Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience

Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience

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by Randy Jurado Ertll
     
 

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Hope in Times of Darkness sends a message that we can be agents of positive change, and that minority youth in impoverished areas can succeed in life and become productive citizens of our society. The author, a Salvadoran American, lived in El Salvador as a child but grew up in South Central Los Angeles during the late 1970s and 1980s. He also lived in Rochester,

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Hope in Times of Darkness sends a message that we can be agents of positive change, and that minority youth in impoverished areas can succeed in life and become productive citizens of our society. The author, a Salvadoran American, lived in El Salvador as a child but grew up in South Central Los Angeles during the late 1970s and 1980s. He also lived in Rochester, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Alexandria, Virginia. In each of these cities, he observed the dynamics and challenges of the Salvadoran community. As he has both lived and transcended these struggles himself, he is able to depict a realistic and compassionate picture of the Salvadoran American/Latino experience throughout this book. The author focuses on social justice issues and contends that government, community-based organizations, elected officials, and community leaders can help create hope and opportunities for our youth, and thereby help improve our society. Watch author Randy Ertll discuss his book on GOOD DAY LA!

Editorial Reviews

Rampa R. Hormel
An inspiration…[and] testament to the power of an individual to overcome obstacles and make a difference.
Warren Montag
The book speaks to a hope for a different world and finds even in the most dispiriting of experiences the seeds of change and social justice. This should be required reading…
Margaret E. Crahan
This is a story that young people everywhere should read as it demonstrates how much every one of them could contribute to a better future for themselves and their communities.
Henrik Rehbinder
A heart-felt and heart-warming story…while it is one man's story, it is also the story of so many who build new lives with perseverance, determination, and compassion.
June 2010 Pasadena Star News
Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience by Randy Jurado Ertll is a slim and pithy memoir by a Pasadena resident who overcame the kinds of obstacles that are common to recent immigrants from Central America....In his gritty little memoir, Ertll chronicles the trajectory of his life in Los Angeles and Pasadena. Living first in South Los Angeles, he struggled to survive elementary school because he didn't speak English. Eventually, a love of learning and a few caring teachers helped him turn away from the lure of drugs and gang violence that permeated his neighborhood. Many of his friends weren't so fortunate, ending up dead or in prison. Ertll writes: "Poor minorities went on being innocent victims of drive-bys, armed robberies, beatings and murder. Those who suffered the most were beaten by both the police and gang members. They were scared to report crimes because they feared they would be deported or accused of the crimes. Unable to speak English, they had no way to defend themselves." Ertll found ways to defend himself - first, on the streets and eventually, through education. He graduated from Occidental College and worked for Congresswoman (now U.S. Secretary of Labor) Hilda Solis. Then he worked for Pasadena (now LAUSD) Superintendent Ray Cortines and eventually became executive director of Pasadena's nonprofit El Centro de Accion Social. He is now devoted to helping other immigrants overcome the obstacles in their way to becoming productive, contributing Americans.
Matt Rothschild
Vivid, urgent, original, Randy Jurado Ertll's story compels us to grapple with some of the most urgent issues of our times.
6/19/2010 Daily News
In his gritty little memoir, Ertll chronicles the trajectory of his life in Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Dailynews.Com
In his gritty little memoir, Ertll chronicles the trajectory of his life in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761846666
Publisher:
Hamilton Books
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Pages:
94
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Randy Jurado Ertll is the executive director of El Centro de Accion Social in Pasadena, CA. He has worked for Congresswoman Hilda Solis in Washington, D.C., published numerous opinion columns in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle, and has been interviewed by networks such as NPR, CNN, PBS, Univision, and Telemundo.

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Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Randy Jurado Ertll is one of the few friends I have; very honest, he knows where he is from and where he is now; he works hard for all people, it does not matter what country, color, religious or political affiliation they are from. That is very interesting to me, to know that there is a guy like him, especially in these difficult economic times, where many people change their principles and values for money and power." -Mauricio Cienfuegos, retired professional soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy team (Major League Soccer). "Through his first person narration, Jurado Ertll forges meaning and identity from his struggle as an immigrant child, growing up in the sometimes violent, fragmented streets and neighborhoods located on the "other side" of Los Angeles. Jurado Ertll's story gives voice and inspiration to the struggle of thousands of immigrant families across the country living in Urban America. He tells the story of a courageous life, growing up against all odds, in neighborhoods plagued by gang violence. The rise of Randy Jurado Ertll as an important community leader is a remarkable journey. As an African-American, I especially applaud his commitment to social justice and the need to build meaningful multicultural coalitions on the ground level." -Luke E. Willams, Jr., USC alum and obtained law degree from University of Pennsylvania and served as executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A heart-felt and heart-warming story while it is one man's story, it is also the story of so many who build new lives with perseverance, determination, and compassion."-Henrik Rehbinder, editorial page editor of La Opinion "This is a story that young people everywhere should read as it demonstrates how much every one of them could contribute to a better future for themselves and their communities. "-Margaret E. Crahan, director, Kozmetsky Center, distinguished professor at St. Edward's University "The book speaks to a hope for a different world and finds even in the most dispiriting of experiences the seeds of change and social justice. This should be required reading "-Warren Montag, chair of the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department at Occidental College "An inspiration [and] testament to the power of an individual to overcome obstacles and make a difference."-Rampa R. Hormel, environmentalist and president of Enlyst Fund "Vivid, urgent, original, Randy Jurado Ertll's story compels us to grapple with some of the most urgent issues of our times."-Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive Magazine