Putting Families First

By Erick Huerta on

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 …

Fight for a Wage Theft Ordinance in LA Continues

By Erick Huerta on

With cards and boxes of chocolates in hand, last week members of the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft and its supporters visited Los Angeles city council members, asking them for their support in ending wage theft. The Valentine’s Day themed action asked council members to take action in holding the Economic Development committee accountable …

Cultivating an Energy Conscious South LA

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As Maria Dubon and Landry Thomas make their way down the street, they peer inside businesses looking at light fixtures and exit signs. Maria and Landry are SCOPE members and trained Energy Service Representatives (ESR) for the Los Angeles Department of Water who outreach to small businesses and churches in the South LA community to let them …

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. …

Engaging Families in Water and Energy Conservation through the Gang Alternatives Program

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As part of our on-going work in the South LA community, SCOPE has been connecting with members and partner organizations to highlighting the importance of being energy efficient. This is a citywide effort to educate and spotlight the work communities are doing to fight larger issues like climate change, while building resiliency and sustainability locally. For …

2014 Summer Leadership Academy

By Erick Huerta on

The story of South LA is consistently being told. High unemployment, rising housing costs and little to no good job opportunities is how the current chapter reads. Once an area with a strong industrial area that provided many middle-class jobs for its residents, South LA is now has mostly part-time and minimum wage jobs that …

1 in 4 Million: Telling the real story of LA

By Laura Muraida on

Once upon a time… We all know what follows this phrase. It’s a jumping off point from which we hear a story. But how do you start off a story that’s complex, with a laundry list of characters and countless plot twists and turns? Dr. Pop (aka organizer, planner, and professor Gilda Haas), along with …

Words from SCOPE Alumni: Deepak Pateriya, Chief of Staff at the Center for Community Change

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“If we’re going to achieve real economic justice in this country, there needs to be a profound shift in our general political consciousness, and we have to start by dismantling certain myths,” says Deepak Pateriya. “People are not poor because they are lazy. And Capitalism is not the natural state of things. There are other …

MediCAL Offers Californians New Health Benefits, and SCOPE is Spreading the Word

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Since the beginning of the year, there has been a record number of enrollment applications submitted for MediCAL, California’s state-support health insurance assistance program. This is no accident: When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect last October, a few key changes in the program occurred, and activists, organizers, healthcare counselors, and other county workers, …

Reforming Education in South LA: We Can Do It!

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In the past 15 years, South LA’s families and have worked hard to overcome deficiencies in the Los Angeles Unified District 1 school system—deficiencies that have resulted in overcrowded schools, low matriculation rates, and poor college attendance. June’s Los Angeles Unified School District 1 school board election provided us with an historic opportunity to reshape …