Brenda Anderson, Office of Mayor Villaraigosa

April 27, 2012 in 20 Stories

Brenda Anderson is the Associate Director for the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is a long-time resident of South Los Angeles.

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Saul Sarabia, Community Organizer

April 25, 2012 in 20 Stories

Saul Sarabia is a long-time social justice advocate and activist, formerly the director of Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law and before that the Program Director at Community Coalition.

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Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, VP of Org Growth at CoCo

April 25, 2012 in 20 Stories

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.

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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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Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of PERE

April 17, 2012 in 20 Stories

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC. His work focuses on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities.

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Susan Burton, Executive Director of A New Way of Life

April 16, 2012 in 20 Stories

Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project in South Los Angeles, an organization that provides reentry services for women returning from prison, and advocates for on their behalf.

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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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