‘Sanctuary Restaurants’ Movement to Promote Hate-Free Workplaces

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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.

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

Black Star Coop
7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752

Bob’s Clam Hut
315 US-1 Kittery ME 03904

Bon Me

Bread & Salt Hospitality
Boston, MA

Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

COLORS – Michigan
Detroit 311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

COLORS – New York
Relocated to 178 Stanton Street in January 2017

Diner NYC
5 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11249

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

25 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
3361 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

La Palapa
77 Saint Marks Place New York, NY 10003

L’Oca d’Oro
1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Lil’s Cafe
7 Wallingford Square, #106 Kittery, ME 03904

Russell Street Deli
2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

South Philly Barbacoa
703 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Table Green Cafe
The Battery, Lower Manhattan

The Green Table
Chelsea Market, Main Concourse 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Zingerman’s Deli
422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Zingerman’s Bakehouse
3711 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
8540 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI 48130

Zingerman’s Creamery
3723 Plaza Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


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.


Featured image: Tim McLaren/Flickr

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