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KNOW JUSTICEKNOW PEACE   Part 1PO Box 73688, L.A., CA 90003 / www.youth4justice.org / freelanow@yahoo.com
Please use theinformation hereWITH CREDIT GIVEN TO: THE YOUTH AND FAMILIES OFTHE YOUTH JUSTICE COALITION WHOSE WISDOM ANDE...
KNOW JUSTICEKNOW PEACETHIS PRESENTATION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS:(1) CITY OF LOST ANGELS explains why the Youth Justice...
The Youth Justice Coalition was forced to engage intransformative justice. We were causing harm toourselves, our families ...
We were here...
The YJC has buried 38youth and young adults overthe past 3 years - victims ofstreet or police violence; fiveyouth were kil...
YOUTH KILLED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS…
Ivon Bryant, killed by a hit and rundriver as he crossed the street onCentinela a few blocks from Chuco’s.
Brandy Brown’s brother, Fenton Brown Jr. -- known to his friends as “Man” --                     was shot and killed. He w...
Michael Moore, 20, was shot several times while talking to a friendoutside his home on Chester Avenue in Inglewood.
Edwin Joseph Cobbin, 17, was killed in Hawthorne on Cordary and 134th onJune 8, 2009. He was shot three times. His friends...
Jeremy Burrell was shot and killed on Victoria a few blocks north of Chuco’s. He was ontrack to graduate from FREE L.A. Hi...
Joshua Jackson killed himself after beingbullied at his school and online.
Christopher Moreland, shot and killed a few blocksfrom his mother’s house in Inglewood.
Dante Willis, shot and killed in front of his uncle’s house just a fewblocks west of Chuco’s on May 8, 2010.
Veronica Martinez’ cousin Alex “Dopey” Guzman was shot and killed in front of his house on 118th and Main inSouth Central ...
On April 15, 2010, Tina Sanchez was found shot in the face and wrapped in a sleeping bag onCrenshaw Blvd. and 73rd Street ...
On July 18th, 2010, Javier Sanchez, 15 was shot and killed walking home from a partyjust a few blocks from his home direct...
Luis De Paz, 20 was shot and killed in front of his home on 71st Street andVictoria on July 20th, 2010. He was a friend an...
“From all those who have fallen and gotten our wings,it’s so great that all of you are graduating, because somany of us di...
On August 14th, 2010, Rene Guardado, 21 was leaving a party with two of today’sgraduates - Luis Falcon and Sergio Hill on ...
Montae “M-Bone” Talbert, 22, was shot and killed on May 15, 2011 in Inglewood. He was    known by many in the YJC. Cali Sw...
Corey Wiley, 23, was shot Sunday, July 31, on Doty Avenue in Hawthorne.
Sylvester Tellez, 28, was a founder of the YJC. He was in the morgue for two weeks before hisfamily found him. He used har...
YJC student Lynnard Baker, 17 was shot and killed in Baldwin Hills. His organs saved four people.
Jeshai Jones, a student at the YJC, and two of her sisters were killed in a car accident in            South Central L.A. ...
YJC student Cris Carter, 17, was shot and killed on Century and Van Ness.                     His organs saved five people.
Former YJC student, Jackie Castillo, 20, was hit by the Metro Blue Line in Watts -                      the nation’s most ...
Just a few of hundreds of YJC members who are locked up.  (L.A. leads the world in incarceration and deportation.)
Pablo Arroyo, Jr. (left) was shot by an off-duty LAPD officer at a church carnival in Compton, then sentenced to 5years fo...
Carlos “Flaco” Burns(Self Portrait Top Left)
Kenny Calderon (right) showing his high CAHSEE test score is serving 30 months in prison.
Ten youth in Compton are facing 30 years to life up to Life Without Parole for Conspiracy -- talkingon the phone about “wa...
Raymond Crockett (left) originally served 9 months in state prison for graffiti. He was sent back to     state prison for ...
Jose Garcia, 16 and Steven Menendez, 14 were each sentenced to 50 years - Life in state prison forbeing at the scene of a ...
Isaac Gonzalez with                            other YJC parent                            leaders.Isaac Gonzalez’ son Enr...
At the age of 17, Nesta Wellington is facing Life Without Parole. With the help of YJC/FREE L.A.students, his first trial ...
