Giving Tuesday Tip #3: Show your Unselfie Side


Supporting Liberty Hill on #GivingTuesday is not only a great thing to do,  it can be fun too! Be a part of the global giving movement by uploading a selfless selfie or an UNselfie to your Instagram account and use the hashtags #UNselfie and #LibertyHillGivingTuesday  to let the world know how  YOU’RE giving this year!

Here’s an example:

















Giving Tuesday Tip #2: Binge Branding

You’ve made LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-Greenthe decision to GIVE  to Liberty Hill on #GivingTuesday, great!  Now what?  Fly your flag proud!  Let the (cyber) world know that you are giving and so should they.  And you don’t need to be a graphic designing dynamo to do it either.   We’ve made it so simple for you.  Change your Facebook profile picture? We got you!  Make an Instagram post?  Sure!  Tweet tweet tweet? No problem!

We’ve provided everything you need to adorn your various social media profiles with #GivingTuesday messaging, encouraging all of your networks to give all the while.

Just go here for all the Liberty Hill Foundation #GivingTuesday branding assets you need.  Happy Giving!



Giving Tuesday Tip#1: Our video vs. Your video

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill, we love #GivingTuesday and  we love competition! (Our staff holiday parties feature a cutthroat game of pictionary.)

So we challenge you to a competition! Watch and share Liberty Hill’s  Giving Tuesday video, then make your own Giving Tuesday video about Liberty Hill and post it on our Facebook page. If yours is better, we’ll say so and post it on the home page of our website.

And check out our #GivingTuesday Tool Kit. It’s full of ways for you to be competitive with all those other folks who’ll be online Dec. 2 promoting their cause.

Fight on! Remember, Liberty Hill is about building power for low income communities. Our Push for Power plan for 2015 is to raise more money to build more power so Los Angeles-based campaigns can scale up to regional and statewide campaigns to (1) improve conditions for low-wage workers, (2) curtail unconventional drilling in urban areas, and (3) expand opportunities for young people of color.




Give & Share with Liberty Hill on Giving Tuesday!

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenJoin Liberty Hill online December 2, 2014  for #GivingTuesday,  the massive global online giving event.

But first, what is #GivingTuesday all about, you ask?  It’s a day dedicated to inspiring individual giving across the country– an antidote to consumer excess, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a chance for people to let their social media networks know which organizations they support– and why! Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for anyone, anywhere to get in the spirit of giving and support deserving nonprofits.

Liberty Hill loves #Giving Tuesday! It’s a global version of what we do here in L.A.– organizing money and organizing people to have an impact! Liberty Hill’s message:  On Giving Tuesday, Think Local! With one donation to Liberty Hill, you support more than 35 of the most effective social justice organizations in Los Angeles.

Each year, support for #GivingTuesday grows, as more people give back in better, smarter ways. Last year, online giving on #GivingTuesday nearly doubled contributions made in 2012, and the average online gift was $142.05, compared to $101.60 the previous year.

Liberty Hill Foundation makes it possible for anyone to be a philanthropist on #GivingTuesday - or any other day! Our Giving Tuesday Toolkit Page goes live Thursday, Nov. 20. For the week leading up to #Giving Tuesday, we’re  providing tips and tools to support Liberty Hill’s Push for Power each day.

Want a riveting video that explains Liberty Hill in less than 60 seconds? Check. Want a Facebook cover photo showing your support for Liberty Hill AND Giving Tuesday? Check. Want to see what an “UnSelfie” looks like?  Some sample tweets? Check. Check.  Just go to,  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for  exciting updates.

Please, be a Liberty Hill #GivingTuesday ambassador.

Give & Share on #Giving Tuesday, using social media, email, or good, old-fashioned texting to tell your networks– and the world– that you support @Liberty Hill.

Some sample Tweets:

  • Countdown to #GivingTuesday on Dec 2. Give to more than 35 organizations with 1 donation when you give to @LibertyHill.  Happy Giving!
  • Give to more than 35 orgs & make a difference this #GivingTuesday. Visit to download cool tools.

Liberty Hill, the coolest place to be on #Giving Tuesday!


By Michele Prichard, Director, Common Agenda, Liberty Hill


“All we need is the will to change. . .”

                        Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


The recent blunt report from the IPCC asserted in the strongest terms ever that continued burning of fossil fuels has already caused climate calamities around the globe—and is now posing a grave threat to our future. The scientists unanimously called for urgent, ambitious and decisive action.

Here in Los Angeles, grassroots organizers, aided by recent grants from Liberty Hill, are heeding that message and taking action in their own communities—but from a slightly different perspective.

