May 1st – NYC #Right2Work Dinner

Coming up on May 1st in NYC, we will be hosting our first #Right2Work dinner to branch out of Philadelphia. We are grateful for your support of our local dinners, and are looking forward to the opportunity to advocate for our message on a national scale!

Please note that the RSVP list for this event is full. Email right2workinvites@gmail.com to be placed on our waiting list.

We thank you for coming out and joining us for the meals prepared by the many chefs who have generously donated their resources and the performances, panels, speakers, discussions, and other happenings at our dinners in Philly. We hope that you have enjoyed and gained knowledge from sharing these evenings with us. We now ask for your help in bringing this message to a wider audience. Please tell your NYC friends! We need to get to as many people who may be able to attend as possible come out in support of the May Day strike and help gain traction for #Right2Work’s national expansion!

WHO: #Right2Work

WHAT: Dinner, film, panel, performance, and discussion

WHERE: Downtown Art, 70 East Fourth Street New York, NY 10003

WHEN: May 1st, 2017, International Workers’ Day

6:15 PM – Doors

6:30 PM – Documentary

7:00 PM – Concert

8:00 PM – Dinner and panel

WHY: In solidarity with #ADayWithoutImmigrants and the movement to protect the rights of undocumented immigrants

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May 1 General Strike – Participating Restaurants!

We are gathering steam for a city-wide strike in support of immigrant rights on May 1, 2017. Building on the recent day without immigrants, we want to send a strong message about how crucial immigrant labor and rights are to our city, its economy, and make it clear that the Philadelphia restaurant community supports the lives of all Philadelphians. There will be a big party that day at Bok in South Philly to celebrate immigrant workers and all the restaurants who close for the day.

We’re gathering names of restaurants that are willing to close May 1 in solidarity. Have a conversation with restaurants around you and add your results here! And, support the strike by cooking at home or coming to the party – don’t eat out!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CMQSzlwdXqphg_wuYQPxiMYAAjE2MMdjSUUaFkVwGSM/edit?usp=sharing

Want some ideas about what to say? See below!


CANVASSING SCRIPT

Ask for the manager, chef, or owner of the restaurant!

I’m part of a group of concerned Philadelphians gathering steam for a city-wide strike in support of immigrant rights on May 1. Building on the recent day without immigrants, we want to send a strong message about how crucial immigrant labor and rights are to our city, its economy, and make it clear that the Philadelphia restaurant community supports the lives of all Philadelphians. Are you willing to close May 1 in solidarity? There will be a big party that day at Bok in South Philly to celebrate immigrant workers and all the restaurants who close for the day. Can we count on you to close May 1?

If they express doubt about doing this:

Lots of your peer restaurants have already committed to close – Le Virtu, Sate Kampar, South Philly Barbacoa, and Hungry Pigeon are examples. We will be funneling lots of positive press to restaurants who make commitments to close. It’s your responsibility to stand up for your staff and other workers whose rights are being threatened every day. Can we count you in?

If they suggest they can’t lose the revenue:

South Philly Barbacoa’s nonprofit, the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers’ Rights made some donation jars for restaurants who want to close to raise money to cover costs – would that help you commit? Remember, May 1 is also a Monday, so its probably one of your slower days, right?

 

How Two Philadelphia Chefs Are Pushing for Immigration Reform — Starting in the Kitchen

How Two Philadelphia Chefs Are Pushing for Immigration Reform — Starting in the Kitchen
Husband-and-wife team Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller are moving beyond barbacoa to fight for the undocumented workers in kitchens across the city.
Pacific Standard Magazine – 6/6/16 – By Amy McKeever

South Philly Barbacoa stands distinct among the red brick row houses in Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood. Across the restaurant’s facade, a mural swirled in shades of coral, turquoise, teal, and orange suggests a mosaic of people — blue eyes and blue lips transform a window into a nose, and two sketched faces peer out over the doorway. Cross the threshold, and a tambourine jingles from the cord of the shade on the front door.
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Politics Is Never Off The Table At South Philly’s Best Taco Shop

Food Republic
Caroline Russock – 
May 9, 2016

A little over an hour from Mexico City is a small pueblo called Capulhuac. It’s the unofficial birthplace of barbacoa (slow-cooked meat) and the very much official birthplace of Cristina Martinez. Along with her husband, Ben Miller, Martinez owns South Philly Barbacoa, a bright and bustling taquería that keeps early hours and does a brisk business in filled-to-order lamb tacos nestled in warm house-pressed tortillas, earthenware bowls of chickpea-studded consommé and jars of seasonal agua fresca.

Martinez and Miller opened the doors to their restaurant in July 2015, a logical next step after running a weekends-only barbacoa operation borne out of necessity, entrepreneurial spirit and the harsh realities that undocumented people face living in the states.

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Pictures from the 4/25/16 #Right2Work Dinner

Monday, April 25th – 7pm – Isaiah Zagar’s Workshop – 1005 Watkins Street 

A dinner made and served in the floor to ceiling mosaic wonderment that is Isaiah Zagar’s Workshop. Isaiah hosted an evening of food, music, and conversation around the issues of undocumented persons in the restaurant industry. The collaborative dinner featured food by the likes of Samantha Carrie Johnson (Private Chef), Mike Strauss (Taproom on 19th), Chris Paul (Herban), and Valerie Erwin (Geechee Girl Rice Cafe). Live music performed by The Bad Tequila Experience.

Click HERE for pictures from the amazing evening.

Immigration: South Philly Barbacoa Pushing For Reform, One Dish At A Time

Philadelphia Neighborhoods
April 26, 2016 — By Erin Edinger-Turoff and Joe Brandt

Priority No. 1 for Cristina Martinez (above), the head chef at South Philly Barbacoa, is “to change the hearts” of customers at the restaurant at 11th and Morris streets.

“They come in and eat the food here, and maybe at the table they talk immigration reform,” Martinez said.

Since acquiring their own brick-and-mortar space, the co-owners of Barbacoa — Martinez and her husband, Ben Miller — have hosted events and met with Mayor Jim Kenney to discuss issues facing undocumented workers in the restaurant industry.
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