A Savvy Portrait of Spreading, Evolving Gangs
Gangs are spreading across the United States, seemingly immune from general decreases in violent crime, advancing a tide of hopeless violence. Writing for the LA Weekly, Peter Landesman delivers a long, sensitively reported piece on the deepening gang crisis. Landesman reports from the notorious cradle of gang activity, the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles. He never gets bogged down clichéd assumptions, however, eschewing all caricatures of rap-infused gang life and instead writing about the real, complex causes of gang violence, which frighteningly has become “more codeless, more arbitrary and more brutal than ever” as it spreads outside of its traditional urban strongholds into suburban and rural communities.
Pagans, Wiccans, Muggles, and the Law
You never know when the authorities might show up at your pagan bonfire…
FBI Raids Unite Left, Right in Reaction
When the FBI raided the homes of antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago last week, the ensuing public reaction was notable for its stereophonic quality: The loudest cries of skepticism and outrage came from both left and right …
Former Gang Members Unite on the Clock
What’s the secret to stemming gang violence in Los Angeles? Get kids off the street and put them to work—but only if they want to….