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 Masterplan. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-usc-20121030,0,4154133.story
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 News.
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 other media.
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 Prop 30.
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 commenting.
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.