Published August 29, 2016
OAKLAND – Members of the American Indian and Mexican American community, along with others, gathered in Oakland, California,, Sunday, August 28, 2016 to commemorate the historic Chicano Moratorium in 1970 against the Vietnam War.
At the Chicano Moratorium held in Los Angeles, four people were killed, two by the police, and some 150 people were arrested on that dreadful day on August 29, 1970.
Sunday’s gathering started with a sunrise ceremony with prayers and smudging with copal and sage.
There were many speakers and performers, Al Rojas of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement – AFL- CIO (LCLAA) a national labor group based out of Northern California, was one of them. Al was with Cesar Chavez from the beginning. At 79 years old Al is still going strong, he told Native News Online “That he goes way back, he was with Dennis Banks at DQ University in the early 1970’s. Al said “We were there when we were doing our strike in 1973. Later on we were invited on the Longest Walk when they started off in Sacramento at the state capital. We marched with them all the way to Placerville, California, which is 44 miles.”
He also told Native News Online that AFL-CIO works very closely with many native people from states in Mexico, particularly
Michoacán, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero. “The workers are very exploited people which is nothing new or different. To help the workers we formed the United Farm Workers Union about 50 years ago after the famous grape strike in Delano in 1965, which culminated in the boycott of 1968 through 70, We couldn’t win the strike because of all the violence.and repression by the courts and judicial systems. Now here we are again in 2016 a time of repression, crisis and resistance by the very people who promised us change was coming, the Democratic Party.
The corparate attack especially in rural areas where many corporations are crossing the boarder especially because of the free trade agreement.
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