At “West Los Stories,” our mission is to amplify the visibility of the culture bearers of West Los Angeles with a focus on Brown, Indigenous, Black, and other marginalized communities and cultures. Our aim is to uncover and highlight the beautiful, untapped histories that have formed the fabric of our neighborhoods in a way that mitigates the white centricity of most local historical narratives.

We are committed to uplifting a deeper awareness of this territory’s history, fostering sincere representation, and using our histories as a tool for equity and community empowerment

Our purpose transcends the documentation of individual and communal stories. We strive to bridge generations through shared testimonies which in turn may uncover previously unknown or overlooked histories. We also focus on disengaging from cliche a themes to shift focus towards the rich complexity of our West Los Angeles community’s experiences and contributions.

Our goal is to build a robust library of oral history testimonies. These voices are not just testimonies; they serve as powerful tools for personal growth, community unification, and political empowerment. We stand for the right to self-determination and the need for a more inclusive account of our past, encouraging families and communities to partake in shaping their own narratives.

Through “West Los Stories,” we believe every story matters, and every experience and perspective of history contributes to a deeper our understanding who we are as a community.

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Richard Cortez of venice sitting on a bench
west los angeles gardner man
Frank Casillas of Santa Monica
Chang - Chicano old-timer from Barrio Venice, CA