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March 21, 2017

South Philly Barbacoa serving anti-Trump Mexican coffee

Sales will help fight U.S. anti-immigration policies

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Carroll - Leaky Coffee Cups Photo Illustration by Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Coffee drips from the seam of a paper cup.

Purchasing a simple cup of coffee at South Philly Barbacoa will help fight against the immigration policies President Donald Trump implemented earlier this year.

The owners of the wildly popular South Philadelphia taqueria, whose co-owner and chef Cristina Martinez is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, have taken a public stance against the president's policies impacting U.S. immigration, including organizing the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Worker's Rights.

The South Philly Barbacoa co-owners shared a post on the restaurant's Facebook page on Sunday explaining that the distributors of the Mexican coffee they sell have announced plans to “to help migrants persecuted by U.S. President Donald Trump.”

The article, by TeleSUR, goes on to explain that the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, EZLN, has partnered with international distributors of Zapatista coffee with a goal of funneling profits to support global pro-immigration resistance efforts, including providing financial assistance to U.S. deportees in Mexico.

In a comment thread on the Facebook post, South Philly Barbacoa defended selling and supporting the Zapatista coffee and its cause to a Facebook user who questioned the decision as spreading hate.