East L.A. remembers the Chicano Moratorium

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A contingent of Brown Berets were part of a procession this morning down Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium, a series of Vietnam-era civil rights and anti-war demonstrations that ended in violence, including the death of L.A. Times journalist Ruben Salazar in the former Silver Dollar bar in East Los Angeles.  Photographer Aurelio José Barrera said about 50 people walked in the procession.  The procession traveled  to Salazar Park, where a panel discussion was scheduled at the Ruben Salazar Senior Center.


  1. I was living in Moreno Valley at that time as a young teenager, and heard about what was occurring in LA, but didn’t see it first hand. No one has a comment regarding the Chicano Moratorium and the East LA activity? I’d like to hear from some folks who were around then, especially their perceptions then as compared to now. The late 60s and early 70s were a pivotal time for the country as well as Los Angeles, and insight from people who were there would be interesting.

  2. I was there as a 20 year old. The recent revelations about the sheriffs involvement in the murder of Ruben Salazar says it all about the relationship between the cops and people of color back then when almost all the sheriffs and LAPD were white. It was a tough time to be of Mexican heritage back then, and now conservatives in America are doing the same thing with their nationalistic racism towards immigrants.

  3. Well, it depended on were you lived, my family lived in The Mid Wilshire district(two of my uncles were present at the RFK assassination, they lived about two blocks away). In the words of my nine uncles and aunts they didn’t know what the heck was going on in East LA because most were busy in Vietnam, college or getting their life together. It depended on were your family grew up and how well they assimilated, my grandfather was from Jalisco but learned English and worked for General Motors and didn’t involve his family with the East LA crowd.

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