FLASHBACK – The Chicano Moratorium of 1970

chicanoOn August 29, 1970, the Chicano Moratorium against the war in Vietnam was held in East L.A.

Loyola-Marymount film student Tom Myrdahl shot this documentary, capturing the events that unfolded as law enforcement and protesters clashed in and around Laguna Park. This film has not been seen in nearly 40 years. Tom, who is still a working cameraman in Los Angeles, is putting this historic film on the web as a tribute to the brave citizens of East L.A. who came together 40 years ago to voice their dissent against the Vietnam War.

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8 Responses to “FLASHBACK – The Chicano Moratorium of 1970”

  1. Veronica Soto says:

    This is an awesome piece of our history!!!

  2. Jan says:

    Love this! I have never felt this war has been settled!

  3. Jimmy Tumors says:

    very nice work. another film to seek out about the moratorium is “requiem 29,” directed by david garcia. covers the events at the park and the subsequent sheriff’s inquest into salazar’s death.

  4. james carey says:

    Wow, forty years ago. Tom Myrdahl is still one of the best documentary cameraman around. This was a great piece and a great movement.

  5. FOXI ROXI says:

    Time hits us in el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan as history freezes us who are Mexican, Mexican-American living on the Federal Reserve of el E.E.U.U. on the concentration camps that are L.A.U.S.D, O.U.S.D., S.F.U.S.D, University of California System, and the Cal State University System. We the educated BROWN tradition of Aztlan are in the numbered category of this war-time effort known as THE WAR ON TERRORISM. That numbered category are amongst three numbered categories of military service officers: 1) Enlistee 2) Missing in Action 3) Prisoner of War.

    Many chicanos of pacific-island origin as well as mexican heritage came out to the public out of the exploits of what is the MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX to voice their vote against Pete Wilson and PROPOSITION 187 in 1994. That same year there was a major earthquake coming out of the SAN ANDREAS FAULTLINE, coincidence, I think not.

    Once again the BROWN people [that is people of pacific-island origin/heritage and Mexican heritage] came together in the time of the clandestine ethnic cleansing operations of Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton in Kosovo and Saraiejvo to voice
    their opinion on a matter of action that indeed placed a moratorium against BROWN/CHICANOS as far as access to education and employment was concerned; the moratorium set in place was enumerated in California legislation as Proposition
    209 in 1996.

    Once again I don’t agree that a Chicano is limited in ancestral knowledge to what is claimed in this video. I have come to learn first hand that CHICANO is an overall awareness of struggle in abjection of BROWN people, that are inherent in the traditions of the pacific-islanders and mexican nation-states. I believe that the Norhtern California should unite with Southern California in an effort to bring
    toghether the BROWN REPUBLIC that is AZTLAN and build a new legislative persona in what is PEOPLE POWER.

  6. [...] Films of Rebellion series continues Thursday 3/25 with Chicano Power Films, featuring Flashback: The Chicano Moratorium of 1970, I Am Joaquin, the Teatro Campesino film of Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales’s epic poem, [...]

  7. paul garcia says:

    It was great being at the 41st commemeration of the Moratorium in ELA with all my carnales and carnalas of the Brown Beret National Organization. CHICANO POWER VIVA LA RAZA

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