Diane Lefer: Punishment alone–though necessary and often satisfying–will not repair damage or help victims move forward with their lives. Restorative justice brings offenders and victims together to provide a chance for perpetrators to make amends and to promote social and individual healing.
n this eve of Hispanic Heritage Month, I can’t help but feel frustrated. According to a poll released this week by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and Latino Decisions seven out of every ten non-Latinos believe that Latinos are gang members or criminals. The bad news is obvious– over seventy percent of non-Latinos believe Blood In Blood Out movie [...]
In his flagship episode of “I Have Something to Say”, Gabriel Buelna interviews Father Greg Boyle in a three part series for Nonprofit News.
Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the country. The “program” has become a highly successful national model that provides job training, placement assistance and other forms of support to ex-gang members such as free tattoo removal.
Michele Waslin: ICE expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, which is nearly 10 percent more than the Bush administration’s 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007.
It’s called the “Safe Neighborhoods Act.” Who could object to that? But Proposition 6 will require that more kids be tried as adults. It will classify more kids as gang-related felons, even if they are not gang members. For many, it will take away the possibility of early parole based on education, training, and good [...]
Even today, my SpellCheck tells me to change “UGLA” to “ugly.” And, it used to be worse! Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance’s first acronym was “UGA,” Uptown Gay Alliance. (SpellCheck’s suggestion? “ugh.”) Well, what can you do? Lesbian activist Saundra Tignor brought the “L” word to the table in 1985, two years after Bobby Brown’s [...]
The Runner Initiative harms youth and families, if passed by the voters in November, the Runner Initiative will result in cuts to schools, healthcare, eldercare and other vital services, erode civil rights and civil liberties and hurt working families. It would: • Create a legal presumption that minors as young as 14-years of age will [...]
African American and Latino Communities Must Unite. Traditional allies and friends in a common struggle for equal opportunity, the African American and Latino communities of Los Angeles have grown apart in recent years. Where once blacks and browns stood shoulder to shoulder in the decades-long fight to correct the social injustices they both faced and [...]