Action for Grassroots Empowerment and Neighborhood Development Alternatives (AGENDA) was established following the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles to address chronic poverty in South Los Angeles. AGENDA is a membership-based organization that seeks to reverse the trend of declining civic participation and disinvestment in this community.
South LA has one of the highest rates of poverty and people living without health insurance in the nation:
- Over 40% of people live below the poverty line.
- There is only 1 job for every 7 people.
- Over 400,000 residents live more than 3 miles from a hospital emergency room.
- Blacks and Latinos are twice as likely to be exposed to hazardous waste.
- Voter turnout is consistently 10-15 percentage points lower than in more affluent communities.
Since 1993, AGENDA has waged campaigns to make police reform, public safety, job creation, and quality health care in South Los Angeles top priorities for elected officials and decision makers. AGENDA's key strategies are to:
- Build power in South LA through organizing and development of local leaders
- Develop proactive solutions to the problems that plague poor and working class neighborhoods based upon research, education and analysis.
- Build strategic alliances with communities and constituencies across the city.
- Wage strategic campaigns that hold decision makers accountable to our needs.
AGENDA believes that the future of Los Angeles should be determined by all of its residents and that the working poor and people of color should be at the forefront of the struggle to win systemic change.
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