Jose “Axion” Gutierrez (left) did 2 years in state prison for graffiti. He was sent back to twice for atotal of two additi...
Tonisha “Chocolate” Mendoza (right - pictured here working to get out voters in Watts)  is facing 2 years in state prison ...
Mario RodriguezMario Rodriguez just returned home after serving 31/2 years for using a BB gun in a robbery.
Travis Manning was sentenced to 19 years for using a BB gun to steal two games from a Game Stopin Compton. He has two smal...
Sammy Padilla, 14Sammy Padilla was sentenced to 187 years - Life. He was 14 when he was arrested. He was not              ...
Tedi Snyder was arrested at the age of 15 and convicted of being at a shooting where no one was  killed. He was not accuse...
Joe WilsonJoe Wilson was convicted of two robberies on the street -- one where he allegedly took a baseballcap, and anothe...
Several families we work with had their sons killed by the police over the past three years.(Nearly 200 people have been k...
A Sheriff killed Woodrow Player on Imperial Highway.He was shot in the back while running away. He was unarmed.
Marcus Smith’s Nephew An Inglewood Policeman killed Marcus Smith as he walked down the stairs from a party. Hewas unarmed....
The Sheriffs killed Darrick Collins at his home. They claimed that they saw Darrick go for a gun in hiswaistband. But the ...
Oscar Grant was shot in the back by Bay Area Transit Police while laying face down, handcuffed on a trainplatform. The BAR...
On October 7, 2010, James Davis III, 18, was was shot in the back and killed by LAPD officersin Imperial Courts housing de...
On October 10, 2010, Johnathan Cuevas was shot and killed by the L.A. County Sheriffs.        He was also a childhood frie...
YJC Know Justice, Know Peace Part 1
YJC Know Justice, Know Peace Part 1
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The use of transformative justice to heal schools and communities; prevent violence and repair harm; hold ourselves, our communities, institutions and officials accountable; and to break America's addiction to incarceration. Part 1 - City of Lost angels - explains why the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) was forced to address violence and crime, and why transformative justice was the only logical path for us to take towards peace.

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YJC Know Justice, Know Peace Part 1

  1. 1. KNOW JUSTICEKNOW PEACE Part 1PO Box 73688, L.A., CA 90003 / www.youth4justice.org / freelanow@yahoo.com
  2. 2. Please use theinformation hereWITH CREDIT GIVEN TO: THE YOUTH AND FAMILIES OFTHE YOUTH JUSTICE COALITION WHOSE WISDOM ANDEXPERIENCES GAVE RISE TO THIS WORK; JUSTICEMOVEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO HAVEINSPIRED AND GUIDED US; AND THE COMMUNITYELDERS AND ANCESTORS WHO LAID THEGROUNDWORK. AS THE YORUBA PROVERB SAYS,“If we stand tall, it’s because we stand on the backs ofthose who went before us.”
  3. 3. KNOW JUSTICEKNOW PEACETHIS PRESENTATION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS:(1) CITY OF LOST ANGELS explains why the Youth Justice Coalition(YJC) was forced to address violence and crime, and why transformativejustice was the only logical path for us to take towards peace. (2) ROOTSOF THE SCHOOL-TO-JAIL TRACK, YOUTH CRIMINALIZATION ANDMASS INCARCERATION covers some of the history that led to America’saddiction to prisons. (3) BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR YOUTH JUSTICEdescribes the YJC’s Transformative Justice Process and includescomparisons with the traditional U.S. court system andRestorative Justice. THIS IS PART 1.
  4. 4. The Youth Justice Coalition was forced to engage intransformative justice. We were causing harm toourselves, our families and communities. We weresuffering mentally and physically and medicatingourselves with prescription and street drugs to thepoint of zombification in order to escape theviolence we had witnessed and experienced. Wewere burying youth in the grave one day and inprison the next. We had to be able to protect ourcenter, families and communities without relying oneither the racist injustice system or the brutal justiceof the streets.
  5. 5. We were here...
  6. 6. The YJC has buried 38youth and young adults overthe past 3 years - victims ofstreet or police violence; fiveyouth were killed in thespring of 2012 alone; and allof us have been locked upor have family membersinside.
  7. 7. YOUTH KILLED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS…
  8. 8. Ivon Bryant, killed by a hit and rundriver as he crossed the street onCentinela a few blocks from Chuco’s.
