In this edition we explore some major victories and progress in the fight for justice that took place this summer as we prepare to head into a busy Fall election season.
Liberty Hill News from the Frontlines
AUGUST 2020

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Summer of Action Highlights the Power of Organizing


In this edition of News from the Frontlines, we explore some major victories and progress in the fight for justice that took place this summer as we prepare to head into a busy Fall election season.
 
In this issue: 1) Rapid Response Funds Help Grantees Keep Up The Fight During COVID-19, 2) Donor Highlight: David White & The Vision Behind Susan’s Circle, 3) Victory As LAPD Ceases Use of Cal Gangs Database, 4) Councilman & Former Liberty Hill & UCLA Luskin Fellow Daniel Lee Leads the Way to Victory on Inglewood Oil Field Closures, 5) Voices From the Frontlines: President & CEO Shane Goldsmith Talks With Mainor From Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, 6) Activists Leading the Way to Change.
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Grantee Highlight
Rapid Response Funds Help Grantees Keep Up The Fight During COVID-19

Rapid Response Funds Help Grantees Keep Up The Fight During COVID-19


Since its founding in 1976, Liberty Hill has sought to build deep relationships with grassroots organizations and leaders in underserved communities and to support them and help them grow through good times and bad. These are the voices and organizations who have formed the backbone of progressive change in Los Angeles, and who are leading protests and essential conversations as we grapple with structural racism in our society.
 
But the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the accompanying public health restrictions, has exacerbated the existing inequities in Los Angeles, hitting our partners and their communities particularly hard. To that end, Liberty Hill quickly moved to raise donations for COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to some of our grantee partners who have most sharply felt the pinch from the pandemic.
 
Councilman Daniel Wayne Lee and Michele Prichard

Councilman & Former Liberty Hill & UCLA Luskin Fellow Daniel Lee Leads the Way to Victory on Inglewood Oil Field Closures [VIDEO]


Last week, Culver City council members voted unanimously to phase out urban oil drilling in the city’s portion of the Inglewood Oil Field. This was the first and necessary step toward a just transition while protecting residents from a legacy of toxic emissions. Liberty Hill’s Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives, Michele Prichard caught up with Culver City Councilman and former Liberty Hill/UCLA Luskin Fellow, Daniel Wayne Lee on the recent win and what it took to get there. 
 
Donor Activist Spotlight
David White and his late wife Susan Watanabe

David White & The Vision Behind Susan’s Circle [VIDEO]


Liberty Hill Donor Activist and SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director, David White is no stranger to activism. He leads the world’s largest entertainment union, representing more than 160,000 diverse members worldwide who work in fields of film, television, commercials, music, video games and emerging media. He is committed to ensuring his union’s rich history of fighting for the strongest protections for media artists continues. And he is also committed to the work of social justice and Liberty Hill. 
 
David and his late wife Susan Watanabe joined the Liberty Hill community several years ago and became dedicated supporters of the movement for progressive change in Los Angeles. 
 
Victory As LAPD Ceases Use of Cal Gangs Database

Victory As LAPD Ceases Use of Cal Gangs Database


The movement to transform the criminal justice system in Los Angeles won a major victory in July when the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to permanently end the LAPD’s use of the CalGang database.
 
As Liberty Hill’s partners have worked for years to emphasize to the public, CalGang has a deeply problematic history. Since its founding, the database has skewed overwhelmingly towards Black and Latino boys and men. The criteria it uses are so vague as to stigmatize entire neighborhoods and communities with the “gang” label—which in turn helps push people of color out of gentrifying neighborhoods. A recent investigation by the LAPD confirmed that entries are often riddled with errors, or even outright lies. 
 
Voices from the Frontlines
President & CEO Shane Goldsmith Talks With Mainor From Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network

President & CEO Shane Goldsmith Talks With Mainor From Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network [VIDEO]


Mainor is a Youth Policy Advocate working to keep Brown and Black youth out of the system at The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). After navigating his youth without proper guidance or mentorship, he found himself in jail as a teenager. Fast forward to today where he advocates for youth justice and proudly stands in front of lawmakers to share his story and experience to help win real change. Through his work, the coalition he’s a part of, the activism he’s done, he is helping to change laws, change practices, and shutting down jails. He continues to do incredible work to make sure other Brown and Black kids don’t ever have to be in the same situation. 
 
From Protest to Power: Building Black Power to Achieve Racial Justice and Equity

Activists Leading the Way to Change


While we continue to support the push to make this recent national reckoning on racial justice more than just a moment in the crucial fight for Black Lives, our partners are also continuing the fight to ensure this movement makes lasting change in our society and in the lives of Black people in our country. 
 
This summer we brought together Liberty Hill supporters and community partners to hear directly from some of the frontline organizers and activists who have been leading this work for years—Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life, David Turner, Program Manager of Brothers Sons Selves, and Jose "Zae" Ortiz, a youth leader in the Brothers Sons Selves Coalition. 
 
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