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March 2013 Frontlines to Headlines

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L.A. Voice PICO rally at City Hall.

In March,  Liberty Hill and its partners were often in the news. Below you'll find links to articles, TV news videos, blog posts and podcats on immigration, LGBTQ equality, economic justice, the environment and community-based research.  There’s a lot of crossover among the campaigns and it’s significant how local work is informing national conversations.

LIBERTY HILL

March 19: The week before Passover, the Jewish Journal ran a transcript of remarks made to the Jewish Funders Network by Liberty Hill CEO Kafi D. Blumenfield.

March 27: An article in Black Gives Back announced that Liberty Hill will honor producer Charles F. Johnson (Red Tails, “NCIS”)  at the Upton Sinclair Awards  Dinner also describes luminaries at our recent Uplifting Change Summit.

March 21: Liberty Hill’s Common Agenda program to support environmental justice groups is mentioned in an Environmental News Service report on a study showing that low income Californians have higher rates of asthma because of higher exposure to air pollutants.

April 1: With L.A. looking to run-off city elections in May, the L.A. Times reported on a forum, sponsored by groups including Liberty Hill, to discuss environmental issues with candidates for offices including city attorney.

March 7: As the gun violence debate heated up nationally, Colorlines talked to and posted videos of several young leaders involved in Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves campaign about whether they felt safer with police on school campuses. Josh, Timothy and Alfonso are with Community Coalition and Erika  and Lester are with InnerCity Struggle.

IMMIGRATION

March 27:  LA Voice Pico brought 1570 people to the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to kick off a campaign for a “Roadmap to Citizenship.”  More than 40 congregations and 40 clergy leaders participated. The Spanish-language TV news team at Univison reported.

March 22:  Korean Resource Center has launched a weekly podcast to educate the Korean community on immigration reform.

March 21: Eileen Ma of API Equality L.A. is interviewed for a Southern California Public Radio story on the inclusion of rights for same-sex bi-national couples in immigration reform proposals.

March 27: Spokespeople for Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) continue to be much in demand as coverage of immigration issues intensifies. Southern California Public Radio asks CHIRLA executive director Angelica Salas, about the new L.A. archbishop’s commitment to reform. CHIRLA director of organizing, Xiomara Corpeño, discusses Senator Feinstein’s stance with Asian Journal.

March 4: A multi-destination bus-tour/rally for immigration reform inspired coverage including this story in the Ventura County Star about an Oxnard mom who’s a CHIRLA member and why she joined the protest.

March 14: In the Inland Empire, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and other immigration reform supporters are focused on border patrol policies and deportation rates. Inland Empire Weekly talks about alleged abuse and  racial profiling in Murietta and the Press Enterprise notes increasing protests by PEOC and others against deportations.

QUEER YOUTH FUND

March 15: Liberty Hill’s Queer Youth Fund makes grants nationwide. Coverage in Oblogdee Oblogda of the work of grantee Make the Road New York offers another perspective on immigration reform.

March 20: In Boise, Idaho, Boise Weekly writes about Queer Youth Fund grantee Idaho Human Rights Education Center's ongoing “Add the Words” campaign which “ a long sought addition of the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

March 17: The Queer Youth Fund supports youth media work of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. This interview with director Madeleine Lim gives a sense of the group’s ambitious work.

COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

March 28: As described in Your Houston News, a poll on reproductive health care access cosponsored by Black Women for Wellness showed that 86% of African Americans believe that contraception is a part of basic health care.

March 25: A report from Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) outlines the continuing economic threat posed by foreclosures in California, although a Huffington Post article that cites the report says our state is in better position than many. The report is also described in Southern California Public Radio’s blog.

March 28: The findings, some relating to trauma rooted in genocide, from a survey by Khmer Girls in Action of more than 500 Cambodian youth are described in a report and were the inspiration for a community  health forum/festival. Described by the investigative reporting nonprofit California Watch and Southern California Public Radio.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

March 25: The L.A. Times report from La Placita Church describes how OneLA, an organization of churches, synagogues and nonprofit groups, has partnered with LA County  Department of Health Services in an outreach effort to enroll residents in public health insurance programs as part of a transition to the January 2014 changes in coverage.

March 14: Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance organized an attention-getting event to highlight the exploitation of low income workers by a restaurant with the most expensive dinners in town. Articles in LA Times and La Opinion.  

March 22: Coalition for Economic Survival director Larry Gross describes the impact of the federal “Sequester” on poor people to a Daily News reporter.

 March 13: The Pasadena Star News covers the filing of a suit by community groups including Liberty Hill grantees Coalition for Economic Survival, People Organized for Westside Renewal and Union de Vecinos to prevent one of the results of the “Sequester”: the closure of courts in far-flung communities.

ENVIRONMENT

April 2: The Nation  discusses the nuances of California’s possible use of a Cap-and-Trade approach to curbing greenhouse cases, leading off with a story about Californians for a Better Environment activists Melissa and Mary Cervantes, who live in a Wilmington neighborhood where the risk of cancer is 20% higher than the average because of higher air pollution.

March 7 and March 15: The Long Beach Post  and Long Beach Press Telegram report that although East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and other groups mobilized hundreds of residents to protest the proposed new railyard at the Port of Los Angeles, the Long Beach City Council voted to move forward.

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