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

Last month was, of course, a landmark month for progress in LGBTQ rights, with a Supreme Court decision that many analysts describe as having taken place in a “changed/changing environment.” To see environments in the process of changing, check out the links below. These news reports about the local and state court cases, actions, rallies, policy advocacy and other activities of Liberty Hill’s partners, remind us that change of this magnitude owes much to the long-term grassroots organizing being done every day. Beginning with most recent news stories first:


July 3

In 2011 Liberty Hill made a Special Opportunities grant to the Community Action League in Antelope Valley in support of a series of community forums organized in response to an 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

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.
June 22

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

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

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

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 services.
June 13

Eric Mann interviewed Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) Executive Director Aquilina Soriano-Versoza about the proposed California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on the radio show “Voices from the Frontlines.”
June 6

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

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 Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA)’s leading advocacy role.
June 5

The blog Politics 365 wrote about the testimony of a Korean Resource Center (KRC) youth leader at a meeting opposing Governor Brown’s budget and proposed health care cuts.
June 4

A report based on data collected by Housing Long Beach was released by HLB in support of the priorities it is advocating for the city’s in-process general plan, reports Long Beach Business Journal.
June 3

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

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

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. It’s “... just you, your thoughts and the screams or crying of the young people in the cells next to you...Your family and the community expect that you are safe and unharmed. In reality you might be safe from other youth – but not from yourself. Being locked down makes you feel that you are worthless to society. You start to think about any way to escape – even if it means suicide.” 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.


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