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Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence


Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking manual-memoir in the field of community violence intervention, is now being used as a textbook in university courses and intervention training programs.

Professors in the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s forensic psychology program made Peace in the Hood required reading for students this fall.

Additionally, Peace in the Hood was recently selected as the textbook for Project Kinship a crisis intervention worker training program in Irvine, California, funded by the Catholic Diocese of Orange County and conducted in conjunction with USC. Author Aquil Basheer is also serving as an instructor in program. Peace in the Hood is also the text for the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute peacekeeper courses in Los Angeles, Seattle, Tacoma, Montgomery County, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Peace in the Hood, by renowned interventionist Basheer and journalist Christina Hoag with a foreword by NFL Coach Pete Carroll, details a template for turning community members in neighborhoods plagued by gang and street violence into peacekeepers using Basheer’s tested model derived from four decades on the streets of Los Angeles. 

Having students read Peace in the Hood fulfills one of Basheer’s goals in writing the book. “It is a blueprint that can be replicated anywhere in the nation, indeed the world, with the aim of halting violence and bloodshed,” he said.

            Basheer also aims to bring more awareness about how communities can empower themselves to stop violence with a series of Peace in the Hood roundtable discussions. Three well attended sessions have been held in Los Angeles since the book’s release in July on the topics of gangs, youth violence and surviving police stops and arrests. More panel discussions are planned for next year.

Watch KNBC-TV’s piece on Peace in the Hood below!