Frontlines to Headlines November 2013
Frontlines to Headlines November 2013
Here’s the latest round-up of media stories about Liberty Hill grantee partners, most recently published appearing first. In spite of holiday distractions (a good thing), community organizers attracted news coverage by a variety of news outlets. The most-covered story is still immigration reform, despite (or because of) inertia In D.C.
Clean Up Green Up coalition member Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) was part of an environmental justice protest reported in Redlands Daily Facts against a power plant said to be the state’s dirtiest.
In an article about the implications of the $13 billion JP Morgan settlement for Southern California, KPCC’s economic blog “The Breakdown” spoke to Peter Kuhns of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), who stressed the severity of the issue of home foreclosures in California.
L.A. Streetsblog and Long Beach Post each ran versions of a story by Brian Addison a shorter version about Communities for a Better Environment’s recent “Toxic Tour” of Long Beach in which participants, travelling with a P-TRAK, an instrument for measuring air pollution, took a bus ride through toxic hot-spot neighborhoods.
KPCC’s “Multi-American” blog featured an article about activists in the city of Brea fasting to persuade their representatives to work on immigration reform. The article quotes Katie Brazer of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Dayne Lee of the Korean Resource Center (KRC), and some of the latter organization’s members took part in the fast.
An article in EGP News, a bilingual newspaper chain that includes the East Side Sun, the Commerce Comet and others, covered the City of Commerce’s decision to approve a Green Zones Policy, which, like the Green Zones policy in the works by L.A. City Council, is the result of a multiyear campaign by the Clean Up Green Up coalition of environmental justice organizations supported by Liberty Hill. The article discusses East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice’s role in Commerce and interviews EYCEJ leaders, Toña Luperico and Angelo Logan.
Huffington Post blogger Ben Austin (President of Parent Revolution) credited community groups including Community Coalition and InnerCity Struggle (ICS) as instrumental in the successful effort to retain John Deasy as LAUSD superintendant.
The Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) made big news in Bakersfield by taking part in a sit-in in Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office. Asking McCarthy to support a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives, the activists stood their ground until late into the night, when McCarthy finally agreed to a meeting, yet still refused to grant his support. KPCC’s article about the event features a powerful quote from CHIRLA’s Angelica Salas, but the action didn’t draw universally favorable attention. The Bakersfield Californian’s coverage featured McCarthy spokesperson Victor Fong, who deplored the activists’ tactics. Bakersfield Now ran more neutral version of the event, while Salon.com and Townhall.com focused on McCarthy’s statement that immigration reform work in the House will not occur until next year.
USC’s Intersections South L.A. ran an article about a Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC)-organized rally that addressed issues of over-policing in LAUSD as part of the organization’s Community Rights Campaign. The rally featured youth describing their experiences.
TRUST South L.A. made the news in an L.A. Times article about a community bike ride co-sponsored by the organization, that took riders from Watts to Little Tokyo along Central Ave., bringing attention to historic sites and areas in need of road repairs.
An L.A. Observed article about the past and future of L.A.’s environmental and water issues listed “a successful ‘Clean Up Green Up program’” as one of Mayor Garcetti’s and Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen’s, environmental priorities for the city.