"Tagging", or Gang Graffiti, is the method a gang uses to mark its territory. Gangs rely primarily on Narcotics and Extortion to raise revenue:
"Gang revenue comes from two principle sources: 1. Drug trafficking. The Gangster Disciples bring in $100 million annually, selling $5.00 bags of crack in the streets and alleys of Chicago. The drugs are shipped to Chicago by the Cali and North Beach cartels of South America who deal directly with small distribution “cells” servicing the gangs. If one such cell is taken out by DEA agents, or other branches of law enforcement, it is virtually impossible for the Feds to trace nearby avenues of supply because the local drug movers are not told about the existence of other cells in their domain.
Once secured, the dope is diluted and re-bagged for street sale at $5.00 a hit at the Stateway Gardens housing project on the South Side.
2. Extortion of rival drug traffickers. It is estimated that the gang rakes in $13 million annually from shakedowns." (source)
Chicago, the city that spawned Al Capone's criminal empire during prohibition, and elevated him to "Public Enemy #1", has a new criminal mastermind. His name is Larry Hoover and he is behind the consolidation and corporate organization of the Gangster Disciples. Like Capone, Hoover is going National:
"Larry Hoover closely monitored the evolution of the American mafia from its humble “Black Hand” origins at the turn of the century, through its successful infiltration of legitimate business. Al Capone was his hero. Jeff Fort, leader of the Blackstone Rangers during the formative years of the 1960s, built the foundation from which Hoover added organizational refinements.
In 1983, he drafted a manifesto titled the “Blueprint of the New Concept,” which outlined the six principles of “growth and development.” A quasi-executive board which Hoover calls the “Brothers of the Struggle” was founded at Stateville Penitentiary in 1983 for the purpose of establishing a management structure - a corporate pyramid of gangdom.
Today, these tenets are firmly in place and the Gangster Disciples, active up and down the Mississippi River basin in nine states continue to build on a nationwide membership basis that easily surpasses 100,000.
In Illinois alone, 8,000 G.D.s are serving time in state prisons. Another 20,000 are roaming the streets."
These numbers do not reflect other gangs that are forced to pay the "Disciples" a generous cut of their earnings. Perhaps, as an attempt to avoid RICO prosecution, this arrangement will continue. One thing is certain, with unemployment rising and government cutbacks, narcotics revenue is down and the pressure to expand into new areas is growing more and more powerful.
Chicago has an estimated 40 gangs running its streets. Probably most of them either work for, or pay tribute to the Gangster Disciples. With declining revenues and the pressures of paying "protection" money to the Gangsters, these gangs are now "tagging" new territory in their rivals backyards (source).
Back in the 1970s, it was established that the CIA was responsible for overseeing narcotics distribution in the United States on behalf of the Illuminati Elite. They have also played a major role in equipping street gangs with the latest military technology. In other words, forget the image of the gang banger with a "Saturday Night Special". Many are joining the military to benefit from the specialized training:
"Street gangs--particularly Hispanic gangs, the fastest growing in the U.S.--are making major inroads into America's Armed Forces. Hunter Glass, a retired police detective and gang expert in Fayetteville, N.C., home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne, knows of members of Florencia 13, Latin Kings, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Nortenos, and Surenos serving in the military. A 2006 report produced by the Los Angeles Joint Drug Intelligence Group also lists the 18th Street Gang, Eastside Longos, and Vagos as having military-trained members. According to the FBI, "Members of nearly every major street gang ... have been documented on military installations both domestically and internationally." (source)
Now, even "Tagging" in Iraq is common.
"recent figures indicate that gang membership in the Armed Forced significantly surpasses civilian levels. Stars and Stripes reported that 1 to 2 percent of the military are gang members, compared to 0.02 percent of the general population. The proliferation of gang graffiti in Iraq and the prevalence of gang tattoos among soldiers underscores the point." (source)
In the past, gangs have been an urban threat. Not anymore:
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that at least 30,000 gangs, with 800,000 members, are having an impact on 2,500 communities across the United States. Increasing law enforcement pressure and the desire to expand their lucrative illegal activities are leading gangs to spread from urban areas into suburban and rural areas. Partnerships with law enforcement, schools, parents, community and faith-based groups, and youth are an important element in addressing and reducing gang crime in the United States." (source)
Nor are they unique to America. In fact, they are a global problem. I taught in specialized programs targeting inner city youth, and, when times were good recruiting pressure was intense. Gangs are multi-generational and it is not unusual for grandparents, parents and children to swear allegiance to the same organization. They have subdued inner city schools, infiltrated local law enforcement, and even corrupted local politics by electing members to City Council and other local positions.
Most of the youth I taught, did not find gang life an exciting rebellion against authority. They saw it as the only way of staying alive in an environment where it really was them against the world. We will explore this in more detail in the next article.