Liberty Hill grantee groups worked on massive voter registration and
engagement drives, huge community benefits agreements with developers, and
long, long-fought campaigns for immigration reforms, clean drinking water,
transit justice and foreclosure prevention. And this is just a sampling.
Breaking news: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
(SAJE) leads community groups to a precedent-setting victory on the USC
The Atlantic Cities published an article describing Labor
Community Strategy Center’s Bus Riders Union and how it is increasingly
seen as a national model.
A gratifying place in history is noted for Coalition for
Economic Survival, whose significant role in the founding of West Hollywood
is described in the blog post “A Short History of West Hollywood” on WeHo
Oct. 26- 27
As Election Day approached, grantee groups were hard at
advocacy and get-out-the vote work.
Several groups including Khmer Girls in Action
published voter guides, as reported on by Liberty Hill’s blog, as well as in
The “massive” California Calls vote drive, with L.A. anchor
groups InnerCity Struggle, Community Coalition, Strategic Concepts in
Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and Alliance of California for
Community Empowerment (ACCE) was described by L.A. Times.
One of the recipients of a multiyear grant from Liberty
Hill’s Queer Youth Fund, a community group in New York called Make the Road
New York received widespread coverage of the release of its report on police
abuse of transgender individuals in the Queens area.
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
has been supporting homeowners being unfairly evicted since the beginning of
the Great Recession. The latest case to get media attention is that of ACCE
member Ana Casas Wilson, a wheelchair-bound woman with celebral palsy and
terminal stage-four breast cancer.
Peter Dreier’s Huffington Post piece had the latest
update of Wilson’s situation: she had received final eviction notice several
days before, but the Sheriff’s department had not yet arrived to remove her.
The L.A. Times report Oct. 23 was comprehensive.
TV stations covered the story as well.
Neon Tommy, the USC online newspaper, covered the
kick-off of Community Coalition’s door-knocking campaign in support of
Black Gives Back, a blog covering African American
philanthropists noted the announcement by Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and
Families (GCYF) that Liberty Hill’s Vincent Jones received the 2012
Emerging Leader Award in Philanthropy for Children, Youth, and Families. http://www.blackgivesback.com/2012/10/inaugural-emerging-leader-award-in.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Blackgivesback+%28blackgivesback%29
Union de Vecinos, a grassroots group that’s fought
long and hard for safe drinking water from the city of Maywood, is demanding
that state and local agencies comply with the new California law that goes into
effect January 1, stating that access to clean affordable water is a human
right. La Opinion, covers the story in Spanish; the second link is a
Google English version.
Media reported on critics and supporters of Mayor
Villaraigosa’s plan for a city i.d. card for undocumented immigrants. Liberty
Hill grantee groups Coalition for Humane Immigrant Reform L.A. (CHIRLA)
and Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance were among supporters
Last month, Frontlines to Headlines included clips about the
Liberty Hill initiated and administrated fund to help LGBT undocumented
immigrants pay the $470 fee for applications to the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals program. This month we share a grant recipient’s Tumblr post
speaking his happiness for the world to see.
The Beverly Hills Courier describes the formation of
an alliance to oppose Measure J that includes Labor Community Center
Strategy Center and the Beverly Hills Board of Education.
A report in the Asian Pacific Islander Newsmagazine UCLA
on the Sept. 15 screening held at the Japanese American Museum of two
documentaries from API Equality-LA’s “Pioneers” history project.