Like many communities across the United States, Los Angeles' inner city neighborhoods face systemic inequality. Residents living in predominantly low income and communities of color continue to experience a decline in economic and social opportunities, as well as persistent barriers to meaningful and effective participation in the political processes that affect their lives. These conditions result in chronic levels of unemployment, lack of much needed social services including quality health care, and conflicts within poor and working class communities over shrinking resources.
SCOPE's theory of social change is rooted in the power of oppressed and disenfranchised communities to create systemic change. Our organizational model builds power from the bottom up and "democratizes" public policies that shape our communities.
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SCOPE has developed a comprehensive, multi-tiered approach to achieving social change: