The Seattle Seahawks just won their first Super Bowl. Their head coach, Pete Carroll, was featured in the Summer of Peace in 2012 when he talked about A Better LA - a project that he helped to create aimed at promoting urban peace in Los Angeles. We thought you would enjoy listening to that interview.
Frontline Peacebuilding As A Model For Large Scale Change
Recorded on Aug 9, 2012
Pete Carroll: Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Founder of A Better LA
Brian Center: Executive Director of A Better LA
Alfred Lomas: Founder of LA Gang Tours
Hosted by Philip Hellmich
Pete Carroll is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and founder of A Better LA a non-profit that unites local leaders from the private, non-profit, social service, faith-based, education and law enforcement sectors.
By mobilizing the knowledge and skills from within a community to inspire its individuals to dream, work and play without fear, A Better LA believes it is possible to build a better Los Angeles, one community at a time.
As Executive Director of A Better LA, Brian Center draws from a vast array of experiences that make him uniquely qualified to accomplish the organization’s mission of transforming communities that struggle with violence.
Mr. Center obtained his Juris Doctor from U.C.L.A in 1993 and practiced law for over 8 years.
As a lawyer, he worked at high-powered firms, representing a wide variety of businesses in high stakes and multi-million dollar litigation.
Alfred Lomas is a former gang member of the largest and most notorious gang in South-Central Los Angeles and a veteran of an elite U.S. Marine corps Infantry unit.
Upon his Military discharge, Alfred later operated as a freelance hired gun protecting criminal assets and body guarding for some of Los Angeles top gang leaders and participated in many of L.A.s deadliest drug wars.
After a radical and life changing experience he received the Lord as his personal Savior he has dedicated his life to serving the Los Angeles community through humanitarian aid and violence reduction/prevention.
He got his start as the Director of the mobile food truck program at the Los Angeles Dream Center.
He has pioneered food distribution sites in rival Blood and Crip territories that are sworn enemies to his gang.
These efforts have helped bridge communities torn by multi generational hatred and violence.
He later created LA Gang Tours, a nonprofit creating jobs and provide opportunities for the residents of South Central, Los Angeles.