Support SCOPE on Amazon Smile

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Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you. When you shop through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate .5% from your purchase to SCOPE. If you would like to make a direct contribution to SCOPE, be sure to visit our donation page. Your direct …

Gloria Walton on the Tavis Smiley Show

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Our CEO & President, Gloria Walton, was recently featured on the Tavis Smiley Show. Gloria shares her personal experiences growing up in the South, what inspired her to strive for a college education, and her experiences as an organizer at SCOPE. You can watch the full episode of the show here, which features a discussion …

Looking Back on our Work in 2015

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For SCOPE, 2015 was a year of victories benefiting working families in Los Angeles, including an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and the passage of wage theft enforcement policies that protect the city’s most vulnerable workers. 2015 was also the first full year that eligible individuals could change their records under …

South LA LADWP Rate Increase Townhall

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On Tuesday November 3rd, SCOPE and the RePower LA Coalition hosted an important and much-needed conversation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) on their proposed rate increases.  With our community room filled to capacity with South Los Angeles community members, this was one of the largest community meetings the LADWP has hosted—and the first of …

Community Meeting with Marqueece Harris-Dawson

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8th District Council Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson visited the SCOPE offices to meet with community members and share his plans for the neighborhood. Residents touched on issues of empty lots, blight, violence, and housing. The councilman shared many of the concerns brought up during the meeting and is actively working on changing things for the better, …

CA Legislative Session Closes With Wins & Loses

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California’s legislative session came to a close on September 11th and with it, news and updates on various bills that will have impacts on our work to ensure that communities like South Los Angeles aren’t left behind when it comes to support, resources, and our on-going work to build a climate conscious community. The work …

LA Wage Theft Coalition Looks to Past to Continue Fighting for Future or Workers

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On August 18th, the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft held a worker assembly to review the new law they won with coalition members and to plan for next steps. Starting in July of 2016, the cities minimum wage will increase in increments until 2020 when the full $15 an hour will take affect. In …

Fostering a Space to Support the Social Justice Movement with Rea SJ

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Envisioning a sustainable social justice movement comprised of grassroots groups, community based organizations, and researchers; the Resource Alliance for Social Justice (Real SJ) fosters a space in which networking and collaboration come together to strengthen the capacity of those fighting for social justice. As a SCOPE initiative with the UCLA Labor Center, Advancement Project, Research …

Investing in South Los Angeles

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South Los Angeles has endured drastic changes over the decades, from its pre-World War II prominence as one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in to the violent segregation residents faced through illegal housing practices. Continued disinvestment in public resources over the years coupled with rampant institutional racism that denied people of color access …

Putting Families First

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On the anniversary of the Los Angeles Uprising last week Gloria Walton, SCOPE President & CEO, was in Washington DC for the launch of the ‘Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All’ campaign. She was there with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International …