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Foundation CEO Statement on Passage of Prop 47

California made history by passing Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act last week.  Our state has been a progressive leader in criminal justice legislation and this proposition has the potential for such far reaching and positive ramifications concerning our young men and women of color that the CEO’s of foundations across California have made a joint statement below:

Making Investment a Criminal Justice Strategy

Last Tuesday night, our state made an important statement: the best way to deal with crime is by preventing it. And the best way to do that is to invest in our young men and women so that they remain on the right track and on the path to healthy and prosperous futures.

With the passage of Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, Californians has made a decision to improve community safety and position California as a leader in rightsizing our criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Beginning on November 5th, Prop 47 allows our communities to both hold our young men and women accountable while providing them with additional support from schools and community-based programs instead of being sent to prison. Prop 47 now gives us the ability to address the “school to prison pipeline” and some of the root problems which drive so many young men and women, especially young men and women of color, into the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

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Frontlines to Headlines Oct.-Nov. 2014


Khmer Girls in Action use seasonal themes for political education

Khmer Girls in Action use seasonal themes for political education


Stories on Policy Change Work

On Election Day California voters passed Proposition 47, which reclassifies certain non-violent felonies as misdemeanors.  Equal Voice featured quotes from Liberty Hill organizing partners, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and Community Coalition, about the impact of Proposition 47, while LGBT Weekly gave a nod to Youth Justice Coalition’s Proposition 47 work.  USC-Annenberg’s Religion Dispatches quoted members of L.A. Voice in an article about different Muslim communities coming together to help pass Proposition 47.

While reporting on harsh policies that criminalize homeless residents of skid row, The Nation discussed L.A. Community Action Network’s efforts to pass a homeless bill of rights in California.

L.A. Community Action Network organizer

L.A. Community Action Network organizer

The L.A. Times also reported on L.A. CAN in an article about a recent community forum to debate the future of skid row.   The article describes how L.A. CAN members walked out of the event to protest the absence of skid row residents on the forum’s panel.

An article on KPCC’s website about Mayor Garcetti’s plans to address the affordable housing shortage featured a quote from Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival.

Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves coalition and its affiliated community groups, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA and Community Coalition made headlines in Intersections South LA with a downtown L.A. rally to support Proposition 47.

L.A. City Council is supporting a measure that will increase the fees banks pay on foreclosed properties.  The L.A. Times coverage features a quote from Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) member, Beverly Roberts, who says banks are failing to maintain foreclosed properties in her neighborhood.

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) celebrated Halloween with a haunted house designed to frighten and raise political awareness at the same time.  Get the story at Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and other community groups took issue with L.A. County Supervisors’ support of 287(g), a program that allows the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to work closely with ICE.  KPCC, Witness L.A., EGP News, and the Los Angeles Daily News all covered the story.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los ANgeles (CHIRLA)

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los ANgeles (CHIRLA)

CHIRLA also appeared in a Think Progress article about new measures approved by Governor Jerry Brown that will allow some undocumented immigrants to practice the professions they are trained for.  The article contains a quote from CHIRLA’s Joseph Villela.

Links to Articles on Environmental Justice Issues

Inglewood Today News mentioned T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. and Cleanup Greenup campaign partner, Pacoima Beautiful, in a story about eight miles of abandoned railroad tracks in South Los Angeles set to become a bike path and greenbelt.

Links to Articles on Workers Rights Campaigns

Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC-LA) appeared in a My News L.A. article about an anti-wage theft demonstration outside City Hall.  Look for a quote from ROC-LA organizer, Zumi Mizokami.

A Capital and Main article about an Economic Development Committee hearing at City Hall mentioned Liberty Hill groups, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), L.A. Black Workers Center and Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC-LA), who showed up to voice support for a $13.25 citywide minimum wage.  The L.A. Times has more on the story.

Links to Articles on LGBT Rights

Latino Equality Alliance made headlines in Frontiers L.A. with a new anti-bullying campaign at Roosevelt High School.

The Japanese American Citizens League Pacific Southwest District recognized API-Equality-LA with a Community Partner Award.  Rafu Shimpo has the story.


Prop 47: What It Means, How It Passed

By Crystal Shaw

This week California made history by passing Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act. We are the first state to downgrade certain cases from felonies to misdemeanors.  Liberty Hill Foundation can say with certainty that this proposition would not have passed had it not been for the concerted effort of grassroots organizations, including several of our grantees such as the Californians for Justice Education Fund, Khmer Girls in Action, LA Voice PICO (whose members are shown in this post’s three photos), Los Angeles Community Action Network, SCOPE, Youth Justice Coalition, Innercity Struggle . These and many more groups throughout the state put in countless hours of volunteering, phone banking and canvassing to get the job done.

