• 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. 

  • Liberty Hill Convenes Key Players on Moving from Youth Incarceration to Diversion

    Nov 09, 2017

    On October 30, Liberty Hill convened a group of activists, advocates, foundation representatives and government leaders to a forum on youth justice.

  • Announcing Liberty Hill's Agenda for a Just Future

    Nov 09, 2017

    It’s been one year since election night—one year of heartbreak, outrage, tumultuousness and anything but justice. During the same year, I have witnessed some of the most momentous and moving displays of solidarity and resilience in my lifetime. In the face of unprecedented threats from our own president, Los Angeles is standing strong.

  • Frontlines to Headlines - October 2017

    Oct 26, 2017

    Frontlines to Headlines

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

    The Los Angeles Times reports that City officials will require the oil drilling site at the intersection of Jefferson and Budlong to adopt strict new rules in order to stay open, including construction of an enclosure to block noise, odor and lights.

     

  • A Letter from Shane Murphy Goldsmith on Brothers, Sons, Selves

    Oct 04, 2017

    When Liberty Hill launched the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition in 2011, in partnership with The California Endowment and 12 grassroots community groups, there was a problem we could not ignore: L.A.’s boys and young men of color were in crisis.

    For too many, school was a pathway to prison and not college. Graduation rates for our young men of color were significantly lower than their white counterparts. Unemployment was high and life expectancy was low.

  • Three New Members Join Liberty Hill's Board of Directors

    Oct 04, 2017

    Liberty Hill Foundation’s Board of Directors is the guiding force behind our commitment to social justice, providing strategic direction and accountability to continue working on the most pressing issues affecting Angelenos.Liberty Hill Foundation’s Board of Directors is the guiding force behind our commitment to social justice, providing strategic direction and accountability to continue working on the most pressing issues affecting Angelenos.

  • Frontlines to Headlines - September 2017

    Sep 26, 2017

    Frontlines to Headlines

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

    In 2015 Community Coalition filed a lawsuit against LAUSD over the district’s misuse of funds dedicated to disadvantaged students.

  • Environmental Justice Leader Darryl Molina Sarmiento is Organizing for Future Generations

    Sep 19, 2017

    “I'm doing this for my family, for our communities and for future generations..” says Darryl Molina Sarmiento, the new executive director of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) -- a current Liberty Hill Foundation grantee, while discussing her passion for her work.

  • Liberty Hill Stands with L.A.'s Dreamers

    Sep 05, 2017

    The November election was a reminder to Liberty Hill and its committed donor-activists that justice and equality are values we can never take for granted. The fight for immigrant rights is one of many we stand ready to take on. Today’s decision to terminate the DACA program is a heartbreaking blow to many young immigrants whose only aspiration is to achieve the American Dream through hard work and determination. Our city is a testament to the vitality and economic vibrancy that immigrants contribute, and we are stronger because of our immigrant communities.

  • Liberty Hill's Party With a Purpose Is Quickly Approaching

    Aug 21, 2017

    In less than a month the sounds of glasses clinking, music flowing and justice advancing will be in the air.  A new-generation of progressive donor-activists, poised to take action driven by this critical moment in our country, will converge in West Hollywood all in the name of social justice in Southern California.

  • Civic Leaders Luncheon brings Commission Training Graduates Together

    Aug 08, 2017

    Making grants is one way to empower communities, but it takes leaders to transform funding into progress. That’s where Liberty Hill’s Commissions Training Program comes in. The program prepares local progressives to expand their influence and leadership by serving on boards and commissions, which wield significant political power across L.A. County.

  • STATEMENT FROM LIBERTY HILL PRESIDENT AND CEO SHANE GOLDSMITH ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MILITARY BAN ON TRANSGENDER AMERICANS

    Jul 26, 2017

    “Members of the transgender community are more likely to be victims of hate crimes and job discrimination, which are devastating repercussions of denying a group of people their human rights. We are a stronger nation when we include all people in all of our civic institutions, and when we stand firmly as allies in the fight for social justice and equality for all.

  • Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition: Conversations with a Rising Leader

    Jul 24, 2017

     When I share what we do in Brothers Sons Selves Coalition I can see hope in my friends and family. They believe that it is possible to make change because of my involvement.

  • Meet Leah Hunt-Hendrix - Liberty Hill's Sarah Pillsbury NextGen Award Honoree

    Jul 20, 2017

    Leah Hunt-Hendrix will be honored with the Sarah Pillsbury NextGen Award at the 2017 Change LA: Fast Forward, an event celebrating emerging leaders committed to social justice in progressive Los Angeles. 

  • Meet Kaci Patterson - Liberty Hill's Changemaker Award Honoree

    Jul 19, 2017

    Kaci Patterson will be honored with the Wally Marks Changemaker Award at the 2017 Change LA: Fast Forward, an event celebrating emerging leaders committed to social justice in progressive Los Angeles. 

  • From Frontlines to Headlines! July

    Jul 14, 2017

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