April 26th, 2016 – Philadelphia Neighborhoods – Words, images and video 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.
For the couple, there is a personal connection to the issue.
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(People’s Alliance for Undocumented Workers Rights) advocates for justice, equality, and dignity for undocumented restaurant workers by raising public awareness and educating workers to achieve fair immigration laws and policies.
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 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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