Frontlines to Headlines December

by Crystal Shaw on December 26, 2016


In this issue of Frontlines to Headlines we look back on the entire calendar year—Liberty Hill’s 40th Anniversary year—and compile some of the most significant media mentions for Liberty Hill and its grantees from past issues along with new clips from the past six weeks. 

Liberty Hill Programs and Staff 

DECEMBER: Liberty Hill was the subject of a Funder Profile in the Chronicle of Social Change, which overviewed everything from Liberty Hill's founding and early years to our current programs and social justice philosophy. 

SEPTEMBER: In response to our announcement of Fund for Change grants for FY2017, Liberty Hill President/CEO, Shane Murphy Goldsmith was interviewed live on KJLH by Dominique DiPrima for a 20-minute discussion of the deep investments in South L.A. nonprofits and the urgent need to support community-based organizations. The Los Angeles Wave also carried an announcement of the grantmaking in the Metro South L.A. region. 

Also in September, Liberty Hill President/CEO, Shane Murphy Goldsmith, as an individual, became Mayor Eric Garcetti’s newest appointment to the Los Angeles Police Commission. Her appointment was covered in the Los Angeles Times

APRIL: After nearly a decade of grassroots research, organizing and advocacy by a Liberty Hill supported coalition, the environmental justice initiative called Clean Up Green Up was signed to law as a new L.A. City policy! Clean Up Green Up establishes pilot Green Zones in Pacoima, Boyle Heights and Wilmington, reducing air pollution and helping businesses become more environmentally friendly. See the Los Angeles Times front page story and Random Length News for coverage of the City Council’s vote and the Mayor’s Earth Day signing ceremony. Video of the press conference is on Liberty Hill’s website.  

Elections, Before and After 

NOVEMBER REACTIONS: A Los Angeles Times piece on African American reactions to the presidential election results featured Tauheedah Shakur of Youth Justice Coalition, who discussed her concerns with Trump in relation to her identity as a Black Muslim woman, and America’s historical problems with inclusivity. 

The day after Trump’s election the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) held a rally against the incoming administration’s stance on immigration. See ABC 7 for more. 

NOVEMBER CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: The Los Angeles Times followed A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project and All of Us or None community organizer, Amber-Rose Howard as she trekked the streets of Long Beach distributing voter information. 

California voters approved Prop 55, championed by CHIRLA, bringing bilingual education back to the state. NBC News has the story. 

Voice of America quoted Khmer Girls in Action’s Sophya Chhiv in a report on Cambodian American support of Propositions 55 and 57, which allocated money for education and healthcare, and increased parole options for nonviolent offenders, respectively. 

Liberty Hill organizing partners including Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Pacoima Beautiful, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), T.R.U.S.T. South L.A., and other members of the ACT-LA Coalition supported Measure JJJ, which aims to ease the city’s housing crisis and tie community benefits to new largescale development. KPCC covered the measure’s passage with input from KIWA executive director, Alexandra Suh. 

Capital and Main reported on strong voter mobilization campaigns led by Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and other groups including CHIRLA and ACCE. 


NOVEMBER: A civilian oversight commission to oversee the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Reports from KPCC and the L.A. Times quote Mark-Anthony Johnson of Dignity and Power Now, and the commission itself includes Rabbi Heather Miller, a 2013 Liberty Hill Leader to Watch. 

NOVEMBER: Los Angeles City Council passed the Fair Chance Initiative, which removes questions about criminal history from most job applications. A New Way of Life, All of Us or None and L.A. Voice each played a role in passing the law. LAist has more. 

JUNE: A coalition of California grassroots groups that includes Community Coalition scored a major victory in the campaign to secure full funding for state community programs promised by Prop 47. Read more in the Los Angeles Sentinel

FEBRUARY: Thanks in part to work by the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the Los Angeles School Police Department returned the last of its heavy arms collection to the Department of Defense. According to the Los Angeles Times the stockpile included grenade launchers and a mine resistant armored vehicle. 


NOVEMBER: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) settled a lawsuit with the City of Los Angeles, that was filed on behalf of youth of color who live near polluting urban oil wells. The suit resulted in new regulations for approval of drilling. The Los Angeles Wave has the story. 

JUNE: The Los Angeles Times reported that in the wake of pressure from Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (STAND-LA) affiliate, Esperanza Community Housing, the City of Los Angeles forced a polluting oil field in South L.A. to remain closed or comply with stronger regulations. 

MARCH: STAND-LA and CBE worked to end dangerous neighborhood drilling in L.A.’s low income communities of color, and Hollywood took notice. See Good Magazine for a story about how actors, Mark Ruffalo and Leonard DiCaprio, used their star power to elevate this issue. 


OCTOBER: KIWA and Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC-LA) were both selected by the City of Santa Monica to lead outreach and education around the city’s new minimum wage law. The Santa Monica Mirror has the story. 

SEPTEMBER: 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. 

MARCH: KCET published an in-depth profile of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, telling the stories of some of the center’s members and explaining the organization’s historical significance among L.A.’s African American workforce. 


SEPTEMBER: 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.

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