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April 21, 2013

Contact: Laura Vargas, M.S.

Public Affairs

The Steam Press Publishing Group Inc.

P.O. Box 88077 Los Angeles, CA 90009-8077

805.428.6205

thewestsiderla@gmail.com

 

 

AUTHOR EXPLORES CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL CULTURE

OF SUREÑO 13 GANGS IN NEW BOOK

 

Author Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre grew up surrounded by street gangs in the Los Angeles County, and as an active gang member, he was shot, had numerous brushes with the law, and was excommunicated in Mexico. Despite these challenges, he put himself through college and with every course; he further understood how politicized street gang organizations were. Ribera d’Ebre’s book, Urban Politics: The Political Cultures of Sur 13 Gangs, was just released in soft cover from the Steam Press Publishing Group. The book focuses on how street gangs originated as a social contract, and in time evolved to form political parties, city council-like structures, a prison congress, a peace accord, and progressive movement values.

“Law enforcement and public officials are still trying to understand how to reduce gangs and crime but they haven’t really taken the time to understand the political and philosophical aspects of how they function. My goal is for academics, college students, and public officials to understand street gangs from a different perspective,” says Ribera d’Ebre. “Most people are unaware or simply don’t care to understand how these gangs truly function. They’re more political than we can imagine, and yet some of those involved can’t really see that. If gang members could understand politics better, and if people who know politics can understand gangs better, then I did my job.” The book also takes a deeper look into popular media and its promotion of street gangs, the globalization pattern of street gangs due to deportation, special interest groups, and budgeting principles.

This is Ribera d’Ebre’s second published book. He lived in Latin America for four years and has traveled throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He holds a degree in Political Science and lives in Southern California.

The book is available through amazon.com for $12.95. ISBN number-9781480-205024. Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre has a blog about art, politics, history, and culture, and has recently become a contributor to the Huffington Post Arts & Culture section.

For more information please visit http://www.thewestsiderblog.wordpress.com

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

Date: July 11, 2012

Contact: Rick Garcia

Publicity Chairman

The Steam Press Publishing Group Inc.

P.O. Box 88077 Los Angeles, CA 90009-8077

310-944-5424

AUTHOR EXPLORES CONTROVERSIAL ‘TRANS-TEXAS CORRIDOR’ SUPERHIGHWAY IN NEW THRILLER

Author Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre grew up reading political conspiracy theories. Now he writes his own in the first of a planned trilogy which examines the formation of a North American Union between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Ribera d’Ebre’s book, The NAFTA Blueprint, was just released in soft cover from the Steam Press Publishing Group. The story centers on a journalist who uncovers a monopoly involving the Trans-Texas Corridor, deep sea ports, and railroads throughout North America. Eventually the story leads to political assassination.

As the United States prepares for a 2012 election year, more light has shone on the unpopular Trans-Texas Corridor. It was discontinued in 2011 by the Texas legislature due to its invasive nature, yet Governor Rick Perry claimed it was a success. “When I first heard about the Trans-Texas Corridor and its secretive nature I wanted to investigate it further,” says Ribera d’Ebre. “Most of the connections between the political organizations and private corporations are accurate. I just wanted to bring awareness to the ideas behind the North American Union. It’s something many Americans probably haven’t even heard of.”

The trilogy will capture different aspects of the North American Union. The second book takes place in Canada and Alaska exploring water and oil pipelines and the increased value of water. The third book will be set in Mexico and will explore plans for a single North American currency and aid received by drug traffickers through the NAFTA agreement.

This is Ribera d’Ebre’s first published novel. He lived in Latin America for four years and has traveled throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He holds a degree in Political Science and currently lives in Los Angeles.

The book is available through amazon.com for $12.95. ISBN number-978-0-9848511-0-2. Steam Press is an independent publishing house located in the LAX Coastal Area of Los Angeles.

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