Educational Programming and Vegan Food at South Philly Barbacoa

South Philly Barbacoa has always been about more than just tacos. One of the most openly political restaurants in the city, owners Ben Miller and Christina Martinez have always used their food as a way to engage with the community and their community to try to affect change in the wider world.

So it’s really no surprise that they’ve begun using Monday nights as “teach-ins” at South Philly Barbacoa–bringing in a series of speakers for a program they’re calling “Justice and Agua Fresca”.

The program actually started a couple weeks ago with immigration lawyer David Bennion talking about open borders and percussionist Shakoor Sanders talking about his experiences working as a black musician in the United States and Europe. But it’s continuing every Monday night at 6pm at South Philly Barbacoa. In the next couple weeks, they’ll have Lauren Cheif Elk, co-founder of the Save Wiyabi Project, giving a talk called “#NotABacklog.” She’ll discuss policing and the non-profit industrial complex through the lens of untested rape kits. And on March 27, local farmer Ian Brendle will be in to give a talk on Big Ag and some of the laws surrounding organic food and sustainability.

$5 gets you in the door for all of the “Justice and Agua Fresca” events. All are welcome. And along with the education (and the agua fresca), everyone will get fed–vegan food and rice.

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