Support the 40th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums (40thCCCM)
This is a letter of request to solicit funds to support the activities of the 40th
Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums. In
order to develop a historic exhibit and multimedia website that will
document and memorialize the activities that comprised the Chicano
Moratoriums of the sixties and seventies, we are requesting individual donations that will contribute to the $150,000 needed to accomplish the activities stated below.
August 29, 1970, National Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War is
one of the key historical events in Mexican American and Latino
history. This well-organized movement was led by youth, and the
build up to the march and rally, the unprecedented national unity and
affirmation of peace and social justice of the Chicano community, the
attack on the demonstration, and the subsequent continued protests
despite repression and continuous obstacles, are not only important for
Chicanos, Mexican Americans, and Latinos, but for the United States,
the Western Hemisphere and, indeed, the world.
of the Chicano Movement and other progressive movements of the sixties
and seventies, the Chicano Moratorium story, and its impact on the
galvanization of the Chicano community in 1970, remains one of the
best-kept secrets in history. In general, there is little
awareness of the overall repression of massive protests that occurred
during the Nixon Years among the American people. With minor
exceptions, the massive demonstrations that occurred on college
campuses remain unrecognized as important events that promoted the
peace movement and the quest for civil rights in the United States.
Fortunately, the May 4, 1970 attack and killing of college students at
Kent State University by the National Guard, and the lesser known
attack and killing of African Americans at Jackson State on the same
day, are often cited as examples of the anti-war protests that occurred
at the time. However, unless Chican@s, Latin@s and progressives make
special efforts to commemorate and document our anti-war movement, the
legacy of the Chicano Moratoriums will be ignored or at best given lip
service in the annals of American history.
30 million Mexican Americans making up 10% of the U.S. population and
nearly 50 million Latinos comprising 16%, the legacy of our struggle
for peace and justice must be recognized now, more than ever.
Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums
(40thCCCM) has been formed and is organizing a people’s commemoration
of these critical events that remain relevant and meaningful for our
present and future generations. These commemorations seek to reenergize
the veteranas and veteranos of those times to join with and support the
youth of today with their struggles. We are directed by leading
organizers of the August 29, 1970 Moratorium who coordinated the
historic mobilization of every activist, organization, and sector of
the Chicano movement of the sixties and seventies. Our goal is to
document, recognize, and accurately evoke and portray the grassroots
character of the Movimiento, emphasize the leading role of women, and
organize discussions regarding the Movimiento’s significance today.
Our principal activities include:
A multimedia, bilingual installation and exhibition of the background,
the events and people of the Moratoriums and the legacy up to the
present. The exhibit must be fun for the young, exciting for the
adolescent, and challenging for the adults. It must be in an
appropriate venue such as the Pico House on Olvera Street in Los
Angeles, Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Park, Northeast Los Angeles, Los
Angeles Trade Technical College, East Los Angeles College, California
State University Los Angeles, or similar locations in LA or other
towns. The exhibition will be adaptable, able to be augmented and
available to others On-Line. The range of cost for such an effort would range from $50- to $100,000.
A national event in Los Angeles to recognize the 1000 to 2000
Chicana and Chicano activists that participated as leading activists in
the mobilization of the Moratoriums. The event includes the process of
gathering the names and stories of the thousands of participants and
supporters of the Moratorium. Compilation of these names and stories
will be featured On-Line and in a commemorative event and
publication. Focus will be on the activities of Moratorium
participants during their mobilization as well as their previous and
subsequent community involvement. The cost for the national event is approximately $5,000, including venue rental and commemorative publications.
sophisticated, interactive website and other on line resources
(Facebook, List serves, Twitter) making our exhibits, writings, music,
and art available to the World Wide Web, media, educational
institutions and the general public. Materials would be available
in a bilingual, and hopefully, multilingual format. What will
come forth through the website is the breadth and depth of primarily
working class people who organized themselves for change and to affect
the thinking of our communities. This website cost could range in the tens of thousands ($50,000), depending
on the number of individuals participating, the inclusion of
copyrighted material, cost of digitizing content, and maintenance of
the website that will house this documentation.
Several cultural and educational events involving music and dance,
food, films, symposiums, forums, demonstrations and protests. The
extent and content of these would depend on resources and time.
carry out these projects, we will need substantial economic and in-kind
support. Please let us know your level of interest and
participation in these activities so we may begin to plan for one or
more of these events.
you would like to support these activities financially, please send
your contribution to our commemoration committee and checks made out to
our nonprofit 501C3 fiduciary agent The Center for Civic Participation
and Responsibility. Make a note on the line at lower left of check “for
Moratorium”. Send checks to PO Box 202 Montebello, CA 90640. For
more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
look forward to working with you to memorialize and document the
historic events and people who comprised the Chicano Moratoriums!
Rosal�o Mu�oz, Principal Organizer Irene Tovar, Chair, Finance Committee