Liberty Hill is the Home for Progressive Los Angeles
Liberty Hill is a laboratory for social justice and social change. We leverage the power of community organizers, donor activists, and allies to advance social justice through strategic investment in grants, leadership training, and campaigns.
Liberty Hill envisions a society in which all people have a powerful voice, including those currently shut out of our democracy, people cut off from opportunities because they are poor, because of their skin color, because of their gender or sexual orientation, because of where they live, or where they were born.
The March to Progress Continues
"ADVANCING" Justice for All
"DEMANDING" Justice for All
The fight for social justice is a marathon, not a sprint. No one knows that better than our grassroots partners and the community leaders who are leading the fights for change every day. In communities across LA, they have been hard at work—taking to the streets, to the courts, and to the ballot box—to make their collective voices heard.
Eunisses Hernandez: La Defensa
"There are still so many people that need to be liberated and supported, and so many of those people have been left behind in the past. So, there’s no more space to leave anyone behind. From the start, Liberty Hill not only believed in this work, but they believed in a new vision for Youth Justice. And they supported this transformational opportunity to move money into the community. We have been told this work is too difficult, but we launched La Defensa to prove that isn’t the case. We won’t stop fighting.”
Oscar Zarate: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)
"At SAJE we are trying to equip people with the tools to build collective power in their communities. How can you build power, not just with your neighbors, but the ones across the street—the ones a block over? That’s community power. We sit at the intersection of helping people deal with immediate needs, reach their full leadership potential, and fight for the policy changes that will impact their lives for the better. The work we’re doing at SAJE, in partnership with Stay Housed and Liberty Hill, is transformative on multiple levels. It’s transformative for the individual, it’s transformative for the family, and it’s transformative for the community.”
Milton Hernandez-Nimatuj: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
"After years of on-the-ground organizing going back to 2013, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), STAND-L.A., Liberty Hill, and other coalition partners, won a first-innation policy to begin phasing-out all current oil drilling in LA County while banning new drilling. And in October, Governor Newsom declared a new statewide rule requiring a 3,200-foot buffer between any new oil well and homes and schools—a significant public health protection made possible by a growing statewide movement that had its roots in Los Angeles’ campaign to end neighborhood drilling."
Rob McGowan: Ready to Rise/LHF Community Funding Board
“Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with several Liberty Hill Grantees, from SCOPE to CADRE, and I’ve played many roles from a director of organizing to a consultant. But no other role has been more important to my life than my time as a coach. I was there when the Wally Marks Leadership Institute launched at Liberty Hill and that training inspired me to get my coaching certification and join Liberty Hill’s Community Funding Board."
Jan Robinson Flint: Black Women for Wellness
"Black Women for Wellness (BWW) started when a group of six Black women came together to address the community issues and health disparities they witnessed amongst themselves, their friends, colleagues, and families. That was more than 20 years ago, and we have been actively working to build healthy communities through education, empowerment and advocacy ever since. BWW has also engaged with the work of voter education and outreach to organize, inform, and educate voters. Our C4 arm Black Women for Wellness Action Project, which receives funding from Liberty Vote!, conducts policy and civic engagement work, as well as electoral efforts."
Aquilina Soriano: Pilipino Workers Center
"We recently won the largest settlement in California history—an $8.4 million judgement for 149 residential care workers over stolen wages. And with the support of Liberty Vote! we have also been able to launch a C4 called Pilipino Action Center to educate workers about critical electoral campaigns and issues. We are at a crossroads in our economic recovery—we can either accept the status quo or build back in a way that makes us all stronger.”
"PROMOTING" Justice for All
Through a global pandemic that threatened both lives and livelihoods, and a national uprising for racial justice that challenged and ultimately changed hearts, minds, and laws—the fight for social justice has continued.
New Look, Same Fight
As part of the recent launch of our Justice for All awareness campaign, we also underwent a refresh of Liberty Hill’s 45-year-old brand, including our logo, color palette, website and materials.
Maintaining Virtual Connections
While our events remained virtual this past year, the drumbeat of support for activism in our community did not let up! Our first-ever Virtual Upton Sinclair Event was a huge success, and we hosted several other virtual events throughout the year that kept the Liberty Hill community engaged and informed.
Expanding Partnerships Fuel Progress
Liberty Hill’s partnerships are a key ingredient to our success—bringing unusual allies together to figure our solutions to some of society’s most challenging issues. Our partners bring unique perspectives to this work that enable us to make more progress, secure more victories and achieve our vision for a more just future.
"SUPPORTING" Justice for All
Our fight to ensure justice for all is a collective one. We call Liberty Hill the Home for Progressive Los Angeles because we have always been a beacon for those who want to support the democratization of philanthropy.