• Liberty Hill Announces "Feed" Grants

    Sep 24, 2015
    Liberty Hill’s new Fund for Economic Equity and Dignity (FEED) has made its first round of grants to five strong California worker-led organizations combating wage theft. These are just-in-time grants!
  • Recent Liberty Hill Commission Training Focused on Targeted Hire Practices

    Sep 19, 2015

    On June 11, Liberty Hill Foundation’s Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change Commissions Training Program hosted a panel and discussion on “Targeted Hire in Public Projects: Community Stabilization Through Local Jobs.” Targeted Hire is a policy designed to support people from undeserved communities by providing them with job opportunities in public works projects.

  • Frontlines to Headlines September

    Sep 15, 2015

    Find out what powerful change our social justice partners have been fighting for on the frontlines. 

  • Building a House of Power: The road to a Black Workers Center in Ferguson

    Jul 30, 2015

    For years, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, aLiberty Hill grantee, has been a national leader in the urgent work of reversing the Black Jobs Crisis. As a result, its staff and advisers, including the Center’s Director, Lola Smallwood Cuevas, were aware of the obstacles for Black workers not only in L.A. but also in communities such as Ferguson, Missouri. In fact, because of the success the LABWC has been having, advocates from the St.

  • Frontlines to Headlines June/July 2015

    Jul 17, 2015


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  • Antelope Valley Community Org Scores Big Victories for Fair Housing and Racial Justice

    Jul 10, 2015



    By Joe Rihn

    Liberty Hill Foundation offers Special Opportunity Fund Grants to provide tactical, quick-turnaround dollars for organizations seeking support for timely capacity-building opportunities. A recent SOF Grant was just what an Antelope Valley organization called The Community Action League needed to tackle a pressing local problem of police abuse and racial discrimination tied to Section 8 housing.

  • Renewing Our Vows to Fight for Equality

    Jun 26, 2015

    Mayor Garcetti made Shane and her wife Monica the first gay couple to get married in the city of Los Angeles.

  • Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition Advocacy Scores Major Victory

    Jun 24, 2015

    By Crystal Shaw

    BSS Jerry (GSA), Malik (SJLI), and Michael (Strategy Center) presented BSS Coalition LCFF priorities around school climate to Board Member McKenna.
  • Want to be a Trans Ally? Watch This

    Jun 17, 2015

    By Crystal Shaw, Contributing Editor

    Just in time for Trans Pride L.A., Liberty Hill Foundation has partnered with Gender Justice LA in an effort to uplift and acknowledge the lives of all Trans people, and honor the ones we’ve lost along the way in the fight for acceptance and equality.

  • Frontlines to Headlines May/June 2015

    Jun 15, 2015



    minwageL.A.’s minimum wage increase to $15 per hour by 2020 was big news this past month, thanks in part to the hard work of several Liberty Hill organizing partners. See Refinery 29 for an article that cites figures gathered by the Garment Worker Center (GWC) and Restaurant Opportunities Center-LA (ROC-LA). The Los Angeles Daily News quoted Giselle Mata of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) calling for an earlier implementation date for the wage hike. ACCE members were also quoted in an article about how the new law will apply to workers who spend only part of their day within City limits. Read it in the L.A. Times.

    KPCC reported on a related story. SB 588, a bill recently passed by the California State Senate, aims to strengthen protections against wage theft and help workers collect wages they are owed. The article quotes Alexandra Suh of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) on how difficult it is for victims of wage theft to reclaim their stolen earnings.

  • Pomona Workers Lobby Successfully for Passage of Senate Wage Theft Bill

    Jun 03, 2015

    By Crystal Shaw, Contributing Editor


    UPDATE, JUNE 9, 2015:  “I’m here to demand that the employer who hired us pay us. I already worked and completed the job but the employer took all the money including my pay. The employer did not consider the fact that I have rent, bills to pay or have a family to sustain. This abuse has to stop.”

    Those were the courageous words spoken by Tomas C. Gonzalez, a day laborer and member of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, a Liberty Hill grantee, during a day of lobbying to successfully pass the Wage Theft Prevention Act, SB588.  It was Tomas’ hard work along with many others that got the bill cleared through the California Senate and will now provide stronger mechanisms for enforcement of wage theft claims.  SB588 now moves to State Assembly.

