Nane Alejandrez, Founder and Executive Director of Barrios Unidos, is a veteran activist in California's Latino communities, struggling to stop what he calls "the madness that destroys our youth.
From the Barrio to the United Nations, Alejandrez
has spread his
message, which combines analysis of the root causes of crime with concrete programs that offer youth positive alternatives.
believes a spiritual and cultural movement must take place to Rescue (their gifts), Release (their potential), and Restore (their promise).
also works in collaboration with the Fair Trade Movement for coffee growers in Central America and African Countries to help educate the public on fair trade and farmer's sustainability.
is actively involved in decreasing the incarceration and recidivism rates of youth, adults, and those at risk of the penal code system, by providing alternatives within the institutions and communities.
has served as Co-Chair of the Urban Peace Summit in Kansas City.
has been recognized for his
inspiring efforts and is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Fellowship
of Reconciliation Martin Luther King Jr. Award, the Sankofa Lifetime Achievement Award and a fellowship for the California Wellness Foundation
As well, Barrios Unidos
has received the Leteher-Moffitt Memorial Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies
has been featured on Talk Shows including "Christina and Santa Cruz Community
has also been featured on A. & E. Biography Series, Danny Glover's T.V. Program, "Courage" and on many cover feature magazines including Y.E.S. Magazine
, El Andar
, Low Rider Magazine
, and Metro Active