May 1st: Downtown Art, 70 East Fourth St. New York, NY 10003
South Phily Barbacoa, coinciding with International Workers’ Day and #ADayWithoutImmigrants on May 1st, 2017, will be expanding our #Right2Work dinner series outside of Philadelphia in New York City! RSVP for this donation-based dinner here.
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. 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. Philadelphia’s own resolution and will be up for vote on Thursday, April 27th ahead of the dinner!
The evening, held at Downtown Art‘s beautiful theater on the Lower East Side, will commence with feminist educator and writer Lauren Chief Elk as emcee, a short film introduction to the #Right2Work dinner series from filmmaker Byron Karabatsos, and a musical performance of selections composed exclusively for the evening by NYC saxophonist and composer Maria Grand’s DiaTribe.
The panel discussion on the current state of undocumented workers’ rights will be hosted by Zahira Kelly, an NYC-based writer, artist, award-winning sociocultural critic and feature Jennifer Lee, director of the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University, Tunde Wey, undocumented celebrity Nigerian chef, and a member of Cosecha, who have been campaigning for the May Day strike and will be joining us to talk about their movement’s strategy and actions.
The dinner will be a collaboration between chefs Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa (PHL) and Chef Carolina Saavendra of La Morada (NYC), Chef Harold Villarosa of Maison Pickle (NYC), Chef Kurt Evans of Route 23 (PHL), Chef Valerie Erwin formerly of Geechee Girl Rice Café (PHL) and Yewande Komolafe of recipe development lab and independent test kitchen space Four Salt Spoons (NYC) who will be collaborating with panelist Tunde Wey (New Orleans).
Drinks will be sponsored by St. Germain.
This dinner is 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.