If you've become cynical about our ability to lessen violence in the inner-city, may I recommend "License to Operate." It is an eye opening documentary. The violence on the south side of Los Angeles is well documented. For many, it is a place to be avoided. For others, it is home. In order to make this home habitable again, a group of former gang members act as liaisons between the communities they helped create and law enforcement. As they do, they teach the viewer powerful lessons about grassroots, community based interventions. There isn’t a person working for a nonprofit or in public service who couldn’t use a refresher on these vital lessons. The rest of us can find hope in knowing our inner-city communities are worth saving and there are people on the frontlines.
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