Bodega owners across New York City are planning to shutter their stores on Thursday to protest Trump’s immigration ban.
“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 organizers of the event wrote on their Facebook page.
According to a Buzzfeed News Story, the bodegas, which are mainly run by Yemeni-Americans, will close their stores from 12-8pm on Thursday in protest of Trump’s latest executive order. After the bodega shutdown, the organizers plan to hold a rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Yemeni grocery store owners across NYC are closing over 1,000 stores (!) tomorrow from 12-8 in response to the Muslim ban. Allahu Akbar!
— (((Asad))) (@DandiaAsad) February 1, 2017
I’ve lived in New York City all my life and I can not recall a single day where a bodega was closed – well OK, maybe during a blizzard, but even then it’s rare and not something you often see in the city. For them to be closing their shops, even for a few hours, shows just how damaging Trump’s presidency has been so far.