From The LA Uprising To The People’s Climate March: Building Power When You Are Under Threat

As a native of Mississippi, I often think of the famous words of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Twenty-five years ago, a predominantly white jury acquitted the California Highway Patrol officers involved in the brutal beating of Rodney King─an act of police violence that was caught

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A Grassroots-Led Vision for Equitable Climate Investments in South Los Angeles

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

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Civic Engagement

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

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Building Community Power in South L.A. One Block at a Time

  SCOPE partner, the Center for Community Change profiles our neighbor-to-neighbor civic engagement model for building community power. What inspires SCOPE member Shay Salter and President & SCOPE CEO Gloria Walton to stay engaged? Their belief─and ours─that communities in South L.A. need your voice and your vote this election day. Watch as Shay and the

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

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

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