Special Legislation update: Much of the important news in recent weeks is about new laws passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Brown. Many Liberty Hill grantees co-sponsored and worked hard for passage of particular bills, winning important policy changes.
- AB 240- long supported by Union de Vecinos, will make mutual water companies more accountable residents and allows possible grants to improve drinking water quality in Maywood. Reported in the LA Times.
- AB4-Liberty Hill grantee partners Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), LA Voice PICO, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC), Pilipino Worker Center (PWC), and People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER) fought long and hard for the new “Trust Act”, which prohibits a law enforcement official from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody, unless specified conditions are met. Media coverage includes this Huffington Post article that features the story of Maria Sanchez, a POWER leader.
- AB 60- which grants undocumented immigrants the right to a driver's license was supported by L.A. Voice PICO, CHIRLA, KIWA, PWC and PEOC, as noted in articles in Pasadena Star News and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
- AB 154- Black Women for Wellness is part of a statewide alliance of women's health organizations who worked for this bill that increases healthcare access for women by expanding the types of health professionals who can provide early abortions. Signing reported in San Jose Mercury News.
- AB 241 guarantees overtime pay for domestic workers, the first step in labor protections sought by groups including CHIRLA and PWC, quoted in this article in Southern California Public Radio’s “Multiamerican” blog.
- AB 1266, requiring public schools to allow access to facilities
and activities that match their gender identity, supported by Gay Straight Alliance Network, Southern California Region and Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), became law in August, as noted in SF Gate.
- AB 570 requires high schools or unified school districts to
adopt transparent rules and regulations to govern the voluntary transfer of students to continuation schools.
- AB 549 Campus safety—encourages clear guidelines for roles of police and counselors at schools; reported by Southern California Public Radio.
- SB 744- no longer allows homeless and foster youth to be involuntarily placed in schools normally reserved for expelled students and students on probation. All supported by our Brothers Sons Selves Coalition groups and YJC.
- SB 260 enables youth who were transferred to adult court and sentenced to more than 10 years to petition to have their sentence reviewed for possible resentencing. Supported by LA Community Action Network (LACAN) and YJC, mentioned in this Human
Rights Watch blog post.
- AB 458- was passed into law in August. It requires that parents would be notified and be able to submit documentation contesting the designation if their child is placed on the California Gang Database. Supported by our Brothers Sons Selves Coalition groups and YJC.
Other September news reports on work by Liberty Hill partners. Most recent first.
An article in Southern California Public Radio’s “Multiamerican” blog describes a new report by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, showing that segments of the Asian American community including the Cambodian community where Khmer Girls in Action are based, face under-reported challenges and obstacles.
This Jewish Journal article highlights Shawn Landres and his recent NextGen Award from Liberty Hill Foundation.
A discussion in the L.A. Times of a trend to decrease the role of police on La-area campuses includes comments from Community Rights Campaign (Labor/Communtiy Strategy Center) organizer Zoe Rawson.
A discussion in the L.A. Times of a trend of increasing income and education levels of downtown LA residents includes comments from LACAN co-director Becky Dennison.
The Signal Tribune reports on a screening of The Cost of Living: The Faces of the Housing Crisis in Long Beach, a documentary featuring Housing Long Beach (HLB) community leaders.
HLB Executive Director Kerry Gallagher writes a guest commentary Op-Ed in the Press Telegram.
Al-Jazeera America reports on the “Ready to Work” rally and jobs fair hosted by Los Angeles Black Worker Center describing how many low wage workers are African American.
LA Weekly’s “The Informer” blog covered Silver Lake community’s divided response to the recent imposition of a gang injunction, mentioning YJC and the ACLU’s opposition.