Co-Founder Connie Rice is a pioneer in the effort to reduce gang violence and transform inequitable systems. Her groundbreaking methods and expertise are uniquely effective, and have been adopted in communities throughout California, in several U.S. states, and internationally.
In her work with the Urban Peace Institute she has enacted new strategies to help cities approach gang epidemics. For example, her work in Los Angeles has contributed to a 15% decrease in gang violence; the creation of the city’s Gang Reduction & Youth Development office (GRYD); the establishment of a gang violence interventionist training academy, which has trained thousands of interventionists and police officers to work together towards keeping peace in the streets; and creation of the Community Safety Partnership, which has reduced violent crime in targeted public housing developments by 70%.
The significant progress towards curbing gang violence in Los Angeles was evaluated in A Call To Action: Los Angeles’ Quest to Achieve Community Safety.
Video of Connie Rice
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Connie Rice on Town Hall with Gwen Ifill
Town Hall audience members answer questions about racism and the privilege of being white in America.
Connie Rice Speaks at our 15th Anniversary Event
Advancing Safety: Watts in Action
21st Century Civil Rights
Harry Belafonte with Connie
Rice on PBS’ Tavis Smiley
The veteran civil rights attorney, out with her memoir, Power Concedes Nothing, discusses why the poor have to make demands and hijack power. Watch online: Attorney-activist Connie Rice from Tavis Smiley. On demand, streaming video from PBS
Reducing Gang Violence
2012 L.A. Gang Violence Conference
New “Jim Crow” Crisis
Unfortunately Stupidity isn’t Unconstitutional
“POWER CONCEDES NOTHING”: ONE WOMAN’S QUEST TOWARDS FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE
In her extraordinary memoir, Rice chronicles her odyssey, the people who inspired her, and the teams she forged with allies and former foes. She counts among her partners LAPD police chiefs William Bratton and Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and gang interventionists such as Darren “Bo” Taylor.
In her trek through gangland, Rice discovers that if you bury the underclass, you imperil yourself. Provocative and passionate, studded with dramatic episodes from the trenches of impact litigation and America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Power Concedes Nothing is the story of an indomitable woman who knows that, without a demand, power concedes nothing.
News Coverage of Connie Rice
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Connie Rice Talks to CNN About Relationship-Based Policing
How Budget Cuts Have Forced San Diego’s Hand On Gang Policing
Rodney King Beating was ‘Catalytic’ Moment for LAPD, says Rice
‘Miracle’ Reduction in South L.A. Crime
Rice’s Message to LA’s Next Mayor: Public Safety Is Priority!
Rice: Mexican Cartels Make LA Look Italy of 80 Years Ago
Connie Rice: Mexican Cartels Making L.A. Look Like Italy of 80 Years Ago | Interview | SoCal Connected | Shows | KCET
The Los Angeles of today would be a very different place if Connie Rice had not worked so hard on many of the problems we faced in the ’90s. From gangs to reforming the LAPD, she’s been on the front lines. She talks to Madeleine Brand about crime and gangs in L.A.