Frank Blaney has been a social activist within the inner-cities of Los Angeles for 15 years, working with young men and women of color in the field of violence prevention and conflict resolution. He has worked as a Violence Prevention Specialist with Peace Over Violence and now serves on their advisory board. Frank has worked extensively with young men of color to train them as leaders in addressing sexual, relationship, and community violence. During this time, he completed his Master’s Degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding, with a focus on the prevention of violence.
Frank Blaney has also served as the Chairperson of the steering committee for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. He ran the successful “L.A. Father’s Program” with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, serving over 1000 low-income young men of color and their families. Most recently Frank has been working with the renowned gang intervention agency, Homeboy Industries. There he shares his vision of healing individuals and communities from systemic oppression, racism, and violence. To this end he integrates his extensive training in Qigong, Tai Chi, and the martial arts as a powerful medium for healing individuals and communities.
Frank Blaney has been trained and certified in the successful model of an international organization, “Luta Pela Paz,” (“Fight for Peace”) based in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Fight for Peace” uses martial arts and boxing to reach youth involved in gangs and the violent drug trade. After training there in 2011 in their model, he has been working to integrate this approach into his social justice work among Los Angeles youth.
Currently Frank Blaney is working on addressing one the key causes of racial disparity and prejudice against peoples of African-decent; the denigration of African culture and history. For years he has studied extensively on African history and that of the African-Diaspora, and feels that in these racially divisive times, it is important to promote the wealth of cultural, intellectual, and scientific richness which is the historical legacy of the peoples of Africa. He feels this information will help people of all ethnic backgrounds better understand the importance of the African contribution to the world knowledge, and that this will assist in deconstructing the negative imagery of African people pervasive in Western culture.