Aurea Montes-Rodriguez is the Vice President of Organizational Growth at Community Coalition, a social justice non-profit based in South Los Angeles. Born in Mexico but raised in South L.A., Aurea is responsible for the development and sustainability of the organization. She is a passionate advocate and community organizer focusing on building black and brown unity who has been working in South L.A. for nearly fifteen years.
John Kim currently serves as the Co-Director of the Advancement Project and the Director of the Healthy City Project. Through his work on Healthy City, John has provided direct policy and research support to local elected officials, philanthropic entities, and countless community-based organizations throughout the region. John has long focused on social justice and community development issues in both Oakland and Los Angeles.
Karen Bass is the U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district. Prior to her serving as the current Congress member for CA-33rd, Karen Bass made history when the California Assembly elected her to be its 67th Speaker, catapulting her to become the first African American woman in the country to serve in this powerful state legislative role. In 1990 Bass founded and ran Community Coalition, a community-based social justice organization in South Los Angeles to empower residents to get involved in making a difference.
Francis Fikes, a long-time South Los Angeles resident and community activist who was involved in the “Rebuilding South L.A. Without Liquor Store” campaign in 1992, speaks on her community and how it was affected by the 1992 Civil Unrest
Do you know the real history of the 1992 Los Angeles riots? What really happened and why?
20 Years, 20 Stories is a series of reflections from everyday residents, city leaders and community activists, who lived through it and who have fought tirelessly since to rebuild the City of Los Angeles.
Please share your stories and reflections of the 20th anniversary of the Civil Unrest: what do you think led to the Civil Unrest? What progress has South L.A. made since then? What do we still need to work on?