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  1. Hello, As of this moment, registrations and character applications are open for everyone for up to three characters. Head over to https://ucp.ls-rp.com/ and create a character. The character creation server remains locked for our Patreon supporters until the 20th of February, when it becomes available for everyone. Please be patient with us tonight in case there's any issues — we'll try to iron them out as soon as we can. Also, everyone gets to take a quiz to get a refresher on our rules and general RP etiquette! Please note we don't currently offer a path to account recovery. If you've lost access to an account you've had in the past, we aren't able to help you. You can try resetting your password, or making a new account. See ya IG soon, - Martin
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  2. THE DEVELOPMENT OF LSDS INTO PENI ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ OOC INFORMATION: We are here to portray LSDS and its development into PENI in its full reality. Upon joining LSDS/PENI we expect open minds and a small chunk of experience of roleplay in this field. We are excited to bring quality white roleplay to the server, and are open to answer any questions about the faction and/or the roleplay in general. Message me or @mother_superior for any discord information etc.. Much love!
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  3. "Caught in the Cross-Fire : Residents Struggle to Protect Their Families Amid a Decade-Old Asian-Latino Gang War" BY ADAM MCLEOD JUNE 30, 1994 12 AM PT TIMES STAFF WRITER The two young gangsters have never met, and yet given the chance they would probably try to kill each other. One belongs to Vespucci’s biggest Mexican gang. He’s a spindly 15-year-old who talks about defending his race with a gun tucked into his trousers. The other is a 17-year-old Cambodian who dropped out of school after seventh grade and joined a gang he hoped would protect him against “the Mexicans.” Although they still have peach fuzz on their faces, the two are seasoned soldiers in a racially charged gang war pitting Latinos against Asians on the streets of central and northern Vespucci, a conflict that has claimed at least 36 lives in the five years that police have been documenting the killings. The death toll includes three innocent Latino victims--ages 15 to 19--from Los Santos who were gunned down May 15 in front of stunned witnesses, just moments after leaving a birthday party near the Downtown region where they had gone to promote their dance club. Two teen-age Laotian gang members have been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the incident, which left three other Latinos seriously wounded. The brazen attack drew a chorus of condemnation across Vespucci. But to those who live in the city’s meanest neighborhoods, it served only as a reminder of the unending gang violence over the years that has maimed countless victims, terrified residents and deepened resentment that may never heal. The shootings have left parents searching for ways to protect their families. Some have pulled their children out of school because of brawls and stabbings on campus. Others have taken even more extreme action, sending their sons back to Mexico in hopes of keeping them alive. “Families don’t know where to turn,” said Olivia Ochoa, an activist whose son was killed earlier this year in a shooting that police believe was carried out by Asian gang members. “The community is fear-ridden. Somehow, we have to pull things together.” The two sides in this war readily blame each other for starting the trouble. Both camps refuse to back down, instead speaking of the need to avenge their fallen brothers. Latino gang members say they fight to protect their barrios--their pride--against Asians intruding on their streets. “You’re backing up your race, so people won’t think Mexicans are punks,” said the defiant 15-year-old Latino, who proudly displays a twisted bullet wound on his stomach and a dime-sized nick on his hand like badges of honor. Although the stomach wound nearly left him dead a year ago, the eighth-grader remains defiant. “The Chinos are gonna lose,” he said, referring to Asian gangs. “They’re not as powerful as the Mexicans.” Latino gangs, who are primarily Mexican American, have deep roots in Vespucci. In some families, successive generations have joined up since the late 1960s, when Latinos started banding together in part to protect themselves against attacks by more dominant Latino gangs from other cities. Today, there are more than 5,000 Latino gang members in Vespucci, almost half the city’s gang population, according to a recent city report. By contrast, Asian gangs cropped up in Vespucci only a decade ago. Their emergence coincided with the influx of Southeast Asian refugees. The Asian gangsters--who are mostly Cambodian but also include Laotians, Vietnamese, Chinese and other groups--say they formed gangs as protection against attacks by their more numerous Latino rivals. Now, there are about 2,000 Asian gang members, according to the report. “I’d walk on the street and they’d jump me,” said the 17-year-old Cambodian, who joined his gang about two years ago and has a quarter-sized bullet wound on one of his calves. Now “I call my homies. If I can’t do nothin’ about it, my homies can.” Social workers say the young Asians mimicked their rivals’ lingo, graffiti, baggy clothing, tattoos and buzz haircuts--irritating the existing Latino gangs who viewed the newcomers as wanna-bes. By organizing, the Asian youths gained power not only to challenge their rivals but also to shake down residents and businesses in their own community, activists and police say. “Being in a gang made them feel important, respected,” said Chhay Sotha, a Cambodian social worker. “And they do get the respect, because people are intimidated by them.” In one sense, the gang war in Vespucci is no different from violence tearing at other cities where gangs regularly trade insults and gunfire to settle vendettas. But gang counselors and police see a disturbing trend in Vespucci: A conflict that began as a struggle over turf has deteriorated into an intractable race war. Now, killings are increasingly motivated by hate, with Asians and Latinos shooting one another on sight. “You’re walking down the street and see your enemy. You either beat him up or shoot him,” said a 14-year-old Cambodian gang member who boasts of many fights with Latino rivals. “It’s a game you play, but a reality game.” One Latino gang member, a 21-year-old who said he now refrains from violence, offered an equally nonchalant attitude shared by many of his fellow gangsters. “If I would be gangbanging, I would be blasting a lot of the Chinos,” he said. “If you live in the gang life, you gotta die in it.” Gang counselors say the battling has turned into an old grudge. “At this point, I think some of the younger kids don’t know why they are fighting,” said James M. McCoy, coordinator of the city’s gang prevention program. At the crux of the problem is a deep cultural divide. While rivals may live next door to one another in crowded neighborhoods, they are separated by an ocean of differences--from language and religion to food and music. Latino gang members refer derogatorily to all Asian gang members, regardless of origin, as “the Chinos.” For their part, Asian gangsters know all Latinos as “the Mexicans.” Tension between the two groups dates back to the early 1980s, shortly after thousands of Cambodians fleeing their war-torn country began arriving in Vespucci. Many refugees came here to join family, after spending their lives in rural areas, living in bamboo huts without running water or electricity. Here, they moved into poor, urban neighborhoods that had been home to Latinos and African Americans for years. Slowly the newcomers got a foothold--learning English, pooling their money, founding religious centers, and eventually opening businesses. Today, various estimates place their Vespucci population at 45,000 to 60,000. Their presence is well pronounced--with restaurants, grocery stores, jewelers and other shops--and some Cambodian residents envision the thoroughfare as a sort of Little Phnom Penh. Latino and Asian activists say the city should have prepared better for the racial tensions that exist today--pushing for cultural awareness classes in schools, establishing a dialogue between groups and seeking more racial diversity on the police force. Of the police department’s 762 sworn officers on May 1, there were 561 whites, 113 Latinos, 52 African Americans, 31 Asians and five Native Americans. Police Chief Arthur C. Heath said the police department is making efforts to recruit more minority officers, but added that police alone cannot be expected to solve a complex problem that involves schools, families and other factors. The activists and even some frustrated city officials, meanwhile, complain that City Hall has ignored the gang problem over the years because the violence hasn’t yet spread into affluent parts of the city. “I think the city has been in denial that a gang problem even exists,” said Councilwoman Tabitha Keller, a former county probation officer whose central Vespucci district includes many gang-infested neighborhoods. “For years, this city didn’t even want to recognize it, but I had (gang members) in Vespucci on my caseload.” Critics say the city examines its gang problems only when high-profile incidents push the issue to the surface. After the shootings of the three Latinos last month, police blanketed known gang areas temporarily to catch the suspects and to quell further violence. City Manager Harry C. Vaughn ordered the city Human Relations Commission to hold hearings on the Asian-Latino rift and other gang problems. But community activists say a police crackdown will not bring peace to the streets in the long run. And they criticize the commission for failing to invite enough young people to the hearings, which were held outside the central city communities most affected by the gang war. The commissioners point to the good they expect out of their recent meetings. At their urging, the City Council approved emergency recreation programs for the summer that will include city vehicles that bring sports equipment, board games and other activities to parks. The commission plans to hold further meetings on gang problems and will issue a final report to the council this fall. Deputy City Manager Joseph Rees, who coordinates the city’s response to gangs, conceded that officials were slow to respond to the gang violence initially, partly because leaders hadn’t expected tensions to flare between Latinos and Asians. But Rees said the recent commission meetings are only the latest effort to address the gang troubles. In recent years, the city also has hired more police and formed athletic leagues for inner-city youths, among other things, he said. Rees heads a new task force that is examining the effectiveness of various anti-gang programs run by the city and other organizations. Next month, the task force, which includes police, youths, school district officials, court officials and others, will list anti-gang programs that deserve the most funding, he said. Some police and gang counselors question whether the city’s efforts will have any impact on gang members who feel shunted by adult authorities and care little about official edicts. “All the meetings in the world aren’t going to make a bit of difference if you’ve got a 15-year-old running around at 10 o’clock at night with an Uzi in his hand and killing on his mind,” said Vespucci police Sgt. Joe Gallagher, who oversees a joint gang task force with the FBI. City leaders, police and community activists appear to agree on one point: Any solution will have to include grass-roots organizations that work closely with the gangs. Some counselors on the street say that real change will ultimately rest with the families and religious institutions that play a dominant role in the Latino and Asian communities. Yet even a dedicated corps of counselors and pastors will have a difficult time putting an end to the gang war because of the racial animosity that divides the sides and fuels the violence, activists warn. Gang members themselves scoff at notions of peace, and are reluctant to consider a truce like the one that has helped bring a tentative peace among some African American gangs in Watts. The young gang members in Long Beach are prepared to continue the battle, they say, even if it means their own lives. “We’re not gonna let ‘em shoot us,” said the 17-year-old Cambodian gang member with the bullet wound on his calf. “If they do, we’ll shoot them back.” E/S Tiny Raskal Gang The E/S Tiny Raskal Gang, also known as TRG, Tiny Raskal Gang or Rascals for short, is a primarily, however not exclusively an Asian American (mainly ethnically Cambodian) gang based in Vespucci, San Andreas. The gang was founded by Cambodian refugees sometime in the early 1980s, part of their cause to protect themselves from the larger, more numerous gangs in their neighborhoods. Initially, a mere cause which connected numerous youth crews and gangs across Vespucci, and shortly after nearby cities. Its members identify gray as their gang's color of distinction, a custom and practice that has waned somewhat in accordance to the police crackdowns specifically targeting gang members. The gang has no official allies while their main rivals are historically the East Side Longos and the South East Asia (SEA) alliance which includes the Asian Boyz Crips, Exotic Family City Crips, Suicidal Town Crips and the Sons of Samoa Gangster Crips, however they also bump heads with the Insane Crip Gang and the Rollin 20s Crip Gang occasionally. The decades of ongoing feud with local Sureños gangs as well as rival Asian gangs such as the Asian Boyz Crips has exhausted the E/S Tiny Raskal Gang over the years resulting in a decline of membership, presence and control in the city of Vespucci, this was also a result of a significant number of TRG members being deported back to their home countries for being negligent of the law and overall reckless citizens. Although the Tiny Raskal Gang consists of primarily South East Asians, that hasn't stopped members of more prominent racial groups within Vespucci in joining the ranks of the Tiny Raskal Gang as the gang accepts members of all races, a handful of members of African-American and Hispanic descent have grown to be prominent and outstanding members within the ranks of the Tiny Raskal Gang.
