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Fifty-one years ago, 30,000 mostly Chicanos peacefully protested the disproportionate number of Latinos dying on the frontlines in Vietnam. They came from across the country to also protest substandard education, racism, police violence, and other issues negatively affecting Latinos. What started out as a peaceful march ended with an attack by riot-clad police, 400 arrests, and the deaths of four people, one of whom was Los Angeles Times journalist Rubén Salazar. The August 29th Chicano Moratorium wasn’t simply a rally that turned violent. It was a turning point in the Chicano civil rights movement and left a stain on Los Angeles that after half a century still hasn’t gone away.
In memoriam: David García, director and editor of Requiem 29.
Special thanks to Yolanda Provost, Moctezuma Esparza, and Susan Racho.
Image Credit: Rosalio Muñoz, Chicano Moratorium
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