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Antonia Blumberg

Single Dad Of 5 Can't Afford Christmas Presents This Year, But Has Lots Of Love To Go Around

HuffingtonPost.com | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

Robert Juarez wakes up at 4:30 a.m. three days a week to run. It's the only downtime the father of five has for himself, to help him focus before navi...

26 Inspiring Gifts To Share With Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Religion inspires people to do amazing things -- whether it’s forming an interfaith coffee collective in Uganda or repurposing metals used for war i...

Homeboy Industries: "Every Angeleno Counts" 5k Race and Art Show

Lisa Derrick | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Art meets athletes this year for Homeboy Industries 5k Run/Walk on Saturday October 18, from 8am to noon.

Speaking in Tongues: Defer K2S

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 04.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The ecology of one's environment plays a pivotal influence on creativity and style, thus in Defer's case, his mastery of bold typeface is nativist to Los Angeles street culture.

Amid Stagnant Poverty Rate, Here Are 7 People Helping Us Out Of This Mess

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Jessica Prois | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact

The Census report released Tuesday showed that poverty figures have remained abysmally stagnant for six straight years, but the people determined to p...

When Everything Looks Like a Nail: Governor Brown's Non-solution to Prison Overcrowding

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

As a well-known proverb says, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail," and the solution to every problem becomes, "a bigger hammer." This appears to be the logic of Governor Jerry Brown when it comes to the crisis festering in the California prison system.

Awareness Film Festival Brings Plethora of Conscious Cinema to Santa Monica

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 09.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Gregory Weinkauf

As our world evolves, so does cinema. This week, the Awareness Film Festival presents its unique and diverse take on film as both spiritual reflection and inspiration.

Stop Calling It a Pro-Life Movement or Become One

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

This is an invitation to those who fancy themselves pro-life: To merit that weighty title, here are some profound "right-to-life" challenges you will need to become advocates for.

Kathleen Miles

'I Lost My Brother And My Arm To Gun Violence'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.06.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- When Agustin Lizama was 11 years old, he joined a gang. When he was 12, he was shot. He remembers coming home from school that day a...

Kathleen Miles

'My Gun Made Me Feel Bigger Than God'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.06.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- When Dorene Marcias was 16, a traumatizing experience made her want her own gun. She saw her boyfriend's father shoot himself, under...

How Nonprofits Can Do More With Less

Harriet McDonald | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

Enterprises run by nonprofits offer a compelling way for people with limited educations and minimal employment histories to lift themselves from lives of dependency and extreme poverty.

Toys for Tots for Homeboys (and Homegirls) for Christmas

Bob Harris | Posted 03.01.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Jesse is telling me about himself in an upstairs meeting room at Homeboy Industries, a charity that helps former gang members to become productive members of their families and communities.

Our Favorite Local Charities To Give To On Giving Tuesday

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.27.2012 | Los Angeles

After indulging during Thanksgiving, Black Friday and then Cyber Monday, it's about time we give back to those who have less. Hence, 'Giving Tuesday.'...

A Holiday Gift from Me to You -- Really!

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Tamar Birckhead

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and enter the holiday season, I am reminded of our annual family tradition, one that I imagine is shared by many across the United States.

Electricidad Ignites L.A. Theatre

Tony Bartolone | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Tony Bartolone

This is a tale of desperation in grief. It is a story of fear and despondence, coming of age, and loss of innocence. It is a story of Los Angeles too seldom told.

Vicious Circles

Carrie White | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
Carrie White

I see a sign over another door: Tattoo Removal. I had noticed this place was filled with people who had more ink on them than I had seen at a lifetime of rock concerts. "Hard to get a job with F*^k You tattooed across your forehead," Bird says.

Two Minutes of Wisdom With Father Gregory Boyle

Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion

Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit Priest and the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that works with former gang members to...

Jessica Prois

'Homeboy Industries' Gives Gang Members Fresh Start

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact

Within the country's largest gang intervention program, young men and women learn job skills working side-by-side with their would-be rivals. That's b...

Marcus Baram

How A Priest Helped Give Hope Back To Thousands Of Gang Members

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 01.06.2012 | Impact

Soon after his father was murdered, 10-year-old Wilfredo Lopez started hanging out with neighborhood gangs. When he was 15, he was busted for selling ...

Aurelia Fierros

Latino Teens Write Stories Telling Full Tale Of Their 'Hood

HuffingtonPost.com | Aurelia Fierros | Posted 12.14.2011 | Latino Voices

In the Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, a group of high school students write and produce a newspaper looking at their own communi...

'Star Trek' Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary in Las Vegas

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.22.2011 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Love is in the air-conditioning at the biggest "Star Trek" convention in the whole world. I am in hot-hot-hot Las Vegas, Nev., which is pretty darned weird, and having one of my greatest weekends ever.

My LA: Chris Weitz On Hidden Neighborhoods, Food Trucks & Malibu

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Chris Weitz -- Director, best known for the American Pie franchise, New Moon, The Golden Compass, and About A Boy, which gained him an Academy Aw...

PHOTOS: Chris Weitz & Lime Orchard Present 'A Better Life'

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 02.02.2012 | Los Angeles

"I’ve lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, and I feel like I’ve never really known it," said Academy Award nominated Chris Weitz, at the screeni...

Pastor Of Second Chances

Katherine Marshall | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Homeboy Industries today is a bustling bundle of different offices and departments. A non-profit organization, it is proud to call itself the largest gang rehabilitation program anywhere.

PHOTOS: Ex-Gang Members, Artists Collaborate For A Show About Violence, Hope

Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts

This collaborative project between ex-gang members and LA artist Nancy Baker Cahill is visually haunting. Participants in the project tell their stori...