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January 19, 2005

From Ashes of 911
A New Worker-Owned Restaurant

When the north tower collapsed on 9-11, seventy-three workers at the famed Windows on the World Restaurant died. But the survivors, in collaboration with the local restaurant union and other allies, came together to form a new organization, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), to advocate on behalf of the rights of restaurant workers in the city.

And one result of that effort is a new cooperatively-run restaurant owned by thirty-five of those largely immigrant Windows survivors and launched with the support of ROC.

The restaurant has raised a large part of its initial capital from the Italian cooperative movement, a nice sign of international worker solidarity.

I've done quite a bit of political work in support of ROC in the last two years, so I'm happy to see this new venture successfully moving forward.

Posted by Nathan at January 19, 2005 08:33 AM