G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles by Celeste FremonCeleste Fremon met Father Boyle and learned of his work in the early 90s, and she published the first version of this book in 1995. Since then she has added an Introduction and Epilogue and continued her work witnessing and documenting the work of Father Greg Boyle in East Los Angeles. She is a senior fellow for Social Justice/New Media at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and runs a website on Criminal Justice in the public interest at WitnessLA.com.
She tells the story of Father Boyle that he cannot tell, the successes and failures, perceptions of him among the community, the totality of what he brings to the marginalized. The only problem is that everything seems thrown together, which I understand is because it is real life and moving and therefore difficult to capture. I guess Id hoped a journalist could do with language what us ordinary folks cannot. In any case, this is important documentation of an underserved community, to understate the situation.
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The boundaries that mark gang territory are invisible but are known to people who live in those communities, because going to the wrong gas station or shopping mall could mean life or death. These are the boundaries of gang territories. It could have even made you a target. And back then, the neighborhoods of South and East Los Angeles could have drawn their gang territories. Things have cooled down a bit because of gang injunctions and safety zones. Lots of families have been priced out of their neighborhoods, moving further away from the urban core.
Founded in the s, the 38th Street gang dates back to the Lagoon was a popular swimming hole in what is now East Los Angeles.
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In the s, my boyhood best friend in Boyle Heights and I chatted about gangs. Particularly about starting one. But there was something almost approaching mainstream about gangs a generation ago. They hung out in corners and on stoops, and advertised their loyalties with tattoos inked to their visible skin like NASCAR racers. Gang members were part of the scenery, like the shrubs finely coated by the freeway emissions from the nearby East L.
Lil Kasper. There was a reality behind the representation, of course — desperate young people who sometimes caused great harm to others and to themselves, and who might have been only dimly aware of the larger forces pushing them: deindustrialization and globalization disrupting blue-collar paths toward the middle class; the interwoven interests and cynicism of the war on drugs that set many young minority men up to fail; the racial tensions between the police and urban residents. Steve holds an urn with the ashes of his wife, Chris. Stephanye holds a photograph of her. Olvera on his way to work as an apprentice painter. As an former gang member, he had difficulty finding a job.
Gangs in Los Angeles have a reputation for violence, criminality, and taking over whole neighborhoods. But LA gangs have a long history, some going back nearly a century, and while they're now criminal organizations, some began very differently. A number of gangs started simply as organizations devoted to protecting minority groups from racial violence at the hands of either the white majority or other gangs. Many well-known Los Angeles gangs, like the Crips, Bloods, and Mexican Mafia are not one organization, but dozens or even hundreds of "cliques" based in different parts of the city. These cliques feud not only with other gangs, but with other cliques in the same gang. There's very little unity among these groups - except when their members go to prison. Then they become unified, almost always by racial lines.