Community To Hold Caravan Through East Los Angeles Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Chicano Moratorium
For Media Planning: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Contact: Jorge H. Rodriguez – 310-429-1300 | email: email@example.com
Lupe Carrasco-Cardona – 323-490-9575 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifty years ago, at the height of the Chicano Movement and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, over 30,000 Chicano activists gathered in East Los Angeles organizing the Chicano Moratorium, a march to protest the war and demand dignity and respect for their communities. Chicanos were overrepresented in those who were killed in combat overseas while their communities at home were consistently neglected and denied basic resources such as quality school, housing, and access to good jobs. The resulting backlash against the march by local law enforcement resulted in the injury of many peaceful participants and the death of Latino reporter Ruben Salazar after a tear gas canister struck him in the head.
Decdes later, the struggle for social and economic justice in Chicano communities across the U.S. continues. Income inequality is at an all-time high. The Coronavirus pandemic has further exposed the gaps in U.S. safety net programs as Latinos are overrepresented in the amount of COVID-19 related deaths. The death of young people of color at the hands of law enforcement continues to be a tragedy that has rocked our nation to our core bringing thousands out to the street demanding an end to the systemic oppression of communities of color.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium, thousands of community members will take to the streets of East Los Angeles once more to commemorate this historic event and to highlight the need to continue the fight to end hatred and inequality in our communities.
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 10:00 am
WHERE: Caravan will assemble at 10:00 am in Pico Rivera at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Gregg Road. The caravan will continue down Whittier Boulevard to Ruben Salazar Park – 3864 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023.
- Ron Herrera – President of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,
- Lupe Carrasco – Cardona UTLA Member/Co-Chair of 50th Chicano Moratorium
- Jorge H. Rodriguez – Co-Chair 50th Chicano Moratorium
- Gloria Arellanes – Original 1970 Chicano Moratorium Committee Member
- Rosalio Munoz – Chair of 1970 Chicano Moratorium