Gangs have been in existence every since the rise of humanity. Gangs have always provided a way for people to more effectively get what they want, especially if it comes to force.
Hispanics, Asians and African Americans began banding together to form gangs in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1970s and 1980s, there were national gang alliances, with gangs moving out of Los Angeles and New York City, and spreading across the country, with affiliates in many towns, as well as drug routes to finance gang activities.
Some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S. today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings.
Tonight we will discuss the many facets of the gang world and how it is a detructive force in the Black and Hispanic communities.
We are so pleased and honored to have John Edward Smith, ex-gang member, who was wrongly convicted of murder and served 19-years in prison. With the assistance of Attorney Deirdre O'Conner of "Innocence Matters", John was just released Monday night!!! He and Deirdre will be here to discuss his experiences and how "Innocence Matters" saved his life.
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