Youth marching to commemorate 40th anniversary of the Chicano moratorium. (Fight Back! News)
The following report and commentary by Carlos Montes is from Fight Back! News:
Over 1000 Chicanos march in East Los Angeles against war and racism
Commemoration of 40th anniversary of Chicano moratorium
Los Angeles, CA – The powerful slogan “Chicano power” was heard here as marchers headed down Whittier Boulevard in the heart of East Los Angeles, Aug. 28. The 40th Chicano Moratorium against war had participants from as far away as El Paso, Texas and Arizona. Large numbers of high school and college students joined with the many veteran activists of the late 1960s. The march message was clear, “No to war” and “Legalization now.” Many onlookers smiled and waved to the marchers.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Chicano Liberation, Immigrants Rights
Tagged August 29th Chicano Moratorium Organizing Committee, Brown Berets, Carlos Montes, Chicano Moratorium, Fight Back!, MECHA, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, National Moratorium Committee, Ruben Salazar
Activists raise a banner commemorating the August 29 Chicano Moratorium. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
Los Angeles, CA – The August 29th Chicano Moratorium Organizing Committee held a press conference here Aug. 25 to announce a protest march and rally set for Aug. 28 in East Los Angeles. The march commemorates 40 years since the Chicano Moratorium.
The committee denounced the ongoing war in Afghanistan-Iraq and the U.S. military recruiting targeting Latino youth, especially immigrants. Veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes urged participation in the event, which is demanding full equality and self-determination for the Chicano nation.
Carlos Montes is a veteran fighter in the Chicano Liberation movement. He was a founder of the Brown Berets and the Chicano Moratorium. Montes is currently active in the Southern California Immigration Coalition, the East L.A.-based Latinos against War and with CSO, which organizes parents in the East Los Angeles area to fight against the privatization of public education in Los Angeles Unified School District. For more on the Chicano Liberation Struggle, see the League of Revolutionary Struggle’s 1979 Resolution on the Chicano National Question.
The following commentary by Carlos Montes is from Fight Back! News:
39th Anniversary of Chicano Moratorium: The Struggle Continues
Commentary by Carlos Montes
Los Angeles, CA – Today, Aug. 29, 2009, shows that our people are continuing the fight for equality and self-determination. It was demonstrated by the many groups that were present today at Salazar Park, including the student group MECHA and the new Brown Berets, to commemorate the historic day in 1970 when over 20,000 Chicanos marched down historic Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. to protest the war in Vietnam and the high casualty rate of Chicanos. The mass peaceful rally in 1970 was attacked by the Los Angeles Police Department and the sheriffs. Ruben Salazar, news director for KMEX, was killed, along with Angel Diaz and Lynn Ward. A similar example of repression took place on May 1, 2007 when the LAPD attacked a pro-immigrant rights rally at MacArthur Park.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Chicano Liberation, Imperialism, Latin America
Tagged Afghanistan, Angel Diaz, Aztlan, Bolivia, Brown Berets, Carlos Montes, Chicano Liberation, Chicano Moratorium, Colombia, FARC-EP, Imperialism, Latinos Against War, Lynn Ward, MECHA, national question, Ruben Salazar, self-determination, Venezuela