• Faces of the Movement: LeQuan Muhammed

    May 27, 2020

    One of the rising stars of the Youth Justice movement, LeQuan Muhammed has emerged as a voice for his local community and a shining example of the power of positivity and the promise of youth.

  • Los Angeles Organizers' Virtual Town Hall Takeaways and Next Steps

    May 10, 2020

    Earlier this month Liberty Hill convened an L.A. Organizers’ Virtual Town Hall that brought together more than 100 organizers and activists across L.A. County to share and strategize around the COVID-19 crisis and how we can best support the needs of our communities on the ground.

  • Stop a Coronavirus Disaster: Release Kids from Juvenile Facilities

    May 09, 2020

    In the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, all of us are trying to do our best for the children in our lives — providing stability and a safe and caring home. But how do we best protect the 650 youth and young adults in Los Angeles County’s crowded juvenile facilities?

  • Ready to Rise Partners Building Capacity Virtually

    May 08, 2020

    Our Ready to Rise partners are busier than ever -- providing enhanced mental and emotional health services, peer support groups, virtual learning, as well as financial and food assistance. These expanded services are meeting critical needs for families in crisis and youth coming home from lock-up. 

  • Ready to Rise Partnership Launched

    May 07, 2020

    $2.59 Million Awarded to 20 Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Community-Based Youth Development Services

  • Housing is Health: Reclaiming Our Homes Demands Housing for the Most Vulnerable in the Wake of COVID-19

    May 07, 2020

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and a longstanding housing crisis, families are fighting for their right to a safe place to live.

  • Our Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

    Apr 10, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the injustices in our society. And those who have been historically oppressed are being hit hardest by this crisis. But crisis also creates opportunity. We have the opportunity to remake our society in accordance with our...

  • 2020 Upton Sinclair Dinner Canceled

    Apr 10, 2020

    As difficult as this decision may be, we feel that as a community, we must do our part to help flatten the curve of the virus, slow the spread of infection, and reduce the overall burden on our healthcare system. In lieu of getting to see them on stage in April...

  • Faces of the Movement: Carolina Rodriguez

    Apr 07, 2020

    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.

  • Liberty Hill Launches COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Community Organizing

    Mar 27, 2020

    As the pandemic continues to unfold, organizers are fighting to ensure that our local and state governments are stepping up to protect the rights and the health of the most vulnerable. We are also concerned about the census, continuing inequity in education, a loss of civil rights, and an expanded homeless crisis.

  • LA County’s Justice Revolution

    Aug 22, 2019

    There’s a justice revolution happening in Los Angeles County.

    This week, the Board of Supervisors took an unprecedented set of actions to shift away from punishment in large prison-like settings and toward a decentralized community safety strategy focused on expanded neighborhood health services and effective alternatives to lockups.

  • Ready to Rise Partnership Launched

    Jul 18, 2019

    $2.59 Million Awarded to 20 Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Community-Based Youth Development Services

  • The emPOWER Program Helps L.A. County Residents Flex Their Energy-Saving Muscle

    Jul 10, 2019

    For Liberty Hill, environmental justice is a cornerstone of social justice. However, many residents in low-income and working class communities of color have traditionally been left behind by innovations in clean energy and solar power, which could mean a lack of access to readily available savings and important community health improvements.

  • Oil Drilling Site to Close in Huge Victory for South Los Angeles!

    Jul 10, 2019

    In a tremendous win for our environmental justice agenda, officials recently announced the permanent closure of the Jefferson oil drilling site in South L.A.!

    Following a multi-year battle between South L.A. residents and Sentinel Peak Resources—the company that operated the oil wells—the closure will occur over the next three years. The company has been ordered to phase out oil drilling over the next 24 months, before implementing a soil clean up phase to restore the land to residential standards (the highest level of remediation).

  • Climate and Energy Funders Tour Highlights: From the Well to the Wheel

    Jul 10, 2019

    This past April, Liberty Hill hosted a bus tour that provided an opportunity for 40 funders with the Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG) to explore challenges and innovations around energy and the environment in Los Angeles.

  • Donor-Activists Take Action on Youth Incarceration

    Jun 18, 2019

    Liberty Hill donor-activists from across Los Angeles turned their energy into action this spring by sending letters to elected officials to encourage support for the Youth Reinvestment Grant in the 2019–2020 state budgeting process. The Grant provides resources to local communities to prevent youth arrest and incarceration. 

