Los Angeles Civil Unrest: 20 Years Later

The Civil Unrest was a watershed moment for many residents, activists, organizations and for the progressive movement in Los Angeles.

The civil unrest had a deep impact on Community Coalition, our organizing and our members. You can find the stories of our residents, leaders and others on our new blog www.LACivilUnrest.org -- a site with a wealth of information, resources and stories of that fateful April 29th, 1992. Visit www.LACivilUnrest.org to learn more.

george graham community coalitionCommunity Coalition organized a Weekend of Commemoration of the 1992 Civil Unrest with a series of community events including meetings, dialogues and a rally.

On Sunday, April 29 we had over 300 residents, families, youth, allies, as well as community, faith-based, and elected leaders join us for a spectacular community fair and rally that we held on the vacant lot of 81st and Vermont Ave. We kicked off the afternoon with rally to one of the long-lasting symbols of the L.A. riots: vacant lots that are still sitting empty in our community. We ended the day with good music, food, entertainment and inspirational speakers from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Yasser Aman of UMMA Clinic, and speakers from Brotherhood Crusade, SCOPE/AGENDA, Los Angeles Land Trust, and many others.

Los Angeles RiotsOn Saturday, April 28 many of you came out to remember and reflect on how our community has changed in the last two decades. We had a packed house at First AME Church that morning with some great speakers including community members SCYEA alumni Tony Zepeda, South L.A. residents Lilian Marenco and Deann D’Antignac, as well as our distinguished panelists Congresswoman Karen Bass, President of the Police Commission John Mack, Deputy Director of PolicyLink Mary Lee, LAANE Senior Community Organizer Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, President of the K.W. Lee Center Do Kim, Director of USC PERE Manuel Pastor and Executive Vice President of Community Coalition Alberto Retana.

In the Media
Check out some of the media highlights from our weekend of commemoration and how the civil unrest affected Community Coalition and community activism in South L.A.


A mixed legacy for post-riot activism, The Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2012

El progreso no es igual tras 20 años de los disturbios, La Opinión, 1 de mayo del 2012

Seizing the post-riot moment, The Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2012

Gente y Policías: problemas similares, La Opinión, 29 de abril del 2012

Rep. Karen Bass remembers the LA Riots, KPCC Radio, April 29, 2012

Riots claimed 200 liquor stores, but South L.A. still suffers, The Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2012

Forgotten flashpoint, A Week After Rodney King, The Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2012

Reflecting on the riots, 20 years later, The Los Angeles Wave, April 27, 2012

Editorial by Aurea Montes-Rodriguez: After The Riots: Building South L.A. Through Black And Brown Unity, The Huffington Post, April 27, 2012

Vermont Ave. '92, Vermont Ave. today: Not enough has changed, The Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2012

Post-'92, a weeding out of South L.A. liquor stores, The Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2012

The '92 riot: Revisiting a dark day in LA history, The Associated Press, April 26, 2012

Flashpoint!, Our Weekly, April 26, 2012

20 Years After The L.A. Riots More Hope Comes To South L.A., Global Grind, April 26, 2012

Editorial by Marqueece Harris-Dawson: 20 Years After the L.A. Riots -- More Hope in South L.A. Despite Economic Realities, The Huffington Post, April 25, 2012

In Years Since the Riots, a Changed Complexion in South Central, The New York Times, April 24, 2012


SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff  The LA Riots Remembered

Assemblywoman Karen Bass Shares Her Memories Of LA Riots, KCBS 2/KCAL 9, April 29, 2012

LA Reflects Back on 20 Years after the Riots, KCBS 2/KCAL 9, April 29, 2012

Los Angeles Residents to Mark 20th Anniversary of Los Angeles Riots, KCBS 2/KCAL 9

Twenty years after the L.A. Riots: how have race relations changed?, KPCC Radio, April 11, 2012

1965, 1992 and 2012: change for African Americans in L.A.?, KPCC Radio, Jan. 13, 2012