  • Power to the People: These Grassroots Orgs Received Liberty Hill’s Rapid Response Fund Grants

    May 22, 2015

    By Joe Rihn



    From Ferguson to New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles, police violence is claiming the lives of unarmed Black men at an alarming rate.  As communities cry out for justice, mass movements like #BlackLivesMatter, are forming and the fight for racial equality is gaining momentum.  Though impossible to predict, it is times like these when community organizers on the frontlines of change need resources the most.  That’s why Liberty Hill Foundation established the Rapid Response Fund for Racial Justice.

    Twelve organizations from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley were chosen to receive year-long grants of up to $10,000 to support the urgent work of pushing back against the criminalization of communities of color, fighting to reform the criminal justice system, and uplifting Black lives.  Liberty Hill’s role included administering the Southern California funding pool, and the fund also received support from The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, the Rosenberg Foundation, and the Sierra Health Foundation.  Liberty Hill began receiving contributions during its annual Uplifting Change event, which supports African American philanthropy in L.A.  The fund has since brought in $150,000 from foundations and $20,000 from individual donors.

  • Building Power for Grassroots Organizing through LA County Commissions

    May 16, 2015

    By Crystal Shaw

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    On a sunny April morning, I joined more than 62 grassroots leaders, organizers and influencers from across L.A.’s diverse communities on the beautiful grounds of the LA84 Foundation in the Historic Adams District. We were there for Liberty Hill’s Wally Marks Leadership Institute For Change training on L.A. County commissions.  I attended the training session with a level of excitement to learn about an aspect of government I only had limited knowledge of.  I had no idea I would gain information that could impact my own community.

  • Frontlines to Headlines Spring 2015

    May 11, 2015










  • Relive These Incredible Upton Sinclair Award 2015 Moments

    Apr 28, 2015

    The 33rd Upton Sinclair Dinner was one for the books.  Honorees and program participants alike delivered poignant speeches that were both motivational and moving.  Relive those moments again - or experience them for the first time as you watch Upton Sinclair Award Honoree and Erika Alvarez speak to a room of visionaries, rabble rousers and activists .




  • A Soundtrack for Social Justice, as Heard at Liberty Hill’s Upton Sinclair Dinner

    Apr 24, 2015

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    At the 33rd annual Upton Sinclair Dinner, Liberty Hill Foundation celebrated the new generation taking up the struggle for social justice.  As young leaders backed by Liberty Hill are pushing for restorative justice in schools, fighting for a cleaner environment and stopping families from being split apart by deportation, musicians from all genres are proving that protest music is alive and well.  Here you will find the Upton Sinclair Dinner soundtrack, which includes social justice songs from local artists, national chart-toppers and everyone in between.

    While some of these songs reference political music from the ’60s and ’70s, others are rooted firmly in the sounds of today.  There are topical responses to injustices in Ferguson, Los Angeles and elsewhere, as well as songs that meditate on the broader concepts of solidarity and movement building.  In Oscar winner John Legend’s case, the fight for justice goes beyond music.  The singer campaigned to pass Proposition 47 in California, and recently launched a new campaign called “Free America,” which will target mass incarceration nationwide.

  • Liberty Hill to Shine a Spotlight on Racial Justice at Upton Sinclair Dinner

    Apr 17, 2015


  • A Big Week for L.A. Environment!

    Apr 10, 2015

    By Michele Prichard

    CUGU pic (2) Members of Clean Up Green Up coalition before hearing at L.A. City Hall June 2013.

    If you care about creating a cleaner, greener L.A. and preparing for the impacts of climate change, you’ll want to take a look at two new initiatives that environmentalists have promoted to have a big impact on the future of our city.

  • Liberty Hill to Honor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. with the Upton Sinclair Award

    Mar 27, 2015

    Liberty Hill Foundation‘s annual Upton Sinclair Dinner is less than a month away.  Taking place on April 21, the event honors Angelenos whose work in social justice has left such an indelible mark on those it aims to help that it deserves honoring and recognition.

