Category: Organizing

Breaking Down Political Jargon

    Breaking Down Political Jargon Earlier this month, SCOPE spent a week with students enrolled in Antioch University’s urban sustainability program to explore the history of taxes, the L.A. City budget, economic justice issues in South L.A., and the important work of making the political process accessible to members of our communities. I interviewed

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What's Missing From the Mayor's Agenda?

What’s Missing From the Mayor’s Agenda? On April 10, Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first State of the City address at the California Science Center, which focused on defining his “back to basics” agenda in Los Angeles. This is a talking point he’s used since before taking office last year—a phrase that suggests a strong

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California's Prisons: Are They Fighting Crime, or Causing It?

California’s Prisons: Fighting Crime, or Causing It? In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prisons were so overcrowded that the state was actually violating the 8th Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling was based on the prison system subjecting inmates to the physical and psychological harm that arises when people

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Creating Neighborhood Leaders

Creating Neighborhood Leaders SCOPE began 20 years ago by trying things a little differently: rather than offering the community solutions to its problems, we’ve asked community members to speak for themselves through a leadership program that guides them to develop their voices and creates forums where those voices can be heard. SCOPE’s leaders take action

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Inspiring and Educating Voters

In 2008, a historic number of LA’s residents participated in the presidential election, yet only 15 percent of registered voters turned out at local polls five months later. Across the country, this is not uncommon—national campaigns are a lot better at making sure we see candidates as people, not platforms. But the most influential names

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