Published: May 2014
Authors: George Galvis, Catalina Garzón, Freddy Gutierrez, Ruben Leal, Michael Muscadine, and Mar Velez
Foto-novela in English
This foto-novela, available in both English and Spanish, came out of the Youth Empowerment Zone Project of the Pacific Institute and Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ). The foto-novela shares the experiences of Oakland youth living in neighborhoods compounded by violence and simultaneous gentrification, and their and vision for creating opportunities for men of color. The aim of this project was to create a shared analysis of the root causes of violence based on lived experiences, and to generate policy solutions that address these root causes. A further goal of the project was to strengthen the leadership capacity of young people directly impacted by proposed gang injunction ordinances in Oakland’s Fruitvale District.