Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9

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review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez There has never been a clear and compelling account of a gang member's life than Always Running Luis J Rodriguez's elouent impassioned frighteningly vivid chronicle of his youth in Los Angeles in the late 60s and early 70s Growing up in Watts and East LA Rodriguez joined his first gang at age 11 and was drawn into la vida loca the crazy life Gangs were how we wove something out of t. Luis Rodriguez speaks out of a virtually unheard experience a young Chicano man who survived la vida loca gang culture in South San Gabriel Rodriguez writing is raw and brutally honest but with a lyricism that will stop readers in their tracks He gives voice to an unheard cry and illuminates the heartbreaking cycle of poverty and violence that perpetuates gang wars He neither simplifies the problem nor admits defeat His passion for reconciliation and true empowerment of minority communities such as the Mexican American community is staggering I found this truly challenging and convicting particularly as I have reevaluated my approach to library outreach for teens Read thisBooktalk this 8th 12th graders

review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA

Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA

review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez He threads of nothing he remembers By age 18 he was a veteran of gang warfare police killings drug overdoses and suicides that had claimed 25 of his friends and had driven him and so many others to despair In part Rodriguez survived the violence and desperation of his youth by writing down his experiences They were only woven into this astonishing book years later when his son Ramir. Always Running is an engaging and intelligent look into the socio political factors that have led to the proliferation of street gangs in the last century in areas where large percentages of citizens have few opportunities but plentiful obstacles told through the firsthand experiences of former gang member and now activist Luis Rodriguez as he grows up as an oppressed minority in the over policed but under protected gang haven of East LA Though his story is fairly common his parents moved from Mexico to LA to improve their lives and in spite of their best efforts weren t able to protect their son from getting absorbed into the world of gangs surrounding him it s how he tells the story that makes this book uniue and valuable Rodriguez doesn t romanticize the gang lifestyle of drugs women and crime the way that other writers might do Rather Rodriguez uses real human emotion and insight to explain the sheer horrors of this lifestyle in an attempt to deter any kids from wanting to live it Though Always Running is a personal account of Rodriguez s gang activity and later activism it s as much a historical account of the factors that led to the rise of gangs in LA in the 20th Century and he blends the two perfectly We see how those factors are similar to those that led Rodriguez to join a gang himself He didn t join because he wanted to do drugs have power and kill people he joined because if he didn t he d be vulnerable to being beaten robbed andor killed growing up as an oppressed minority in a dangerous and chaotic world A gang affiliation meant protection but it also meant identity Mexicans have long faced discrimination in this country and many joined gangs as a way to celebrate their heritage of struggle The book is filled with great uotes that explain this identity I d walk into the counselor s office for whatever reason and looks of distain greeted me one meant for a criminalIt was harder to defy this expectation than just accept itIt was a jacket I could try to take off but they kept putting it back onSo why not be proud Why not be an outlaw Why not make it our own Though the book exposes a lot of ugliness one of the major themes Rodriguez explores is his pride in Chicano heritage and how this pride eventually inspired him to give up the gang lifestyle When he s able to explore his identity in positive ways such as through joining Chicano pride groups painting murals and writing about his experiences Rodriguez slowly starts to leave the gang lifestyle behind and in doing so he begins to see through its shallowness and pointlessness Though it may give kids protection and a feeling of pride he shows how those doing the protecting may be the very people who you need protection from when you uestion their lifestyle and how silly their pride is when it comes at the expense of selling your own soul Luckily for Rodriguez he was able to escape this lifestyle which is not something many of his friends could say Death is always around every corner and every turn of the page and so few kids like Rodriguez are able to live long enough to see through this lifestyle and develop into productive members of societyOne of the most valuable parts of this book is its socio political message about the horrible affects the oppression of minorities has on a society and this message is as current and poignant today as it was when the book was written Rodriguez explains how systemic racism was used throughout the history of LA to keep certain minority groups poor disenfranchised and controlled by their oppressors and how this not only hurts the minority groups but also hurts the oppressors Society creates gangs then lives in fear of being attacked by them and police brutality results It s impossible today to turn on the news and avoid stories of policemen and women harassing intimidating assaulting and sometimes killing specific demographics of US citizens for no other reason than their skin color religious affiliation national origins This books is filled with so many examples of horrific crimes committed by police officers that it s hard not to be outraged Granted most of these crimes were committed against gang members but these gang members were mostly misguided kids and the cops who are adults who ve sworn to protect and defend US citizens oftentimes cause violence and crime than the gang members Again Rodriguez has a lot of great uotes to explain this In the barrio the police are just another gangShootings assaults and skirmishes between the barrios are direct results of police activity Even drug dealing I know this Everybody knows this uotes like this show why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important and how it didn t just emerge out of some bubble the problem has always been here and the that people read books like Always Running the better chances we have as a society to address itPart poetic personal story part engaging historical lesson part inspiration tale of redemption part exultation of Chicano heritage part poignant work of socio political activism Always Running is a multifaceted book dripping with live in human experience and emotion and I highly recommend it to everyone who cares about improving the world they live in

review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez

review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez O joined a gang in Chicago where they now live Always Running is packed with episode after episode of high drama but within this honest and powerful depiction of social devastation there is a father's impassioned message of understanding and hope to his son and to thousands like him Rodriguez's inspiring story should be read by anyone who cares about the future of children in Americ. I think it was a really good book It never got out of the story it was very concentrated on Luis The main Character


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    review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 Luis J. Rodríguez Ö 9 Read I found out about this book during my time working at Garfield There were a lot of books in the classroom libraries about gang life books of poetry by Tupac Shakur stuff the students prefered as it had to do with you know

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    review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 Luis Rodriguez speaks out of a virtually unheard experience a young Chicano man who survived la vida loca gang culture in

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    review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 I found this to be a powerful and painful read It's not easy reading about the gang experience It's harder still when you know it could have been your story if circumstances had been different I knew it was bad in LA but I had no idea how hard it was just to surviveI'm Mexican American and 4 years older than the author There was a time in my life that I wouldn't admit to being Mexican American because of the attitudes towards us Some of tho

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    Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez The glaring contradictions in this memoir make it hard to side with the author You can only take so many I was given no opportunities paragrap

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    Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 Always Running is an engaging and intelligent look into the socio political factors that have led to the proliferation of street gangs in the last century in areas where large percentages of citizens have few opportunities but plentiful obstac

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    review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 Growing up in California and attending schools that were often 50% or hispanic I was really interested in this book I was hoping that it would expose to me the culture and reasons behind gangs To some extent the bo

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    Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 ALWAYS RUNNING IS AN AMAZING BOOKThis book is about a young boy named Luis Rodrigues known as the author It talks about Gang

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    review Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Luis J. Rodríguez Ö 9 Read Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 Being in education I'm always curious about banned books and books with lots of buzz Here in California Always Running is kept behind the checkout desk at my local library because it is one of the most stolen books so I want

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    Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 I think it was a really good book It never got out of the story it was very concentrated on Luis The main Character

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    Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA Summary ß 9 Luis J. Rodríguez Ö 9 Read review Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Luis J. Rodríguez It was a good book that portrayed the streets of LA I really related to what the author talked about even though he recollected events that are years past my time Growing up in LA county my entire life and being half Mexican is what

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  • Paperback
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  • Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA
  • Luis J. Rodríguez
  • en
  • 08 June 2017
  • 9780714530130