  9. 9. Brandy Brown’s brother, Fenton Brown Jr. -- known to his friends as “Man” -- was shot and killed. He was 19.
  10. 10. Michael Moore, 20, was shot several times while talking to a friendoutside his home on Chester Avenue in Inglewood.
  11. 11. Edwin Joseph Cobbin, 17, was killed in Hawthorne on Cordary and 134th onJune 8, 2009. He was shot three times. His friends, including Damien Parker,heard the shots and saw their friend die. Edwin was Damien’s “homeboy anda best friend” since elementary school.
  12. 12. Jeremy Burrell was shot and killed on Victoria a few blocks north of Chuco’s. He was ontrack to graduate from FREE L.A. High School. His son was born a few months later.
  13. 13. Joshua Jackson killed himself after beingbullied at his school and online.
  14. 14. Christopher Moreland, shot and killed a few blocksfrom his mother’s house in Inglewood.
  15. 15. Dante Willis, shot and killed in front of his uncle’s house just a fewblocks west of Chuco’s on May 8, 2010.
  16. 16. Veronica Martinez’ cousin Alex “Dopey” Guzman was shot and killed in front of his house on 118th and Main inSouth Central on April 1, 2010. Had the ambulance not taken so long to arrive, he might have survived.
  17. 17. On April 15, 2010, Tina Sanchez was found shot in the face and wrapped in a sleeping bag onCrenshaw Blvd. and 73rd Street a few blocks from Chuco’s. She was known as a kind neighbor tothe youth.
  18. 18. On July 18th, 2010, Javier Sanchez, 15 was shot and killed walking home from a partyjust a few blocks from his home directly behind Chuco’s. Hearing the shots, hisfriends ran and found him bleeding to death on the sidewalk. He was a childhoodfriend to several youth at the YJC.
  19. 19. Luis De Paz, 20 was shot and killed in front of his home on 71st Street andVictoria on July 20th, 2010. He was a friend and brother to many youth atthe YJC.
  20. 20. “From all those who have fallen and gotten our wings,it’s so great that all of you are graduating, because somany of us didn’t make it. You are facing a lot ofobstacles. Take this accomplishment as the gatewayto the rest of your life. Don’t ever take life for granted.”D-Money, Semaj, Digums and Lil’ Kidd2 were all killed in the blocks acrossthe street from Chuco’s.
  21. 21. On August 14th, 2010, Rene Guardado, 21 was leaving a party with two of today’sgraduates - Luis Falcon and Sergio Hill on 66th Street near Crenshaw. A car rolledup, banged on them and shot. Rene died on the sidewalk a few steps away from hiscousin’s house.
  22. 22. Montae “M-Bone” Talbert, 22, was shot and killed on May 15, 2011 in Inglewood. He was known by many in the YJC. Cali Swag District shot his tribute video at Chuco’s.
  23. 23. Corey Wiley, 23, was shot Sunday, July 31, on Doty Avenue in Hawthorne.
  24. 24. Sylvester Tellez, 28, was a founder of the YJC. He was in the morgue for two weeks before hisfamily found him. He used hard drugs for more than 18 years in CYA - the state’s youth prison system, inside state prisons and jails, and the streets of L.A. before overdosing.
  25. 25. YJC student Lynnard Baker, 17 was shot and killed in Baldwin Hills. His organs saved four people.
  26. 26. Jeshai Jones, a student at the YJC, and two of her sisters were killed in a car accident in South Central L.A. All together, they left behind five children.
  27. 27. YJC student Cris Carter, 17, was shot and killed on Century and Van Ness. His organs saved five people.
  28. 28. Former YJC student, Jackie Castillo, 20, was hit by the Metro Blue Line in Watts - the nation’s most deadly train line.
  29. 29. Just a few of hundreds of YJC members who are locked up. (L.A. leads the world in incarceration and deportation.)
  30. 30. Pablo Arroyo, Jr. (left) was shot by an off-duty LAPD officer at a church carnival in Compton, then sentenced to 5years for assault on that same officer.He was unarmed. He took the deal, because the DA was charging all 4 youth atthe scene with attempted murder (on the police), carrying a minimum sentence of 25 years to Life for each person.His guilty plea enabled the other 3 youth to come home after being detained for more than a year going back andforth to court.
