Archive for the ‘Getting Out’ Category

Here’s an interesting article on the relocation of gang members by churches. Something to think about. What do you think?

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/editorials/im-church-relocation-gang-members/

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This is a brief talk by Nicky Cruz who was the leader of the infamous Puerto Rican Mau Mau street gang in New York City. Nicky’s story is portrayed in books such as The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and in his own book, Run, Baby Run.  It was through reading those two books that my own life changed and because of what happened to Nicky, I went to Chicago to work for Teen Challenge. That’s when I got involved with the Latin kings and all the other sets I got to know at that time. I even had Nicky come to Chicago back in the early 70s where he had an open meeting for north side street gangs in Humboldt Park. Nicky is just one of many examples of how Christ CAN change a life, even in the worst of circumstances.  jesus can do the same thing for you that he did for Nicky. Think about it. See what Nicky has to say about his life in the Mau Mau street gang and what happened to him when he met Jesus.

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/gangs-god-nicky-cruz-testimony/

For more on Nicky Cruz Outreach, go to:

http://nickycruz.org/

Here is some wisdom about getting out of a gang from someone who knows. See his thoughts at:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/street-gang-articles/gang/

Here is the second part to Big D’s story of how and why this Mexican Mafia leader became a Christian:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/big-dformer-prison-mafia-leaderborn-againpart-2/

So you’re a G holding up the flag, keeping the colors. Are you out there gangbanging for some street cred? You say you’re prepared to go to prison for that flag, for the guys in the hood, to gain that street cred.  If that’s you, here’s something to think about before you get yourself locked up. These are the 7 options that D tells us that a G faces when he goes to prison. Are you prepared to face them?

1.  Are you prepared to spend the rest of your life in prison?

2.  Are you prepared to kill?

3.  Are you prepared to get killed?

4.  Are you prepared to spend the rest of your life in a cell?

5.  Are you prepared to be sexually abused (there aren’t any women in there)?

6  Are you prepared to go to Satan?

7.  Are you prepared to commit suicide?

How D got saved in prison:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/big-dformer-prison-mafia-leaderborn-againpart-1/

Check out this interview with a Mexican Mafia Leader/co-founder who became a born-again Christian believer:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/big-dformer-prison-mafia-leaderborn-againpart-1/

Here are some important thoughts if you are about to leave a gang:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/editorials/leaving-gang-2/

There’s an old gang slogan that says, “blood in, blood out.” It simply means that when you get into a gang, there is a price to pay, and that’s usually by bloodletting, commonly a beating or a so-called violation, sometimes by killing. You get out the same way (or worse). Blood is an important symbol to those involved in the gang lifestyle but, believe it or not, blood is also important to the Christian world view. God understood that the G, once involved in the gang (blood in) would need a way out of his predicament. He understood “blood out” from the beginning of time and provided the G with a final one-time “blood out” violation, and by that I mean the spilled blood of Jesus Christ. The final blood.  It is only by the blood of Jesus, the blood shed on the cross, that we are removed from the curse of our “blood in” deeds.  By His blood we are provided with the opportunity to move beyond the blood of the hood to experience the sort of life that Gs can only dream of.  By our nature and our inclination to sin we have doomed ourselves to an eternal life without God,  but by His blood we are cleansed and made whole. By his blood we are removed from the house of death (hell) and brought to the house of life (heaven). Each of us paved our way into hell through a life of violence and sin –  blood in, but now we are removed from the  penalty of that violence and sin – blood out. The only difference is that it’s not your “blood out”!  That was Jesus doing the “blood out” thing on the cross. He took our “blood out” violation upon himself so that we would be able to accept God’s invitation to join him in heaven. You may have joined the gang by blood, and you may have gotten in the gang by blood, but there is a way out. The one and only way to real freedom is through the shedding of Christ’s blood for you. Blood in, Blood out. Believe it.  Accept it.  Live it.

The story about a program in South Africa making a difference in the lives of young people caught up in gangs and drugs.

http://www.younginprison.nl/page=site.home?lang=gb#page-index(2)

Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP’s Gang Reduction Program can be found at:

http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=252138

Donnie Sebreros talks on anger and gang life in the Mexican Community:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/gang-ministries/gang-video/

For more shows and interviews on the Gang Talk Channel go to:

http://www.gangtalkchannel.com/

A wonderful site that discusses the addiction and cures for the gang lifestyle.

http://www.angelfire.com/id/CGAnonymous/

For Those at Risk

“To those of you out there living the gang life or looking to get into it, please take a moment to let the following words soak in.

I have never met a gang member who wasn’t looking out for him- or herself first and foremost. The loyalty they show you to suck you into the lifestyle disappears the moment you decide not to risk spending the rest of your life in a jail. Not to be a moving target,  or the moment someone who outranks you suddenly has something against you. You are not the king or the queen of the streets as you are made to feel that you are. You are simply a scapegoat for dirty officials and drug dealers you’ll never even meet. Don’t fool yourselves – there are easier ways to live the hip-hop life. I mean you can wear the clothes, enjoy the music, do the dance, do it with those who stay in school and without getting yourself killed. All the police, judges, and politicians, and suburbanites you think you are hurting by your acts of delinquency are getting rich at the expense of your life.

If it is abuse at home that is making you turn to gangs, seek help. Please seek help. Go to a teacher, to a school counselor, talk to anyone you think can get you out of the abusive situation. But you have to understand that extreme situations often call for extreme measures.  Prepare yourself to make tough decisions that may feel as if they are the wrong things to do. Just understand that you have to get out and there is no time to be a pussy. Take control of your life before someone else makes you lose control. It’s amazing how so many good kids let a couple of assholes  ruin their reputations and then turn bad when they feel they have no choice. Or they get into a situation where they are hurt by a rival gang or a cop and suddenly have a reason to accept the gang way as the right way.

I can go on and on about the dos and don’ts of the streets but I’ll spare you the lecture. Bottom line is that standing on the corner acting tough does not make you tough. It makes you a stupid, ignorant asshole who fucks up everything for the rest of us. Get an education, and go live the life you think you are being denied.”

Reymondo Sanchez
former Latin King gang member
Pp. 285-286 in Once a King Always a King
Sanchez is also author of My Bloody Life.

http://chicagogangs.org/index.php?pr=RESOURCES