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Frontlines to Headlines February 2014

For many of Liberty Hill’s organizing partners, February’s news coverage was about getting recognized for important work. From spots on top ten lists to personal profiles of group leaders, the work of Liberty Hill’s affiliated activists is not going unnoticed. Meanwhile, other organizations turned up the heat on ongoing campaigns, and Liberty Hill CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith kicked off March by bringing the message of Change, Not Charity, to a major online network.

March 5

The Young Turks TV network program The Point with Ana Kasparian wanted to talk about effective charitable giving, so they assembled a panel of some of the most knowledgeable people on the subject: "International Bank of Bob" author Bob Harris; Afghan Women's Mission founder and Uprising Radio host Sonali Kolhatkar; and Liberty Hill CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith.

March 3

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Businesswoman Gael Sylvia Pullen, Compton Mayor Aja Brown and Liberty Hill Foundation board member Ange-Marie Hancock

Uplifting Change is Liberty Hill's initiative to connect local donor-activists and help them leverage community assets to strengthen Black Los Angeles through philanthropic investment in grassroots community organizing. Blog Black Gives Back reports from the fifth annual Uplifting Change Summit, held on February 27.

Feb. 26

Funders for LGBTQ Issues included the Liberty Hill Foundation on its list of the top ten funders of African American LGBTQ Communities for the years 2011-2012. The list appeared in the Funders for LGBTQ Issues February newsletter and on the organization’s website.

GRANTEE GROUPS IN ACTION

Feb. 27

An L.A. Weekly article about the LAPD’s adoption of military style surveillance practices featured quotes from Youth Justice Coalition’s Ana Muniz. Muniz spoke out against the militarization of the local police force..

Feb. 26

Clean Up Green Up campaign group Coalition for a Safe Environment appeared in a Los Angeles Times piece about the organization’s work measuring air pollution in a Wilmington community adjacent to an oil refinery. The article quotes from a local resident concerned about harmful chemicals in the air, and features a photo of Coalition for a Safe Environment’s executive director, Jesse Marquez, installing a pollution-monitoring device on the roof of a local house.

Feb. 24

The Los Angeles Daily News ran an article about “Fast for Families Across America,” a bus tour that will bring immigration reform activists to meet with decision makers nationwide, as many of the participants fast for religious reasons and to show solidarity. The article quoted Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles lamenting the separation of families due to immigration policy, and expressing determination to win comprehensive reform.

Feb. 24

Currently, apartment building owners can pass on half the cost of seismic retrofitting to tenants. In February, Councilman Bernard Parks floated the idea of allowing owners to pass on the entire amount. The L.A. Times turned to Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival for a reaction, and he didn't mince words in expressing the group's opposition.

Feb. 22

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) made headlines in a Long Beach Press-Telegram article about the organization’s efforts to improve student access to healthcare and other support services. The article focused on KGA’s health fair at a Long Beach high school, which included participants from groups like Planned Parenthood and Healthy Active Long Beach.

Feb. 20

KPCC’s Multi-American blog covered the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles’s (CHIRLA) recent “call-a-thon,” an action to build support for immigration reform. CHIRLA activists set up a table in downtown L.A., asking passersby to call elected officials and express support for better immigration policies.

Feb. 19

2/19 The Bus Riders’ Union appeared in a Los Angeles Times article about the organization’s recent activities, including a protest at the Western Avenue subway station against major long-term fair hikes. The article quoted Bus Riders’ Union co-chair Barabara Lott-Holland, who pointed out that transit riders already help fund the system through sales tax.

Pasadena Weekly’s coverage of the fare-increase mentioned the Bus Riders’ Union as well.

Feb. 18

The Long Beach Press-Telegram ran an article about $2.6 million in new funding for affordable housing in Long Beach. The article quoted Housing Long Beach’s executive director, Kerry Gallagher, praising the development.

Feb. 13

Inquirer.net profiled the Pilipino Workers’ Center, featuring several quotes from director Aquilina Soriano Versoza. The article focused on the PWC’s importance as a support system for many Filipino immigrants, who are often vulnerable to workplace exploitation.

Feb. 11

Zócalo Public Square featured CADRE co-founder Maisie Chin twice recently. First she appeared as part of a roundtable discussion about making school discipline practices more constructive, and involving communities more fully in the educational system. Then she received her own interview in which she elaborated on personal and political topics.

Feb. 10

CBS Los Angeles quoted Emilio Lacques of Youth Justice Coalition in an article about the L.A. County Sherriff Department’s appointment of an inspector to monitor the department for wrongdoing. Lacques spoke out at a town hall meeting, expressing skepticism toward the department’s willingness to prosecute its own staff.

Feb. 7

TRUST South L.A. appeared in a piece on StreetsBlog L.A. about a recent “Active Streets” event at Vermont Square Park. Co-organized by TRUST South L.A., “Active Streets” participants tour Los Angeles neighborhoods, learning safe routes for walking and biking.

Jan. 28

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) co-director and co-founder Saru Jayaraman earned a spot on the Nation’s Restaurant News list of the 50 most powerful people in foodservice. Read about it at ROC’s website, and view the rest of the list here.

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