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Long Island v/s MS 13

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Long Island vs. MS-13 Gang

NOVEMBER 03, 2016 AT 6:29 PM Metro Focus

Long Island’s gang violence epidemic continues to rage on in Brentwood as another name is added to the growing list of casualties. The skeletal remains of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, a known gang member, were recently discovered in the woods behind the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. Many are beginning to worry that there are still more bodies to be found, and authorities remain on high alert as they investigate each murder and their possible connections to the notorious MS-13 gang. Tonight, in an exclusive MetroFocus interview, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini gives us an update on the investigations.

Homies Unidos was invited by Council of Thought and Action(COTA) to Hempstead, Long Island in an effort to be proactive to the issues affecting their neighborhood. We cannot be reactive to the violence in our communities, we cannot rely that law enforcement will solved the problem.

Long Island Vv/s MS 13

Long Island Vv/s MS 13

Step up and vote on November 8th!

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Step up and vote on November 8th!

Exercise your right to vote, even if you are not a citizen yet, with the right to vote, but do not forget that many of your family members, friends and coworkers can vote. Reach to everyone and step up and vote on November 8th!

Homies Unidos is a nonpartisan organization. Over the years we haven’t pledge neither affiliated with no political party neither any candidate. But in the other hand we have lived our share of injustice and inequality, we are incredulous, stunned by the many unjustly convicted or incarcerated. The Criminal Justice is more than broken by shattered in thousand pieces. What is more than scary but astonishing is that One of California’s most prominent federal judges, Reagan-appointed, has questioned fairness of criminal-justice system Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit court of appeals.”[1]

Over one year ago, Kozinski stated, “Police investigators have vast discretion about what leads to pursue, which witnesses to interview, what forensic tests to conduct and countless other aspects of the investigation,” Kozinski wrote. “Police also have a unique opportunity to manufacture or destroy evidence, influence witnesses, extract confessions and otherwise direct the investigation so as to stack the deck against people they believe should be convicted. Wow.”[2]

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Central American Young Women Project

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

You can help us reach our goal

In solidarity with Central American Refugees (CAR), Homies Unidos is proposing to put together the first locally-accessible Central American Young Women Project. The main purpose will be to ensure that these refugee young women feel welcomed, provide health resources and on-the-spot referrals, build a supportive community, and create opportunities for positive feedback and self-esteem-building.

Our Pitch

Homies Unidos is grateful and proud of being part of our community achievements, we have done so much with your support which its been vital, without the Central American Youth Council we would not have done this. Although we are gaining momentum in some communities of Los Angeles, there is still a stronger need to empower young indigenous women in South Central, Westlake and Pico-Union.

Central American Young Women are asking for space for/by/with them, to flourish all their abilities, skills and accomplish their thousand times broken dreams due to unaccounted violence, abuse, that has prevented them to have a sense of identity and build together the needed popular power, to redefine a clear road to recovery, equality and unity within their own selves, families and communities. Frequently we indicate the unaccompanied minors’ epiphany, we have devoted considerate resources and hearts to support their cause to survive, progress and have a better future. Nevertheless, it is an endless road of challenges, we have realized that we are slowly making progress as a community by creating social services centralized for boys but not specific for young girls, which would bring awareness to gender, race, identity and cultural biases.

The Central American Young Women Project would map the road to self-awareness and women, cultural identity and origins, how to prevent violence and sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, lack of jobs, professional development and many other issues that ultimately rest on the hands and arms of the future women of our communities, women are essential and the soul of our communities’ strengths and weaknesses. The young women of today and the future women of tomorrow that have to have a specific space to pave the community recovery, healing and self-recognition of its potential, with the unquestionable gifts and contributions of the Young Women. They will go trough the Xinachtli curriculum for young women, the Youth Leadership Program and the II Central American Youth Leadership Conference, to eventually consolidate the Central American Youth Council in conjunction with the young men.

