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San Francisco youth organizers.  Source: Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY)

San Francisco youth organizers. Source: Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY)

The city of San Francisco is known all over the world for its natural beauty, gourmet restaurants, and booming nightlife. When people think about San Francisco, they don’t often think about gang violence. But that’s just what’s been plaguing the city’s mission district for many years.

On this edition, Making Contact intern Joaquin Palomino spoke to former gang members, and other mission residents, about gang injunctions, a controversial legal strategy that’s divided the community. Some call it a solution, but many believe it’s an ineffective measure that does more damage than good.


Renee Quinonez, Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (H.O.M.E.Y.) executive director; Renee Saucedo, La Raza Centro Legal community activist and lawyer; Dennis Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney; Nancy Hernandez, H.O.M.E.Y. youth mentor; Francisco, Mission resident and artist; Ruben Palomares, Conscious Youth Media Collective student; Mike Trigger, H.O.M.E.Y. artist.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Intern Producer: Joaquin Palomino
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Samson Reiny and Elena Botkin-Levy
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

This program was produced as part of National Radio Project’s internship program. Go to our homepage and click on “Get Involved” to learn more about it.

For more information:

Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth – San Francisco, CA

La Raza Centro Legal – San Francisco, CA

PODER – San Francisco, CA

Conscious Youth Media Crew – San Francisco, CA

Homeboy Industries – Los Angeles, CA


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Author: Radio Project

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