Diversity to Mark Chicano Moratorium Observances

By EGP Staff Report

Commemorations this coming weekend of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium will include a variety of speakers, several of them African American, at a march and rally in East Los Angeles on Saturday.

At a separate event on Sunday, guest speakers will include the parents of two people killed by police this year.

The 46th Annual National Chicano Moratorium commemorates what many have come to call the coming of age of the Chicano civil rights movement. Special attention each year is paid to remembering the death of crusading Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar by a tear gas canister lobbed into the Silver Dollar Bar by an L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy during a riot that broke out following what at that time was the largest ever protest by Chicanos – Mexican Americans in Los Angeles.

The two days of activities will kickoff Saturday at 9 a.m. with a march from Atlantic Park (570 S. Atlantic Blvd. East LA) Saturday to Ruben Salazar Park (3864 Whittier Blvd., and Ditman Ave.) where a rally will be held at 12:30 p.m.

Rally speakers and entertainment will include: Kwazi Nkrumah of the Martin Luther King Jr Coalition; Allegra Casimir Taylor, daughter of a Black Panther Party political prisoner, incarcerated for 51 years before being murdered in prison last year; Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinnell who will discuss her father’s case and the ongoing events since his murder; Wayne Arroyo, longtime American Indian Movement (AIM) activist speaking about ongoing protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline; Kiko Salazar speaking on long time Chicano political prisoner Ramsey Muniz; Gina Felix Goldman, actress and niece of the late Mexican movie star Maria Felix, will represent the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation on racism in Hollywood; Roberto Tijerina, internet radio talk show host from UC Riverside; David Rico, Commander of the National Brown Berets de Aztlan and Krisna Velasco of the Ritchie Valens Foundation who is producing a documentary on the life or Ruben Salazar, among several others.

Jan B. Tucker of the California League of Latinos And Chicanos (CALLAC) will speak on immigration and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, community activists will hold a “Liberation Day Program for Chicano Moratorium” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Church Hall: 407 South Chicago St., L.A. 90033.

The event will include a short film and Vietnam veteran Ray Andrade and former LAUSD Board Member Victoria Castro speaking on the history of the Chicano Moratorium on Aug. 29, 1970.

Also speaking are Estela Rodriguez, mother of Edwin Rodriguez who was killed by ELA Sheriffs on Feb.14 and Juan Mendez, the father of Jose Mendez who was killed by an LAPD officer on Feb. 6 of this year.

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