When: Sat., March 31, 5 p.m. 2018
Who are we and where do we come from? That is the question Peralta Hacienda is asking the community — specifically, Oakland’s day laborers, whose stories often go untold. Despite the current anti-immigrant climate, these workers refuse to be silenced. In partnership with Street Level Health Program and the Oakland Worker’s Collective, Peralta Hacienda will host a Q&A panel to give the community the opportunity to meet two day laborers, ask them questions about their quest to get to the United States and the reasons why they left their countries and embarked on the dangerous journey riding La Bestia (the train that carries up to half a million migrants every year along the treacherous route from Central America to the Mexican border with the United States). Gabriela Galicia, executive director of Street Level Health, and UC Berkeley historian Alex Zaragoza will also be part of the panel discussion. Afterward, enjoy a glass of wine and tapas, which will be for sale. In October, Peralta will host an exhibit showcasing the stories of 14 day laborers through audio, quilts, and drawings.