Cultural Realignment & Economic Recession: 1970s: Chicano Moratorium Committee Marches Against Vietnam War
A mass of interlocked hands forms a pyramid, classic symbol of Mexican heritage. By the late 1960s communities of color were actively opposing the Viet Nam war, and a series of national demonstrations at more than 20 cities by Chicano and Latino activists were organized for August 29, 1970. The Los Angeles rally drew tens of thousands. Massive police presence resulted in a clash that left many tear gassed and beaten, as well as the death of award-winning Chicano journalist Rubén Salazar.