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A Better La

LA to Dublin and Beyond

Brian Center | Posted 08.30.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

The Summit Against Violent Extremism was a gathering of survivors of violence, former extremists and gang members, policy wonks and others interested in finding new ways to stop violence and give hope to youth.

An Earthquake I Hope Everyone Feels

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

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.

It Takes a Team

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

The news that homicides are way down in LA despite economic tough times is a fantastic chance to highlight a lot of positive work that was done in 2010 and to step into 2011 with hope.

Keeping Kids Safe: A Formula That Works

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

When "A Better LA" took on the challenge of keeping kids safe in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we looked for guys like Gary.

In Tough Budget Times, Let's See What We Can Do

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

Perhaps government could learn to operate differently, by empowering the community to take the lead in solving social problems and partnering where necessary, as opposed to the other way around.

Remembering Marquise Ortiz With 1,000 Pictures

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

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.

A Shout Out To Will Ferrell And Friends

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Brian Center

How much impact does a celebrity make when he or she donates their name and time to a non-profit? It goes beyond the money.

Waging a War on Violence in Los Angeles

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Brian Center

I looked at the faces in the small room and heard the voices and realized that this is war. This is why people kill each other. It was fear.

We Need More Details About Soft Power in Afghanistan

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Center

The root causes of violence in one part of the world are the same as those in other parts of the world. The elements of success in Los Angeles apply anywhere where isolated, dysfunctional people are creating violence and chaos.