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Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970s-1980s.
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The Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970-1980s , consists of over 200 DVDs on the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO). DVDs include footage of interviews with residents and activists, meetings with organizations, and the LTPRO's protests and actions to stop eviction. Footage from this collection was used in Visual Communications' film “Something's Rotten in Little Tokyo.”
The Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO) was founded in 1973 in the midst of the Little Tokyo Project, which was adopted by the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles in order to redevelop the neighborhood. LTPRO challenged the ongoing evictions caused by the redevelopment efforts and assisted community businesses and long-time senior residents, who were in danger of displacement by transnational companies. It sought to maintain housing and sustainable living conditions for Japanese American working class people.
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