Father Boyle to Speak at SBCC Garvin Theatre May 8
Reverend Gregory J. Boyle, the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the world’s largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program, will speak at SBCC’s Garvin Theatre on May 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Father Gregory’s work has been called “a moving example of unconditional love in difficult times” by Simon & Schuster, publishers of his most recent book, "Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship." In a time when our nation is conflicted about how best to deal with issues of poverty and violence, "Barking to the Choir" offers a snapshot into a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers, with gentleness and humor. The stories of former gang members will, according to one reviewer, “uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.”
While the policies and tactics of law enforcement and criminal justice emphasized suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treating gang members as human beings. According to Father Boyle, “Community trumps gang, every time.”