by Anonymous (not verified) on June 04, 2013

june 4 2013

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

In May, there was extensive media coverage of Liberty
Hill Foundation’s work through its two Common Agenda campaigns. Below
are links to (1) an organization profile focused on our environmental
justice work, (2) national and local TV, radio and newspaper stories on
the Brothers, Sons, Selves initiative’s first and highly successful campaign for changes in school discipline policy.



The Summer 2013 issue of Stanford Innovation Review features an insightful, substantive organization profile of Liberty Hill seen through the lens of Common Agenda environmental work.


May 13The Brothers, Sons, Selves coalition’s proposed “School Climate Bill of Rights” was adopted by the L.A. School Board on May 13. The resolution will (1) halt the practice of suspending students under the much-abused catch-all reason “defiance” and (2) implement positive behavior supports that have been
shown to dramatically improve academic performance. On the day of the vote, students from organizations in the coalition watched their peers give testimony and erupted into cheers when the proposal passed 5-2, ushering in a new era in L.A. schools.

BSS Television Coverage
CBS Los Angeles ran several reports, first previewing the issue, then covering the rally and Board meeting live, and then updating the report with final results and interviews.

KABC’s report emphasized that this was a first-in-the-nation reform.

Brothers Sons Selves Newspaper Coverage
The L.A. Times May 12 preview of the issues to be considered by the School Board quoted Liberty Hill campaign lead Tonna Onyendu about the proposal’s significance. The paper’s account of the vote emphasized Supt. Deasy’s support of the change in school discipline policy. In addition, The Times Photo Gallery ran pictures of the Rally at the LAUSD Meeting.

The New York Times covered the historic vote as part of its national briefing.

Other major newspapers reporting were: Wall Street Journal; L.A. Daily News; Orange County Register; Los Angeles Sentinel, which ran an Op-Ed in support of the proposal; La Opinion; Smaller L.A. County newspapers sending their own reporters included the bilingual San Fernando Valley Sun and Our Weekly (African American news). AP’s story was picked up by papers including San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, and others.

The investigative reporting nonprofit Center for Public Integrity in Journalism, which has produced stories in collaboration with news outlets about LA school discipline issues for the past year, offered in-depth context and statistics in its report and analysis.

june 4 2013-2Brothers Sons Selves Radio Coverage
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” reported on the
outcome of the School Board vote on May 15.

Southern California Public Radio’s magazine-format show on KPCC “Take Two” discussed the issues [segment starts at around 8:17]. Marqueece
Harris-Dawson of Community Coalition, part of the Brothers, Sons, Selves
initiative, spoke on KPCC’s “Air Talk” the day before the vote. In a blog post on May 16th, following up, KPCC’s blog pointed out the connection between the school board decision and AB420, the proposed bill to limit suspensions for defiance throughout the state.