Mary Lee is a longtime South Los Angeles activist and the Deputy Director of PolicyLink. Ms. Lee is a practicing attorney with more than 20 years of experience working in communities throughout California, with special emphasis on issues of housing, land use, and community economic development. A former L.A. Transportation Commissioner, Ms. Lee has long worked for the legal and civil rights of the low-income people of her city. Ms. Lee’s broad experience advising community groups and advocacy campaigns make her a key liaison in the organization’s health, housing, infrastructure, and civil rights efforts.
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.
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?