• 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


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  • 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


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    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.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #9: It's Sweet to Tweet

    Nov 29, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we know that sometimes just a quick tweet to someone is all it takes to get them in gear to GIVE.

  • Ferguson now. L.A. then. Justice for All.

    Nov 28, 2014

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    A statement from Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President/CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #8: Give Back on Black ... Friday

    Nov 28, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAah Black Friday.  At Liberty Hill we know exactly what day this is, and it has nothing to do with GIVING.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #7: Thanks(for)giving

    Nov 27, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenHappy Thanksgiving from Liberty Hill! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all things and people for which you are thankful.

  • Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition Statement on the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, MO.

    Nov 26, 2014

    PrintThe 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.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #6: Give Good Face

    Nov 26, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we give good face, especially when it comes to GIVING.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #5: Get Picky With It

    Nov 25, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill we encourage you to be picky ...

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #4: Get Social With Your Social Media

    Nov 24, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-Green At Liberty Hill we're all about social media; we share  news and photos of community organizers in action every day.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip #3: Show your Unselfie Side

    Nov 23, 2014


  • Giving Tuesday Tip #2: Binge Branding

    Nov 22, 2014

    You've made LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-Greenthe decision to GIVE  to Liberty Hill on #GivingTuesday, great!  Now what?  Fly your flag proud!  Let the (cyber) world know that you are giving and so should they.

  • Giving Tuesday Tip#1: Our video vs. Your video

    Nov 21, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenAt Liberty Hill, we love #GivingTuesday, a chance to GIVE locally to more than 35 grassroots organizations  and  we love competitio

  • Give & Share with Liberty Hill on Giving Tuesday!

    Nov 19, 2014

    LHF-GT-Logo-Square-Hashtag-White-on-GreenJoin Liberty Hill online December 2, 2014  for #GivingTuesday,  the massive global online giving event.


    Nov 14, 2014

    By Michele Prichard, Director, Common Agenda, Liberty Hill



    "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.

  • Foundation CEO Statement on Passage of Prop 47

    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:

  • Frontlines to Headlines Oct.-Nov. 2014

    Nov 11, 2014


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  • Prop 47: What It Means, How It Passed

    Nov 08, 2014

    By Crystal Shaw

  • Liberty Hill Is Officially a City of Los Angeles Certified Green Business

    Oct 31, 2014


  • BSS Youth Rally for Prop 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act *Updated with Call to Action*

    Oct 24, 2014

    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:

  • Queer Youth Fund Grants Announced

    Oct 16, 2014


  • What Working on the Frontlines Looks like: Legislative Wins and Setbacks

    Oct 14, 2014
  • Two Liberty Hill Donors Effect Real Change Through Philanthropy

    Oct 03, 2014
    bronsons (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.”


    Sep 26, 2014

    By Crystal Shaw



    Manuel Manuel Aguilar and his family and Vermont Carwash with owner Ms. Kim



  • Liberty Hill's 2014 Fund for Change Grants

    Sep 19, 2014



    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.

  • An Inside Look at Liberty Hill’s Fund For Change Granting Process

    Sep 06, 2014

    By Miranda Chartoff

    photo 2 Community 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.

  • Our Change LA Sponsors Make for an Amazing Event

    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.

  • Alexandra Suh: a Changemaker Personified

    Aug 26, 2014

    By Crystal Shaw


    May-Day-2012-SH KIWA 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.


  • Field report from #Our Lives Matter, a youth rally for Justice for Michael Brown and Ezell Ford.

    Aug 22, 2014


    By Tamika Butler, Director of Social Change Strategies