POSTPONED--LeRoy Chatfield reads from "To Serve the People: My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor"
LeRoy Chatfield, organizer and author, will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 To Serve the People: My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor. The quixotic pursuit of social change and justice is the compelling focus of LeRoy Chatfield’s collection of essays. As Mr. Chatfield describes the multiple collective projects designed to better the condition of the marginalized and forgotten. His journey takes us from the fields of Central California to the streets of Sacramento; from his childhood, to the social issues that played a role in his life and work, always uncovering the injustice he saw along the way. Alongside Cesar and Helen Chavez, Marshall Ganz, Bonnie Chatfield, Philip Vera Cruz and many others, Mr. Charfield dedicated his unwavering focus on organizing communities and expanding their agency. As labor, racial, and class issues continue to come to the forefront of American consciousness, histories of this sort become more and more important.
LeRoy Chatfield is a former organizer who worked with Cesar Chavez to get union recognition for California farmworkers, created a Saturday school educational enrichment program for farmworker children in Bakersfield, managed the Northern California general election campaign for Jerry Brown, and built the largest volunteer charitable organization in Sacramento. Jorge Mariscal is a professor emeritus of Spanish and Chicano/a literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Brown-Eyed Children of the Sun: Lessons from the Chicano Movement, 1965–1975 (UNM Press).