Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner: Where L.A. Springs Forward

by Susan LaTempa on March 30, 2017

Progressive? Proud? Glad the sunshine is back in L.A.? Not glad about the continuing clouds on the political horizon?

Come to Liberty Hill’s 35th Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner on April 20 and stand with grassroots organizers and donor-activists who are leading the movement for social justice in America today—and tomorrow. Join us in honoring five people whose work has inspired us and in committing ourselves to protect the advances we’ve made in L.A. and move forward with an even bolder progressive agenda.

Our theme for the evening is “Progressive Leaders Live Here” and you’ll feel the truth of that hopeful reality at every moment.  At the Upton Sinclair dinner, you’ll meet young grassroots organizers who are pulling faith communities together to provide sanctuary for immigrants. You’ll hear from some of our brightest and fiercest elected officials about where they’ve come from and what we need to do now.

It’s not enough to hope for good leaders. We must invest in and support the people we want to represent us and our communities. We must see them through the experience they need and connect them with the resources that can fuel their development. This is the kind of work Liberty Hill has been doing for 40 years—supporting leaders who are trusted by their communities to mobilize voters, training leaders who can speak for their communities on boards and commissions, investing in leaders who have solutions for the problems their communities face, and convening leaders from across the region to raise their voices together.

It’s a substantive evening—our honorees are serious about social justice. The Upton Sinclair Award will be presented to Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the documentary filmmaking duo whose compelling investigative works have made our society think hard about rape culture, LGBTQ issues and sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Actress Ana Ortiz, who receives the Creative Vision Award, not only advances social justice through her choices of roles, playing colorful and confident women, but also uses her public profile to spotlight issues including domestic abuse, LGBTQ rights, and women's history. Susan Genco and Mitch Kamin, who'll receive the Founders Award, are Los Angeles philanthropists with histories of civic service who inspire others and amplify their support for social justice organizations by pooling their funds with others through two vibrant giving circles of donor-activists. 

Together these honorees embody inspiring examples of the kind of leadership that comes from putting progressive values into action in their lives every day. Attendees will also hear from members of community organizing groups, who will share their stories of L.A.'s rapid response to the new administration in Washington, from protecting targeted communities to building electoral power day by day.

So c'mon, take the first step by visiting our webpage for the Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner. You can purchase tickets, take out a tribute ad in our program journal, be a sponsor, even text to give. See you at the Beverly Hilton, or online! 

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