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


Jan. 23-Feb. 4

Liberty Hill’s 2013 Leaders to Watch announcements are being gradually rolled out to the press and we hope to follow these Fab Five ambassadors for Liberty Hill throughout the year. The wide range of interest is already apparent in these clips, one from a blog that covers the criminal justice system, another from a blog that is building LGBTQ connections with Israel, another from radio station KPFK.
  • From Celeste Fremon at
  • From A Wider Bridge
  • From the blog for KPFK’s show “Uprising,” a brief introduction of the 2013 Leaders and a video of an interview with two of the Leaders, Rabbi Heather Miller (Liberty Hill Advisory Council) and Ariel Bustamante (GSA Network)
Jan. 30

Martin J. Blank offers an update in Huffington Post describing how InnerCity Struggle and its allies support the success of Torres High School (opened 2011), the school that community activism not only built but runs. Read about the community school model, the student-founded mentorship program and other innovations. See the video Liberty Hill produced when Torres High first opened.
Jan. 29

Some members of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles went in caravan to Nevada at the invitation of the White House to hear President Barack Obama’s presentation of proposals for immigration reform; some stayed in L.A. and held a viewing event. Local CBS was on hand for the latter.
Jan. 28

“Progressives have achieved the impossible” in California, says The New Republic in this analysis of the passage of Prop.30 due to the “massive increase in political participation.” California Calls and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) are among the Liberty Hill allies and grantees in the successful “Reclaiming California’s Future” coalition.
Jan. 25

The Press Enterprise reports on a coalition including Pomona Economic Opportunity Center that protests the targeting of day laborers in border patrol roundups.
Jan. 25

Here’s an in-depth report on Youth Justice Coalition’s alternative high school with students, experts and Liberty Hill 2013 Leader to Watch Kruti Parekh contributing to the discussion.
Jan. 17

In a series of comments to reporters including this one to L.A. Weekly’s Patrick Range McDonald, Coalition for Economic Survival challenges mayoral candidates to address housing issues.
Jan. 15

In its highlight of a partner organization, the “Fix School Discipline” blog from Public Counsel interviews Executive Director and Founder of CADRE, Maisie Chin, who emphasizes parent organizing and empowerment as strategies for change.
Jan. 11

Liberty Hill is facilitating the “Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men” (BLOOM) initiative, which launched an online community for the youth participants, described in an item on the blog “Black Gives Back.”
Jan. 2

New Year, New Laws: Southern California Public Radio’s “Multiamerican” blog untangles the technicalities of the law allowing the DMV to accept license application paperwork from young people who have signed up for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration status, with comments from Jorge Mario Cabrera of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and other advocates are excited about the passage of the California Homeowners Bill of Rights, described in this blog by Southern California Public Radio’s Frank Stoltze.


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