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Jason Sperber

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How Do We Prevent Another L.A. Riot? Give Youth a Voice

After the L.A. riots, student paper L.A. Youth provided a critical student voice. Now it's in danger of closing.


If you lived in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, you remember where you were when the city began to burn.

I’d just turned 18 and was two months from graduating from Los Angeles High School. I grew up in Koreatown, the biracial son of two public school teachers living in a multiracial, middle-class neighborhood in the center of the city. I saw Los Angeles as a city of diverse voices telling their own personal, yet interconnecting stories in a beautiful multitude of languages. And because of my involvement in L.A. Youth, a nonprofit youth newspaper founded in 1988, I knew that it was important that my classmates and I share our voices.

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