The Freedom Center has started an annual movement across the country-one city per year, requesting a reason from the local rival gangs; active racists; supremacist; and the like, to Give a Reason for their current involvement in their gangs, and destructive behaviors. Is it because your family was involved? Is it because at the time of your initiation you didn't have many options?
Whatever the reason, we are positive that after a detailed presentation of the nationwide statistics on gang violence, shootings, homicides, and murders; an inside view of countless broken homes, confused family members, shattered hearts, and those who have experienced priceless loss due to gang violence, racism, and all of the relevant destructive behaviors; a prolific address from ex-gang members, and "Big Homies" that have lost the foundation of their lives due to their association to gangs, and excessive prison sentences that forced their loved ones to start new lives without their presence, and upon release finding out that none of the "homies" were around to help them transition back into a real society-and as a result, they fail and become a victim of recidivism.
The objective of G.M.R. is to introduce awareness where it matters. The general public is well-aware of the affects of gang violence, and other destructive behaviors. Awareness needs to happen in the lives of the people behind the gangs, the fingers behind the triggers, and the minds behind the structured damage happening in our societies. We want these gangs and occults to experience the result of their actions from the other side of life and reality.
It is a fact that Gang Violence is on the rise, even as overall violence declines. One expert says "Nobody is immune from this gang problem."
“We don’t see a drop in the key gang magnitude indicators,” James Howell of the National Gang Center said. “In the past five years we’ve seen an 8 percent increase in number of gangs, an 11 percent increase in members and a 23 percent increase in gang-related homicides.”
“A serious threat when you’re talking about homicides and the proportion, overall gangs are responsible for 16 percent of all homicides, but 25 percent in cities with a population of over 100,000,” Howell said. “About 85 percent of serious gang activity is concentrated in metropolitan areas in the United States.”
C H I C A G O F A C T S:
The murder rate of Chicago as of OCT 18 2015 is nearly FOUR (4) TIMES HIGER than New York City and over2.5 TIMES HIGHER than Los Angeles. However, Chicago's population is THREE (3) TIMES SMALLER than New York City and TWICE as small as Los Angeles's population.
There is a 24.7% RISE in homicides since 2014 in Chicago. Chicago now has the highest number of homicides among cities with a population of more than 1 million.
The Responses Given When Asked About Gang Violence
"Folks don't want to be in jail! Folks don't want to be killed! Folks don't like this lifestyle, but you take it when there are no other options!"
"Any way to make money, man. Any way to make money."
One police officer said, "It's either us or them."
I M P O R T A N T F A C T S:
There is a STAGGERING 40%NATIONALINCREASE in gang activity from 2009-2011!
The average age for gang factions is 16 -19 years old, but there are members as young as 13-14!
F A C T S A B O U T V I O L E N C E:
Violence causes more than 1.6 million deathsworldwide every year. Violence is one of the leading causes of death in all parts of the world for persons ages 15 to 44.
U.S. National violence containment costs are over $1.7 Trillion.
On average, the cost of violence related only to paying for police, justice, corrections and the productivity effect of violent crime, homicide and robbery is $3,257 for each U.S. taxpayer or $460 billion for the United States economy.
V I O L E N C E A G A I N S T W O M E N: The Bureau of Justice reported in 2010 that 25% of women have experienced domestic violence and 6 million children witness domestic violence annually. 35 percent of women worldwide -more than one in three, said they had experienced violence in their lifetime, whether physical, sexual, or both.
1 in 10 girls under the age of 18 was forced to have sex. With one in four women in the U.S. estimated to become victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, this dynamic has major economic repercussions.
M I L W A U K E E F A C T S: MILWAUKEE — Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as this city. With the summer not yet over, 104 people have been killed this year — after 86 homicides in all of 2014.
More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In NEW ORLEANS, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In BALTIMORE, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In WASHINGTON, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in ST. LOUIS, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year.
Ms. Holmes said she recently persuaded her remaining teenage daughters to move away from MILWAUKEE with her, but not before one of them, 17, was wounded in a shooting while riding in a car. “The violence was nothing like this before,” said Ms. Holmes, 38, who grew up in Milwaukee. “What’s changed is the streets and the laws and the parents. It’s become a mess and a struggle.”
