A Better LA Salutes the Los Angeles Sheriff Department

A Better LA Community Liaison, Jeri Edwards with LASD Sheriff Jim McDonald and LASD Captain Matt Burson.


L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonald


Captain Matt Burson

Must See Documentary: “The Black Jacket”

The Black Jacket is a documentary film that follows Dr. Aquil Basheer, A Better LA funded partner and international violence reduction expert as he trains Interventionists in South L.A. All Intervention Specialists funded by A Better LA are required to graduate from Aquil’s “Professional Community Intervention Training Institute” (PCITI). Follow Aquil as he leads a class of ex-gang members and community outreach workers through the 16 week training. The mission: Peace. The method: Changing the violent mindsets of influential gang members one person at a time. The result: Hundreds less murders per year, 87 warring neighborhoods communicating and negotiating peace agreements that stop bloodshed before it starts. Aquil's teaching method and course are being adopted in cities throughout the world. He recently spoke at the United Nations in Geneva to a standing ovation.


Introducing “License To Operate”

License To Operate

A Better LA has been dedicated to funding, training, and empowering Community Intervention Specialists – most of whom are former gang members – in inner cities throughout the Los Angeles region since 2003. They work tirelessly to reduce gang violence, utilizing specialized training, to go where only they can go. Their story was recently captured in an incredible documentary called “License to Operate,” created by our friends at Omelet. The film debuted June 3 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other platforms. It would mean so much if you could download and rate it today at http://apple.co/1sJ1eCd.

On the surface, this film is about former gang leaders who have turned their lives around to become trained gang interventionists and together alongside local law enforcement, are rebuilding the neighborhoods they once destroyed. But it’s really much more than that. Especially amidst the growing nationwide distrust between police and the people they’re supposed to protect, License to Operate shows that you can still rebuild relationships, forge new alliances, and find hope even in a city’s darkest hours. We’ve been truly inspired by these men and women.

If you like the film please spread the word!

Community Sentinels

Former Executive Director, current partner, anti-violence icon, and friend of A Better LA, Dr. Aquil Basheer, launches "Community Sentinels." All community members, stakeholders and professionals are invited to participate.

Community Sentinels

A Better LA is a proud supporter of SCRIPT

SCRIPT Conference 2016

What is SCRIPT?

On July 6th and 7th at the California Endowment Center SCRIPT will supply free community intervention training to raise awareness about the integration of efforts of multiple agencies and organizations to support public needs for mental health care, crisis intervention and supportive services in Los Angeles. It is our goal to raise awareness about societal needs regarding intervention, and to improve relationships between government, social services, and community based institutions. Moreover, decreasing social-stressors and increasing overall life satisfaction by giving people tools to recognize mental illness or other compassionate needs for the population.

The target population is anyone interested in working together to support the community and learn intervention strategies. SCRIPT invites social welfare workers, law enforcement, advocacy professionals, academicians and consumers to present and take part in the trainings.

2016 Theme

Due to a continuing overwhelming community issues related to male survivors of violence and abuse, this year’s theme will focus on breaking the silence and eliminating the stigma that discourages many male survivors from seeking support following violence or abuse. Multicultural factors in working with diverse populations will be considered. Before the age of 16, it is estimated nearly 60% of males experience at least one significant trauma. However, our society does not support males coming forward with stories of a traumatic past. These life experiences can also lead to a life of social withdrawal, poor relationships and self-concept issues. With coordinated efforts, we can raise awareness and increase prevention, as well as give community members the tools necessary to assist in support and recovery.

Please RSVP at thescriptconference.com by June 27th, 2016.