  31. 31. Carlos “Flaco” Burns(Self Portrait Top Left)
  32. 32. Kenny Calderon (right) showing his high CAHSEE test score is serving 30 months in prison.
  33. 33. Ten youth in Compton are facing 30 years to life up to Life Without Parole for Conspiracy -- talkingon the phone about “wanting” to shoot someone who had shot one of their friends.
  34. 34. Raymond Crockett (left) originally served 9 months in state prison for graffiti. He was sent back to state prison for the third time for missing Parole appointments. He just came home.
  35. 35. Jose Garcia, 16 and Steven Menendez, 14 were each sentenced to 50 years - Life in state prison forbeing at the scene of a shooting. They were not accused of being the shooters. The shooter was 26and has since been killed on the street. Steven’s first parole hearing will be at the age of 64.
  36. 36. Isaac Gonzalez with other YJC parent leaders.Isaac Gonzalez’ son Enrique was sentenced to 35 to Life. He was accused of being at a party wheresomeone was shot. Police suspected that he knew the shooter who was never identified.
  37. 37. At the age of 17, Nesta Wellington is facing Life Without Parole. With the help of YJC/FREE L.A.students, his first trial resulted in a hung jury - 11 not guilty, 1 guilty.
  38. 38. Jose “Axion” Gutierrez (left) did 2 years in state prison for graffiti. He was sent back to twice for atotal of two additional years on technical parole violations - association - even though the peoplewho he was with were his own brothers. He recently returned home.
  39. 39. Tonisha “Chocolate” Mendoza (right - pictured here working to get out voters in Watts) is facing 2 years in state prison for a domestic disturbance where no one was hurt.
  40. 40. Mario RodriguezMario Rodriguez just returned home after serving 31/2 years for using a BB gun in a robbery.
  41. 41. Travis Manning was sentenced to 19 years for using a BB gun to steal two games from a Game Stopin Compton. He has two small children.
  42. 42. Sammy Padilla, 14Sammy Padilla was sentenced to 187 years - Life. He was 14 when he was arrested. He was not accused of being the shooter. This was his first arrest.
  43. 43. Tedi Snyder was arrested at the age of 15 and convicted of being at a shooting where no one was killed. He was not accused of being the shooter. He was facing 80 to Life. Due to court supportfrom the YJC including packing the courtroom, several rallies, press conferences and testimony in court, Tedi was sentenced to 32-Life, the minimum the judge could give under the law.
  44. 44. Joe WilsonJoe Wilson was convicted of two robberies on the street -- one where he allegedly took a baseballcap, and another where he allegedly took an I-Pod. The DA offered him two strikes and 3 years instate prison in exchange for a guilty plea. If he didn’t accept the deal, he was facing 12 years. Withthe deal, another arrest in California no matter how small will “strike him out” with 25 years to Life.He was just re-incarcerated on a technical parole violation.
  45. 45. Several families we work with had their sons killed by the police over the past three years.(Nearly 200 people have been killed by the police in L.A. County since 2007. Several police departments in L.A. lead the nation in police violence.)
  46. 46. A Sheriff killed Woodrow Player on Imperial Highway.He was shot in the back while running away. He was unarmed.
  47. 47. Marcus Smith’s Nephew An Inglewood Policeman killed Marcus Smith as he walked down the stairs from a party. Hewas unarmed. The federal government is investigating Inglewood P.D., because they lead the nation in the killing of civilians.
  48. 48. The Sheriffs killed Darrick Collins at his home. They claimed that they saw Darrick go for a gun in hiswaistband. But the investigation revealed that the officer shot him through a wooden gate over 6’ high, that the officer had no ability to see Darrick, and that Darrick was unarmed.
  49. 49. Oscar Grant was shot in the back by Bay Area Transit Police while laying face down, handcuffed on a trainplatform. The BART police officer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and spent 4 months in jail +Probation. The officer claimed he was reaching for his taser when he “accidentally” shot Oscar. Oscar’sfamily and the Coalition in Support of Oscar Grant both made Chuco’s their base of operation for the trial.
  50. 50. On October 7, 2010, James Davis III, 18, was was shot in the back and killed by LAPD officersin Imperial Courts housing development in Watts. He was a childhood friend of many at the YJC.
  51. 51. On October 10, 2010, Johnathan Cuevas was shot and killed by the L.A. County Sheriffs. He was also a childhood friend of many at the YJC. He was unarmed.

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