A Grassroots Lead Vision for Equitable Climate Investments in South Los Angeles

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In September 2016, SCOPE celebrated the passage of three key climate policy wins that extended California’s climate change goals, increased transparency at the agency overseeing air quality, and increased targeted climate investments for low-income communities, including the creation of the new Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). These wins demonstrate the power of environmental justice communities …

Prop 47 Savings Undermined by Miscalculations

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As state budget negotiations approach the June 15 deadline, community groups across California are mobilizing to make their voices heard. On Thursday, April 7, SCOPE members Taqwa Bowie, Carolyn Riley, Deborah Holt Bell, and I accompanied Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) to Sacramento to participate in a lobby day and hearing for Budget …

Giving Community Resilience Real-Life Meaning in South LA

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What do you think of when you hear the word resiliency? I think of a rubber band being twisted and stretched in all directions. The resilient ones stay in tact, becoming a little looser, adapting to the movement. The not so resilient bands become brittle, breaking with the slightest addition of stress. I think of …

Civic Enagement

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Civic Engagement For more than 20 years, SCOPE has fought for new job creation models in Los Angeles. However, there’s a critical need for everyone to pay their fair share of taxes so that those programs can become a reality, and government can do its job to meet our community’s needs. Providing quality education, public …

Health and Wellness At SCOPE

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HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE Access to affordable health care is a right everyone should have, but many don’t. Chronic health illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity impact South Los Angeles residents at higher rates than anywhere else in the city. High unemployment, lack of access to healthy foods, and financial instability directly affect the …

From LA to NY, Broken Windows holds up racially biased policing

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Over the last several months, we have witnessed race return explosively to the forefront of American political discourse. Horrible tragedies in cities nationwide including Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and Los Angeles – in which officers of the law commit acts of violence against black men – have sparked outrage, protest, and calls to action. …

Creating Neighborhood Leaders

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Creating Neighborhood Leaders SCOPE began 20 years ago by trying things a little differently: rather than offering the community solutions to its problems, we’ve asked community members to speak for themselves through a leadership program that guides them to develop their voices and creates forums where those voices can be heard. SCOPE’s leaders take action …

Latrece Jackson

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Latrece Jackson 2012 marked Latrece Jackson’s 10th year as one of SCOPE’s community leaders. “We were working hard talking to folks about Proposition 30,” she remembers. “There was no time to get sick—too much action going on. There’s a real verve here at SCOPE that comes from the pace and the people. But, in that …

Pat Jones

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Pat Jones Pat Jones often rides the bus for free—because when she hops on, drivers know that the service she provides to their passengers is worth much more than the fare. She’s a minister at the First Church of God Center of Hope in Inglewood. “But the people who need counsel the most are the …

Abraham Hernandez

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Abraham Hernandez As a graffiti writer, Abraham Hernandez learned to appreciate South LA, where he was born and raised, by tagging buildings late at night—a way to stake his claim in a place that he saw disappearing, and develop his dream of being a visual artist. “It gave a sense of pride, and sense of …