Produced by Conscious Youth Media Crew, Debra Koffler, Veronica Majano, and Sandy Cuadra.

In the eighties in San Francisco’s Mission District on weekends, the streets were packed with a parade of candy-apple paint and shiny chrome, lowriders cruising on Mission Street, whose sidewalks were filled young Latinos and spectators who came for the weekend ritual to gather, socialize, and dance to oldies. Through lowriding, young Latinos expressed cultural pride and claimed their public space, which became threatened by police harassment when anti-cruising laws changed the community. Why I Ride: Low and Slow takes you on a cruise with the Mission District’s original lowriders who tell their story of organized resistance to SF City Hall for the right to public space, which inspired the founding of a lowrider park and a new generation of community activists.

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