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Description - Street Wars by Miki G. Hayden

Street Wars is an eyewitness story of peacemakers among street gangs in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and El Salvador. Tom Hayden argues that, like war veterans, gang members need counseling, treatment, training and alternatives, as well as public investment in jobs and education. He shows how gang members have become scapegoats and serve as justification for the continued growth of repressive law-and-order politics. The book also describes the phenomenon of street gangs throughout American history, predicts their growing globalization, and calls for a peace process as an alternative to the undeclared war. Though never officially acknowledged, over 25,000 young people have died in America's gang wars since 1980. Members of the Crips, Bloods, Mara Salvatrucha, 18th Street, Latin Kings, Blackstone Rangers, and Gangster Disciples are like traumatized war veterans with no way home. Tom Hayden, who spent ten years as an activist and public official working to understand and prevent gang violence in Los Angeles, here delivers a searing indictment of the neo-conservative politics of law and order that dominates current policy and suffocates inner city youth. He discusses how globalizatio

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781565848764
ISBN-10: 1565848764
Format: Hardback
(205mm x 165mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: The New Press
Publisher: The New Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Miki G. Hayden

Tom Hayden has been a human rights activist, community organizer, and public thinker since the 1960s. A California State Senator for 18 years, he is the author of eleven books and hundreds of essays. He lives in Los Angeles.