, but something which enhances our lives. It makes us aware of a magnificent calling, the vocation of love.”

Will you join me in this prayerful fast?  Click here to make the pledge to Fast from Fast Food. 

Fasting is one of the most transformational acts of faithful sacrifice embraced by many religious traditions and used across cultures as a powerful expression of solidarity and nonviolent action. No matter your faith tradition, I invite you to join me along this journey in a way that is authentic to you and your beliefs.

By fasting, we are telling fast food workers and their managers and corporate executives that the struggles many workers face due to inadequate pay and irregular scheduling is an injustice that we cannot accept.

Thank you for your prayerful solidarity with the fast food workers!


Rudy López
Executive Director

P.S. There are many ways you can get involved with the Fast from Fast Food in support of the workers who are organizing for better pay and working conditions. If a fast doesn’t work for you, click here to see how else you can support the fast.

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