Why NYC Bodegas Are Shut Down Today

source: Instagram

Thinking about hitting up your local bodega after work today? Think again.

Yemeni-American bodega owners are closing their doors today as an act of protest against Trump’s Muslim ban. According to ATTN:, around 1,000 stores are expected to strike. The press release explained,

“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. 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.”

The strike is a grassroots movement and was formed via word of mouth. One local organizer told ATTN:,

“The Yemeni-American community really needs this space to get together really just support each other, and support others who are experiencing the devastating impacts of this ban.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are currently more than 41,000 Yeminis living in the U.S.

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