Frontlines to Headlines Nov.-Dec. 2014

by Anonymous (not verified) on December 19, 2014




As the nation responded to the ongoing killings by police of unarmed young men of color, protesters in L.A. took to the streets and community-based organizations issued statements of solidarity. ABC TV’s breaking news coverage of responses to the failure to indict began with Youth Justice Coalition’s demonstration in Leimert Park. An organizer with Labor Community Strategy Center was one of a gallery of young people of color pictured on and explained why they came out. NBC News mentioned the Korean Resource Center (KRC) in an article about Asian-Americans showing solidarity with Ferguson demonstrators. The article quotes a joint statement from KRC and other organizations. Liberty Hill’s blog carried a statement from the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition.



The announcement of President Obama’s executive action on immigration drew praise along with calls for a more comprehensive solution. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), as a national leader in the immigration reform movement, was sought after for comment (L.A. Times, CNN, Washington Post), and the group’s role in meetings with the White House earlier this year was described (New York Times). Pilipino Workers Center, CHIRLA and KIWA members were interviewed by publications from various parts of the Southland including Orange County Register, EPG News and Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC)’s plans for a forum to help undocumented immigrants learn about the new plan was part of coverage in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the San Bernardino County Sun.




Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) made national headlines when the organization helped an Azusa family become the first in the country to buy back their foreclosed home. NBC, ABC, and CBS all covered the story, along with the L.A. Times and the Washington Post.

The PBS documentary series, America by the Numbers, aired an episode about young Cambodian-Americans in Long Beach. Part of the documentary follows members of Khmer Girls in Action as they discuss the role of organizing in their community. The Long Beach Press Telegram has more on the episode.

The Nation’s StudentNation blog featured an entry from Californians for Justice, about the organization’s work to pass Prop 47.

PEOC is creating a program specifically geared toward helping women find job opportunities. Check the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin for more.

EdSource ran a piece about community groups making a difference in the educational system. InnerCity Struggle and Community Coalition were both featured.


Politicians, community members, and activists are working to shut down a battery recycling plant in Vernon that has been leaking toxins into the surrounding neighborhood. NBC’s coverage featured a quote from Mark Lopez, Executive Director of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.

An urban oil drilling site in South Los Angeles is sickening neighbors with dangerous fumes, and using toxic chemicals feet away from homes. Liberty Hill Fund for Environmental Health and Safety grantees, Redeemer Community Partnership and Esperanza Community Housing helped mobilize community members to attend a hearing about the site at City Hall. Check the L.A. Times, My News L.A., Streetsblog L.A., and KPCC for coverage.


The Colorado Anti-Violence Program, a Queer Youth Fund grantee, hosted an event in observance of national Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize transgender victims of hate crimes. Denver Westworld has the story.