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Happy Thanksgiving from Liberty Hill! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all things and people for which you are thankful.
- Nov 26, 2014
The Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition stands in solidarity with those experiencing pain and injustice in Ferguson. That same pain is all too common in communities of color around the country. Today we mourn Michael Brown's death anew and decry the injustice he and his family endure by the Grand Jury's decision. But Michael Brown is a reminder of hundreds of unarmed young men of color who have been killed by police and hundreds more who have been pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline by punitive school discipline policies and over-policing in communities of color.
We live in a time when the number of Black people in jail, prison, or on probation is too close to the number in college. We live in a time where police killings of Black people nearly equate to the frequency of lynchings at the end of the 19th Century. Over-criminalization. Negative perceptions. An ignored history of racism and disadvantage. These are some of the root problems that are put on display through the killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent decision to not indict the officer that killed him.
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- Nov 24, 2014
At Liberty Hill we're all about social media; we share news and photos of community organizers in action every day.
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By Michele Prichard, Director, Common Agenda, Liberty Hill
CLIMATE JUSTICE: GLOBAL MEETS LOCAL IN LA
"All we need is the will to change. . ."
Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The recent blunt report from the IPCC asserted in the strongest terms ever that continued burning of fossil fuels has already caused climate calamities around the globe—and is now posing a grave threat to our future. The scientists unanimously called for urgent, ambitious and decisive action.
Here in Los Angeles, grassroots organizers, aided by recent grants from Liberty Hill, are heeding that message and taking action in their own communities—but from a slightly different perspective.
- Nov 12, 2014
California made history by passing Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act last week. Our state has been a progressive leader in criminal justice legislation and this proposition has the potential for such far reaching and positive ramifications concerning our young men and women of color that the CEO's of foundations across California have made a joint statement below:
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LINKS TO RECENT NEWS MEDIA ARTICLES ON LIBERTY HILL AND THE ORGANIZERS WE SUPPORT
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By Karen Driscoll
With election day, November 4th, quickly approaching, several of our grantees focused on youth leadership have been pushing for a call to action for Proposition 47, which are worth noting:
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Oct 03, 2014(From left to right) Melissa Bersofsky Rodgers, Director of Development and Alumni Relations UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Daniel Lee; Harold and Stephanie Bronson; VC Powe, Executive Director of External Programs UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Paula Litt, Secretary Community Activist Liberty Hill Board of Directors
If L.A. is a city of many centers coming together, then Harold and Stephanie Bronson are quintessential Angelenos. They put their philanthropy to work in multiple centers, thoughtfully considering the impact of each of their donations, and they also craft their own initiatives to bring people and organizations together.
As Liberty Hill supporters and donor-advised account holders, their most recent innovation has been the creation of a paid internship for a UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs graduate student to work with Liberty Hill.
“Organizations and people can learn from one another and this presented a good opportunity,” says Harold. “We met Frank Gilliam, former dean of the Luskin School, at a Liberty Hill retreat. So therefore we ‘met’ the Luskin through Liberty Hill and then, kind of flipping it back, funded the internship.”
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By Margarita Ramirez
This year Liberty Hill's Fund for Change is investing $864,000 in the most effective community organizers working on economic justice and LGBTQ justice in L.A. How do we know? For the past six months, Liberty Hill staff members and Community Funding Board members have reviewed applications, conducted site visits and interviews, and met in collaborative decision-making sessions. The total list includes 32 organizations receiving one-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 and three groups receiving their second installments of two-year grants. Six of the 2015 grant recipient groups are seed organizations. Congratulations! Liberty Hill grants are accelerating concrete social change led by the people impacted by injustice.
Sep 06, 2014
By Miranda ChartoffCommunity Funding Board: (Top row left to right) Shukry Cattan, Elissa Perry, Eric Wat, Rabbi Heather Miller (Middle Row left to right) Xiomara Corpeno, Stacey Strongarone, Jacky Guerrero, Yamileth Guevara (Bottom Row left to right) Regina Freer, Jennifer Ito, Hal Barron
It’s that time of year again! Liberty Hill is in the midst of its primary competitive grantmaking program, Fund for Change. With the help of the Community Funding Board (CFB), Liberty Hill will soon decide which grassroots leaders will receive grants from the Fund for Change in 2014-2015. The CFB is a diverse group of volunteers who have organizing experience and strong perspectives around specific social issues. The CFB acts as a “think tank” to help Liberty Hill better assess the effectiveness of applicant organizations and the landscapes in which they work. The CFB plays an essential role in the five-month process of choosing which organizations to support financially.
