Arte Público Press Author Of The Month: Henry A.J. Ramos

Incarcerated Latino boys and men are encouraged to participate in writing, visual arts and exploration of their Native American heritage in order to implement restorative rather than punitive justice.


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Henry A.J. Ramos, co-author of Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice: Testimonies

Each month, Houston Public Media and Arte Público Press combine efforts to highlight works by veteran as well as up and coming Latino writers. For February, justice system reform advocates Henry A.J. Ramos and Frank de Jesús Acosta have assembled revealing essays, poems and paintings created by current and former inmates in their new book Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice: Testimonies.

The essays and poems reveal the poverty, isolation and regret experienced by young men drawn into gang and illegal drug related violence at alarmingly early ages. Many find themselves with long prison sentences and little if any hope of achieving their lifetime dreams and aspirations.

The authors discuss the concept of La Cultura Cura ( Healing Culture) — introducing young Latinos to their Native American heritage and customs with emphasis on leadership, responsibility and the interdependence of all members of the community.

Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Henry A. J. Ramos.

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