From Trouble to Triumph

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ISBN 978-1-882688-54-8
Publication Date
October 2017
Page Count
80 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

From Trouble to Triumph

True Stories of Redemption from Drugs, Gangs, and Prison
Alisha M. Rosas

The San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County was a vibrant citrusand-nut growing area for much of the twentieth century before it became a suburban and industrial sprawl east of Los Angeles. Hidden among Mexican migrant camps and barrios were street gangs that from the 1960s to the present made this area known as “The Valley of Death.” Gang injunctions—where law enforcement targeted select gangs for curfews, stop-and-frisks, database gathering, arrests, and more—were first initiated here. By the 1980s, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, and other Asians with money bought out whole neighborhoods. Streets with shacks and unpaved roads now have mansions and town houses. Poorer residents were pushed
further east—to the Inland Empire, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and the deserts.

This book tells stories of six former gang members, drug addicts, and incarcerated men who lived through intense incidents of violence as well as shifts in populations, industry, and means—and how they overcame the odds.Good for use in prisons, juvenile lockups, schools, and community organizations to show that change is always possible, it is an argument for restorative justice, drug treatment, mental health
services, spiritual practices, jobs training, and the arts instead of mass incarceration.
About the Author

ALISHA M. ROSAS was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She is an advocate for educational access and equal rights for all. In 2007, she wrote the first book the United Farm Workers published in two decades, California’s Broken Promises: The Laws on the Books Are Not the Laws in the Fields. She is a believer in second chances, hope, and is inspired by the idea that all things will work out in the end.

LUIS J. RODRÍGUEZ, author of the best-selling memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., has conducted writing workshops, healing circles, talks, and readings in prisons, juvenile facilities, homeless shelters, migrant camps, Native American reservations, universities, libraries, and schools across the United States, Latin America, Japan, and Europe for the past forty years.