“Everyone loves Mexican food, but not the worker,” says Yajaira Saavedra, 29. Outspoken, direct, and passionate, Saavedra does not let her undocumented status silence her.
She stands behind a host podium, her cheeks pushed against the rim of her large glasses frames as she smiles and welcomes customers to La Morada, her family’s Oaxacan restaurant on Alexander Avenue.
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The restaurant spells out the family’s political views from the front door, which reads ‘Oaxaca Resiste,’ and inside where a collage of stickers reads ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Don’t Frack’.
The restaurant feels like a family living room with Oaxacan mortars, black pottery, and a wall filled with books, an informal community lending library. On a Saturday night, tables for four overflow with extra chairs, friends and family
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