Community Organizing & The Road to Change: In this edition of News from the Frontlines, we dive into the ways philanthropy can continue to support the movement for racial justice through strategic investment in community organizing and activism.
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JUNE 2020

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Community Organizing & The Road to Change


In this edition of News from the Frontlines, we dive into the ways philanthropy can continue to support the movement for racial justice through strategic investment in community organizing and activism. In this issue: 1) Liberty Hill Launches Rapid Response Fund For Racial Justice, 2) A Celebration of PRIDE Month, 3) Funder Briefing with Congressmember Karen Bass and Representative Ayanna Pressley Highlights Importance of Investing in Community Organizing, 4) 82nd Attorney General Eric H. Holder Discusses Voting Rights in the Age of COVID-19, 5) And LHF President Shane Murphy Goldsmith sits down with movement leader Justus Jones from Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network!

Liberty Hill Launches Rapid Response Fund For Racial Justice

Liberty Hill Launches Rapid Response Fund For Racial Justice 


Liberty Hill’s Rapid Response Fund for Racial Justice supports community organizations that are pressing for urgently needed police accountability and a renewed commitment to racial justice in Los Angeles, with a focus on Black communities. The purpose of this fund is to address the root causes leading to racial violence and accelerate the momentum created by organizers on the ground. Support the Fund Today!
 
 
A celebration of PRIDE Month

A Celebration of PRIDE Month


As we pause to highlight PRIDE month amidst the continued uprisings for racial justice and police accountability across the country, it’s important to remember that while much progress has been made, equality has not expanded equally across all communities.
 
In Los Angeles, young LGBTQ people of color still face barriers such as disproportionately high rates of criminalization and homelessness, as well as outsized representation in the foster care system, and continued discrimination in employment, healthcare and education. 
 
Black transgender and gender non-conforming people face some of the highest levels of discrimination of all transgender people, and anti-transgender bias coupled with structural racism means that transgender people of color experience particularly devastating levels of discrimination.
 
 
Criminal Justice During COVID-19: De-Incarceration and Re-Entry

Funder Briefing with Congressmember Karen Bass and Representative Ayanna Pressley Highlights Importance of Investing in Community Organizing [VIDEO]


The Liberty Hill Foundation along with California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Funders for Justice, in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus, joined forces this month to host a lively discussion on Criminal Justice During COVID-19. The focus of the event was to highlight the current state of the movement to reinvest funds away from ineffective punitive measures like incarceration and towards proven models of re-entry, prevention and diversion. 
 
More than 200 funders from across the country joined us this past Thursday to find out more about the state of the criminal justice system during the COVID-19 crisis and to learn more about how the philanthropic community can support the work of grassroots organizations and activists doing the critical work of transforming the justice system from the ground up.
 
 
Champions Conversations: Voting Rights in the Age of COVID

82nd Attorney General Eric H. Holder Discusses Voting Rights in the Age of COVID-19 [VIDEO]


This May, in response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, we held our first Champions Conversations: Voting Rights in the Age of COVID event. 
 
Our frank and lively discussion with 82nd Attorney General Eric Holder was moderated by longtime Liberty Hill supporter and Champion Mitch Kamin. The event helped set the stage for the battles to come in the November election. Attendees expressed valid concerns about everything from voter turnout to disenfranchisement, and were willing to dive into these issues to discuss solutions and the way forward.  
 
 
Voices of the Movement: Justus Jones

LHF President Shane Murphy Goldsmith sits down with movement leader Justus Jones from Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network [VIDEO]


Ending youth incarceration as we know it is also a top priority for Liberty Hill Foundation. The goal of Liberty Hill’s Youth Justice initiative is to shrink, close and invest. We seek to shrink the number of youth entering the system, close the juvenile halls and camps that are holding youth in dangerous conditions during COVID-19, and invest significantly to transform Los Angeles County’s youth justice system into a new countywide youth development system focused on prevention rather than punishment. 
 
To gain a better understanding of why Los Angeles arrests and jails more kids than anywhere in the world (mostly Black and Latino boys), Liberty Hill President and CEO, Shane Murphy Goldsmith began an oral histories project as part of her Stanton Fellowship program. She sat down with young men who had recently been incarcerated in one of Los Angeles' youth jails to hear firsthand about their experiences and learn more about their stories. Through this process, she met Justus Jones, an artist, activist, and now a Youth Engagement Specialist at AIYN.
 
 
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  • Our Statement on the Death of George Floyd and This Critical Moment: Read Liberty Hill Foundation's position on the Black Lives Matter movement and find out what steps you can take today to get involved. Learn More
     
  • Los Angeles Organizations Committed to Black Lives: Increase your giving and make long-term commitments to grassroots organizations fighting anti-Black racism and police violence. Learn More
     
  • Our Justice System is Failing Our Youth (CAL Matters): Co-authored by our President and CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith and Chet Hewitt of the Sierra Health Foundation, this op-ed calls for radical thinking and action to address racial injustice of the juvenile justice system. Learn More
 
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