National Chicano Moratorium Committee 1969

As protests against the unpopular Vietnam War swept the nation, the National Chicano Moratorium Committee organized a rally of 2,000 peace activists on December 19, 1969.  The demonstrators met in Obregon Park in East Los Angeles.  The Committee continued to organize protests, until a serious riot in which several people were killed, including prominent journalist Ruben Salazar.  (Please see August 19, 1970, for more on Ruben Salazar.  Photo from Los Angeles Times files)

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