CHICAGO! This Friday March 3rd!
We’re excited to kick off our 2017-album release tour in Chi-Town.
For Denise, who left LA in her early 20’s and spent around two years in Chicago getting her Master’s Degree from Loyola University, the city always has a special place in her heart.
With a new album, new songs, and our Cafetera sister Leah having her 1st baby, this tour is full of new life! Our new album, “Tastes Like LA,” which tells personal stories of home, land, struggle & celebration will be released to the world on April 14th.
However, we’ll be selling physical CD’s at each show on the tour.
So, Chicago will be the 1st city to get their hands on our NEW ALBUM! : )
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Speaking of Friday’s show …
An issue with the venue’s restaurant was brought to our attention by some folks online & we wanted to respond. To start though, we just want to say that we are not from Chicago, so our perspective is limited.
Ok, so a busboy was fired from the Dusek’s restaurant, located on the Thalia Hall property where our show is to be held this Friday. Some said he was fired in retaliation for participating in the #ADayWithoutAnImmigrant March and Rally in Chicago.
As a group who believes in migrant rights and due process, we followed up on the situation to assess our next steps. We contacted our promoter, our agent and wanted to know as much about the situation as possible.
After checking in with multiple sources, reading an article on situation and checking in with the owner of Thalia Hall, we’ve decide to continue with our show at Thalia Hall.
In our humble understanding, it is clear to us that this was a complex situation with multiple layers that cannot be summed up to a mere “right vs. wrong” paradigm.
And it seems mistakes were made by both parties…
We learned that the youth was not “fired” for “attending the march,” he was instead let go for missing work without calling his employer. In doing so he violated an apparently standard “no call/no show” policy that reprimands workers for missing work without advising their boss, leaving their shift uncovered… Lots of jobs are like this, you don’t call in & don’t show up, you don’t have a job when you come back.
We also learned that the owner of Thalia Hall did 4 things in order to address the actions of his employee;
1) Organized a meeting with his upper management to assess the situation and recognize their wrong
2) Publically apologized for his company and took responsibility for his employee (the chef) blindly following the “no call/no work” policy & not taking a moment to recognize the importance of the march to the community, especially given all that’s happening.
3) Offered the youth, who was fired, his job back
4) Publically announced his support for the Latinx and immigrant community.
Conflict is never the problem, on the contrary, conflict is a normal part of life and work. We have conflicts in our band, in our families and in our communities. Conflict is not the problem, rather, it’s how we deal with the conflict that matters.
As community organizers who have worked in unions, youth organizations, female centered groups, autonomous spaces, and LGBTQ communities, we truly believe in restorative justice and forgiveness as tools to build a much more sincere and just community.
We honor the youth who risked his job to march for families. We also honor individuals and companies who recognize wrongdoing and work to be better.
Again, we’re not from Chicago, and would like to state that we are probably unaware of other dynamics that may be occurring in a city that is suffering from many of the same issues we are facing in Los Angeles (i.e. gentrification, attacks against immigrant, lack of accountability from city officials, etc.).
We respect anyone’s decision who decides not to come to our show on Friday because of their convictions. We want to thank everyone who made us aware of this situation so that we could thoroughly (to the best of our ability) assess the situation. We also hope that something constructive can be made of this moment.
We are living in difficult times, and in that spirit, we come to celebrate life and the struggle. We come to dance and to sing and to laugh. If you would like to join us … we welcome your spirit.
With Love & Solidarity,