gang violence

Homeboy Industries

  

Father Gregory Boyle was a pastor at a church in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, a time of devastating gang violence. Boyle responded to the violence in the community by working with gang members and formerly incarcerated people. He started an organization that eventually came to be known as Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang rehabilitation project in the world. In his new book, Barking to the Choir: The power of radical kinship, Boyle explores the spiritual lessons learned from the stories of the former gang members he has worked with.

18 in the Bay

Aug 24, 2015
Jiro Bevis for Matter

Turning 18 is a big deal. You can rent an apartment, you can get a tattoo, you can vote. Perhaps most importantly, you're legally recognized as an adult.

You might remember that moment yourself, but almost everything else about being that age is changing fast, even in the past few years. So what’s it actually like to be 18 right now?

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mar 24, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland Mural Artists Create a Mural Project to Honor Women Affected By Violence // Oakland North

Anna Kolhede

In the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, at 1038 Howard Street, sits the United Playaz headquarters. United Playaz is an homegrown organization that’s trying to make the SoMa neighborhood a safer place. It was founded by Rudy Corpuz Jr., but he wasn’t always an anti-violence activist.

“I got tired of going in and out of jail. I got tired of waking up at people’s houses that were dope houses. I got tired of being on the streets where I didn’t know where I was going to be at, you know what I mean, the next day because I was living foul.”

  On today's Your Call, we'll speak with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters, a documentary about three violence interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities. We’ll also speak with the film’s protagonist, Ameena Matthews.  How much can be accomplished through direct violence interruption?  Join us at 10am Pacific Time or post a comment here.  Have you been part of violence intervention?  What are the solutions to stopping the homicide epidemic in urban inner cities? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you.