Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to recognize the historical and cultural significance of Aug. 29, 2020, the day that marked the 50th anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War and the death of former journalist Ruben Salazar:

“Fifty years ago, over 20,000 activists took to the streets of unincorporated East Los Angeles to protest the Vietnam War and raised awareness over the disproportionate number of Latinos being drafted into the military and brought back in body bags.

“What started out as a peaceful demonstration, ended in police violence after a large number of Sheriff’s deputies showed up and tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas and clubs. Hundreds were arrested and injured, and three Chicanos were killed, including prominent journalist Ruben Salazar.

“I remember the images of the turmoil at the time and growing all the more determined to fight for justice. Now, as Supervisor for the First District, which includes unincorporated East Los Angeles, I pledge to continue to address systematic racism in our communities of color and continue to hold law enforcement accountable.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov