Dismantling Inequity through Grassroots Power

In this webinar by Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education, Gloria Medina (Executive Director), shares lessons on grassroots power for organizers, advocates, and funders working to advance long-term systems change.

Dismantling Inequity through Grassroots Power with Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)

from Rx Foundation’s Power is a Social Determinant of Health series

Session description: Thirty years after the 1992 South Los Angeles Uprising, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) continues to build community power, elevating the voices of Black and Brown communities most impacted by historic disinvestment. SCOPE’s birth was an experiment for grassroots power building to address the systemic factors that perpetuate intersecting drivers of disparities, including inequities in the health and wellbeing of our communities. Out of necessity, SCOPE and its South LA allies have continued to be a testing ground for innovative solutions. And while there is still a long way to go, South LA provides lessons for organizers, advocates, and funders working to advance long-term systems change. In this session we will talk about using campaigns as vehicles for building long-term power, and we will tackle the question: What has held us back? We will share some of the models and practices that SCOPE is using to move from a reactive to proactive agenda, to sharpen our skills in crafting community-based solutions and shaping the narrative, and to deepen strategic alliances to address the fragmentation of movements.

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Session Highlights

We need to build grassroots power to scope and scale – no one organization can do it alone
Strategic alliances are key when addressing and organizing around intersecting root drivers of inequity like environmental racism, mass incarceration, poverty, gentrification, and more
Strategic campaigns shift us from tactical and defensive reactions to a more proactive agenda that ultimately builds long-term grassroots power
Political consciousness and education, and leadership development, are core tenets of building grassroots power
You have to build power to exercise power; philanthropy should explore ways to support power-building


Learn more about the The South Los Angeles Building Health Communities (SLA-BHC) Hub, a collaborative of community partners working for low-income housing, transforming punitive school disciplinary policies, addressing health disparities for Black and Latino peoples, and much more.


Gloria Medina (she/her)

Gloria is the Executive Director of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE).

SCOPE builds grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, immigrant, woman, femme, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles. To do this, SCOPE organizes communities, develops leaders, collaborates through strategic alliances, builds capacity through training programs, and educates South L.A.’s residents to have an active role in shaping policies that affect the quality of life in our region. Justice, respect, responsibility, integrity, and voice: These are our core values.

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