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Liberty Hill Supports #YesOn10

For over 40 years, Liberty Hill Foundation has supported the tenants’ right movement. From funding tenants’ organizing in Pasadena and Long Beach in 1977, to supporting successful campaigns for rent stabilization in the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica in 1979 and winning against discriminatory landlords, Liberty Hill has long been an ally in the fight for housing justice. Now, we are taking another step forward in that fight by endorsing and sponsoring Proposition 10. 

Why Justice Begins at Home

These days the news can be overwhelming. Stories of violence, injustice and oppression fill our feeds almost daily. Meanwhile, hateful ideas are being given an increasingly visible platform at the national level. These problems can be daunting, and sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start. But the worst thing we can do in a time of so much need is become overwhelmed.

Affordable Housing & Hermilo Quintana—An LA Story

Hermilo Quintana has always worked. He’s pressed shirts in a laundry, cleaned floors and toilets in a beauty salon, and cut diamonds in the Jewelry District. For the past eight years, he’s worked for K-Mart in "replenishment" — placing merchandise back on shelves from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m. most nights. With a salary of $11.33 per hour, he's grossed between $1,400 and $1,500 per month, or about $18,000 annually. Now that K-Mart has trimmed his hours, he makes less.

Intern Power

Student interns hit Southern California's social justice organizations this past summer in a perfect storm of brains, guts and savvy. In just a few short months, they dared to research what no one has ever researched before and climbed mountains of paperwork previously unscaled.

Maywood’s “Disaster”—an Insider’s Perspective

If you relied exclusively on the Los Angeles Times and local radio newscasts for information about the dramatic turn of events in the city of Maywood, CA, you would conclude that Maywood has a disaster on its hands. You might also conclude that its dire circumstances could portend similar outcomes in other financially distressed cities within California.
But I spoke today with Leonardo Vilchis, director of Liberty Hill grantee Union de Vecinos (Union of Neighbors), who gave me an insider’s perspective on the newest troubles of the trouble-plagued town of Maywood. And the image he portrays stands in sharp contrast to what we’d otherwise infer.

Hold Banks Accountable

ACCE (Californians for Community Empowerment), led by Amy Schur, one of Liberty Hill’s 2010 Grassroots Leaders To Watch, is celebrating passage of Los Angeles’s “Foreclosure Registry” ordinance. Liberty Hill grantee LAANE, SEIU Local 721 and allied organizations are cheering as well.