A street gang is a group of people who have joined together in an alliance and
exhibit certain characteristics such as a gang name, they use signs or symbols to
represent themselves, and engage in criminal activity.
There are different levels of gang membership including the leadership, hard core members and fring/marginal members, also known as "wanna-be's".
There are many reasons why somebody joins a gang. Some of the reasons include:
Lack of family involvement
Street gang's in the mid-west typically fall under one of two "nations", either the People Nation or the Folk Nation.
|The People Nation "All is Well"
Generally wear their identifiers to the left side of their body. They will wear their hat to the
left, have earrings in their left ear, roll up their left pant leg, etc... .
Usually represented with a 5 pointed star,
each point meaning: Love, Truth, Peace,
Some of the more common symbols used by
gangs in the People Nation are:
>5 point crown
upside down pitch fork
5 point star
Some of the more common Gangs in the
People nation are:
Vice Lords (many factions)
The Folk Nation "All is Good"
Generally wear their identifiers to the right side of their body. They will wear their hat to the
right, have earrings in their right ear, roll up
their right pant leg, etc... .
Usually represented with a 6 pointed star, each
point meaning: Love, Life, Loyalty, Wisdom,
Some of the more common Symbols used by
gangs in the Folk Nation are:
6 point star
pitch fork facing up
bunny head with bent ear
Some of the more common Gangs in the Folk
Disciple (many factions)
Simon City Royals