We are so excited to welcome Tortilla Semilla into our Incubator program- making delicious, authentic tortillas! Their story revolves around three worker-owners and dedicated community organizers associated with Colectivo Semilla, the birthplace of their cooperative endeavors. These individuals advocate passionately for migrant and working families` rights, employing their roles as cooks, entrepreneurs, and activists to nourish their community and drive social change.
During the pandemic, Colectivo Semilla stepped up, distributing food and financial aid across New Haven, sparking the concept of an immigrant-run cooperative. After extensive deliberation, a consensus emerged—they would establish a tortilla shop, crafting their tortillas exclusively from 100% heirloom corn.
Their tortillería now stands as a sibling organization to Colectivo Semilla, with all three worker-owners retaining active roles within the collective. Their collective dream remains steadfast—to champion the rights of working, migrant, and indigenous communities.
Their efforts extend beyond economic endeavors. Through Colectivo Semilla, they host traditional Son Jarocho dance workshops, providing both cultural enrichment and political engagement opportunities. Utilizing the verses of these traditional songs, they promote social causes and foster political awareness through popular education.
Politically engaged, these worker owners actively participate in the Husky 4 Immigrants Coalition via Colectivo Semilla, striving to broaden health insurance access for immigrants in Connecticut, irrespective of their legal status. Their activities encompass neighborhood outreach, door-to-door initiatives, and rallying for their cause.
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