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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW


ROC United, Presente.org, COLORS Restaurants, and Other Restaurants Announce the Sanctuary Restaurants Movement To Resist Hate And Harassment In Restaurant Industry

Jan. 4, 2017

New York–A joint project of ROC United and Presente.org, with participation by COLORS Restaurants and dozens of others around the nation, the Sanctuary Restaurants movement offers support and resources to restaurant workers, employers and consumers impacted by hostile policies and actions, including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI people and others.

Sanctuary Restaurants:
- Do not allow any harassment of any individual based on immigrant/refugee status, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation to occur in their restaurant
- Place a prominent "SANCTUARY RESTAURANTS: A Place At the Table for Everyone" sign in the establishment
- Offer or obtain informational support through ROC United
- Participate in a peer network to exchange ideas and strategies for protecting targeted workers
- Experience increased patronage and support through a outreach partnership between ROC United and Presente.org

“In full partnership with Presente.org, we are launching Sanctuary Restaurants because restaurant workers are on the front lines of discrimination and hate in America. While the restaurant industry suffers from a labor shortage, anti-immigrant and sexist rhetoric is now commonplace. Sanctuary Restaurants seeks to create the world we want - establishments free from hate and discrimination, where everyone has a seat at the table,” says ROC United Co-founder and Co-director Saru Jayaraman.

"The stakes have never been higher and wherever others normalize white supremacy and hate, we will organize and resist,” explains Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente.org. "The Sanctuary Restaurant Movement will provide protections for targeted workers and elevate and celebrate restaurants that commit to resist the draconian, anti-immigration efforts of the incoming administration. Presente.org is excited to partner with ROC United on this ambitious plan to organize and empower Latinxs to take a stand against xenophobia and hate across the country.”

Read the open letter to President-elect Trump from ROC’s restaurant industry peer group RAISE and signed by restaurant owners and industry leaders at http://rocunited.org/2016/11/restaurant-owners-support-immigrants/

More about the Sanctuary Restaurants movement:
Dozens of restaurants have signed on to be a safe space, with a zero tolerance policy for racism, sexism or xenophobia. Sanctuary Restaurants believe that there is a place at the table for everyone. Found online at www.sanctuaryrestaurants.org, a sample of inaugural Sanctuary Restaurants are as follows:

Birchwood Cafe  3311 East 25th Street Minneapolis MN 55406 http://birchwoodcafe.com

Black Star Coop  7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752 http://www.blackstar.coop

Bob's Clam Hut  315 US-1 Kittery ME 03904 http://www.bobsclamhut.com

Bon Me  @bonme http://www.bonmetruck.com

Bread & Salt Hospitality  Boston, MA @breadandsalthospitality

Butter Bakery Cafe  3700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409 http://butterbakerycafe.com

COLORS - Michigan Detroit 311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 http://www.colorsrestaurantdet.com

COLORS - New York Relocated to 178 Stanton Street in January, 2017 http://www.colorsrestaurantnyc.com

Diner NYC  5 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11249 http://dinernyc.com

Duzan Mediterranean Grill 2411 Steinway Street Long Island City, New York 11103

Gyst  25 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404 http://gystmpls.com

Honey Butter Fried Chicken  3361 N. Elston Ave.Chicago, IL 60618 http://www.honeybutter.com

La Palapa  77 Saint Marks Place New York, NY 10003 http://lapalapa.com

L’Oca d’Oro 1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723 http://locadoroaustin.com

Lil’s Cafe  7 Wallingford Square, #106 Kittery, ME 03904 http://www.lilscafe.com

Russell Street Deli  2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 http://russellstreetdeli.com

South Philly Barbacoa  703 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 http://www.southphillybarbacoa.com

Table Green Cafe  The Battery, Lower Manhattan http://www.cleaverco.com/table-green

The Green Table  Chelsea Market, Main Concourse 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 http://www.cleaverco.com/green-table

Zingerman's Deli  422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 http://zingermansdeli.com

Zingerman’s Bakehouse  3711 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 http://zingermansbakehouse.com

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms  8540 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI 48130 https://www.zingermanscornmanfarms.com  

Zingerman’s Creamery  3723 Plaza Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 https://www.zingermanscreamery.com

Zingerman’s Roadhouse  2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 http://zingermansroadhouse.com


Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has 18,000 worker-members, 200 restaurant employer members, and several thousand consumer members in 15 states in the U.S., winning 15 worker-led campaigns, recovering $10 million in stolen tips and wages. Read more about Saru Jayaraman’s new book Forked: A New Standard for American Dining at forkedthebook.com

Presente.org is the largest national Latinx online organization advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.