Building Powerful Coalitions

It’s not hard to imagine what a healthy community looks like. But actually creating it? That’s more than any one organization can accomplish on its own, particularly now when budgets are fractured, and community needs exceed the shards of it that governments can allocate. We need powerful allies in order to strengthen our collective voice, increase resources, and build public investment in our future.

We convene like- minded partners to collectively build a movement for lasting progressive change.

Now more than ever, there is a critical need to align our different issues, sectors, and constituents to ensure that commitments to the people of South LA aren’t rescinded. If we don’t, we’ll continue to fight each other over scraps of an ever-shrinking pie.

To that end, our campaigns begin by convening like-minded partners who individually have the clout to pressure elected officials around single issues, and can collectively create lasting progressive change.


SCOPE’s long history of experimenting with models for voter outreach, grassroots organizing, and understanding the nuances of California’s demographics resulted in California Calls, an alliance of social justice organizations that has effectively created statewide voter education programs, tax and fiscal reform campaigns—and a wider, larger, and active base of voters in support of progressive change. Read more about California Calls here.»

The California Climate Equity Coalition is led by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Coalition for Clean Air, Greenlining Institute, Public Advocates Inc, and SCOPE to ensure the successful and equitable implementation of climate investments in disadvantaged communities and low-income households and communities.

Repower LA is a citywide coalition of community groups, environmentalists, and small businesses anchored by LAANE, SCOPE, and IBEW Local 18 that advocates for equitable environmental programs and career path jobs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. This includes expanded energy efficiency and clean energy investment to help low-income customers save money.

The California Environmental Justice Alliance is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. We unite the powerful local organizing of our members in the communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color – to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level.

STAND-L.A. is an environmental justice coalition of community groups that seeks to end neighborhood drilling to protect the health and safety of Angelenos on the front lines of urban oil extraction.

Fix LA is a coalition of community groups, faith-based organizations, working families and others who are collectively calling on Los Angeles City leaders to restore vital City programs and services that have been cut.

The Building Healthy Communities South Los Angeles group is one of the 14 communities across the state included in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative. The initiative aims to improve employment opportunities, education, housing, safety, access to healthy foods and more.

The Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft is a broad coalition of community-based organizations, worker centers, religious leaders, student groups and labor unions committed to ending wage theft in Los Angeles.

Equal Voice is written and edited by award-winning professional journalists with a depth of experience in major newsrooms throughout the country. It’s published by Marguerite Casey Foundation, which provides grants to organizations working on the issues behind family poverty.