To convene the CFB, which has been part of Liberty Hill's grantmaking process since its founding, Liberty Hill reaches out to organizers, academics, donor-activists, and other experts representing the great diversity of Los Angeles. This year, returning members of the CFB are Regina Freer, Saul Sarabia, Stacey Strongarone, Jennifer Ito and Eric Wat. Serving for the first time are Hal Barron, Jackie Guerrero, Shukry Cattan, Xiomara Corpeno, Yamileth Guevara, Maria Loya, Rabbi Heather Miller, and Elissa Perry. Members commit to an orientation day, a number of site visits to applicant organizations, completion of an assessment tool for a selection of applicants, and a report-back meeting for discussion and debriefing about each potential grantee.
- Sep 03, 2014
Change LA— Liberty Hill’s party with a social-justice purpose—is quickly approaching! Honorees Zoe Lloyd Foxley and Alexandra Suh have been announced, and the location—the Next Door Lounge, which is the coolest speakeasy in Los Angeles, is set. But this exciting afternoon mixer could not be possible without our amazing and generous sponsors. We wanted to recognize them, for it is because of our sponsors that we are able to raise funds for critical work investing in grassroots community leaders on the frontlines of change.
Aug 26, 2014
By Crystal ShawKIWA Executive Director, Alexandra Suh. (Photo by Pocho One)
Liberty Hill’s 2014 Wally Marks Changemaker Award honoree, Alexandra Suh, will be recognized on September 6 at our Change LA 2014 event—a casual afternoon mixer designed to let participants meet and mingle. So if you come, you’ll have a chance to meet Alexandra, and you’ll discover, as I did, that she’s a “Changemaker” personified: fearless, a believer in community, a person who stands at the forefront but realizes that it’s everyone around who will make real change come to fruition.
Alexandra is Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance’s Executive Director. After becoming ED in 2011, Alexandra got busy refocusing KIWA’s work, bringing it back to being a real nuts and bolts worker’s center for not just Korean workers, but for every immigrant worker fighting for the rights they deserve. This move makes KIWA part of L.A.’s exciting worker center movement, which is having real impact in improving conditions for low wage workers, an urgent need in L.A. where, according to a recent L.A. Times report, “Last year, average wages in Los Angeles County declined 1.9% — tying Jefferson, Ala., for 302nd place out of 334 large counties nationwide.” And the projection for the future: “More than a million jobs will be created in the region between 2010 and 2020, and nearly half will pay less than $14.35 an hour.”
You may have heard about Alexandra’s fearless leadership through the success that KIWA’s has had with the co-sponsorship of AB 2416, the Wage Theft Recovery Bill, which has recently passed the California Assembly with a vote set in the Senate this week. KIWA is also an anchor organization for the Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance which seeks to strengthen the city’s ability to crack down on wage theft. We talked with her to discuss the award, KIWA’s creative and stand-out rally techniques, and her broad vision for KIWA, one that stretches all the way to Korea.
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By Crystal Shaw
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By Dylan Gray, 19, youth leader, Social Justice Learning Institute and member of Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition.Dylan Gray (third from the left), along with other members of the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition and Homeboy Industries, pose with President Barack Obama
Last Thursday, July 24th, I met the President of the United States, the man who holds the most powerful position in the world, Barack Obama! That experience was one of the most exciting and inspirational moments in my life and I feel very grateful and humbled to have been given the opportunity to do so. Before I can begin to detail my experience meeting the President, I think it is important to share the journey that led me to this opportunity.
In 2008, my mother lost her job because she was told that she didn't have the proper educational requirements to maintain the position she held for many years. Soon after, we also lost our home. We were devastated. Our future was uncertain. After months of searching and living with minimal resources, a small opportunity arose on the East Coast and my mother had no choice but to accept an offer that did not guarantee stability. My mother did not want to drag me through another period of challenges so she thought it was best for me to move from the white-picket-fenced suburbs to the concrete surroundings of the inner city, to live with my father.
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Aug 06, 2014
When you mention family foundations, most people think of philanthropies that fund parks and libraries—not, perhaps, social change. But that’s the “old model we have for family giving” says Zoë Lloyd Foxley, one of Liberty Hill's Change LA honorees. She is Chair of the board of the John M. Lloyd Foundation and Vice Chair of the board of the General Service Foundation, both of which are family foundations.
