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Remembering the Chicano Moratorium

Members of Los Illegals and Tierra recall that day. They and others will mark the 40th anniversary with concert and other festivities Saturday.

August 27, 2010|By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times

Angie Castro, press deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, whose First District includes the area, said that eventful summer 40 years ago forged many important links within the community. "Everybody's connected somehow, and it all goes back to those times when people were fighting for equality and access and services," Castro said.

Other cultural events this summer are reconsidering the effect of that fateful day. An exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute next to Olvera Street displayed photos and graphic images of the era. At Corazón del Pueblo in Boyle Heights, Teatro Urbano is presenting a play, "The Silver Dollar," written and directed by Rene Rodriguez, through Sept. 11, including a memorial performance at 5 p.m. Sunday. Both implicitly and explicitly, some events are raising parallels with the current heated immigration debate.

Saturday's concert will include both acoustic and electric sets, with the various musicians uniting for a monster-jam finale. Herron said the set list will include original songs as well as "reinterpreted" covers of tunes such as Foo Fighters' "My Hero."

If they do their job right, Velo suggested, he and his colleagues might help inspire a new generation of artists in Saturday's audience.

Spurring people into action, Velo said, "is just as good as getting encores."

reed.johnson@latimes.com

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