"The long pilgrimage of LeRoy Chatfield weaves its way through multiple collective projects designed to better the condition of the marginalized and forgotten. From the cloisters of the Christian Brothers and the halls of secondary education to the fields of Central California and the streets of Sacramento, Chatfield's story reveals a fierce commitment to those who were denied the promises of the American dream. In this collection of what the author calls Easy Essays, Chatfield recounts his childhood, explains the social issues that have played a significant role in his life and work, and uncovers the lack of justice he saw all too frequently. His journey, alongside Cesar and Helen Chavez, Marshall Ganz, Bonnie Chatfield, Philip Vera Cruz, and countless others, displays an unwavering focus on organizing communities and expanding their agency. Follow and explore a life dedicated to equality of opportunity for all. May it inspire and guide you in your quest for a fairer and more just society"-- Provided by publisher.
From Colusa Boarding school, 1948 LeRoy, merry Christmas! Observe, judge, act Are you Democrat or Republican? My journal: Mexico City (excerpts) Bakersfield to Boston to Delano, 1963 Brother Gilbert's appeal letter, 1965 The Delano grape strike Farmworker volunteers Stop the grapes Pushing the buttons Strike violence vs. nonviolence The fast Kern County courthouse cathedral Bobby On movement leaders My journal : Delano (excerpts) Letter from Delano (with growers' response) La paz Jerry Brown says, "I'm not God!" Taking the blame Legislation vs. movement Eulogy for Cesar My prophecy, 1993 Helen Chavez : a tribute The organizer What is the answer? Guests, not clients Clean and sober Cherry-picking A public fast There is no OK place to be A bird in the hand Farmworker Movement Documentation Project Management maxims Afterword: Cesar Chavez, 1927-1993 : twenty-five years and counting.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -238) and index.