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

By Gloria Walton on

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 …

A Vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and Everywhere

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This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. It …

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

By Erick Huerta on

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 …

Investing in South Los Angeles

By Erick Huerta on

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 …

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

By Gloria Walton on

 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 …

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 …

Civic Enagement

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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 …

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 …

Health and Wellness At SCOPE

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HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE Access to affordable health care is a right everyone should have, but many don’t. Chronic health illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity impact South Los Angeles residents at higher rates than anywhere else in the city. High unemployment, lack of access to healthy foods, and financial instability directly affect the …

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

By Erick Huerta on

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 …