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Last Tuesday, September 14th was a very good day for me. After a productive day, I was looking forward to attending ‘An Evening with Father G’ at my beloved Loyola Marymount University. Like always, Father G brought about a very big crowd – so big that LMU scrambled to find a bigger location to house the event. He’s just that popular.

Father G was there on a book tour he is doing for his newest book: “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion”. You can pick up your copy at any major bookstores, or here: http://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Heart-Power-Boundless-Compassion/dp/1439153027. However, instead of reading a chapter from the book or whatnot, Father G did it in true Homeboy fashion and just spoke from the heart. In that hour and a half, he told stories of the homies, many of which I personally knew, that brought a lot of the audience members to tears.

Kinship.

Blood Relationships are the subject that relate all of the stories that Father G presents in this newest book. Think about this… how many people in your everyday life connect to? Share a moment with? We are so accustomed to living our lives in a protective, personal-space bubble that we are scared to truly interact with people we don’t know. If there is no connection with others, how are we to truly know about them? … And then we go ahead and make assumptions about everyone around us – most of the time, they are completely wrong and negative assumptions. Doesn’t make sense at all. If you are to make a simple statement about a person or a group of people, I dare you to spend time with them and get to know them first before saying anything that you might regret. Based on my past experiences, I can almost bet that you will find yourself changing your mind. Try it.

Thanks to ITS at LMU, the full talk was recorded and you can enjoy it here! My favorite story is minutes 30:00 to 40:45, Gabriel’s story.

An Evening With Father Greg Boyle

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Hi all! I am very pleased, proud, happy, and excited to announce that tonight Summer Night Lights officially starts! Woo! All over the Los Angeles county, there will be 24 parks that will stay open until midnight tonight serving free food, free games, activities for the family. To reiterate the mission and goal of SNL: it is to provide alternative activities [and free food] to kids who would otherwise be up to no good during the restless summer nights. Of course this does not limit who can go and enjoy the music, food and games that we will be having at the park; many families will come and enjoy all the activities as much as the next person.

I will be no doubt documenting the entire summer via pictures, video and my blog. You ready? I know that I sure am!

LET'S GO TEAM!

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Don’t have any plans for Friday night yet? Come out to the Palm Court Ballroom at the Alexandria Hotel for benefit concert supporting Homeboy Industries! In a post I did back in May,https://mercc.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/homeboylayoffs/– I wrote about how Homeboy was hit hard during these economic hardships and had to layoff 300+ staff members. This benefit concert solely supports Homeboy Inds. in order to keep their doors open to do what they do best – keep inspiring the communities of Los Angeles.

Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door to enjoy the great music of Quinto Sol. The show runs from 9 pm to 2 am. For any more information about the concert this Saturday call: 213.622.3105

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Unfortunately, I have just found out tonight that this concert is cancelled :[ I hope that it isn’t definite and that they will re-schedule something soon.  Please feel free to donate still if you haven’t yet; again, the link to donate:  http://www.homeboy-industries.org/donate.php. There is no minimum or limit for donations, so whatever you have to spare please feel free to send it over to a good cause!

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Fortunately, the show is back and running! Mark your calendars for Friday, July 23rd!! Make sure not to miss this great show – especially since it’s their second time putting it together!

Always,

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Yesterday, I received some good news, no, some great news! … I was chosen to be a Youth Squad Supervisor for this years Summer Night Lights program in Los Angeles!! I am very excited about this program for several reasons. Firstly, the process has been in the works since March, so I have been waiting for a while. Secondly, it is in line with my ideal career and what better way to start off then to work with the Mayor’s office? And finally, I get to further my knowledge and experience of working with juvenile and at-risk youth… my favorite part! Thanks Caitlin for telling me about this!! :]

summer night lights 2010.

The program was first introduced in the summer of 2008 with the idea that if kids had an alternative place to hang out and spend their long, restless summer days/nights, then gang activity would decrease; the program proved to be a success.

Beginning with 8 parks, Summer Night Lights have expanded to 16 participating neighborhoods that have dangerous levels of gang activity. One way to engage the youth of the surrounding area, the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development [GRYD] hire youth to be come Youth Squad Leaders. In this position, they are given the responsibility of a maintaining the program and to enjoy the summer themselves. According to research, youth usually commit crimes between 4 p.m. to midnight, and with the lack of school and the long days, crime rates peak even higher during the summer.

I am very excited to see what comes from this summer. I will no doubt enjoy the summer nights along with the hard work set out for me. Check this video out from last summer to see what it’s all about:

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Check this event out if you have time tomorrow!! 🙂

A Better LA
Five Four Party

***Come check out the new A Better LA t-shirt designed by Five Four Clothing! This Thursday from 6-9pm at the Westfield Century City Mall – open bar, photography exhibit and our new limited edition “LA” t-shirt.***

****Also this Saturday February 20th, 2010 is our inaugural fundraiser “Make It Better” starring Will Ferrell, Tenacious D and many other special guests! There are still a few tickets available on www.ticketmaster.com – don’t miss out!

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*****New website is up!! Thanks to Juxt Interactive for all their hard work!*****

Contact Information:
A Better LA
1150 S. Olive St. Ste. 340
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-412-3111
http://www.abetterla.org
info@abetterla.org

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