Community Health, Youth Voices
Jeremiah Castillo, a reporter and criminal justice activist, has developed a mature understanding of why his father, whom he admires, has spent much of his childhood in prison. Himself the child of drug users and dealers, Jeremiah’s father was forced into gang and drug activity as a pre-teen. Their shared focus on a future together and resisting a system that perpetuates cycles of violence, unites them. “When I was first labeled as a “gang member,” it was because of who the cops say I was related to. My fear for you especially, son, was to have a target on your back because I am your father.” Read the interview at We’Ced.