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  4. The video below is a whistle-stop tour on how to effectively roleplay a journalist character, based on my own experiences. If listening to my voice isn’t your thing or you’d prefer some more in-depth explanations, read on: _____________________________ Part 1 – Introduction to journalist roleplay Why roleplay a journalist? Roleplaying a journalist can be incredibly rewarding and fun provided you have the right mindset for it. It’s mostly legal roleplay (though there are of course options for corruption which may spice things up a bit) and as such, it’s not for everybody. As a journalist, you’ll find your character conducting investigations, interviewing public figures, writing up their findings and potentially broadcasting them too. With commitment and consistency, your character will also likely develop a certain level of fame and recognition. I’ll say this ‘til I’m blue in the face though: journalism roleplay is meant to be fun – and that’s the main reason why you should consider it! If you try it out and don’t find it fun, maybe it’s not for you (or maybe you’re putting yourself under too much pressure – take it one step at a time). _____________________________ What type of players could this appeal to? It’s fair to say that not everyone would enjoy journalism roleplay, but here are the typical traits of the people who do: Good writers. If you’re confident in your writing ability then this can translate very well into your character’s outputs. Writing is essentially going to be your character’s job; it’s what they’ll be judged against and paid for, so you either need to be confident in your current writing ability, or committed to improving it over time. Investigators. If you like roleplaying as a nosy sleuth then journalism is right up your street. A journo can spend a long time investigating a given topic before actually writing about it, plus you’ll often find that stories have “layers” which get deeper and deeper the more the investigation continues. Risk takers. If you want the juicy stories, you’re going to have to accept that your character is likely to end up in dangerous situations. Whether that’s as simple as venturing through a dodgy neighbourhood, or more involved like trying to infiltrate an organised crime outfit, life as a journalist is not without its risks. Organised people. All that investigating and writing is great fun, but being organised will help you pull it all together. If you as a player consider yourself as organised, either in your home or working life, then this should translate well. If not, then you may find yourself getting easily frustrated with the many stories you may be investigating at any one time. Fortunately, being organised is a skill that you can quite easily work on as you go along. Those who have broad shoulders. You have to be willing to accept that yeah – sometimes people are going to love your writing, and sometimes people aren’t. Some people may see your broadcasts as useful, and others may see it as spam. You’re going to be in the firing line with someone at some point, so having broad shoulders and not taking such comments to heart is important. Naturally, it’s also important to maintain a mature attitude when genuine critique and feedback is offered. _____________________________ What type of journalists are there? In the real world, there are so many different types of journalists based on the media they’re employed in (a magazine, newspaper, radio station, TV station, social network) and the niche they may specialise in – if they’re not a mainstream reporter. On roleplay servers, I’ve typically seen journalists manifest in one of two ways: the tabloid gossip reporter and the professional reporter. The differences are probably obvious, but I’ll list them here anyway: Tabloid gossip reporter: · Typically less concerned with printing the whole truth · Focuses on sensational and dramatic stories · Embellishes for entertainment · Willing to print rumours without substance · More likely to speculate · Stronger personality · May be bias, but isn’t ashamed about it · Marmite – you’ll likely love or hate them Professional reporter: · Generally speaking, more concerned with “truthful” reporting · Sees it as their job to inform and educate · May embellish slightly, but not at the expense of integrity/believability · Less likely to print rumours · Not likely to speculate · Generally try to present an unbiased ‘front’ even if there is underlying bias · Reserved, more serious personality. Arguably a little more forgettable? · They’re just the messenger – you’re not likely to have a strong opinion on them. You may choose either path for your character, or perhaps a mishmash of both. I’ve seen some really effective reporters who get the balance just right; they report on serious things but do so with personality. _____________________________ How do you report on an RP server? There are many ways and much of the time, it’s dependent on a few factors: · The capabilities of the script. Although there are no news factions planned at launch, it’s likely that scripts will be added later depending on level of interest. · Whether you’re a lone wolf or part of a company. Lone wolves have historically tended to post articles in an ‘internet’ section on the forums, or similar. Some have set up their own separate websites before as well, or focused on using in-character social media. In companies, you may have access to dedicated websites and broadcasting capabilities. · Whether you’re willing to speak up. For the brave souls who aren’t afraid of a little voiced roleplay, you can also consider recording news updates yourself and posting them. In some cases, they could even be featured as regular updates on player-ran XM stations. Really cool if you’re willing to do it, here’s an example: So with this in mind, here are your primary options for journalism outputs: · Internet articles · Forum articles · Forum magazines (more in-depth pieces, covered later) · In-game broadcasts (once the capability is there) · Pre-recorded radio updates (when you’re willing to do some voice RP) _____________________________ Part 2: Getting started Character setup Journalists in real life often come from a variety of backgrounds, so it’s not entirely necessary to have a full list of qualifications or previous experience. I’d advise you to make decisions for your character based on your own understanding/mastery of the English Language – if you feel like you still have some learning to do, it might be best not to give them 1st Degree Honours in English Language. If you’re feeling confident that you can deliver a character that demonstrates such prowess in writing and communicating, these are some of the subjects your character may have studied: · English Language · Media Studies · Journalism and reporting · Communications · Public Relations · Marketing There are more, but you get the gist. Other considerations for your character are: · How old are they? Young ones are more likely to be rough around the edges, but also more likely to be daredevils and risk takers. Time and burnt fingers tend to teach seasoned journalists when it’s best to back off from a situation, or let something go. · What’s their personality? If you’re roleplaying a gossipy reporter, it makes sense for your character to have a strong and outgoing personality. For serious reporters, you tend to find that these individuals are slightly more reserved and professional. · What’s their goal? Most people in the real world go into journalism because they’re driven to it for some reason. It’s not a massive money-maker, particularly when low down in the ranks, so reasons tend to be “the pursuit of truth” or “holding public figures accountable” and suchlike. · What’s their moral compass? Is your character going to play by the rules, or ‘break some eggs to make some omelettes’? Are they going to accept bribes? Are they going to let their own prejudices affect how they report on things? All important questions to answer about your character – and don’t forget this can all change over time! _____________________________ Your character’s first steps So you’ve made your character and are ready to get going with roleplaying a journalist. Getting started can be pretty intimidating – but it needn’t be. Here are a few top tips: · Just start writing. It doesn’t matter whether what you write will eventually be published; you can spend too long trying to overanalyse what to write and then never actually end up putting pen to paper. Write about anything your character sees during their day, and see if you can make it entertaining or interesting. · Get out and drive around. You’re bound to stumble upon something potentially of interest; a robbery, a fire, a business opening, someone with an interesting story to tell… but you’ll never know if your character stays stuck in their apartment all day (or offline!) · Start establishing a network. Get out there and meet people, make sure your character is making new friends and contacts all the time. Be sure that they know to contact you if they come across anything interesting – and thank them if they ever do get in touch with something. · Find your character’s tone of voice. This only really comes with consistent writing – but you’ll soon find that you as a player likely have your own quirk to how you write. Make the decision on how you’re going to inject your character’s personality and goals into their writing; just because it’s how you would write something, doesn’t mean it’s how they would. · Publish! If it’s on the forums, get some articles up. If you’re in a news company and youhave the permissions, get some broadcasts done. If you’re producing voice clips, fire up the microphone and get it sorted. · Promote. Whether it’s using in-game advertising, social media or in other parts of the forums; make sure people know where to read your articles or find your broadcasts (or logs/records of your broadcasts, if it’s in-game). That’s all there is to it. Rinse, repeat and keep getting better as you go. _____________________________ What can you write about? There are a wide variety of topics that your character can choose to write about – much of it is dependent on what’s happening in the world, but there are other options which are almost constantly available to you if it’s a ‘slow news day’. Things to report on as they happen: · Crime. Keep an eye out for car chases and police activity. In most situations, your character is likely to be asked to keep a safe distance. Depending on how you’re roleplaying the character, you may decide to abide by these requests, or not. But remember – keeping the police on your character’s good side (at least in the beginning) might lead them to be less resistant to any requests you make in the future. · Fires and other disasters. Building on fire? That’s newsworthy. Where did it happen, how did it happen, is anyone hurt, did anyone die, who’s involved, was it deliberate? So many questions, and it’s your character’s job to find out and publish the answers. · Political updates. These can come from the Government, or from the legal services which may have their own press offices. It’s important to keep an eye on what these institutions publish, so that you can analyse it and potentially repurpose it for your reporting. · Events. Sometimes the Government or other organisations hold events like races, careers fairs and so on. It’s always good to attend these events and do a write-up afterwards; both players and their characters would no doubt appreciate reading about anything they’ve missed. Other subjects you can write on at any time: · Business reviews. Obviously, it’s dependent on the business being open, but this is also a great way to get to know who the influential people are in the city. Be careful though, your character will have a choice to make: do they remain truthful even if it pisses off the owner, or do they chum up to the owner and constantly post good reviews just to increase their network? Both have pros and cons! · Interviews with public figures. This is where the “not pissing people off too much” part comes in. If your character has maintained positive relations with certain people of interest, or the businesses they work for, they may be willing to have an exclusive interview. You’re then free to set the terms of what the interview covers, and if it goes well, they may be willing to come back for more in the future. · Area guides and informative pieces. People who are new to the city would no doubt find value in learning about the hottest spots in town – not just businesses, but “places to be” and “things to do”. Think about what players would find interesting to read; this is fine, so long as you then write it for their characters and from your character’s perspective. · A specialist subject. Perhaps your character is interested in fashion, or cars. Find a niche that others would be interested in reading about, along with something to say about it (perhaps a new fashion trend), and give it a go. · Opinion pieces. If you’re happy with your character losing a bit of their objectivity, then it’s fine for them to publish their opinion on a given matter as well – similar to how columnists and contributors do in real life. Pick a subject or a recent event, then analyse it through your character’s eyes. There are no doubt more – please let me know and I’ll add them! A few important points: do not make things up completely. I have generally found that very people enjoy reading things which never actually happened – for obvious reasons. Surprisingly however I did receive a lot of requests for this in my time roleplaying a journalist; mainly because someone wanted me to publish a character’s “backstory” and establish them as some kind of badass. I personally advise against this; it’s up to the players to promote their own backstory. Their character’s reputation is then theirs to make and shape. Perhaps they’ll do this by working with you in the game, which is great, I just wouldn’t accept “this is what happened in Liberty City one week ago” type requests. _____________________________ Part 3: Top tips for improving your journalism roleplay I did journo roleplay for a good couple of years, running news factions as well as doing my own things as an independent. I learnt a lot, so if you want to take your RP to the next level, here are a few tips from me: · Remain consistent. Set yourself goals for how many “outputs” you’ll produce in a given time frame, but don’t put yourself under undue pressure. It’s far better to consistently produce 1 article per week, than suddenly do 5 articles one week and none the next. Consistency is better than volume. · Have a brand and a personality. If your character works for a news company, you already have a corporate brand. But give them a personality too; make people enjoy hearing updates from your character. Make them interesting, give them depth. · Never stop getting your character’s name out there. It takes time to become known as “the news person”, but once you get there, finding stories becomes a hell of a lot easier. Why? Because many people will actually start sending YOU the stories rather than you having to go out and find them. Ironically this is how things work in real life: PR executives throw stories at journalists, and they get to decide what to use and what not to use. · Connect with media relations early. Most of the legal factions have their own dedicated press office or media relations department. Ask to be put in touch with them early and they’ll no doubt help your character along their journey... provided you aren’t always printing controversial stuff about them. · Don’t be afraid to piss people off. This may seem contradictory to the above point, but it isn’t: generally speaking, most people value the truth and can see through obvious brown-nosing. Good journalists are known for thoroughly investigating and informing the public, even if this ruffles feathers. · To earn money, you need advertisers. You’re not likely to have much interest in the beginning, but if you’re consistent and you can prove that you have readership, then there will be a demand to advertise with your publication or on your channel. Keep at it, and the money will come. · Put in extra effort. If you have the time and are willing to do so, think about how you could really show off your character’s journalism. Perhaps you could create your own magazine on Photoshop, or take the step into doing voiced reports, or something like that. It’s easier to stand out from the crowd when you do something different. · HAVE FUN! It’s far, far too easy with legal roleplay to fall into the trap of treating this like a second job. It is absolutely not meant to be a second job. You’re playing LSRP to have fun, and you should never feel pressurised like you may do in a real life studying or work situation. If you ever feel like this, it may be time to take a break. Often in the past, this has come as a result of players or their characters criticizing my work; it takes a lot of maturity and some broad shoulders to consistently rise above that. If it gets a bit much, don’t worry at all about taking it slow. Your sanity and enjoyment should, as ever, be the key driving factor here. _____________________________ I hope you found my guide to roleplaying a journalist interesting – I would love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions likewise if there are any journo RPers out there who have additional ideas to add on, let me know and I can consider putting them in here too. UPDATE: I've started a discussion on how the Government can support certain types of roleplay, including media and journalism. If you'd like to join in, take a look here:
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  5. Organized Crime and Gang Section (OCGS) » About Violent Gangs OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS Thursday, April 29, 2021 Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs) are organizations whose members use their motorcycle clubs as conduits for criminal enterprises. OMGs are highly structured criminal organizations whose members engage in criminal activities such as violent crime, weapons trafficking, and drug trafficking. There are more than 300 active OMGs within the United States, ranging in size from single chapters with five or six members to hundreds of chapters with thousands of members worldwide. AUSLANDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB Founded in March of 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona, the Auslanders are now one of the most present motorcycle clubs in the southern San Andreas. The Sandy Shores charter can be seen throughout both Blaine and Los Santos County, they stand out with their black and orange colors and the one-piece rocker that features a skeleton riding a motorcycle, with a 1% on his helmet and a sun cross underneath. The history of the club dates back to the early 2000s. Founded by Oliver "Money" Reynolds and Felix "Doc" Wallace, the club's first officers, the mother charter was established in south-central Phoenix. The Auslanders have created unrest since their early days. Their appearance, with its numerous white supremacist tattoos, the patches on their vests and their lifestyle disrupted the quiet lives of the locals. In the beginning the 1% on the vest represented nothing more than freedom and the club's separation from the ideal way of life in American society. Parties were held at the clubhouse where close friends and members of other MCs would show up, because everything worked on the premise "Respect me and I will respect you". If inside the club everything was organized, and members and close friends considered themselves family, externally they began to attract more and more attention. Many patched members were former prisoners who were used to the criminal lifestyle, others were simply men who found themselves inside the MC and shared their ideologies together. What was certain was that they all acted as a whole, and when they realized that there was a need for a source of income without them interfering with the work of society, illegal business became a necessity and so such activities gradually began to grow. Auslanders were becoming more violent, and this increasingly drove them away from the community and brought them to the attention of law enforcement. The club's name translates from German to "foreigners", and they had no problem admitting their detachment from the rules of the outside world. As time went on, Auslanders made both friends and enemies with other motorcycle clubs. The decline began in the late 2010s, when chaos and enmity led to several members being arrested or leaving the club involuntarily. After the arrest of president "Money" Reynolds and the death of VP "Doc" Wallace, the Arizona charter disbanded, leaving behind several groups of nomads who left the state together. In the summer of 2021, the nomads settled in Sandy Shores. Soon they became part of the community, changing some of the principles established in the mother charter and laying low for a while. They still kept their rather chaotic lifestyle and ideologies, their white supremacist tattoos (e.g. bolts, Maltese or iron crosses, swastikas, combinations of numbers or even the club emblem) and their avoidance of close interaction with people of color being customs that have been followed since the club bylaws were firstly written. (( OUT-OF-CHARACTER )) Our faction represents a fictional motorcycle club with white supremacist ideologies and often a rather violent outlook; Faction integration will be done strictly In-Character with exceptions due to server status; Our Discord server is available to anyone, and this is the link to access it: https://discord.gg/7ccxruwCMj; For further questions, you can contact us on Discord or on the forum at @xander11 or @DizzyDude
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  6. The picture above showcasing Hoover Criminals from 43rd to 112th Street old and new generation "Hoover Groovers" The Hoovers. Originally known as the “Hoover Groovers” were a crew of friends that lived within the Hoover Street borders - the Hoover Groovers would eventually find its stronghold along 92nd becoming 92nd Hoover Crips. Soon after they’d ally with a group of young guys that resided along the Hoover Street line from 43rd - 112th and they’d come together as one under one umbrella, the “Westside Hoover Gangster Crips”. Of the alliance, there was which would form the “Grooveline” (90th and 43rd are no longer active.) Sporting Houston Astros’ apparel, orange and blue flags, blue Chuck Taylor’s with orange shoestrings, the Hoovers have been arguably one of the most fierce gangs in LS history. The Hoover Criminal Gangs originated in the 1960s and were originally known as the Hoover Groovers. The Hoover Groovers, have been around long before the formation of the "Crips", one of the founding members of the Hoover Groovers, younger brother was murdered and the majority of the accusations were blamed on the West Side Crips. The Hoover Groovers and the Westside Crips held a meeting at the Jamestown Recreational Center (Park) located on Jamestown St , between Dutch London and 89th Street. Both gangs eventually formed an alliance and blamed the RoyLowe Boys for being responsible for the death. Which, resulted in the leader of the RoyLowe Boys being violently beaten at a nightclub in LS. By the mid-1970s, due to their alliance with the West Side Crips, the Hoovers dropped the Groovers from their name and adopted the Crips (Hoover Crips). By 1979, when the feud between the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, and the Eight Tray Gangster Crips, gangs started pleading alliance to either the Rollin 60s Crips or the Eight Trays. Gang's who aligned themselves with the Rollin 60's adopted the Neighborhood Crips also known as Deuces or Deuce Gang's (2x) and gang's who aligned themselves with the Eight Tray Gangster Crips adapted the "Gangster Crips" also known as Trays or Tray Gang's (3x) The Hoovers fall under the Gangster Crips brand "Hoovers Gangster Crips". On August 1979, Raymond Washington was murdered in a drive-by shooting, rumors of the shooters spread throughout the streets of Los Santos. The East Side Crips placed the blame and held the Hoover Crips responsible for the murder of Raymond Washington. This sparked a bitter feud between the Hoover Crips and the East Side Crips. The Hoover Criminals are allies of all Hoover sub-sets their main ally outside of the Hoover Criminals, were the Main St Mafia Crips. However, in 2009, their alliance ended on bad terms at a house party thrown by the Main Street's, who invited the Hoover Criminals. Allegedly, the Hoover Criminals and the Main Streets , got into a confrontation, followed by gunfire. August 16, 2009, Dreymond Carter also known as Four Star, a member of the 94 Hoovers was walking from a shopping mall (Roy Lowenstein Swap-meet) on 87th Place and Roy. Carter, was wearing an orange bandana when he was approached by Kriston Brown, a member of the Main Street Mafia Crips. Brown asked Carter "Where you from?" Carter replied "94 Hoover Criminal Gang." and was shot moments later by Brown. Carter died shortly after the shooting, he was only thirteen years of age. Brown was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison, the sentence consisted of 25 years to life for murder, plus 25 years to life for the use of a firearm. On Aug. 25, 2009, a gunman walked into the heart of the Main Street Mafia Crips neighborhood, on Main Street itself, and open fired shooting Lenar Jones, 29, and Kevarius Allen, 16. Both of the victims died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe the Hoover Criminals were responsible for the killings (up close and personal). Casualties Of War; The Hoover Criminals Gang have waged war on all Raymond Ave Crips, East Coast Crips, Neighborhood Crips, Rollin O's (Crips) Rollin Hundreds (100's), and more recently the Main Street Mafia Ups. The 112 Hoover Criminals Gang feud with the Denver Lane Bloods, has resulted in a portion of the 112 Hoovers neighborhood had being overrun by the Denver Lane Bloods. The 1990s, Anybody Killer (BK/CK/OK) mentality and brutal nature, have amounted to countless casualties of gang-related shootings. Due to their constant feud with rival gangs, this is the most dangerous area in Los Angeles, to live and raise a family. They also are involved a deadly feud with the South Los 13 a Sureño gang that turned racist. - Eight Tray "Raskals" West Side (W/S) 83 Hoover Criminals, also known as "8-Tray Hoovers" and formerly known as 83 Hoover Crips one of the most infamous African American Hoover sets on the West Side of South Los Santos, San Andreas. They've been referred to as "The Raskals", this gang is considered to be the largest and most active sub-set under the Hoover Criminals Gang umbrella. Their territory stretches from 80th and Carson on the north, Macdonald Street in the south, Roy Lowenstein on the west, and Jamestown on the east. Out of all of the neighborhoods Hoover Criminals have the more dominant and active are between 74 and 83rd, these two are the largest in the 77th Division of the L.S.P.D. The two sets stated are currently cliqued to form the 34 Hoover Criminals, but this faction will be strictly based on 83 Hoover as of now. Modern-day 83 Hoover Criminals have stamped their allegiance with the 74 Hoovers and taken on the nickname of 34 Hoover / Tray Soja's Foes (TS4's) and also have acclaimed (MK) for Main St. Mafia Crips and Menlo Crips Killer, to become Mkadass Everything due to fallen member (Mkadass) that was murdered by Main Street Mafia Crip. This sub-group consists of the younger generation from both sides, but since we're focused on (83HCG) we'll strictly focus on Tray Soja's and Mkadass Everything. The 83 Hoover Criminals had become ABK (Anybody Killer), as all Hoover Criminal sets have and would be at war with dozens of sets at any given time. Their enemies consist of Denver Lanes, Rollin O’s, N-Hood Crips, East Coast Crips, Mafia Crips, Underground Crips, Brims, and more. The Hoovers have few allies but used to be close with certain sets from the (3x) Gangster Crips card on the Westside (ETGC) Eight Tray Gangster Crips being one of those particular sets. They've currently been known to ally with Westside Blood sets, one of their more known alliances with bloods modern day would be the Hoover Stones, which is (W/S) Hoover Criminals and Black P Stones. Despite their large list of enemies, the 83 Hoovers dominate their neighborhood through their sheer numbers plus their reputation for brutality and terror. - "The Shooting of DaQuan Woodley" An intense outbreak of gang violence has residents of two Southside neighborhoods flashing back to the dreaded 1980s after a swarm of shootings between the Hoover Criminals and the Main Street Crips left one dead and at least two people wounded. "It's getting like the '80s again," said a man Friday afternoon as he walked past a "Murder Memorial" set up at 97th and Main streets. "The bad old days are coming back. It had slowed up, but now the kids born in those crazy years are starting to act like their parents. "Thursday morning, 28-year-old DaQuan Woodley was shot and killed at that corner shortly after 10 a.m. as he was walking. Police and local residents say Woodley was not a member of the Main Street Crips, long a force in this neighborhood, but that members of his family are. "He never bothered anyone," was the most common comment about Wooley. Sandwiching his death were two shootings on Hoover Street that left two males wounded, one critically. Four men along Hoover Street near 83rd echoed the concerned man on Main Street, dreading a return to the violent days of the 80s and 90s. "It's getting really hot again," one said. Thursday and Friday the LSPD was out in force and vowed an increased presence in the area for as long as it takes to quell the violence. "Unlike the projects, the two areas are very large, but we are in suppression mode," said Capt. John Lombardy, commander of the Southeast Division who is helping coordinate the efforts with 77th Street Division and Criminal Gang Homicide Division. "We have a high visibility. and the detectives are working the cases hard. Plus, we're working closely with [gang] interventionists." The following story comes from a man who was legally drunk and freely admitted it. Hours before DaQuan Woodley was killed, he called 911 out of concern for a drunk neighbor who was intoxicated to the point where he collapsed "I got drunk, a little too drunk, and people were concerned, but I guess he was the only one concerned enough to call the paramedics," said a man who goes by Krome, a 60-year-old local artist. "They came and left. But, when I really woke up from my drunken stupor, he was dead."
