Los Angeles, CA – Carlos Montes, a longtime leader in the Chicano movement, spoke out about the vicious massacre in Texas, stating, “We must condemn this mass killing in El Paso as a hate crime against Mexicans and Chicanos. President Trump’s racist attacks have emboldened white supremacists to commit violent crimes against Blacks, Muslims and now Brown people.”
Montes noted, “El Paso is a special city for Chicanos and the millions of Mexicans and Central Americans who have passed through el Paso al norte in traveling North. It is affectionately referred to as el corazon de Aztlan [the heart of Aztlan] in the Chicano nation.”
El Paso has a long history of resistance against racism and of labor struggles, like the two-year Farah strike in the 1970s. El Paso and Juarez city across the border share a common bond with familial, cultural and economic bonds.
Los Angeles, CA – Families, union members, teachers, activists and students filled the house at local Chicano art center, Self Help Graphics, Aug. 29, to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium Against the War. The program honored the historic Aug. 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium, where over 30,000 Chicanos marched in East LA to protest the high casualty rate of Chicanos in the Vietnam War. Well-known journalist Ruben Salazar was killed by a n LA sheriff deputy during the protests.
The commemoration was organized by Cento CSO, which continues to denounce President Trump’s threats of interventions and war against countries like Iran, Venezuela and north Korea. CSO also calls for U.S. Navy and troops to get out of the Philippines and stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Eastside Parents Against Privatization member Eloisa Galindo spoke against the rash of charter school opening in East LA and Boyle Heights. United Teachers of LA (UTLA) leader Lupe Torres, a teacher and Centro CSO member, criticized the lack of public school funding, the high student classroom ratio and lack of support staff and unfair wages for LAUSD teachers. UTLA has just taken a strike authorization vote.
Raul Ruiz, former editor and photographer for La Raza newspaper, spoke as an eyewitness to the killing of Ruben Salazar.
Gloria Arellanes, a founder of the original Chicano Moratorium, Brown Berets and Las Adelitas, an anti-war woman’s group, spoke of the history of Chicanos fight against the Vietnam War and the leading role of women.
The event included a talk by Cruz Becerra, a Vietnam veteran, who delivered a message of solidarity from Bayan USA; and speeches by Dalia Jaramillo, SEIU 1000 Vice President and part of the Chicano Moratorium Organizing Committee; Sol Marquez-Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Carlos Montes of Centro CSO.
Join Centro CSO for their public meetings the third Wednesday of every month 6 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Library. Look for /Centro CSO on Facebook and Twitter.
In 2016 Boyle Heights experienced 5 killings at the hands of killer cops. In all of these cases, the teens and men killed by LAPD were of Chicano or Latino nationality.
Since then, Centro CSO has been working hard to bring justice to each of these victim’s families, and have witnessed how our Black sisters and brothers have also been similarly attacked. This is why Centro CSO has united with Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles in pressuring District Attorney Jackie Lacey to do her job in prosecuting killer cops.
This fight is everything to us and we truly appreciate your support. Go one step closer and copy the link below:
Join Centro CSO in PROTESTING to demand Jackie Lacey prosecute and jail killer cops. As District Attorney of Los Angeles, Jackie Lacey holds the power to investigate and prosecute killer cops for the crimes they continuously committ against the people.
LAPD has killed a whopping 20+ (mostly) Black and Chicanx/Latinx lives; Boyle Heights itself has seen FIVE this year.
This is at the old Hall of Justice at 211 West Temple st building at corner of Temple and Broadway in downtown LA.
Help us demand justice, bring a poster, bring your energy! JAIL KILLER COPS! LAPD IS GUILTY.
Boyle Heights continues to come under attack with the fifth killing, this year. LAPD will not stop unless we continue to fight back.
Families of Jesse Romero, Arturo Torrez, Edwin Rodriguez, Jose “Peruzzi” Mendez, (and many other who have come forward since Centro CSO began organizing around these cases), will not rest until there is justice. Jail killer cops, release all videos, and justice for all of these victims of police terror.
Thank you to everyone who has come out to support. We have many actions planned! The most-updated social media outlets are our facebook and our twitter. Please follow both.