Eat tacos Friday to support restaurants closed for Day Without Immigrants

Meanwhile, dozens of people marched in Beechview to support Pittsburgh’s Latino and immigrant communities.

Dozens march in Beechview for a Day Without Immigrants

Dozens march in Beechview for a Day Without Immigrants

Jasmine Goldband
Sarah Anne Hughes

Updated 3:28 p.m.

As dozens of people marched in Beechview on Thursday to support Pittsburgh’s Latino communities, others are planning to show their support for a Day Without Immigrants in another way Friday: by eating tacos.

“First of all, I love tacos,” said Matthew Buchholz, the man behind the event, which encourages people to patronize Pittsburgh restaurants closed Thursday to protest Trump’s immigration actions.

But as a small business owner himself — Buchholz is behind the pop art company Alternate Histories — he said he knows that one of the best ways to show support “is to speak with your dollars.”

“I know for a lot of businesses like this it’s always a question of do you take a political action and do you take a political risk alienating some customers,” he said.

At least five restaurants in Pittsburgh are closed Thursday to protest the Trump administration’s harsh policies toward immigrants: Bea Taco Town, Chicken Latino, Edgar’s Best Tacos, La Palapa and Las Palmas (which has been the target of racist vandalism).

In Beechview, a hub for Pittsburgh’s Latino community, dozens of people marched Thursday morning chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here!”

A Day Without Immigrants doesn’t appear to have a central organizer, but it’s spread across the country. More than a dozen restaurants in Philadelphia are closed today, while that number is closer to 100 in D.C.

“In some ways,” Buchholz said, “it’s more impressive and more important to do it in a city like [Pittsburgh], where people’s minds could be changed or not everyone might agree with what you’re doing, but it’s still important to make that stand.”

That’s why it’s also important for Buchholz and his friends who agree with the message behind the protest “to get out and say, ‘We support this,'” he said. “‘I want to buy your tacos now. I want to come into your restaurant. I want to make sure you understand we support these actions.'”