John Kim, Co-Director of the Advancement Project

April 23, 2012 in 20 Stories

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.

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Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-33)

April 23, 2012 in 20 Stories

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.

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Lilian Marenco, South L.A. Resident

April 18, 2012 in 20 Stories

Lilian Marenco is a long-time resident of South Los Angeles who became involved with Community Coalition’s campaign to shut down over 150 liquor stores in the immediate aftermath of the civil unrest.

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Annetta Wells-Starks, SCYEA Alumni

April 17, 2012 in 20 Stories

Annetta Wells-Starks, one of the first graduates of Community Coalition’s youth program, South Central Youth Empowered thru Action (SCYEA) is currently the Los Angeles and San Diego Field Coordinator for California Calls, a statewide alliance of community groups working to revitalize the California dream.

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Wanda Enix, Relative Caregiver

April 13, 2012 in 20 Stories

Wanda Enix, a long-time resident of South Los Angeles and relative caregiver who was active in the Kinship in Action program at Community Coalition since the 1990s, speaks about what her community was like before the 1992 civil unrest and how much it changed after.

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Francis Fikes, Long-time South L.A. Resident

April 11, 2012 in 20 Stories

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

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Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President and CEO

March 16, 2012 in 20 Stories

Marqueece Harris-Dawson is the President and CEO of Community Coalition, a social justice non-profit organization based in South Los Angeles. Harris-Dawson grew up as a child in South L.A. and currently resides in the community.

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