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How We’ll Put Your Donations to Work

Homies Unidos is already doing the work with 7 girls out of 30 participants in two high schools, which is better this year in comparison with one from last year. But they are included within The Joven Noble curriculum, which is mostly for young boys. Regardless we achieve or not the whole goal, the funds will be focus in human investment, with the goal to compensate with stipends some of the most committed young women and Homies Unidos staff. They will have to reassess the needs, readapt the curriculum, build a proper work plan and implement the project starting this summer.

The major people contribution is getting the word out, sharing our campaign with all their social media and personal contacts.

With your monetary help, we’ll raise funds to continue helping unaccompanied minors integrate into their community, homes and schools. We will be able to remove tattoo of young man and women who now enjoy a better employment and have reduced the possibilities of being a target of violence or police harassment.

If you make a gift online today, we will be able to continue helping our community in stopping another cycle of violence and empower our members to become agents of change.

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Homies Unidos started reaching out to schools and community service providers to refer CAR youth who needs mental health or legal services. As part of a preventive strategy we will begin implementing the National Compadres Network’s Xichatcli curriculum,Through this fundraiser we will address the needs of our young women where they can share experiences and be introduced to health and legal services providers among other resources.

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Youth Trip to the School of the Americas Watch Vigil

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Nov2015webbanner (1)The School of The Americas(SOA) Watch Vigil is held every year in November. This year, it is being held from November 21-23. Thousands of individuals come together at the gates of the SOA and commemorate martyrs in
Latin America who lost their lives; such as the Jesuit priests in El Salvador and thousands of Guatemalan indigenous people due to training of Latin American military battalions trained by the U.S. SOA in Columbus, Georgia. Through our presence at this vigil, Homies Unidos members will learn to be advocates for Human Rights, hear from survivors of torture, and meet courage’s men and women who have been fighting to stop militarization in Central America during the 1980s. They will take part in a panel to speak of their ordeal as unaccompanied minors and the connection of U.S. continued involvement in destabilizing of the region.

Meet Jonathan at the School of the Americas Watch Vigil

These youth also took part of our Joven Noble rites of passage program and the Youth Leadership Training during the summer. They were the main organizer of the Central American Youth Leadership Conference this past September 19th. They are now forming the Central American Youth Council in which they will be working to address issues of Central American youth.

This is Homies Unidos 2nd participation of the vigil; in 2014 we took three youth. We drove back and stopped in different places to speak with community organizer working in labor issues in New Orleans, Immigrant issues in Arizona. Daniela Ojeda, one of the past participants, will be educating the new participants on her experience and will be join in us. Click to learn more

 

HIPGive2Health, Together We Can Heal Our Central American Refugee Youth

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Central American Youth Conference

You can help us reach our goal

In solidarity with Central American Refugees (CAR), Homies Unidos is proposing to put together the first locally-accessible Central American Youth Conference. The main purpose will be to ensure that these refugee youth feel welcomed, to celebrate and promote Central American art and culture, provide health resources and on-the-spot referrals, facilitate a legal resources workshop, showcase their stories and experiences, build a supportive community, and create opportunities for positive feedback and self-esteem-building. HIPGive

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With your support we will be able to:

  • Provide training for 15 CAR youth this summer through our Youth Leadership Training to learn about how tell their stories and advocate to elected officials and community about their experience to gain support and start healing.
  • Youth Leadership graduates will spearhead the organizing of the Central American Youth Conference In September 19, 2015 at Santee Educational Complex.
  • Facilitate a preventive holistic health process of integration of the youth, which will be launched within the youth conference, workshops and the resource fair.
  • Youth will enjoy Central American art, culture and music to address issues of identity.

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Homies Unidos started reaching out to schools and community service providers to refer CAR youth who needs mental health or legal services. As part of a preventive strategy we began implementing the National Compadres Network’s Joven Noble curriculum, character development program to provide a safe space where they can express themselves with indigenous traditional tools. Even though, with limited resources we have served over 58 youth in four different schools: Santee High, Hawthorne High, Hawkins High and L.A. River.   Through this Conference we will address the need to bring youth from other schools where to a place where they can share experiences and be introduced to health and legal services providers among other resources.

