Coffee is political
Coffee is political.
Food is political.
Your damn clothing is political.
I would not be the person I am today without immigration.
If you follow me on social media or read my work on Medium, it should come as no surprise to you that I am vehemently opposed to the recently signed immigration executive order.
This weekend, there is a nationwide fundraiser for the ACLU with over 600 cafes participating.
“Like a hot mug of drip coffee spilled on a crisp white apron, these orders are a dark stain on our national conscience, and as Americans we feel compelled to stand up against them.” – Sprudge
Keep coffee out of politics!
But oh, did you not know that politics is already in every part of the coffee chain?
- The very history of cafes is rooted in political discourse
- Sustainability of the industry, in all forms – community, environment, farmworker rights, access to health care, coffee prices – all have ties to laws and politics
- Coffee pickers are migrant workers
I celebrated the Lunar New Year last weekend. It was bittersweet, as it also came on the weekend when protests erupted at many major airports around the US. I read about green card holders who were denied entrance, legal immigrants who were turned away and sent back home, and people who thought religious-based questioning at the border was legal.
I’m the daughter of immigrants.
I grew up eating my culture’s food and was shamed for it in the lunchroom. I didn’t have a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal (by traditional, I mean a turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole) until I was 21. We happily ate roast duck and braised pork belly.
I drink coffee that was picked by migrants’ hands. I eat food that was made by immigrants’ and refugees’ hands.
After all, without immigrants and refugees, you wouldn’t be able to exoticize our food or fetishize our bodies.
We are out of good filters
Our dark mugs collide