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Rotary Highlights Hip-Hop Music Program That Encourages Gangs to Renounce Violence

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By Skip Essick

In “More Hip-Hop, Less Violence,” as the title of the Rotary Midday Club’s upcoming presentation suggests, there is a team in San Miguel de Allende utilizing hip-hop to intervene with gang members to promote peace.

The program is called Ranchero Pandilleros, and it began in 2017 under the auspices of the Centro de Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende (Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende), known as CASA.

Many of us are concerned about the rising violence and questionable safety in San Miguel de Allende. Ranchero Pandilleros San Miguel is now a well-functioning, nonprofit, anti-violence program that dissuades gang members from a life of violence and criminal activity. The program is one of many that CASA has developed to meet the needs of underserved, at-risk, and impoverished individuals of San Miguel.

Isael Gonzalez directs the Rancho Pandillero program and utilizes his vast educational background and hands-on experience to evoke change in the multigenerational gang associations that exist here. He is assisted by former gang members who have sought a more peaceful and productive lifestyle. Through music and art, gang members channel their anger and frustrations while learning to utilize nonviolent methods of conflict resolution. Gang members compete via hip-hop music challenges and the graffiti art movement. Programs similar to Rancho Pandillero have succeeded in decreasing gang violence as much as 67 percent in Ciudad Jurez, Chihuahua City, and throughout Latin America, Brazil, and the United States.

The Midday Club of San Miguel de Allende is pleased to welcome Gonzalez as he discusses more about the ways this program does positive work in our community. He will also answer questions related to ending the cycle of violence and redirecting our youth to better life choices.

Don’t miss “More Hip-Hop, Less Violence” on Tuesday, July 2, at Los Arcos next to the yellow caboose at Stirling Dickinson 27. Doors open at 9am with the free presentation commencing at 9:30am.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Gary Peterson at


Rotary Presentation

“More Hip Hop, Less Violence”

Isael Gonzalez

Tue, Jul 2, 9am

Los Arcos

Stirling Dickinson 27



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