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Overcoming Adventures

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Alexandra Rostro

on 24 May 2014

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Did they attend college? Contribution to Society.

Although Luis dropped out of high school at 15, he later returned and graduated from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, where he led school walkouts and became president of To Help Mexican American Students . He later attended California State University, Los Angeles briefly from 1972–1973, becoming a member of the Chicano activist group MEChA, but eventually dropped out. Then In 1980, he began attending night school at East Los Angeles College, and working as a photographer for several area publications. That summer he attended a workshop for minority journalists at UC Berkeley, after which he covered crime and other urban issues for the San Bernardino Sun. At the same time, he continued to be active in East Los Angeles, leading a group of barrio writers and publishing ChismeArte, a Chicano art journal, out of an office at Self Help Graphics & Art. He began facilitating writing workshops and talks in prisons and juvenile lockups in 1980 starting in Chino Prison.
Overcoming Adversity
What was his career?
In 1993, Curbstone Press of Willimantic, CT published Luis's first memoir, Always Running as a cautionary tale for his son Ramiro, who joined a Chicago street gang at the age of fifteen. In 1994, Luis became a poet/teacher for men's conferences sponsored by the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, founded by mythologist/storyteller Michael Meade, and co-founded Youth Struggling for Survival (YSS) to work with gang and nongang youth and their families. His son Ramiro and his daughter Andrea were also founding members. However, Ramiro began state prison terms at age 17 for various violent acts, eventually serving a total of fifteen years, including thirteen-and-a-half years for three counts of attempted murder. Ramiro was released in July 2010.
Major obstacle he faced
At age 18, Luis faced a six-year prison sentence, was hooked on heroin, and by then 25 of his friends had been killed in the barrio gang life. Because of his new-found participation in community work, and after members of the community wrote letters on his behalf, Luis was given a lesser conviction and a county jail term. Feeling responsible to the people who rallied to his defense, Luis turned away from the "Crazy Life" and dedicated himself to conscious revolutionary thinking and activity, expanding his organizing efforts to other parts of East LA as well as Watts/South Central LA, LA's Harbor area and Pasadena. He also got off drugs at age 19, "cold turkey." However, he was unable to continue his college courses and he began work in industry, including four years at the Bethlehem Steel Mill in Maywood. During that period, he also worked as a truck driver, a school bus driver, paper mill worker, a foundry smelter, carpenter, and maintenance mechanic.
Who is Luis J.Rodriguez?
Luis Rodriguez is an American poet,novelist,journalist,critic and columnist.He has won many awards and he is known for his chicano literature.His best work is Always running:la vida loca ,Gang Days in L.A. He was also born in the United States-Mexico border city of El Paso,Texas
What are important facts about his life?

During the 1960s and 1970s, Luis was an active gang member and drug user in East Los Angeles, developing a long rap sheet. However, his criminal activity did not preclude his participation in the Chicano Movement, and he joined the 1968 East L.A. walkouts and took part in the August 31, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War. At the moratorium, he was brutalized and arrested along with numerous other peaceful protesters. In 1972, he painted several murals in the San Gabriel Valley communities of Rosemead and South San Gabriel.
Pictures And Sites
"Luis J. Rodriguez - History." <i>Luis J. Rodriguez - History</i>. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. &lt;http://www.luisjrodriguez.com/history/history.html&gt;.
"Luis J. Rodriguez." <i>Wikipedia</i>. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Apr. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. &lt;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_J._Rodriguez&gt;.
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