August 29, 2020: 50th Chicano Moratorium | Milwaukee 2020

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50th Chicano Moratorium | Milwaukee 2020

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August 29th, 2020: Chicano National Day of Action and Resistance!

Los Angeles, CA — The 50th Anniversary Chicano Moratorium Organizing Committee, a coalition of individuals, SEIU 1877, SEIU 721, Teamsters Local 396, Teamsters District Council 42, Longshoremen Local 13, Longshoremen Local 26, and several organizations including Union del Barrio, La Raza Unida Party and Centro CSO is calling for a Chicano National Day of Action and Resistance Against Racism, Sexism, and Fascism on August 29th, 2020! The day coincides with the 50th year anniversary of the mass protest in East LA on August 29th,1970, recognized today as the Chicano Moratorium.

Over the years, Raza organizations declared August 29th as Chicano Liberation Day and various cities have held annual celebrations of the 1970 historic event.

In 2020, two factors give the Chicano Moratorium even more significance: One, we are enduring a pandemic which has its most injurious impact upon Chicano, Latino, Black, and indigenous communities, the incarcerated and the immigrant detained. Two, due to the reaction of the police lynching of George Floyd, we are at a point of heightened racial awareness, of exploring privilege, and examining the legacy of systemic exploitation.

The Chicano Moratorium & Chicanos against U.S. Wars & Police Brutality

August 29, 1970 over 30,000 Chicanos and supporters from all over the U.S. united in East Los Angeles to protest against the high casualty rate of Chicanos in the Vietnam War. The protest also denounced the racist military draft, police brutality of Chicanos, as well as racism in general. LAPD and LASD brutally attacked the peaceful rally at Laguna Park, beating and tear gassing hundreds and arresting scores of people. The people fought back, and many police went down, as the rebellion continued on Whittier Boulevard in East LA. The police killed event attendees, Angel Diaz and Ruben Salazar. Ruben Salazar was a KMEX News Director and LA Times news reporter covering the historic event. Lynn Ward, a Brown Beret, also died during the demonstration.

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