What We Can Do Now

by Shane Goldsmith on December 22, 2016

The calls started coming in on November 9, asking Liberty Hill to help gather L.A.’s social justice community from all sectors—the grassroots, nonprofits, academia, philanthropy, government, individual donor-activists.

Why Liberty Hill? Because we have invested in the progressive ecosystem in L.A. to build strong sustainable social justice organizations and coalitions that are multi-racial, multi-generational, and multi-issue. And because we are a trusted partner who can convene leaders to create a united front that will not only defend what Los Angeles has won but also build power for long term change.

It was precisely these strategies that delivered so many victories in L.A. and California in November and over the past year. And that is how we will continue to fight back and win again.  

Give now to support Liberty Hill’s investments in organizers on the frontlines of these fights.

What are we doing now?

  1. Defending what we have built and keeping our communities safe.

We are convening key leaders across sectors to strengthen the ties that bind different groups in Los Angeles. We are providing training and rapid response grants to support grassroots organizing. When queer organizers lead worker groups, people of color are represented at all levels of responsibility, and youth are empowered, we can stand together in deep solidarity against threats to individual Muslims, immigrants, women and others facing immediate threats. Organizing builds lasting power, engages people in government, changes hearts and minds, and institutionalizes our gains (which is what protects them when political power changes hands).

  1. Continuing to build the power needed to win a progressive future.

We have the tools—philanthropy, electoral politics, and grassroots community organizing. We need to double down on the work of (1) engaging the new generation of leaders of color, (2) lifting up the leadership of those directly impacted, (3) scaling up and uniting around a common agenda.

  • We’re taking our environmental work to the next level, advancing climate justice in California by ensuring that state climate funds are invested in highly polluted, low income environmental justice communities such as those in L.A. impacted by urban oil drilling.
  • Through our Commissions Training Program, the Wally Marks Leadership Institute is a pipeline for the next generation of civic leaders of L.A. and beyond. We've already placed two dozen commissioners on city, county, and state commissions, and some have run for and won elected office.

What can you do? Give to Liberty Hill so we can deploy resources where and when they are needed most. We’ve come so far. We’re not turning back. Help us protect and prevail. Take your place in the center of the action by supporting Liberty Hill.

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