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The History of Barrios Unidos: Healing Community Violence (Hispanic Civil Rights)

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Los Angeles native Jess Acosta has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations in California, most recently directing a California Wellness Foundation grant-making program, the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI). In this text, he tells the story of Barrios Unidos (BU), a Santa Cruz-based organization supported by the VPI. With its roots in the Mexican American civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the BU uses the power of culture and spirituality to rescue at-risk youth, provides avenues to quell gang warfare, and offers a model for building healthy and vibrant multicultural communities, which has already been adopted in several cities around the U.S. No subject index. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This is the compelling story of Barrios Unidos, the Santa Cruz-based organization founded to prevent gang violence amongst inner-city ethnic youth. An evolving grass-roots organization that grew out of the Mexican-American civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Barrios Unidos harnessed the power of culture and spirituality to rescue at-risk young people, provide avenues to quell gang warfare, and offer a promising model for building healthy and vibrant multicultural communities. Co-founder Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez spent his childhood following the crops from state to state with his family. His earliest recollection of "home" was a tent in a labor camp. Later, he was drafted in to the Army and sent to Vietnam. "Flying bullets, cries of anguish and being surrounded by death have a way of giving fuel to epiphany. This war made as little sense to me as the war raging on the streets of the barrios back home." He decided that when he returned home, he would dedicate himself to peace. Nane Alejandrez's story of personal transformation, from heroin-addicted gang banger to social activist and youth advocate, is closely tied to that of Barrios Unidos. Through interviews, written testimonies, and documents, Frank de Jesus Acosta re-constructs the development of Barrios Unidos--or literally, united neighborhoods--from its early influences and guiding principles to its larger connection to the on-going struggle to achieve civil rights in America. Today, Barrios Unidos chapters exist in several cities around the country, including San Francisco; Venice-Los Angeles; Salinas; San Diego; Washington, DC; Yakima; San Antonio; Phoenix; and Chicago. With a foreword by Luis Rodriguez, former gang member and author of La Vida Loca: Always Running, the book also includes historical photos and commentaries by leading civil rights activists Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, Tom Hayden, Manuel Pastor, and Constance Rice. Mandatory reading for anyone interested in peace and social justice, The History of Barrios Unidos gives voice to contemporary inter-generational leaders of color and will continue necessary public dialogue about racism, poverty, and violence.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781558854833
Author:
De Jesus Acosta, Frank
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Foreword by:
Rodriguez, Luis
Foreword:
Ramos, Henry A. J.
Foreword:
Rodriguez, Luis
Editor:
Ramos, Henry A. J.
Author:
Acosta, Frank De Jesus
Author:
de Jesus Acosta, Frank
Author:
Jesus Acosta, Frank De
Subject:
Community organization
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Political participation -- California.
Subject:
Violence - California - Santa Cruz -
Subject:
Sociology-Violence in Society
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Hispanic Civil Rights
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
253
Dimensions:
8.49x6.33x.86 in. .87 lbs.

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History and Social Science » American Studies » Gangs
History and Social Science » Sociology » Gangs
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , This is the compelling story of Barrios Unidos, the Santa Cruz-based organization founded to prevent gang violence amongst inner-city ethnic youth. An evolving grass-roots organization that grew out of the Mexican-American civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Barrios Unidos harnessed the power of culture and spirituality to rescue at-risk young people, provide avenues to quell gang warfare, and offer a promising model for building healthy and vibrant multicultural communities. Co-founder Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez spent his childhood following the crops from state to state with his family. His earliest recollection of "home" was a tent in a labor camp. Later, he was drafted in to the Army and sent to Vietnam. "Flying bullets, cries of anguish and being surrounded by death have a way of giving fuel to epiphany. This war made as little sense to me as the war raging on the streets of the barrios back home." He decided that when he returned home, he would dedicate himself to peace. Nane Alejandrez's story of personal transformation, from heroin-addicted gang banger to social activist and youth advocate, is closely tied to that of Barrios Unidos. Through interviews, written testimonies, and documents, Frank de Jesus Acosta re-constructs the development of Barrios Unidos--or literally, united neighborhoods--from its early influences and guiding principles to its larger connection to the on-going struggle to achieve civil rights in America. Today, Barrios Unidos chapters exist in several cities around the country, including San Francisco; Venice-Los Angeles; Salinas; San Diego; Washington, DC; Yakima; San Antonio; Phoenix; and Chicago. With a foreword by Luis Rodriguez, former gang member and author of La Vida Loca: Always Running, the book also includes historical photos and commentaries by leading civil rights activists Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, Tom Hayden, Manuel Pastor, and Constance Rice. Mandatory reading for anyone interested in peace and social justice, The History of Barrios Unidos gives voice to contemporary inter-generational leaders of color and will continue necessary public dialogue about racism, poverty, and violence.
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