Panel to Consider Causes and Consequences of the Los Angeles Civil Unrest

April 25 event will connect 1992 violence with current solidarity movements

YOK Center logoRIVERSIDE, California – Activists, community organizers, and advocates will discuss the causes and on-going repercussions of the Los Angeles Civil Unrest in a panel discussion at the University of California, Riverside on Tuesday, April 25.

The event will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113. It is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Panelists participating in “The Afterlife of April 29, 1992 & the Fight for Racial Justice in South Los Angeles” discussion will address how the violence 25 years ago impacted various racial and ethnic communities and continues to influence advocacy and organizing efforts for racial justice in Los Angeles, said Crystal Baik, assistant professor of ethnic studies and moderator of the event.

The civil unrest began April 29, 1992, after the acquittal of four white and Latino Los Angeles police officers in the beating of an African American motorist. A total of 53 people died, thousands more were injured, and damage to businesses – particularly those owned by Korean and other Asian immigrants – and other property topped $1 billion before the violence ended on May 4.

Panelists will discuss both the immediate and prolonged repercussions for different communities, including Korean immigrant business owners, African American residents, and Latino/a laborers, and key grassroots organizing campaigns and mobilization efforts that emerged among impacted communities. They also will address how younger generations of scholars, activists, and artists are connecting the civil unrest to contemporary solidarity movements such as immigrant rights campaigns and Black Lives Matter.

Participants include:

  • Joanne Kim, who manages the capital projects team and sets priorities for business development, housing, and transportation projects for Los Angeles Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8). She previously was the chief operating officer of Community Coalition, which works to create and influence policy regarding social and economic conditions in South Los Angeles.
  • Povi-Tamu Bryant, coordinator of the Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
  • Pete White, executive director and founder of Los Angeles Community Action Network, which works to empower people living in poverty.
  • Do Kim, president of the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that is dedicated to providing youth with the tools and opportunities necessary to become future leaders.

The event is sponsored by UCR’s Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies.

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