Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism (SMART) has received $30,000 in a second-year grant from Liberty House Foundation — a Santa Monica organization that offers grants to community organizations “to combat poverty and injustice and build a future for Los Angeles that promises safety, equality and opportunity for everyone who lives here.”
SMART is active in organizing community members and low-wage workers in the tourism industry in Santa Monica “to increase wages and benefits for tourism workers.”
“They have successfully challenged a local hotel’s [alleged] union-busting strategy and secured worker protections,” said Liberty Hill executive director Torie Osborn.
“Their grant supports continued work to pass a living wage as well as creating a climate in the city friendly to those who clean its hotel rooms and bus its restaurant tables,” Osborn added.
SMART was one of 23 organizations that shared in $650,000 given by Liberty Hill Foundation to organizations “that find innovative solutions to Los Angeles’s most challenging problems,” Osborn said.
“This year’s grant recipients include groundbreaking organizations addressing criminal justice reform, poverty wages, unsafe and sweatshop working conditions and lack of affordable housing,” Osborn said.
Since 1976, Liberty Hill Foundation has given away more than $17 million to grassroots community organizations in Los Angeles County.