In February we saw the kind of coverage of Liberty Hill grantees that can result from consistent constructive efforts to reach out to news media. Korean Resource Center had the voter-participation stats to justify an eve-of-the-election story, Latino Equality Alliance was ready with a member who could tell her story when CNN in Espanol came to a conference, and Youth Justice Coalition responded to calls for more police on campuses with information developed over years of campaigning for positive, not punitive discipline at schools.
Much-coveted attention in Steve Lopez’s L.A. Times column came on the eve of elections to Korean Resource Center for its awesome Get Out the Vote work, discussed here through a profile of a longtime KRC organizer, Grace Yi.
Gender Justice LA delivered a petition to The Los Angeles Times regarding an controversial article published on February 4, requesting that the publication avoid the use of offensive language and attitudes in covering transgender Angelenos. The issue was picked up by GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and reported on by Huffington Post.
Dallasvoice.com, an LGBT publication based in Texas picked up the announcement about the new round of applications for grants being accepted by the LGBT Dreamers Fund housed at Liberty Hill and included photo of a local DACA applicant.
Youth Justice Coalition’s rebuttal, point by point, to legislative proposals to counter gun violence by funding police/National Guard presence and measures such as metal detectors and surveillance cameras at schools is detailed by a Politics 365 writer.
Rosa Manriquez of Latino Equality Alliance participated in the Creating Change Conference organized in Atlanta by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. At the Latino Institute breakout sessions, she was interviewed by CNN in Espanol about her work as an ally and her efforts to provide her two lesbian daughter and others with their human rights. The CNN report is included in this blog report from GLAAD on the conference.