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 …

Building Community Power in South L.A. One Block at a Time

By Erick Huerta on

  SCOPE partner, the Center for Community Change profiles our neighbor-to-neighbor civic engagement model for building community power. What inspires SCOPE member Shay Salter and President & SCOPE CEO Gloria Walton to stay engaged? Their belief─and ours─that communities in South L.A. need your voice and your vote this election day. Watch as Shay and the …

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 …

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. …

Prop 47 Savings Undermined by Miscalculations

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As state budget negotiations approach the June 15 deadline, community groups across California are mobilizing to make their voices heard. On Thursday, April 7, SCOPE members Taqwa Bowie, Carolyn Riley, Deborah Holt Bell, and I accompanied Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) to Sacramento to participate in a lobby day and hearing for Budget …

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 …

LA Wage Theft Coalition Looks to Past to Continue Fighting for Future or Workers

By Erick Huerta on

On August 18th, the Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft held a worker assembly to review the new law they won with coalition members and to plan for next steps. Starting in July of 2016, the cities minimum wage will increase in increments until 2020 when the full $15 an hour will take affect. In …

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

By Gloria Walton on

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 …

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. …

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 …