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Greg Boyle —
born on May 19, 1954,
Gregory "Greg" Joseph Boyle is an American Jesuit priest. He is the founder and Director of Homeboy Industries and former pastor of Dolores Mission Church... (wikipedia)
I work with gang members, and I feel a kind of affinity and gift, even. But who would've thunk it, you know? I mean, I didn't anticipate it.
You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear.
People have to see that there is a high degree of complexity about belonging to a gang. It's a symptom, not a problem.
Even gang members imagine a future that doesn't include gangs.
Kids are different from adults. They are not as developed as far as brain science, controlling impulses, and maturity, and fall prey to all kinds of pressures.