Rosalio Muñoz speaks at a press conference, East Los Angeles, 1970.
Rosalio Muñoz speaks at a press conference, East Los Angeles, on September 1, 1970. [©Los Angeles Times. From the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.]

Support for the Chicano Moratorium and local organizing was approved by acclamation by the 2,000 activists at the second National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference at the Crusade for Justice in Denver on March 28, 1970.

About twenty local moratoriums led up to the August 29th National Chicano Moratorium, which was attended by more than 25,000 from virtually every barrio in the country, with solidarity demonstrations in convents, prisons, and on several continents. The Chicano movement took up the anti-war issue with popular support. That ensured Mexican Americans had a key role in ending the war.

On September 16, 1970, thousands marched behind the National Chicano Moratorium Committee banner in the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day parade were cheered by a record crowd of around 200,000.

A Chicano Moratorium legacy is a vision that national grassroots unity and mobilization can overcome obstacles.