April 2013 Frontlines to Headlines

may 6 2013On the heels of this week’s May Day marches we’ve compiled news of Liberty Hill and Liberty Hill  grantees. April showered Liberty Hill and its grantees with press attention, including coverage of May Day marches (and the immigration reform news in preceding weeks) and grantee actions relating to workers rights, tenants rights and environmental justice. In addition, there were stories about Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Dinner, the launch of our Brothers, Sons Selves campaign, and City consideration of the Clean Up Green Up policy proposal.

May Day

May 1: Angelica Salas, executive director of CHIRLA, traces the history of May Day protest revivals to the year 2000 in L.A. for the Associated Press story, picked up here by the Wall Street Journal blog. The live video report from NBC TV in L.A. is embedded in a written report with quotes from Korean Resource Center and CHIRLA representatives.The L.A. Times music blog covered CHIRLA’s pre-parade press conference with  big-name bands that support immigration reform with a concert, while the Pasadena Star News showed preparations for the march underway at Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) and also spoke to CHIRLA’s Xiomara Corpeño (a 2011 Liberty Hill Leader to Watch)

Liberty Hill’s training and policy work

April 10: Liberty Hill is mentioned in this Wave Newspapers article as a partner in managing California Community Foundation’s BLOOM initiative for boys and young men of color. Our role is providing capacity building through the Wally Marks Leadership Institute.

April 8: Ed Source described a new UCLA study showing that school suspensions jump from about 2.4 percent in elementary school to 11 percent in middle school, and discussed Liberty Hill’s  Brothers, Sons, Selves campaign in that context.

 April 11:  Los Angeles Times covered LA Unified School District President Monica Garcia’s appearance at the kick-off of Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition’s citywide campaign for a School Climate Bill of Rights that would roll back harsh punishments that disproportionately impact students of color. The Times followed with an editorial in broad support of the resolution.

 April 17:  Witness L.A. wrote about the campaign and the Times editorial, calling the School Climate Bill of Rights “carefully worded.”

April 15: National Resources Defense Council blogger Adrian Martinez writes about the Liberty Hill-facilitated Clean Up Green Up Campaign on the eve of its successful policy consideration by the LA City Council Planning & Land Use Management Committee (PLUM). The proposal moved on to the Budget Committee.

Upton Sinclair Dinner and Awards Celebration

April 24: Red carpet reception coverage included L.A. Confidential’s slide show of honorees, presenters and Liberty Hill supporters and a blurb in Variety.

Liberty Hill Grantees in Action

April 28:  A writer for the Daily Trojan talks to Coalition for Economic Survival about the downside of gentrification.

April 27: The Global Nation Inquirer describes Pilipino Workers Center’s work on improved labor practices for domestic workers.

April 26: Interviews labor leaders including representatives of  Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) about expected near-future municipal campaigns for paid sick leave are part of an article in the Business section of the L.A. Times.

April 2: Trust South L.A. was one of the groups that organized the participatory creation of a “food resources” map for South L.A. created through the collaboration of large numbers of residents on bikes and foot. See the results:

April 13-18

As the U.S. Senate immigration reform bill was sneak-peeked, leaked and finally made public, CHIRLA organized rallies on both coasts covered by media including abs-cbnnews.com (a globally-focused Filipino publication), L.A. Times and Talking Points Memo.

April 9:Khmer Girls in Action and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice were among the community groups that the Long Beach Post reported would gather for the second annual “People’s State of the City”, where residents discussed jobs, housing, education, immigration, the environment, and the health and safety of neighborhoods.

April 2: The Daily News reports that Coalition for Economic Survival and Union de Vecinos are continuing legal appeals to prevent the consolidation of LA Superior Court courthouses that would result in LA County’s annual 70,000 eviction cases being held in just five sites.

April 13: Members of Latino Equality Alliance, Bus Riders Union/Labor Community Strategy Center and other groups are profiled by young Latina photographers in a collection of photo slideshows of community activists working for LGBTQ equality in Boyle Heights published by the national Hispanic online publication Vox XXI.

April 6: EGP News, a chain of newspapers covering local communities throughout L.A., focused on Latino Equality Alliance’s outdoor fair/conference “LGBTQ Forum for Youth, Families and Community Services” held at Mariachi Plaza.

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