Pastor joins pair's hunger strike
by MDJ Staff
July 19, 2011 03:15 PM | 3531 views | 27 27 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Rev. Jeff Jones, a Cobb County Unitarian Universalist pastor, has joined Salvador Zamora and Martin Altamirano in their hunger strike in protest of Georgia’s immigration law, HB 87.

Jones said he learned of the pair’s protest July 13 and met with Zamora and Altamirano twice before launching his own seven-day fast Friday.

Jones plans to digest nothing but water with lemon and honey during the fast.

HB 87 “fails to recognize the important role that immigrants play in Georgia’s economy (and) will tear families apart,” according to press release announcing Jones’ fast.

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InNeed
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July 22, 2011
Martin, do you work for Rich? Maybe he could hook you up with some communication skills.
anonymous
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July 22, 2011
Miss information is danger; sometimes it is worst that ignorance, and please I am not calling you ignorant I am tried to give a information that you can confirm in any tax collector office, About the Pastor Jeff he is a American citizen with a social Security number and yes he pay taxes.

About the myth that kids in school have a free ride learning and it is a abuse to tax payers is a bad example of do not have the right information, In every Georgia County, from several county regulations, one is, that to be enrolled in a school, the kids parents must provide a county address probe, Why? Because housing tax money go to county school budget, documented or undocumented as long you pay for a roof don’t matter if is a house, apartment, efficiency, condo, mobile home etc. those kids have the legitimate right to go the public school with pride, the only way that a kid can be getting free ride and abusing the tax money, is if they live under a bridge, or them live in other county

God bless you, and America

Martin Altamirano, aleromalta@gmail.com

MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 21, 2011
Rich Pellegrino has a lot in common with his (bottled water) namesake: Both are transparent and full of gas.
Martin Altamirano
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July 21, 2011
Love for everybody in the forum, Love for the people in favor and against the Hunger strike that is looking to get the attention to the immigration issue must be addressed, for good of everybody including to the society member feel safer knowing that the immigrant neighbors are in the government archives. Love because somehow we all are victims of the irresponsibility of the federal government to do so, and avoid the division between human’s bens on the nation that fight for humans rights in the world

If law is the law, and society must obey without see how moral and humans are, them the world should absolve Adolf Hitler for the war crimes, oppression, persecution, etc. against the Jude. Because all those action was the law for the German government. And due that they were LEGAL CRIMES AGAINST HUMANS BENS

The judge, suspend provisions in HB87 because that law is violating rights and warranties to the average legal Georgians residents and because is amoral too.. Open your eyes, don’t allow that the miss information blind you eyes to the reality

Love to every one, and if Anyone interested in get information, U can contact me at aleromalta@gmail.com

God bless you and America
Countess Olivia
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July 21, 2011
This is just the sort of response you can expect from a Unitarian Universalist, there is no good or bad, no right or wrong, all religions are equal, and everybody goes to Heaven. With that sort of theology why waste your time believing in God?
Rich Pellegrino
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July 21, 2011
The same old tired myths about undocumented immigrants are repeated ad nauseum here by the same old tired writers who apparently can't find anything to do to improve their own situations so they have to find someone to blame (the definition of a bully)--I feel sorry for you but a higher power will end your bullying one way or another. Already your hatred of self and others and that same hatred enshrined by weak elected official (who follow rather than lead)in their "laws" and policies, have bankrupted this county causing a property tax hike and will do the same to the state--by trying to chase away some of our most productive, tax paying residents (which all independent audits have proven undocumented immigrants to be). But your hatred blinds you to the facts...and, as the saying goes...an eye for an eye makes everyone blind.
anonymous
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July 20, 2011
Who cares.
tryalittlelove
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July 20, 2011
Pretty pathetic name calling and obvious hatred shown by a lot of writers. God's greatest commandment was to love thy neighbor, what part of those 3 words don't you understand? I am thankful that people care enough about their neighbors to take a stand, like fasting, a great Christian tradition. Oh yes, we are even supposed to love our enemies, try it. I am not fasting, but I did help outlaw the worst 2 sections of HB87...TLL
Just another citizen
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July 20, 2011
These two men, the Reverend Jones, and anyone supporting this effort are simply exercising their rights as citizens and aspiring citizens of this country to do something as dramatic as conduct a public hunger strike or fast.

