2017 SAIGU Campaign
We asked members of the 2017 SAIGU committee to reflect on their memories, thoughts and experiences with the riots. Here, you'll find a collection of their comments
SAIGU Prayer Breakfast
2012 SAIGU Campaign
"We are excited about the opportunities that the SAIGU campaign will create as well as new possibilities for the city of Los Angeles. Being a resident of South Los Angeles during the L.A. Riots, I saw firsthand not only the destruction of property, but worse, the destruction of the dreams and hopes of both residents & merchants in the region. As we approach the 20 year anniversary of the unrest, we are grateful to be partnering with KCCD along with other organizations and community leaders to build bridges, foster new relationships, and work together to restore the hopes and dreams that were displaced during that time."
Pastor Touré Roberts
One Church International
"I remember the riots because April 29th was on a Friday! My last day of work for a company in the City of Bell, after accepting the job to come work for the church the following Monday, May 2nd, just a mile away from the epic center of Florence & Normandie. My faith had been challenged from the first day on the job; wondering if I had made the right choice. We had no power in the area, most of the stores, gas station, and other service centers in the area were destroyed. Twenty years later, I am still in the business of helping to save communities."
Executive Director, Vermont Village Community Development Corporation
"The image of a past moves me through a two dimensional gallery that reminds me of an inner volcanic cloud of disorder that engulfed, killed, stole and destroyed a City Of Angels. Today, I join KCCD, the SAIGU partnership and all those who have raised themselves from the suffocating ashes to breathe life into a new foundation that will be the cornerstone of the 20th year anniversary."
Commissioner, L.A. County Department of Probation
"The financial loss my family incurred is about 350K. Two storefronts and 250K in wholesale inventory. My mom didn't have the proper insurance to cover it, so it was a complete loss. She got out of small business completely and helped my father who was in a different business - real estate - which at the time was a very down market. It was a difficult time for my family. I saw my parents fight a lot during this time - mostly because of the financial strain, im sure. I have two siblings and am just now realizing how expensive it is to raise children in LA. I'm grateful to my parents for shielding me from the problems they had and allowing me to grow up like normal kid. We were victims. But, I speak for my whole family when I say we certainly don't feel like victims. God provided miraculously, as he always does, and we are all well today except for my father who passed away 2 years ago."
Realtor, Modern Realty Co.
"I am proud to be part of SAIGU, which aspires to build a better Los Angeles. It is indeed only together that we can build a better society, and Muslims are happy to join hands with our Korean brothers and sisters in doing just that."
Executive Director, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
"Being a part of ‘Chung Yuhn Dahn,’ a youth task force who patrolled Koreatown during the LA Riots 20 years ago, I did the best I could to protect some parts of my hometown while I watched other parts burn up in flames. I hated the police, the white media, Blacks, Latinos, and even some Koreans for a long time. My feeling are much different now, and rather than living in the past, I'm doing what I can to support SAIGU and continue to move forward."
“The 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots is an opportunity for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made in building a city and a community that is more inclusive, more diverse and stronger than before. The causes of the riots were complex and varied, and in rebuilding neighborhoods affected by the riot, we were also building those ties that have brought us closer together. We are proud of the diversity in Los Angeles, and we are proud that our city is home to folks spanning every culture and community in the world. Organizations like Korean Churches for Community Development have helped lead us in the rebuilding effort early on, and in healing the wounds and divisions that led to the riots in the first place.”
Speaker John A. Pérez
California State Assembly
"The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is pleased to join with KCCD in remembering the 1992 civil unrest. APALC worked with many leaders after the civil unrest to heal racial tensions and to restore economic vitality to the communities. We continue to work with the Korean American community to provide services and to advocate for political engagement."
President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California
"I salute the riot victims for their fortitude, courage, and faith in America in painstakingly restoring what appeared to be irreparable damage, to preserve the city. Though excruciatingly painful, it is imperative to re-examine the incident to prevent a recurrence and improve the progression of our great society. We learned and took positive steps toward better relationships, however, we must go beyond political rhetoric. We must establish a level of opportunity, happiness, and equality for the minority as well as the majority. In that regard, KCCD's active leadership is deeply appreciated."
William P. Min
Former President , Korean American Legal Advocacy Fund (KALAF)
"The Los Angeles Riots were one of America's great tragedies, especially for the Korean-American community. Chaos Theory Music is committed to telling this story and capturing its sound. We will gladly provide music production and creative content in support of this important and necessary campaign."
CEO & Composer, Chaos Theory Music, Inc.
“I feel truly blessed and honored to be part of the SAIGU Committee. After almost twenty years since the L.A. Riots, I hope that we can bring our multi-ethnic communities together to heal and grow. Instead of a quilt of communities with separate blocks and borders, our communities must intertwine to create the unbreakable tapestry that is Los Angeles.”
Community Affairs Specialist, CRA-LA
"Much like George Holliday capturing the infamous Rodney King video, David Kim has caught the unconscionable acts against Korean American's on camera. His documentary is not to be missed."
Executive Director, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
“As a Christian pastor, I honor my Korean brothers and sisters, along with all the guests who gather today seeking to advance the cause of unity and reconciliation. Your steadfast belief that the tragedies of the past can be transformed into new possibilities will undoubtedly bring health and hope to all who reside within the boundaries of this City.
Today, I join my heart and hands with yours as we all pursue the Creator’s mandate to ‘love our neighbors as ourselves.’ May God bless your efforts to honor, respect and advance goodwill, peace and prosperity to all. You are indeed a blessing to us!”
Dr. Jim Tolle
La Iglesia En El Camino, Church On The Way
"The LA Riots of 1992 was a historical event that impacted the lives of so many across the city and around the world. We are honored to partner together with the SAIGU campaign to release healing into these past wounds and to envision TOGETHER what is possible as we walk in the power of love and reconciliation."
Jonathan and Sharon Ngai
Lead Directors, Radiance International (Hollywood House of Prayer)
"The Asian Pacific American Legal Center appreciates the leadership of KCCD in remembering the impact of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. We believe it is important that we learn the lessons of that period. We must work together to make sure that the criminal justice system is fair to all, that we work to peacefully resolve racial tensions and avoid stereotyping, that we make sure that economic opportunities are open for all, and that we make renewed commitments to work together for community revitalization."
President and Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
"The King Riots of 1992 reflect how fragile and complex relationships are within the diverse communities of Los Angeles. The SAIGU Campaign to Serve, Advocate, Inspire, Give and Unite is an integral thread that is weaving our communities together. We salute the Korean Churches for Community Development for commemorating this pivotal event in our history, and for their work to unify Los Angeles and heal the wounds that tore us apart."
John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE
"20 years ago our city erupted into chaos leaving 53 dead and causing a billion dollars in damage. The physical and emotional scars are still healing.
And while the riots now belong to history, the consequences and lessons of those days remain with us. The riots forced us to face uncomfortable truths about our society. The truth that entire communities were economically ignored and isolated, left with incredibly high unemployment. The truth that law enforcement must build good relationships and understanding with the people they are sworn to “protect and serve.” The truth that there is no excuse for violence and destruction, which only weakens the cause of justice and destroys our community. And the truth that no one should be left to live without hope and opportunity.
I pray that we have learned from the riots. That we have faced the uncomfortable truths and are continually working toward the changes necessary to be a better city collectively, and better people individually. I believe things are progressing from where they once were, and remembering what happened, I believe, will keep us focused on never letting it happen again.”
U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn