Gangs and School Violence

From John J. O’Boyle III
author: Hernandez, Leodoro
Gangs and School Violence
The book attempts to alert society about the real presence of gangs and school violence that exists in today’s society. The book touches upon gang culture; teacher education about gangs as a preventive measure; role of the parents regarding prevention of gang affiliation; gang language/graffiti/tattoos and music used by gangs. A comparison of the differences between gangs of the past and the “new” or “modern” gangs is also discussed. The main theme throughout the book, in so many words, “if society is not part of the solution then it is definitely part of the problem!” The book was very informative, easy to understand and one that I would refer to in the future.

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Little pink house : a true story of defiance and courage

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Benedict, Jeff
Little pink house : a true story of defiance and courage

Chronicles events leading up to the 2005 U.S. Supreme court decision Kelo
v. New London, CT. Susette Kelo and her Fort Trumbull neighbors sued after eminent domain was used by New London to pave the way for Pfizer
Pharmaceuticals R&D facility. They didn’t just want abandoned property;
they wanted the entire peninsula. This is when Pfizer got FDA approval for
Viagra, so they were expecting a windfall of cash. There’s no shortage of
villains: a college president, lawyers for the city, the New London
Development Corporation, Pfizer executives, the governor, and several
judges. Historically, eminent domain was used by governments to take
property from private citizens, if it helped the public good, such as to
construct roadways. In this case, it was used to take private property
from individuals and give it to a corporation because the second owner
could generate more revenue.¬† You will be outraged and you’ll cheer on the
plaintiffs. Hopefully you’ll also be galvanized to fight for state
legislation to limit the powers of eminent domain. It is as engrossing as
any suspense novel.