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Gang:… of people organized for a common purpose, often criminal. Gangs of criminals were long known on the American frontier and also flourished in urban settings. Notorious were the outlaws led by Jesse James and his brother, the Sydney Ducks of San Francisco (active in the 1850s), and the Hudson Dusters of turn-of-the-century New York City. Modern criminal gangs are largely urban and highly organized. Adolescent gangs before World War II were generally poverty-area recreational groups that turned to crime under the influence of adult gangs. Often the groups were rehabilitated through recreational leadership and guidance in community centers. In the late 1940s fighting gangs arose in the poverty areas of most large cities. Uniting to seek security and status in a discouraging environment, the young members divide their neighborhoods into rival territories and amass homemade and stolen weapons. Boundary violations or other insults invite intergang fights in streets or parks. Most fighting gangs are organized intricately, with caste systems and with officers who arrange battles and prepare strategy; the gang may range in size from several members to over 100. Factors related to the development of delinquent gangs include blighted communities, dropping out of school, unemployment, family disorganization, neighborhood traditions of gang delinquency, psychopathology, and ethnic status. Gangs provide acceptance and protection to inner-city youth; in Los Angeles gangs doubled from 400 in 1985 to 800 (with 90,000 members) in 1990. Reference: Columbia Encyclopedia.
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The legal definition of a Gang is a group of individuals who share a common identity and,
in current usage, engage in illegal activities.
Normally a "gang" will have a common name, signs, symbols or colors.
How you can help is to get involved, get involved in your community and get your neighbors involved. Take a stand, show the gang members that you and your neighbors will not stand for their activities. Start a community watch program, and let the gang members see that you and your neighbors will not stand by and let them run your neighborhood.







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deadlyneedz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
faeorain Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I clicked on the join our group tab, but a window popped up telling me that join requests are closed at this time.
dla4079 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
sorry, try it now....i forgot to save it when i set it up.....
faeorain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Not meaning to be a pain or anything, but now I get a different error message. It says the group is no longer accepting administrator..something or other..I can't remember exactly. But I wasn't even applying to be an administrator. It doesn't even show that option. I just click on the tab to join and apply and then get the error message. It may be a bug in the system.
dla4079 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
not a pain....Im still learning the group so let me check it out some more....
MabWinterborne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Fantastic cause - glad to support it!
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