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
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.
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.
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 :(
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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?
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