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G Dog And The Homeboys


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Author : Celeste Fremon
language : en
Publisher: UNM Press
Release Date : 2008

G Dog And The Homeboys written by Celeste Fremon and has been published by UNM Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2008 with Biography & Autobiography categories.


This is an updated edition of the story of the gang scene in East L.A. and Father Gregory Boyle's innovative ministry and economic development efforts in the area.

G Dog And The Homeboys


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Author : Celeste Fremon
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2004

G Dog And The Homeboys written by Celeste Fremon and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2004 with Social Science categories.


This collection of autobiographies tells of the ministry of Catholic priest Greg Boyle among the Hispanic gangs of Los Angeles and its positive impact on the life of the community.

Tattoos On The Heart


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Author : Greg Boyle
language : en
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2011-02-08

Tattoos On The Heart written by Greg Boyle and has been published by Simon and Schuster this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2011-02-08 with Biography & Autobiography categories.


Father Boyle started Homeboy Industries nearly 20 years ago, which has served members of more than half of the gangs in Los Angeles. This collection presents parables about kinship and the sacredness of life drawn from Boyle's years of working with gangs.

Barking To The Choir


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Author : Gregory Boyle
language : en
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2017-11-14

Barking To The Choir written by Gregory Boyle and has been published by Simon and Schuster this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2017-11-14 with Biography & Autobiography categories.


In a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times, Gregory Boyle, the Jesuit priest and New York Times bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, shares what working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship. In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world. Critics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (Publishers Weekly) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times). Now, after the suc­cessful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choir to reveal how com­passion is transforming the lives of gang members. In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at age nine, in a gang by age twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness. This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and re-convinces us all of our own goodness.

Skin Deep


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Author : Steven Burton
language : en
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Release Date : 2017-09-19

Skin Deep written by Steven Burton and has been published by powerHouse Books this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2017-09-19 with Art categories.


For decades now tattoos have been potent symbols of the Los Angeles gang-life scene. The black and white tattoos with recognizable gang symbols appear on members' faces, necks and all over their bodies, making their gang affiliation immediately clear to whomever crosses their path. This can mean the difference between life and death on he streets, and just as often, in prison. What does this prominently placed imagery mean for those men and women who somehow extricate themselves from gang life or are released from prison or want to separate themselves from the gang and start life anew? The very tattoos which may have helped guard against the constant threat of rival gangs now bar many ex-gang members from employment, life without harassment, and the freedom to move on from a past they have worked hard to overcome. Skin Deep is a photography project that seeks to show the effects of this ongoing gang conflict in Los Angeles. Photographer Steven Burton set out to photograph realistic portraits of former gang members who are trying to escape the revolving door of death and prison. For these men and women, the aftermath of gang life is not only carried within--it is also scrawled across their faces and bodies. Skin Deep uniquely highlights the impact tattoos have on the way a person is perceived by showing what each participant might look like without them. Utilizing before and, thanks to the advantages of Photoshop, after photographs, these men and women got a chance to see what they'd look like without the inked visual armor. After the bare images were presented to each, they were asked to talk about themselves and their families, what tattoos represent to them, and their aspirations for the future. Seeing themselves without tattoos--many for the first time in decades--naturally brought about a wide range of emotions, recollections, hopes, and dreams, with responses such as: "I am shocked. I don't know what to say about this. I am going to give this to my mom, she is going to be so happy." "I think this guy in the pictures would judge the one with tattoos right off the top." "That's crazy, that looks real crazy. Those came out cool man! I think I like it better without the tattoos." Burton met his subjects thanks to Father Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries in LA, and the entire project is inspired by his tireless work to help rehabilitate these former gang members and give them all a crucial second chance in life. Skin Deep offers a chance to expose the realities these individuals face when trying to rebuild their lives and re-enter society. As importantly, for the public, the project provokes consideration regarding how society perceives and judges people with tattoos and violent pasts and seeks to garner empathy for those caught in the crosshairs of gang life as they try to change their futures.

