For Immediate Release: 7/22/13
For Information: Jaime Cruz 323.687.0963
43rd Annual Chicano Moratorium Commemoration
Kicks Off August 24, 2013
The 43rd commemoration of the August 29, 1970 National Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War will take place with an August 24th East Los Angeles march and rally at Salazar Park—the locale named for crusading Chicano reporter Ruben Salazar who was killed when a sheriff’s deputy fired a tear gas projectile through his head. The event also is a memoir to the 30,000 people who took to the streets in what was then the largest anti-war demonstration ever seen in Los Angeles, the killings of members of the Brown Berets and of a Sephardic Jew at anti-war demonstrations in 1970.
This year’s rally will also include a memorial to the late Sal Castro, an East Los Angeles teacher who helped students organize the 1968 walkouts against racism and discrimination at four ELA high schools; and Attorney William “Bill” Shibley, son of Attorney George Shibley will speak on the role of his father in successfully defending the “Sleepy Lagoon” defendants of 1942 as part of a retrospective for the 70th anniversary of both that trial and the 1943 “Zoot Suit Riots.”
The event is being organized by: National Chicano Moratorium Committee, National Brown Berets de Aztlan (NNBdA), San Fernando Valley-NBBdA), National Brown Berets-ELA, California League of Latin American Citizens, and the Brown Beret National Organization. It is endorsed by the Comite Pro Democracia en Mexico, Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, Harmony Keeper, National League of Latin American Citizens, SFV/NELA Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Union del Barrio-San Diego, Peace & Freedom Party-Sonoma County Central Committee, In Action Network, Central Valley CALLAC Joaquin Murrieta Civil Rights Council, August 29 Chicano Moratorium Organizing Committee, MECHA-East L.A. College, Miss Revolutionaries, Movimiento Liberacion Nacional.