Local Motion: The Chicano Moratorium, 50 years later

Sep 2, 2020

Credit Los Angeles Public Library

This week's program is a special documentary from Making Contact. In LA 50 years ago, 30,000 mostly Chicanos peacefully protested the disproportionate number of Latinos dying on the frontlines in Vietnam. They came from across the country to also protest substandard education, racism, police violence, and other issues negatively affecting Latinos. What started out as a peaceful march ended with an attack by riot-clad police, 400 arrests, and the deaths of four people. 

The August 29th Chicano Moratorium was a turning point in the Chicano civil rights movement and left a stain on Los Angeles that after half a century still hasn’t gone away.