Protests, Movement, and Memory: The Chicano Moratorium

by VanessaVaile

Xicana Ph.D.

Protests, Movement, and Memory: The Chicano Moratorium

By Irene Sanchez

Xicana Ph.D

Originally published on

The Southwest Political Report

August 29, 2018

Protests have been used to challenge injustice in society. The freedom to peacefully assemble is part of the first amendment rights of the U.S. constitution. Time and time again these so-called guaranteed rights have been not only violated, but also met with repression.  Today, August 29th, marks the day Chicana/o/x people rose up for social change in 1970 to protest the Vietnam war, that event was called the Chicano Moratorium.

Chicana/o/x people have been struggling to be recognized for generations. We have been struggling for a right to live with dignity and respect in the land that was once a homeland and still is. This land, the Southwest, is also a place where no matter what generation one may come from or country now from Latin America, regardless…

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