They aspire to bring attention to an issue they not only feel very strongly about but are willing to risk the fear-based vitriol exemplified by the comments in this blog. That's all they are doing folks; exercising the same right you and I have as citizens of this terrific democracy of ours.

Their hopes, their actions, are admirable regardless of whether we agree with their aspirations or not. The point is they are exercising the same rights you and I have.

It was a Mexican American, along with three other nationalities of Americans that found themselves in the same fox hole as I and served with great honor with me in Viet Nam. Two of them, the Mexican American was one, was flown home to his adopted America in a box. They would be very proud of Mr. Zamora and Mr. Altamirano, the Reverend Jones, others who support them; as well as of those of you who respectfully disagree. They, like myself, have always fought for the right for just another citizen to express themselves, preferably in a respectful manner.
Axeman
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July 20, 2011
@non-immigrant...several points...1) in what alternate reality do you live in where it is unfair to go after criminals? How is it unfair to protect our country from illegal invaders?, 2)it is the height of paranoia to believe all brown people will be affected, only people who are arrested for a criminal offense will have to prove their status, if you are here legally and are not involved in criminal activity you will not be affected, 3)you are the idiot, 4) hatred for humanity has nothing to do with it(see point 3), the scriptures are based on the rule of law as is the United States (see point 3), 5) Keep your sympathy to yourself, law abiding citizens are neither disgusting nor pathetic, (once again see point 3)
Dustoff
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July 20, 2011
Let me respond to the comment "the important role that immigrants play in Georgia’s economy".

They work for cash and send most of it out of the country, but our tax money pays for their kids schooling and free lunches. Our tax money pays for their medical care.

They drive with no license or insurance. But we pay for our license and have to have insurance coverage.

We travel to their country we have to have a passport and sometimes a visa and we have to obey the laws of their country. They sneak into our country and break the laws.

So just what is the important role they play in our economy, well its simple they put a burden on the tax payer, the law enforcement people, the courts, our schools and hospitals, and the prison system.

And we are supposed to welcome them with open arms. What we need to do is have the police start raiding every landscape company, restaurant, manufacturing facility, chicken processing plant and other industries and arresting them and deporting them in mass.

Old Gramps
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July 20, 2011
Fresh baked Apple Pie. YUM!
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 20, 2011
If, as they say, "ignorance is bliss" this "Rev" must be the happiest person on the planet!
non-immigrant
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July 20, 2011
The law doesn't just attack 'illegal immigrants' unfairly, it also affects all brown people irrespective of their legal status. Unfortunately, many idiots commenting here don't have the brains to evaluate the impacts. The fact is- "hatred doesn't yield anything but destruction", and this law is based on hatred towards humanity. I really wish people start reading and understanding what's in the Holy scriptures and practice it before the world comes to an end. God bless America and all the haters in Georgia. I sympathize with your disgusting/pathetic lives.
West Cobb Resident
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July 20, 2011
It's too bad we can't get EVERYONE opposed to HB 87 to join in this hunger strike!
Horace Wilbanks
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July 20, 2011
I, too, had a big dinner and will continue to eat in support of HB87. I will continue to eat until all illegal immigrants and sent back to their home country or are on death row.
evan gammage
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July 19, 2011
A seven-day fast doth not a hunger strike make. Rev., (and I use the term loosely) this kind of crap (no pun intended) does nothing to further their (your?) cause. It only riles a person like me who normally would not take part in working for the success of HB 87.
That Guy
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July 19, 2011
A nation maintains borders to protect itself. Those who live in a nation legally do so to protect that nation from all enemies. That being said who do illegals give their allegiance to? Is it their former home or their new? A nation must have that allegiance to keep its borders safe. It seems these two men and the Unitarian have shown they have no allegiance to the United States of America or to its citizens. Let them not eat, NO one is forcing them to do so. Not eating is the easy part. Have been known to go a couple of weeks myself without eating and just taking in water without honey. Just something I used to do for no reason. We are a nation of laws and our Republic is founded on these laws. No pick and choose which ones you want to obey.
Oh Great
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July 19, 2011
Nice to know this *Man of God* supports illegal activity.

This is one church I would NOT attend. My God would want me to be a law-abiding citizen.
who cares
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July 19, 2011
Nobody cares!!!!!!!!!!!!
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