Gabe's vow of sobriety, brief incarceration experience and disgust with the shallow corporate pop music world helped inspire him to pursue secular humanitarian causes in many different capacities.
After the release of Vital Nonsense in 09 he took part in protests at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh which was historically noted as the first time a modern social network (Twitter) was used to aid protesters. Later the social media platform was accused of "obstructing justice" by the Pittsburgh Police Department. Rosales took part in the Occupy LA Movement marching with Labor and Bank Accountability organizations. He has rallied with local community centers in Los Angeles petitioning at Santa Monica City Hall to continue after school programs for at-risk youth and has hosted public radio shows promoting resistance music from around the world. With his local Hip Hop Collective Zulu Union chapter, the Calafia Zulus, he has facilitated events in feeding the homeless, back-to-school supply drives, and toy drives for needy children during the winter seasons. With his time and donated music he has helped support the annual canned food drive in Los Angeles Hip Hop for Humanity
While leading VNON and donating himself, Gabe has worked with C.A.S.A. Court Appointed Special Advocates, International Rescue Committee, Children of War Foundation, Children International, Save the Children, Green Peace, and Love a Community. In 2015 he traveled to the Kumi District of rural Uganda with the creator of Love A Community and Play Well Africa to assess the needs of the largest local dilapidated hospital and donate solar panels for consistent power as well as help to facilitate Lego workshops for the local primary school. As a University of California, Irvine student Gabe was a Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation Ambassador working on multiple events annually, centered around refugee issues, food security and homelessness.
US Government Programs
He has worked with the US State Department and the world renowned LA based youth advocacy non profit Create Now, building with Hip Hop artists from the Middle East and North Africa to stop impoverished youth from joining terrorist organizations. With this organization and the US State department he has facilitated the creation of Hip Hop Collective chapters in Egypt and Tunisia. Building on solutions with the board of Directors at Create Now and the management at prisoner reform company Homeboy Industries, Gabe helped to solidify lifelong connections and tools in providing at-risk juveniles a creative outlet.
Education & Documentary
With the George Lynch's band Shadowtrain and the American Indian Movement Gabe has traveled through the US documenting the obscene poverty many Native Americans in the US face today in Third World America. This award winning documentary entitled Shadow Nation also included the original music of Shadowtrain from a double album released on Ratpak records.
Rosales has pursued his formal educational goals receiving an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a General Studies Certification at Saddleback Community College and a Bachelor's degree from the nation's top Criminology, Law and Society program at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently working towards a juris doctorate. At the University of California, Irvine Rosales was a recipient of the Fudge Family Scholarship for the school of Social Ecology, he co-founded the undergraduate chapter of the organization Students For Sensible Drug Policy, and joined the Secular Student Alliance. Gabe was the co director of communications and media for the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation.
Criminal & Juvenile Justice Reform
During the summer of 2016 Gabe became an affiliate Law Clerk working on the Clemency Project 2014 and petitioned for the release of non violent low-level drug offenders who are serving unjust and irrational sentences. In 2017 Rosales attended leadership training seminars at University of Southern California through the innovative new initiative Just Leadership USA to cut down 50% of the prison population in the United States by 2030. Rosales was later handpicked for a group of fierce and focused criminal justice advocates and activists called Next Generation Fellowship to attend a 2-day conference at California's state capital. He brainstormed with officials from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice and the MILPA collective for working solutions to California's correctional institutes. They later presented these solutions to the state's legislative bodies. In 2017 Gabe joined forces with the innovative new nonprofit founded by United States rock icon Wayne Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors, where he helps rehabilitate the incarcerated population through positive songwriting expression.
In 2013 Gabe started an online community of secular sobriety advocates called Secular Sobriety Network. As the sole administrator he filled the page with addiction science related articles, alternatives to AA and 12 step-modeling, and positive recovery affirmations. As the page grew in members he added a certified counselor as another administrator and by 2016 he began the process to earn a substance abuse counseling certification from both State agencies and an alternative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program. He became a guest speaker at Intensive Outpatient programs and in 2017 Rosales crossed paths with interventionist/guest speaker/documentarian Todd "Z-Man" Zalkins and the Nowell Foundation where he appeared on Mr. Zalkins' sobriety podcast.
Gabe has several publications through Inner Child Press on racism and the evolution of skin pigmentation from the latest anthropological studies and he is well established in teaching all styles of music as an outlet to nurture youth at The Guitar Shoppe in the city of Laguna Beach and online on the cutting edge new music instruction site, Dangerous Guitar.
current titles held:
VNON - Band leader and Movement Creator
Zulu Union Delegate - Southwest District Manager
Guerrilla Republik - West Coast Right Hand Man
Anti Injustice Movement - West Coast General
Real Hip Hop Forever Affiliate
Grand Unified - Science Education Collective - Founding Member
Love A Community - Voluntary Board
American Indian Movement - Affiliate
Law Clerk for Clemency Project 2014
Secular Sobriety Network Founder
Just Leadership USA - Formerly Incarcerated Emerging Leader
Underground Scholars Initiative - Affiliate
Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice - Next Generation Fellow