Editor’s Note: Oakland Local is partnering with Feet in Two Worlds to explore issues around undocumented workers in the fast food and street food sectors. This is one stories in a series.

They sell fast food to New Yorkers on the go. But street vendors are considered outside of the movement to increase wages for workers at fast food restaurant chains. That doesn’t mean they don’t face challenges. Most of the city’s 25 thousand vendors are immigrants who work without a license, since the city only issues 5,100 vending permits each year. About half are women, and many are undocumented.

With city rules leaving them struggling, NYC street vendors are pushing back from María Villaseñor on Vimeo.

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