While the last three years have taken us backwards, there has been considerable change in the field of community organizing over the past three decades that can help inform and strengthen local power building strategies. For three decades, Community Coalition (CoCo) has been a part of Los Angeles’ political and movement landscape. CoCo was founded intentionally as an African American and Latino organization that is intergenerational in all of its work. The organization has been at the forefront of efforts locally at the school board, city, county, state, and federal level to advance racial and economic justice.
CoCo has developed two generations of leaders, that include both youth and adult member residents of South Los Angeles. Our members have improved the physical environments of L.A’s highest needs schools, closed the achievement gap, and won numerous measures that are helping to change the material conditions in communities of color in South Central.
CoCo’s founder Congressmember Karen Bass