Uniting under #adaywithoutimmigrants, businesses across the nation remained closed today in powerful defiance of Trump’s crackdown on immigration. The protesters, enraged that Immigration and Customs officials reportedly arrested 680 immigrants last week, have been urging immigrant workers to stay home from work and school, and refrain from buying anything. The idea is to highlight how integral immigrants are to the backbone of the country by stalling economic contribution for one day. Close on the heels of Washington D.C., which became the epicenter of the strike/boycott, dozens of businesses across NYC will remain closed today. Most are, fittingly, restaurants– an industry largely dependent on immigrant employees.
Several restaurants owned by Blue Ribbon are shut for the day, though the East Village location of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken remains open. Tom Colicchio, of Top Chef fame, has kept his restaurants open, though he offers full support to any employees on strike.
Here are some of the businesses in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side closed today. If you know about others, inform us in the comments.
— Patacon Pisao (@PataconPisaoNYC) February 16, 2017
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