The Brown Beret history has not been without complications. We have been mired with the onslaught of infiltration by
government agents and police. Even to this day we suffer at the hands of a repressive government that wants to put us
down. Our crime? Seeking freedom for our people and the liberation of our lands from a repressive and oppressive
colonizer who is destroying us. The following highlights are as factual as can possibly be gathered. There is no written
history on us, most of this knowledge is shared at the mouths of the Brown Beret veteranos who sometimes have
sketchy memories. If you are to understand us, it is best then to know the full history of our organization, the good, the
bad, and the ugly...
December 3, 1967
The first Brown Beret unit is organized in East Los Angeles, Califas.
The Brown Berets organized the first demonstrations against police brutality in East Los Angeles.
The Brown Berets organized the first school walkouts to change the educational system on behalf of La Raza.
The Brown Berets 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 Berets celebrated the first Cinco de Mayo in San Diego city schools at Mar Vista High School.
The Brown Berets opened the first Chicano Free Health Clinic in East Los Angeles.
The Brown Berets successfully promoted Chicano/Mexicano unity throughout California, creating barrio peace and unity
on a national level.
December 14, 1969
The Brown Berets 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 Berets responded
promptly to protect the Barrio effectively thwarting them.
April 22, 1970
The San Diego Brown Berets 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 Berets 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 and plans.
May 5, 1971
The Brown Berets 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 Berets 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
Brown Berets 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 Berets 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
Brown Berets are re-activated under the old Charter and Provisions as laid out by the previous Brown Beret
Organization. The organization was named Brown Beret National Organization (BBNO).
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 Berets 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 Berets 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 independently organized in Riverside County by Commander Chimalli Cuetlachtli. In 2007
Commander Chimalli created this National Brown Beret website that attracted thousands of viewers internationally. In
2008-2009 Commander Chimalli joined briefly with the Brown Berets de Aztlan but then resigned and began working
independently in 2009.
Jeronimo Blanco was unanimously voted in as the new National Commander of the BBNO, officially replacing David
Sanchez. The organization practically stayed dormant for the next 2 years with no membership, recruitment, or activities
A female Brown Beret, Annette Garcia, from the Riverside County Brown Berets 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.
Jeronimo Blanco united various factions of Brown Berets in different states. He combined the leadership of those
organizations to form a new Cadre Nacional and many reforms were made. Many new members in different states joined.
Members from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California attended the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium in
Los Angeles, CA.
Jeronimo Blanco was "honorably retired" by the membership during the Second Annual National Conference in Tucson,
AZ. from the Brown Beret National Organization. A new Organizing Council was formed that took leadership of the
Organization. Jeronimo Blanco is no longer a Brown Beret.
December 27, 2011
All members of the Brown Beret National Organization voted unanimously to officially change the name of the Brown
Beret National Organization (BBNO), to National Brown Berets (NBB) adopting the NBB as their official organization. The
name Brown Beret National Organization is no longer used.
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