Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

Please join ABLA at Whole Foods Marketplace this Saturday, July 27 for an Ice Cream Social in support of Ella & Co. Whole Foods will be serving ice cream from 2pm-5pm in support of Ella’s “Packing for a Change.” Wendy Camacho, Marketing Manager & Community Relations Specialist for Whole Foods Market - Sherman Oaks West, has generously partnered with “Packing for a Change” and A Better LA to collect funds to purchase backpacks for schools and kids in need. Join us for some delicious ice cream and discover that social change tastes good!

Saturday, July 27, 2pm-5pm

Whole Foods Market
4520 Sepulveda Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA

LAPD finds success working directly with communities

New York Times tells an inspiring story of how the LAPD has evolved in handling gang-related violence. The tactic used was “police-community reconciliation.” Rather than bombard communities like Watts with police officers that make arrests, the LAPD has made efforts to connect with community leaders and to actively work towards reconciliation in a nonviolent way. Since the LAPD has been meeting with community leaders and gang intervention workers, crime has fallen 60% in Watts. Women like Cynthia Mendenhall, a former high-ranking member of the PJ Crips known as “Sista Soulja”, have been recruited to work with both the community and law enforcement in order to keep the peace. The LAPD’s approach to handling Gang Violence in Watts is a perfect example of ABLA’s approach to conflict resolution—building sustainable solutions within the community. ABLA also works with the LAPD in several areas across Los Angeles to do community outreach and prevent conflict.

Check out the article to read more about the LAPD’s amazing journey towards eliminating gang violence.

PCITI helps keep the peace at Trayvon Martin rally

ABLA’s very own Aquil Basheer along with the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (PCITI) worked with the LAPD in order to ensure that the protests surrounding the Trayvon Martin case verdict remained peaceful. Basheer stated that their presence at the protest was to remind everyone that they are there for the community and the youth “to give them guidance... and make it a safe environment for all.” It’s great to see PCITI, a funded partner of ABLA, out there doing wonderful things in the field!

Click here for more information.

PCITI Graduation

ABLA congratulates the 16th graduating class of the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (PCITI). PCITI, a funded partner of ABLA, is an 18-week intensive program that teaches participants critical skills and techniques. This course has successfully set a new standard for gang and community based crisis intervention work. The graduation evening featured many speakers and presenters including: ABLA’s CEO Rowan Vansleve and Executive Board member of ABLA, Matt Celenza. PCITI has been successful in connecting different groups against violence to form a coalition that works together to form a safer and stronger Los Angeles. Congratulations graduates and welcome to the family of Intervention Peacekeeper 1st Responders!


More photos of the event...