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Restaurants Are Becoming Sanctuaries for Immigrant Employees

Restaurants Are Becoming Sanctuaries for Immigrant Employees

Sanctuary restaurants are like sanctuary cities: They are safe places for undocumented immigrants to find work

With the unknown changes coming in the new presidential administration, restaurants are stepping up to help their employees.

The coming presidential administration has made no bones about tougher immigration policies. So the restaurant industry, which often relies on foreign-born employees, is stepping up.

A restaurant sanctuary movement has spread across the nation. Much like sanctuary cities, restaurants are pledging to “protect restaurant workers of all creeds, sexual orientation and immigration status” in the face of any strict Trump administration policies.

Members who sign up here pledge to disavow harassment of any kind and place a prominent “SANCTUARY RESTAURANTS: A Place At the Table for Everyone” sign in their restaurants, as well as participate in support networking that could help undocumented workers stay in the country.

“Our position is one of affirming our openness as a business and our need for all people to come and be a part of what we’re doing and sort of to show that divisive rhetoric doesn’t have a place in our businesses and that fundamentally it’s our job to set the tone and include all people who work here,” Leah Campbell, human resources and communications director of the Brooklyn eatery, Diner, told Kings County Politics.

A list of participating restaurants is available via the Restaurants Opportunities Centers United non-profit. The list includes Colors in Detroit, Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago, The Green Table at Chelsea Market in New York City, and Zingerman’s restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


&lsquoSanctuary Restaurants&rsquo Pledge to Protect Workers

Amid growing fears rippling throughout the restaurant industry—worries that minority workers could be detained, deported, or worse, targeted for violence—hundreds of owners and thousands of consumers are standing up to say there is a place at the table for everyone. In fact, that&aposs their motto.

Sanctuary Restaurants is a movement that aims to support and sustain inclusive environments for the workers and consumers of restaurants nationwide. Launched in January, it&aposs the brainchild of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Presente, two organizations that came together to address the industry&aposs staggering labor shortage and walked away with a plan to make everyone feel safe𠅊nd want to stay—on the job and in restaurants, explains ROC cofounder Saru Jayaraman.

Sanctuary Restaurants&apos motto𠅊 place at the table for everyone—is the promise employers, workers, and consumers make when they sign up to participate in the movement. Employers make a public declaration—with a sign in their establishment&aposs window—that they support a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, people of varying faiths and religions, races, abilities, and sexual orientation. They must follow through by informing workers of their rights and enforcing that safe space with employees and consumers alike.

Workers who participate pledge to become educated about their rights and their options, should they become the target of hate or harassment at their workplace, while consumers promise to patronize safe spaces, and be watchful while dining. In return, Sanctuary Restaurants provides resources, such as informational webinars and meetings, training, and legal counsel, should it be needed.

As of last count, the movement has more than 285 restaurant owners, 500 workers, and 10,000 consumers signed on to participate, Jayaraman says.

"It has been so inspiring to see the response, and so powerful to then see how this response makes a clear call for an end to racism, sexism, and xenophobia in the restaurant industry and beyond," says Presente executive director Matt Nelson, "how it pushes back on the attacks of the restaurant industry, and how it&aposs uniting thousands of workers, diners, and allies inside restaurants and out in the streets."

Sanctuary Restaurants’ launch preceded by weeks the "A Day Without Immigrants," a Feb. 16 protest that saw dozens of restaurants shutter in support of immigrants. That protest fought back against threats by the Trump administration to vet and deport immigrants immediately.

"There&aposs real leadership coming from the restaurant industry to show and create the type of inclusive and equitable world we all want to see and deserve," says Nelson.

Amali managing partner James Mallios was only too happy to join the fight through Sanctuary Restaurants. The son of immigrants—of a father who fled the Iron Curtain and a grandfather who absconded a military regime to make it to America—Mallios says he grew up surrounded by immigrants and the children of immigrants. "I grew up with that American dream very much imprinted on my psyche," he says.

For Mallios, standing with Sanctuary Restaurants is standing with the first line of defense against immigration policies he believes have no place in this country. But it&aposs also smart business to support immigrants and minorities, he admits. "There&aposs no line of American-born citizens waiting outside our door to do dishes," Mallios says.

Despite differences, in restaurants, people can find common ground to support an industry in which we all partake and enjoy, Nelson says. "Restaurants for many people are a home away from home—they&aposre a special place they can go and feel sustained, by great food and also by great communities," he says. There, people can feel safe "to have conversations about the critical issues of our time—they&aposre places you can come and ask the tough questions and have the difficult conversations."

Mallios agrees. "Sometimes you have to just say you give a s—t and be transparent and have conversations," he says. "It doesn’t&apos mean we&aposre always going to enjoy it or it&aposs what everyone wants to do or that we&aposll all agree on everything, but at least then people know we&aposre out there saying we care to be the best employer we can be."

You can learn more about Sanctuary Restaurants, as well as sign up to support the movement and find a map of Sanctuary Restaurants in your area, on this website.


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