Institute for Peace & Community Development

SANTA CRUZ
BARRIOS UNIDOS

“For the love of our children, stop the violence.”

– Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Executive Director Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

Civic Leadership & Racial Equality

We fight for what is right through restorative justice and policy refomation initiatives.

SCBU MEDIA COVERAGE

Life After Life Part 2

This is an event to gain a deeper perspective from formerly incarcerated women of how they dealt with family responsibilities from inside of prison. To register for this event, please
CLICK HERE to RSVP with the Google form, or email aperson.scbu@gmail.com.

“When I go to Santa Cruz, one of my greatest joys is visiting the Barrios Unidos headquarters and their retreat center in the Santa Cruz mountains,” says award-winning actor and producer Danny Glover. READ MORE->

JULY 8, 2021: Congressman Jimmy Panetta reached out to  SCBU to visit our site here in Santa Cruz. Hopefully, after this tour, we will be collaborating more together. Our movement continues… 

To preview the trailer for our “Life After Life Documentary,”
CLICK HERE->

This fundraiser helps student-athletes from Santa Cruz and the Central Coast with scholarships to pursue both their athletic and educational goals. 
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Upcoming Events

Cumbias on the Corner

Join us to celebrate the 16 of Septiembre for Mexican Independence Day at The Spot. Festivities will include live music, free food, classic cars, and a history lesson.

I SURVIVED...(LIFE)

Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos is hosting a conversation with women who survived a life sentence to give our community a perspective on incarceration and its effects on family relationships. There will be guest speakers, music, food, and all are invited. Space is limited. Please call (831) 469-8337 and speak with Aaliyah to reserve a spot or for more info.

CULTURAL EDUCATION & HEALING

We use traditional cultural education and principles to heal our community.
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YOuth & Community Development

We aim to assist with the positive growth of our community through our vocational training programs, our cultural education, and our gang deterrence programs. 

OUR IMPACT

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