This year Liberty Hill is honored to recognize three amazing individuals with awards at our annual Upton Sinclair Award Dinner. Our honorees truly demonstrate the spirit of our gala theme–Our Movement, Our Moment. Their collective contributions have paved the way and extended the path for activists and organizers across many diverse movements over the years. We are honored to celebrate their work and accomplishments.
Liberty Hill Foundation’s Board of Directors is the guiding force behind our commitment to social justice, providing strategic direction and accountability to continue working on the most pressing issues affecting Angelenos.Liberty Hill Foundation’s Board of Directors is the guiding force behind our commitment to social justice, providing strategic direction and accountability to continue working on the most pressing issues affecting Angelenos.
When I share what we do in Brothers Sons Selves Coalition I can see hope in my friends and family. They believe that it is possible to make change because of my involvement.
Kaci Patterson will be honored with the Wally Marks Changemaker Award at the 2017 Change LA: Fast Forward, an event celebrating emerging leaders committed to social justice in progressive Los Angeles.
We took a look at just the first 20 years of Liberty Hill’s grantmaking to get a snapshot of that period of Black-led organizing in L.A.
Mayor Garcetti made Shane and her wife Monica the first gay couple to get married in the city of Los Angeles.
By Michelle Lin
On the evening of April 28, National Public Radio station KPCC hosted a panel discussion at the Crawford Family Forum titled “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality.” This program discussed and promoted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jo Becker’s newly released book, Forcing the Spring.
The panel included San Francisco attorney Terry Stewart and Liberty Hill’s former executive director and longtime social activist, Torie Osborn, who has also served as Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze moderated the discussion, leading audience members through Becker’s account of the fight to restore the marriage equality to gay and lesbian individuals in California. Forcing the Spring documents the fight to overturn Proposition 8—the California ballot initiative that removed the right of gay men and women to marry—following the lawyers, plaintiffs, and political stakeholders in the case. While some commentators have heralded the book as thorough and a definitive account of the battle for same-sex marriage, a number of gay rights activists believe her story grossly misrepresents the importance of many who contributed to the movement, and say the book is a “distortion of history.” This panel convened to discuss both the content and the controversy.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) announced from Washington D.C. that it has selected Liberty Hill Foundation to receive its 2014 Impact Award in the community foundation category. Liberty Hill is proud to be recognized and to keep company with the other 2014 awardees: Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, The California Endowment and Hill-Snowdon Foundation.
The Impact Awards were created by NCRP, a philanthropy watchdog group, “to honor foundations of all sizes that practice smart, high-impact philanthropic strategies” and to promote philanthropy “that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.”
Liberty Hill President/CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith and Liberty Hill Board member Latonya Slack will travel to Washington, D.C. for the June 9 awards ceremony.