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  7. HOOVER CRIMINAL UMBRELLA The Hoover Criminal Gangs (HCG) are a predominately African-American and they have adapted there name after the street Hoover Street. Hoover Street is between Vermont Avenue, Figueroa Avenue on the West Side Los Santos, Forum Drive. The hoovers consist of seven street gangs under the umbrella. The Criminals casually wears Houston Astros as their insignia as they uses the Orange color that is the major color for the team, as that what made Hoovers pick that as there known color they rep also they use the “H” to represent Hoover. The hoovers fued and beef with East Coast Crips, Raymond Avenue Crips, Rollin 0’s Crips, Rollin 100’s, All Neighborhood Crips, Main Street Mafia Crips. HOOVER GROOVERS The street gang Hoover Criminals appeared in the 1960’s, were known back then as the Hoover Groovers as there title. The Hoover Groovers at the time, have been around for quite sometime before the transformation to the Crips Card. One member from the Hoover Groovers, younger brother was tragically killed and the huge allegations were blamed on The West Side Crips. The Hoover Groovers and the West Side Crips came together at the Saint Andrews Recreation Center located on Saint Andrews Pl. The two street gangs came up with a conclusion and believed the Figueroa Boys for the murder of their affiliate. W/S 94 HOOVER CRIMINALS The 94 Hoover Criminal Gang (94HCG) also known as The Low Downs, or 9-Foe Hoover Criminal Gang are a predominately African-American street gang. The Low Downs are located in the housing projects on the corner of Innocence Blvd and Roy Lowenstein Blvd, and can often be seen posted up at the projects, or the corner store near Davis Avenue and Innocence Blvd. The 94 Hoover Criminals are a subset under the Hoover Criminal umbrella. The Low Downs are in a close alliance with all other Hoover Criminals sets, and all under the Hoover umbrella. They rival with sets such as 984 Main Street Crip, Vermont Ness Gangster Brims, all NHC sets, East Coast Crips, 97 Gangster Crip, and 87 Gangster Crip. MAIN STREET WAR In the early 2000s, Hoover Criminals and 98 Main Street Mafia Crip were close and would often be seen together and partying together. But in August 2009, at a house party in Main Street Mafia Crips turf, there was an altercation between the two sets which was allegedly over a female. The beef quickly heated up and escalated beyond the point of saving. The two groups quickly started throwing out disses to the opposing set and their dead homies, which turned into a large brawl between the two groups in just minutes. After the brawl, gunfire was exchanged but nobody was reportedly hit. Hours later, the older heads between the two tried to step in and calm the situation down, but at that point it had went too far. Various Hoover Criminal sets would take part in hits on the Main Street Crips, and MSC would retaliate. The cycle has been going on for some time, and there has been too much blood shed on either side for their to be a truce in the coming years. 98 Main street Mafia Crip and 84 Main Street Mafia Crip would grow closer and form an alliance, dropping the Mafia from their name and forming under a new set called 984 Main Street Crip, and would continue to rival with anybody under the Hoover Criminal umbrella as one. MODERN DAY / TODAY‏‏‎ ‏‏‏‎94 Hoover Criminal Gang, as well as the entirety of the Hoover Criminal Umbrella, are known to be a very ruthless and active street gang in the modern day. They continue to hold down their territory in the Westside of Roy Lowenstein, and will press any new faces seen in the area, regardless of if they have family in the area, friends, or are younger. Having such a strong presence within the neighborhood, it is not uncommon that the Low Downs will recruit the youth into their ranks, with put on's even being as young as just 12 years old. They take advantage of the broken up families, and young men left fatherless, or whatever the situation may be. They are known to have more brutal jumping's for a put on, having groups of full fledged members of the gang beat on members senseless. These usually last for 65 seconds, and they do not hold back regardless of age. The same routine is followed when a member of the gang is put off from the set, at the discretion of the older heads within the ranks. To local police forces, 94 Hoover Criminals are still very much active and have eyes from law enforcement as such, due to their violent nature. There is a gang officer assigned to the neighborhood who takes note of any children from around the hood acting out, wearing Houston Astros gear, taking part in petty crimes and low level drug dealing, and even as much as getting gang ink tattooed at such a young age. Presently, in 2022 the 94 Hoover Criminals are compromised of a youth dynamic, and most younger men in their early twenties are calling shots. They have made a name for themselves as one of the most ruthless street gangs in the streets of Los Santos. U.S. Attorneys » Central District of Los Santos » News SHARE Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of Los Santos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Joint FBI-LSPD Investigation into South L.S. Street Gang Leads to 14 Arrests on Federal Charges of Distributing Crack Cocaine and Meth LOS SANTOS – An investigation led by the FBI and the Los Santos Police Department last night and this morning resulted in the arrest of 14 defendants linked to the Hoover Criminal Gang on federal charges alleging the distribution of narcotics, some of which were sold to customers out of two South Los Santos storefronts. The investigation – dubbed Operation Hoover Dam – resulted in three indictments being returned over the past few weeks by a federal grand jury. The indictments allege that the defendants – all members or associates of the street gang, or alleged drug dealers who operated in gang territory – sold methamphetamine, crack cocaine, cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP). One indictment also alleges weapons violations, including carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The main indictment charges 10 defendants, including two senior gang members who operated stores where narcotics allegedly were peddled. Bobby Lorenzo Reed, a.k.a. “Zo,” 56, the owner of the H&E Smoke and Snack Shop, and Andrew Tate, a.k.a. “Batman,” 52, the owner of the TNN Market, each sold methamphetamine, crack cocaine and powder cocaine from their respective South Los Angeles stores, referred customers to one another, supplied one another, and directed their employees to engage in drug sales and referrals, according to the indictment, which details dozens of narcotics transactions in 2017 and 2018. The 32-count indictment further charges Tate and a second person with conspiring to distribute heroin inside Bolingbroke State Penitentiary in Blaine County. In this conspiracy, Tate allegedly supplied heroin to Lashina Lacy, 33, of Fresno, who allegedly attempted to smuggle the contraband into the prison for an incarcerated gang member, who, in turn, intended to sell the heroin to other inmates. As a result of this part of the investigation, which included the Los Santos Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the heroin was intercepted before entering the prison. The second indictment unsealed today charges three defendants with participating in a series of narcotics transactions in 2018, some involving sales of approximately one and two ounces of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. The third indictment unsealed today charges two people with distributing street-level quantities of PCP and crack cocaine. The three indictments charge a total of 15 defendants. After 14 arrests last night and this morning, authorities are continuing to search for one defendant, Ricky Blue, 51. The defendants were taken into custody primarily in South Los Angeles, but arrests were also made in South Gate and Fresno. The defendants arrested in the Los Angeles area are expected to be arraigned this afternoon in United States District Court. An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted of the charges alleged in the indictments, most of the defendants would face mandatory minimum sentences of five or 10 years in federal prison. Operation Hoover Dam was conducted by the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation The prosecutions resulting from the investigation are being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Scott D. Dubois of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section.
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  9. About the faction The main goal of the faction is to portray a realistic environment surrounding Serbian-American criminal roleplay. The organisation mainly consists of Serbian-Americans but also includes other Ex-Yugoslavian ethinicities. The faction encourages it's members to create a realistic development for the creation of their character and also promotes legal roleplay throughout it's many legal ventures.
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  10. A triad is a Chinese transnational organized crime syndicate based in Greater China and has outposts in various countries with significant overseas Chinese populations. The organizational structure of Chinese organized crime in the United States is quite complex. Broadly defined, there is a great variety of Chinese criminal organizations. These include gangs, secret societies, triads, tongs, Taiwanese organized crime groups, and strictly US-based tongs and gangs. According to Ko-lin Chin, the foremost academic expert in the U.S. on Chinese organized crime, there is no empirical support for the belief that there is a well-organized, monolithic, hierarchical criminal cartel called the “Chinese Mafia.” The Chinese gangs are best known for trafficking in heroin and opium, but they are in fact as diversified as the biggest multinational conglomerate. Among their other activities are arms smuggling, credit card fraud, counterfeiting, software piracy, prostitution, gambling, loansharking, white-collar crime, home-invasion robbery, high-tech theft, and trafficking in endangered animals and plants. The triads are equally increasingly involved in the smuggling of illegal aliens. U.S. officials estimate that up to 100,000 Chinese are illegally smuggled into the country each year, many of them forced to live in involuntary obedience for a long period of time, while they work off their debt to the gangsters and smugglers that helped them to make their way into the states. In order to simplify and focus our discussion, this analysis will concentrate on the Fuk Ching gang. The Fuk Ching are active in Liberty City, and are regarded as one of the most powerful, and also transnationally active, Chinese organized crime groups in the U.S. (Chin, 1996). They are estimated to have approximately 35 members, with another 20 members currently in prison. Other major gangs in Liberty include the Ghost Shadows, Flying Dragons, Tung On, and Born-to-Kill. The Liberty City gangs, like the Fuk Ching, mainly operate extortion and protection rackets in defined neighborhoods in Liberty City’s Chinatown. Their victims are mostly businesses in Chinatown. In San Andreas, however, the Chinese organized crime presence, and the problem is quite different from that in Liberty City. In San Andreas, the dominant groups are the Wo Hop To and the Wah Ching. The Liberty City Police Department (LCPD), which polices the neighborhood in which the Fuk Ching are active, uses all the standard law enforcement practices commonly used to combat organized crime. These include informants, undercover investigators, and electronic surveillance. In addition, both the police and the FBI support and encourage extortion victims to use hotlines to report their victimization. The LCPD has also created an Asian Gang Intelligence Unit that employs street patrols to monitor street gangs. One of the structural characteristics that make Chinese organized crime different from other forms is the relationship between some of the street gangs and certain adult organizations. The latter are called tongs. The Fuk Ching, for example, is affiliated with the Fukien American Association. The Fukien American Association – as with other tongs and their relationships with gangs – provide the Fuk Ching with a physical place to gather and hang out. They allow the gang to operate on their (the tong’s) territory, thus legitimizing them with the community. Which is what usually appears in San Andreas as well. The smaller Chinese gangs fall under triads, that allows them to distribute and use their street as their so-called turf. In the state of San Andreas, there are more than thirty-two estimated Cantonese-American street gangs, and triads. One of them is the Paul Yin Gang, the street gang gained power in the early beginning of the 21st century when a huge wave of Cantonese-American migrants went to the Korean district of Los Santos. Many of them were smuggled through containers, which forced them to work for the smugglers/gangsters until they paid their debt off. Even though the Paul Yin Gang has had little to no influence over the area for the past twenty years, they've made quite a big name for themselves, as the LSPD had launched multiple raids in the area, charging many affiliates with money laundering charges, and involvement in loansharking. Over the last 2 decades, the United States and especially San Andreas has seen a huge inflow of Asian Americans. A look at how great of an Asian population there is in San Andreas is simply by looking at the enrollment at the University of Los Santos schools. UC Los Santos consists of Asian American and UC Red County is approximately 45%. This migration of Asians has brought many hard workers but it has also brought a new form of gangs more violent and brutal than America has ever seen. The Triads and the Tongs are one of the reasons why some Asian-Americans feel it necessary to join these gangs even though it seems to contradict the Asian "model minority" myth. The Asian American has been stereotyped as the "model minority", which implies that Asians have a strong work ethic, low profile, and a sense of loyalty to their family. Yet crimes by Asians in gangs have been occurring throughout San Andreas much more frequently than in years past. There seems to be a definite irony here in that the increases in Asian-American youth crime and the stereotype of Asian-Americans do not follow the same pattern. One such reason for this deviation is based on a matter of perspective in that one might consider crime by Asian-American youth as an occupation. If one takes into consideration that crime could be considered an occupation, then if the Asian-American work