    Liberty Hill presents the Upton Sinclair Award to those who, like the muckraking journalist Sinclair, combine their talents and beliefs to advance social justice.

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    The Upton Sinclair Award honors those whose efforts illustrate a persistent commitment to social justice and equality. Liberty Hill is proud to present this year’s award to Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, for his work preparing a new generation of leaders to effectively serve and positively impact communities both locally and internationally. His commitment to social justice is evident in his leadership of the school and its programs, positioning UCLA Luskin’s teaching and research to make significant impacts on issues of shared concern with Liberty Hill.

    Gilliam was appointed Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in September 2008. He is a longtime UCLA professor of public policy and political science. His research focuses on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics.

  • Frontlines to Headlines March 2015

    Mar 23, 2015




    As the Skid Row community reacts to the shooting of an unarmed Black man, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) has responded by demonstrating outside the LAPD headquarters, demanding an independent investigation into the killing, and calling for more mental health professionals in the neighborhood. See the L.A. Times, the Huffington Post, LAist, KABC Radio AM 790, Press TV, and Yahoo News for coverage. Neon Tommy’s report mentions Youth Justice Coalition’s (YJC) participation in demonstrations as well. For more background, see the Daily Beast’s recent article on the history of Skid Row. The piece quotes LA CAN organizer Steve Diaz on how the Safer Cities Initiative has led to a “police occupation” of the neighborhood.

    YJC is co-sponsoring SB124, a bill that seeks to limit the use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention centers. The Chronicle of Social Change and Witness L.A. have the story.

  • Liberty Hill to Honor Michele Prichard with Founders Award

    Mar 18, 2015

    Liberty Hill Foundation's annual Upton Sinclair Dinner is just a little over a month away.  Taking place on April 21, the event honors Angelenos whose work in social justice has left such an indelible mark on those it aims to help that it deserves honoring and recognition.

    Liberty Hill presents its annual Founders Award to individuals whose philosophy and philanthropy embody the spirit of “Change. Not Charity.”

    Michele Prichard

    The Founders Award honors those whose philanthropic pursuits exemplify the motto of our mission. We are pleased to present this distinction to our own Michele Prichard. Michele's role in broadening the scope of the foundation world and key funders to support social justice issues over the last 25 years has resulted in millions of dollars in resources for community organizing and advocacy in Los Angeles.

    Michele is the Director of Common Agenda at the Liberty Hill Foundation. Today, Liberty Hill’s reputation as one of the country’s most innovative public foundations can be attributed significantly to her early and ongoing leadership.

  • Liberty Hill Announces the New Rapid Response Fund for Racial Justice

    Mar 09, 2015



  • Liberty Hill Speaks With Black Lives Matter co-Founder About Racial Justice Today and More

    Mar 06, 2015

    By Crystal Shaw

  • Uplifting Change 2015 Shines a Light on the Importance of Youth Activism

    Mar 01, 2015

    by Crystal Shaw



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    LOS ANGELES– February 26, 2015 – Liberty Hill Foundation’s annual Uplifting Change Luncheon took place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown L.A. Punctuated by the words from keynote speaker, Co-Director of the Advancement Project Judith Browne Dianis, the event, by many accounts, was possibly the most inspiring yet.

    The program opened with a speech from Liberty Hill president and CEO, Shane Goldsmith Murphy, who expressed how deeply personal the cause of fighting for racial justice was to her – that it was actually in her bloodline. She shared the story of how her father used activism to fight for civil rights in the 60’s and is one of her great motivations for why she continues the fight for equality and justice today.


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    Before Judith Browne Dianis addressed the room, Black Lives Matter movement co-founder Patrisse Cullors-Brignac spoke brilliantly about the origins of the movement and what motivated her to start it. Reaching all they way back to her youth, she lamented on how the treatment of Blacks that she’s seen starting with Rodney King when she was just 9 sparked a fire within her to organize. But there was one particular moment that stands out in life that has remained the inspiration for her activism.

