Mary Lee, Deputy Director of PolicyLink

April 25, 2012 in 20 Stories

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.

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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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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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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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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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Tony Zepeda, SCYEA Alumni

March 23, 2012 in 20 Stories

Tony Zepeda is one of the first graduates of Community Coalition’s youth program, South Central Youth Empowered thru Action (SCYEA), and is currently the Director of Operations at Soledad Enrichment Action.

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