Minnesota restaurants step up to support legal aid for immigrants and refugees


Pizza Nea is involved in a Small Business Against Hate Coalition that is forming around the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy of Pizza Nea Facebook Page

Individuals and organizations providing legal representation for immigrants and refugees have been very busy lately. Stretched thin for resources, legal and advocacy groups need more funding than ever to help defend people caught up in deportation and immigration battles.

On March 15, area restaurants and retail establishments are stepping up to help the cause.

Across Minnesota, select businesses will pledge a portion of proceeds from that day’s sales to go to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, which provides legal representation for low-income immigrants and refugees throughout Minnesota.

A large number of local restaurants recently participated in a Day Without Immigrants, a national day of protest to send a message to consumers about what it would be like to to live in a world without immigrant labor. As demonstrated on that day, restaurants across the nation rely heavily on immigrant labor to function.

The March 15 campaign is led by grassroots activism group Minnesota Small Businesses United. Participating restaurants include:

Sen Yai Sen Lek
Milkjam Creamery
World Street Kitchen
Honey & Rye
Pizza Nea
Common Roots Cafe

Watch the Restaurants Rising page to find out about additional participating businesses. 

Interested restaurants are invited to a planning meeting tonight, Monday March 6, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Beez Kneez, 2204 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis. 

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