ethic focuses on succeeding in the new world, then the crime cannot be ruled out as an option to attaining financial class success. However, there is a more reasonable explanation as to why current Asian youth seem to deviate from the so-called "model minority" myth because of the two different phases in which Asians came to the United States. This huge inflow of Asians into San Andreas essentially occurred in two phases. In 1965, Congress passed an Immigration Act which abolished the old national-origins quota and increased the limit of 100 immigrants from countries within the "Asian-Pacific Triangle" to 20,000 immigrants per country from the Eastern Hemisphere, plus immigrants accepted within family preference standards: specifically spouses, minor children, and parents of citizens. This gave rise to a major wave of Asian immigration to America. This first wave in the 1 970s consisted of Asians who were highly educated, middle class, and urban. They arrived in a very short time frame, which allowed them to establish themselves successfully in America and thus was born the "model minority" myth. These immigrants were hard-working and stressed education as the tools to success and these tools would allow them to live the "American Dream." But more recently the second wave which started around the mid 1980s to the present, the immigrants from Asia have been mainly refugees from harsh political conditions in Southeast Asia. These recent immigrants arrive seeking new jobs and new opportunities but the job market is shrinking for less-skilled workers due to technological change. There has been increased immigration into the United States because under the current family preference system, it admits not only spouses, minor children, and parents of citizens, but also siblings and children over the age of two. But, for too many of these immigrants, coming to America has been a myth-shattering experience; because they soon realize that it is still very hard to succeed in America. When immigrants arrive in America, they strive for financial status and a comfortable home. However the first means to achieve financial status is through a professional job but a professional job requires training and some form of education. Immigrants who face a language barrier have trouble attaining that education they need especially if a college degree is needed because it is difficult to raise the money to afford higher education. Entrepreneurship is blocked by many of these same obstacles. And media success is forgettable because of the tiny market for Asian Americans in the media. Consequently, these new immigrants arrive in America with little prospect for employment and thus contribute to the growing percentage of Asian-Americans living below the poverty line. In order to simply survive, some Asian youth turn to crime in order to get some of the things that their parents cannot give them, which is usually influenced by poverty, greed, social comfort, and overall attention. Hell Side Wah Ching 1990s The gang’s origins lie in the tag-banging crew Hellside Asian Boys (HAB), whose ex-members made up the core of Hellside Wah Ching’s membership. While original members of HAB were primarily concerned with graffiti and graffiti culture, the merge with KTown Seaside Mafia (KSM) severely transformed the nature of HAB. While prior to the merge, HAB had partaken in petty crime, merging with another tag-banging crew irreversibly changed the crew. Local law enforcement officials had speculated that the clique was primarily 'created' due to the spiking interest in the drug market. Following the merge the gang was known as Hellside Mafia and has been involved in selling drugs onto a new lucrative drug market appearing due to the mass-immigration of Asian/Chinese immigrants in the Little Seoul Area. It's been rumored that certain members of the gang had developed ties to the local tong. It's been speculated that the tong had used Hellside Mafia as their muscle when it came to local extortions and drug trafficking. 2000s At the brink of a new millennium a bloody feud had occurred. What was formerly known as the Hellside Mafia had split into Hellside Wah Ching and KTown Circle Boys. The members of Hellside Mafia whom had pled allegiance to the local tong had then formed the core membership of the Hellside Wah Ching, whilst everybody who "didn't get with the program" became part of the KTown Circle Boys clique. In 2003 the Los Santos Police Department classified them as a street gang for prosecution purposes when three HWC members Nestor Chung, 17, James Chuang, 16, along with Joshua Hu, 17 and Omar Chin, 15 who was not in a gang were involved in the double homicide of Jack Cho, 14 and his father Li Cho, 45, on November 5, 2003. Jack’s brother, Bradley Cho, 17, was a member of the KTown Circle Boys and had a dispute with Joshua at their high school earlier that day. The four assailants were looking for Bradley when they shot and killed his little brother (not a gang member) and his father. It's been said that the tong had severed ties with the Hellside Wah Ching following the homicide of Jack Cho and his father. Little Seoul (忠诚) is a group of Roleplayers aiming to portray a realistic Chinese tong/triad located at Little Seoul, Ginger Street/Sunshine. All aspiring players may approach us ICly, roleplaying a "move in" is highly frowned upon in the faction as neighborhood-foreign locals are not engaged proactively in the faction' activities whether classmates or known locals, friends, etc. are more involved. We suggest reading any sort of guide on how to portray a realistic Chinese mobster member prior to joining us, however, be aware that our faction puts heavy emphasis on environmental/group realism as a whole as well, affiliates and members may not post screenshots on the thread until they've been approved via our approval system as we're very strict on ourselves regarding the fashion regime we've been aiming to give out on our thread. We also have a guide in our Discord server which you are free to read. Upon joining the faction you also instantly agree to be Character Killed by the High Council members within the faction. Anyone wanting to roleplay with our faction is required to join our Discord server.
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  12. The Far-West Crip or more commonly known as the Shoreline Crips has been a very active and long-standing criminal organization residing in the heart of Vespucci (known as the Servants Zone). The Vespucci Shorelines were founded in the early 1960s by none other than Jaheem ‘Jumpin’ Keane during the midst of the black power movements in Los Santos. Originally residing on Bay City Avenue before further developing and fanning out toward central Vespucci. The Vespucci Shorelines engaged in monotonous battles with white supremacist groups all throughout 1960s due to strict racial tension on the outskirts of Vespucci. Vespucci locals as well as the Shorelines found peace and a fulfillment of protection in the canals due to the fact that a plethora of minorities have gathered there. The Servants Zone was known for housing low-income and immigrant families, this fueled the oppression in Western Los Santos. Although while doing such, it aided in the Shorelines abilities to recruit others of similar and mixed race, diversifying the area over the years. Just before the Vespucci Shorelines became Crips, they were labelled under a different alias during the 1960s; the Vespucci Shorelines. During the 60s, Vespucci 13 and the Vespucci Shorelines actually shared some quite close ties, even being recognized as family at some point in the relationship. This all changed when things between the leaders of the Vespucci Shorelines and Vespucci 13 began clashing heads. Although it wasn't until 1972 when Jordan 'JW' Wallace from the 111 Neighborhood Crips connected with the Vespucci Shorelines and there was a decision to clique up. This is where the Vespucci Shorelines adopted the 2x card and began flagging under a new alias, the Vespucci Shoreline Crips. As the years continued, the Shoreline Crips and Vespucci 13 developed a relationship that was quite quandary. Other current and past alias' include, the Sholine Crips, Far-West Crips, Vespucci Crips, etc. The Shoreline Crips are known to gather around vast parts of the community but are primarily seen loitering on Tug and Rug Street. As the two infamous streets received numerous amounts of popularity, the Crips adopted them as a part of their culture in the late 1990s, and these two cul-de-sacs have been dubbed 6th and 7th Avenue. During the early 1970s, Vespucci was commonly regarded as Ghost Town back in the day because it hadn't had any lights lining up and down the streets. At night time, nothing could be seen, it appeared as if it was abandoned and left in the past. This changed in 1979 when Abbot Kinney and the municipal government implemented street-lights in the surrounding communities. The 1960s were pretty rough in Vespucci. As the city got with the times, gang violence and drug abuse were at an all-time high. Due to the multicultural setting of Vespucci at this time and housing a few street gangs, racial tension was littered all over the streets. The tension between the Shoreline Crips and the Vespucci 13 street gang began heating up rather drastically; eventually becoming rivals in the 1970s. Everyone thought things were getting worse, that was until the crack epidemic struck the canals and left the community in ruins. In the 1980s, the Shoreline Crips began sinking more and more investments into the narcotic enterprise. It was at this point where the Shoreline Crips and the Vespucci 13 were at the climax of their war. It was reported that gunshots were heard almost every night that lead up into the 1990s. As the 1990s came around, the Vespucci 13 began showing dominance in the streets and started pushing back Shoreline subsets/cliques out of the Western side of Vespucci. Even now they were being pushed back, the war with Vespucci 13 became more crucial and beneficial due to the control of the constantly evolving market of Vespucci’s drug trade. At this point in the war, it seemed like it was never going to come to an end, yet blood filled with streets. It was noted that between the months of March and October 1996, there were 23 gang-related deaths in the community. After the bloodbath of ‘96, Vespucci 13 cliqued up with Del Perro 13, and Culver City 13. This is when the Mexican Mafia negotiated a truce between the three. The Shoreline Crips are still known to be rivals with the Vespucci 13, along with the three other ones. More and more gang-violence rooted in the streets of Vespucci each and everyday. The Shoreline Crips' investment had paid off, Vespucci's illicit drug trade skyrocketed forward and with that, so did its infrastructure. During the late 1990's the Shoreline Crips completely controlled the drug market down in Vespucci, they needed more foot-soldiers. As a means to recruit, the Shoreline Crips hierarchy targeted younger individuals in high-school for a multitude of different reasons. They were easy to teach, got off committing crimes a lot easier, and they become rather loyal if you can incorporate them into the life early enough. This is around the time the Shoreline Crips grew to become one of the biggest criminal organizations coming out of Vespucci. After gaining a strong popularity in members, improvements in the drug trade, and money flowing in from all angles, the Shoreline Crips broke out into another war in 1998 with the Rolling 60's Neighborhood Crips. There were daily shootings back and forth between the Shorelines and the 60s. Younger members of the Shorelines were disciplined for walking about Vespucci without packing any heat, needless to say because this war could be detrimental in the Shorelines efforts to control Vespucci's drug trade. Although it may not have been as brutal and as long lasting as the war between Vespucci 13, Del Perro 13, Culver 13, and the Shoreline Crips, there were numerous amounts of reported deaths on both sides. The late 1990s came rather quick for the Shoreline Crips and their rivals, the Vespucci 13. At this point, the two criminal organizations were still sending shots back and forth, still fighting one another. As the 2000s cracked down on both of the gangs, the Shoreline Crips and the Vespucci 13 declared a cease-fire, the two gangs wouldn’t ally with one another, yet they wouldn’t continue warring over old age politics that were senseless to them now. This was a completely new age for all street gangs around Los Santos. The age of subsets is upon us, most organizations were splitting into smaller and smaller subsets/cliques. A predominant clique of the Shoreline Crips is commonly referred to as Demon Gang. It’s a clique for younger generation members who have proved their worth to other gang members. This could’ve been displayed during a robbery, jump in, homicide, etc. These individuals are specifically inhabitants of 6th Avenue. Eventually in 2016, the Shoreline Crips and the Vespucci 13 decided to shake hands once again. They would abstain from beefing one another, yet the Shorelines would be known for constantly attacking Culver City 13 members at any given time. This still holds up to this day, the Shorelines and Vespucci 13 share business and trade, although turf and cross-streets were no joke. As ties became closer and the two thriving organizations came out of the same vicinity, they idolized eachother. Vespucci 13 and the Shoreline Crips actually share a hood-day on every 2nd Saturday in June and it's held around the streets of Vespucci. Upon attending one of the hood days, there is typically barbeque, low-riders, local street rappers, and a wide variety of un affiliated Vespucci locals. This day is a celebration of culture, pride, and peace. The Shoreline Crips were now one of the biggest and deadliest street gangs operating out of Vespucci. Practically forcing the smaller Latino gangs to clique up in an effort to defend against their hostility and pure domination. With the advancement of members and a cease-fire, the Shoreline Crips managed to bulldoze their way through the competition, and take control of the constantly growing drug market in Vespucci. As aforementioned above, the Shoreline Crips had went to war with the Rolling 60's Neighborhood Crips in 1998, although the Shoreline Crips fall under the Deuce or 2x card. Beginning in the 80s and 90s, the Shoreline Crips were known for beefing other crip sets until the death of famous Rolling 60’s rapper, Nipsey Hussle in 2019. This fortified the bond between the Shoreline Crips and its other 2x subsets. Nowadays, the Far-West Crips are known to brutalize their opposition whenever they see fit, the mission seems to have been altered from the past, the Shoreline Crips are more focused on a means of making money rather than politics from back in the day. They are known to be allied with all 2x or Deuce crip subsets, yet they beef with a handful of Sureno gangs, and others including the Van Ness Gangster Bloods, LA Denver Lanes Bloods, the Black P Stones, Inglewood Family Bloods, the Graveyard Gangster Crips, and the Playboy Gangster Crips. (( This group is striving to realistically portray the Venice Shoreline Crips, a long-standing and very active Crip set that derives out of Los Angeles. Players will be praised for their attention to detail, character development, and roleplay as a whole. If you're planning to join, please do your research before approaching us. You should not be approaching the gang as an outsider with the intent of joining. Realistically, your character should have been raised or a local to the neighborhood. Under no circumstances, should those who are above the age of 17, approach the gang, having moved into the area from "Chicago". This type of roleplay will get you immediate disapproval and dislike, and you may even be forcibly removed from the area in character. You may join our discord in an effort to learn more information or to inquire. ))
