Here’s the monthly round-up of links to some of the news media stories about Liberty Hill and our grantees that appeared last month: From Frontlines to Headlines!
There was no vacation hiatus for Liberty Hill partners whose work on the major issues of the day continued through August as they pressed for progress on many fronts, notably immigration reform, environmental justice, LGBTQ equality issues and economic issues including housing.
West Hollywood Patch highlighted an upcoming screening of the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire” on 50 years of the environmental movement. Michele Prichard, Liberty Hill’s Director, Common Agenda, will lead a post-screening discussion with panelists including Angelo Logan of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.
Liberty Hill’s Queer Youth Fund grantee group Make the Road New York has been part of a successful coalition to end Stop and Frisk policy that disproportionately targeted youth of color and LGBTQ youth (especially homeless youth) and was recently been declared unconstitutional by the courts and unlawful by the city council. The campaign by grassroots organizations proved that 90% of the stops did not result in arrests. In These Times describes the City Council legislation and the police policy history; the New York Times describes the community-based campaign.
The LA Daily News and Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) covered the controversy around the proposed gang injunction for Echo Park, quoting Youth Justice Coalition’s Kim McGill and Kruti Parekh (a Liberty Hill 2013 Leader to Watch) about the negative impacts of the use of injunctions.
The Inquirer reported on the Long Beach city council decision to adopt a language policy to aid non-English speakers in accessing city services. The change is thanks to a two year campaign by a coalition that includes East
Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Housing Long Beach, and Khmer Girls in Action.
In a supportive Op-Ed piece, Los Angeles Wave columnist Betty Pleasants describes how Coalition for Economic Survival has stepped up its tenant-organizing efforts throughout Los Angeles in the wake of the closure of many courthouses where landlord-tenant disputes were heard.
The Massachusetts-based Rainbow Times reported on the lawsuit against Springfield, Mass. extremist Scott Lively for his role in Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” legislation. Holly Richardson, from Springfield’s only LGBTQ youth organization, Out Now (A Queer Youth Fund grantee) describes the need for the Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition formed to counter Lively’s teaching in Springfield.
LA Streets Blog discussed the several proposals for the expansion of Interstate-710 including “Community Alternatve 7,” drafted by East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and Communities for a Better Environment, which offers a zero-emissions design, to protect local communities from increased air pollution.
According to Long Beach Business Journal, six environmental-impact lawsuits against the City of Los Angeles and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. (BNSF)’s proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) railyard, including one by East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and Coalition for a Safe Environment, have been consolidated.
Throughout August, national immigrant advocacy coalitions staged actions demanding the House of Representatives to support comprehensive reform. The Washington Post, the LA Times and CBS discussed the Caravan for Citizenship, a rally in Bakersfield and other demonstrations, highlighting the role of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
“Corporate tax avoidance” by just one mall developer, Westfield, resulted in $41.2 million in lost tax revenues to California in just one year, according to a new study by Refund LA Coalition, whose members include Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), InnerCity
Struggle, Community Coalition, LA Voice, People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER).
Korean Resource Center is one of many Asian-American groups raising their voices for immigration reform, according to a recent story by Southern California Public Radio (KPCC). Dayne Lee, a civic engagement coordinator with the Korean Resource Center, describes outreach efforts.
A letter to the editor in the LA Times demonstrated how Communities for a Better Environment’s “toxic tour” has exposed the realities of environmental injustice and led to critical policy changes.