Edward James Olmos gave a speech on Tuesday 20 Sep 11, titled, “We’re All in the Same Gang,” The title alone speaks volumes. We are all in the same gang. We need to look after each other, help out, love. Life is about love. Edward does much to encourage others to choose good, and to stay away from the awfulness of today’s gangs.
Besides acting, Olmos is an influential activist and advocate in the Hispanic community. Many of his causes revolve around youth and their problems, including violence and gangs.
He frequently speaks to youth groups, particularly at-risk youth, about making the right choices in life, the importance of education and the risks of being involved in gangs.
Olmos has been the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
He is the executive director of the Lives of Hazard Project, a national gang-prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
I believe that we are all in the same gang. I believe that all on earth are children of God. I desire to treat all as family, to love all as my own. I desire to encourage those affected by gangs to consider a better path, to have the strength to choose what is right, no matter the consequences. The Seven Steps Foundation can do much to help in this endeavor.
Thank you Edward for all the good you do. May good things continue to come into your life. May you continue to be a great influence for good on others.