Frontlines to Headlines for June 2013
These news reports from the past month about the local and
State court cases, actions, rallies, policy advocacy and other activities of
Liberty Hill’s partners, remind us of incremental change won by grassroots organizing being done every day. Beginning with most
recent news stories first:
July 3, 2013
In 2011 Liberty Hill made a Special Opportunities grant to
the Community Action League in Antelope Valley in support of a series of
communities forums organized in response to a aggressive series of surprise
inspections of Section 8 housing by sheriff’s deputies, sometimes in SWAT gear.
After a multi-year investigation, the US Dept. of Justice has ordered a $2.5
million payment to victims for violation of civil rights, finding “a systematic
effort to discriminate against African Americans” and “widespread unlawful
searches of homes, improper detentions and unreasonable force.” The L.A.
Times has followed the story and reports on the Justice Dept. order.
June 29, 2013
In the Inland Empire, Redlands Patch reports
that Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Korean
Resource Center (KRC) and other groups met with California Republican House
members, urging support for immigration reform.
L.A. Times announces that Hollywood director and 2012
Liberty Hill Upton Sinclair Award honoree Paris Barclay was elected
president of the Directors Guild of America
June 20, 2013
A Bay Area publication J Weekly covered the scene
when one of Liberty Hill’s 2013 Leaders to Watch Rabbi Heather Miller
was among the Jewish leaders rallying at the San Francisco office of Senator
Dianne Feinstein in support of family unification in immigration reform.
June 18, 2013
CBS Local TV news reported on Liberty Hill partner
groups Labor/Community Strategy Center, Youth Justice Coalition, IDEPSCA,
and Union de Vecinos joining with Los Angeles Community Action
Network (LA CAN) and other community-based groups in a call to the Police
Commission to “investigate the case” and drop the charges against LA CAN member
Deborah Burton, “charged with three counts of assault” during a legal protest.
June 15, 2013
The Los Angeles Sentinel did a feature on the
one-year anniversary of the program Building a Lifetime of Options and
Opportunities for Men (BLOOM), a California Community Foundation initiative
that is being supported by Liberty Hill Foundation capacity-building
June 13, 2013
Eric Mann interviewed Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)
Executive Director Aquiliana Soriano-Versoz about the proposed California
Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on the radio show “Voices from the Frontlines.”
June 6, 2013
The L.A. Times reported that in the wake of news of
an FBI raid on State Senator Ronald S. Calderon’s office, members of the Alliance
of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) including some from Los
Angeles, rallied in Sacramento against politicians receiving gifts.
June 6, 2013
USC online student-created newspaper Neon Tommy reported
on the LA City Council’s passage of a resolution supporting AB 60, which would
allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s license, describing Coalition
for Human Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA)’s leading advocacy role.
June 5, 2013
June 4, 2013
June 3, 2013
In a major human-interest feature story, the L.A. Times
profiled a group of senior citizen activists who’ve developed significant
political clout as community organizers at Korean Resource Center (KRC).
June 2, 2013
In a coda to last month’s extensive coverage of Liberty
Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves winning campaign that resulted in LAUSD
banning inappropriate use of “willful defiance” suspensions, National Public
Radio goes into the issue, quoting student leader Damien Valentine.
May 30, 2013
Los Angeles Sentinel talked to one of Youth
Justice Coalition’s youth organizers, Tanisha Denard, who described her
experience in solitary confinement after being incarcerated for fighting at
school and truancy.Tanisha testified in support of SB61, a
bill that would clearly define solitary confinement, limit its use, and require
record-keeping. The bill was moving through the Committee on Appropriations as
of June 25.