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The Silver Dollar (Rubén Salazar)

ID Number: 2311
Maker: Rupert García
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 1990
Place Made: United States: California, Berkeley
Measurements: 73 cm x 57.5 cm; 28 3/4 in x 22 5/8 in
Main Subject: Chicano/Latino
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
El Teatro Urbano Presents The Silver Dollar Written & Directed By Rene Rodriguez Produced By Ricardo López All Performances At The Silver Dollar 4945 E. Whittier Blvd. East L.A. Ticket Info. (818) 244-9509 August 16, 17, 18, 19 & August 23, 24, 25, 26 /Thursdays Thru Saturday At 8 pm, Sundays At 3:30 pm Special Memorial Performance August 29, 1990 Wednesday 5 pm © Rupert Garcia 1990 Screenprint JOS

Acquisition Number: 1996-132

Rubén Salazar was a well-known writer and journalist for KMEX-TV and the Los Angeles Times. He was sent to cover the national Chicano moratorium in Los Angeles on August 29, 1970. When the march ended, Salazar and two friends stopped for a beer at the Silver Dollar Bar near Laguna Park. Police surrounded the place, allegedly looking for a man with a rifle, who had actually been caught hours before. Police threw a ten-inch tear-gas projectile into the bar attempting to make the occupants leave. The missile hit Salazar and killed him. 40 years later there are still many unanswered questions surrounding his death. Before dying Salazar had been working on a story that highlighted how local government seemed intent on ignoring all the complaints and violations involving police encounters with Mexican-Americans. No one was ever tried for his death, even though police admitted the tear-gas should not have been used in the incident. In March 2010, the Los Angeles Times filed a California Public Records Act request for records of the shooting. On August 9, 2010, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca refused to release eight boxes of records regarding Salazar’s death. Three days later, in response to pressure from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and other county supervisor board members, Baca agreed to reconsider his position. At the time of this posting, no records have been released.

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