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A.V.M. Gang Awareness Night 4/16/07

Vice Lords

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Vice Lords Biography

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The Almighty Vice Lord Nation (abbreviated AVLN or VLN or ASVLN) is the oldest and the second-largest street gang in Atlanta and largest street gang in Memphis. They are believed to have been originally formed sometime in 1958, as a youth gang in the Illinois State Training School for Boys in St. Charles, also known as the St. Charles Juvenile Correctional Facility. Many of the youths came from the 16th Street Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. They eventually organized into an organization called the Conservative Vice Lords, and are still largely based on Chicago's West Side. Though the gang's official colors are black and red, members wear all colors. The Vice Lord Nation have always controlled the vast majority of Chicago's West Side, and are part of a larger, Chicago-based gang coalition known as the Peoples. They have an strong alliance with the People Nation.
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Vice Lords Hand signs

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Vice Lords Symbols Graffiti
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Over the last few decades, several factions of the Vice Lords have been identified in Chicago (and other Midwestern cities), and they have also grown into a number of branches. They all use certain common gang graffiti symbols or emblems, including:



* Rabbit wearing a bow tie (The Playboy logo)

* Martini glass

* Top hat - representing celebration

* Cane

* White Gloves

* Dollar sign

* Five-point star Love, Peace, Truth, Freedom, and Justice - All five points of the star in order clockwise [Love/Truth/Freedom/Peace/Justice in 1980's (5 points).]

* Crescent moon - per Islam.

* Scimitar or "Arabian" sword - per Islam.

* Pitchforks pointing down as symbol for disrespect (to the Gangster Disciples),and Black Disciples, but all Disciple Nations in general such as Maniac Latin Disciples,Spanish Gangster Disciples, Insane Gangster Satan Disciples and Young Latino Organization Disciples

* Broken Heart with wings with pitchforks if it is pointing down or broken in half it is mainly a symbol for disrepect towards (to the Gangster Disciples,and all the Disciple Nations who use that also)



Like the Black P. Stones, the Vice Lords also utilize psuedo-Islamic ideology and symbolism in their gang motif; the star and crescent moon being the most visible examples.
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