Activist Video Archive

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Vivian Rothstein

Vivian Rothstein was introduced to activism through the civil rights movement of the early 1960s. She was a Mississippi Freedom Summer volunteer in 1965 and later an SDS community organizer in Chicago working to build “an interracial movement of the poor”.

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Pat Krommer

Pat Krommer, CSJ was born in Berkeley, California into a middle class family. The family moved to the Central Valley. She attended Catholic schools in elementary and high school. From time to time she thought about religious life but considered other paths open to her.

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Mickey Flacks

Mickey Flacks is a red diaper baby born in the Bronx to cosmopolitan parents who immigrated to the U.S. in the teens and 1920’s. She grew up in the milieu of foreign born, Yiddish speaking leftists who believed in education, trade unionism and in keeping their Jewish/Yiddish culture and identity intact.

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Dick Flacks

Dick Flacks grew up in Brooklyn, the son of teachers. His parents had taught in New York City schools and were active in the Teacher’s Union, a Communist led union. His parents and grandparents were involved in the Workman’s Circle, a Jewish Socialist organization, and his early upbringing was influenced by their community organizing. 

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Len Chandler

Len Chandler was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio. Pivotal early influences included his step mother and his grandmother, both of whom introduced him early on to the joys of music. His father was a jazz musician, and music curriculum in the schools he attended quickly became Len’s primary educational interest.

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Angela Sanbrano

Angela Sanbrano, was born in Juarez, Mexico. She grew up in El Paso, Texas. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from People's College of Law, Los Angeles and bachelor's degree in psychology from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges. Angela has dedicated her life to the struggle for peace with justice and to improve the quality of life of Latinos.

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Theresa Killeen Bonpane

Theresa Killeen Bonpane grew up the youngest child in an Irish working class family in Troy, New York.  Theresa fended for herself from an early age.  An indifferent student, her life consisted of the social side of school, and a rigorous Catholic faith.

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Blase Bonpane

Blase Bonpane grew up in Los Angeles. His father, an Italian immigrant, became a lawyer, and eventually a Judge. Against his family's wishes, Blase left home to join the Maryknoll Religious Order. He was drawn to Maryknoll because of their history of international service.

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“Everything that is tearing us down today will become a memory, and this memory will be shared as an anecdote or a story or a poem or a play or a warning. It will be shared with another human being, who will then understand that he is not alone in his sadness. This is why we show up for others and tell our tales and listen to others. The great congregation meets daily, and you are someone’s angel today.”

-Tennessee Williams/Interview with James Grissom

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