Chicano activists angered over plaque flap

This past weekend’s 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles saw many people stop by a plaque honoring slain newsman Ruben Salazar, who was killed during the Vietnam War-era demonstration after being hit by a tear gas canister. But some of the people who came to view the plaque on Whittier Boulevard were angered to see that the original marker had been removed and replaced with a new version, reports EGP News. A similar plaque in memory of Angel Gilbert Diaz (pictured below) was also replaced with a new version. The new markers  included the names of a Boyle Heights sporting goods store and an East Los Angeles gravestone maker that helped pay for the new plaques. Some activists covered up the sponsors’ names with black tape  and confronted the business owners over what they viewed as an insulting commercialization of the plaque. The paper reported:

Concerned residents told EGP they were organizing to demand the original plaque — put up eight years ago after much strife — be returned. The original plaque in large font simply read, “Ruben Salazar, March 3, 1928 – August 29, 1970.”

Chicano activist Axayacatzin “Xihuan” Montalvo said it was his idea to replace the old plaques – which had been vandalized – with new versions.  He told EGP News that a  new set of plaques with the original wording will be installed within two weeks.

Photo by Aurelio José Barrera


  1. We are a very intense people. This is a good example of that.

    • Albertina Gilberta Diaz

      There r so many stories behind my dads death, all I no is my mother (Alberta Diaz) loved him till the day she died.

  2. I loved my uncle Angel, he was my moms big brother . I still remember my uncles. Betty Boop tattoo. I remember my cousin angel and virgie , their mother was Sonia , I remember my auntie alberta and the girls. I also remember little angel the grandson ,He use to like to come and kick back at the boxing gym with my son Marshall Martinez and my nephew Steven Luevano. . All I got to say is that my auntie alberta did love my uncle. Rest in peace mom, uncle and auntie Alberta

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