The Chicano Moratorium: 50 Years LaterThe Chicano Moratorium: 50 Years Later

The Chicano Moratorium

50 years later

On Aug. 29, 1970, more than 20,000 demonstrators marched through East Los Angeles for the National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War. But the protest for peace devolved into conflict between demonstrators and sheriff’s deputies. By day’s end, hundreds were arrested and trailblazing Latino journalist Ruben Salazar was dead.

The events and emotions of that chaotic day still reverberate in L.A.’s Latino community 50 years later.

It started as a peace march. But for the Moratorium generation, the day left protesters dismayed, disappointed and angry.

The women of the Brown Berets — Las Adelitas de Aztlán — break free and form their own movement.

Accident or assassination? A reporter’s years-long quest to find out how and why Ruben Salazar died.

Chasing Salazar

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Simmering anger over brutal policing, unequal education and racist neglect finally explodes.