father gregory boyle
Compassion and Kinship: TEDxConejo 2012
mother teresa – the problem in the world is that we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other.
how do we create a circle of passion and then make sure no one stands outside that circle
stand with the disposable so that the day will come that no one gets thrown away
no kinship no justice no kinship no peace
16 min – people can’t demonize people you know
our own deepest longing is to be one
Published on Jun 20, 2012
Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry and today serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force.
Born in Los Angeles, one of eight children, Fr. Greg worked in the family-owned dairy, loading milk trucks to earn his high school tuition. An enduring memory of that youthful time is when “…these weathered old truckers would come up to me, put their arms around me and point at my father in the distance, on the loading dock, and say, ‘Your dad is a great man.'” Lessons from that first job apply at Homeboy Industries today where employees come to change for themselves and their children.
Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF), created in 1988 by Boyle at Dolores Mission. To address the escalating problems of gang-involved youth, he and the community developed an elementary school, day care program and sought legitimate employment for young people.
Boyle serves on the National Gang Center Advisory Board (Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention). He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and previously served on the California Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency Prevention. The National Child Labor Committee recognized Fr. Greg with the first Nancy M. Daly Advocacy Award for Service to Children and Youth on January 30, 2012.
Homeboy Industries, now located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is recognized as a national and international model for youth seeking to move beyond gangs and achieve a life of hope.
Father Greg Boyle: I thought I could “save” gang members. I was wrong.
I have learned that you work with gang members and not with gangs, otherwise you enforce the cohesion of gangs and supply them oxygen. I know now that gang warfare is not the Middle East or Northern Ireland. There is violence in gang violence but there is no conflict. It is not “about something.” It is the language of the despondent and traumatized.
Me wanting a gang member to have a different life would never be the same as that gang member wanting to have one.
And the light,” he says, “is better than the darkness.” As though he had not known this was the case.
With any luck, on any given day, we know where to aim them for each other. We do not rescue anyone at the margins. But go figure, if we stand at the margins, we are all rescued.