2019 Impact Report

Dear Liberty Hill Supporter,

I hope you are taking care of yourselves and your families during this time of unimaginable upheaval.

In the midst of this crisis, I think it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the significance of our work and its impact on the lives of people across Los Angeles. Now more than ever we must fight to ensure that no ground is lost in the movement for equity and justice due to the instability of the current moment.

Below you will find a link to Liberty Hill’s Impact Report, which details some of the hard-fought progress Liberty Hill Foundation and our partners—including you—have made over the past year on everything from rent control to reducing youth incarceration and stopping neighborhood oil drilling.

The realities of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our daily lives have been stark. From the tragic losses of life—and our sense of normalcy—to the crushing financial blows, the impact of this crisis has touched every community in America.

But we know that those who live in communities most impacted by systemic oppression are at an even greater risk of being left behind during a crisis like this one. Our grantees and partners are quickly adapting their organizing strategies and working tirelessly to secure the rights of tenants to stay in their homes without fear of eviction, to release nonviolent youth from juvenile halls where the virus can easily spread, and to ensure the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness.

This work continues because it is essential.

I hope the success and stories of the movement leaders in this Impact Report will inspire you to keep the fires of equity and justice burning during these uncertain and challenging times.

At its core Liberty Hill has always been a community of people coming together to make change—a Home for Progressive Los Angeles.

With our dedicated and loyal community by our side, Liberty Hill and our partners will continue to support the critical grassroots organizing work that is at the heart of our ability to ensure the change we seek becomes a reality.

Thank you for partnering with us.

In Solidarity,

Shane Murphy Goldsmith
President/CEO
Liberty Hill Foundation



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CHANGE the RULES

Carolina Rodriguez

Local resident Carolina Rodriguez, who was born and raised in East L.A., became a key figure in the local battle for rent control. Despite multiple attempts by her landlord to evict her and her family after increasing their rent more than $500, Carolina remains in her home in East L.A. today due to the efforts of Unincorporated Tenants United, which Liberty Hill helped coordinate. They worked tirelessly to organize and empower a collective of tenants, including Carolina, to stand up for their rights. (Read More)

CHANGE the NARRATIVE

LeQuan Muhammed

Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, LeQuan faced many of the systemic challenges and dangerous pitfalls young Black and Brown men are subjected to on a regular basis. He witnessed firsthand the impact of community violence. He heard the gunshots, walked past the yellow tape, and attended the funerals of friends gone too soon. His interactions with law enforcement left him feeling fearful and angry about the state of relations between the community and the police. (Read More)

CHANGE the GAME

Nalleli Cobo

With coordinated climate protests across the globe and increased civic engagement here at home, today’s youth are leading the way toward the environmental justice victories of tomorrow. One of these rising stars is Liberty Hill Leader to Watch Nalleli Cobo, a fierce environmental activist who was highlighted on CNN this year for her work to end neighborhood oil drilling. She spoke at the 2019 L.A. Climate March alongside fellow youth activist Greta Thunberg and encouraged more youth to get involved with the movement. (Read More)

CHANGE. NOT CHARITY.