Hispanics In Philanthropy Matching Program

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LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

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“Vos Sos Mi Canto” Concert to Benefit Child Refugees

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Concert “VOS SOS MI CANTO” dedicated to children detained in the centers of migration. On October 4th we will start 5:30PM with a Immigration forum. We have organize two shows, 7PM and 9:30 pm, with the collaboration of distinguished Central American artists (see below), we will also collect basic necessities that children need in a detention center we are partnering with, the proceeds of the concert will be used for training and transportation . for more info

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Placas, The Most Dangerous Tattoo

Monday, March 17th, 2014

“PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo” a play by Paul Paul S. Flores, directed by Michael John Garces and starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash will go on a six city U.S. Tour this coming spring including dates with the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC, Salinas, Laney College Theater in Oakland, Los Angeles Theater Center,Su Teatro in Denver and the Traveling Puerto Rican Theatre Company presented by Pregones in New York City.

Played by Ric Salinas from Culture Clash
Inspired by true events and in part in the life of Alex Sanchez  of Homies Unidos

Thursday April 3 Benefit event  after performance for Homies Unidos Q & A with cast and Alex Sanchez. To buy ticket for play and benefit event call Alex Sanchez for info. 213-793-1050 or follow link: Homies Unidos Benefit

Friday April 4 @ 6pm pre-performance conversation “Healing From Violence” with Father Greg Boyle, Jerry Tello and Alex Sanchez Saturday

April 5 post performance party and reception with cast and crew Sunday

April 6 @ 1pm Youth Voice for Change featuring youth presentations from Boyle Heights

 

For details on dates in each city, click on the website links below

Placas, The Most Dangerous Tattoo

 

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GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, DC
Friday – Saturday March 14-15
http://bit.ly/1mtvN4E

Alisal High School, Salinas, CA
Wednesday – Saturday March 19 – 22
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/603046

Laney College Theater, Oakland, CA
Wednesday – Saturday March 26-29
www.sfiaf.org/placas_2014

Los Angeles Theater Center, Los Angeles, CA
Thursday – Saturday April 3-6
www.thelatc.org

Su Teatro, Denver CO
Thursday – Sunday April 10-13
http://suteatro.org/201314-season/

Traveling Puerto Rican
Wednesday April 16
http://www.pregones.org/

Homies Unidos Invites you to a night of music and dancing in support of our incarcerated families.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

English Information Below:

Homies Unidos les invita a una noche de música y diversión en apoyo a nuestra familias encarceladas. 

Homies Unidos y el Consulado de El Salvador les invita a una noche de música y diversión para apoyar la Asociación Salvadoreña De Apoyo a Privados De Libertad En El Exterior (ASAPLE) es una organización en El Salvador que aboga para los derechos humanos de familiares Salvadoreños detenidos en las prisiones de California. Homies Unidos se ha unido a coordinar el trabajo de la Directora de ASAPLE, Elisa Jurado en Los Ángeles.
Hay cientos de gente en las prisiones en California y muchos de ellos ya cumplieron sus sentencias, pero no los dejan salir, Unos se encuentran con enfermedades terminales y no reciben tratamiento apropiado, otros sufren violaciones de sus derechos humanos. La Sra. Elisa Jurado por más de ocho años ha estado luchando ganar la libertad de estos ciudadanos Salvadoreños.
En un crimen hay más de una víctima, la familia de la víctima y el victimario sufren el dolor de perder a su ser querido. Únanse con nosotros el sábado 4 de mayo y escuchen a Elisa Jurado y las historias de nuestras familias mientras recaudamos fondos apoyar este importante trabajo.

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA)
2845 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, California 90005
6PM-12AM
$5 Donacion Minima
Checkes se pueden hacer a Homies Unidos Inc.
Baile, Comida y Bevidas estara diponible

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English: Homies Unidos Invites you to a night of music and dancing in support of our incarcerated families.
Homies Unidos and the Consulate of El Salvador invites you to a night of music and fun to support the Salvadoran Association in support of freedom deprived in the Exterior (ASAPLE) is an organization in El Salvador, which advocates for the rights of Salvadoran relatives incarcerated in the prisons of California. Homies Unidos has joined to coordinate the work of the Director of ASAPLE, Elisa Jurado in Los Angeles.
There are hundreds of people in prisons in California who have completed their minimum require sentences, but they continue in prison year after year, some are with terminal illnesses and do not receive appropriate treatment, others suffer violations of their human rights. Ms. Elisa Jurado for more than eight years has been fighting to win the freedom of these Salvadoran citizens.
There is more than one victim in a crime; the families of the victim and the aggressor suffer the pain of losing their loved one. Join us on Saturday, May 4 and listen to the stories of our families while we raise funds to continue the very important work of Elisa Jurado.

