This poster was created for the annual Xicana Moratorium Day celebration at Dolores Park. The event, organized by Tojil, celebrates a people's resistance to war and imperialism.
Youth, families, children and organizers joined the first National Chicano Moratorium in 1970 to denounce US involvement in Vietnam and to point to the ills the US causes to oppress nations even within its own created borders.
The over 30,000 raza demonstration showed the opposition and resistance of an organized struggle of Chicano/as and Mexicano/as who understand the effects of U.S. invasion.
An outspoken journalist, Ruben Salazar, was killed on this same day of August 29th, 1970. Salazar's killing, by an LA County Sheriff, showed a brutal censorship of the recognition of the Chicano/ Mexicano Community, a clear repression of the identity of Chicanos and the urgency of the US police state to silence the economic, educational and political realities that Chicanos were uniting to fight.
Many of the Chicano Moratorium participants were tear gassed, battoned and beaten that day by Los Angeles Police.
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