Los Angeles, CA
United States
Lincoln Park, 3600 N. Mission Road The Wall Las Memorias since 2 December 2004
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Prominent AIDS Monument Vandalized in East L.A.
The Wall Las Memorias, the first publicly funded AIDS monument in the nation, was recently vandalized, reports Frontiers news editor Karen Ocamb. Someone damaged a portion of the monument with yellow paint, which is located in Lincoln Park in East L.A. The brainchild of activist Richard Zaldivar, The Wall Las Memorias is part of an ongoing, AIDS education project that reaches out to the Latino community. "The vandalism was done to the section of the AIDS mural that depicts a child saying, 'I once knew a child with AIDS.' And so it is really sad and very troubling that someone would use this opportunity to damage a piece of art that was created for the purpose HIV prevention and education to our community." The activist says he hopes the vandalism will provide an opportunity for community members to address various safety issues at Lincoln Park. Photo © Patrick Range McDonald LAweekly

29 July 2010
Patrick Range McDonald, Los Angeles