I’m a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. I had picketed stores and gone to rallies at which Cesar and Dolores spoke, Returning from a year of study at the Mexican American Cultureal Center in San Antonio, my social justice coordinator asked if I would be interested in organizing for the farmworkers. I immidiately said,“YES.” Fred Ross, Sr. trained me and I went to work as a boycott organizer in Los Angeles.
I was assigned to South Central LA and organized black churches. It was an incredible experience. On one occasion I went up to the San Joaquin Valley and visited a camp of Filipino farmworkers who were quite old. Many had lost fingers from the strong pesticides they handled and used. Some of our Sisters had been arrarrested while protesting at a farm up in the Visalia area. They were all put in a stostockade and we visited them there. I met so many wonderful people in the solidarity movement. It is a well-remembered page in my history. Pat Krommer CSJ