August 29th Movement

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The August 29th Movement (ATM) was a Chicano New Communist Movement organization that took its name from the historic August 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War in Los Angeles. It was formed at a Unity Conference in May 1974 from the merger of the August 29th Collective of Los Angeles, California; the East Bay Labor Collective of Oakland, California; La Raza Workers Collective of San Francisco; and a collective from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The ATM published a pamphlet, “Fan The Flames: A Revolutionary Position on the Chicano National Question,” in 1975. The document argued that Chicanos living in the Southwestern United States were an oppressed nation, rather than an oppressed national minority, as was argued by most other New Communist Movement organizations.

The August Twenty-Ninth Movement published a newspaper, Revolutionary Cause, and a theoretical journal, The Red Banner.

In 1978, ATM merged with I Wor Kuen to form the League of Revolutionary Struggle.

Founders

Bill Gallegos first met Yvonne De Los Santos in 1974, when a "bunch of pretty raggedy Chicanos and Chicanas formed the August 29th Movement (Marxist-Leninist), the first revolutionary socialist organization to emerge from the Chican@ Liberation Struggle". The little town of Oxnard produced a whole district of ATM members including Yvonne, Connie Valdez, Beto Flores, and Jenaro Valdez.[1]

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