April 3, 2013 – 1pm-4pm(PST) All NEW episode of Hands Off Our Children on VANR -VegasAllNetRadio.com “Why Gangs Exist.” Join us LIVE worldwide as Cogee discusses gang violence with gang specialist Rusty Keeble and Mother’s In Charge Founder Dorothy Johnson-Speight.RUSTY KEEBLE
With close to 20-years gang experience, 2500+ hours of training and 10-years of providing international leadership in gang enforcement, Rusty Keeble has a vast experience of combating gang violence, developing strategies and programs as well as writing and managing grants, providing intelligence systems expertise, reviewing and assisting with writing legislation and establishing subject matter expert panels to provide effective leadership and solutions to reduce gang violence at every level.
Rusty has experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Terrorism Task Force and Safe Streets Gang Task Force where he held a “Secret” Security Clearance with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
He is a certified Gang Specialist by the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Florida Gang Investigators Association. He was appointed to the Governor’s Domestic Security Task Force and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing initiative. Rusty Founded the Rusty Keeble Foundation, the GANGFREE Project, The Gang Professionals Company, and The National Gang Academy.
Rusty, aka; The Gang Commander is a professional with a high regard for ethical behavior, honor, leadership, integrity, and accountability at all levels with the experience to address both small and large issues that may arise and can coordinate a small or large staff to effectively and efficiently work with various government agencies to pull together a successful anti-gang strategy. His personal and professional commitment to combating gang violence, protecting the public and increasing the quality of life within our communities is driven by his love for his children but his mission is to make every community a safer one for all of our children. His objective is simple: A GANGFREE World; One Community; One Country at a Time!
Please visit: http://www.rustykeeblefoundation.org
Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC – is Founder and Executive Director of Mothers In Charge, Inc. She is a highly regarded leader, speaker, and guest television commentator and a clarion voice against the war to end senseless acts of violent crime. Her work, though rooted in the City of Philadelphia, has led to national appearances and presentations across the United States and abroad.
A licensed family therapist, Dorothy is a long time supporter for the rights of children and families during her distinguished career in victim advocacy. Following the tragic murder of her son Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson in 2001 over a parking space dispute, Mrs. Johnson-Speight along with other grieving mothers founded the non-profit organization Mothers In Charge, Inc., (MIC). MIC is a grassroots organization whose mission is violence prevention through education and proactive intervention with children, young adults, families and community organizations. The organization’s mission is realized through collaborative partnerships with the school districts, youth and faith-based community organizations, and governmental organizations, while providing grief support to families affected by violence. As part of Dorothy’s vision and leadership, MIC Chapter affiliates have formed in Wilmington, DE, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, Atlantic City, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY.
Through her work with Mothers In Charge, she began to realize that violent acts are often being committed by angry teenagers and young adults who are unable to cope with their own pain and anger, so they began to lash out in their communities. She began to work with juveniles, some of them who are incarcerated for murder. Realizing one day these young men and women will be released back into society, she began to work with this population with a cognitive skills curriculum, “Thinking For A Change”. The program addresses the development of pro-social and proper decision making skills, violence prevention and preparation for re-entry back into society. As a result of the program’s success, Mothers In Charge has began to implement this program in several correctional institutions.
Ms. Johnson-Speight has received many recognitions and awards for her work. These include The Philadelphia Magazine’s coveted “Best Philadelphian” Award and recognition during the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary celebration as one of the “75 Greatest Living Philadelphians.” She was selected by The Philadelphia Tribune, as one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African American “Leaders” of 2012 in the Philadelphia region. In 2008, Mrs. Johnson-Speight was appointed by Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter as Board Trustee to the Philadelphia Prison System. She has received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of Human Services, Division of Juvenile Justice Services Youth Study Center for her outstanding work and building stronger communities.
Under Dorothy’s leadership, MIC has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Director of Community Service Award, the Wells Fargo/Wachovia Community Service Award and the School District of Philadelphia Humanitarian Award. In November 2012, Dorothy spoke at the Major Cities Police Chief conference at the invitation of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to give testimony about the impact of violence on individuals and communities and possible solutions to eradicate violence.
Dorothy’s most recent achievement is a collaboration with Villanova University to produce the documentary, “No Greater Pain” which was selected to screen at the 2012 San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL Black Film Festival.
A Native Philadelphian, Ms. Johnson-Speight received her Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University and she completed the School Psychologist Certification Program at Immaculata University. She has received other various educational training to remain an effective and empowering agent for change.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling and takes pleasure in spending time with her daughter Markita and grandson Khaaliq.
Please visit and support her organization: http://www.mothersincharge.org