Liberty Hill Foundation

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The Liberty Hill Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Sarah Pillsbury, heir to the Minnesota Pillsbury baking fortune, along with Anne Mendel, Larry Janss and Win McCormack, in 1976.[1] Its motto is "Change. Not Charity."[2] They have funded local Los Angeles organizations dedicated to environmental justice, such as East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.[3] The name of the foundation derives from a famous incident on May 15, 1923 when writer Upton Sinclair spoke to approximately 3,000 striking longshoremen at Liberty Hill in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. In a piece of street theater designed to highlight ongoing suppression of freedom of speech by the LAPD, Sinclair began his address by reading the Bill of Rights. Within moments, he was arrested.[1]


  1. ^ a b Robert Gottlieb, Mark Vallianatos, Regina M. Freer, and Peter Dreier (2005). The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (second ed.). Berkeley, California: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-25009-3. 
  2. ^ "Liberty Hill Foundation". Liberty Hill Foundation. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  3. ^ Margot Roosevelt. (2009-09-24). "A new crop of eco-warriors take to their own streets.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 

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