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When Flea Meets Upton Sinclair

collage Top left: Dr. Robert K. Ross (President & CEO of the California Endowment) & Kafi Blumenfield; top right: Jackie Goldberg (Board of Airport Commissioner) ; bottom left: Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist); and bottom right: Javier Stauring (Co-Director of the Office of Restorative Justice of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles)

Liberty Hill’s crack team of party planners has just finalized our April 22 Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner program and we want to share the goodness.

We’re talking not only a welcome from Mayor Eric Garcetti, some tough but hopeful remarks from Liberty Hill’s President/CEO Shane Goldsmith, and a much-discussed roster of honorees, but also a provocative musical performance by Los Angeles actor and rock legend John Doe, and a who’s who of fascinating social justice personalities from the worlds of art, religion, politics and philanthropy who are joining us as presenters.

Presenting to our Creative Visions honorees, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, is Flea, the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a founder of the Silverlake Conservancy of Music. Flea appeared in one of the producing team's films, "Low Down," a prizewinner at Sundance this year. Albert and Ron are longtime Liberty Hill supporters, in fact, the script for their recent Oscar-nominated movie "Nebraska" was first brought to their attention by a Liberty Hill pal, Julie Thompson.

Our Upton Sinclair honoree Scott Budnick will receive his award from Javier Stauring for his noteworthy efforts to reform California's policies on juvenile justice and prisons. Perhaps better than anyone in LA, Javier understands juvenile justice and the importance of reform. Since joining the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1995 to oversee the largest Catholic detention ministry in the country, Javier has consistently innovated an approach to criminal justice that promotes healing over punishment.

Amazing L.A. activist Jackie Goldberg will present the Founders Award to Veronica Gutierrez. As L.A. Councilmember, State Assemblymember, former president of the Los Angeles Board of Education, lesbian extraordinaire and as the L.A. Times would have it, "Los Angeles City Council's major pain in the behind," Jackie has inspired and mentored a generation of women leaders in L.A.

Finally, and fabulously, Dr. Robert K. Ross will present the Diversity in Philanthropy Award to Kafi D. Blumenfield. Dr. Ross' leadership as President/CEO of The California Endowment has created models in our state for improving the health and well-being of all residents that are showing the way nationally for cities and regions to address persistent problems and harness local energy for a better future.

You know you want to be there. Get your tickets HERE!