Scenes from last years Chicano Moratorium march.

Community activists living in the San Fernando Valley will hold a march Saturday, Aug. 29th, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium. 

“We decided rather than go to East L.A., we would have a march closer to home which would be easier for people who may live in San Fernando or Pacoima and address our own local issues,” said organizer, Ernesto Ayala.

“We will have speakers who represent local street vendors, workers from El Super,  address issues of police brutality and we’ll have information and a petition on the efforts to fight the high speed rail which [if allowed to come through] will damage our communiities.”

Ayala, also active with the Pacoima Neighborhood Council said gang violence is another important issue for the community.  “We need to put an end to the barrio gang violence and we need to directly confront it.”

 The march will begin at 11:00 am at Ritchie Valens Memorial Park at 13899 Paxton Street in Pacoima 91331, heading East on Laurel Canyon, then North on Van Nuys Blvd. with its final destination

at Bradley Plaza, 10948 Bradley Avenue, Pacoima, CA 91331. At Bradley Plaza,in addition to speakers there will be vendors and entertainment.

It was on  August 29, 1970, a Chicano Moratorium March was held in East L.A. to protest the Vietnam War and the large number of Latino casualties.

The peaceful protest was disrupted by a strong police presence.  Tear gas was shot into the crowd causing panic and anger among the crowds.  Ruben Salazar, a prominent Chicano journalist and columnist for the L.A. Times and broadcaster for spanish language media ws there to cover the protest.  he took shelter in a local bar where he was killed by a tear gas canister shot into the bar by local  police.

“Today we are still seeking self determination and are advocating for our families and communities,” said Ayala.  “We will  honor the brave citizens of East L.A. who came together 45 years ago.”