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Wassup Gurlz?

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Awareness, Gangs, Girl Gangs, Violence, Women

Thoughts about women in the ganglife from strictly female types. Get the facts from gurlz that know at:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/gangs_girl_style.php

I dedicate this song to all you gurlz out there who are wondering who you are and if you can ever know real love. Remember gurlz, God’s love will show you that you are more than you ever could have imagined. Check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtcwQwgdsA&feature=related

A list of Illinois resources from the Billy Graham Center for incarcerated and recently released individuals trying to straighten out their lives. Find more at:

http://www.bgcprisonministries.com/index.php?id=108&state=IL

Crossfire is in the process of beginning some Gangs Anonymous groups. if you’re trrying to deal with gang-related issues and could use some help in sorting through things, Gangs Anonymous may be able to help. The actual places that we will meet is dependent on the numbers of guys wanting to attend in various neighborhoods and the presence of someone to lead the groups. Groups will be available for men or women. If you are interested in being part of Gangs Anonymous in either of those capacities, please let us know by calling me at 773.294.8849 or e-mailing me at:

 rlg2@uchicago.edu

This article is about girls and gangs in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. It’s a year old but well worth reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/us/21cnclatina.html?_r=1

Two videos from Diana Hobbs:

I sing for you – http://www.youtube.com/user/DEMinistries#p/a/u/2/p9vruaxyDJw

I’m in Love with you – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcAEPETIHE&feature=related

The Open Table provides an interesting model for helping to restore individuals and communities and could have specific applications for turning around the lives of gang members in those communities. Find their site at:

http://theopentable.org/

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.

An overview of domestic violence can be found at:

http://www.corrections.com/tracy_barnhart/?p=570