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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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Doodle (1 час назад)
He has nice asf Oxfords
Edwin Chinchilla (2 часа назад)
firme holms
Zeuz Gang (4 часа назад)
Gonna stay up and binge watch Ted talks even tho I got school today
Charlie Cardinal (5 часов назад)
This guy is a fake, a liar and an actor. He is nothing but a shill and a nobody. He's only here to push a narrative to brainwash you to think this is how they think and operate. Lies, lies, lies. This guy is a fake. He's paid to say this. The movement does not project hate and respects everyone's right to be self determining separately.
AnaMar Gomez (6 часов назад)
So proud of you 👏🏼❤️
Adrian Tomo (7 часов назад)
so.. he formed an anti-gang gang club?
GOC Series (9 часов назад)
I get my gang fix on goc. Easier to stay out of jail that way. I already know
DurkaDurka Jimohamehad (17 часов назад)
this guy .... now ... he should have been in jail for the crimes they couldnt catch him on //
disciple jerry (1 день назад)
Praise the Lord! God bless you my friend, I am praying for you.
Yeet Yeet (1 день назад)
Voces inocentes is a great movie about the Salvadoran civil war
Alpha (1 день назад)
This post was made by M14 Gang
Nazareno Fernandez (1 день назад)
This meme was made by MS 13 gang
Mathis Anidioticsport (1 день назад)
Is this where the meme started?
Caroline Nelson (1 день назад)
... he found his real home in the CIA. Now he does messed up stuff to whatever super genius agent identifies a terrorist... and of course they’re never wrong.
Jimbo Slice (2 дня назад)
this guy is hilarious. the only way you leave ms13 is by death. this is fake trying to gain pity for sick animals.
Supreme Rey (2 дня назад)
Esskettit!!!!!!!!
Алекс Заморский (2 дня назад)
Spot on! Key & Peele - Consequences
EpicTrance100 (2 дня назад)
CONSEQUENCES
Austin Freeman (2 дня назад)
I find it hard to believe a immigrant from El Salvador is named Nelson lmao
ChromatiSchism (3 дня назад)
I always thought MS-13 was a support group for people with multiple sclerosis. Boy was I wrong.
MeesterVegas (3 дня назад)
Those fools aint got nuthin on my gang, PG-13.
max calavera (4 дня назад)
"El hermano" que dios lo Bendiga
paul Issus (4 дня назад)
Surely law enforcement can find a way to introduce a communications transmitter into the bodies of these mutants and keep track of them wherever they go?
Killua Uchiha (4 дня назад)
Consequencessssss 😂😂😂
Robyn The Dragon (4 дня назад)
These are my favorite type of Ted Talks. The ones that tell a story and are delivered with emotion. The ones where people have the problem of the entire world being against them and the audience feels inclined to solve their own. Excellent speech.
M K (4 дня назад)
M14 Gang where you at?
Chris Saggau (4 дня назад)
Leave ms - trece to form another jesus fish style Youth group (gang) what's the message here? Join a gang to be powerful and belong
Jordan Duarte (5 дней назад)
I still am
Hasan Tolan (5 дней назад)
Vatos locos homie
Joe Shmo (6 дней назад)
sounds like you needed a father
Catsgomoew (6 дней назад)
When will Ted come and talk?
Sandie M (7 дней назад)
This is an awesome example of second chances. He's a Good Man...
Kyanna Harris Hairston (7 дней назад)
Praise God🙌🏽
WorldIsFilledB (7 дней назад)
I wanna hear this guy say ey homes
Love Hagstedt (7 дней назад)
Only me who is expecting him to scream ”BIT CONNECT”?
Rebecca Kerr-Cowan (7 дней назад)
I have no idea why, but this gentleman makes me incredibly uncomfortable. However, his story is certainly valuable, and he seems to have a splendid way with words! A man of good character, despite his previous criminality. It’s never too late to join the civilised society. Very admirable. I respect this chap, but something is just off. He has a frightening aura, perhaps it’s unintentional. Unfortunately, I’m British so it’s hard for me to understand his accent (especially at the end of a sentence). Following along is slightly tricky :(
Judith Rios (12 часов назад)
He formed that terrfifying aura because of that gang. I sense nothing because I know where he comes from.
Harvey Wood (8 дней назад)
I dont think ms-13 members get bullied
Your Friend (8 дней назад)
Thank you Gerardo for this POWERFUL Message! Keep it up man!!!
T Rader (8 дней назад)
Makes me glad I grew up poor in Appalachia. I think I'd rather live on the side of a mountain, poor, than rich in any major US city.
Sergio - If he dies, he dies - Ramos (8 дней назад)
They're, rapists, they're murderers. And they aren't bring their best people. We will build the wall and trust me, Mexico will pay for it.
