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'Days of Dialogue' 10 Years After the Riots

April 28, 2002

In Earl Ofari Hutchinson's April 24 commentary, "10 Years After the Riots, We Stick With Our Own," he states, "The Los Angeles City Council should revive its 'day of dialogue' forums, which brought together community leaders and residents from throughout the city to discuss their problems and needs." I am pleased to report there is no need to "revive" the forums because the Days of Dialogue program has been very active in Los Angeles, Carson, Inglewood and Pasadena. Within the last year there have been more than 50 dialogues surrounding the issues of racism after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, race relations, sexual abuse, youth leadership and more.

Recognizing that the 10-year anniversary of the civil unrest is an important time to reflect on race relations, there will be 13 dialogues throughout Los Angeles in connection with the Open Museum's exhibit of personal objects and stories, called "Remembering the Riots." For more information regarding Days of Dialogue, call (213) 439-9640, ext. 27.

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Councilman, 8th District

Chair, Days of Dialogue

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