18 + Ferron Salniker
/ Mezcal Community Update
Welcome to our very first remote recording! Joining us is Ferron Salniker, a freelance journalist and events manager for Mezcalistas. We thought it would be good to check in with Ferron and see how the industry is adapting to this new #stayhome quarantine world. We discuss the current state of the pandemic in LA and NY including the repercussions we are seeing in the industry so far. Ferron shares information about Mezcalistas' new virtual programming called Conversations in Agave.
We took the opportunity to discuss two of Ferron's recently published articles for Life and Thyme Magazine:
Life and Thyme is now offering free memberships for folks in the industry! Sign up HERE.
We are using this episode's webpage as a resource database with links to different organizations that can help people in need - everyone from service and hospitality workers as well as our undocumented friends. Please feel free to email us with other resources you think would be helpful. We will update it regularly.
Resources (updated 6/1/20)
No Us Without You! - an LA based organization that feeds undocumented workers who are the backbone of the hospitality industry.
serviceindustry.tips - a really cool tool that randomly connects you to a hospitality worker's venmo or cash app acct. "Every time you have a drink or meal at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App."
Eater - "A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers."
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation - "Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency."
Make the Road NY- "COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide direct support to our most vulnerable workers and low-income immigrant families, and to organize to ensure they are not left out of government solutions."
National Domestic Workers Alliance - CORONAVIRUS CARE FUND "The National Domestic Workers Alliance is working to slow the spread of the virus by providing emergency assistance for domestic workers that enables them to stay home and healthy."
New York State Youth Leadership Council - Emergency Funds
United We Dream- Lists clinics by State - "Undocumented people are welcome and will not be turned away from free/low-cost clinics."
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund - "We are providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns."
Oyster Sunday - "Covid 19 resources, guidelines and best practices for hospitality service."
Informed Immigrant - "Resources for Immigrants during the coronavirus crisis."
Lorena Terán Ibarra is the director of Copita Project for El Buho Mezcal where she leads the regenerative agriculture and educational programs.
Initiated by the founders of El Buho, the Copita Project seeks to replenish and preserve the balance of the natural environment while planting cultivated and semi-cultivated agaves.