Organizations like Barrios Unidos and Homeboy Industries had a chance to participate recently at this conference in sessions about healing formerly-incarcerated individuals and reforming the prison system. Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez and Father Greg Boyle (Photo).
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Just to let you know that the Critical Mic event that would normally be scheduled to happen on Friday, May 9 at Barrios Unidos is being postponed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the date when it will be re-scheduled.
Last Thursday Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos took the Pelican Bay prison cell replica to Pajaro Valley High School in Watsonville, as part of its "Education Not Incarceration" campaign. More than 500 students had an opportunity to walk through the prison cell and hear directly from our staff about the hard reality of prison confinement, and why is important for youth to finish their education and prepare for their future. Right now, too many of our young people are ending up in jail. We need to change the statistics. The event received media coverage by KION, Telemundo, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the Register Pajaronian.
A group of Homeboy staff spent the weekend with our friends from up north, Barrios Unidos. They were all up at the Walter Guzman Healing Retreat Center with nature, tipis, tree houses, beautiful Redwoods and a sweat lodge surrounding them. "It was a blessing" wrote one of the people on the trip. We can't wait to welcome them back this week and hear of their adventures up in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Barrios Unidos was featured on national television by A&E's Biography Series back in 1997. The segment focuses on the life-changing work of Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez, the founder and director of our organization. This is the first time that this video is seen online.