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA)
2845 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, California 90005
6PM-12AM
$5 minimum donation
Checks can be made out to Homies Unidos Inc.
Dancing Food and beverages will also be available

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El Salvador Gang Truce One-year Anniversary, TAGSPPES Statement/Declaración de TAGSPPES Sobre el Aniversario de Un Año de la Tregua en El Salvador

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
TAGSPPES Statement on the One-year Anniversary of the Truce in El Salvador
Statement: 
March 9th 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the truce between El Salvador’s two major gangs, MS-13 and Barrio 18. The peace agreement can be credited with saving thousands of lives and dropping El Salvador for the first time off the list of countries with the highest homicide rates for 2012. Despite much public skepticism about the reliability and durability of the truce, the benefits of the truce continue to grow. It is important to recognize what an enormous and historic achievement this peace represents, and to credit the small group of individuals and groups that have worked tirelessly to make this peace a reality — in particular the leadership of MS-13 and Barrio 18, the facilitators of the truce, Raul Mijango and Monsignor Fabio Collindres and their team, and those within the Salvadoran government who sup-ported this process. The Organization of American States (OAS) deserves special mention for its courageous stand as guarantor of the truce and the leadership it has taken in the international community.

It is imperative that this process, which has established greater public safety in El Salvador than years of expensive and harsh law enforcement, be supported by all stakeholders. The benefits of a safer and more peaceful society accrue and belong to all of Salvadorans , not only the participants of the truce. The introduction of the second phase, the violence free municipalities, is a welcome opportunity to share the peace dividend from the truce to some of the communities most affected by violence in El Salvador. The formation of the Fundacion Humanitario and the addition of three other gangs (Mao Mao, La Máquina y la Mirada Locos), Father Antonio Rodriguez and mayors from both major political parties to the ranks of those supporting the truce and actively working for peace gives strength and additional legitimacy to the process.

However despite the success of the peace process and additional supporters, there is much more sup-port required to ensure the peace lasts and cycle of violence that has afflicted El Salvador for over thirty years ends. For this reason it is imperative that all of Salvador-an society be part of this process in order for it to succeed.

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Los Angeles, Alex Sanchez: asanchez@homiesunidos.org

New York, steve.vigil@gmail.com
Washington D.C., Luis Cardona: luiscardo@hotmail.com and Juan Pacheco: peacewarrior703@gmail.com
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Declaración de TAGSPPES Sobre el Aniversario de Un Año de la Tregua en 
El Salvador

Declaración: 

El 9 de marzo 2013, se cumplió el primer aniversario de la tregua entre las dos pandillas más grandes de El Salvador, MS-13 y Barrio 18. Se puede dar crédito al acuerdo de paz por salvar miles de vidas y por sacar a El Salvador por primera vez fuera de la lista de países con las tasas más altas de homicidios en el 2012. A pesar de un gran escepticismo público acerca de la durabilidad de la tregua, los beneficios de la tregua continúan creciendo. Es importante reconocer que esta paz representa un gran logro histórico, y se puede dar crédito a los individuos y grupos que han trabajado incansablemente para hacer que esta paz sea una realidad – en particular el liderazgo de la MS-13 y Barrio 18, los facilitadores de la tregua, Raul Mijango y Monseñor Fabio Colindres y sus equipo, y a los que estan dentro del gobierno salvadoreno que apoyaron a este proceso. La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), merece una mención especial por su valiente posición de garante de la tregua y el liderazgo que ha tenido en la comunidad internacional.

