Lawrence Hess has been active in progressive politics and an advocate for civil rights and improving education in Southern California since the mid 1960s. From 1988-2002, Hess served on the board of directors of Instituto De Padres (Parent Institute for Quality Education), an organization dedicated to helping parents assist their children scholastic achievement and life skills. Each year, the Parent Institute provides classes for over 30,000 parents. Hess also remains actively engaged in progressive politics, not just in Southern California, but across the country.
Council for a Livable World
As at March 12, 2010, Lawrence Hess served on the board for Council for a Livable World. The Council was founded in 1962 by nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists. Its purpose is to campaign against the proliferation of nuclear weapons through lobbying and by supporting candidates who share their vision.
2016 Spirit of Courage Awards
On November 17, 2016, Courage Campaign hosted the Sixth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, to honor two courageous champions and inspiring leaders -- State Senator Holly Mitchell and author and activist Steve Phillips.
Special thanks to our sponsors: United Domestic Workers of America, National Union of Healthcare Workers, California Federation of Teachers, Lawrence Hess & Suzanne Hess, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Nancy Stephens and Jamie Wolf, Anne Frahn and Buzz Frahn, Lindsay Gardner & Karen Gardner, Jihee Huh & Peter Huh, Glen Dake, Renee Dake Wilson & Brian Wilson, Weston Milliken, Peg Yorkin, California Teachers Association, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Bruce Arena & Phyllis Arena, United Food and Commercial Workers, Suzi Dietz, Drug Policy Alliance, Jamie McGurk, ACLU, Quinn Delaney & Wayne Jordan, Tom Lockard, Streisand Foundation, Muriel Pollia Foundation, Irene Romero, Terri Weiss, Ken Kim and Johanna Kim, Janet Braun, UNITE HERE! Local 11, Stashimi, Fran Jemmott, Seeley Mudd Foundation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Laura Gowen, Capital & Main, and in loving memory of Jack Eustis.