Liberty Hill Invests $1.1 Million in L.A. Communities

by Susan LaTempa on September 08, 2016

Liberty Hill Foundation, L.A.'s social justice foundation, celebrates its 40th anniversary with philanthropic investments in 40 local grassroots community organizing groups working for racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice and LGBTQ justice. The grants reflect the strength of the L.A. region's social justice movement, fueled in part by Liberty Hill's four decades of support of grassroots advocacy and activism in low income communities and communities of color. Grants range from $5,000 to $80,000 over one- and two-year periods. Below is a list of the organizations receiving support through our Fund for Change and Youth Vote Action Fund. For additional information on the organizations receiving support through the Youth Vote Action Fund go here.

ACCE Institute

To lead organizing for economic justice with low-income senior and working class homeowners and tenants who are impacted by the foreclosure and cost of housing crisis and for an integrated voter engagement program focused on mobilizing young voters of color in the communities of South L.A, Watts, and the east San Fernando Valley. $100,000 over two years.

All Of Us Or None-Los Angeles Chapter (a project of A New Way of Life)

To support organizing of formerly incarcerated individuals around advocacy campaigns, the Ban the Box Campaign, and the Employee Rights Re-entry Clinic. $15,000.

Asian Pacific Islander Equality-LA (a project of Asian Americans Advancing Justice)

To support continued work to advance API LGBT equality as a part of a broader and inclusive social justice movement. $40,000

Children's Defense Fund California

To promote youth engagement and empowerment for the November 2016 election in Long Beach, North Long Beach, South L.A., Commerce, and Lynwood. $15,000

CLEAN Carwash Campaign ( a project of Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates of Southern California)

For carwash workers to be engaged through coalition with other worker organizations in strong implementation of local wage theft ordinances in the City and County of Los Angeles. $10,000

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

To improve the lives of immigrant families through the renewal of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the fight for fair wages, access to healthcare, defense of DACA/DAPA, and civic engagement. $30,000

Community Asset Development Re-Defining Education (CADRE)

To support South L.A. parents in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline by reducing push-out through school discipline and implementing alternatives to suspension and zero tolerance. $15,000

Community Coalition

To win policy and budget campaigns that rebuild local economies, schools, and neighborhoods, and to reduce the impact of mass incarceration on poor and working class communities of color. To increase African American and Latino youth civic participation in South Los Angeles, engaging young voters through the use of new technologies and culturally relevant activities. $50,000

Dignity and Power Now (a project of Community Partners)

To support groundbreaking work to organize formerly incarcerated people, their families and communities to end the violence of and overreliance on incarceration in Los Angeles County. $20,000

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Towards a safe and healthy environment for communities that are disproportionately suffering the negative impacts of industrial pollution East Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. $24,000

Filipino Migrant Center

To support efforts among immigrants and youth in the South Bay around immigration reform and rights for domestic workers, and to implement new minimum wage and wage theft ordinances.$10,000

Gay & Sexualities Alliance Network

To support youth-led campaigns in Long Beach, South L.A., and Boyle Heights that aim to create school and district-level change in policies to improve school climate for LGBTQ youth of color. $25,000

Gender Justice LA(aka FTM Alliance)

To continue leading campaigns to the end criminalization of transgender communities, offer more spaces for public education and healing, and develop leadership to impact social justice movements. $35,000

Gente Organizada

To grow its Community Union-Pomona Parents United, established primarily by mothers of color who seek to make strategic and systemic changes to the educational system in Pomona. $10,000

InnerCity Struggle

To improve the quality of education for the Eastside and district-wide communities of Los Angeles through its United Students and Padres Unidos organizing components. To engage youth voters with youth meetings on election issues and through social media tools as part of a civic engagement program including canvassing and phone banking. $110,000 (over two years)

Khmer Girls in Action

To implement restorative justice and other positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline policies and to implement school based wellness centers. To run an integrated civic engagement program across Central,West and North Long Beach, building up lifetime voters and social justice leaders in youth. $60,000

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates of Southern California, better known as KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance). To enforce new wage theft policies and fight gentrification and displacement among economically underserved low-wage Koreatown residents and low-wage workers in Koreatown. $30,000

Labor Community Strategy Center

To expand the Community Rights Campaign work ending pre-prison conditions inside LAUSD as a major intervention to the mass incarceration and criminalization of Black and Latino communities. To produce a voter guide and a town hall meeting for voter outreach. $20,000

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

To achieve effective enforcement of the Raise the Wage campaign; win a zero waste policy in Long Beach, and build community support for truck drivers' organizing at the ports of LA and Long Beach.$20,000

Los Angeles Community Action Network

For its economic and racial justice work in the areas of tenant rights, housing preservation, civil rights, economic development, and healthy food access. $30,000

LA Human Right to Housing Collective (a project of Los Angeles Community Action Network)

To support a coalition aiming to build a Los Angeles citywide tenant rights movement. $10,000

LA Voice

To support its work to increase the quality of life immigrants and the formerly incarcerated by fighting for rehabilitation and reentry programs, and empowering low-income people who facing transit expansion. $35,000

Los Angeles Black Worker Center (a project of Community Partners)

For its comprehensive approach to addressing the Black Jobs Crisis with a focus on public works, and on policies and practices that impact quality workforce development in the African American community. $25,000

OUR Walmart Fund - Los Angeles (a project of New World Foundation)

To enable OUR Walmart LA leaders and activists to expand on their success in growing a worker and community-led movement to challenge Walmart. $10,000

People Organized for Westside Renewal

To support its fight for the human right to housing, protect and expand workers' and immigrants' rights and make corporations pay their fair share for the common good. $20,000

Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California

To make the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights permanent, advance a campaign against a private homecare agency with criminal labor violations, and ensure wage enforcement. $20,000

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center

To support its core work with low-wage workers and immigrant residents in the city of Pomona and eastern Los Angeles County. To expand access to high road employers for Pomona day laborers, and to pass a permanent Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. $10,000

Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Los Angeles (a project of ROC New York)

To launch workplace justice campaigns against low-road employers engaged in discrimination, exploitation, and abuse in the L.A. restaurant industry.$15,000

Southeast Asian Community Alliance

To build power among Southeast Asian youth and their communities by fighting for equitable economic development.$10,000

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

To support efforts to eliminate slum housing, expand tenants' rights, reform redevelopment, build community capacity in land-use planning, and improve jobs and income in the Figueroa Corridor. $10,000

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

To build a power base that will hold the city accountable to building a health public sector with the capacity to invest in the safety net and employment of low-income communities of color. To increase youth voter participation in South Los Angeles through integrated civic engagement, outreach, and online and new media voter mobilization strategies. $40,000

Tenemos que Reclamar y Unidos Salvar la Tierra-South L.A. (T.R.U.S.T-South LA)

To support organizing campaigns to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood with transportation, recreation, and food access to promote healthy living and economic vitality. $10,000

The Community Action League

To create Community Advisory Councils to monitor LA County Sheriff Department racial profiling, and create a "First Time Second Chance" for young African-Americans arrested by LASD. $10,000

Unión de Vecinos

To support its work on preserving local communities and reducing displacement, including strategies that protect the right to housing for low income families of color. $10,000

​Warehouse Workers Resource Center

To improve wages and working conditions of thousands of workers at multiple warehouses operated by California Cartage, a major warehouse and trucking company. $10,000

Youth Justice Coalition

To build a youth, family and prisoner-led movement to challenge Los Angeles' California's and the nation's addiction to incarceration, and race, gender and class inequality throughout the juvenile justice systems.To implement a voter education program to provide critical information to communities impacted by the criminal justice system. $50,000


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