This year, we at KIWA are celebrating our 25th anniversary and taking this moment to look back to the Civil Unrest of 1992. In addition to our anniversary celebration in the fall, on the evening of Thursday, April 27th, we are calling partners and allies together with our members to join us for a community discussion and artefact show, to reflect on the progress our communities have brought about in Los Angeles, as well as obstacles to real, lasting change. We expect our invited speakers and community members to produce together important insight into the past, present, and future of Koreatown and Los Angeles, and the challenges and opportunities of multiracial organizing and power-building.
KIWA was created in 1992 just two months before the Los Angeles Civil Unrest. In a city torn with racism, poverty, and inequality, KIWA started with the goal of addressing worker exploitation amongst Korean and Latino workers in Koreatown, and to struggle in solidarity with other communities for a more just Los Angeles. Our mission is to empower low-wage immigrant workers for dignity and respect in the workplace and community, and to work together with other communities to realize a vision of a just Los Angeles. One of the nation’s most established workers centers, KIWA is one of few community groups organizes both Korean and Latino workers. Our vision is to bring together workers, community members, and students in a broad, multi-ethnic coalition.