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 Lead 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 …

POWER UP: Path Ways to Careers in the Green Industry

By Erick Huerta on

For more than 23 years, SCOPE has worked with strategic partners to create the kind of jobs our communities need—jobs that pay a living wage, offer an opportunity to build towards a career, and uplift the quality of life in South LA. After years of significant wins and the development of successful job models—including IBEW …

Looking Back on our Work in 2015

By Erick Huerta on

For SCOPE, 2015 was a year of victories benefiting working families in Los Angeles, including an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and the passage of wage theft enforcement policies that protect the city’s most vulnerable workers. 2015 was also the first full year that eligible individuals could change their records under …

South LA LADWP Rate Increase Townhall

By Erick Huerta on

On Tuesday November 3rd, SCOPE and the RePower LA Coalition hosted an important and much-needed conversation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) on their proposed rate increases.  With our community room filled to capacity with South Los Angeles community members, this was one of the largest community meetings the LADWP has hosted—and the first of …

Giving Community Resilience Real-Life Meaning in South LA

By SCOPE on

What do you think of when you hear the word resiliency? I think of a rubber band being twisted and stretched in all directions. The resilient ones stay in tact, becoming a little looser, adapting to the movement. The not so resilient bands become brittle, breaking with the slightest addition of stress. I think of …

Realizing the Promise of Solar for South Los Angeles

By Gloria Walton on

I recently wrote a piece for Capital and Main about how the Department of Water and Power’s residential rooftop solar initiative has left South L.A., along with Wilmington, Boyle Heights, Pacoima and other communities behind! Read on! Find out where LADWP’s solar incentives actually went and how SCOPE wants to see LADWP’s newest renewable energy …

South L.A. has its sights set on the Air Resources Board

By Laura Muraida on

As the legislature session wound down last week, finalizing which bills would pass this year, we saw that California is at a pivotal moment. Our state legislators are forging a climate-conscious path that will shape our economy, health and environment in the decades ahead. While much work is still needed to extend and increase our …

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 …

SCOPE member featured on Univision

By Manisha Vaze on

Claudia Botero of Univision profiles Maria. Watch the video here! When Maria immigrated to the US from Honduras in 1979, she knew life here wouldn’t be easy. Maria has lived in South LA for 36 years and has worked at numerous jobs over the years: building airplane parts at a factory in South LA, cleaning planes …