From the Ashes: The 1992 Civil Unrest and the Rise of Social Movement Organizing

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 9am - 5pm
USC Davidson Conference Center

Join us as we commemorate the progress we have made, come together to share strategies and opportunities for multi-racial organizing in Los Angeles, and look forward for the next 20 years.

This April marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles – an event that has led to a strong and vibrant movement for social justice in the region.

But twenty years ago, the media portrayed the unrest primarily as the culmination of ethnic conflict and overlooked the pervasive economic distress felt in communities throughout Los Angeles. The media is likely to do the same, again, but we have a strong and compelling alternative narrative to offer.

Thursday, April 26th will be an opportunity to lift up the everyday efforts by ordinary residents to remake Los Angeles. The multi-racial social movement has brought people together across race and place and established a living wage policy, a better transportation system, schools that offer college prep to all students, a more welcome stance toward immigrants, and a variety of other community benefits – as well as a vision for a stronger, more equitable America.

The event is organized by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity in collaboration with:

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)Community Coalition (CoCo)Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), and UCLA Labor Center.

The event is made possible with funding from the California Community FoundationFord FoundationJames Irvine FoundationLiberty Hill FoundationNeedmor FundNew World FoundationPanta Rhea FoundationSolidago FoundationUnitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter RockUSC Annenberg School for Communication & JournalismUSC Center for Religion and Civic CultureUSC Dana and David Dornsife Collegeand the USC Office of the Provost.



  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291