  • Youth Leadership Series: Undocuqueer Youth Stand Up

    Feb 23, 2015

    By Joe Rihn


    From Immigrant Youth Coalition’s (IYC) inception, co-founder Jonathan Perez knew his organization needed to be different from other groups providing immigration resources.  Most of IYC’s leaders are undocumented and queer, or undocuqueer, and that perspective informs IYC’s approach to activism.   Jonathan says IYC made a conscious decision to move away from organizing around the Dream Act, and to focus instead on ending “the criminalization of undocumented and queer people of color.”  Through bold protests and powerful organizing tactics, young IYC members have shown their dedication to stopping deportation.  According to Jonathan “They’re willing to risk their deportation in order to change the system.”

    Jonathan came to the United States from Columbia at the age of four.  While his father was able to enter the country legally, the rest of the family, including four older siblings, had to apply for political asylum; a request that is still processing today.  “Our paths were a lot different than my dad’s,” he says, “At a young age I started to see how the system worked.”

    Being undocumented caused a major turning point in Jonathan’s life when he learned that his older brother’s immigration status made it impossible to attend college.  When Jonathan realized he would face the same roadblock he “gave up,” nearly dropping out of high school.

  • Frontlines to Headlines January 2015

    Feb 12, 2015



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    KPCC ran an article about how restorative justice techniques are beginning to take hold in L.A. Unified schools as suspensions and expulsions decline. Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition has been instrumental in advancing restorative justice in L.A.’s schools.

    Equal Voice published a piece by InnerCity Struggle (ICS) organizer, Jennifer Maldonado, on her work fighting for healthier communities in East L.A.


    The oil company, Freeport McRoRan, announced that it would no longer pursue expanding its operation at the Jefferson drill site in South L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood. The announcement comes after Liberty Hill’s Fund for Environmental Health and Safety grantees, Redeemer Community Partnership and Esperanza Community Housing led organizing efforts to address the drill site’s toxic impact on the neighborhood. See the L.A. Times and KPCC for more.


    black-lives-matter#BlackLivesMatter demonstrators camped outside LAPD’s headquarters for over a week to demand justice for unarmed people of color killed by police. LAist covered the protest and featured quotes from Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) organizer, Pete White.

  • Upcoming Youth Organized Events

    Feb 06, 2015

    There is a type of renewed energy and passion that youth organizers bring to a cause, any cause they feel strongly enough about to get up and fight for.  Liberty Hill Foundation funds youth lead organizations because we believe that even the smallest and youngest voices can make the biggest changes.

    In keeping with that idea, we want to share with you some activities some youth lead origination have coming up,  and to provide an opportunity to get involved too.

  • Young Organizer Series: Ronnie Veliz, GSA Network

    Jan 30, 2015

    By Joe Rihn

    Liberty Hill supports youth leaders in L.A. not only through grantmaking but also through coalition-building and training. As the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement continues to build, we have seen how transformative those youth-led coalitions are.

    Last August, as young people of color led a protest against the death of Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man killed by police, some of the most visible supporters flew rainbow flags. The LGBTQ demonstrators were members of the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition as members of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network, one of the twelve community-based groups making up the youth-led coalition.

    “People were not expecting the outness of the intersection of gay and black and brown and queer and trans,” says Ronnie Veliz, 29, Southern California Program Manager of the GSA Network.  “It was very empowering to hear young people talking about solidarity.”

    For the GSA Network, empowering young people means supporting students who fall into multiple marginalized groups, such as youth who identify both as LGBTQ and as a person of color and/or as an immigrant. GSA members have mobilized in recent months not only for youth killed by police but also for one of their own alums who is undocumented and experienced violence in Mexico and detention in the U.S. The successful effort to free Yordy Cancino, says Ronnie, shows how “the intersectional movement led by youth of color is alive.”

    “Students who are LGBT youth of color are disproportionately being pushed out of schools,” says Ronnie,  partly because bullying presents unique challenges for LGBTQ students. “In defending themselves they are getting suspended,” he explains, adding that LGBTQ students of color are "being criminalized for expressing their gender in a way that is not the norm and also because of the color of their skin.”

    GSA2The GSA Network also organizes where queer and immigration issues meet. “We emphasize being at the intersection of the immigrant identity and the queer/trans identity,” Ronnie says. The organization encourages people to contact them with immigration questions, and works to connect undocumented people with the resources they need. Having a support network is crucial for undocumented LGBTQ youth who face the challenge of a “double coming out.”

