Miriam Singer Breyer


As Interviewed by Emma Seaborn, March 12, 2013
"You can't do everything, but don't let not being able to do everything prevent you from doing something."
Miriam Singer Breyer

Introductory Profile: About Miriam Singer Breyer

Miriam Singer Breyer, 76, has been involved in civil rights of all kinds since she was a young woman-from nuclear power arguments to war issues and more. For this interview, we focused on farmworker rights, a problem she is both knowledgeable and passionate about. Miriam’s always been glad to help with causes like this because she believes that anyone can impact a movement and make a change.

Miriam Singer Breyer was born in 1936 and grew up on Ronkonkoma, Long Island. She has two grown children and five siblings. She currently lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, Jack. Miriam has short, curly silver hair and shining blue-green eyes. Her face is framed with smile lines. She wears simple, modest clothing, old T-shirts with the names of various organizations printed on the front and worn tennis shoes. Miriam is an avid book lover and is extremely generous, always donating to the local library and other charities in her area. She cares deeply about her family and values peace and kindness and always keeps the health of herself and others in mind.

She gladly agreed to this interview and was happy to talk about her role in the civil rights for farmworkers movement. Miriam first made sure there were no distractions in the room and then focused her full attention on me and my questions. She took a relaxed position next to me in a chair. Her voice and face lit up as she spoke about the unfair treatment of the workers and what she did to help the cause. As she took me back to the 1960s farmworker’s rights movement, she excitedly recounted other civil rights issues she had taken part in along the way.

After the interview had wrapped up, Miriam was eager to provide me with books about the farmworker’s rights movement and show me signs and posters from the other issues she had participated in. Miriam might be just an everyday person, but her actions, however small, left an important mark on the farm workers in her community.