‘Gran Torino’ star (not Clint) stars in anti-gang ad spots

New anti-gang public service television and radio spots will feature Hmong movie star and Twin Cities resident Bee Vang, who starred with Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino.”

Sponsored by Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, the spots were designed to keep young people out of gangs. by urging adults and families to talk with kids about youth violence and gang activity.

Eleven different spots — in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish — will start airing Monday.

Said Vang: “Gangs and gang violence are part of many peoples’ lives, some of whom are close to me. I also believe this is a good way to create awareness about the problem so that we can help stop gang violence as a community, caring and working together.”

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