We’re former gang members and hardened social activists working to rebuild the neighborhoods we once destroyed, AUA
Edit: Thank you so much for your time. We have to head out but really appreciate all of the support and questions. You guys have really been amazing. If you're interested in what we're doing, please do check out the film and keep an eye out for the work we're doing every day. Much love.
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We are former Los Angeles gang members and social activists who are now trained community interventionists working in the same neighborhoods we came up in. We work to break the cycle of violence that we once helped to create by developing protocols to restore communities.
A few years ago, we were approached by folks who wanted to make a documentary to tell our story. That documentary, LICENSE TO OPERATE, premiered today on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, and Vudu. The film is also debuting globally in Geneva July 6-8 at the Reviewing the State of Safety in World Cities Conference, organized by the UN. Check out the trailer: *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIkzA4U7UbE*
Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, was instrumental in helping to bring this group together. Here he is speaking about it on 60 Minutes.
Over the last few years, professionals from the public safety, local and regional municipalities, numerous universities and emergency responders have credited our work with aiding in the significant decrease of violent crimes in the neighborhoods we serve. Here’s a little more about each of us:
- Alfred Lomas – Gang interventionist, former gang member from South Central Los Angeles, which he also now covers.
- Aquil Basheer – Founder of the License to Operate movement and the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute which officially trains/certifies interventionists and other professionals to do this work.
- James Lipetzky – Director of LICENSE TO OPERATE
- Reynaldo Reaser – Executive Director of R.A.C.E. (Reclaiming America’s Communities Through Empowerment), Gang interventionist and former Raymond Crip now covering LA’s West Athens Neighborhood
We’re also here with Officer Stinson Brown (LAPD, Gang Intervention Liaison – Criminal Gang/Homicide Division), who has been a change agent in the collaborative mindset between interventionists and law enforcement. We are all proof of what can happen when everyone works together for a greater good.