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ABLA Funded Partner Aquil Basheer's new book, Peace in the Hood, out later this year, presents a unique, never-before-seen look into the world of gang intervention.
Peace In the Hood evokes the reality of gangland warfare but also acknowledges the possibility of peace. Written by Basheer, a pioneer of the interventionist movement, it documents the lessons he learned from over 40 years of working in inner cities.
This book is designed to teach anyone how to be an interventionist, offering clear guidelines on the necessities of intervention work, including understanding the gang mindset, learning how to evaluate rumors for truth, and convincing young people to leave gangs. Each chapter deals with one key aspect of peacemaking, and the advice comes with anecdotes from Basheer’s own life.
Peace In the Hood includes real-life accounts of Basheer’s interactions with gang members offering unique insight into gang culture. Its descriptions of the fairly new field of peacekeeping and intervention with its mix of story and advice make it both a perfect tool for students and teachers who study social justice and anyone simply looking for a fascinating read. Being the first book to offer a detailed description of the process of making peace within gangs, it’s a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of gangs and the efforts to make peace within them.
Last week, we launched A Healthier and Better LA and brought healthcare to 50 outreach workers serving in Los Angeles' most at-risk communities.
ABLA board member Sharon Stone with outreach and intervention workers in A Better Thrift Shop in Huntington Park
Actress and activist Sharon Stone kicked off the first phase of the program last Wednesday at A Better Thrift Shop in Huntington Park.
While ABLA has traditionally attempted to address gang violence through intervention, dealing only with gang violence is an incomplete solution to a complex problem.
As a result, A Healthier Better LA was born to address a driver of a disenfranchised community-complete lack of access to affordable health care.
Ultimately, it is ABLA's goal to raise $1 million for this cause and register more than 300 Angelenos and their families.
"The dedication and devotion our gang prevention and intervention workers demonstrate each day has greatly reduced violence and its long-term effects in our Los Angeles communities.
Now, with this new program, it is time for us to ensure and protect the very workers who changed, put their lives on the line to protect us." -Sharon Stone
KNBC Covers ABLA’s latest initiative to provide Health Coverage
December 15, 2013
Sharon Stone discusses our latest initiative geared towards providing health care coverage for our Gang Intervention Partners:
Join ABLA and Sharon Stone as we launch A Healthier & Better LA!
December 3, 2013
Please join us for a special event as ABLA launches a first of its kind effort to bring health care to at-risk communities.
Hosted by Actress and Activist Sharon Stone, the event, A Healthier & Better LA, will take place on December 11, 2013 at A Better Thrift Shop on 6200 Pacific Boulevard at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, December 11th, 10:00 AM
A BETTER THRIFT SHOP
6200 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park
In this innovative public-private partnership, ABLA is identifying at-risk community outreach workers and their families who currently do not have healthcare coverage, helping them register, and providing their annual premium for one year. While this initial event will serve as a pilot program, ABLA hopes that with the success of this event to open the program up to give access to hundreds of Angelenos.
Actress and Activist Sharon Stone will be hosting the event and providing an enlightening message on the importance of ABLA's successful gang prevention and intervention, community development and empowerment efforts.