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  13. Faction info Our goal is creating a community that consists of ethnic baltic or broader eastern european characters, mainly with criminal background. We will be providing ways to start out in the faction as an imigrant off the plane or you can start out in any other way you would like to. The end goal is a creation of self sustainable criminal network of multiple brigades of criminals who operate in the greater west of the Los Santos. Faction will follow a strict ruleset that will be enforced to establish our standards on any member of the faction. After you have received the rights to post screenshots on the topic, you are instantly liable to be CK'd at any given time for any given reason that the faction leadership or high-ranking members see fit. We also follow the concept, that in any RP scenario that can lead to a major impact on the faction development, if a character is killed or dies, he is forced to selfck. By that we are enforcing the meaning to RP a character with realistic sense of fear and survival instinct. Discord invitation for anyone interested, enter at your own risk
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  14. Hello everyone The last year has been an unusual period of time for the staff team and we are getting closer to another milestone — launching our community on the GTA V platform. In preparation for the many months of developing the script we altered the way our team is structured by introducing the 'Insider' team. The whole staff team has played a vital role in establishing the ecosystem and building the foundation for the server, without their knowledge and experience we would not have been where we are today. As of this post, the Insider Team will be removed and some members of it will be offered alternative positions within the core staff team based on contributions and activity during their time. We'd also like to thank Ten for his contributions to the Faction Team and for setting up and shaping the illegal faction scene ahead of the launch of the server, sadly he has resigned from the team a few days ago and we look forward to hopefully seeing him return in the future! We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to shape the server — the community, the insiders and the staff team as a whole. Thank you for sticking with us through the most challenging period of LS-RP history. Moving on, we'd like to introduce our new staff team structure: Senior Lead Admin Baker — DadoJ — Kane Lead Admin nova Senior Admin DDaniels — Mitcholodolo — Redz Game Admin Xanakin — zalenac — ROZE — Benavides — Mario — Flemwad — Dos Santos Junior Admin Bellagio — Birdman — Zapper Trainee Admins accursed — Kendrick — Genny — jack — luca. Senior Tester betonists — danielswe — Turtle — Marshall Tester Bizarre — bobster — Caleb410 Junior Tester Farrell — Mac — AlmightyBounter — JamesW — Freedom Fighter — Faugh A Ballagh This list is not final and is subject to change.
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  15. @FatherAlexav , third year seminarian at the Greek Catholic Church alongside other members of Christian faith have founded the San Andreas Greek Catholic Church. Our purpose as a faction is to provide a community for civilians and illegal and legal characters. Our priority is to be community oriented. We're in the process of discussing the faction's role on LSRP with the Faction Team, laying the foundation of another roleplay opportunity. We've opened this topic so we could answer to your feedback and suggestions Short Q&A, Why the Greek Catholic Church? Although our real life counterpart, Los Angeles, is mostly Roman Catholic and non-denominal Christian, in order to provide a genuine religious environment we've decided to practice the Byzantine Rite since FatherAlexav is highly knowledgeable of it. We're happy to answer your questions about this Christian denomination. What are our future plans? We're planing to open a clinic/hospital and a charity, these are our current projects. What about corruption? We don't intend to get involved criminally, although there may be future cases of bureaucratic corruption throughout our interactions with the Government and illegal factions. We're not allowing criminal priests or religious zealots, though, it is in our member's right to develop their characters however they want, it's not unlikely for the members of the clergy to engage in immoral actions or to have personal opinions that don't conform with the Church. What do we expect from you? Our expectations from the community are not pretentious. We'd like some common sense from the members, that means avoiding church shootings, violence or disruption during mass, extortion and trolling. Also, don't forget to check out our Faction Topic.
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  16. THE BLACK HAND: THE BLOODY RISE AND REDEMPTION OF "HAMMER" SARMIENTO, A MEXICAN MOB KILLER PDF, EPUB, EBOOK Henry Blankenstein | 389 pages | 05 Dec 2011 | TaylorMurphy Publishers Inc| 1683361215469 | English | New York, United States Description: THE BLACK HAND is the true story of Luis Sarmiento, aka "Hammer," and his rise in a secret criminal organization, a new Mafia, that already has a grip on all organized crime in San Andreas and soon all of the United States. This Mafia is using a base army of an estimated 60,000 heavily armed, loyal Latino gang members, called Surenos, driven by fear and illicit profits. They are the most dangerous gang in American history and they wave the flag of the Black Hand. Mafioso Sarmiento gives an insider′s view of how he devoted his life to the cause--the Mexican Mafia, La Familia Mexicana, also known as La Eme--only to find betrayal and disillusionment at the end of a bloody trail of violence that he followed for two decades. And now, award-winning investigative journalist Henry Blankenstein, with the unprecedented cooperation of Luis Sarmiento, reveals the inner workings, secret meetings, and elaborate murder plots that make up the daily routine of the Mafia brothers. It is an intense, never-before-told story of a man who devoted his life to a bloody cause only to find betrayal and disillusionment. Based on years of research and investigation, Henry Blankenstein has delivered a historic narrative of a nefarious organization that will go down as a classic in mob literature. The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of Luis Hammer Sarmiento, a Mexican Mob Killer PDF BOOK There is no doubt that some skeptics will say this book 1s nothing more than a glorification of the Mexican Mafia and gang violence. Interesting read, as these guys can spin a good yarn and the details of the Mexic Typical mob story, thug rises through the ranks and finds that the life he thought he was living was hollow after all. A Mmnt—Mob Convention In , Sarmiento left the Mexican Mafia. He moved his chair back and forth on its hind legs and stared at Judge Cooper as she set his murder trial date for January 1, He was reasonably comfortable in prison. Ramon Mundo Mendoza, who participated in twenty mob hits before he defected in the late s, says that they dedicated ther lives to making a career out of crime. I get this was already a lot of terrain to cover, but I really wish it included some analysis. In the years to come, I hope that Sarmiento will do everything he can to dispel that myth. Despite the fact that he was not Mexican and he entered the Mafia at the advanced age of forty, Morgan was dubbed the Godfather of La Eme with a few years. Make your own conclusions, but if you feel inspired, do read this and hear his voice. What is now different about me? My second gripe 1s a little more nebulous. It was all killing for the sake of killing, to claim superiority on the yard, to let other cons know Eme should be feared. There 1s no way 1 personally could do any of these crimes but reading about tt 1s another story. Some of the names listed had the letters eMe written next to them. Wow, couldnt believe what 1 was reading Excellent. Once reading the introduction I was hooked and wanted to know more about this young boy getting involved more and more with these seriously crazy people. Certainly, some who find themselves on the other side of the law were driven there by mistreatment in their own homes while growing up. Readers will formulate their own opinions about Hammer Sarmiento. He lives in Los Santos. View 2 comments. Together they would cease Mexican street gang rivalries inside prison, control the herom trafficking, protect themselves against unruly prison guards, and unite as brothers carnales against rival black and white inmates. Hammer doesn't feel shame for exacting violence upon other crimmals, but he does regret wasting his life in service to La Eme and missing a chance at having a family and a life on the outside. Mexican Mafia History 3. Naomi Paik. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Those who resisted Eme extortion were beaten or stabbed. This ruling released a new wave of Mexican Mafia members onto the streets. View all 4 comments. Hammer's parole poses a serious security risk to him, his family, his parole agents, and the community in which he 1s placed," Brown wrote. He does, though, pomt out shortcoming in society and family that lead countless youths into a damning life of crime. Published: University of California Press - May 26th, There are a lot of really awkward sentences and occasionally it's unclear what exactly 1s happening, Even though I am still Itving behind bars, life now has a true, unfamiliar sweetness to it that is almost beyond my ability to describe with words. It is a pretty raw account and the fact that "Hammer" was quoted saying different things from loving the mob life, to be scared, to hating it; it made the autobiography pretty intense. He says that la eMe rums everything it touches. Retrieved 22 July A happy face was sketched night next to the comment. This book was a HUGE disappomtment. An excellent read for anyone studying the history of Los Santos or simply interested in organized crime. The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of Luis Hammer Sarmiento, a Mexican Mob Killer Writer Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I got the sense that there was a lot about Hammer that was being sanitized. Our conversations far outreached material for the book. There were more than a thousand mmates on the yard. Every time I am given the opportunity I strive to educate law enforcement, academics, behavioral scientists, and the general public about the national threat of urban street terrorism and nontraditional organized crime. My wife in a burst of anger taught me a quality that was anatherm to a mob guy—empathy. A feisty woman on the other end of the line eviscerated me with a torrent of punishing words. Charlie White was a black inmate upset about Eme bullying tactics. In an effort to establish a consistent narrative flow, the information supplied by all of the above is not always referenced specifically. Create a List. Retrieved 24 December Then, while awaiting trial, he did two other bloody hits inside the Los Santos County Jait—stabbing the rival mobsters so many times that it was only a stroke of fate that kept them from making an early trp to their graves. In closing, I wish to thank you for the cordiality with which you treated my mother. La Eme Spreading Like a Cancer Typical mob story, thug rises through the ranks and finds that the life he thought he was living was hollow after all. But as soon as you step into the SHU, tt hits you like a wave. Unfortunately I can not give more than 2 stars as a rating. The Mafia- induced subculture destroys our most precious commodity—the minds of our young people. Hammer Sarmiento recounts his seventeen years of beg a "Carnal" a senior leader in the most powerful crimmnal organization functioning in the California prison system, the Mexican Mafia. Upload Sign In Join. We considered them pests that need to be extermmnated. In keeping with my recent ability to misunderstand the thrust of a book's title, I picked up Black Hand hoping to learn about Mexican Drug Cartels, and instead learned a bit about La Eme, the Mexican Mafia, which was plenty interesting too. Hungry Piranhas in a Tank (( Our goal is to role-play the Mexican Mafia to a very realistic extent while also maintaining a good balance between realism and fun. We believe that the Mexican Mafia in general, apart from a few notable exceptions, hasn't always managed to maintain it's activity and help out factions with role-playing. Therefore it is our main focus to provide realistic role-play and presence in-game, while also having actual benefits for factions that pledge alliance to the organization. In order to achieve this, we have involved previous leadership of good Mexican Mafia eras as our advisors, as well as experienced sureño role-players and we hope to make our own impact to your day to day role-play on the server. Also, we will give equal priority to providing a realistic prison environment for locked up hispanic role-players, ensuring that your role-play and development continues even when in jail. We encourage all sureño factions to get in touch with us and involved, in order to achieve a realistic California-esque setting within sureño factions. Join our discord. Any comments, questions or concerns can be forwarded to myself,@Mario and @SkanteVida27 ))
