Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Larger Than Ever

Activist Dolores Huerta to Headline Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast and Sen. Mark Leno to be Honored.

A file photo by Nicholas Snow of a past breakfast.

​Outstanding Youth Enrique Campos will share his story and the Outstanding GSA Advisor will be recognized.

Friday, May 20, at 9:30 AM at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the breakfast will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that support justice and equality for all individuals. Join more than 650 diverse Coachella Valley residents and celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist. 

Long-time Union Activist Dolores Huerta will be the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and State Senator Mark Leno (D-11th District) will be this year’s recipient of the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley.

Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. In the early 1950s, she completed a teaching degree at Delta Community College, part of the University of the Pacific. She briefly worked as an elementary school teacher. Huerta saw that her students, many of them children of farm workers, were living in poverty without enough food to eat or other basic necessities. To help, she became one of the founders of the Stockton chapter of the Community Services Organization (CSO). The CSO worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination.

To further her cause, Huerta created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960. Through the AWA, she lobbied politicians on many issues, including allowing migrant workers without U.S. citizenship to receive public assistance and pensions and creating Spanish-language voting ballots and driver's tests. In 1962, she co-founded a workers' union with Cesar Chavez, which was later known as the United Farm Workers (UFW).

Huerta stepped down from her position at the UFW in 1999, but continues her work to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women. She has received many honors for her activism, including the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award (1993) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (1998). Huerta, mother of 11 children, was inducted to the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

This year’s recipient of the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley, State Senator Mark Leno was elected to the California Senate in 2008. He currently represents the 11th Senate District of California, and chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

From 2002-2008, Sen. Leno served in the California State Assembly, representing the 13th District, which encompasses the eastern portion of San Francisco. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for four and a half years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians. He authored Senate Bill 572 that designates May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in California.

“Opportunities to celebrate those who have championed social justice and equal rights with acclaimed civil rights activist Delores Huerta and Senator Mark Leno are to be cherished. The Harvey Milk Breakfast on May 20 is one of those not to be missed experiences. We expect 650 individuals including 100 high school students from throughout Coachella Valley to be a part of this inspirational community event,” said Ron de Harte, Chairman of the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Coalition.
The event is sold out.

Restaurant Week Commeth!

Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new. Our talented local chefs prepare delicious 3 course meals for your dining pleasure, priced at $26 or $38. Desert area hotels and attractions are offering great rates too! Don't miss this opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants the Valley has to offer. Get a complete list of participating restaurants here.

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Happy Hour Finder

In the fabulous bar area at Lulu they have an all day, all night Happy Hour with all well drinks $4.99 / House Wines $ 4.99 / Bud Light $ 3.99 / other bottled beer $ 4.99. If you want to people watch or be seen this is definitely one of the hippest places to be in downtown Palm Springs!

For some of the best in live entertainment and eats in the Desert, check out the Purple Room for Happy Hour Tue-Sun 4-7pm. They offer $3.00 well drinks/$5.00 call cocktails and $8.00 premium. Be sure to check out their Happy Hour menu for some delicious bites.

There's never a shortage of Happy Hours in the Coachella Valley.  Discover them with our Happy Hour Finder!

Hot Deals in the Oasis

Check out our weekly deals with up to 50% off to local restaurants and events including Rick's Restaurant and The Purple Room.  Buy for friends, as gifts or for yourself.   Just Click on the Hot Deals section of Gay Desert Guide.

Event Spotlight

Junk: A New Musical, is another great theatrical event that we highly recommend running through May 29th at the Desert Rose Playhouse. Junk is the musical tale of two gay men who have been offered the contents of a North Carolina cabin of a recently deceased man in exchange for cleaning it up.  As the two sort through this man's belongings something of his character begins to emerge and in turn, something of their own characters as well, their unusual relationship to one another and what it means to be an individual.  Get more info and tickets here.

It's time again for the Queen of the Desert: A So-Cal Lip Sync Competition benefiting Desert AIDS Project at the Renaissance Hotel on June 1st. This is a fabulous event to attend where contestants compete for a multitude of fun awards. Event Co-Chairs: Steven Henke of the Desert Sun Media Group and Steve Kaufer of Maximum Security. Get tickets and more info for this event here.
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Compiled by Nicholas Snow from a variety of sources.