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"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist,
every minute a chance to change the world."
                                                                 - Dolores Huerta, Labor Organizer.
                                                                   Farm Worker’s Union, 1960’s
In This Newsletter:
  • Current Social Movements: The Fight for our Rights
  • Upcoming Workers Rights Webinar - June 16th, 12 noon
  • Sexual Harassment Survey Update

It's June and the continual shifts of change and uncertainty are growing. Philly began the "yellow phase" of reopening on June 5th (city guidelines here). Many food service and hospitality workers are afraid of what they'll be returning to, or even if they will be returning to a job at all. With the COVID-19 pandemic still active, the workplace won't look the same for quite some time.

At the same time we're witnessing one of the most powerful uprisings of the Movement for Black Liberation in recent times. This movement has a deep history that dates back hundreds of years, and the recent protests  have touched people worldwide. Many can connect to the experience of oppression and systemic racism. As a country and a world we're seeing the intersections of marginalized groups, which is leading to more powerful uprisings.

Simultaneously the Labor Rights Movement has been building in collective action to fight for the rights of workers, with some workers pointing to COVID-19 as a catalyst. Once scared employees, are shattering their silence as they realize they have nothing left to lose.  We see leaders rising, such as workers from Hungry Pigeon, Milk & Honey, and the local Sanitation and Streets Department. We're witnessing the rise of self-empowerment, solidarity, and bystander intervention by workers, with the aim to create safer, harassment-free workplaces. This is a vision that CRSH shares deeply. We're inspired by the brave Black and Indigenous People of Color, protestors, and workers whose actions are connected to our collective struggles.

This inspiration has fueled our latest webinar focused on educating workers on their rights as the city reopens. We hope to continue to build community solidarity through this event, and answer pressing questions for workers.




We’ll be coming to you soon with the results of our survey of over 100 workers from the service industry about their experiences with sexual harassment. We're eager to share the perspectives of survivors/victims as well as the solutions their stories point to.

As more and more food service workplaces reopen, we think it is crucial to think about workplace safety holistically. COVID-19 presents countless safety concerns for food service workers. Layered onto the dangers of the virus are the inequalities that are part of the very structure of restaurants and hospitality. Our survey confirmed just how widespread sexual harassment is in this industry, and we know its intersection with other systems of oppression can make work a dangerous place for Black and Indigenous People of Color, Immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ people every day. The goals of building consent-based work cultures and safer workplaces more broadly are deeply intertwined.

Stay tuned and join us in reimagining what safety at work can mean, in all senses of the word.



The Coalition for Restaurant Safety & Health (CRSH) is a group of service workers and allies organizing to create safer work cultures.

Our mission is to provide employers and employees in the food service & hospitality industries with the support necessary to prevent and eradicate sexual harassment in their workplaces. We believe a workplace free of sexual harassment and dehumanizing treatment is needed to ensure the values of dignity, respect and hospitality in our society.

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