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November/December 2020

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Organizing Powers Local Victories with National Implications


In this edition of News from the Frontlines, we celebrate some major local victories powered by years of community organizing and power building, and look to the road ahead. 
 
In this issue: 1) A Breath of Fresh Air from L.A. City Council, 2) A Bright New Future for Youth Justice: L.A. County Board of Supervisors Approves Creation of Department of Youth Development, 3) Local Electoral Victories Set the Stage for Progressive Change, 4) PDG Consulting Group Steps Up for Social Justice, 5) Decompress Election Stress: Liberty Hill’s 2020 Leadership Appreciation Virtual Event, 6) Jerron Hawkins Chats with President Obama on MSNBC Special Edition
Breaking News From the Frontlines
A Breath of Fresh Air from LA City Council

A Breath of Fresh Air from L.A. City Council


For years, Liberty Hill’s donor-activists have walked with the neighborhood activists of the STAND-LA coalition as they took on drilling in their neighborhoods. We’ve made sure their testimony of respiratory illnesses, dizzying headaches and foul smells was heard widely. We’ve made sure their efforts had the support they needed. 
 
On Wednesday, their work made a giant leap: a key City Council committee voted to advance a policy that would ban gas and oil drilling throughout the city. Imagine that. An oil town that owes much of its wealth to the oil industry standing up to Big Oil. You are no longer welcome in our neighborhoods.
 
The motion, passed unanimously by the council’s Environment, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee, directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance declaring oil and gas extraction sites “non-conforming land uses”—effectively paving the way to shut down extraction in Los Angeles.
 
A Bright New Future for Youth Justice

A Bright New Future for Youth Justice: L.A. County Board of Supervisors Approves Creation of Department of Youth Development


Victory! We are on our way to Ending Youth Incarceration As We Know It!
 
On Tuesday, November 24, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to dismantle the largest youth justice system in the country in favor of a care-first model that would emphasize emotional support, counseling, and treatment. This landmark vote lays the groundwork to move the Los Angeles County’s youth justice system out of the Probation Department and invest an initial $75 million in the first County Department of Youth Development. This new direction will also serve as a national model for how to shift from a system rooted in control and punishment to one rooted in care.
 
There’s further to go to win justice for the nearly 500 young people locked up tonight, and the thousands more locked out of the opportunities that should be available to all in Los Angeles County. But the path is lit, and together with many hands out, the load isn’t as heavy.
 
Post Election Wrap-Up
Local Electoral Victories Set the Stage For Progressive Change

Local Electoral Victories Set the Stage for Progressive Change


The 2020 election was generation-defining in many respects—from the record-breaking turnout to the critical social justice issues on the ballot for millions of Americans—a coalition of diverse voters, led by Black and Brown organizers, showed up to flex their electoral power in major ways this year. 
 
From California to Georgia, and across the country, we saw the huge impact organizing was able to make at the local level. Here at home, activists powered huge wins across Los Angeles on initiatives such as the landmark Measure J, which will redirect approximately $1 Billion of the county’s general fund to community investments like affordable housing, mental health services, youth development programs and job-creation. 
 
Employee Giving Spotlight
PDG Consulting Group Steps Up For Social Justice

PDG Consulting Group Steps Up for Social Justice


Employee Giving Programs are a great way to help fuel progress in Los Angeles through Liberty Hill. We were grateful to local company PDG Consulting for selecting Liberty Hill for their Employee Matching Gift program for #GivingTuesday! 
 
“Philanthropy has always been a cornerstone of our company’s culture,” said T. Kuera, VP of People & Culture, PDG Consulting. "We believe in the collective mission of the organizations Liberty Hill supports and the transformative change this work makes possible here and across the country." 
 
Event Wrap-Up
Decompress Election Stress: Liberty Hill’s 2020 Leadership Appreciation Virtual Event

Decompress Election Stress: Liberty Hill’s 2020 Leadership Appreciation Virtual Event


The Liberty Hill family gathered Saturday for the first time since the election to decompress, review, and discuss the road ahead with guests Deepak Bhargava, Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and Liz Watson, Executive Director, Progressive Caucus Action Fund.
 
The last time a post-election leadership brunch took place was 2016—a post-mortem after the election of Donald Trump. This year’s event struck a different tone, looking back at how a multiracial coalition, led by women of color, defeated an authoritarian leader with racial justice as a core issue.
 
In the News
Jerron Hawkins Chats with President Obama on MSNBC Special Edition

Jerron Hawkins Chats with President Obama on MSNBC Special Edition


After sharing the stage with President Obama on MSNBC's Special Edition, Liberty Hill Youth Justice Intern, Jerron Hawkins looks back on his experience as a former White House Mentee and as a beneficiary of the My Brother's Keeper initiative.
 
“To hear, in person, President’s Obama unwavering support and trust in young people to carry this work forward is a testament to the importance of the work we are doing to improve the lives of these young people. The more we build up our young people today, the better they’ll be able to build our communities tomorrow," said Jerron.
 
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