Youth Voter Engagement in South Los Angeles

By Erick Huerta on

Youth Voter Engagement in South Los Angeles At SCOPE, our members’ experiences attest to the power of a peer-to-peer civic engagement model and to the importance of sustaining those relationships beyond election cycles. We know that daily engagement with friends, family, neighbors and elected officials builds community power to win campaigns that benefit South Los …

SCOPE Members Share Personal Journeys Toward Political Activism

By Erick Huerta on

  What makes someone get involved in their community? To fight that feeling that it doesn’t matter? Not just during election season, but every day, how do communities come together to solve problems? SCOPE members Patricia and Sirenia share their personal journeys towards political activism and what keeps them motivated to continue their work on …

The State of Oral Healthcare in South Los Angeles

By Manisha Vaze on

Over our history, SCOPE has built workforce training pipelines into growing industries or sectors, including film, in-home care, and energy efficiency and green jobs. While expanding access to oral health care has been a part of SCOPE’s health and wellness work, it has not yet been a part of our workforce campaigns. When SCOPE decided …

Passage of State Climate Bills, A Win for Equity and Justice

By Erick Huerta on

In the final hours of the last day of the California legislative session, lawmakers sent multiple pieces of climate and environmental justice legislation to the Governor’s desk, creating a new center of gravity around communities most impacted by pollution and poverty. These hard fought wins are a direct result of the leadership, power and organized …

A Message to our Volunteers

By Erick Huerta on

During the month of May and early June, we reached out to you, our supporters and membership, asking for your support and time to engage South LA voters. That’s why we’re excited to share the results from our first AGENDA Action voter engagement program. While it’s a critical presidential election year, a lot is at …

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 …

POWER UP: Path Ways to Careers in the Green Industry

By Erick Huerta on

For more than 23 years, SCOPE has worked with strategic partners to create the kind of jobs our communities need—jobs that pay a living wage, offer an opportunity to build towards a career, and uplift the quality of life in South LA. After years of significant wins and the development of successful job models—including IBEW …

SCOPE Member Taqwa Bowie Giving Public Comment at BSCC Meeting on Prop 47 Investments

By Erick Huerta on

One year after the passage of Proposition 47, communities across the state are beginning to see the positive impact the new law will have on thousands of families. In changing certain low-level nonviolent crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors, Prop 47 has redirected millions of public dollars from prison spending to drug and mental health …

Gloria Walton on the Tavis Smiley Show

By Erick Huerta on

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 …

Our Take: We need a spending plan that reflects the values of voters

By Laura Muraida on

Our Take: We need a spending plan that reflects the values of voters As most working families know, California’s economic recovery has been uneven. For the millions of families still struggling to make ends meet, stagnant wages, budget cuts and a dwindling safety net have not translated into growing prosperity. However in recent years California …