Starting Tonight, Local Businesses Are Supporting Immigrant Community With Various Food-Related Events Through October | Food

Starting Tonight, Local Businesses Are Supporting Immigrant Community With Various Food-Related Events Through October


Triangle restaurants are no stranger to supporting urgent community causes. From the closing of restaurants during “A Day Without Immigrants” earlier this year to the rush of fundraisers to support victims of Hurricane Harvey just last week, local establishments are quick to mobilize.

It comes as no surprise that many are also rallying to support another group in crisis. Since the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA, by the Trump administration at the beginning of this month, area food businesses have been more than ready to show their support for DREAMers, or youth who had been given DACA permits to legally work, obtain a drivers license, and go to college. According to the Center for American Progress, more than 27,000 young people will be affected by the rescinding of DACA in the state of North Carolina.

Businesses including Cocoa Cinnamon and Fullsteam Brewery in Durham and Los Po’s Mexican Restaurant in Holly Springs have banded together with local organizations like Alerta Migratoria NC to raise funds to help local DREAMers and their families.

Tonight at Cocoa Cinnamon in Lakewood a “Noche Mexicana” from six to nine p.m. will raise funds to support the work of Alerta Migratoria NC, including supporting local DREAMers in deportation proceedings. The shop, which specializes in churros, will host a loteria game, or Mexican bingo, for one dollar per round.

Funds from a second fundraiser at Los Po’s in Holly Springs on Saturday will directly benefit those working to lobby for DACA; fifteen percent of the proceeds from meals served that day will be given to the Alerta Migratoria NC.

On October 8, Alerta Migratoria NC hosts its own festival in the Compare Foods parking lot on Avondale Road in Durham. It’s a real buffet for eaters seeking food from the Latinx diaspora, with treats like tacos, pupusas, elotes, paletas, and more all made with care by local community members.

On October 15 at Fullsteam Brewery, the Durham Vegan Bake Sale partners with Alerta Migratoria NC to raise more funds. Lauren Clarke, who organizes the sale twice a year, says she wanted to support a local community and “it felt particularly relevant and important given the recent announcement to end the DACA program.”

“One of my goals in founding the Durham Vegan Bake Sale was to use what I know and am good at to stand as a co-conspirator against oppression,” says Clarke. “Organizing these events where one hundred percent of the proceeds go toward organizations on the ground doing the work has been a great way to do that.”

Daniela Hernandez Blanco of Alerta Migratoria says that she thinks these events to support DACA and DREAMers will be the first of many for local organizations. Given the community’s past and present endeavors, we’re sure to see more in the future.

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