40th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums

Ongoing Event:
The Chicano Moratorium Exibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute (Basement Gallery)
Located at:  Olvera St., 125 Paseo De La Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012-2981
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 Noon - 6:00 PM

Upcoming Events

Saturday August 13, 2011

Events are free but donations are welcome.


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Free Event
Saturday August 27 from 6:30pm—8:30pm 

The "Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums”  invites you to
"1968 Walkouts" panel discussion
Located at:  Olvera St.  125 Paseo De La Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012-2981

Welcome to our website, we are a commemoration committee of the Chicano Moratorium movement from September 1969 to August 1971.  We seek to bring out the people's experiences of the moratorium efforts after 40 years to help bring perspective to the present and future struggles for peace and social justice filling out and correcting, where necessary, the historical record.  It is an exciting, dramatic story that in many important ways shaped the thinking and attitudes of Chicana/os for the rest of the 20th Century into the second decade of the 21st.  With Chicana/os and Latina/os becoming more organized and influential in the nation's politics, economy, society and culture, this largely untold and distorted history needs to be more fully presented and reflected on.

Our basic approach in this effort can be summed up with the thoughts of Rudy Tovar a member of the National Chicano Moratorium, born in Chihuahua and raised in South Los Angeles.  He was a zoot suit teenager who stood up against the racist sailors and police in the early forties and later served in the Philippines in World War II and is as active as he can be today.

Chicano Moratorium:  August 29, 1970

By Rudy Tovar

August 29, 1970 was one of the most memorable days of my life.  I had a feeling at the time that life for Raza would never be the same--as of that point in time Raza was taking control of its own destiny.  The coming together of marching contingents of Raza from many parts of California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Puerto Rico brothers from back east, Illinois, Alaska and many other states was exhilarating, awe inspiring, and exhibited self-determination -- the determination to fight for change.  There was a surge of power and vibrancy pulsating through the crowd of marching protesters which spilled over into the ranks of the bystanders and sightseers.  I felt a surge of Chicano pride, power and renewal and a feeling that from this day forward the Raza goal of self-determination was inevitable.

The attack on the Chicano Moratorium by "law" enforcement made me angrier than I can describe.  But I made a vow to myself that I would struggle for the Chicano/a causa for the rest of my life.

Postscript: The quest for Raza equity in the U.S. is far from complete.  We must continue to educate ourselves, argue our case wherever and whenever there is the need, back each other up when faced with a common problem, and settle internal differences among ourselves amicably.  We must continue to instill ethnic pride and self worth in our children by example.

Mission Statement

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the peace/anti-war activities that led to and grew from the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29, 1970 held in East Los Angeles against the Vietnam War, as a legacy to future generations.


1.) Have local and national events, and develop materials around August 29, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratoriums.

2.) Recognize the organizational grassroots movement and its participants

3.) Highlight the role of women in the Chicano Moratoriums

4.) To organize and encourage efforts to make August 29 a local, state and or a national holiday, or official commemorative days, in recognition of the historical role of the community to combat institutional racism in a non-violent way in the struggle for peace and justice


1.) To establish coordinating committees at the local, regional and national level to plan and carry on the goals of the 40th Anniversary of the National Chicano Moratoriums

2.) To identify and gather the original participants of the Chicano Moratoriums in the local, regional and national level to establish and participate in committees with others to fulfill the Mission

3.) To document the various governmental and media efforts to counter act the Chicano anti-war organizational efforts and its participants

4.) The coordinating committees shall establish committees with clearly defined duties and responsibilities, such as: steering, media, outreach, research and others as seen necessary.



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