By MIKE ALEWITZ

RAZA SI – GUERRA NO! OUR FIGHT IS AT HOME – NOT IN VIETNAM!

THE CHICANO MORATORIUM

(50-year Commemoration)

The Chicano Moratorium,  August 29, 1970, was one of the first massive working-class street demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. The Chicano movement was a key component of the fight against the Vietnam War.  Student and community groups, along with the independent Raza Unida Party, eventually mobilized millions of workers in opposition to US imperialism. Over 30,000 protesters marched in Los Angeles that day.  Ruben Salazar, a respected Chicano journalist, was killed by LA County police following the action.

The transformative power of the Chicano movement is alive and well in today’s immigrant rights mobilizations.  

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Image: CHICANO MORATORIUM & RUBEN SALAZAR

Mural: THE SPIRIT LIVES By Jerry Butler and Mike Alewitz. Commemorative Mural for the 40th Anniversary of the Massacres at Kent and Jackson State. Dedicated to the activists of the Freedom Flotilla that gave their lives fighting to end the blockade of Gaza. 7′ x 40′ / Painted May 4 – May 14, 2010 / Central Connecticut State University

Dedication of THE SPIRIT LIVES: