Three Questions About Poverty the Republican Presidential Candidates Should Answer

The Center for Community Change asked me, along with long time SCOPE member and grassroots leader, Pat Jones, what we would like to see the Republican candidates debate. This piece continues a campaign at TalkPoverty.org where advocates and people struggling to make ends meet will ask 2016 presidential candidates about how they would significantly reduce

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Ten Years After Katrina, Low-Income Communities Are Still Vulnerable to Disaster: Here's Why

Hurricane Katrina survivors wade through water on the street on Aug. 31, 2005, two days after the storm made land fall. Photo Credit: News Muse, flickr It’s been 10 years since my mother lost the only house she’s ever owned. A warehouse worker in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the poorest American cities, my mother lost

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

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

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Investing in South Los Angeles

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

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This Mother’s Day, Honor Your Mother’s Commitment to Putting Your Family First

 Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, I remember seeing my mom, a single mom, struggle to support us three kids by working multiple jobs, mostly manual labor in shipping and receiving at large warehouses. My mom worked incessantly, but because of abysmal wages, those long hours never paid off. We still relied on government assistance to

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Putting Families First

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

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