Twin brothers Gustavo and Hector have no idea of the twists and turns they will encounter as their lives unfold. From living in an abusive home to being kidnapped and thrown into one hopeless situation to the next, they always have each other and they never give up on their quest to find happiness. For Gustavo, it's in the arms of another man, while Hector finds peace and happiness with a bombshell stripper aptly named Star. As the story unfolds, Gustavo lets the reader into his life a little at a time. He said has guards his thoughts and holds dear to him those he knows love and will never judge him-his brother and his "sister" Angel-a transsexual with a heart big enough to save everyone but herself. This transformation story takes the reader on a trip throught the life of two Mexican-American men who never let go of their childhood dreams even as they live through horrific experiences complete with rape, domestic violence, drug abuse, abandonment, murder and betrayal. Just when it seems that the brothers will finally have their happy endings,tragedy rears its ugly head to again snatch away one brother's chance at true love. The hurt and shame could make many people fall and crumble, but it can also make life that much sweeter for those who champion the obstacles placed before them. From the hoods of gritty Sacramento, California to the slick Atlanta, Georgia streets, Gustavo and Hector stick together in hopes of finding the meaning behind the heartache.
#MaPoli .."We felt that this was an issue over the last months, as we have continued to work with our players on issues of equality and on issues of criminal justice reform, that was surfaced for us, and we thought it was appropriate to lend our support to it," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday during a conference call with reporters.
WashingtonPost.com -NFL endorses criminal justice reform bill in the midst of anthem debate
The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington's debate over racial inequality: criminal justice reform.
The NFL's spokesman said on Monday that the league has decided to endorse a bipartisan bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, eliminate "three-strike" provisions that require life sentences and give judges more latitude to reduce sentences for certain low-level crimes.
The owners appear to be seeking middle ground between football players and their critics during a heated national debate over the growing phenomenon of players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. It is not clear what effect the NFL's effort will have on that debate — or on President Trump, who has fueled much of the vitriol against kneeling players through his personal and official Twitter accounts.
On Capitol Hill, spokesmen for the two main sponsors of the criminal justice bill, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), declined to comment about the timing of the NFL's endorsement or whether it was intended to quell the heated debate over the players' continued protests. Both said they welcomed the NFL's support.
But a spokesman for Grassley added that the NFL had not coordinated with the bill's congressional sponsors in advance of its decision.
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