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March 20, 2017

Philly restaurants to participate in another day of closings to support U.S. immigrants

Donations sought to help businesses cover profit loss

At least half a dozen Philadelphia restaurants have vowed to close on May 1 to protest President Donald Trump's policies impacting immigrants and immigration.

The day of closings in solidarity with U.S. immigrant workers follows the agenda and mission of the national  “A Day Without Immigrants” demonstrations held Feb. 16.

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But this time, prospective participants are being given more advance notice enabling them and their employers to plan for, among other things, potential loss of revenue.

The Philadelphia-based group Popular Alliance for Undocumented Worker's Rights, is keeping a running list of restaurants in the city planning to close that day, which also happens to be International Workers' Day.

Organizers with PAUWR, founded by South Philly Barbacoa owners Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez, the latter an undocumented immigrant, are also hand-delivering donation boxes for participating restaurants to put out in advance of the May 1 closings where patrons can make donations to help cover any financial losses.

The group said it's also planning a party for participants on that day.

Learn more at PAUWR.