Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands

Creating Community in Violent Times

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues addressed in Luis Rodríguez’s memoir of gang life, Always Running, but with a focus on healing through community building. Empowered by his experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives. And he warns that we sacrifice community values for material gain when we incarcerate or marginalize people already on the edge of society. His interest in dissolving gang influence on black and latino kids is personal as well as societal; his son, to whom he dedicates Hearts and Hands, is currently serving a prison sentence for gang-related activity. With anecdotes, interviews, and time-tested guidelines, Hearts and Hands makes a powerful argument for building and supporting community life.

Baker & Taylor
A former gang member, peacemaker, and poet offers practical suggestions for creating nonviolent opportunities for at-risk youth.

& Taylor

A former gang member and author of the National Book Award-winning Concrete River shares his inspiring, inspirational tale of breaking free from his violent surrogate family, using the work of Joseph Campbell, Lao-tzu, and others to drive his message home.

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2001
Edition: A Seven Stories Press 1st ed
ISBN: 9781583222638
Characteristics: 365 p. ; 24 cm


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