Blog 4

José Andrés is a high-profile chef who decided to close his restaurants in Washington DC in honor of the Day Without Immigrants strike. Another chef, Rick Bayless shut down four restaurants in Chicago for the day. Both of these sources are good because they are first-hand accounts. The chefs are adding to the impact of the protests by shutting down to support their employees who want to protest. However, I believe that NPR could have used their accounts more substantially to add value to the piece. For example, the author could have quoted them about any personal connection they have to the cause. A baker, Ahmad Erfani was born in Iran and grew up in France. He closed his bakery. His testimonial was key in this piece as France is not one of the countries that comes to mind when most people think about immigration. Unlike the chefs, he seems more connected to the cause as he is an immigrant and uses the word “we” when talking about the workers. To find these sources, the author, Bill Chappell probably found a list of businesses that were shutting down for the day.

The piece quotes another reporter who quotes LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Solis provides statistics. He talks about how integral immigrants are to Los Angeles not only socially and culturally, but also economically as he says that immigrants contribute about 40 percent of LA’s GDP. To find this source, the original author Danielle Karson probably talked to politicians in LA because of its large immigrant population.

The article shows a tweet from a teacher about how over half of her students stayed home the day of the protest. Her tweet was used to show that not only are adults involved in the protest, but so are children. Her testimony could have been more substantial had she been interviewed and quoted about how integral immigrants are to the community and her class room. To find this source, Chappell was probably looking for tweets related to the topic.


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