Barbara: A Voice against Gang Violence

Barbara Johnson’s grandson was an active participant in the Community Mentoring Program for court assigned youth for over a year until he lost his life to gang violence.  Rather than turn her grief into rage, Barbara was able to take her tragic experience and make it into something constructive.  With assistance from La Casa she became a motivational speaker against violence, volunteering with the Community Mentoring Program and participating in a Public Service Announcement and even the documentary, Mothers of Murdered Sons. As a result of her efforts she was recognized with the Donald K. Tucker Grass Roots Community Award for her tireless efforts to educate the public about gang violence.

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