Social Mvmts: The Brown Berets
The Brown Berets (Los Boinas Marrones) are a pro-Chicano organization that emerged during the late 1960s. Since its founding, the group has promoted Chicano…
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In this picture the new Brown Berets commemorate the day in 1970 when over 20,000 Chicanos marched down Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. to protest the war in Vietnam and the high casualty rate of Chicanos, August 29, 2009. Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image? — at Ruben Salazar Park.
"La Causa" (The Cause), 2011 "This is one of two paintings I created especially for ¡ADELANTE!, an exhibit of Chicano art at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California. La Causa is a portrait of militants from the Brown Beret organization, a Chicano group that gained notoriety in the late 1960s for struggling to advance the civil and human rights of Mexican-Americans. The Chicano Moratorium march againt the Vietnam War took place in East Los Angeles on August 29, 1970 - Artist: Mark Vallen
"Youth Killed in Chicano Riot--The body of a Mexican-American youth lies on a sidewalk in East Los Angeles where he was shot to death during an outbreak of violence today following a rally protesting alleged police brutality. Several other persons were wounded as youthful demonstrators broke windows and looted stores," January 31, 1971. Photo credit: AP Chief Ed Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department blamed the protest on “swimming pool Communists” and the Brown Berets, who he claimed were
The Story of the Brown Berets The personal story of David Sanchez, 19-year-old leader of the Chicano Power Brown Beret movement is about as vivid an illustration as one can find of how once complacent East Los Angles kids have been driven into open, violent rebellion against establishment indifference, bad schools and police brutality...
Using their uniforms to express “Brown Pride,” the “Brown Berets” were young Chicano/a activists who, like the Black Panthers, focused on issues such as unemployment, housing, food, & education. In order to call attention to the unequal educational system in East LA in 1968, the Brown Berets organized “blowouts,” where hundreds of Eastside Mexican American public schools students walked out of class the first wk of March in protest of the inferior educational conditions. Credit: LA Times
This painting features a Brown Beret Chicana whose portrait was taken during the 1970 National Chicano Moratorium. The Moratorium against the Vietnam war mobilized an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 peaceful protestors marched in East LA that August. The Brown Berets were a barrio self defense committee and many have referred to them at the parallel Chicana/o organization to the Black Panther party. Artist: Melanie Cervantes
"Our fight is at home, not in Vietnam" - The Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) and the Brown Berets formed this anti-Vietnam war demonstration in the early 1970s. The left side of their banner reads, "Remember Ruben Salazar, who was a Mexican-American journalist killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War on August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, California. Does anyone know who took this picture?
The above photo shows members of the Brown Berets leaving Catalina Island while being escorted by the L.A. County Sheriffs at the end of the Catalina Island occupation. On August 30, 1972, twenty-six members (25 men and one woman) of the Brown Berets began a twenty-four day occupation of Santa Catalina Island. A contingent of Brown Berets arrived in small groups aboard a tourist boat and a small plane. Photo credit: Underwood Photo Archives
"The Brown Berets were a group of Chicano / a individuals who formed in Los Angeles in 1960. They stood for and fought for the liberation of Chicanos everywhere. In 1968 they organized a massive student walk out in East LA, demanding equality in schools and education."