Dozens of restaurants have signed on to be a designated safe space for those feeling alienated by political rhetoric or policies, including immigrants, Muslims and LGBTQI people. Each restaurant that subscribes to the Sanctuary Restaurants movement has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for racism, sexism or xenophobia. They also boast prominent signage that reads: “SANCTUARY RESTAURANTS: A Place At the Table for Everyone.”
“While the restaurant industry suffers from a labor shortage, anti-immigrant and sexist rhetoric is now commonplace. Sanctuary Restaurants seeks to create the world we want: establishments free from hate and discrimination,” says ROC United co-founder Saru Jayaraman. With participation by COLORS Restaurants and dozens of others around the nation, the project is a joint effort of ROC United and Presente.org.