E.C. activist embarks on national immigration reform campaign

2014-02-24T13:45:00Z 2014-02-25T13:22:05Z E.C. activist embarks on national immigration reform campaignLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

Rudy Lopez once again is taking his fight for immigration reform to the streets, this time with a six-week cross-country tour.

Lopez, 43, of East Chicago, kicked off a national tour Monday in Los Angeles with Fast for Families. Lopez is part of a core of 15 activists who will remain with the tour throughout the six-week trip. Others will join for portions of the tour.

"We're going to head to 70 congressional districts," Lopez said.

Lopez spoke by phone Monday from Los Angeles, where excited cheers from organizers could be heard in the background. The tour will be split into a northern and a southern route, with both set to converge on Washington, D.C., on April 9.

Lopez is taking the northern route.

Starting on Ash Wednesday, the participants will fast every Wednesday in support of immigration reform. Along the route, they will conduct community meetings and will meet with elected officials who oppose or have not taken a stand on immigration reform.

"We will continue fasting and praying for action," Lopez said.

Lopez was among the Fast for Families protesters fasting for immigration reform on the National Mall in Washington in November. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama visited with the group during its fast.

During the November demonstration, Lopez called on U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville — who had long been silent on the issue — to support immigration reform.

"I'm thankful for Congressman Visclosky, who has come on board and supported us," Lopez said.

Lopez said he has lost family members and had other branches of his family tree separated for years because of immigration issues.

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