December 3, 1967
The first Brown Beret unit is organized in East Los Angeles, Califas.
The Brown Beret organized the first demonstrations against police brutality in East Los Angeles.
The Brown Beret organized the first school walkouts to change the educational system on behalf
of La Raza.
The Brown Beret organized chapters throughout the states of California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado,
New Mexico and as far away as Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Indiana,
becoming a national organization.
The first school walkouts were organized in San Diego, California as well as other cities throughout
Aztlan by Brown Beret students and supporters.
The Brown Beret celebrated the first Cinco de Mayo in San Diego city schools at Mar Vista High
The Brown Beret opened the first Chicano Free Health Clinic in East Los Angeles.
The Brown Beret successfully promoted Chicano/Mexicano unity throughout California, creating
barrio peace and unity on a national level.
December 14, 1969
The Brown Beret organized the Chicano Moratorium Committee and the first rally in East Los
Angeles to protest against racial discrimination and the disproportionate number of Chicanos
getting killed in the Vietnam War
La Raza of Logan Heights was threatened with violence by the Hells Angels. The San Diego Brown
Beret responded promptly to protect the Barrio effectively thwarting them.
April 22, 1970
The San Diego Brown Beret occupy the land that was to be a California Highway Patrol station in
Logan Heights under the Coronado Bridge, forming Chicano Park, which has now become a symbol
of Chicano pride and power that is famous around the world.
The Brown Beret were promoted and organized in various California prisons, as well as in parts of
Mexico, Europe, and Asia by Chicano U.S. Military personnel that agreed with Brown Beret goals
May 5, 1971
The Brown Beret marched one thousand miles from Calexico to Sacramento in “La Marcha de la
Reconquista” to protest statewide against racial and institutionalized discrimination, police brutality,
and the high number of Chicano casualties in Vietnam.
August 29, 1971
The Brown Beret embark on a yearlong nationwide expedition in “La Caravana de la Reconquista”
to organize La Raza on a national scale to secure rights and self-determination for La Raza.
August 30, 1972
The Brown Berets reclaimed Isla de Santa Catalina in order to bring attention of the illegal
occupation of the islands by the U.S. and to claim it on behalf of the Chicano people and to bring
attention to the shortage of housing for the Chicano community. The U.S. has illegally occupied this
and the other Archipelago Islands known as the Channel Islands since 1848 when they signed the
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
November 1, 1972
The Brown Beret were infiltrated by sellouts and subversives working for outside organizations
including but not limited to the FBI, LAPD, CWP, ATF, and other “law enforcement” agencies and
organizations working to co-opt the Chicano Movement to serve their own agendas. The Brown
Beret were disbanded by the then Prime Minister David Sanchez in order to circumvent any
violence the members of the organization which was being promoted by those infiltrators mentioned
The Brown Beret are re-activated under the old Charter and Provisions as laid out by the previous
Brown Beret National Organization.
The Executive leadership of the Brown Beret National Organization traveled throughout Aztlan
speaking and organizing Raza in the Barrios against gang violence.
Brown Beret units were organized in Madera, Stockton, Watsonville, Oakland, San Diego, California
as well as in Sanger, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.
The Brown Beret organized a two week march that started in the projects of San Pedro and made
its way throughout the barrios of Los Angeles, culminating at the Los Angeles County jail. This
march was to promote peace and unity amongst the barrios of Los Angeles and to protest the poor
conditions that inmates of the county jail were being kept in.
The Brown Beret took a nationwide bus tour of the U.S. in support of the “Latino March” and
provided security for the march and it’s organizers in the U.S. capital.
Various Units are organized in Los Angeles County. Catalina Island was revisited in commemoration
of the original Catalina Island Reclamation of 1972.
Brown Beret units were organized in Riverside County by Commander Chimalli Cuetlachtli and he
also created a National Brown Beret website that attracted thousands of viewers internationally.
Brown Beret Units were organized in New Mexico, Colorado, California Oregon, by Comandante
Jeronimo Blanco was unanimously voted in as the new National Commander of the BBNO, officially
replacing David Sanchez. Sweeping changes were made to the organization to rebuild the
organization and solidify its position in the Chicano Movement.
A female Brown Beret, Annette Garcia, from the Riverside County Brown Beret was murdered by a
Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy. She was shot in the back in front of her husband and 6 children
on the family ranch. Protests and Candle light vigils were immediately coordinated.
The New Mexico Brown Beret led by Comandante Juanito Burns successfully protested at Whitten Inn
for more than six months over racist policies by the owner.
Jeronimo Blanco succesfully united various factions of The Brown Beret in different states. He
combined the leadership of those organizations to form a new Cadre Nacional and many reforms
were made and hundreds of new members in different states joined over a period of months.
Members from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California attended the 40th Anniversary of the
Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles, CA.