    The organization demonstrated its importance as a support network for undocumented people in 2014 when Yordy Cancino, a young GSA alum was detained because of his immigration status. Despite graduating with honors from high school and being admitted to college, Yordy lacked the financial resources to continue his education in the United States. He sought educational opportunities in Mexico, but faced discrimination and violence.

  • Liberty Hill Co-Hosts Selma Screening for Youth to Connect with Seniors

    Jan 27, 2015

    By Karen Driscoll


    Liberty Hill joined with community partners in Los Angeles to watch the film Selma, which tells the  story of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march and the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others to secure the right to vote. The event, titled #SELMAHANDINHAND was inter-generational, bringing together more than 400 young people from ten years up and seasoned seniors.  Together they viewed the film and then had an inspiring panel discussion sharing thoughts and ideas spanning over generations.  It was an opportunity for youth and youth organizers to gain a better understanding of the history of early chapters of their current struggles.

    The film captivated the attention of the audience young and old by detailing the struggle and sacrifice of activists, Selma residents and a nation. Throughout the movie, folks laughed, cried, and cheered. The words of speeches inspired by Dr. King, who was played by David Oyelowo, resonated deeply and shed new light on King’s passion, resiliency, and faith in a better tomorrow.

  • Young Organizer Series—Brandy Brown: "Am I Next?"

    Jan 16, 2015

    By Crystal Shaw


  • Frontlines to Headlines Dec.-Jan. 2014

    Jan 09, 2015



  • National Immigrant Integration Conference Aims to Move Executive Order Forward

    Dec 26, 2014
    NIIC 2 Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the National Immigrant Integration Conference


  • Frontlines to Headlines Nov.-Dec. 2014

    Dec 19, 2014




  • Brothers, Sons, Selves Retreat Life-Changing Experience for Young Men of Color

    Dec 12, 2014

    BSS Retreat_4Last month, 40 young men from the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition, a Liberty Hill campaign co-created in partnership with The California Endowment to improve the lives of young men, spent the weekend in Big Bear for a life-changing retreat.  The goals of the weekend were to grow the bonds between youth leaders, share BSS history and wins and settle on priorities for 2015. That was accomplished  and so much more!

  • Liberty Hill Environmental Partners Fight Oil Drilling Plans in South LA

    Dec 09, 2014


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    By Joe Rihn

    At Liberty Hill Foundation we understand that we all need clean air, and we all deserve safe neighborhoods, free from toxic chemicals.  But for some Angelenos who live in close proximity to urban oil wells, these necessities don’t exist.  Noxious fumes and continuous earsplitting noise are part of everyday life near drill sites, which are often placed in low-income communities of color.  With oil companies looking to increase production, more families are being placed at a greater risk.  That’s why we has established the new Fund for Environmental Health and Safety, which puts resources in the hands of organizations working to keep communities safe from drilling’s dangerous side effects.

    Fund for Environmental Health and Safety grantees, Redeemer Community Partnership and Esperanza Community Housing, put those resources into action on a recent Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.   Liberty Hill organizing partners and other community members attended a public hearing about oil drilling in South L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood to take a stand for environmental justice.

  • Commissions Training Program Graduates Celebrated

    Dec 05, 2014

  • Give to Liberty Hill via AmazonSmile

    Dec 03, 2014
  • Giving Tuesday Tip #12: Giving Tuesday!!

    Dec 02, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenIt's Game Day ... #GivingTuesday and Liberty Hill couldn't be more excited!  Today's tip is to repeat Tips 1-11 and GIVE.  If you missed a step in our 12 days of #GivingTuesday Tips series encouraging giving, today's a great day to go back and follow it!  Here's all the tips in order from 1-11.  Happy Giving!


  • Giving Tuesday Tip #11: Not Just Another Meme Monday

    Dec 01, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we know what day it is, Cyber Monday, that day when folks who wanted to avoid the shopping crowds jump online to do their holiday cyber shopping instead.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #10: Skip the Extras Sunday

    Nov 30, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we love #GivingTuesday and are committed to coming up with great ideas to inspire GIVING.