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I was an MS-13 gang member. Here's how I got out. | Gerardo Lopez | TEDxMileHigh

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Gerardo Lopez grew up in gang territory in Los Angeles, California and was just 14 years old when he joined MS-13, the notorious Salvadorian gang. Why did he join and why did he leave? In this courageous talk, Gerardo reveals how we can help others get out and stay out of gangs. Gerardo "Clever" Lopez has worked in gang intervention for over two decades. Formerly of the notorious Los Angeles gang MS-13, Gerardo escaped gang life and now ensures that at-risk youth from making the same mistakes. He is Executive Director of the Denver chapter of Homies Unidos, a nonprofit dedicated to ending violence and promoting peace through gang intervention and prevention. Gerardo is an avid baseball fan waiting for the Dodgers to win the World Series, and the subject of the award-winning, short documentary CLEVER. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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DaNightmare MX (5 часов назад)
Orale ese good job 💯👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Infallible Lukas (8 часов назад)
the way he says it with an accent is so fake but the story was deep
John Barclay (12 часов назад)
Freaking eh!
TWS_Kaboodle 0 (14 часов назад)
One of my dads friends grew around the MS-13, basically a really bad place to live in, and was in it for a while. He got out of it and now he works on movie sets. Plus his nickname was bongo, he’s cool.
D.B. Cherry (18 часов назад)
Great Message!!! Family, Education and love is the 🔑!!!
Mohsin Ahmed (20 часов назад)
👏👏👏 well done
Josh 330 (21 час назад)
Fantastic talk. As I’m studying Criminology at university currently, this was riveting. You are doing God’s work.
Gavin O'Loughlin (1 день назад)
This talk was made by M-14 gang
SmokedEdge (1 день назад)
Yes, families... Mothers and fathers worked multiple jobs trying to support their family in a new land. That's why they joined ms13 and cut people's heads off. It's just math.
stephen kingsdale (1 день назад)
Bless this man Father
Maker Shaker Waker (1 день назад)
This is why i support death penalty. He deserves to be executed by law enforcement. Imagine how many lives he helped destroy. Execute that animal... Why do you guys on TED give former MS13 members speaking time?
Tech (1 день назад)
Idk about this, it is not that easy to leave a gang, nonetheless MS13
ADMtheViper (1 день назад)
Elllll grrrrrrrringoooooo.!!!
Josh Atkinson (1 день назад)
Keen an peel “consequences” 😂 episode is just like this lol
Josh Atkinson (1 день назад)
Lol “consequences”
wildo alvarez (1 день назад)
I was. A ms13 member and I was able to make it out .i got deported to Guatemala and I quit gangbangin
marvelv212 (2 дня назад)
US is a zoo
ll Im Clamps ll Xb1 (2 дня назад)
I’m trying to get out of my gang, gucci
Johnathan Lukas (2 дня назад)
“How I got arrested during a TED talk”
Finlay Matthews (3 дня назад)
I like tacitos
Alyson (3 дня назад)
The weak ones are the ones who become members, the strong ones are the ones who leave.
Rusty Shackleford (3 дня назад)
I was part of a gang and was trying to leave and do better.... *BUT THEN A PIANO FELL ON MY HEAD* *like if you know where this is from*
D. Reyes (6 часов назад)
Omg I keep seeing references to this!! Hahaha Consequences yo
Sonia Martinez (4 дня назад)
Amazing story!  People can change ,but need encouragement . Change takes time, if its in their hearts they will & can change.
Prometheus All (4 дня назад)
People are something else. . . . thanks for your story sir. . . . .
The Binary (4 дня назад)
i feel like hes trying to be mexican with that accent
weeazybaby (4 дня назад)
He’s still got the gangster in him, look at the way he talks, walks & stands lol
Ben L (4 дня назад)
thomas corbett (4 дня назад)
I am for. Los Angeles I found his Ted talk great I know how it is growing up in that environment he did not mention how deadly it was in the late 80's and 90's I can't even talk to my folks about it cause they don't get it getting gun down there for a young man was a reality at the time if you were alone or in armed you would likely end up DEAD you had 2 be all about it in those days things are a little calmer in L. A these a days everyone from those days got locked up,deported or killed Strait up.
