The 31 immigrant workers of Tom Cat Bakery, who faced termination if they did not provide documents proving they can legally work, have initiated a “Day Without Bread” campaign for April 21. Friday marks their last day on the job and they will spend it protesting outside the Long Island City bakery, reports Hannah Wulkan of LIC Post. They’re encouraging businesses and patrons to not sell or eat bread that day.
“We’re taking a stand not just for our families, but for millions of immigrants across New York and the country who are striving for a better life – the same one that we fought so hard to achieve,” said Henry Rivera, a worker at Tom Cat Bakery. “By speaking out, we are hoping to inspire people across the city to take a stand for a more fair and humane immigration policy.”
BKLYNER’s Chris Farrell reports that two businesses in Brooklyn are supporting the initiative: Samesa in Williamsburg and Harvest & Revel caterers in Bed-Stuy.
Brothers Max and Eli Sussman said their inspiration for Samesa was “hole-in-the-wall falafel joints, halal trucks and Middle Eastern restaurants” where they grew up in Southeast Michigan, home to a significant immigrant population.
Both business will give a portion of their sales to a fundraiser set up on behalf of Brandworkers, a labor advocacy nonprofit to which the workers belong.