From Frontlines to Headlines October 2016

by Crystal Shaw on October 26, 2016


October 2016 


Liberty Hill’s Fund for Change grant recipients have been announced. See our blog and an article in the Los Angeles Wave for more.

How can voter engagement become even more engaging? Community Coalition combined it with a music festival. The Los Angeles Sentinel has the story on 2016’s PowerFest.

Though still headquartered in Koreatown, the Labor/Community Strategy Center has opened a new multi-use community space for arts, culture, education and organizing in South Los Angeles. Equal Voice has more on the new community hub called Strategy and Soul.



Mayor Garcetti has appointed Liberty Hill President/CEO, Shane Murphy Goldsmith to the Los Angeles Police Commission. Learn more about the decision in the Los Angeles Times.

Nineteen-year-old San Francisco State student and former Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition member, Timothy Walker, has been appointed to the California Racial and Identity Profiling Board. SF State News has the story.

Community groups including Community Coalition, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN), Los Angeles Black Worker Center, Dignity and Power Now and Children’s Defense Fund are declaring a state of emergency regarding lethal use of police force against people of color. Find out more in the Los Angeles Wave.

Community Coalition also appeared in a number of other stories responding to officer-involved deaths. See a KPCC article on how the organization is holding “healing circles” for community members impacted by violence, a Los Angeles Sentinel piece on a panel discussion about guns, which featured Congressmember Karen Bass, and a Los Angeles Wave report on a meeting discussing trauma among South L.A. residents that included California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Mark-Anthony Johnson of Dignity and Power Now pushed for reform as he was quoted in an L.A. Times story on solitary confinement in county jails and a Press Telegram report on an unarmed Black man named Donnell Thompson Jr., who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy. 

A new report co-authored by Youth Justice Coaliltion is calling for L.A. to spend more on youth development and less on law enforcement. Read about its findings in the Chronicle of Social Change and the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Governor Brown approved SB 443, a bill co-sponsored by Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) that curbs widespread asset forfeiture abuse by police. Specifically the law will change rules that allowed law enforcement to keep possessions and cash without making an arrest, a practice that harms low income families. See L.A. Progressive for more on the story.




The Pilipino Workers Center held a forum encouraging Filipino Americans to vote. See for more.

Angelica Salas and Jorge-Mario Cabrera of CHIRLA had critical words for Donald Turmp regarding the presidential candidate’s visit to Mexico to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto. Quotes from the CHIRLA activists appeared in the L.A. Times and ABC NewsCHIRLA is also participating in the Million Votes Project, which aims to boost voter registration before the November 8 election. See Fox News Latino for the story with quotes from Angelica Salas.


A report from NBC News profiled Long Beach’s Cambodian community and the challenges many of its members face as refugees from war. Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) organizers and youth discussed the importance of dispelling “model minority” myths around Asian Americans in order to address issues of poverty and mental health.


NBC News profiled API EQUALITY-LA and its co-founder, Marshall Wong, describing how the organization has helped many LGBTQ Asian Americans find family acceptance. 



NBC News reported on Governor Brown’s decision to sign SB 1015, a law protecting overtime pay for domestic workers. The article explains how the Pilipino Workers Center campaigned for the bill.

A New York Times report on improving prospects for some Americans living in poverty described how Cheyvonné Grayson found a living wage job through the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC). Mint Press News also mentioned LABWC, quoting director, Lola Smallwood Cuevas on a member’s struggle with homelessness.


According to the L.A. Times, L.A. County Supervisors approved plans for a new Koreatown development that features a community center. The article describes how Scarlett De Leon of Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) pushed Supervisors for a community space in the park-poor neighborhood. 

In a Guardian report on lead poisoning and other environmental hazards at the Jordan Downs housing development in Watts, Thelmy Perez of LA-CAN pointed out how environmental racism characterizes the problems. 

As part of a National Renters’ Day of Action, Long Beach community groups led a bus tour through the city to bring attention to the need for affordable housing. A report in the Press Telegram quotes Sheila Nem, a Long Beach native who now works for T.R.U.S.T. South L.A., on how renters fear their neighborhoods will become more expensive.


L.A. Progressive and The American Prospect told the story of Ruth Landaverde, who worked for both Wells Fargo and Bank of America, where she was pressured to make unethical choices to meet sales quotas. Now she is addressing the issue as a member of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).


After leaving the position vacant for decades, the City of Los Angeles has appointed a new petroleum administrator to oversee the oil and gas industry’s activities in L.A. KPCC and the L.A. Times reported that Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (STAND-LA) is pushing the new appointee to advocate for community health.

A Huffington Post article on environmental justice groups forming across the country mentioned how STAND-LA is fighting L.A.’s oil industry pollution.

A festival called Eastside Sol, held in Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights provided community members with music, arts and information about green options for energy and transportation. According to StreetsBlog L.A., East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ), SCOPE, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) all took part.

Environmental groups, including CBE and Coalition for a Safe Environment (CFASE), are raising concerns about a plan to combine two nearby Tesoro oil facilities in Carson and Wilmington into one operation. Get the story from TruthOut. Jesse Marquez of CFASE also spoke to Random Lengths News about a hazardous material breach that occurred at Tesoro’s Wilmington site in September.

According to Random Lengths News, EYCEJ organized an L.A. River Toxic Tour where the group educated more than 100 cyclists about the region’s numerous environmental and health challenges during a 17 mile riverfront ride from Maywood to Long Beach. EYCEJ executive director, Mark Lopez, also spoke to StreetsBlog L.A. about the importance of opening pathways to job centers when considering routes for a “rail to river” project that would connect new transit lines with bike paths in South L.A.

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