Bloods and Crips Gangs Unite for Peace

(L-R) Juan Bogan, Executive Director, Church of Scientology Inglewood,; rap artist Problem co-founder of HUNT; Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., Executive Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times; rap artist The Game, co-founder of HUNT ; hip hop artist, producer and member of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am, ; Minister Tony Muhammad, Nation of Islam’s Western Region representative; radio host Big Boy; hip hop artist apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas and Reverend Alfreddie Johnson, founder of the World Literacy Crusade. (Photo credit Malcolm Ali for Sentinel)
(L-R) Juan Bogan, Executive Director, Church of Scientology Inglewood,; rap artist Problem co-founder of HUNT; Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., Executive Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times; rap artist The Game, co-founder of HUNT ; hip hop artist, producer and member of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am, ; Minister Tony Muhammad, Nation of Islam’s Western Region representative; radio host Big Boy; hip hop artist apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas and Reverend Alfreddie Johnson, founder of the World Literacy Crusade. (Photo credit Malcolm Ali for Sentinel)

Members of L.A. Bloods and Crips gangs met in peace under one roof at the Nation of Islam’s meeting on July 17 and forged the “Bloods & Crips 2016 Peace Treaty, July 17th Cease Fire Agreement.”

They came after multi-platinums rapper The Game and Snoop Dogg, Problem, a rapper and Game’s best friend, and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan called on them to open dialogue on how to unite, stop the violence, and make their neighborhood a safe, decent place to live.

The Game said he loves his city as a whole, and is not scared to fight for it or humanity. He made the call for peace and unity through H.U.N.T. (Hunt Us Not Today) his initiative, which formed in response to the most recent violence.

That includes the police killings of Black men Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and five officers shot and killed in Dallas, Tx. during a protest of the Sterling and Castile shootings.

The incidents also helped to drive attendance at the unity meeting. The Game thanked those who made it their mission to attend the gathering for peace so as a collective unit they may save L.A.

Everyone wants to kill, The Game said, “But ask the same n——r with the gun if he ready to die, and they’re going to say no.”

“… let’s be men. When it’s a gun pointed at you, and it’s cocked back, and you know the only thing standing between you and the gun is God, why you wait until then to start praying, wishing, hoping. It only takes a second to lose your life,” The Game stated.

He said if gangs broker peace here, it will spread, because L.A. writes the passage for everything positive or negative that happens.

The artist spread the word on his far-reaching social media accounts. Popular radio host Big Boy of 92.3 FM/REAL promoted the peace summit on his show. Various organizations and activists shared flyers with their network.

Gang members, gang interventionists, and families of loved ones victimized by gang violence, filled the Church of Scientology’s three-story Vermont Community Center to hear a host of speakers and weigh-in on next steps. A strategy session is scheduled for July 21.

There were four over flow areas, including in front of the center, on the street, with a jumbo screen.

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Source: LA Sentinel