Cesar Marroquin (5 дней назад)
Let’s not forget that the United States is the reason for the violence in Central America. Look into military coup that the United States has in El Salvador. They are the reason for the violence. Also even the MS13 was made here in the US!!! Think about that!
Austin (4 дня назад)
The "United States" is a pretty broad reason. If you could identify a specific group of people, and prove what they do, then you could get people to be against them.
Ad Fdsfsd (5 дней назад)
I disagree with him on many stuff, but he did make very clear points. I disagree that kids they want to join gangs In or in order to feel belong, and pride. Even though those gangs use violence and assault that if you are a good kid you will stay away from gangs in the first place. Now kids can join them just to feel powerful n welcoming, and do bad stuff such as drags and assaults? No I went hire someone that was bad once in their life, mainly because they made poor choose in life, so why wont they do it again??
ƏĐÛÅŘĎØ Æ (5 дней назад)
Here in El Salvador it's almost impossible to get out of the gang
John Crowley (5 дней назад)
Please look up the the key and Peele skits called "consequences"... thank me later.
Zara (5 дней назад)
U fukn snitch ur next
theflyingegg (5 дней назад)
X Angel X (5 дней назад)
Im in that JC gang man jesus christ😎
Malcolm L (6 дней назад)
Just put them all before a firing squad and shoot them dead on the street that will get rid of them.
Ma'Halious Walker (2 дня назад)
White people?!!!! 😯. Dude calm down. Not all of them are sociopathic maniacs.
Matthias Schuster (6 дней назад)
How is fishing not violent?
Sean Jones (6 дней назад)
Zoomi Zoom (6 дней назад)
I was a weeaboo, now I’m not! *room is covered in anime posters and in his bed there is a anime body pillow and computer is on hentaihaven*
FASTESTMAN ON3LEGS (6 дней назад)
Who? cares......
AIDAN RAGSDALE (6 дней назад)
Watcher (6 дней назад)
He did the Picture this English sentence 👌
Logan Neil (7 дней назад)
This is reality for a lot of people. I really enjoyed this talk. We need more people to speak about their experiences to understand where changes need to be made.
Caleb Rohrer (7 дней назад)
The golf clap is strong with some of'em out in that crowd.
Gabrielle Sivley (7 дней назад)
Great talk
dane bradbury (7 дней назад)
His name is Limitless (7 дней назад)
This my homies dad, no cap
Nate Silva (7 дней назад)
its Rico Rodriguez. does this guy have a grappling hook?
1990CUEVAS (8 дней назад)
I knew this foo was mexican
Christian Emmanuel Velasquez (8 дней назад)
Cody Gornall (8 дней назад)
Respect! You help those that can't get out of the darkness.
Anne (8 дней назад)
Lawd have mercy.. He blaming it some damn bullies
Grim Reaper (8 дней назад)
12:55 I legit believe that. It's a personal philosophy of mine. He even used the word "self-esteem." You can't get your worth or pride of yourself from others. If you do, you give them your powers and the chance to manipulate you in the shape and form they want to manipulate you to get the most out of you to benefit them. It's not just gangs who do this, the US military does it too.
Daesung Mars (9 дней назад)
Why is he so hot? 😍
Austin Salzillo (9 дней назад)
He definitely number 1 on their hit list now lmao
pp Duci (9 дней назад)
This guy sounds like key and peel’s consequences
Don’t sub I’m watching you (9 дней назад)
Bart G (9 дней назад)
Woodmeister (9 дней назад)
Trying to get ouf of Gucci Gang, thanks for the video. Motivational video I'll call Pump and tell him that i'm done.
Daniel Hertzler (10 дней назад)
" I hate locked doors!"
LoweTTV (10 дней назад)
who wants to join my fortnite gang?
Jose Aguilera (10 дней назад)
Key and peele?
