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

April and the first few days of May were an amazingly busy time for Liberty Hill and its grantee groups, with Earth Day, the 20th Anniversary of L.A.’s Civil Unrest, and May Day marches. On April 25, an L.A. Times Op-Ed piece by Manuel Pastor and Liberty Hill’s Kafi Blumenfield on how community organizing has changed L.A. since 1992 appeared. Articles about grantees relating to the 20th Anniversary of L.A. Civil Unrest and May Day march(es) can be found under “More News” below, along with notices of Liberty Hill achievements this past month, including publications and awards.

APRIL 2012 IN REVIEW

May 1

Special Needs Network’s campaign to stop discrimination against autistic children of color by the State Dept. of Developmental Services results in a legislative hearing April 30 and proposed remedies. L.A. Times says “California agency ripped over disparities in autism spending.”

Background, April 14: coverage of Special Needs Network challenging policies resulting in disparities.
April 27

Many news agencies covered Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment member Ana Casas Wilson, a woman with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair, who fell behind with mortgage payments during a hospital stay. She was arrested on the doorstep of a Wells Fargo Bank executive.
April 27

New data from Labor Community Strategy Center on school police ticketing shows that shocking numbers of middle-schoolers are pushed into the prison pipeline for non-criminal behavior.
April 25

A student video on Asian Pacific Islander Equality Los Angeles (APIE-LA) with thoughtful interviews and parade footage.
April 25

A gentle but firm video by members of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice inviting Warren Buffet to their community to see why they don’t want his company to build a new railyard in their neighboirhood, already known as a “diesel death zone.”
April 24

The federal government dings MTA for violating bus riders’ civil rights, but Bus Riders Unionorganizers say the penalty is paltry. For background and analysis on how and why the L.A. transit system is unequal, read this article in Pasadena Weekly.
April 24

The L.A. Times does an editorial on solitary confinement of youth in California prisons, citing Youth Justice Coalition’s work on behalf of incarcerated kids.
April 22

The Long Beach Press Telegram publishes findings from Khmer Girls in Action’s report on a wellness survey of 500 Khmer youth in Long Beach and what was learned about refugee children and effects of "intergenerational transmission of trauma."
April 19

Earth Day interviews with car-free Angelenos included a conversation with Bus Riders Union organizer Sunyoung Yang.

A month of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Earth Day events are described.
April 13

“Angry Asian Man” blog interviews “Angry Readers of the Week,” a lesbian couple who talk about their work with Asian Pacific Islander Equality Los Angeles.
April 11

The Business section of the L.A. Times notes the tactic employed by Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment in organizing demonstrations across California in front of the residences of leaders from some of the state's largest corporations.
April 8

A rally in support of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center resulted in continued funding from the city.
April 5

Los Angeles Community Action Network is one of the grantee organizations now losing funding by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is no longer funding groups that support LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights or oppose aspects of Catholic doctrine.
April 5

Various publications announce that the Rooftop Solar Energy Program wins critical approval from Los Angeles City Council, a victory for groups including Communities for a Better Environment.
April 4

Soulvine columnist Betty Pleasant of WAVE newspapers comments on a broadcast debate between Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival’s executive director, and Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris over the city’s treatment of Section 8 residents.

 Environment >>          Poverty & Economic Justice >>

  Lesbian & Gay Rights >>          Uplifting Change >>


MORE NEWS

May Day
May 3

EGP News mentions Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) in this brief but informed news item about the May Day marches in L.A. as Occupy groups, immigration rights groups and other groups came together.
May 1

KPCC’s “Airtalk” was devoted to the state of the immigration, labor and Occupy movements, with panelists including Angelica Salas of CHIRLA.
May 1

From Daily News, an overview of day’s actions from LAX to downtown, with notes re immigration, labor and education issues.
April 28

In The Nation, Peter Dreier points to L.A. immigration rights groups resurrecting May Day in 2001, and discusses how labor unions and national networks of groups including Alliance of Californians for Community Power, PICO, and others are connecting.


20th Anniversary of L.A. Civil Unrest

May 5

An L.A. Times writer checks up on organizations founded around 1992, including Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Community Coalition and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE).
May 1

This blog checks in on seemingly disparate activities on a single weekend at Community Coalition, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and Trust South L.A.
May 1

Annenberg TV News and KPCC reported on events marking the anniversary and mentioning Community Coalition.
April 30

Colorlines, the national online news site, picks up Community Coalition’s online library of anniversary memoir videos.
April 26

A report co-authored by USC PERE’s Manuel Pastor and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Michele Prichard, LA Rising: The 1992 Civil Unrest, the Arc of Social Justice Organizing, and the Lessons for Today’s Movement Building, is highlighted in Los Angeles for a New Economy’s newsletter.
April 25

An L.A. Times Op-Ed piece by Manuel Pastor and Liberty Hill’s Kafi Blumenfield on how community organizing has changed L.A. since 1992 appeared on the eve of the anniversary.
April 19

The Jewish Journal convened a panel to discuss the anniversary that includes Samuel Chu, Chair and President of the board of directors of grantee One LA-Industrial Areas Foundation. Video of the discussion and an edited transcript are posted.


Liberty Hill Activities

April 19-May 7

The Upton Sinclair Dinner previewed L.A. Progressive and Variety. And awardee Paris Barclay’s honor is highlighted by The Advocate.
April 26

A report co-authored by USC PERE’s Manuel Pastor and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Michele Prichard, LA Rising: The 1992 Civil Unrest, the Arc of Social Justice Organizing, and the Lessons for Today’s Movement Building, is highlighted in Los Angeles for a New Economy’s newsletter.
April 25

An L.A. Times Op-Ed piece by Manuel Pastor and Liberty Hill’s Kafi Blumenfield on how community organizing has changed L.A. since 1992 appeared on the eve of the anniversary.
April 30

The “Guide to Green” release was touted in Hollywood Patch and in the Green L.A. Coalition newsletter (scroll down to “Resources”).
April 29

Michele Prichard’s Distinguished Service Award announced by the Council on Foundations.
April 3

A Liberty Hill infographic on LGBT youth is picked up in syndication by Philadelphia magazine’s “G Philly” web news site.
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