Liberty Hill Foundation
L.A.'s social justice epicenter since 1976

Priority: Economic Justice

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

Liberty Hill knows that inequality is engineered, not inevitable.  

So we stand with movements to build prosperous communities through increased voter participation, parent activism, workforce development and more. 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.

Through the economic justice priority area, Liberty Hill supports grassroots organizing like worker centers, tenant and homeowner rights groups, and student led 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

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 will change L.A.