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                   Peace in the Hood

 Working with Gang Members to End the Violence


        "A tremendously effective model...the spark of change

                       that will flourish for decades to come..."

                                     - Pete Carroll, Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks 

  "Aquil Basheer and co-author Christina Hoag give a unique and heroic memoir that has the blood-haunted

and thrilling narrative immediacy of David Simon's The Wire..."

                         - Celeste Fremon, author of G-Dog and the Homeboys


         "A must read for anyone engaged in violence prevention

                          and community building..." 

                                   - Jorja Leap, University of California Los Angeles 



Available in hardcover and paperback

                                                   Turner Publishing, 2014


About the Book

       Peace in the Hood is a groundbreaking memoir-manual on the concept of turning gang members and others in violent-prone neighborhoods into community peacekeepers. Basheer's proven model was honed by his four decades of working the streets of South Los Angeles.

       The book is used as a text in the University of Southern California's School of Social Work, UCLA's School of Public Welfare, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's forensic psychology program, as well as in violence intervention training programs in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, California; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; Montgomery County, Maryland; Newark, N.J., and the District of Columbia.

        The documentary, License to Operate, featuring Basheer and his intervention team, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in May 2015.

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