F A C T S A B O U T J U V E N I L E G A N G M E M B E R S:
There are over one million juvenile gang members in the U.S., more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a recent study.
"Gang membership between ages 5 and 17 years in the United States," which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, challenges many popular demographic stereotypes about gangs. The study found that an average of 2 percent of youth in the U.S. are gang members, with involvement highest at age 14, when about 5 percent of youth are in gangs. Youth in gangs also come from all types of backgrounds.
T H E G R O W T H O F G A N G S I N A M E R I C A:
Since the mid-19th century, dangerous gangs have roamed the streets of America’s major cities, exerting their control over criminal enterprises and wreaking havoc on their enemies.
According to the FBI, there are 20,000 of these organizations throughout the country with more than 1 million members. As they’ve grown and become more complex by necessity, expanding their money-making endeavors, law enforcement has taken more extensive efforts to curtail their activities. The following are the number-one targets, the gangs with the most power and most potential to disturb the peace.
R E V E A L I N G F A C T S A B O U T G A N G S:
"The public has been led to believe that gang members are black and Latino males and that once someone joins a gang they cannot leave a gang, both of which are patently false," said David Pyrooz, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. "These stereotypes are portrayed by Hollywood and law enforcement."
The study also found that gangs have high turnover rates of 36 percent, with about 400,000 youth joining gangs and another 400,000 youth leaving gangs every year. This means that gangs have to constantly recruit new talent to their groups, not unlike service-industry or other occupations where employees frequently quit after a short period. "Being a gang member is not all that it is cracked up to be, which is something kids realize once they get involved and find out that the money, cars, girls, and protection is more myth than reality," said Pyrooz.
Law enforcement severely undercounts juvenile gang members, with national estimates at 300,000, less than one-third of what was found in the study.
White Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in October 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old black teenager Laquan McDonald; charge comes just hours before city officials release dashboard video showing McDonald being gunned down and shot several more times by Van Dyke; officials appeal for calm following video's release. MORE
“They took our flag, so be it,” a member of the Ku Klux Klan for the past two decades, says. “They’re taking our heritage from us. They’re taking the freedom out of America.”
Outside the South Carolina statehouse, William Bader stood tall and defiant as he brandished a large Confederate battle flag. It was not unlike the one embroidered on his black shirt, or the one a local honor guard recently removed from a flagpole outside the legislative building where he protested. Bader, an imperial wizard in the Trinity White Knights, drove hundreds of miles from Kentucky – or, rather, “Klantucky”,as he quipped – to Columbia, all in hopes of defending the flag on a sweltering Saturday afternoon.
M I N N E A P O L I S AND B A L T I M O R E P O L I C E
Minneapolis police arrest three people in connection with shooting of five during Black Lives Matter protest outside city's police precinct; demonstrators gather back on street and tensions remain high as activists question degree to which police are safeguarding those participating in peaceful demonstrations. MORE
Baltimore City Judge Barry G Williams rules that jurors in trial of police officer William G Porter will remain anonymous in effort to avoid subjecting them to public harassment of any kind; Porter is first of six officers charged in death of black man Freddie Gray, who sustained spinal injury after being arrested in April. MORE
The Aryan Brotherhood were formed in the late 1950s in California's San Quentin State Prison, growing out of the Blue Bird Gang of the 1950s. Newspapers report that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has been found throughout many Texas prisons since the 1970s. Aryan Brotherhood factions have also developed in other states, such as Arizona, New Mexico, and California, all of whom are somewhat hostile towards one other. It was believed that the Aryan Brotherhood's presence started to grow most quickly in California prisons in the 1950's when members allied themselves with the Mexican Mafia, primarily to counter the rising threat of the Black Guerilla Family after it, too, had allied with another gang, La Nuestra Familia (Irwin, 1980). This counter-alliance made the most sense for the Aryan Brotherhood, since La Nuestra Familia was at the time, and still is largely to this day, a hostile rival of the Mexican Mafia.
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