A Day Without Immigrants

Friday, 2.17 Update

Because of your efforts to support #DayWithoutImmigrants yesterday, we are donating $4,310.15 to The Advocates for Human Rights, and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. Thank you to our community of members, friends, and employees.

To our neighbors who are facing uncertainty: We stand with you. We stand for you. And we won’t stop. To do great things and realize the potential of our humanity, we must do so together.


Thursday, 2.16

Today, numerous organizations and individuals are mobilizing for “A Day Without Immigrants” to show the value that immigrants provide to our communities. Some local businesses are closing or modifying their operations as part of a Day Without Immigrants to highlight the positive effect of immigrants on our communities and convey support for immigrants and opposition to dehumanizing, unfair, and counterproductive immigration policies. Fair State stands with these organizations, and we encourage our community of member-owners and beer lovers to do the same.

We founded Fair State to generate social capital in our community – we wanted to build a brewery that fully recognized that our communities are strongest when we build together. As a brewery, we have the unique pleasure of being in the business of producing a beverage that unites people in celebration and fosters community through conversation. Beer is central to that core concept of civilization – that in order to do great things and realize the potential of our humanity, we must do so together. This is why it is incumbent on us to fundamentally resist any policies that reject the core humanity of our friends and neighbors, that pit us against each other, and that seek to tear our communities apart rather than build them up.

This is why today Fair State is taking action. We will remain open because we believe that our mission of building a community can best be served by remaining a place for people to gather. Instead of closing, we will be actively supporting two local organizations that provide much needed legal assistance to immigrants and those seeking asylum: The Advocates for Human Rights, and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. We have encouraged all of our employees to donate their day’s wages to one of these organizations, and Fair State itself will match these donations. We want to encourage all of you to support these causes as well. We have set up a donation page – all donations will go to support those two organizations. Also, Member-Owners will receive the usual Happy Hour pricing all day.  They have the option to pay the regular price and have the discount difference go towards today’s cause, and Fair State will match these donations.

Finally, Central & Lowry is one of the finest culinary hubs in the Twin Cities. Many of the restaurants in our community are owned, managed, and staffed by immigrants. We want to encourage all of you to support these restaurants, whether or not they choose to close today.  You can find a complete list of these businesses here.