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..

In1960 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 Agrilcultural Workers 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 AWC's efforts to organize farm workers

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Our transportation

Visiting a local community service organization in Stockton.

Cecil Thomas, Stiles Hall staff program worker and UCB students in Stockton.

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Dinner time

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.

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Relaxation time.  Subject unknown.

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Farm worker and her child in a work camp trailer

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Showing more of her living quarters

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Farm Worker housing, Stockton

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Men lined up to be  bussed to the fields, Stockton

Sons of farm workers

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Lined up for farm work all the way around the corner

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These guys didn't talk much, probably because I was a college guy with a camera

Men headed for the fields

in a truck

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Farm workers' hands

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Ready to go to work

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Not working today (retired?)

Downtown Stockton

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Streetcorner meetup

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Stockton single-room

occupancy

Strawberry Fields - Stockton area

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Strawberry picking demonstration.  He must be an  AWOC union organizer or community organizer

Cecil Thomas in asparagas with the infamous short hoe

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Another AWOC union organizer or community organizer

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Community cleanup project

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Salvaging concrete bricks from a cleanup project

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Piling up salvaged bricks

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Unknown movie-starish guy - I wish I could remember his name

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AF-L Labor Temple and AWOC headquarters, Stockton

We ate downtown once.  Did we fit in? Maybe not