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ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Honors Father Greg Boyle -- October 6th

ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter 14th Annual Garden Party

Honoring Father Greg Boyle of Homeboys Industries

What: ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills 14th Annual Garden Party
Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 No. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
When: Sunday, 6 October 2013, 3 to 6 p.m.

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Pasadena, California—14 September 2013: The ACLU-Southern California’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter will honor the ground-breaking work Father Greg Boyle and his colleagues at Homeboy Industries have done over the past 25 years at its 14th Annual Garden Party this October 6th.

Growing out of a program Father Boyle started in 1988 while pastor of Dolores Mission parish in Boyle Heights, Homeboy Industries has become the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the county and a model for similar efforts nationwide.

“Homeboy Industries has been the tipping point to change the metaphors around gangs and how we deal with them in Los Angeles County,” says Father Greg, who will be the Garden Party’s keynote speaker. “This organization has engaged the imagination of 120,000 gang members and helped them envision an exit ramp off the freeway of violence, addiction, and incarceration.”

Constitutional scholar Stephen Rohde will also review the U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded session, commenting on the effect key decisions will have on the civil liberties and civil rights the ACLU fights so hard to protect.

The ACLU is “at the forefront of efforts to ensure basic equity to all public school students in California, reform our local jails and criminal justice system, provide basic fairness for immigrants, and oppose discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation,” observes Rohde, who chairs the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and founded Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

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Funds raised at the Garden Party will support the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter’s work, which has focused especially on monitoring police practices in Pasadena and arguing for greater civilian oversight; working to make sure low-income and indigent community residents can find affordable housing; and supporting the ACLU’s advocacy of comprehensive immigration reform.

The award-winning chapter has also been developing mechanisms for bringing ACLU advocacy to our full 12-city service area and reaching young potential activists.

Suggested donation is $35; $10 for students and low-income individuals. Please reserve by September 25 at ACLU-SoCal Pasadena Foothills, PO Box 94289, Pasadena, California 91109.

Contact: 626.792.0657, Dick Price (dick_and_sharon@yahoo.com)

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