With tired eyes and a foggy mind, I’m witnessing the 40th Annual Farm Workers Appreciation Breakfast in Calexico, California, organized by the Employment Development Department (EDD) in Imperial County.
The tradition began in 1979 with coffee and sweet bread. The City of Calexico, the Calexico Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Worker Services Coalition of Imperial County (FWSCIC) became sponsors in 1985, with the Center for Employment Training (CET) joining a year later. Today, the support has grown from other local community organizations such as Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego.
In most towns, the overnight crowd of 3,000-plus at the Farm Workers Appreciation Breakfast would be an anomaly. In Calexico, it is not. The streets are like this every night—minus the music, food and celebration.