Peace In the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence

Peace In the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence

by Aquil Basheer
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Peace In the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence by Aquil Basheer

When we think of gangs, we are likely overcome with images of fear and violence. But there is another side, that of the interventionists devoted to making peace in gang territories. Written by Aquil Basheer, a pioneer of the interventionist movement, Peace In the Hood takes us inside this dual world of violence and intervention, evoking the reality of gangland warfare while acknowledging the possibility of peace. Basheer has witnessed firsthand the brutality of gang violence. After founding the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute, Peace In the Hood marks Basheer’s next step in spreading his message of nonviolence. Designed to teach anyone how to become an interventionist, the book offers clear guidelines on the work. Each chapter deals with a key aspect of peacemaking and comes with anecdotes from Basheer’s own life. However, Peace In the Hood is not just a guide for burgeoning interventionists; it provides useful insights for everyone living in an area affected by gangs. Its descriptions make it the perfect tool for students and teachers of social justice, and its mix of narrative and advice creates an accessible text—a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of gangs and the efforts to make peace among them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897937047
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Aquil Basheer is a foremost expert and pioneer in the field of street violence intervention. He founded and operates the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (PCITI), the nation's only 18-week gang interventionist training and personal development academy; the academy now operates in Los Angeles, Seattle, Tacoma, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He has also served as as an anti-violence consultant in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Basheer has been the subject of articles in the Los Angeles Times and other major media, and has appeared as an expert in programs on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel, and in documentaries about gangs. In 2010, he was honored with the California Wellness Foundation's Peace Prize for his lifelong efforts against violence. Basheer lives in Moreno Valley, CA.
Christina Hoag is a journalist who has reported on social and political issues in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean for Time, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and more. Most recently an urban affairs reporter for The Associated Press in Los Angeles, Hoag lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Pete Carroll is the coach for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!! A big Wow!! Outstanding information, presented in a simple to dean and understand format. These book moved me to tears, the stories are overwhelming but they make the core of the material understandable.  I could not put this book down, I highly, highly recommend this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an extremely compelling read! Raw, real, gritty and moving. I could not put this book down once I started it! Truly a must read!!!
WhiteOut More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone concerned with conditions in inner cities across the country.  Mr. Basheer has been engaged in community restoration and violence reduction for 4 decades and is a preeminent expert.  The book will deepen your understanding of the problem of violence and community building whether you are a lay person, community member/stakeholder or someone who has participated in community violence.  Mr. Basheer has the heart, passion and intellect that make this a compelling book.  Lynne Macer Rhodes, Community Advocate
learn2 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Damn good read! Took to to a world I had no understanding of, made me look at things from an entirely different perspective. A tangible blueprint for dealing with urban violence! Really good book.
learn More than 1 year ago
A big 5 stars! If I could give this book more start I would. Anyone truly interested in gang intervention or community re-building had better by this book. Factual, down to earth, strategic, extremely informative and moving information. I see why Mr. Basheer is requested all over the world, he’s know what the heck he’s talking about and his expertise surly stands out in this book. Job well done!!