A former employee at Luca Restaurant in Lancaster, Graves posted a video last month on Instagram that criticized the restaurant’s lack of support for Black Lives Matter.

The restaurant debuted with nearly 70 seats and 20 employees. “We failed to listen and support them when they needed it most. We are currently formulating a long-term plan to create change within our community. Tom Wolf’s March 19 order for the closure of nonlife-sustaining businesses idled Old Glory Metal Working near Adamstown.

“The Lancaster Chamber stands with those committed to this critical, impactful, and positive change….”. Graves, also a 2016 McCaskey graduate, is a junior at Millersville University.

12.3k Followers, 1,765 Following, 557 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from LUCA (@luca_lancaster) Success! I want to support your business, and will be watching carefully to see if you back up your words with actions,” another comments. Each Monday, our digital team takes a look at last week’s top stories on LancasterOnline. Brian Graves, left, and Sobeida Rosa, Lancaster Changemakers Collective is a group of persons of color for persons of color created to engage and educate the POC community in Lancaster to make tangible changes, in Lancaster Thursday July 23, 2020. About 100 young people took part in a rally for Jacob Blake in Lancaster city on Wednesday evening. The backlash resulted in a two-week closure of the restaurant and pledges by the restaurant to "keep listening, continue learning and to use our platform to instill positive social change. Graves, 22, of Lancaster, is a McCaskey graduate and English major at Millersville University who started working at Luca in July. LUCA is a Wood-Fired Italian Kitchen in Lancaster, PA. We are inspired by the culinary traditions of Italy and rooted in the heritage of Lancaster county. “If you’re not going to publicly denounce racism, what does that say about you?” Graves said in the video, which is a recording of a dual live video from their respective Instagram accounts. In a livestream via Twitter, the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for its 30th annual restaurant, chef and media awards Monday af…. LUCA will no longer be on the sidelines when it comes to social injustice in our community. He was most recently a server. Join us in celebrating all week…” Our path forward began with reaching out to both Brian and Janelle apologizing. He was most recently a server. Editor's note: This story will be updated throughout the day. Rosa said the group also strives to do research and gather resources that people of color need to enact change because the time needed to do such research can often be a barrier. We failed to use our platform in the community to speak out against social injustice. In addition, at least three nonprofit organizations based here -- the business-based Lancaster Chamber, the community-based United Way of Lancaster County, and Assets, a nonprofit that seeks to harness the power of business to alleviate poverty and create sustainable communities -- issued statements recently calling for widespread efforts to implement reforms. 2,433 Followers, 5,898 Following, 38 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Luce Lancaster (@luce_lancasterxx) Please enable JavaScript to properly view our site. The United Way statement said in part: “Believing Black Lives Matter is just the beginning.

There have been employees that have decided to leave the business over the past several days and we respect them and their decisions.

The chamber said in part: “Sadly, the death of George Floyd only serves to remind us what we’ve already known, but too often overlook: there are ugly truths in our society, in our justice system and, in fact, in many of our hearts that demand to be addressed. “So those people might not be in the same spaces and conversations that we're in online already.”.

Downtown retailers have weighed in as well, according to the Lancaster City Alliance, a nonprofit that cultivates partnerships between business, the arts, education, nonprofits and governments to help the city be safe, clean and vibrant. Rosa said she hopes Changemakers Collective will eventually become a nonprofit. “We're doing the work for the majority of people, so then they can just come and get educated and then know what to do.”. We failed to listen and support them when they needed it most.

She is just over half way toward a degree in international studies and criminology, which she began at Millersville University but plans to complete elsewhere. Evans said she has been surprised by the interest generated by her original video with Graves, saying she hopes it can give people some insight into the kind of frustrations minorities often experience, but typically just keep to themselves. Luca was set to add outdoor dining Saturday, until the backlash from the Instagram post by Evans and Graves led the Masons to cancel it.

Data shows 14 Lancaster police departments are largely white, male; advocates call for change, chiefs say they lack applicants. So Sobeida Rosa and Brian Graves, both 22, created the Lancaster Changemakers Collective last month to educate and engage people of color to inspire change in the community. An 18-year-old shot a 17-year-old in the foot after he tried to break up a fight in Lancaster city on Monday evening, according to police. Graves, 22, of Lancaster, is a McCaskey graduate and English major at Millersville University who started working at Luca in July. View about #lucalancaster on Facebook.

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