(The second, bottom image) Austin, May 28, 1981. A Dallas member of the Brown Berets, a Chicago activist group organized in the late ’60s, at a police brutality demonstration.
The Brown Berets were known for their direct action against police brutality. They protested killings and abuses perpetrated by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at the station in the barrio. They supported the United Farm Workers movement and the Land Grant Movement in New Mexico. In 1969, they participated in the first Rainbow Coalition which originally included the Young Patriots and the Young Lords under the leadership of Jose Cha Cha Jimenez and in the Poor Peoples Campaign. In 1969, they were invited to be part of the first Chicano Youth Liberation Movement organized by Corky Gonzales in Denver, Colorado.
Wait, the Brown Berets still exist? I’d read a piece for my social movements class about them and I swore it said they’d dissolved a few decades ago. Respect.
Never dissolve, never surrender.
“Chicanos killing Chicanos is what they want! Blacks and Chicanos killing each other is what they want! That’s how they run this place. Once we get together they don’t run shit!”