Bodegas are the pulse that keeps New York City running like a well-oiled machine. They offer a pick-me-up, last-minute essentials, and no-nonsense efficiency for thousands of New Yorkers all throughout the day, seven days a week.
We should never take them for granted, and we should have their backs if they feel they are being threatened. No one understands this better than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who showed her support after the Yemini-owned stores and delis called for a boycott of the New York Post.
On Thursday, the Post featured a cover of the World Trade Center under attack coupled with a quote from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent speech, saying, “some people did something.”
But her March 23rd speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was about the discrimination Muslims in America face since 9/11, and her out-of-context quote on the Post was an egregious move.
I’m aghast that the NY Post would use this photo — the moment of death of hundreds of my fellow NYers — to score a cheap political point.
This is beyond grotesque. It’s shameful. pic.twitter.com/dxrIEWC62B
— Dan Lavoie (@djlavoie) April 11, 2019
The publication featured a scathing editorial slamming the freshman Representative, implying that she minimized the heinous terrorist attack, and incited a bashing of the Muslim congresswoman on social media.
"Omar’s cavalier brushing off of the murder of thousands of innocents on 9/11 should shock all Americans, Muslims included."
NYPost editorial today. https://t.co/tJPd9Vm5xh
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) April 11, 2019
On Saturday, the Yemeni American Merchants Association, which owns 1,000s of bodegas and delis, launched a boycott of the publication in response to Thursday’s issue.
The YAMA accused the Post of provoking “hatred” and added that the cover “aims to harm Omar.”
“This rhetoric threatens the safety and wellbeing of Omar, Muslim leaders, and the larger Muslim American community at a time when Islamophobia is at an all-time high.”
Join @YAMAMerchants, partners and allies to release their demands at a press conference!
Who: Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA)
What: Yemeni American Bodega and Delis Owners Boycott the NY Post
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Where: News Corp 1211 Avenue of the Americas pic.twitter.com/3pRUohMFL2
— YAMAbodegastrikebaby (@YAMAMerchants) April 14, 2019
The organization called for “all Yemeni American bodega and deli owners” and “our community and allies across New York City” to stop circulating the Post on their newsstands.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a reminder on Saturday, saying that the boycott wasn’t the first time the YAMA took action against discrimination.
“Two years ago, Bodega owners across NYC (& cheered by neighbors)shut their shops citywide to protest Trump’s
“Today, that same community is banding together to reject sales of the NY Post at bodegas citywide.”
“This is what real unity (& NYC solidarity) looks like.”
Two years ago, Bodega owners across NYC (& cheered by neighbors)shut their shops citywide to protest Trump’s #MuslimBan.
Today, that same community is banding together to reject sales of the NY Post at bodegas citywide.
This is what real unity (& NYC solidarity) looks like ⬇️ https://t.co/mj8vtA4Pv5
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 13, 2019
People agreed with one user saying we should hit “capitalist fascists” where it hurts.
I think a nation wide "No Shopping Day" could scare the bejesus out of the capitalist fascists currently in power. Money is all they care about. Wield your economic power
— maggie wilson (@MaggieGranny) April 13, 2019
— Sergio Siano (@sianoresist) April 13, 2019
It may seem minuscule but boycotts can be effective, as pointed out by this user.
These boycotts can and do work – i offer the story of the city of Liverpool in the UK and the Murdoch tabloid The Sun. https://t.co/IVzef1dKPD
— Rob Cave (@notbbcnews24) April 14, 2019
Who is friends with @realDonaldTrump at the @nypost and do they not realize that #NYC is special because we get to spend time with people from all over the world, including #Muslims who make many parts of the #NY economy run smoothly? #RejectHate
— Joanna M Meyer (@JoannaMMeyer) April 13, 2019
Ayyad Algabyali, the merchant association’s director of advocacy, told The Guardian that the boycott could be a permanent one.
“It’s not the first time that the New York Post basically spreads hate and fear in their newspapers. This might be for good.”