In this week's quickie Indie on Demand Movie Review, we take a look at The Interrupters, a documentary, now available on-demand.
In twenty years as a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles, I've had my share of shattering midnight calls from police and gang intervention workers, clients and social workers. But few calls rattled my world like the one that came on a quiet Jacaranda June morning in 2008.
No one but Connie Rice has ever simultaneously (and successfully) sued the Los Angeles Police Department and forged a pioneering partnership with them.
The lockdown model of education with oppressive rules and blindly inflexible enforcement is a failure. Let's find a way to replace punishment with inspiration, dispassionate control with tough love.
As time goes by, and our reliance on electronic gadgets increases, there will be less funding provided for our beloved brick-and-mortar establishments. We must never let this happen.
Summertime in Brooklyn should be a carefree time, a time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragically, it has become a season of bloodshed for too many of our young people.
Last month I visited Furr High School in Houston and met Dr. Bertie Simmons, the woman almost single-handedly responsible for Furr's dramatic turnaround.
Imagine growing up in a system where, generation after generation, the zip code you live in means you are going to have to fight the moment you walk out the front door.
What if we look at the life of gang members through the experience of child soldiers in Africa? Is the experience of children manipulated and dragged into war all that different from the one of teenagers recruited by gangs in our own cities?
There are three types of people involved in a violent situation: the perpetrator, the victim and the bystander. Our society is largely made up of bystanders -- people who observe violent behavior, but do little or nothing to stop it.
Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By Robyn Gee and Denise Tejada OAKLAND-...
Homicides in Chicago and Los Angeles are at their lowest levels since the 1960s. In both cities, new strategies in violence prevention are being employed. Other cities are now following suit.
Shootings and killings plague too many of our nation's neighborhoods. But the good news is that CeaseFire is moving to cities across the nation.
At what tick on the clock did the sentiment change, did fear and horror turn to acquiescence? When did the expected human response flip to the aberrant one?
People on the streets of LA are winning forever. It is the most inspiring thing I have ever seen -- to see people so far down lift themselves up, to become leaders in their communities.
In a community often painted with violence, hatred, misunderstanding and fear, a beacon of light shines for the gang-infested youth of South Central L.A. His name is Father Gregory Boyle.