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April 14, 2017
BENEFITING: KOREAN CHURCHES FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPEMENT
EVENT DATE: Apr 29, 2017
We invite you to join us for the momentous event, and we welcome your support. Your contribution will help to make a tremendous impact on raising visibility and awareness of key issues related to police brutality, racial injustice, and civic unrest in bettering race relations and supporting our programs that cultivate youth and community civic engagement and leadership.
Almost twenty-five years ago, Los Angeles was torn and divided by the LA Riots that resulted in over 3,600 fires, 2,300 businesses destroyed, 53 lives lost, and over $1 billion in property damage (40% were incurred by Korean Americans.)
In 2012, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots, Korean Churches for Community Development (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.
On April 29, 2017, a closing commemorative service will be held from 3PM-6PM at the Oriental Mission Church in Los Angeles (VIP Reception from 2PM-3PM.) With an expected gathering of over 2,000 attendees, those attending will include from local, state, and national elected officials, celebrities, law enforcement agencies, faith leaders, community leaders, business leaders, ex-gang members, victims and those affected by the LA Riots.