Diversity to Mark Chicano Moratorium Observances

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Community Calendar: Aug. 27, 2015 – Sept. 2

August 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, Thursday, Aug. 27

6pm – LADWP Proposed Rate Change Meeting at Boyle Heights City Hall. LADWP officials will be available to answer questions regarding the proposed 3.4% rate changes that will occur over the next five years. City Hall is located at 2130 E. 1st St. L.A. 90033. For info, visit www.myladwp.com

6-7:30pm – DASH Routes Community Meeting LADOT at the El Sereno Public Library to solicit input on proposed changes to Dash Routes under their new transit service analysis. Library is located at 5226 S. Huntington Dr, LA 90032. For info, email Lauren.ballard@lacity.org

7-9pm–Free Summer Night Concert Series at Bell Gardens Veterans Park with “Steel Rod” playing rock and top 40 music. Snacks and sodas will be available for purchase. Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. For more info, call (562) 806-7650.

Friday, Aug. 28

3-8pm–Boyle Heights Farmer’s Market at Mariachi Plaza. Vendors will be on hand with organic fresh fruits, vegetables, hot foods and jewelry by artisans. Location: 1831 E. 1st St. LA 90033. For info, call (323) 331-2752.

7-9pm – Summer Movie Night at Pico-Aliso Gardens. Join Councilmember Jose Huizar and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago for a family friendly event. Admission is free. Location: 1526 E. First St. L.A. 90033. For info, call (323) 226-1646.


Saturday, Aug. 29

9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free LA County Hazardous & E-Waste Roundup in Alhambra at the LA County Dept. of Public Works headquarter: 900 S. Freemont Ave. Safely discard household hazardous waste: antifreeze, unused medications, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, hypodermic, pen & intravenous needles, syringes, lancets, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and e-waste such as TVs, monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. For more information, call County of LA Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com, contact LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

10-11am – Coffee with Congressman Xavier Becerra at Glassell Park Senior Center. Share ideas & opinions directly with your local congressman. Center is located at 3750 Verdugo Road. L.A. 90065. For info, call (213) 481-1425.

10am-12:30pm – Dog and Cat Food Collection at El Sereno Park. A Girl Scout Junior working towards a bronze award project will collect pet food & supplies to raise money for shelters at the park. Donations accepted. Park: 4721 Klamath St. L.A. 90032. For more info, call (323) 226-1646.

11am—Chicano Moratorium Anniversary March on Trail of Chicano Heroes. Starts at the Silver Dollar Bar (4945 Whittier Blvd. East LA) and continues west to Salazar Park. Visit and learn about landmarks in the Chicano movement. Sponsored by the Chicano Roundtable. For more info, visit www.mexicanamericanuniversity.com.


Sunday, Aug. 30

9am-12pm – Low Cost Dog and Cat Vaccine Clinic at 4371 Multnomah St. L.A. 90032. For more info, email info@petsfoundation.org.

12noon-6pm – First International Farmers Market: A Taste of Mexico at Mariachi Plaza. Event will showcase food from local Boyle Heights restaurants. Live performances by local mariachi. Location: 1831 E. 1st St. L.A., 90033.

10-11:30pm – The Roybal Foundation Hosts Young Adult Job Search Workshop. College students and young adults will learn search strategies to get a job. Location: 5251 E. Beverly Blvd. L.A. 90022. Snacks provided. Admission: $10. For more information call, (323) 725-3960 or email mgonez@roybalfoundation.org


Montebello Mayor Pro Tem Art Barajas Hosts Town Hall Meeting Sept. 3. Residents are invited to attend a discussion on issues related to the community. Event will be held at City Hall: 1600 Beverly Blvd. Time: 5:30-6:30pm. For info, call (323) 721-1153.

Update: 4:50 p.m.: Corrected date for Coffee With Congressman Becerra to Sat., Aug. 29.

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Journalist Ruben Salazar to be Focus of Cal State LA Panel

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A panel discussion on the relevance Mexican American journalist Ruben Salazar’s life and work has in today’s society will take place Feb. 4 at Cal State University, Los Angeles.

Titled “Rubén Salazar – Siempre Con Nosotros/Always With Us,” the discussion is being presented in conjunction with the multimedia exhibition, “Legacy of Rubén Salazar: A Man of His Words, a Man of His Time,” on display through March 26 at the University’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Next Wednesday’s panel will be led by noted history and journalism scholars, Mario Garcia, Ph.D, who has published works on Mexican American and Chicano activism and Latino millennials, and Felix Gutierrez, Ph.D, who has written and spoken extensively about the biases of mass media and the need for diversity in journalism.

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Panelists will speak to the importance of principled journalism in today’s polarized society, using the life and writings of former LA Times and KMEX-TV Spanish language news reporter Ruben Salazar as context.

Salazar, perhaps best known for his death at the hands of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies during the 1970 Chicano Moratorium, was at the forefront of principled journalism during another period of polarization, the 1960’s civil rights and anti-war movements.

He was a nationally recognized foreign correspondent who reported on the escalation of the Vietnam War and on Latin America during the beginnings of the post Cuban revolution. When he returned to Los Angeles in 1969, he found a community in transition, fighting to be empowered.

Salazar’s in-depth reporting of the Mexican American and emerging Chicano movement for the Times and KMEX in many ways gave voice to that struggle, presenting leaders and common people as subjects, not objects, or stereotypes for mainstream media sound bites.

Early in his career, while covering jail conditions in El Paso, he was arrested while posing as a drunk and went on to describing life in the tank. One of his last columns before being killed, in moving detail described the plight of welfare mothers and children.

Salazar covered action on the front lines in Vietnam, the Tlateloco massacre in Mexico at the time of the 1968 Olympics, and he wrote about the beginnings of Cesar Chavez’ farm labor organizing before the strikes and boycotts. He also wrote about Chicano teacher Sal Castro years before he emerged as a major figure in the East LA Walkouts.

Salazar’s tragic death cemented his place as an icon of the Chicano Movement.

His return to Los Angeles in 1969 marked the establishment of the Mexican American/Chicano news beat, journalism to empower people.

In the year before he died, Salazar wrote over 100 articles on a wide range of issues from the barrios and fields in and around Los Angeles and nationwide.

The panel discussion will be held at 3pm, Feb. 4 in the Golden Eagle Ballroom 2, in the Student Union building. To attend, RSVP by Feb. 2 at http://www.calstatela.edu/events/ruben-salazar. For more information, call (323) 343-3066 or send an email to events@calstatela.edu.

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