Thank you for your response. Chavez once said that East L.A. was the
grave yard for organizers. Theoretically, this may be true to some
degree. Yet, a movement cannot sustain when trends are always changing.
Before, it was Chicano. Now, its Mexican American. Hence, total
responsibility is not always on the shoulders of leaders because even
leaders have to work at a job to pay bills and transportation. Its even
harder now with a down-trend in the Economy. Yet, most leaders only
survive for five years. The Brown Beret Movement was strong for five
years (1967 to 1972) and then much of the support began to die out. In
1972, the group began to split which was caused by police tactics to
create divisions. They did the same thing to the Panther movement.
Subsequently, the other problem is that 50% of Brown Beret Chapters want
to do their own thing and steal the label name and run off in another
direction. Again, I re-commissioned the Berets in 1992 to stop the
violence. At the time, I had a good job and could spend thousands of
dollars to support this movement to save lives from human conflict.
Then, after we reduced the violence by 50% from 2,000 La Raza homicides
per year in the Southwest to 1,000 La Raza homicides per year in the
Southwest. Then, the movement began to die out. Then in 2005, because of
the movie walk out in which worked as technical advisor. And with New
Berets in L.A., we protested on several issues. New news media from
these actions boosted the Berets to start again. But then, suspected
police informants started to create internal conflict. Chapters were
running off with the BB label that I created in 1967 by changing the
name from Young Chicanos for Community action to Brown Berets. So then,
the Berets tend to submerge under water and re-merge like a submarine.
David Sanchez, Mexican American Leader.