Wednesday, January 15, 2014
David Bacon tells the story of Fidel Antonio, a day laborer. Such workers are pretty much taken for granted, as they wave at cars passing the sidewalk where they look for work near Home Depot or the local lumberyard. What road brought them to their street corners, far from their families in Mexico and Central America? What do they do if they don't get hired - where do they live and how do they eat? Fidel Antonio makes a living, barely, from jobs gained on the sidewalk near Truitt and White Lumber in Berkeley. He lives in Oakland's Fruitvale, and every day takes a bus to this street corner hiring hall.