Ole Kyrie (10 дней назад)
TAMALES FOR EVERYONE!!!! ....no more chimmy chungas
Bored (11 дней назад)
Youtube I clicked u happy?
Stan Many Stanmanson (11 дней назад)
MS13 got nothing on my kindergarten group.
josh Smith (11 дней назад)
Go look at happy birthday lol song.
Juan Garcia (12 дней назад)
Fake news
Caleb Hobson (12 дней назад)
Anyone want to join gucci gang
Macress Jackson (12 дней назад)
This is The Theo Vons dad!
Areel Khan (12 дней назад)
Thanks, I was looking for a tutorial on how to get out!
Robban (12 дней назад)
sounds like jonah hill in 22 jump street
Slipknot fan boy (12 дней назад)
Plot twist: The dislikes on this video are all the gang members
Evan payne (12 дней назад)
Who else loves this man for his amazing journey and heartbreaking story 😭😭😭happy tears
Voz (12 дней назад)
whew. I was worried about David for a second. "He was doing so well, but then....".   Ricky from Boyz N The Hood all over again
Fatal Existence (13 дней назад)
kind of looks like hes trying to cut a wrestling promo at the beginning
4k45h (13 дней назад)
I wouldn't hire any person with a tattoo on their face. Not because I care what gang they're repping, but that it'll likely put-off customers, and would be bad business. Back end/ data entry/ non customer facing, yes ofcourse, but I'd need an assurance from an organization like yours that they have indeed left the gang.
RuggedMan Gamer (13 дней назад)
Mannn, that accent is loco
Carl Johnson (13 дней назад)
I was 9year old supporting Pewdiepie for almost my entire life...
Leslie Scout (13 дней назад)
so inspirational and courageous
Shilonious Monk (13 дней назад)
Liar 🤣🤣🤣
WEI KIT LEE 李威颉 (14 дней назад)
Damn this guy can be an actor
Blackwidows (6 дней назад)
WEI KIT LEE 李威颉 that's exactly what he's doing
shinto666 (14 дней назад)
This guy is nothing special, dime a dozen...
Chills (14 дней назад)
I used to be an 18, Ms and 18s used to get lit lol, btw we also call some salvatruchas literally el salvador its one of the worst place u wanna visit every single day theres a gun fight cops are so retarted that they come 20 minutes lates when theyre gone already
I Gamez 2508 (14 дней назад)
For all of you leftists who support the MS13 gang watch this because you will see that some want out but are to afraid
Jake Purdham (14 дней назад)
Liar we know all about you - ~
J LiT (14 дней назад)
it starts at home holms
HAWfilms (14 дней назад)
I was a member of the notification gang, managed to get out
Saaid R (14 дней назад)
Chamblezin1 (14 дней назад)
He probably whooped dude's asses lol.
Marcelo Duran (14 дней назад)
We coming for you
Tewy (15 дней назад)
This is like an extended version of Key and Peele's Consequences
Craterside (15 дней назад)
Console Gang..Nick Mercs
dirtTdude (15 дней назад)
I have no pity what so ever
melissa steele-wells (15 дней назад)
I'm not a gang member or a criminal. Legal married name Thompson, not currently married. For the record, I'm a fertile, smart, creative woman in her thirties with three kids. I love the outdoors, cooking, painting and I'm in Knoxville tn about to leave being threatened with arrest if I leave when I have done nothing wrong. I'm homeless and I don't work at a grocery store...or a bar or a restaurant. Tons of lies here.
Pjot (15 дней назад)
i wish more jobs had this same mindset
YouTube Addict (15 дней назад)
His bulge is...
white boy (16 дней назад)
Every Potato (16 дней назад)
ms-13 = Microsoft-13
I'm Not A Vampire (16 дней назад)
Consequences!! Key and Peel anyone? lol that's what this reminds me of.
lucy.jamison (16 дней назад)
Ok but this mans accent is 💓
Omniscient 1 (16 дней назад)
The low brow sing song accent is awful.

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