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" Abject poverty, political instability, torture, and other abuses push thousands across our border. There is not a deterrent imaginable that equals the conditions that force their migration. "
" All politics are local, and so in church. "
" Anyone who knows gangs knows that lawmakers cannot conceive of a law that would lead a hard-core gang member to 'think twice.' "
" As a society, we come up lacking in many of the marks of compassion and wisdom by which we measure ourselves as civilized. "
" As much as I dislike the suggestion of single solutions to complex problems, jobs are as close as we will get to a single, effective answer to the enormous problem of gangs. "
" At its best, an injunction creates a kind of vigilant heat that moves kids toward the light. "
" Businesses have come and gone at Homeboy Industries. We have had starts and stops, but anything worth doing is worth failing at. We started Homeboy Plumbing. That didn't go so well. Who knew? People didn't want gang members in their homes. I just didn't see that coming. "
" Children find themselves adrift not because the informational signposts are illegible, but because there is no one around to guide and accompany them. "
" Delegations from all over the world visit Homeboy Industries and scratch their heads as we tell them of our difficulty in placing our people in jobs after their time with us. Americans' seeming refusal to believe in a person's ability to redeem himself strikes these folks as foreign indeed. "
" Does God feel like that same-sex marriage could happen? I don't think anybody who has a connection to God and God's understanding and depth of compassion who's gonna say 'no.' "
" Don't forget, you are the hero of your own story. "
" Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez - these are people whose thoughts are so important. "
" Even gang members imagine a future that doesn't include gangs. "
" For over twenty years, Homeboy Industries has chosen to stand with those on the margins and those whose burdens are more than they can bear; it stands with the poor and the powerless, with the easily-despised and the readily-left out. "
" Gang members aren't frightened into acceptable behavior by increased penalties, enhanced punishments, and the promise of new detention facilities. "
" Gangs are bastions of conditional love, and one of the ways to counteract it is to offer community, which will always trump gang, and that's what happens at Homeboy Industries. "
" Gangs are born of a lethal absence of hope, and hope has an address: 130 W. Bruno St. in Los Angeles, CA 90012. "
" God can get tiny if we're not careful. "
" God is compassion. "
" God seems to be an unwilling participant in our efforts to pigeonhole Him. "
" Homeboy Bakery is an alternative to kids who have found themselves, regrettably, in gangs and want to redirect their lives. "
" Homeboy Industries has chosen to stand with the 'demonized' so that the demonizing will stop; it stands with the 'disposable' so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away. "
" I always have a funny story at communion time that underscores that no one is perfect, and that communion is not for perfect people but for hungry people. "
" I didn't take my vows to the LAPD. "
" I do believe in lessons learned. I have learned that you work with gang members and not with gangs; otherwise, you enforce the cohesion of gangs and supply them oxygen. "
" I don't believe in mistakes. Everything belongs, and, as the homies say, 'It's all good.' "
" I don't save people. God saves people. I can point them in the right direction. I can say, 'There's that door. I think if you walked through it, you'd be happier than you are.' "
" I feel called to be faithful. "
" I founded Homeboy Industries in 1988 after I buried my first young person killed in our streets because of gang violence. "
" If the Los Angeles Police Department had enough officers, it could focus on one part of the community and stay there long enough to know and respect the people the officers are called on to protect and serve. "
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