From frontlines to headlines! Take a look at recent news of Liberty Hill grantees.

These are news stories that appeared in the last month that highlight how Liberty Hill is making an impact on the frontlines of change. If you are a Liberty Hill supporter, thank you for your support for economic justice, environmental justice and full equality for gays and lesbians!


Oct. 28

The Bus Riders Union and 13 allied groups released a report on the MTA’s service cuts and fare hikes in the past four years. The BRU is awaiting outcome of a federal Civil Rights audit of MTA.

The list of advertisers pulling their ads from the John & Ken radio show has grown in the weeks since CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition fought back against the hate-speech tactics of the deejays by calling for a boycott.

October 25

Car wash workers in Santa Monica won a union contract after a two-year campaign, a victory for the CLEAN Car Wash campaign that’s been supported by local labor groups, CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and UCLA Labor Center.

Here’s a young journalist’s account of the Latino presence at Occupy L.A. that mentions CHIRLA’s support of the protesters.

Pilipino Workers Center members worked long and hard for AB889, a bill to establish basic rights for household workers, but though it passed both the State Assembly and Senate, it was branded the “Babysitter bill” and relegated to the “suspense” file, never making it to Jerry Brown’s desk. This thoughtful analysis notes the difficulties facing advocates including the fact that so many workers would be affected.

October 21

In April, the LAPD agreed to change its policy so that students arriving late to school could no longer be handcuffed,  searched, detained and fined under “daytime curfew” rules, and this month, the L.A. School Police (a separate law enforcement agency) followed suit. Among the advocates working for this change were Liberty Hill grantees Labor Community Strategy Center, CADRE and Youth Justice Coalition.

       • Colorlines coverage
       • LA Times coverage
Oct. 20-21

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice is one of the environmental groups suing three companies that operate 17 rail yards throughout California in an effort to reduce concentrations of air

       • LA Times coverage
       • NRDC coverage
October 15

Black Women for Wellness was one of the sponsors of the bill signed into law by Governor Brown to ban the industrial chemical BPA (an endocrine disrupter) in baby bottles and sippy cups. Still to do: ban the stuff in cans containing baby food.

Oct. 9

The student newspaper of Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) chronicles the passage of The California state “Dream Act Part Two,” legislation supported by groups including Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

Oct. 7

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment member and Pasadena resident Rose Gudiel fought her family’s eviction, rallying supporters and courting arrest. Peter Dreier writes about her successful battle and the groundswell of the Occupy movement.
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