Peace Paradigm Radio, June 28: Barrios Unidos

“Barrios Unidos follows in the positive spiritual traditions of Gandhi, Dr. King, César, and Malcolm following his pilgrimage to Mecca. The story and example of Barrios Unidos is an inspiration to everyone in the movement.”

—Harry Belafonte


Listen to PPR for June 28, 2013 by clicking the link below or clicking on the grey arrow. (If you right click on the link you can download the talk to your computer and listen on-the-go.)

In this show, Stephanie and Michael talk with Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, founder and executive director of Barrios Unidos, Santa Cruz about his vision of security, peace and empowerment that has created a worldwide movement of peace warriors, spiritual healing within the prison system, redefining masculinity and more. Show begins with segment on nonviolence in the news!


PPR, June 28–Click Link to Listen


Guest Bio: 

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez is the founder and chair of The National Coalition of Barrios Unidos, a national anti-violence organization. Nane’s vision and work is focused on the survival and healing of all of those wounded through the madness of gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and the poverty and oppression of the barrio.

For more than 35 years he has worked in neighborhoods others have given up on, struggling to create a reality where young men and women can walk the streets without fear of being gunned down because of violence. Nane’s vision is the driving force behind the formation of Barrios Unidos—an organization whose message of nonviolence, positive spirituality, cultural awareness, and economic self-sufficiency has made an impact in the lives of thousands of people around the country, from barrio youth to officials in the highest levels of government.

Learn more about Barrios Unidos by visiting their website. 




Mid-show music, Petit pays by Cesaria Evora




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    By: Stephanie Van Hook

    Before joining the Metta Center Team as Executive Director, Stephanie received an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University; was trained and certified in mediation in the state of Oregon; worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where she created a program for girls’ empowerment and education; has taught French and English for the Alliance Francaise; and was trained in Montessori Early Childhood Education with seven years of classroom experience with 3-6 year olds. 

    She is the author of Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children (Person Power Press, 2016) and Nonviolence Daily: 365 Days of Wisdom from Gandhi (Person Power Press, 2019, co-authored with Michael Nagler).  Her articles have been published at Transformation at Open Democracy, Yes! Magazine, Common Dreams, and Waging Nonviolence. Additionally, she’s host of Nonviolence Radio, an FM and Pacifica syndicated radio program out of Point Reyes Station, California, (KWMR) and co-creator of a cooperative board game, Cosmic Peaceforce: Mission Harmony Three.

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