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Frontlines to Headlines Oct.-Nov. 2014


Khmer Girls in Action use seasonal themes for political education Khmer Girls in Action use seasonal themes for political education


Stories on Policy Change Work

On Election Day California voters passed Proposition 47, which reclassifies certain non-violent felonies as misdemeanors.  Equal Voice featured quotes from Liberty Hill organizing partners, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and Community Coalition, about the impact of Proposition 47, while LGBT Weekly gave a nod to Youth Justice Coalition’s Proposition 47 work.  USC-Annenberg’s Religion Dispatches quoted members of L.A. Voice in an article about different Muslim communities coming together to help pass Proposition 47.

While reporting on harsh policies that criminalize homeless residents of skid row, The Nation discussed L.A. Community Action Network’s efforts to pass a homeless bill of rights in California.

L.A. Community Action Network organizer L.A. Community Action Network organizer

The L.A. Times also reported on L.A. CAN in an article about a recent community forum to debate the future of skid row.   The article describes how L.A. CAN members walked out of the event to protest the absence of skid row residents on the forum’s panel.

An article on KPCC’s website about Mayor Garcetti’s plans to address the affordable housing shortage featured a quote from Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival.

Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves coalition and its affiliated community groups, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA and Community Coalition made headlines in Intersections South LA with a downtown L.A. rally to support Proposition 47.

L.A. City Council is supporting a measure that will increase the fees banks pay on foreclosed properties.  The L.A. Times coverage features a quote from Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) member, Beverly Roberts, who says banks are failing to maintain foreclosed properties in her neighborhood.

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) celebrated Halloween with a haunted house designed to frighten and raise political awareness at the same time.  Get the story at Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and other community groups took issue with L.A. County Supervisors’ support of 287(g), a program that allows the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to work closely with ICE.  KPCC, Witness L.A., EGP News, and the Los Angeles Daily News all covered the story.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los ANgeles (CHIRLA) Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los ANgeles (CHIRLA)

CHIRLA also appeared in a Think Progress article about new measures approved by Governor Jerry Brown that will allow some undocumented immigrants to practice the professions they are trained for.  The article contains a quote from CHIRLA’s Joseph Villela.

Links to Articles on Environmental Justice Issues

Inglewood Today News mentioned T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. and Cleanup Greenup campaign partner, Pacoima Beautiful, in a story about eight miles of abandoned railroad tracks in South Los Angeles set to become a bike path and greenbelt.

Links to Articles on Workers Rights Campaigns

Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC-LA) appeared in a My News L.A. article about an anti-wage theft demonstration outside City Hall.  Look for a quote from ROC-LA organizer, Zumi Mizokami.

A Capital and Main article about an Economic Development Committee hearing at City Hall mentioned Liberty Hill groups, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), L.A. Black Workers Center and Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC-LA), who showed up to voice support for a $13.25 citywide minimum wage.  The L.A. Times has more on the story.

Links to Articles on LGBT Rights

Latino Equality Alliance made headlines in Frontiers L.A. with a new anti-bullying campaign at Roosevelt High School.

The Japanese American Citizens League Pacific Southwest District recognized API-Equality-LA with a Community Partner Award.  Rafu Shimpo has the story.