How does radical kinship support former gang members? | KALW

How does radical kinship support former gang members?

Dec 25, 2018

Father Gregory Boyle was a pastor at a church in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, a time of devastating gang violence.

Boyle responded to the violence in the community by working with gang members and formerly incarcerated people. He started an organization that eventually came to be known as Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang rehabilitation project in the world. In his new book, Barking to the Choir: The power of radical kinship, Boyle explores the spiritual lessons learned from the stories of the former gang members he has worked with.


Father Gregory Boyle, founder of the Homeboy Industries, author of Tattoos on the Heart and now Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. Boyle is also a recipient of the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame and in 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.


Web Resources:


Forbes: Homeboy Humility: Growing Stronger And Better By Listening

California Museum: Father Gregory Boyle

Simon & Schuster: Barking to the Choir

Homeboy Industries