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Frontlines to Headlines - September 2017

Frontlines to Headlines

A digest of press clips about Liberty Hill & the organizers we support

SOCIAL JUSTICE

In 2015 Community Coalition filed a lawsuit against LAUSD over the district’s misuse of funds dedicated to disadvantaged students. Now LAUSD has approved a settlement sending more money to English learners, foster youth and low income students. The Los Angeles Times and Education Dive have the story.

People’s World reported on a Los Angeles gathering of religious and community leaders to address the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville. The article quotes Rev. Zach Hoover of L.A. Voice, who spoke at the event.

Los Angeles City Council voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Indian Country Today quoted Angelica Salas of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) on how the move is a step toward justice for L.A.’s large urban indigenous population.

 

MMIGRATION

In response to Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, Filipino Migrant Center joined other groups for a rally to demand immigrant protections in Long Beach. See the Long Beach Post for more.

In a piece about the reversal of DACA on the international Filipino news site, Inquirer.net, Lolita Lledo of the Pilipino Workers Center explained how rescinding the program would make it easier for employers to take advantage of immigrant home care workers who fear deportation.

Members of Dignity and Power Now and Youth Justice Coalition spoke up for immigrant communities at an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Civilian Oversight Commission town hall. The Los Angeles Sentinel has the story.

Following Trump’s announcement on the dismantling of DACA, many news outlets have turned to CHIRLA as an authority on immigration issues. L.A. Weekly quoted CHIRLA’s director of legal services Luis Perez on the logistics of ending DACA and how the government would be allowed to use participants’ information, while a KPCC report described how CHIRLA is processing 35 to 45 renewal applications daily. CHIRLA also participated in a Downtown L.A. rally for DACA, as reported by ABC News, and according to LAist, expanded its service to a satellite office in South L.A. Other articles from California Healthline and KPCC discussed how rescinding the program would impact DREAMERs’ healthcare.

 

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

A Los Angeles Times exposé on the wages and conditions of L.A. factory workers who sew for retailers like Forever 21 explained how the Garment Worker Center represents and supports exploited workers.

The Los Angeles Times described how some mariachis living and working in Boyle Heights turned to Union de Vecinos for help resisting displacement by rising rents.

KPCC reported on how community groups came out in force to a Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Management Committee meeting to testify for a “linkage fee.” Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN) organizer Ariana Alcarez spoke in favor of the fee, which would tax new construction to fund affordable housing.

LA-CAN recently opened a small market providing organic food to the residents of Skid Row. Capital and Main has the story.

A story in The Argonaut described how People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER) is defending a victim of domestic violence and her children from an unfair eviction.

The University of Southern California’s new USC Village is raising concerns about gentrification and exclusion of the surrounding community. Articles from KPCC and L.A. Weekly quote Joe Donlin of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) who discussed the project’s impact on underserved communities nearby and said that community groups fought hard for developers to agree to local hiring and other community benefits.

Los Angeles Black Worker Center is one of the organizations participating in a new program called L.A. Local Hire, which connects disadvantaged Angelenos looking for work with vacant City jobs. Capital and Main described how the center helped an unemployed warehouse worker get into the City’s hiring pool.

 

GENDER JUSTICE

Organizations including Gender Justice L.A., Vigilant Love and API Equality L.A. demonstrated at City Hall against a Supreme Court decision to uphold a part of Trump’s travel ban that would bar certain refugees from entering the country. Los Angeles Blade has the story.

Human Rights Campaign posted a blog on Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network’s strategies for supporting LGBTQ youth in the new school year.

 

POLICING & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

While covering reactions from Los Angeles police officials to Trump’s calls for rougher law enforcement, the L.A. Times quoted Liberty Hill President/CEO Shane Goldsmith who serves on the Police Commission. She spoke out for “fair, respectful” policing and said Trump’s statement won’t influence the LAPD.

An L.A. Times story about a court’s decision not to require the Sheriff’s Department to release the names of deputies guilty of serious misconduct mentioned that a Dignity and Power Now petition to release the names raised almost 13,000 signatures.

Dignity and Power Now and Youth Justice Coalition are among groups voicing opposition to a Sheriff’s Department plan to use drones. Unmaned Aerial, a publication on drone technology, has the story.

A federal judge ruled in favor of Youth Justice Coalition in a suit filed by the organization against an unfair gang injunction. See My News L.A. for more.

According to a new poll, L.A. County residents support closing youth prisons and replacing them with solutions for rehabilitation. Articles in the Los Angeles Daily News and Chronicle of Social Change mentioned Youth Justice Coalition’s work around youth incarceration.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

A Guardian op-ed co-written by actor Mark Ruffalo on clean energy jobs mentioned how Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) is helping low income communities of color access economic opportunities in the renewable-energy field.

KPCC and EGP News reported on shortcomings in the effort to clean up homes contaminated by the Exide plant in Vernon. Both outlets quoted staff from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), who spoke out for impacted residents.

EYCEJ executive director mark! Lopez also penned a Long Beach Post op-ed on the toxic disposal of old carpet while other EYCEJ leaders appeared in a KPCC report on the state’s cap and trade program and in a Long Beach Post article on 710 Freeway expansion plans.

 

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