… “Cause and Effect as Found in Always Running La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.
by Luis Rodriguez p. 160-164
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction Sir Isaac Newton once wrote. Such is the case in the life of author Luis Rodriguez. The short essay found on pages 160-164 of his book, Always Running, describes the physical abuse, false arrest, and unjust imprisonment (effect) Rodriguez faced following his participation in the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War protest of August 29th, 1970. (cause) (p.160) There were far reaching effects as well.
Before discussing the effects of his actions, it is important to know the reasons behind his behavior. Rodriguez wanted to attend the march because he was interested in being a part of a cause greater than he was.
The Vietnam War was going on. Many Hispanics were opposed to the war because of the large numbers of Hispanic casualties overseas. The number of Hispanics dying was not in proportion to the amount of Hispanics found in American society at that time. (p. 160) Rodriguez wanted to show his support of the anti war movement, and his commitment to the Hispanic brotherhood, La …