Source: July Maury

“I fought to get more access for people with disabilities in this city…this Panera is one of the few places I can get into (with my wheelchair)… I don’t have the vaccine card so now even the places I can get into I can’t get into. I’m thirsty, I’m hungry and I can’t participate, I can’t give them my money. I want to give them my money and I can’t. This doesn’t make sense. This is a civil rights issue, a human rights issue.”

By Michael Kane

Unvaccinated NYC activists forced a Panera Bread in Manhattan to shut down yesterday when they demanded the restaurant serve them and allow them to sit and eat in the establishment. At least 50 police officers descended on Panera but ultimately did nothing as the owners of the establishment made the decision to shut it down before 6 pm when they regularly stay open till 10 pm.

Many police came on scooters. One individual told us they believe the outpouring of police could have been to provide an escort for activists if they chose to march after the sit-in. I can’t confirm this to be true or not, but I can confirm many NYPD officers are extremely supportive of NY Freedom Rally, TEACHERS FOR CHOICE, and the anti-mandate movement in general.

The entire action was live-streamed by and can be viewed in full here, filmed by Stephanie Edmonds who runs the platform TEACHING LIBERTY on Instagram. After the activists shut down the establishment, Edmonds stuck around to document that the store actually remained closed, live-streaming the pad-locked empty Panera being mopped up with dozens of police hanging around the establishment long after the action was complete. You can view that footage on Instagram here.

The protest was the brainchild of activist Ari Hasanaj who is also the founder of You can find him on Instagram at

The sit-in was also covered by Cafecito Break and you can watch their coverage on Instagram here. They were able to get some good footage of the dozens of NYPD Officers who came to the Panera.

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