In 1988, Gregory Boyle opened a school; four years later, he launched Homeboy Industries. Gang members looking for a way out of the cycle of violence and death showed up.
It became easy to see how these common responses to trauma play out in the lives of many survivors of inner-city violence, and why, in many cases, they lead to more violence.
Killing of a 19 yo college student devastates community: We're capable of doing much more to transform inner-city communities into healthy, safe places to live.
On January 31, an armed commando unit pulled up to a house in a working-class neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican side of the border with the...
With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.
Here's a music video I did last year with students that I used to teach. Many of the students I taught were involved in gangs. When I saw Derrion A...
In the past year more than 40 young persons have been murdered in Chicago, many within a stone's throw of the president's home.
This bill continues to promote and devote the vast majority of its resources to expensive failed policies that may exacerbate the gang problem and crime while disproportionately affecting youth of color.
Homeboy Industries is now the largest gang intervention program in the US. Serving 12 thousand clients a year, 8 thousand gang members from 700 different gangs, we offer comprehensive services to those for whom hope is foreign.
This week Disney launched its D-Day assault. With the advertisements for G-Force gracing every highway across America, big artillery has reached the "cute" stage.
Last summer, our City came forward with a simple -- yet radical -- idea. For two months, we dared to challenge the conventional wisdom that gun violence and gang battles plague the summer months.
Intervention at the right age can turn a kid away from gangs, crime, and drugs for good whereas doling out stiff penalties only seems to result in more people going to prison.
Until we stop looking at these kids as monsters we will never break the cycle of gang violence.
By arresting minorities, America tries to show that it's fighting the drug problem while Whites in the suburbs are free to use and abuse drugs without solid police interference.
Since President-elect Barack Obama won the election last month, there's been some speculation about what this means for the American black community. ...
I've seen nothing to suggest that we accomplish much by brutalizing the small and troubled people who commit atrocities. Killing these four gang bangers who murdered Nequiel Fowler does nothing to honor or memorialize this beautiful child.