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So what does passing Prop. 47 mean to Californians? As pointed out by the L.A. Times , penalties for common drug and theft crimes in California will be reduced from potential felonies to misdemeanors, shortening  sentences. As a result, reductions in state prison spending will now fund crime victims, the state jails commission and the California Department of Education, thus investing in schools, not prisons. As stated in our earlier blog post, Prop 47 is an important step toward preventing our students and young people from getting dragged into our juvenile and criminal justice system.

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The passing of Prop. 47 not only is a key step in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, it may also have some ripple effects. The reform has struck a chord with the rest of the nation. A New America Media post points out that California has been a leader in criminal justice legislation, specifically with the “three strikes” law. With the historical ramifications of Prop. 47, the rest of the nation may be inclined to institute similar legislation.

According to The New York Times, “It is very rare for lawmakers anywhere to approve legislation to shorten sentences for people already in prison; it is virtually unheard-of to do it by ballot measure. California’s continuing experiment on sentencing can be a valuable lesson to states around the country looking for smart and safe ways to unravel America’s four-decade incarceration binge.”

Passing Prop. 47 was a statewide effort with many organizations and communities joining together in one collective voice. Liberty Hill Foundation is a co-sponsor of the Alliance for Justice’s Post Election Debrief where a celebration and discussion will take place on how non-profits helped shape the election. For more information on this November 20 event, or to attend go here.


Liberty Hill Is Officially a City of Los Angeles Certified Green Business


We are proud to announce that Liberty Hill Foundation is an official, Certified City of Los Angeles Green Business, an appointment given by the Los Angeles Community College District’s (LACCD)  City of Los Angeles Green Business Program.  At Liberty Hill we strive to be as sustainable as possible in everything we do, and one of our main focuses is Environmental Justice.

In order to be considered a Certified City of LA Green Business, applicants must meet the program standards and be in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations.

LA Green Business program standards are developed by program staff with input from industry experts, utility companies, pollution prevention professionals, City inspectors and trade associations.

Below is a brief list of the current business sector standards for the Los Angeles Green Business Program:

  • Reduction in Energy, Water and Waste Bills.
  • Reduction in pollution to the local environment.
  • Increase/replacement in purchasing with “Greener” products.
  • In some cases, an increase in revenue with new sustainable products, additions to the menu or other initiatives.
  • Other initiatives recognized by Los Angeles Green Business (LAGB) staff.

This is a more rigorous compliance list of business sector standards that we’ve met.

Here are some of examples of how Liberty Hill works to stay green in our office space:

  • Staff incentives for not driving to work
  • Telecommuting options
  • Waste free point-of-use water coolers
  • Recycled printing materials and supplies
  • Environmental justice mission

And we’re also lucky that the building that houses our office has some energy saving practices as well:

  • Single stream recycling
  • Environmentally friendly paints and cleaning supplies
  • Water-conserving landscaping

For more information on how the Liberty Hill Foundation strives to create a more green office space check out this video.





BSS Youth Rally for Prop 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act *Updated with Call to Action*

By Karen Driscoll 


With election day, November 4th, quickly approaching, several of our grantees focused on youth leadership have been pushing for a call to action for Proposition 47, which are  worth noting:

Youth Justice Coalition is offering a FREE concert this Thursday, October 30th in support of Prop 47.  All the details are here.

Community Coalition is offering an opportunity to sign up and take a pledge to vote.  It’s also offering volunteering opportunities, all of which you can sign up for via their homepage.

InnerCity Struggle is offering several different ways to get involved, including a text campaign, social media push  and more below:

  • Text Prop47 to 323-745-2349 and get up-to-date information on voting and volunteering for Prop 47.
  • Change your profile picture on social media to the Yes on 47 badge. Download the badge here.
  • Sign up to volunteer with the campaign at an event near your community.
  • If you are interested in joining InnerCity Struggle to mobilize Eastside voters on Election Day contact Henry Perez at


Prop 47 Rally

(first from the left: unidentified); Alfonso Aguilar, Community Coalition (second from left); Eddie Flores, Youth Justice Coalition (third from left); Damien Valentine, Community Coalition (fourth from left); Timothy Walker, Community Coalition (fifth from left); (last on the right unidentified)

On October 14th  youth from the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition rallied outside of the Los Angeles Unified School District for justice that works in support of Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, a ballot initiative up for vote this November. The proposition reclassifies 6 non-violent, non-serious felonies to misdemeanors, which would save the state millions of dollars in prison expenditures that will be directed to education (25%), mental health and drug treatment (65%), and trauma recovery services for crime victims (10%). Prop 47 reduces barriers to re-entry and focuses on prevention instead of incarceration.

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