  • Rent control campaigns win and new report links high rents to increasing homelessness

    Jun 18, 2019

    The 2019 Homeless Count paints a dire picture of L.A.’s homelessness crisis, including a 12 percent increase in people living on the streets. Skyrocketing rents, evictions and flat wages are leading to homelessness for tens of thousands of people. Now, more than ever, we need permanent rent caps and eviction protections to keep a roof over every head. 

  • Liberty Hill Partners with L.A. County to Create Countywide Sustainability Plan

    Jun 18, 2019

    This spring, Liberty Hill joined community-based environmental health and justice organizations to host five Sustainability Expos + Fairs with over 370 participants in order to solicit public input on the draft countywide Sustainability Plan that we and our partners helped to create. The plan contains far-reaching goals on critical issues, especially around limiting oil drilling, phasing out fossil fuel consumption and advancing rent stabilization. 

  • Liberty Hill Foundation Endorses Measure EE & Pledges $300,000 For Million Voters Project Action Fund

    May 10, 2019

    Although California is the fifth-largest economy in the world, our state ranks a whopping 44th in the United States in per-pupil funding for education. We can do better—for our kids and our communities. At Liberty Hill, we are committed to funding a future where all children in Los Angeles have access to an education that prepares them for success, no matter their zip code.

  • Our Movement, Our Moment - Highlights from the 2019 Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner

    Apr 29, 2019

    For 37 years, Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner has been the premier gathering for those at the epicenter of progress and justice in Los Angeles. Every year, political allies, donor-activists, grassroots leaders and community organizers from across the region come together to celebrate

  • 2019 Upton Sinclair Dinner

    Mar 25, 2019

    This year Liberty Hill is honored to recognize three amazing individuals with awards at our annual Upton Sinclair Award Dinner. Our honorees truly demonstrate the spirit of our gala theme–Our Movement, Our Moment. Their collective contributions have paved the way and extended the path for activists and organizers across many diverse movements over the years. We are honored to celebrate their work and accomplishments. 

  • Lead Capacity Builder Request for Proposal

    Mar 21, 2019

    Program Overview:

    Liberty Hill Foundation (Liberty Hill) and California Community Foundation (CCF) have launched a Public/Private Partnership (P/PP) with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. This collaboration will expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep vulnerable youth out of the criminal justice system and help those in the system transition back into the community.

  • The 2018 Fund for Change Grants

    Sep 24, 2018
    Liberty Hill is pleased to announce that our 2018 Fund for Change grants will invest $975,800 in 39 grassroots organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Thanks to the generosity of our donor-activists and foundation partners, we have been able to increase our Fund for Change grantmaking by $256,800 since 2016. The Fund for Change is Liberty Hill's primary competitive grantmaking program, with the goal of fueling community organizing that builds power to change policy and improve opportunities for all Angelenos.
  • Rapid Response for Young Immigrant Children Fund

    Sep 24, 2018
    In partnership with First 5 LA, and with contributions from our donor-activists, Liberty Hill has established a Rapid Response for Young Immigrant Children Fund. The fund supports organizations addressing the needs of immigrant children (prenatal to age five) and their families, who are experiencing distress and trauma related to the extraordinary fear of separation. We are pleased to announce that we have awarded $90,000 to the following recipients:
    CLEAN Carwash Campaign - $10,000
  • Rent Freeze Passes in L.A. County

    Sep 20, 2018

    Our collective activism and philanthropic support recently powered a significant victory: the Board of Supervisors approved a temporary rent freeze for unincorporated L.A. County. 

    The motion will cap rent increases at 3% annually and mandate fairer eviction practices. As a result, 200,000 tenants can now find relief from rising rents while the Board of Supervisors considers permanent regulations. This is the largest expansion of rent stabilization in decades! 

  • Liberty Hill Supports #YesOn10

    Sep 13, 2018

    For over 40 years, Liberty Hill Foundation has supported the tenants’ right movement. From funding tenants’ organizing in Pasadena and Long Beach in 1977, to supporting successful campaigns for rent stabilization in the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica in 1979 and winning against discriminatory landlords, Liberty Hill has long been an ally in the fight for housing justice. Now, we are taking another step forward in that fight by endorsing and sponsoring Proposition 10. 

  • Our Pride Playlist

    Jun 29, 2018

    June is Pride month, and a great time to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ individuals in music. As part of our Agenda for a Just Future, we are addressing the impact of housing instability and youth incarceration in queer communities, and fighting for LGBTQ rights. We hope you'll enjoy this Spotify playlist showcasing some of our favorite Pride-themed songs and LGBTQ artists. 

