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Frontline East LA: The Chicano Moratorium 50 Years Later (Encore)

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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 organizer, in the basement of Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights. The church was frequently used by Chicano civil rights activists in the 1960’s and 70’s.

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  • Raul Ruiz (archival recording) – Photographer, La Raza Newspaper
  • Jesús Treviño – Documentary Filmmaker/Director
  • Rosalio Muñoz – Spokesperson and Chair of the Chicano Moratorium Committee
  • Irene Tovar – Commissioner Member of City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
  • Gloria Arellanes – Tongva Elder and Former Brown Beret
  • Félix Gutiérrez – Professor Emeritus, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
  • Tom Wilson (archival recording) – Retired LA County deputy sheriff
  • Norman Pittluck (archival recording) – Los Angeles County Coroner’s Inquest Hearing Officer


  • Host: Monica Lopez
  • Making Contact Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green
  • Director of Production Initiatives and Distribution: Lisa Rudman


  • “Signs of Life”, Anamorphic Orchestra
  • “Arbic Tallow”, Blue Dot Sessions
  • “Velvet Ladder”, Blue Dot Sessions


Author: Radio Project

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