Over 1,000 New York City Bodegas Will Close On Thursday To Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban

Organizers in the city’s Yemeni community have also planned a meeting on Thursday evening to “share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved ones.”

Over 1,000 New York City Bodegas Will Close On Thursday To Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Yemeni store owners in New York City will shut down over 1,000 stores across the city on Thursday to protest Donald Trump's recent executive orders, barring travel and immigration from Yemen and six other countries with majority-Muslim populations, BuzzFeed points out.

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“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,” organizers wrote on Facebook. "During the shutdown, grocery store owners will spend time with their families and loved ones to support each other; many of these families have been directly affected by the Ban.”

Stores participating in the strike will be closed from 12-8 p.m. on Thursday and organizers have planned a meeting on Thursday evening at Brooklyn Borough Hall, where “merchants will share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved ones,” and "stories read on behalf of families who are afraid to come forward.”

February 01, 2017
Over 1,000 New York City Bodegas Will Close On Thursday To Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban