On August 29, 1970, a “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.
In the video:
- “Bronze people with a Bronze culture”
- “We’re not against the black people or the white people. We’re against oppression.”
Note: The Beret has been used as a symbol of fighting oppression going back to
- The British Royal Tank Corps going back to 1918
- Che Guevara as far back as 1959
- The Black Panther Party in 1966
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