Archive for January, 2012

Several informative books on Chicago gangs can be found at:

http://www.ngcrc.com/ngcrc/page4.htm

Gangs are active on many fronts, each of which has different levels of gang involvement and needs different approaches for successful crime and violence reduction. Gangs are active on the streets, in the prisons, and in schools. They have infiltrated politics and criminal justice fields. This report discusses all of these areas. It’s the latest book on Chicago’s gangs.  Loaded with information. Find it at:

https://www.chicagocrimecommission.org/ItemParent.aspx?id=14

This is a little off the beaten track for a gang website but I found this video about Tim Tebow and thought I would add it to the site to show what can happen when somebody truely commits their life to the LORD. Tebow’s football skills have given him the chance to play in front of a lot of people but his commitment to Christ has made him the talk of the nation and given him a platform to proclaim the grace of Christ. This is just a fun video that gives an indication of the heights Tebow has reached around the country. Hope you enjoy it for what it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMK9FKMG3Nc

STRYVE: Striving to reduce youth violence everywhere. Interesting site aimed at reducing youth violence and offering an online training program to do just that. Find the site at:

http://www.safeyouth.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

Very cool group.  Ex gang members reaching out to the community and creating leaders to go back into gang neighborhoods using dance, rap, drama and technology.  Find their site at:

http://www.godsxgangsters.org/

For this brief and elementary primer on the organization of gangs go to:

http://lincolnnet.net/users/lrttrapp/http/block/gangs101.htm#structure

(Please note that this is not the same Gangs 101 referred to in the previous post).

This is a great website for those who want to know more about the gang lifestyle and how to resist it as an individual and as a community. The site is based in the Washington DC/Virginia area but has links that are valuable to those confronted by the gang culture nationwide. For more information go to :

http://hidtagangs.org/

This site will also allow you to get a free download of Henry Pachero’s book  Gangs 101: Understanding the Culture of Youth Violence. Here is the link:

http://hidtagangs.org/Downloads/Prevention/Gangs%20101%20-%20Understanding%20the%20Culture%20of%20Youth%20Violence.pdf

An inspiring article about one family and the intersection of gangs and sports in Compton’s Dominguez HS, Los Angeles. See more at:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1192636/1/index.htm.