Popular Alliance For Undocumented Workers’ Rights Bringing Back #Right2Work Dinner Series

April 19th, 2016 – Foobooz By Kelly Alderfer

For the second time, the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Worker’s Rights (PAUWR) has pulled together another #Right2Work Dinner Series. The mission for this series is to bring awareness of undocumented workers not being able to work legally to the restaurant industry, and to give undocumented workers a platform for sharing stories about their struggles in the industry.

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PAUWR Community Meeting 2/28/16 at 7pm

PAUWR (Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers’ Rights) Community Meeting 2/28/16 at 7pm at Herban Quality Eats (3601 Market Street, Philadelphia)

PAUWR advocates for justice, equality, and dignity for undocumented restaurant workers by raising public awareness and educating workers to achieve fair immigration laws and policies.

The series of four dinners we just finished was planned at a coffee table in an afternoon with two people. We were able to get 20 chefs, locations, speakers, and all the details together with our small planning crew. Now we have to take this concept to the next level. We need to build a team. Sunday will be focused on brainstorming and planning for the next events. We want to roll out something larger, more pervasive, more inclusive, and stronger. We need more hands on deck. People who can carry out different aspects of planning and organizing, and don’t worry if you don’t have experience doing this before. Come, bring your ideas and add to the discussion. We have grown exponentially in the last few months, and the growth is continuing to snowball. Now we want to get more people engaged and take the message to the next level. This is a really exciting time in the beginning stages of a promising movement. Come! and Share the event! See you Sunday in West Philly!


Mayor-elect Jim Kenney and the Possibility of a Petrochemical Hub in Philly

Power Shift
by Heather Shayne Blakeslee

On Nov. 3, the day before Mayor-elect Jim Kenney officially won his post, he started his public appearances for the day at South Philadelphia’s Barbacoa, the former spot of Vegan Commissary at 1703 S. 11th Street. The tiny restaurant was filled with a few Latino families with kids in tow, a smattering of restaurant owners and workers and a handful of press. Nominally, it was a campaign stop, but it’s likely that most everyone crammed into the colorful space and taking in the smells of a lunch being prepared knew that the election was a foregone conclusion—that they were literally rubbing elbows with next mayor of Philadelphia.

The hosts were Barbacoa co-owners Benjamin Miller and Cristina Martinez, a married couple who operated a food truck before their booming business sent them looking for a permanent location. They opened their restaurant this year on the Fourth of July.
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South Philly Barbacoa’s Benjamin Miller Hosting Right to Work Events

South Philly Barbacoa’s Benjamin Miller Hosting Right to Work Events

South Philly Barbacoa’s Benjamin Miller has been a vocal supporter of immigrant restaurant workers and he is going to be hosting a series of events to raise awareness and show solidarity with those unable to work legally in the United States. On Monday, November 30th, he is hosting a dinner upstairs at Nomad Pizza. The event will begin at 6:30 with a meet-and-greet, dinner, presentations and live music.

A donation is requested for the dinner and the event will be capped at 50 people. Chefs Nick Macri (La Divisa Meats), Calvin Okunoye (Restaurant Opportunities Center), Cristina Martinez (South Philly Barbacoa) and Elijah Milligan (H2o Kitchen).

Reservations will be accepted starting at noon on Monday, November 16th. Watch the Facebook page for a number to call.
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South Philly Chef’s Special: Immigration Reform

POSTED: October 14, 2015

Cristina Martinez arrives at work at 4 a.m., ties a white apron high across her chest, and starts preparing a lamb cooked in vapor for 10 hours.

An hour later, she and her husband, Ben Miller, open their South Philadelphia restaurant, Barbacoa, serving premium tacos – and hefty sides of activism – in their bid to mobilize restaurateurs on behalf of the many undocumented immigrants who work in America’s kitchens.
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