Commitment to Be Part of Planning Committee for KCCD's SAIGU Campaign - 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

Almost twenty-five years ago, Los Angeles was torn and divided by the Los Angeles Riots that resulted in over 3,600 fires, 2,300 businesses destroyed, 53 lives lost, and over $1 billion in property damage (50% were incurred by Korean Americans.) There are many signs of progress that can point to a unified Los Angeles since then – In 2012, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots, KCCD launched the SAIGU Campaign.

Within the 7-month campaign, efforts were reignited to build trust and deep dialogue amongst the Los Angeles communities through various service projects and events. Over 1,500 leaders attended the final closing commemorative service with local, national, and international media coverage. Those in attendance included elected officials such as then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, celebrities such as actor Edward James Olmos and Van Jones, the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, various community leaders, ex-gang members, and those honored as Heroes of Hope.

In the years since 1992, the United States has seen additional incidents of rioting after years of distrust between police and communities of color boiled over into the streets, most notably in Ferguson, MO in 2014 and Baltimore, MD in 2015. Sadly, during rioting in both of these cities, Asian shop owners were also targeted for looting. Then, like now, it is vital that Los Angeles continues to acknowledge injustice everywhere and, now more than ever, heal and see progress in bringing peace and unity to impacted communities, to not let neighbors turn on neighbors ever again.

For the upcoming 25th Anniversary, KCCD will continue to tell the story of each group affected by the LA Riots, celebrate the continued process of bringing unity, and highlight the efforts made towards structural healing in Los Angeles. We welcome you to join us in this campaign by being part of the Planning Committee. To commit, please submit your information by filling out the form below.

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