1970 August 29

Chicano Leader Ruben Salazar Shot and Killed at Protest Rally

 

Los Angeles Times journalist Ruben Salazar was shot and killed on this day by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies at a National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War protest rally. The Moratorium rally was broken up by LASD deputies who used tear gas, and Salazar was shot and killed in the resulting chaos. In 1971 Salazar was posthumously awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.  No one was ever prosecuted for the killing, and his death remains an important symbol of discrimination against Latinos in Southern California.

Watch a documentary on Salazar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziQ93k9n9qE

Read his writings: Ruben Salazar and Mario T. Garcia, Border Correspondent: Selected Writings, 1955–1970 (1995)

Learn more at a timeline of Chicano history, 1962–1974: http://chicanomoratorium.org/html/history_timeline.html

Find a Day

Go
Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps

Topics

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!