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  17. I. History of the Greek Catholic Church "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:13-20) In the beginning, there was only one Church, the Catholic Church. Throughout the Church's history, several rites were established based on the people's relationship with God. The primary rites of the Church were the Byzantine Rite, established in Constantinople, and the Latin Rite, established in Rome, respectively, each rite was practiced in the Roman Empire, East and West, even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. After the establishment of the patriarchates, it was decided that the first most important patriarchate should be in Rome, where St. Peter became its first bishop,and the second most important in Constantinople. Through the several Ecumenical Councils, various dogmas were laid which eventually led to the Schism of the Western and Eastern Churches, eventually leading to the foundation of the Orthodox Church after the various controversies, such as Filioque. The Orthodox Church denied the Bishop of Rome's authority as First Among Equals, thus becoming a community of autonomous churches. The Great Schism happened in 1054, during Leon IX's papacy, and Patriatch Michael's I patriarchy. After the Great Schism, The Church of East (Byzantine) broke away from the Church of the West (Latin). In 1439, a synod was held in Fererra-Florence, which aimed to unite the Eastern Church with the Church of Rome, but only part of the Byzantine Rite Church was united with the Catholic Church. In order for the Eastern Church to unite with the Catholic Church, they had to accept the so-called Florentine points: I. Papal Primacy. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, equal to the others, but Primus Inter Pares (The First Among Equals). As found in the Bible, Peter founded the Church after being given the Keys of Heaven by Jesus. Although Peter was equal to the other apostles, he was special given his mission; II. The recognition of the Filioque (also from the Son). As written in the Gospel, the Holy Spirit proceeds the Father. The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed agreed to the Gospel, prohibiting future alterations of the creed. However, because of heresies of the heresies of the Aryans, which established a hierarchy of the Holy Trinity, the Western Church was forced to introduce Filioque, affirming that the Holy Trinity is one and the same. Thus, the Holy Spirit proceeds after the Father and the Son. The Son was sent the Holy Spirit from the Father. However, in the Oriental Catholic Church, Filioque is not obligatory; III. The use of unleavened bread. Although the Oriental Churches use leavened bread during Mass, they henceforth have to recognize the validity of unleavened bread; IV. The recognition of the Purgatory as an intermediary space in which souls that have committed forgivable sins can atone, although it is not mentioned in the Bible. The Oriental Church which united with Rome also adopted the following: I. The infallibility of the Pope. The Pope cannot be wrong when it comes to matters of Faith; II. Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born without ancestral sin, she and Jesus are the only sinless people; III. The possibility of ordaining celibate priests. Priests can get married in the Eastern Church, in fact, in the Orthodox Church marriage is necessary for a priest to be ordained. In the Roman Catholic Church, all priests must be celibate. In the Oriental Churches, priests can be celibate or married, with the condition of being married before being ordained; IV. Baptism by sprinkling water. In the Oriental Churches, Baptism is practiced by immersion, practice rejected by the Catholic Church due to it being dangerous. The Greek Catholic Church does as it pleases when it comes to Baptism. II. Hierarchy of the Greek Catholic Church The Greek Catholic Church's hierarchy is divided between the Major Clergy and the Minor Clergy: The Major Clergy: I. Bishop. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome. A Patriarch, Metropolitan or an Archbishop are still bishops. The bishop is the descendant of the apostles, which granted their authority and powers to their descendants through the rite of the Laying of the Hands; II. Priest. There are different types of priests, such as bishops, archpriests and vicars. Not all priests have achieved full priesthood, which the bishop has got. The priest is ordained by the bishop. The priest is in charge of a parish, or is assigned to help another priest as a vice-parish priest, or even assigned to an administrative function. The priest leads the Holy Mass and other sacraments daily; III. The Deacon, which is either permanent or temporary. The temporary deacon prepares to become a priest. The deacon has the lowest status among the Major Clergy. He must assist the priest or bishop during liturgical matters. Those who wish to become married priests must married during their diaconate. The Minor Clergy: I. Hypodeacon. They help the priest, but they must not be confused with the deacons; II. Lecturer. He is the choir's leader. He receives this title in the 3rd year of seminar. During his second year as a seminarian, he is accepted for diaconate or priesthood, and during the first year he obtains the clerical attire. III. About Monkhood In the Eastern Church there is the Order of Saint Basil the Great. The monks are called Basilians, and it is the only monastic order in the Byzantine rite. However, there are Latin monastic orders that practice the Byzantine rite. Franciscans, Jesuits, etc. are not monks, the only Latin monks are the Benedictines, but those Latin orders are accepted. IV. The Greek Catholic Church of San Andreas The Bishop of the Greek Catholic Church of San Andreas is James Malkovich, ordained in 2000. He was appointed bishop of San Andreas by the age of 50 by Pope Benedict himself during an ordainment ceremony in Rome along ten other bishops. He founded the Greek Catholic seminary in Los Santos, where seminarians prepare for priesthood. Both the Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic churches share the Catholic Cathedral of Los Santos. Bishop Malkobich is also working in accomodating a monastery in Los Santos County. Together with the other Greek Catholic priests, and under the supervision of Vicar General Michael Hughes, the diocese of San Andreas is developing at a steady pace. Rector Aaron Foster is currently coordinating the Greek Catholic Seminary of Los Santos. V. ((Out of Character)) This faction has been opened by a 3th year seminarian at the Greek Catholic Seminary, thus our perspective and portrayal are throughly guided. Althoguh it is a religious faction, we're open to members of the community of all faiths. Our objective is to portray the first church faction on the community. Knowledge of Catholic rites and theology are not required in order to join the faction. We will be hosting various religios and community-related events alongside other factions, such as the Government. The Greek Catholic Church of San Andreas condemns religious fanaticism and violence. You can find more or inquire about roleplaying with us on our https://discord.gg/N8vtFCqqvx.
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  18. HOMEGIRLS x HOMEBOYS Developing Female Characters for Gang RP "You claim your barrio. You claim your hood. You claim your boyfriend. You claim something that is yours, that is really valuable to you." (T-Rex, a.k.a. Trinidad, speaking to Norma Mendoza-Denton) * * * CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Big Trends for Homegirls 3. State of Research 4. Motivations for Involvement 5. The Male Connection 6. Homegirl Typology 7. Putting in Work 8. Initiation Rituals 9. Prison 10. Machismo x Marianismo 11. Everyday Tension 12. Joining a Gang Faction 13. Sources * * * 1. INTRODUCTION This is a summary of what I've learned from recent research on girls and women involved with the street gangs of California and Texas. I focused on Hispanic Los Angeles and young women in male-dominated gangs. This is mostly about developing female characters, but you can also get ideas for the dynamics between male and female characters in gang RP. This isn't about surface level femininity and masculinity, this is about the deeper connections between characters and what links them to their communities and gangs. I'm also interested in girls and women who maybe aren't full gang members, so when I say "homegirl" we're talking about a few different types. A lot of this info can apply to other gang cultures, but gender roles feel stricter in Hispanic gangs. I hope you can find some ideas here to inspire your RP. Thanks for reading! 2. BIG TRENDS FOR HOMEGIRLS They are linked to their gang through male relatives, male friends, male romantic partners. Their status in the gang is linked to the rank/respect of their male connection. They are from the same neighbourhood as their gang. They don't become leaders in their own right, but they can be influential representatives for shotcallers. Even the "tomboys" are rarely shooting guns, and violent activities will be led by their homeboys. 3. STATE OF RESEARCH Please skip this paragraph if you just want the info! I’ve listed all my sources at the end. This is pre-pandemic research. I've tried to avoid journalists and amateur writers to focus on academic work because California is home to some of the oldest gangs and biggest universities in the world, so there’s a long tradition of high quality gang research that digs real deep and doesn't get enough love. A journalist might get the story after it happens, but many academics immerse themselves through local programs and conduct multiple interviews with active members over many months or years. To me it looks like you need a lot of interviews before people get real. Honestly there isn't much research on female gang members/associates, probably because they don't get arrested as much as their homeboys and are less likely to get involved in gunplay or violence. Sometimes their homeboys don't let them get interviewed (Latino gang members seem more protective/controlling than black or white gang members). Lots of this research was conducted directly in neighbourhoods and schools, not through the correctional system or courts. There is so much propaganda and sensationalist content out there about gangs, but these research techniques treat them like a legitimate cultural and economic phenomenon. The female side is a whole world that seems to be invisible to the authorities, but the authorities are probably too busy with the male side. In California there doesn't seem to be any all-female drug trafficking gangs or prison gangs, so a key element is their dynamic with the men in their lives. 4. MOTIVATIONS FOR INVOLVEMENT What's anyone's motivation for joining a culture? You're born and raised in it. If you're getting involved with these types of street gangs, you grew up in the gang's neighbourhood. Even if you're an immigrant, your family would have moved into the neighbourhood when you were still a child. But female gang members will usually be born to U.S.-born parents (parents from Mexico and Latin America are more likely to keep girls inside and away from gangs). Family, barrio, hood, gang, it can all be the same thing. James Diego Vigil writes "Latino culture is commonly known to value the institution of the family, and gang members, both males and females, carry on this tradition, but in a warped, readapted version of the original." Family expectations are much stricter for girls, so girls from non-gang families are more likely to be kept at home and away from the gang. But if her parents are gang-affiliated, she might be expected to uphold gang traditions. Girls from gang-affiliated families are "labelled before their involvement in the gang has even begun". Everyone just expects them to be involved one day. If they're spending time with relatives who are gang members, this explains how they get "blessed in". These girls were involved before they knew what that meant. Family life is the key factor for gang involvement and "girls tend to come from even more stressed family situations than boys" according to work by Avelardo Valdez and Vigil. This can mean neglectful or abusive family situations. One study found the majority of girls involved in gangs had run away from home, but this wasn't true for the boys. Many girls ran away multiple times. One girl explained: "My homies will always find me a place to stay when shit gets too bad at home." Another says: "We're like one big family" and "They were always there for me." A girl nicknamed Tiny said abuse at home "is a lot of why I was down in the projects everyday just kicking it. I never wanted to go home. So I would just be out on the streets getting shot at, getting budded out, and kicking it with my homeboys." Traditionally masculine (machismo) type motivations like power and money don't seem to be the big factor for girls. Many of them seem to be joining for protection, belonging, community, family. These can be seen as traditionally feminine (marianismo) motivations. Female involvement has increased over the hundred years of Los Angeles gang history. Mexican-American girls used to be raised by parents and grandparents with no gang connections. Now there are more parents and grandparents passing down gang traditions. Open the spoiler below to see why girls get involved in their own words, when talking to researchers. There is a key trend: 5. THE MALE CONNECTION Girls aren't getting involved with a gang full of people they don't even know. All the girls in the Avelardo Valdez study were "integrated into the male gangs through their relationships with the male members" and 43% had boyfriends involved in a gang. They also reported having friends, brothers, cousins, and other relatives involved. I'll summarize 3 types of homegirls based on their male connection. These are like character backgrounds or origin stories, and multiple types can apply to the same character. Relatives: Girls born into gang-affiliated families make up nearly 80% of all female gang members according to Vigil's "The Projects". So getting involved might not even be a choice, but just something that naturally happens over time. It's like getting involved in the family business. If your family members are getting arrested, harrassed by police, or attacked by rival gangs, you might start seeing things like a gang member sees them. The gang and your family are the same thing. If you're helping your family day-to-day, you're already involved. Friends: If you grew up in a gang neighbourhood, you probably grew up with boys who became gang members. These could be your childhood friends. You probably know each other's families. If you keep spending time with them, you could get drawn into their world. The vibe is similar to being a relative. Girlfriends: These are girls in long-term monogamous relationships with male gang members. They often have children together, which is a big reason why they're less involved in street activity than other types of girls. They are respected for their loyalty to their man. They're usually childhood friends of gang members before dating them, so they aren't new to the neighbourhood. For all 3 types, influence and respect is linked to the status and rank of the male connection. Whatever level of gang activity your male connection is involved in, you could be expected to support or help him in some way. If your male connection rises all the way to the top, which probably means he becomes incarcerated and integrated into a prison gang, you could become his secretary or senora, his hand on the streets. It's like an ancient queen ruling the kingdom when her husband is away at war. I'll say a quick word on female cliques. The vibe I'm picking up is that female cliques are rare and mostly just labels that mean "the homegirls", they're not carrying out lots of girls-only activity, they're mostly working with the male gang members. Female gang members will often be in the male clique based on age. The male connection is the big factor for most gang activity. 