Father Greg And The Homeboys


Father Greg And The Homeboys
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Author : Celeste Fremon
language : en
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date : 1995-07-14

Father Greg And The Homeboys written by Celeste Fremon and has been published by Hyperion Books this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 1995-07-14 with Biography & Autobiography categories.


Of all the gang-riddled urban corners in America, the Pico-Aliso neighborhood of East Los Angeles is among the most intense. Eight separate gangs - seven of them Latino - fight for turf here every night in desperate confrontation. The constant maelstrom of high drama and tragedy has bred a dramatic and desperate cast of characters. These are the homeboys - young men between the ages of thirteen and twenty-two, with names like Wicked, Shotgun, and Ghost - who have turned to the streets for self-definition. And Father Greg Boyle is often the one safe anchor in the constantly shifting turbulence of their lives. In a world with too few genuine heroes, Greg Boyle is the real thing. A complicated and charismatic man, Father Greg (or "G-Dog," as the kids call him) offers hope to these young men and women on whom the rest of the world has given up. Father Greg is the one to whom the mothers in the neighborhood turn to pull their sons back from the brink of despair - or to bury their sons when hope and help did not come soon enough. Celeste Fremon takes the reader into the previously unexplored realms of contemporary Mexican-American street gangs. Fremon opens the door to this world with detailed portraits of the East L.A. homeboys' brutality and of their dreams, their anguish, and their humanity - all against the backdrop of the priest's relentless battle to stop the killing. Finally, after giving years to what he believes is his true calling, by decree of the Catholic hierarchy, Father Greg is sent away from the community and the homeboys who have come to love and depend upon him. It is then that we see the power of the mothers of the barrio as they go to war to bring their priest back "home."

Jumped In


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Author : Jorja Leap
language : en
Publisher: Beacon Press
Release Date : 2012-03-06

Jumped In written by Jorja Leap and has been published by Beacon Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2012-03-06 with Social Science categories.


Jumped In tells the story of the gangs of Los Angeles in the words of the gang members themselves as well as the people who interact with them on a daily basis--trying to arrest them, control them, and help them. There are priests and police officers, murderers and drug dealers, victims and grieving mothers, and other assorted characters, often partnering in unlikely ways. Jorja Leap's work draws upon intimate material, from interviews to eyewitness accounts, telling the deeply personal stories of current and former gang members who span three generations, as well as the dilemmas Leap herself faces as she struggles to adjust to marriage and motherhood--with a husband in the LAPD and a daughter in adolescence. Jumped In is a chronicle of the unexpected lessons gang members taught her when she was busily studying them. Ultimately, it is a book about attachments and commitments, loyalties and betrayals, drugs and guns, sex and devotion. When Leap began studying Los Angeles gang violence in 2002, she set out not so much to provide a solution but to find out what was being done and who was doing it. The stakes couldn't have been higher: a child or teenager is killed by gunfire almost every three hours--nearly eight times a day--and homicide is the primary cause of death of African American males between the ages of fifteen and thirty-four. During her years of research, this petite white woman from UCLA gained the trust of gang interventionists and access to their inner world. She sat in the living rooms, stood at the crime scenes, and drove through the housing projects. Through the oral histories, personal interviews, and eyewitness accounts of current and former gang members, readers come to understand gangs and the forces that pull people into them. First we get the lay of the land: the genealogy and geography of gangs and sub-gangs, territories within territories. But the centerpiece of the book is really the stories of those people who live "la vida loca," as well as the experiences of those trying to make things better. These stories are told in Leap's candid first-person voice, as she introduces us to gangland residents such as Tray, a young father trying to go straight who is nonetheless felled by a bullet, and Joanna, a third-generation gang member, who speaks of forbidding her mother to sell drugs around her baby granddaughter. We also ride along with Leap and Big Mike, a former "original gangster" who now does street peace ministry. We see the successful "Jobs not Jails" program at Homeboy Industries and learn that former gangsters make good paramedics and firefighters, accustomed to dangerous situations as they are. With an anthropologist's eye and a compassionate heart, Leap offers not a prescription for solving the gang problem, but a gritty yet hopeful portrait of violence and redemption.