The new model? Well, it’s in the making, but it’s taking shape at a rapid pace at the Lloyd Foundation under Zoë’s leadership. And there are clear similarities between Zoë’s guiding of one of her family’s foundations and Sarah Pillsbury’s innovative approach as a founder of Liberty Hill. On September 6, when Zoë receives the Sarah Pillsbury NextGen award, there’s bound to be some electricity around these two social justice visionaries bridging the generations.
Zoë received her Master of Social Work degree from USC in 2010. One year later, just before her first child was born, she stepped into a new role as Chair of the board of the Lloyd Foundation, taking over from her father who’d been president for 17 years. In addition, the executive director of 11 years stepped down and moved to New York.
Those changes, she says, “catapulted our strategic transition” at the Lloyd Foundation. She and her fellow board members “brought on new members of the younger generation. We looked at where we are as a foundation and where our resources would be best utilized.” It’s 2014. They’re on the road to deep involvement in criminal justice reform, centered in L.A. County.
Jul 25, 2014
“Envisioning a Greener L.A.?”
Turning Los Angeles’ toxic hotspot neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities has moved one step closer to reality with the recent release of the UCLA Luskin 2014 Community Scholars’ report, “Envisioning a Greener LA: Environmental and Economic Sustainability for Boyle Heights, Pacoima and Wilmington”.
Jul 22, 2014
By Susan LaTempaAquilina Soriano-Versoza (l) of Pilipino Workers Center and Danielle Feris of Hand in Hand celebrate Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Do you support social justice and workers rights? Want to take action? Here's a chance for many families to help implement a law fought for by many Liberty Hill community partners that now applies to around 200,000 workers in California: the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
Until January of this year, maybe because of a lingering "Upstairs, Downstairs" view of society, we as Californians excluded the people who care for our nearest and dearest family members from labor-law protections enjoyed by all other hourly California workers. Although there hasn't been much publicity, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights means that nannies, childcare workers, and personal attendants who work in the home have won overtime protection. It's a modest win in some ways--time and a half when you work more than nine hours a day or more than 45 hours per workweek-- but along with the minimum wage protection won in 2001, it brings these essential workers basic rights.
Want to do the right thing in your own home? Want to empower yourself to work out a fair arrangement with the employer whose home you work in? Want to share information with your extended family and friends? Join activist workers and employers who worked hard together for passage of the bill and educate yourself about best practices, difficult conversations and health and safety issues.
To start, whether you're an employer or a caregiver, download and take a look at this sample work agreement created by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Oakland-based group Hand in Hand. It covers a wide range of topics to review in a simple fill-in-the-blanks format. Details about the law itself are on this fact sheet from bill sponsor Assemblymember Tom Ammiano.
Jul 16, 2014
By Jonathan Skurnik
The history of human communication is littered with lost languages, but today, in the early 21st century not only are spoken languages disappearing, but also specialized invented forms of communication. The systems behind Morse code, shorthand and navigational flags are being forgotten, rendered obsolete by the rapid pace of technological innovation. They are also some of the disappearing modes of communication that Liberty Hill supporter and artist Connie Rohman explores in “Lost Languages,” her series of art quilts.
One of her “Lost Language” pieces is a colorful three-by-six foot quilt made specifically for Liberty Hill. In shapes representing the dots and dashes of Morse Code, it spells out “Change, Not Charity.” It was recently installed in the main room of Liberty Hill’s Wilshire Boulevard office. Across the aisle from the quilt, three magnificent cotton rope and thread urns sit on top of large file cabinets, their shapes alluding to archeology and their colors and textures bringing ancient and modern treasures to mind.
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Jun 25, 2014
You've added Liberty Hill's Change LA party to your calendars, you have an idea about your outfit (hint-- September is the hottest month!). Date and time: Saturday, September 6, 3-5 pm -- check. Location: Next Door Lounge in Hollywood-- check. So you think you're ready for 2014 Change LA?
Jun 25, 2014
By Crystal Shaw
WASHINGTON D.C. –June 25, 2014 – Liberty Hill Foundation President/CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith accepted the Congressional Hunger Center’s 2014 Alumni Leadership Award last night during the Congressional Awards Ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill.
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