Liberty Hill invests in these leaders, making sure they have the money, skills and alliances they need to create change, not charity. Their important work often goes unnoticed by the media. You can read their stories here.
Middle-schooler Damien Valentine was an enthusiastic student until he was repeatedly suspended for minor infractions, like talking in class, that were labeled “willful defiance.” It didn’t seem fair, and missing school set him back academically. So Damien joined Liberty Hill's Brothers, Sons, Selves campaign. Read more about youth working to change discriminatory and discredited policies that create obstacles to student success. >>
Result: L.A. Unified School District adopts BSS "School Climate Bill of Rights" proposal, creating more opportunities for 662,140 LAUSD students to succeed. Powered by Liberty Hill.
Martha Sanchez asked neighbors about their children’s nosebleeds, stomachaches, headaches, dizziness and asthma attacks. And she wasn’t satisfied when government "experts" told her "there was nothing to worry about." Read on about this environmental grassroots leader >>
743 healthier elementary school students. Hundreds of healthier families. Change. Powered by Liberty Hill.
Nabil Romero was late for school. As he arrived on campus, he was handcuffed, put in a squad car, kept from his classes, and slapped with a $250 ticket—a discriminatory punishment meted out to Black and Latino students by the thousands. With the help of organizers powered by Liberty Hill, he spoke up to change school policy and L.A. City law. Read more about preventing schools from being pipelines to prison instead of college. >>
When common sense discipline replaces punitive policies that push kids out of school, L.A.’s 660,000 students win. Powered by Liberty Hill.
We know the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA), widely used in plastics, could harm infants and children, says Stephanie Haynes — so why do manufacturers use it in sippy cups, baby bottles and baby food containers? She successfully lobbied California legislators to restrict the stuff, and now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has followed suit. Read more about environmental justice for infants and toddlers >>
300,000 bottle-fed babies safe from the toxic chemical BPA. Powered by Liberty Hill.
Suzanne raised 10 times more money. America tripled her membership. Dawn recruited great board members. What made it possible? Liberty Hill's Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change. This institute training made it possible, read more to learn how it effects future leaders >>
Result: More members. More dollars. More power.
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Hermilo Quintana used to have to pay two-thirds of his gross wages to pay for the two-bedroom apartment that he shared with his wife and three children. But a visionary investment back in the late 1990s by Liberty Hill allowed him to offer his family a better home. Affordable housing is a vital issue>>
Result: 7,450 more affordable apartments for families like Hermilo's. Powered by Liberty Hill.
Sentayehu Silassie, a 57-year-old Ethiopian immigrant, drove a taxi on the streets of L.A. for more than 18 years. Unlike many of his fellow taxi workers, who rarely complained for fear of retaliation, Silassie was vocal about the taxi industry's practices. It cost him his job. Read more to learn about poverty wages in the taxi industry>>
Result: $22 million in additional wages for 3,700 L.A. taxi drivers.
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When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began marrying gay couples in 2004, the Chinese community in the San Gabriel Valley erupted in protest. Large rallies, supported by church leaders, were held opposing gay marriage. Doreena Wong, a lawyer and social change activist of Chinese descent, was alarmed. Read more about same-sex marriage>>
Result: Majority support for same-sex marriage in California's Asian/Asian Pacific Islander communities. Powered by Liberty Hill.
As a kid, Angelo Logan and his friends played near the chemical drums stacked one on top of the other in his neighborhood. One day a man came out and yelled, "Get out! This stuff can kill you." Living in a clean environment is paramount>>
Result: Cleaner air for 30 million Californians. Powered by Liberty Hill.
Mayra Diaz never figured she’d go to college. Her dad, a stocker at The 99¢ Only Stores, hadn’t gone to college. Neither had her mother who works sewing garments. She made a difference, thanks to Liberty Hill >>
Result: More than 16,000 East L.A. high school students will receive a better education over the next 10 years. Powered by Liberty Hill.
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