Judith Rios (12 часов назад)
The wall will not stop violence at all.
+Nelson Vega Step away from the wall.
Nelson Vega (4 дня назад)
don't talk about my country
James Carter (9 дней назад)
Wow...growing 👆I dont Join a gang... I was to busy working... Mowing grass...raking leaves.. shoveling snow... anything I could do for my Gang... Witch was my 👪.....had no time be bad...😂. I was to busy doing Good For my 👪... and looking back thank you God almighty... thank you for Me
Braxton Ayers (9 дней назад)
this is good
Pleb God (9 дней назад)
I wander if all the minecraft pvp kids watch this.
David Ruckuz (9 дней назад)
Just a little newsflash you might be out mentally but you’re not out physically in order for you to get out you know what time it is and that’s for most families
klout gxng (9 дней назад)
*gucci gang*
Chris Kerry (9 дней назад)
In scotland it is very different. We have young teams, nobody fought for money, drugs or power! but as tradition handed down. i have friends from all different places in the world and they have never heard something like this. But what is very strange is the city i am from, all the original areas have a crest that have the same design principle of each other. Fighting other areas was done out of fun most of the time at weekends but never walk in somewhere at anytime if you were known and don't expect not to get done. We policed ourselves in the areas by ourselves, anything happened it was sorted by the people and everybody was protected in the community. It was a violent time but as in most of the world it is all coming to a end, the youth must look at us and think wtf was going on, the people getting hurt and killed for nothing more than the fun of the fight.
open your mind (9 дней назад)
This guy right here officer!
Josh Josheron (10 дней назад)
I used to make fun of da principal..put milk on my head just like you Rodriguez
Gigatless (10 дней назад)
It's hilarious because it's just like the Key & Peele sketch! THEY ACT SO SIMILAR AHAHAHA
alex chop (10 дней назад)
Ted talks are an amazing thing.
Gary Washington (10 дней назад)
CONSEQUENCES
DJ LNR (10 дней назад)
Superb talk!!
LBC THANG (10 дней назад)
Did anyone else get so interested that they watched thw whole video this is one of the best
Jay Oliver (10 дней назад)
I'm proud of him. He's so brave for doing this. Thank you.
In Cognito (10 дней назад)
you want fries with that load of caca you got there?
Zachary Smith (10 дней назад)
Great video. I know exactly what he is talking about and I agree. People want to belong. I grew up in a broken home with a crazy vindictive mother. I have 2 younger brothers. Home wasn't home. My 2 brothers and I were miserable often and weren't close. After my youngest brother had a serious back injury at the age of 13, and had to give up sports, leaving his teammates, he found a new brotherhood. Arians. It took my family about 3 years to pull him out of that mess. The problems didn't end there but he is good now. I almost lost my brother.
John Smith (11 дней назад)
They should not be in the USA to start with.....moot info...!!
Fallen Blossoms (11 дней назад)
God bless this man and what he's doing for his community and kids. Great story and good job! Thank you.
brewshkuns (11 дней назад)
Microsoft Office 13?
Skvidi (11 дней назад)
This was made by M14 gang
Samantha Lane (11 дней назад)
what an amazing man
Shabir Master (12 дней назад)
Gerardo, you're inspiring and wish that there were more people like you around. Keep up the good work. 😀
Star Dust (12 дней назад)
Lol...
Carsen Christy (12 дней назад)
he’s so cute i love him
3ajeeb (12 дней назад)
7:20 a severe case of bad acting.
3ajeeb (12 дней назад)
Did he actually get out? if so, how? blood in blood out, no? I feel that part about that "interventionist" does not add up....but you know what, I think his story is true...reminded me of one I am very familiar with.
W1K3d_Scumpy (12 дней назад)
This inspired me to join a gang, thank you✊🏽
Luis Beltran (12 дней назад)
I grew up in ms neighborhood in the 80's and remember that back then the jr high amd high school gangtas would kick out side the elementary i went to , every now and then we would see guys or girls getting jumped out ( get beat down for 13 seconds by 3 or 4 persoms ). Back then it was easy in a way , only that some of them would just get jumped in to another clik a few day's later some went on with tjeir life. If I'm not mistaken it was araund the time american me came out that they got more strict about leaving the varrio.
Luis Beltran (12 дней назад)
I gre
WHITE NIGGER (12 дней назад)
Deport your self
Raining Glass (13 дней назад)
He sounds like a character straight out of Ghost Recon Wildlands
The White Van Man (8 дней назад)
La Plaga
Evelyn Ruiz (13 дней назад)
He made a great question at the end that truly reflects how society has yet to change its views on people’s history.
Allan Kwiatkowski (13 дней назад)
maybe if you put some effort into finding a job and less effort into thinking being a gang member was the way to make friends and have respect.also being harassed by your past is everywhere even here in Canada i can be stopped and searched anytime because of my past.And it reminds me of the Merle Haggard song,BRANDED MAN
Bret Bishop (13 дней назад)
Consequenses
stp479 (13 дней назад)
Good, now you can vote-Nancy Pelosi.
The Wraith (13 дней назад)
Wait he wasn't bullied by white kids? Weird.
Trry331 (14 дней назад)
Good speech, I feel like I see how it could happen
RoboJackster (14 дней назад)
C O N S E Q U E N C E S
dan krauz (14 дней назад)
Great speaker,  and a great story.
Is he just reping his gang
Bad NoWhale (15 дней назад)
Do they only get people named Ted to do these talks?
julieana mejia (13 дней назад)
Noel Fernandez nooo😂😂
Bad NoWhale (15 дней назад)
I'm 13 and I'm ready to join
Melania Alatalo (15 дней назад)
...and them I couldn’t stop watching these....
Christopher Cepicky (15 дней назад)
M14 Gang was here
Prasanna (15 дней назад)
The problem with hiring criminals is you make your self a potential Target for their past victims seeking revenge... But at the same time alienating them does not help the problem.
Drift (15 дней назад)
I love you!
Otakuforlife - (15 дней назад)
you can see john wick silently laughing in the corner..
Logan Trudel (15 дней назад)
"no matter where I go Iam not safe"........BRUH go to CANADA that's were I live 😀
Austin McFarlane (6 часов назад)
We only join gangs for the extra body heat. It's too cold
Nestor Lugo (13 дней назад)
Why does he talk like that? I bet he didn't talk like that to the judge when he was representing himself in court!
ChromatiSchism (3 дня назад)
Yeah, accent. He's actually very well-spoken. Xenophobia?
gabbyortegasauce (12 дней назад)
Its his accent 😂
WorldwideRailfan (15 дней назад)
I’m in M14 gang
Jala Mela (15 дней назад)
deport them all
TheGreatRakatan (15 дней назад)
Consequences! AND THEN!!! I got trampled by a herd of buffalo
DrLinden (16 дней назад)
If anyone liked this go watch the movie "American History X" it's an amazing movie
LemonOVA (16 дней назад)
who wants to join my fortnite clan
Greg Labolt (11 дней назад)
I have my own fortnite gang😂
DEATH WARMED-UP (13 дней назад)
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Nikola Nebulus (16 дней назад)
OFF TOPIC WHY ARE THERE 3 X'S ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE STAGE? HMMM I'M GONNA GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS EVEN IF IT TAKES ALL NIGHT!
Peace Full (14 дней назад)
😂🤣😂
Edgar Oliva (16 дней назад)
The reason why MS13 gang now exist in the US is because of the 70's/80's cold war in Central America. It all started in the 70's in Panama with dictator; Manuel Noriega, Cuban dictator; Fidel Castro, C.I.A and US/Russia cold war. It's a very long story to be told. Nothing begins out of nowhere. Do extensive research, find the source, find the truth. MS13 gang in the US is the result of the cold war between the US and Russia/Cuba and ex-Dictator; Manuel Noriega from Panama who was an informant for the C.I.A and the other side at the same time. You got to live it to believe it. ISIS terrorists is another cold war front experiment that went wrong and now the powerful countries that started it are trying to fix it!! There is so much to teach, so much to learn and so much to understand. Millions of refugees are the result of the cold war that never ends!!! US and Russia will never attack each other, otherwise it will be the end of humanity. Instead they pick vulnerable areas where they can test their new weapons, strategies and see who is better with no heart as to how many will die!! That is the cold war!!! The Regan administration did it in Central America and there after the democrats.. The Regan administration knew that Noriega was trafficking drugs from Colombia to the US, but the US looked the other way because Noriega was also accepting weapons from the US to feed it to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua to fight communism. Noriega also did it for the Cubans and Russians to fight government forces in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Once the war is not won, where do you think this unemployed mercenaries will migrate? If you build it, it will come!! Russia and Cuba did not care about it, because It will not come to their borders. With regards of MS13 gang pest, the Russians and Cubans planted a seed and now we are dealing with it!! Who won the Central American cold war?
Brandan B (16 дней назад)
Do audio books. Your voice is magic.
Nikola Nebulus (16 дней назад)
TRUMP GAVE THIS A THUMBS DOWN LOL
Nikola Nebulus (16 дней назад)
AZTEC WARRIOR!!!!!!!! I DON'T LIKE LOCKED DOORS!!!!!!! NO LOCKED DOORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its_Jotto _ (16 дней назад)
13:58 what the actual heck

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