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Letters to Live By

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

If you ever run into Big Sleeps on the mean streets of Los Angeles, you might be somewhat intimidated. He specializes in regional cholo lettering, a Los Angeles nativist tradition with its roots in gang culture dating back to the 1940s.

Did The Bloods Have A Hand In Kidnapping A Dad For 5 Days?

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 04.15.2014 | Crime

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal prosecutor said agents were still looking for more suspects in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father as a j...

Black Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Case of DeSean Jackson

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

This is bigger than DeSean Jackson or the NFL. In a nation where black youth are routinely stopped and frisked because they "fit a profile," what happens to DeSean Jackson matters.

Do We Have a Gang Problem or a Gun Problem?

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

Gun advocates' blind focus on gangs, drugs and violent felons overlooks the larger gun problem facing America.

A Bone to Pick About Animal Protection Legislation

Abigail Perdue | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime
Abigail Perdue

On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. Although the enactment of new anti-cruelty measures in South Dakota is a step in the right direction, more remains to be done.

Perseverance: An Evolution of Japanese Tattoos (NSFW)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

As tattoos become more mainstream and acceptable in modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the art form.

The Leading Edge of Peace: Our Evolutionary Path Forward

Matthew Albracht | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

If this burgeoning field of peacebuilding is to reach full potential, we must help catalyze and galvanize a movement behind it and create much stronger systems and infrastructure to support it.

MMA Fighter Fends Off 4 Home Invaders, Kills 1: Police

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A New Mexico mixed martial arts fighter can say he's 4-0 at home after pummeling four intruders who broke into his mobile home. Police said that one o...

14-Year-Old Girl Gunned Down While Bicycling

Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

A 14-year-old girl riding her bicycle in Compton, Calif. was shot to death Saturday night. The victim, identified as Alicia Cassandra Gomez, suffered ...

Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

Davey D | Posted 01.26.2014 | Black Voices
Davey D

Many in the media are making it appear as if this is some sort of game spreading like wild fire from coast to coast. It's simply not true. The fact that they are taking any crime and calling it as part of Knockout Game trend is akin to when the police label every crime in certain communities "gang related."

Daughters Redemption

Dashaun “Jiwe” Morris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Dashaun “Jiwe” Morris

My daughter has made the darkness in my heart shine brighter than I ever could imagine. She gave me a reason to wake up each morning. I can't thank my Lord enough for blessing me with such a beautiful child.

Cries in the Wilderness

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

"The only premise of the book was to just go out and listen." And the book, edited by Miles Harvey, who is quoted above, is remarkable. It's a cry in the wilderness punctuated by gunfire.

Honduras: Mr. Villeda's Common Sense Approach to Security

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The prisons in Honduras are akin to home-bases for many gangs -- places where they can conduct business safely without having to worry too much about defending their turf or being pestered by patrolling police officers and soldiers.

Defeating Despair in Detroit: Turning Wounded Children into Winning Children

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

When I look at what's happening in Detroit and in many other cities, I find myself asking, "Is there anything people of faith can do to meet the needs of hurting children?"

Man Confessed To Killing 45: Officials

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has admitted to killing 45 people, and is being investig...

Chicagoland Shellgame

Tracy Ullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Tracy Ullman

One-hundred yards from my door is the charred pavement from a car that was lit afire in the middle of the night two weeks ago. Two years ago, a car was directly in front of my house in this state -- I guess you can call that improvement.

A Quick Glance at Modern-Day Secret Societies

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 11.05.2013 | Latino Voices
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Throughout the history of humanity, many secret societies existed to fight oppression or tyrannical domination, while others formed on subversive platforms and worked against established authorities to pursue objectives and desires.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment and the California Prison Hunger Strike

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Governor Jerry Brown's complete silence on prisoners' demands has caused serious debate and controversy as the globe turns to California to address cruel and unusual punishment and the security housing unit (SHU) in the industrial prison complex.

The Social Contract of Gangs in the Southwest

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 10.04.2013 | Latino Voices
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Because the Mexican American community suffered abuses that originated during the Mexican American War, it is easy to understand their fear of a violent death. Yet, despite those abuses of power, they simply wanted to fit in and be a part of the larger culture.

Pacification Police in Rio and Women's Empowerment in Mexico: How to Reduce Slum Violence

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Josephine d'Allant

Efforts to improve security are taking place across the Global South, including the pacification of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the reconciliation of street brawlers in Jakarta and the combating of violence against women in Mexico City and Mumbai.

Are You Involved in Self-Centered Christianity? If Not, Then You Should Be!

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

When we talk to people about our faith and why they should want a relationship with God, we should not only talk about salvation but about how God can meet their self-interest much like Jesus with many of the people He encountered.

Origins of Gangs in the American West

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 09.25.2013 | Latino Voices
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The origins of street gangs across the United States can be traced back to immigration patterns and settlements. However, in the Southwest, they can be traced back to the Mexican American War of 1846-1848.

WATCH: Why Boys Join Gangs (NOT For Protection)

OWN | Posted 07.22.2013 | OWN

As founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Dr. Steve Perry has worked with many low-income, minority children over the years. Whil...

What Women in Texas and South India Have in Common

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Little did I know that our conversation about patriarchy and women's rights and the parallels between her rural impoverished part of South India and my home state of Texas would ring so true when Senator Wendy Davis stood for half a day to filibuster for women's right to choose

Dark Carnival: Ghost Clown Shot in Dunk Tank

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.28.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The carnies were fixing the Ferris Wheel and passing the time talking about bar fights when one started talking about "Ghost."