SCOPE Joins the STAND LA Coalition in the Fight to End Oil Drilling in Los Angeles

By Erick Huerta on

Throughout its history, the fossil fuel industry has played a major role in the development of the City of Los Angeles. The massive oil fields and high production rates have branded L.A. as the largest urban oil field in the country. While the development of these fields didn’t pose a problem to the city’s 50,000 …

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

By Gloria Walton on

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 …

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

By SCOPE on

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 …

Civic Engagement

By Erick Huerta on

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 …

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 …

Volunteer to Door Knock with SCOPE

By Erick Huerta on

This year, SCOPE has a goal of contacting more than 50,000 voters–but we can’t achieve this without the help of SCOPE members, community residents, students, and our allies. That is why we are reaching out to ask that you volunteer this Saturday morning with us to help Get Out The Vote in South Los Angeles. …