Immigrants Strike Day Hits Brooklyn Businesses

Fort Green's La Pequena closed for the Day Without Immigrants strike. Photo by Steve Sherman

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    You may notice businesses shut today in support of the national “Day Without Immigrants” strike.

    La Pequeña, the Mexican restaurant at 86 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, is closed. A big banner over the windows announces “Un Dia Sin Immigrantes” with a raised fist symbol. A Brownstoner reader sent in the above photo.

    Dough Doughnuts announced its stores in Bed Stuy, at 448 Lafayette Avenue, and Manhattan will be closed today “in support of our staff.”

    Brooklyn Heights Italian restaurant Sociale is closed today and posted a photo of some of their staff standing in front of a flyer at the restaurant, at 72 Henry Street.

    Blue Ribbon posted on Instagram their freestanding New York City locations will be closed today, including Blue Ribbon at 280 5th Avenue in Park Slope.

    The strike follows earlier ones by New York City taxi drivers and Yemeni bodega owners over the Muslim ban. A general strike is planned for Friday, February 17, and a women’s strike, called “A Day Without A Woman” organized by the group behind the Women’s March on Washington, is planned for March 8.

    Have you seen other Brooklyn businesses close their doors for the strike?

    We will be closed Thursday February 16th in our Stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn in support of our staff. We will reopen on Friday February 17th. Photo by @jleeeeeats #doughbrooklyn #doughdoughnuts #doughnuts #donuts #doughnyc

    We have made the decision to close the majority of our restaurants in NYC (Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Brooklyn, Sushi, Sushi Bar & Grill, Sushi Izakaya, Hi-Bar, and Downing Street Bar) tomorrow, 2/16 in solidarity with the #ADayWithoutImmigrants protests. We stand 100% behind our employees – whether they are immigrants or born in America, back of house or front of house. When employees who haven’t missed a day of work in nearly 25 years come to you and ask for a day off to march against injustice, the answer is easy. #ImmigrantsFeedAmerica @chefjoseandres
    In support of our staff members protesting as part of "A Day Without Immigrants", Dziupla will be closed tomorrow. We are proud to stand with the individuals and businesses participating in this boycott, yet immensely saddened that a protest of this nature is even a necessity. Our restaurant, our city—our very nation was built by hardworking immigrants. We are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of immigrants. They are our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. WE are immigrants. And we are all Americans. We urge everyone in our community of Williamsburg and beyond to support our Latino and immigrant neighbors participating in tomorrow’s crucial boycott. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope we have your understanding. #ADayWithoutImmigrants #SpreadLoveItsTheBrooklynWay

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