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" Homeboy Bakery is an alternative to kids who have found themselves, regrettably, in gangs and want to redirect their lives. "
" I founded Homeboy Industries in 1988 after I buried my first young person killed in our streets because of gang violence. "
" The task of dealing comprehensively with gangs belongs to the city, not to law enforcement. "
" Jesus did not only serve the needs of the people, but truly hoped that the people and Jesus would be one. "
" No kid is seeking anything when he joins a gang; he's always fleeing something. He's not being pulled; he's being pushed by the circumstances in which he finds himself. "
" When the vastness of God meets the restriction of our own humanity, words can't hold it. The best we can do is find the moments that rhyme with this expansive heart of God. "
" We can't get at crime unless we know what language it speaks. Otherwise, we are just suppressing the cough, not curing the disease. "
" Relapse happens, especially when you're dealing with folks who are frankly the least likely to succeed based on their own pasts and difficulties. We can work with the most likely to succeed. I'm not interested in that. "
" At its best, an injunction creates a kind of vigilant heat that moves kids toward the light. "
" There is no 'them' and 'us.' There is only us. "
" Most employers just aren't willing to look beyond the dumbest or worst thing someone has done. "
" I'm not opposed to success. "
" I'm not always optimistic, but I am hopeful. "
" 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. "
" All politics are local, and so in church. "
" Children find themselves adrift not because the informational signposts are illegible, but because there is no one around to guide and accompany them. "
" I have never seen a hopeful person join a gang. "
" The business of second chances is everybody's business. "
" The idea that any law enforcement agency or person would ever know these gang members better than Homeboy Industries is impossible. "
" The power of community policing is in the relationship. This can happen only if an officer sticks around for a while. "
" The arms of God reach to embrace, and somehow you feel yourself just outside God's fingertips. "
" Showing up in the lives of children is everything. "
" The margins don't get erased by simply insisting that the powers-that-be erase them. "
" We need a pope to oversee not simply a modernization of the church but its total transformation. "
" 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. "
" I'm not going to be here forever. I don't plan on going anywhere, but I don't know anybody for whom death is an exception. "
" We can't just settle for the low bar of pope as media-savvy, canny Curia manager. "
" 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. "
" Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez - these are people whose thoughts are so important. "
" I'm the priest who has been mistaken for an ATM machine. "
" The highest religious and spiritual ideals of any faith would invite us to a compassion for all lives destroyed by the violence that plagues us. "