Organizing South LA’s Residents

SCOPE's leaders take action by talking to people just like them in their homes, schools, churches, and businesses.

How do you channel the energy of discontent into real political action? At SCOPE, we empower our members, the residents of South LA, to answer this question for themselves.

Our effective model for community organizing begins by arming our members with aggressive leadership skills so that they can engage city officials and encourage civic engagement in their neighborhoods. Our leaders talk to residents every day about their electoral rights, and propose new prescriptions for voter education, public policy, and tactics for ushering in a new era for South LA.

Because without an authentic democracy at work, our ideas for change are meaningless. We ask important questions about voter practices in order to target those who want the same things we do but aren’t convinced that civic engagement can make a difference in their lives.

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.

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.