Priority: Economic Justice

Wage theft
A member of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center advocacy group speaks at a rally against wage theft on the City Hall steps.

Liberty Hill knows that inequality is engineered, not inevitable.  

So we support community organizing groups that build prosperous communities through increased voter participation, parent activism and workforce development in your Los Angeles neighborhoods. The problems are daunting. Los Angeles is the nation’s wage theft capital, where every week $26.2 million in earned wages is stolen by employers from the most vulnerable workers. Affordable housing is being replaced by luxury developments, while communities are being displaced from their homes by gentrification. Meanwhile, unfair disciplinary policies are criminalizing our students and putting them on the path to prison, not college. To learn more, watch our videos on worker rights (see right).

Through the economic justice priority area, Liberty Hill supports grassroots groups like worker centers, advocacy groups, tenant and homeowner rights groups, and student led advocacy campaigns fighting for:

  • basic labor rights to collective bargaining, living wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and equal opportunity and access to employment
  • enforcement of legislation to stop wage theft and ensure that L.A. workers are paid what they earn
  • ending homelessness and spurring affordable housing for renters and low income Angelenos
  • an end to the school to prison pipeline for L.A.’s students
  • investing in strengthening communities of color, not criminalizing them

For every $1 Liberty Hill invests in community organizing, research shows that L.A. sees $91 in community benefits. With a higher minimum wage in the City and County of Los Angeles, a landmark anti-wage theft law and a pioneering school discipline policy all passed in recent years, Liberty Hill-funded organizations are building momentum and winning victories that have improved life for Angelenos.

Economic Justice Stories

Teresita Villasenor

When the New York Times published her statement about attending the Women’s March on Washington, Teresita Villasenor knew she had come a long way.