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

Full details:

The night in New York City, coinciding with International Workers’ Day and #ADayWithoutImmigrants on May 1st, 2017, will be the first stop in expanding the previously local to Philadelphia #Right2Work dinner and discussion panel series nationally.

The aim of this event is to aid in creating the momentum necessary for the passage of a city council resolution drafted by a group of immigration lawyers and activists in Philadelphia. This resolution will be presented in each city the dinner series hits and asks that they recognize every person’s fundamental right to earn a living, regardless of immigration status, and affirm their commitment to protect and secure a safe and dignified workplace for all.

The evening, held at veteran community, social justice, and civic engagement-building organization Downtown Art‘s beautiful brand new theater on the Lower East Side, will commence with a short film introduction to the #Right2Work dinner series from filmmaker Byron Karabatsos, followed by a musical performance of original selections composed exclusively for the evening by NYC-based saxophonist and composer Maria Grand’s DiaTribe.

The panel discussion on the current state of undocumented workers’ rights will feature Jennifer Lee, director of the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University, Tunde Wey, undocumented Nigerian chef, and a member of Cosecha, who have been focused on the campaign for the May Day strike and will be joining us to talk about their movement’s strategy and experiences travelling around the country talking to people about this day of action.

The outdoor dinner will be a collaboration between chefs Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa and Chef Carolina Saavendra of La Morada (NYC), Chef Harold Villarosa of Maison Pickle (NYC), Chef Kurt Evans of Route 23 (Philadelphia), Chef Valerie Erwin formerly of Geechee Girl Rice Café (Philadelphia) and Yewande Komolafe of recipe development lab and independent test kitchen space Four Salt Spoons (NYC) with panelist Tunde Wey (New Orleans).

Drinks will be sponsored by St. Germain.

The dinner will be donation-based, with all donations going to support the ongoing work to expand this into national dinner series (next stop Detroit!). Donations will be accepted day of and are tax deductible through a fiscal sponsorship agreement with ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center) United.

Additional funding has been provided by Philadelphia restaurants who have held benefit dinners to make this event possible.

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