Cutting off nose to spite face: New York City bodegas will shut down to protest the immigration ban

Cutting off nose to spite face: New York City bodegas will shut down to protest the immigration ban
Image: YouTube screen grab via Swagger New York

[Ed. – Also called cutting off your nose to spite your face.]

Days after New York yellow cab drivers went on strike to protest President Trump’s executive order on immigration, another community of immigrants central to the life of the city are planning a strike of their own. Bodega owners — a trade where Yemeni-Americans are well-represented in New York City — plan to close their doors on Thursday to show their opposition to the ban.

The strike is planned from 12–8 p.m., so morning coffee and egg-and-cheeses will be be unaffected. Organizers say more than 1,000 Yemeni-American grocery store owners across the five boroughs plan to participate.

Yemeni-Americans have a heavy presence in the New York bodega scene, and many have family members still in the process of applying for residency whose visa applications are now on hold.

“This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric,” the strike organizers wrote on Facebook.

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