Frontlines to Headlines Dec.-Jan. 2014

by Anonymous (not verified) on January 09, 2015

LINKS TO RECENT NEWS MEDIA ARTICLES ON LIBERTY HILL AND  THE ORGANIZERS WE SUPPORT

CHANGE

97030-lsquareWith major changes coming to immigration policy in 2015, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA) continues to make headlines as a leading organization on the issue. CHIRLA appeared in several publications as the President’s executive action was announced, including the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The organization’s public education event drew large numbers to the L.A. Convention Center, drawing coverage from outlets including KPCC and the L.A. Times. CHIRLA member Isobel Sandoval and her family were profiled in KPCC’s MultiAmerican blog.

As undocumented immigrants become eligible for driver’s licenses, the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center is helping them navigate the DMV and prepare for tests. The L.A. Times and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin have the story.

Nationwide protests against police killings of unarmed African Americans continued through December, and demonstrators gathered in L.A. in response to the decision not to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner. Epoch Times has the story with a quote from Los Angeles Community Action Network member, Homid Khan.

As reported by LA School Report and the Los Angeles Daily News, the Labor/Community Strategy Center is calling for greater oversight of school police in the wake of revelations that LAUSD police possess heavy arms like grenade launchers and mine resistant vehicles.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

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Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) and Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE) are among the organizations pushing for a boycott of the El Super supermarket chain, where workers are fighting for better conditions and calling attention to health code violations. The L.A. Times has the story.

Several Liberty Hill organizing partners, including the Black Workers Center, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC-LA), and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), demonstrated at City Hall before an Economic Development Committee hearing on wage theft. LA Weekly picked up the story. Footage of the event is also on Youtube.

A CBS Los Angeles TV news report on wage theft mentioned ROC-LA and interviewed two ROC-LA members who are wage theft victims.

ACCE and other groups presented the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the “Grinch of the Year Award” for contributing to foreclosures by auctioning off delinquent loans. Housing Wire has the story.

The City of Long Beach will consider an ordinance called the Multi-Housing Habitability Ordinance/Program (MHHP), which would help ensure greater access to affordable, safe housing for residents through new methods of code enforcement. A Signal Tribune article quoted Kerry Gallagher of Housing Long Beach and discussed the organization’s work on holding landlords accountable.

The L.A. Times quoted Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival in an article about City Council’s growing concern over short-term housing rental website, Airbnb. Gross spoke about how short-term rentals contribute to the housing shortage.

An L.A. Times article on Geoffrey Palmer, the real estate developer known for downtown apartment complexes, mentioned how SAJE worked to make sure one of Palmer’s projects included affordable units.

An Al Jazeera America piece on the transit justice movement mentioned the Bus Riders Union’s work preventing fare increases and supporting equal service in all neighborhoods.

ENVIRONMENT

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T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. helped organize the recent CicLAvia event in South Los Angeles that closed streets to traffic while Angelenos biked from downtown L.A. to Leimert Park. Check StreetsBlog L.A. for background, and see another Streetsblog L.A. article for pictures and stories from the event.