UC students associated with Stiles Hall investigate farm labor conditions in the San Joaquin Valley
Stiles Hall is an off-campus social center that was founded in 1892. It is self-described as "a mix of student-services center, cauldron of social causes, incubator for campus and community initiatives, and an important contributor to diversity on campus." Stiles participants "take part in its many community-outreach projects, mentor educationally disadvantaged schoolkids and use Stiles as a "safe space to talk freely about sensitive issues away from campus."
Beginning in the 1960s, Stiles hosted speakers who found it difficult to get permission to appear on campus. Such speakers included Malcolm X, Communist Party theoretician Herbert Aptheker, Communist Party leader Gus Hall and others..
In 1960 and 1961 I participated in a number of Stiles projects, including more than one visit to the San Joaquin Valley to see the conditions in which farm workers lived and worked. We met with members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), an AFL-CIO predecessor to Cesar Chavez's Farm Workers Union. We also worked on a local community project with a local Catholic priest, father John Duggan, who was involved in the AWOC's efforts to organize farm workers
Visiting a local community service organization in Stockton.
Cecil Thomas, Stiles Hall staff program worker and UCB students in Stockton.
Hank Anderson, AWOC Research Director meets with UC students at AWOC headquarters in Stockton
Father John Duggan leads a service at St. Linus' Catholic Church in Stockton.
Relaxation time. Subject unknown.
Farm worker and her child in a work camp trailer
Showing more of her living quarters
Farm Worker housing, Stockton
Men lined up to be bussed to the fields, Stockton
Sons of farm workers
Lined up for farm work all the way around the corner
These guys didn't talk much, probably because I was a college guy with a camera
Men headed for the fields
in a truck
Farm workers' hands
Ready to go to work
Not working today (retired?)
Strawberry Fields - Stockton area
Strawberry picking demonstration. He must be an AWOC union organizer or community organizer
Cecil Thomas in asparagas with the infamous short hoe
Another AWOC union organizer or community organizer
Community cleanup project
Salvaging concrete bricks from a cleanup project
Piling up salvaged bricks
Unknown movie-starish guy - I wish I could remember his name
AF-L Labor Temple and AWOC headquarters, Stockton
We ate downtown once. Did we fit in? Maybe not