Es importante que este proceso, que ha establecido una mayor seguridad pública en El Salvador que en los años de aplicación de la ley costosa y extrema (Mano Dura), siga adelante con el apoyo de todos los grupos de interes. Los beneficios de una sociedad más segura y más pacífica pertenecen a toda la sociedad salvadoreña, no sólo a los participantes de la tregua. La introducción de la segunda fase, los municipios libres de violencia, es una buena oportunidad para compartir el dividendo de la paz de la tregua a algunas de las comunidades más afectadas por la violencia en El Salvador. También es importante la formación de la Fundación Humanitario y la adición de tres otras pandillas (Mao Mao, La Máquina y la Mirada Locos), Padre Toño y los alcaldes de los dos partidos políticos principales en las filas para que apoyen a la tregua y trabajen activamente por la paz, dar fuerza, y den legitimidad adicional al proceso.
Sin embargo, a pesar del éxito del proceso de paz y los partidarios adicionales, se necesita más apoyo para asegurar que la paz siga y el ciclo de la violencia que ha afectado a El Salvador desde hace más de treinta años finalise. Por esta razón, es importante que todos los de la sociedad salvadoreña sean parte de este proceso, para que tenga éxito.

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Los Angeles, Alex Sanchez: asanchez@homiesunidos.org

New York, steve.vigil@gmail.com
Washington D.C., Luis Cardona: luiscardo@hotmail.com and Juan Pacheco: peacewarrior703@gmail.com
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Hearing To Dismiss all Charges Against Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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– All Charges to be dropped against Alex Sanchez Wednesday, January 16th at 8:30 a.m.
– Press conference with supporters of Alex Sanchez after hearing
 

CONTACT: Elvira Padilla 213-399-2606

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Government Requests that Court Drop RICO Charges Against Peacemaker Alex Sanchez:

Defense reveals flaws in 2009 Grand Jury indictment

Los Angeles, California – January 15, 2013 – After a three-and-a-half-year ordeal that began in June of 2009, the government has requested that the court dismiss all the charges brought in a RICO grand jury indictment against peacemaker Alex Sanchez.  According to the official filing, the government specifically reserves the right to re-indict.   Alex Sanchez now awaits a court order issued by Judge Fischer that will make the dismissal final, but by all indications, a new chapter can begin for Sanchez, his family and supporters. A press conference will be held on January 16 after court hearing.

Most of all Sanchez is relieved that his name will be cleared and he can begin to rebuild his life. Sanchez and his attorney Amy Jacks released the following statement. “We applaud the government for conscientiously re-evaluating the case and recognizing that the evidence it presented to the grand jury does not support the charges brought against Alex.  This has been a long time coming but the government has now made the right decision by recommending dismissal of the case against Alex.  If the court grants the government’s motion, Alex can focus on what he has done so well for many years: helping our community with gang intervention and prevention and promoting peaceful solutions to our conflicts.”

History. On June 24, 2009, internationally recognized human rights defender and peacemaker Alex Sanchez was erroneously named in a 66-page federal indictment, charging him and twenty-three others under the RICO Act, with being active members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and alleging criminal acts of conspiracy.

Alex Sanchez was denied bail twice, first by Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg in June 2009 and by Judge Manuel Real in October 2009. As guarantee that Alex did not pose a flight risk or danger to his community, the court was presented with overwhelming support from the community: more than $2.5 million in sureties of affidavit and property deeds and hundreds of letters testifying to Alexʼs character from local residents, prominent academics, civic and community leaders, law enforcement and peace workers. Alex Sanchez remained imprisoned for over 6 months. His legal team then led by Kerry Bensinger appealed the October 2009 ruling to the Ninth Circuit and they ordered Judge Real to reopen the bail hearing and make his decision based on “findings of fact.” Alex was granted bail on January 13th, 2010.

Supporters always maintained that Alex should not be on trial to begin with. The public outcry against his indictment led to We Are Alex organizing chapters to open across the country to bring attention to his case and important work.

WHAT/WHO:     Press Conference with peacemaker Alex Sanchez, his attorney and supporters

WHEN:               Wednesday, January 16th 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:             Roybal Federal Building 8th Floor

255 East Temple Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-1565 or (213) 894-2215

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