Ontario Performance Re-Enacts Peaceful L. A. Protest

Newspaper article from the Daily Bulletin:

Ontario performance re-enacts peaceful East LA protest turned deadly

By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin


Posted: 08/27/16, 1:23 PM PDT | Updated: 12 hrs ago


ONTARIO >> Teatro Urbano will present a special performance of a play set in a time of protest in East Los Angeles — specifically a peaceful protest turned deadly.

“Silver Dollar” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at CASA Ontario, 200 S. Euclid Ave., Suite B in Ontario.

The play, written by Rene Rodriguez, directed by Rosemary Soto Rodriguez and produced by Susan Quiles, is a fictitious account of events taking place in the East Los Angeles bar where Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar was killed in the course of covering the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War march on Aug. 29, 1970, according to an August 1990 article published in the Los Angeles Times.

At the time of his death, Salazar was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director at Spanish-language television station KMEX.

On the day of his death, Salazar, who was reporting stories about the Mexican-American community, had been at the march. The protest started out peacefully and drew thousands of participants, but ended in violence with a clash between march participants and members of law enforcement.

Following Monday night’s performance a series of guest speakers will address the audience. They include Rosalie Urias Munos, co-chairwoman of the march; Gloria Arellanes, a former Brown Beret, activist and coordinator of the Barrio Free Clinic; and Jose Calderon, emeritus professor of sociology and Chicano studies at Pitzer College as well as president of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley, according to a statement from the theater group.

Tickets to the performance are $12. Tickets for seniors and students are $10. Accommodations will be made for those who have limited funds, the statement said.

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