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    Liberty Hill News from the Frontlines
    JULY 2020

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    The Fight For Justice Continues


    In this edition of News from the Frontlines, we honor Congressman John Lewis—an icon of the Civil Rights Movement—and take a look at the ways the next generation is picking up the baton to continue the fight for justice in 2020 and beyond.
     
    In this issue: 1) A Look Back at the Iconic Words of Congressman John Lewis, 2) Making Black Lives Matter in Schools: A Timeline, 3) Grantee Students Deserve Sees Huge Victory in LAUSD School Police Fight, 4) UCLA Releases Report on Impact of Liberty Hill’s emPOWER Program, 5) Op-Ed Training Empowers Youth Leaders to Make Their Voices Heard in New Way
    In Memoriam: John Lewis
    Making Black Lives Matter in Schools

    Making Black Lives Matter in Schools [VIDEO]


    Organizing takes time and building true power sometimes takes years. As the late icon John Lewis once said, “Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.”
     
    Our community partners have been on the frontlines of the struggle to invest in our youth and our communities for years. Recently, the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District voted to cut $25 million from school policing and reinvest the money in funding staff to specifically serve the needs of Black students. It was a tremendous victory for students—and an equally big victory for Liberty Hill’s partners, who have been working together over the last decade to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and create effective, proven systems of care that help youth succeed, learn, and thrive.
     
    Grantee Spotlight
    Students Deserve Los Angeles

    Grantee Students Deserve Sees Huge Victory in LAUSD School Police Fight


    Students Deserve, a Liberty Hill grantee and Rapid Response for Racial Justice Fund recipient, helped secure a major victory in the fight for Making Black Lives Matter in Schools! As mentioned above, Students Deserve helped to push LAUSD to divest $25 million from the LA School Police Department following the lead of Black Lives Matter protests and answering the call to #DefundThePolice everywhere.
     
    As part of the campaign, they launched a survey collecting over 5,000 responses in just five days. The results of the survey were powerful and played a vital role in the School Board's action.
     
    Black Lives Matter-LA, Students Deserve, and Brothers Sons Selves co-convened a coalition of over 50 organizations to demand an immediate defunding of LA School Police and to invest those funds into therapists and counselors at schools with the highest numbers of Black students. 
     
    Program Update
    Liberty Hill's emPOWER Outreach Program

    UCLA Researchers Find Liberty Hill’s emPOWER Program Helps Los Angeles Residents Realize Environmental & Financial Benefits


    Low-income households in California face larger energy, transportation and water affordability burdens than other populations. emPOWER is a coordinated L.A. County-wide outreach program with a mission to overcome barriers to sustainable energy usage commonly experienced in low-income and working class communities of color. 
     
    The #emPOWERoutreach program was created to tackle the problem of access across the county and connect low-income residents with a suite of environment-related financial assistance programs, such as clean, affordable energy and transportation rebates, utility bill savings, zero-emission vehicle incentives and energy efficiency home upgrades.
     
    Op-Ed Training Empowers Youth Leaders to Make Their Voices Heard in New Way

    Op-Ed Training Empowers Youth Leaders to Make Their Voices Heard in New Way


    This summer, Liberty Hill hosted a series of virtual Youth Activist Op-ed Trainings designed to help our grantee partners expand their thought leadership and make their voices heard on a variety of topics through the medium of opinion pieces. 
     
    Through a partnership with Fostering Media Connections (FMC)—a national nonprofit news organization dedicated to journalism that uplifts the voices and issues of vulnerable children, youth and families in America—we worked to adapt their Youth Voice Program curriculum for this three-day virtual training. 
     
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    • From Protest to Power: Building Black Power to Achieve Racial Justice and Equity (via YouTube): A virtual donor discussion featuring speakers Susan Burton of A New Way of Life and David Turner of Brothers, Sons, and Selves. Learn More
       
    • Dodgers team up with Liberty Hill to work on social justice causes with ‘In This Together’ initiative (via Los Angeles Times): Dodgers players joined in on a virtual Zoom this month with Liberty Hill and our partners, listening to and learning from social activists. Days later, the group turned those lessons into action. Learn More
       
    • INSIGHT with Mark Oppenheim featuring Shane Murphy Goldsmith: (via mOppenheim.Org): Liberty Hill President and CEO lifting up the work of our community partners and donor activists. Learn More
     
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