Frontlines to Headlines January 2015
Frontlines to Headlines January 2015
LINKS TO RECENT NEWS MEDIA ARTICLES ON LIBERTY HILL AND THE ORGANIZERS WE SUPPORT
KPCC ran an article about how restorative justice techniques are beginning to take hold in L.A. Unified schools as suspensions and expulsions decline. Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition has been instrumental in advancing restorative justice in L.A.’s schools.
Equal Voice published a piece by InnerCity Struggle (ICS) organizer, Jennifer Maldonado, on her work fighting for healthier communities in East L.A.
The oil company, Freeport McRoRan, announced that it would no longer pursue expanding its operation at the Jefferson drill site in South L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood. The announcement comes after Liberty Hill’s Fund for Environmental Health and Safety grantees, Redeemer Community Partnership and Esperanza Community Housing led organizing efforts to address the drill site’s toxic impact on the neighborhood. See the L.A. Times and KPCC for more.
#BlackLivesMatter demonstrators camped outside LAPD’s headquarters for over a week to demand justice for unarmed people of color killed by police. LAist covered the protest and featured quotes from Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) organizer, Pete White.
A Truth Dig piece about police violence in low income communities of color quoted extensively from Kim McGill and Abraham Colunga of the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), and referenced the organization’s work keeping statistics on police killings in L.A. County. KPCC's panel discussion on law enforcement's future in Southern California included YJC member, Robert Cristo.
KPCC’s Multi American blog reported on how the demand for nonprofit legal services is expected to rise following President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The piece mentioned Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA)'s assisting more than 3,000 people to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In a related story, one of the first undocumented immigrants to become a licensed attorney in California will work with CHIRLA. See NBC Los Angeles and the O.C. Register for the story.
As the new law permitting undocumented people in California to apply for driver’s licenses took effect, a variety of media outlets covered the early days of the applications process. VoiceWaves Long Beach mentioned the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC), quoting Alicia Morales; Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC) and CHIRLA have also been providing resources for undocumented people seeking driver’s licenses. See the San Bernardino Sun and KPCC for more.
In other coverage of immigration issues, NBC San Diego described a demonstration by Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) at the San Diego Central jail for stronger enforcement of the Trust Act.
The L.A. Times featured Los Angeles Black Worker Center member, LeDaya Epps, who was a guest of Michelle Obama at the President’s State of the Union address.
Standing up for the rights of low income residents who could be displaced by new zoning rules for large developments, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) and the L.A. Human Right to Housing Collective appeared in an L.A. Times article.
L.A. Weekly mentioned T.R.U.S.T. South L.A.’s push for affordable housing in an article about density and development near USC, and a Streetsblog L.A. article about rail transit development in South Los Angeles described T.R.U.S.T. South L.A.’s affordable housing work.
In an article about Mayor Garcetti’s earthquake retrofit plan, the L.A. Times quoted Carlos Aguilar of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) saying that the burden of reinforcing buildings shouldn't fall on tenants. Another L.A. Times story on the topic quoted from CES' executive director, Larry Gross.
Housing Long Beach members marched to Long Beach City Hall in support of a Rent Escrow Account Program, which would allow tenants in substandard units to pay rent to the City instead of delinquent landlords. Long Beach Post has the story.
Hyphen Magazine published a piece on the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) that discusses the group’s history and the unique conditions facing organizers and residents of the neighborhood.
LA CAN also appeared in an L.A. Times article about a City Council proposal to formally ban dumping bulky items in public spaces. The article quoted General Dogon of LA CAN urging Councilmembers to consider the rights of homeless.
All of Us or None is working to reduce barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated people by campaigning to remove questions about criminal history from job applications. Read about the Ban the Box campaign in the Washington Post and see TV coverage on Fox 29 San Antonio.
The L.A. Times covered the story of Robert Hill, a man recently released after decades in prison, who is struggling to find work. The article quotes Zach Hoover of L.A. Voice on how job applications that feature criminal history questions shut former inmates out of work.
Black Women for Wellness is part of a new initiative called the National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, which aims to elevate the voices of black women struggling for reproductive rights. See RH Reality Check and Think Progress for the story.