Giving Tuesday Tip #7: Thanks(for)giving

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenHappy Thanksgiving from Liberty Hill! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all things and people for which you are thankful.  It’s also the perfect time to thank your social networks for agreeing to GIVE this #GivingTuesday.  Today tag a friend and say thanks!  Don’t forget to use the hashtags #GivingTuesday #LibertyHill

 

TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#8.

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Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition Statement on the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, MO.

PrintThe Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition stands in solidarity with those experiencing pain and injustice in Ferguson. That same pain is all too common in communities of color around the country. Today we mourn Michael Brown’s death anew and decry the injustice he and his family endure by the Grand Jury’s decision.  But Michael Brown is a reminder of hundreds of unarmed young men of color who have been killed by police and hundreds more who have been pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline by punitive school discipline policies and over-policing in communities of color.
We live in a time when the number of Black people in jail, prison, or on probation is too close to the number in college. We live in a time where police killings of Black people nearly equate to the frequency of lynchings at the end of the 19th Century.  Over-criminalization. Negative perceptions. An ignored history of racism and disadvantage. These are some of the root problems that are put on display through the killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent decision to not indict the officer that killed him.

We urge people to channel the pain and anger they feel into continued organizing that extends beyond the night of November 24th, 2014 when a Grand Jury in Missouri chose not to indict Darren Wilson, who killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9th, 2014. We urge our brothers and sisters around the nation to join together to organize for change in their communities so that we don’t have another Ferguson.

The Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition is driven by youth leaders who work with passion and determination to change the reality of punitive school suspension policies and over-criminialization in communities of color in Los Angeles County and throughout California. We know that real change is going to take more than one night of protest. It is going to take unity and a dedication to continued action.  The structural inequities that work to hold our communities back  are not going to undo themselves: we know that we have to take the fire, pain, and anger we feel right now and use that as fuel as we work everyday to change the institutions and perceptions that try and hold us back. We know that the moral arc of the universe is long and that it bends towards justice; but we also know that it is not going to bend on its own. We have to bend it by working together with passion and intention.

We know that WE ARE THE CHANGE!

Brothers, Sons, Selves is a coalition of community-based organizations from across Los Angeles County that are organizing and working with African American, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander youth in low income communities to address inequity through grassroots policy campaigns and intentional leadership development. The members of the BSS Coalition are Brotherhood Crusade, Californians for Justice, Centro Community Hispanic Association, Children’s Defense Fund California, Community Coalition, Gay/Straight Alliance Network, InnerCity Struggle, Khmer Girls in Action, Labor/Community Strategy Center, the Social Justice Learning Institute, the Weingart East LA YMCA, and Youth Justice Coalition. The BSS Coalition is a strategic partnership between Liberty Hill Foundation and The California Endowment.

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Giving Tuesday Tip #6: Give Good Face

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we give good face, especially when it comes to GIVING.  By that we mean our Liberty Hill Facebook Page is a great resource to find out more about #GivingTuesday, what our grantees are up to and what important social justice is happening around LA.   And at this time of civil unrest, Facebook sharing is an integral part of the social justice movement inspired by the turn of events happening in Ferguson.

For #GivingTuesday we want to help you “give good face” too.  We’ve come up with some great Facebook posts to get folks in the giving mood.  Feel free to peruse our examples or come up with your own.  Happy Giving!

TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#7.

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Giving Tuesday Tip #5: Get Picky With It

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we encourage you to be picky … and by picky we mean pick 35 of your social media friends or followers and tag them in a #GivingTuesday post encouraging them to GIVE.  Why 35?  Because on this Giving Tuesday think local.  And when donating $35, $350 or $3,500 to Liberty Hill, you’ll be helping more than 35 grassroots organizations right here in Los Angeles!

Right now it’s more important than ever to get involved.  You can support grassroots organizations like Youth Justice Coalition, Innercity Struggle, Californians for Justice and more who are working with youth, fighting to avoid another travesty like what happened in Ferguson.

Need some examples of what to post?  We’ve got you covered with that too, right here.

TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#6.

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Giving Tuesday Tip #4: Get Social With Your Social Media

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-Green At Liberty Hill we’re all about social media; we share  news and photos of community organizers in action every day.

Facebooking, Tweeting, IGing and texting are all things you love doing too, right?  Be honest: It takes up more of your time then you’re willing to admit. Yeah, we know.  Here’s an idea: How about making it worth your while– get social with it! After all, Liberty Hill puts the “social” in social justice thanks to our awesome donor-activists.

First, don’t wait till #GivingTuesday to make your $35, $350 or $3,500 GIFT to Liberty Hill for Giving Tuesday– and support more than 35 social justice organizations in Los Angeles!

Next, invite your friends to a “Social Media Social” and get together at your favorite hangout during the countdown to Giving Tuesday to share your favorite reasons for supporting Liberty Hill. We’ve got a theme AND  hashtags for you … not only #GivingTuesday but #LibertyHill #LA . For  more tools to keep that Social Media Social of yours jumping.  Just head over to our Giving Tuesday page and grab everything you need.

TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#5.

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Giving Tuesday Tip #3: Show your Unselfie Side

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Supporting Liberty Hill on #GivingTuesday is not only a great thing to do,  it can be fun too!  First, please support more than 35 grassroots social justice organizations in L.A. by GIVING $35, $350 or $3,50o Liberty Hill!

Then,  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:

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TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#4.

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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!

TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#3.

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

LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill, we love #GivingTuesday, a chance to GIVE locally to more than 35 grassroots organizations  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.

TOMORROW: Liberty Hill’s GIVING TUESDAY TIP#2.

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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 and how can you GIVE, 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 www.LibertyHill.org/GivingTuesday,  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 http://www.libertyhill.org/givingtuesday to download cool tools.

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

CLIMATE JUSTICE:  GLOBAL MEETS LOCAL IN LA

By Michele Prichard, Director, Common Agenda, Liberty Hill

CLIMATE JUSTICE:  GLOBAL MEETS LOCAL IN LA

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

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

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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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