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ISBN: 9780988807914
PUBLISHER: Storymakers, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: August 12, 2018
FORMAT: softcover, ebook





Homeboy's Soul: Pride, Terror & Street Justice in America

Don Armijo was born in a poor, Chicano barrio in Pomona, California, where college and a good job were as distant a concept as traveling to the moon. With no thought to the future, he was jumped into Calle Doce, one of the toughest gangs in East Los Angeles County, while still a teenager.

Immediately faced with having to perform a movida to prove himself or face the wrath of the entire gang, he showed his homeboys that he was a natural when it came to venturing into rival gang territory with deadly intent. Don quickly mastered the art of disguising any sense of fear or weakness, a death sentence for gang members, and earned himself a reputation for his willingness to pull the trigger for Calle Doce.

With no future, but the gang, Don found himself caught between the abuses of the police and hatred of rival barrios. It was a life or death struggle where illegal drugs were the substance of commerce. Friends could be shot down in front of him and any moment could be his last but Don thrived on the love and respect from his homeboys and accepted the realization that he cruised the mean streets of the barrio with a target ever present on his back.

Immersed in the internal politics of the illegal enterprises that surrounded him, he instinctively recognized who had the power and who wanted it. He learned when to step up and when to step back. Still throughout all the turmoil, he remained a true vato loco loyal to the barrio and ready to defend it at a moment’s notice.

The day the veteranos tapped him as the next shotcaller for Calle Doce came as a shock since he had always thought of himself as a soldier, not a general. As fate would have it, his life of death and destruction caught up with him on that day and he was busted by the police.

Behind bars and serving hard time for murder, he found that the warning of his father that his homeboys would abandon him rang true. Now he was alone in his prison cell. The love and respect of his homeboys that had sustained his loyalty had evaporated the moment the handcuffs snapped closed around his wrists.

It took time for Don to realize that the future had always held options if he had only been open to see them and motivated enough to pursue them. Luckily, prison gave him the time to come to that realization before a bullet from a rival gang caught him unaware as he journeyed through the mysterious world of the most pervasive and misunderstood lifestyle in America … gangbanging!


1 - Riots
2 - Homeboys
3 - Intimidation
4 - Calle Doce
5 - Movida
6 - Sharkie Park
7 - Vatos Locos
8 - Sangre
9 - Rucas
10 - Fun Zone
11 - Thin Line
12 - A.W.O.L.
13 - Weasel's Wila
14 - The Town I Live In
15 - Doing It To Death
16 - Sly, Slick & Wicked
17 - All Ratas Die
18 - Shark's Teeth
19 - Soul Searching
20 - Slippin'
21 - Matón
22 - La Pinta
Song List


Homeboy's Soul Review by Mark Russel Bell (Los Angeles) -- 5/31/2010

Homeboy's Soul Review by Midwest Book Review (Oregon, Wisconsin) -- 7/13/2010

Homeboy's Soul Review by Carter Jefferson, Editor, Internet Review of Books (Boston) -- 7/17/2010

Homeboy's Soul Interview with Fred Stawitz by Michael F. Shaughnessy, Senior Columnist, and Professor of Psychology, Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, New Mexico) -- 7/19/2010

Homeboy's Soul Review by Michael F. Shaughnessy, Senior Columnist, and Professor of Psychology, Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, New Mexico) -- 7/22/2010

Homeboy's Soul Interview with Fred Stawitz by Bridget Hopper, Blogger, Readaholic -- 9/16/2010

Homeboy's Soul Review by Bridget Hopper, Blogger, Readaholic -- 9/16/2010


Homeboys kick back with some pisto in front of a wall tagged with Los Sharkies placasos.

Calle Doce homeboys gather in front of old Catholic Church before a meeting.


Don Armijo, homeboy and former shotcaller for a gang in East Los Angeles County, California, is currently incarcerated.

Fred Stawitz researches, writes, speaks, and consults on:

A popular international speaker, he has been featured on CNN Headline News, a PBS special program, TV news/talk shows, nationally syndicated radio programs, business meetings, conferences, and quoted in a Special Congressional Quarterly Report.

As an experienced program development manager, he has more than fifteen years of expertise in successfully designing, implementing, and managing programs that maximize safety and productivity while ensuring regulatory compliance.

He was recruited to design and implement the first technical training program for the US Space Shuttle Program (United Space Alliance) following the Challenger explosion. He also produced online training and desktop simulations for the astronauts.

He developed training and regulatory compliance programs for InterGen (Shell/Bechtel joint energy venture) and developed the in-house capability for delivering online training and video production for El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline (largest pipeline company in America).

He is a recipient of:

He served as judge of the Diversity Value Index Benchmark & Awards Program as well as judging numerous writing competitions. He has received several awards for writing. He penned and produced the award-winning stage play Soldier Mom.

He is currently the CEO of Storymakers, Inc., a specialized publishing operation.

Stawitz graduated from Washburn University with dual degrees in mathematics and computer science backed by a minor in foreign languages.

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