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.
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.
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.”
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.
by Crystal Shaw
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.
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.
LINKS TO RECENT NEWS MEDIA ARTICLES ON LIBERTY HILL AND THE ORGANIZERS WE SUPPORT
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.
#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.
At 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.