Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience

Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience

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, 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!

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: Growing Up in South Central Los Angeles Chapter 4 1. The Story of a Salvadoran American Chapter 5 2. The Dark Side Chapter 6 3. Can African Americans and Latinos Get Along? Chapter 7 4. A Better Chance Program Chapter 8 5. Occidental College Years Chapter 9 6. 1992 L.A. Riots - The Fire Still Burns in Los Angeles Chapter 10 7. The Environmental Movement Chapter 11 8. SAL-PAC - New Generation of Salvadoran Americans/Overcoming Negative Stereotypes Chapter 12 9. Searching for My Roots Chapter 13 10. From South L.A. to Capitol Hill Chapter 14 11. The Sann Year and How I Ended Up Working for the Pasadena Unified School District Chapter 15 12. How to Win an Election in the Southeast Lost Angeles City of Maywood Chapter 16 13. El Centro de Accion Social Chapter 17 14. American Me, The Sopranos, and the National Geographic Channel Chapter 18 15. Perseverance Chapter 19 16. Lessons Learned, the Future, and Conclusion: Wake Up Everybody

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