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Author Ruiz, Mona.

Title Two badges : the lives of Mona Ruiz / by Mona Ruiz with Geoff Boucher.

Imprint Houston, Tex : Arte Publico Press, 1997.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  363.2 R859Br 1997    ---  Available
Description 288 p. ; 23 cm.
Summary With this autobiography, Mona Ruiz and co-author Geoff Boucher spin a tale of one woman's private war to escape the tentacles of the street gangs that have carved her barrio into turfs where one misstep leads to violence. This page-turner charts the map of Ruiz's journey toward self-identity, tracing the tortuous path of her life - a life in which Ruiz assumed contradicting roles: gang chola, high school drop-out, disowned daughter, battered wife, welfare mother, student, policewoman and finally success story. At each step in the journey, Ruiz faced violence, ridicule and skepticism. She nevertheless prevailed in exchanging her badge of social defiance for one of protection of her community.
Study Program AR RL 6.5 15.0 PHS
Subject Ruiz, Mona.
Policewomen -- California -- Santa Ana -- Biography.
Gangs -- California -- Santa Ana -- Biography.
Hispanic American women -- California -- Santa Ana -- Biography.
Law enforcement -- California -- Santa Ana.
Added Author Boucher, Geoff.
ISBN 9781558854550
9781558852020 (cloth)
1558852026 (cloth)

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