  • What Liberty Hill’s Agenda for a Just Future Means for LGBTQ Justice

    Jun 27, 2018

    When Liberty Hill started deciding where to concentrate our efforts for the next three years, there were many factors to consider—the new administration in Washington; California’s role on the national stage; L.A.’s rapidly changing urban landscape and the challenges and opportunities that come with it. Ultimately we selected three areas that became our Agenda for a Just Future—stopping neighborhood oil drilling, fighting for a roof over every head and ending youth incarceration as we know it.

  • Liberty Hill Statement on Family Separation

    Jun 20, 2018

    Liberty Hill Supporter,

    Like many other people across the nation, I went home every night this last week to hug my children a little tighter, feeling extreme sorrow for those families who were denied the same opportunity by our government.

  • Get to Know Liberty Hill's 2018 Leaders to Watch

    May 22, 2018

    Remember what it was like to be a kid? What would you have done, at 12 years old, if you couldn’t breathe because of the oil drilling site next door? What if, at 16 you were sent to jail for being late to school? What would you do today if you lost your home because the landlord increased your rent beyond your means?

    Would you be paralyzed by fear or would you fight back?

  • Justice Begins at Home - Highlights from the 2018 Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner

    Apr 20, 2018

     The 2018 Liberty Hill Awards Dinner was one for the books! Here are some of the most memorable moments from the sold out gala.   

  • Talking Community, Arts and Access with Liz Levitt Hirsch

    Apr 16, 2018

    Liberty Hill is pleased to honor Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch with the Founders Award at our 2018 Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner on April 19. The recognition is given to individuals whose philanthropy embodies the spirit of “change, not charity” and whose exceptional generosity is helping to realize equality and justice for all.

  • Why Justice Begins at Home

    Apr 16, 2018

    These days the news can be overwhelming. Stories of violence, injustice and oppression fill our feeds almost daily. Meanwhile, hateful ideas are being given an increasingly visible platform at the national level. These problems can be daunting, and sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start. But the worst thing we can do in a time of so much need is become overwhelmed.

  • Honoring a Civil Rights Hero

    Mar 19, 2018

    “Tell them they have to have hope, no matter what. If they get knocked down, they have to get back up.” That is what Congressman John Lewis—this year’s recipient of Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Award—told me when I asked him what he would say to our youth leaders in L.A.

  • Queer Youth Leaders Mobilize for GSA Day of Racial Justice

    Feb 27, 2018

    In February 2018, Liberty Hill partnered with the Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network of Southern California—one of our grantees fighting to empower and train young LGBTQ leaders—to call on Los Angeles County elected officials to address issues of disproportionate criminalization and abusive treatment of LGBTQ youth of color.

  • Statement from Liberty Hill Director of Common Agenda, Michele Prichard on L.A. County Report on Oil Drilling

    Feb 23, 2018

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health validated today what hundreds of residents living near urban oil drilling sites have already known: proximity to oil drilling is hazardous to their health.

  • Environmental News Roundup

    Jan 30, 2018

    In the fight to end neighborhood oil drilling across Los Angeles’ communities, every small victory is worth celebrating, and every campaign move is an opportunity to highlight the public health challenges that communities face. Liberty Hill’s network of donor-activists, on-the-ground activists and coalition leaders make our environmental justice work possible, so we wanted to keep you updated on the latest campaign news.

    Liberty Hill takes the fossil fuel pledge!

  • My Fight For Youth Justice

    Jan 30, 2018

    If someone offered you $100,000 and two years to think deeply about how to solve a big problem, what problem would you tackle? As a recipient of the 2018 Stanton Fellowship, I have just that opportunity. For me, that big question is how we create a youth development system that gives our kids a chance to lead productive lives, and to be the brothers, the fathers, the friends, the leaders they were meant to be.

  • Liberty Hill Divests From Fossil Fuels

    Jan 09, 2018

    In accordance with our dedication to fighting climate change and our belief in a greener future, Liberty Hill is proud to announce that we are divesting entirely from fossil fuels.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Liberty Hill's Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner

    Dec 05, 2017

    Save the Date for Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner on April 19 at The Beverly Hilton and stand with grassroots organizers and donor-activists who are leading the movement for social justice.  Honorees include Congressman John Lewis and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch.