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
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.
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?
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
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!
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??
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.
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.
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'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.
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