When waking up at 4:30am, we were not sure what this morning would entail. Upon arriving, we were given the duties to pass out coffee and pastries to spread the word about the March against Publix. A variety of farmworkers came to get the coffee and pastries in front of the Coalition office before they loaded the buses to begin their work day. Each farmworker was very grateful for the food and coffee, just as we were grateful to have this experience. We were handing out the pastries when one of the farmworkers came up and took two. I knew that he shouldn't but I wasn't sure what to say, especially since I did not speak spanish. The guy behind him came up to me and said you have to tell them they can only take one or else they will try to take advantage of the situation. It was surprising the amount of farmworkers as well as the variety of ethnicities present. Farmworkers come from Mexico, Haiti, and Guatemala typically. This variety of individuals built a language barrier. It was difficult to know what language each person spoke, which made communicating difficult. However, we learned that a friendly smile is part of a universal language.
By: Lauren Grabowski