6. HOMEGIRL TYPOLOGY There are different types of girls and women involved with these street gangs. I've summarized the types described by several researchers. These aren't official names used on the street, there is so much slang that gets used differently in different places. These "types" are just to give you ideas for characters. One character might be several types at once. The Good Girl Type You might not expect these girls to get involved with a gang, but in Hispanic street gangs there are many benefits to being seen as feminine in a more traditional way. These are the "school girls" with "conventional lifestyles" staying out of trouble. Well, that's how it appears on the surface. These are probably the ones most likely to get blessed in, and they might be the most common type overall. These are the girls that male gang members want to date and marry. Being "good" makes them valuable for lowkey work behind the scenes. Being "good" doesn't mean they're nice, it just means they aren't getting their hands dirty like the boys. And "good" doesn't need to mean "well behaved" in the traditional sense. Almost all the girls in the Valdez study had used drugs and about 60% had run away from home at least once. One of the girlfriends in the study said: "I like to hang out with the guys. We just kick back, smoke out, and have fun." While many homeboys expect to be active gang members until they die, it's easier for homegirls to become inactive. This is common if they become mothers, but they can always be pulled back in by their connections, including their own children one day. They are often lowkey, inactive, dormant, in hibernation waiting for the right season to bloom. This type of homegirl will rarely be arrested or attract police attention. If her male connections are incarcerated, she might be visiting them and keeping them connected to the neighbourhood. She might hide guns or drugs for her male connection or even hide him at her place, but she's not carrying a gun around or handling business on the street. She might be helping with drugs behind the scenes, but she's avoiding violence. For GTA RP an example of a good girl type would be a character from a gang neighbourhood that is involved in a lot of legal/civilian RP, but is still regularly RPing with active gang members while trying to avoid the attention of government factions or hostile gang factions. To be useful to the gang, the important thing is that she's seen as a normal girl attending school or working a legal job. Her male connection probably feels protective and wants to keep her out of jail/prison. If he's always known her as "good", especially if there's romantic feelings, he'll probably want her to stay like that. There can be tension if she starts acting like a tomboy. But if a tomboy becomes a good girl (like by becoming a mother) that's less of a problem in the eyes of her homeboys. The line between good girl and tomboy is blurred. This can be a big source of development for characters. I believe RPing this type of character can be very dynamic and suspenseful, because RPing around the edge of the darker elements of the gang makes those elements more intense and mysterious. Good girl types also serve an important role in giving extra meaning to the RP of other gang members. They can represent why the neighbourhood is worth fighting for, and be a reminder of peaceful times. The Tomboy Type Even if a homegirl is involved in traditionally male types of gang activity, she's not the same as a male gang member. There are no female prison gangs in California, so the more tomboyish a tomboy becomes, the more likely she is to get taken out of the game. The balance between feminine and masculine is a difficult line to walk. Most likely a tomboy will be in a supportive role. One advantage a female gang member has is that many people, including cops, won't see her as a threat compared to the male gang members. The relationship to violence is complicated by this. Female gang members might carry guns, but most of the time these guns are meant to be used by the male gang members. One East L.A. example of the tomboy type could be Mayra as described by James Diego Vigil. She grew up in an abusive household. She moved out and made her own money. She became a respected female gang member known for her fighting abilities and got involved in regular gang activity. She always had a gun on her, but it was for her homeboys to use. She would hide guns and drugs in her purse or bra when the authorities were around. On rare occasions she would use the gun herself, but she was able to avoid attention by not having a reputation for violence. Eventually she became inactive because she became pregnant. "That's when I changed," she said. "Now that I have my son I have to think about him, I don't even party anymore." The most extreme example of a tomboy could be Loca, from the same study. One of her homeboys said: "She has a shaved head and everything. She dresses like a guy and has two tattoos of clowns on her neck. She's down. She'll throw it down with guys, she doesn't give a fuck." But by becoming more "like a guy" Loca is more likely to get arrested and won't be an active gang member anymore. Her homeboys will still be active in prison, and meanwhile the more traditionally feminine gang members like Mayra will still be on the street carrying a gun. James Diego Vigil and Mendoza-Denton show that gang affiliated girls will change into a masculine style of clothing if they're expecting fights or violence. But most tomboys probably won't be like Loca with the shaved head, most tomboys will probably be acting more feminine or more masculine according to what they're doing. Maybe they go with a more feminine vibe at home, at church, or partying. Even on the streets a tomboy like Mayra might have a purse to hide a gun or drugs, and if she appears too masculine (like Loca) she could get the wrong attention from cops or rival gangs. The Senora Type Acting more "like a guy" isn't the female path to power. A gang member like Loca is less likely to rise to the top than Mayra, and they're probably both less likely than a good girl type. If you're looking to RP a female gang leader, the senora type, your character might want to stay out of prison. And if you're RPing a male gang leader, your character might want to find a good senora to stand by his side. Testimony from a former Mexican Mafia member (US vs Loza) suggests this is an emerging trend for incarcerated underworld bosses, who rely on their wives and girlfriends to carry out their will on the streets. Senoras can also be sisters, daughters, or other female relatives. They can collect taxes on behalf of imprisoned leadership, direct business, distribute drugs, and order violence. That's just the ultimate example, since most senora types will be supporting lower ranked gang members, but the same ideas apply: every female character probably knows her male connection will be arrested one day and that's when she can hold it down for him on the outside. She can become his link to the streets, she can deliver messages, handle his money, handle his commissary, even smuggle things in for him. This is why a senora type most likely started as a good girl type, because avoiding the most dangerous gang activity will keep her free to act on behalf of her male connection. Even if he's free and out on the streets, she can still handle his business in the shadows. Male gang members with their own senora type should have an advantage over their rivals. One early example of a top senora was allegedly Raisin of Florencia 13, who joined the gang as a 10 year old. Her uncles were gang members and she grew up in the gang's neighbourhood. One older gang member, possibly from her uncles' generation (and so maybe feeling like her uncle) declared himself her protector, and when he was imprisoned he became Florencia's leader. The one charge on Raisin's file suggests she played a part in smuggling drugs for the gang. But like many female gang members, she became inactive after having children, but inactive members can be useful in ways active members can't. She was working as a real estate agent when she was given the "key" to the neighbourhood by her adoptive uncle: the imprisoned Florencia leader. I'd say she started off as the good girl type, which is exactly what made her a good senora. Unlike a parolee, she could avoid attention and suspicion. And unlike the man she replaced, she probably wasn't going to tax the wrong people or go around Florencia hoods raping girls. She was a business woman, she could handle money, she was a respected mother, but she also grew up with homies who could handle the streets while she pretended to be an ordinary real estate agent. If she had been seen as too masculine or like a "hood rat", she wouldn't have been a better choice than a male parolee or other gang member. This is just one story from Los Angeles Magazine, but Raisin's story matches what we see in other examples studied by scholars like David Skarbek. In the violent world of gang politics, an imprisoned shotcaller could feel threatened by the "machismo" of his lieutenant running free in his neighbourhood. In contrast I believe the Florencia shotcaller saw Raisin as an embodiment of "marianismo" and traditional feminine loyalty who would not betray him. The shotcaller knows many male gang members are looking to make money for themselves, but a "good" woman is expected to make money for her family. Raisin is the shotcaller's family, therefore she's a better tax collector than a male gang member. Raisin was a rare example back in the day, but I think this mentality explains why paranoid crime lords are now becoming more likely to trust wives, girlfriends, and female relatives to run operations on the street. There is a possible 4th type: the party girl type. But she's not a homegirl. I'm really not talking about party girls in this guide. They don't have deep connections with male gang members, they're just girls who party with the gang. Some might call them "hoodrats" and consider them to be sexually available. This is probably where a lot of the "sexed in" rumours come from, but these girls are viewed completely differently than the other 3 types. One gang member in Vigil's studies said: "We wouldn't bust a train on a school girl. That would be fucked up." So there can be a code of gang machismo that protects the other 3 types of girl. This guide is really about the homegirls who are protected by that code. Research by Laidler/Hunt shows homegirls use homeboys to "keep aggressive male members in check", and the Raisin story suggests this is a code of chivalry/honour that was taken seriously by major Hispanic gangs like Florencia 13 and the Mexican Mafia. It can also be bad for business if members of the same operation are killing each other. Raping "school girls" and generally disrespecting OGs in Florencia territory might have ended the careers of at least one tax collecting crew. But for female characters I think the super big key element here is the male connection: being close to a male gang member gets you involved and gains you protection. 7. PUTTING IN WORK: LOWKEY vs HIGHKEY Most women and girls involved with gangs are less involved with the crime and violence that captures attention. But the lowkey work is important to gang structure and can explain why some gangs have such deep roots and have survived for a hundred years. According to a study of housing projects in East Los Angeles: "The girlfriends, sisters, mothers, sexual partners, and homegirls of gang members are not merely passive auxiliaries to the males but in fact serve a variety of initiatory and supportive functions." The good girl and senora types would be involved with more lowkey work, and the tomboy types would be more involved with highkey work. The danger of highkey work is attracting attention from law enforcement. Many homeboys think "I'll either be dead or doing life by this time next year" (quoted from a 17 year old), but incarceration means potential prison gang involvement and advancement in the underworld hierarchy. But for homegirls, gang activity and advancement is put on pause when they're incarcerated. Kings can be made in prison, but queens can't. The Valdez study was able to survey gang activity from what I'd call good girls and tomboys. The senora types wouldn't be talking to researchers. Here's the percentage of girls who had helped male gang members with different activities: 55% held drugs 31% sold drugs 27% held weapons 24% shoplifted 19% carjacked 19% sold weapons 14% stole cars 13% broke into houses/buildings 12% robbed 12% engaged in "other" activities Look how many girls were holding drugs and weapons. The study says homegirls were "considered a safe haven for hiding the gang's weapons that were often discarded or destroyed after being used." And male gang members' "personal weapons were also held by these girls since the guys were always at risk for being stopped and searched by the police, especially if they were identified as gang members by the police". These are examples of lowkey work that even the good girl types might be doing. Hiding something is easier when you don't draw attention. Selling drugs could also be lowkey, as the Valdez study says girls were usually selling to "other female close friends and relatives". There is a lot of "work" that doesn't show up on these lists and surveys, mostly because it happens behind closed doors. This could be simply supporting a male partner or relative in daily domestic work, or this could be counting money, preparing drugs for sale, and generally handling behind-the-scenes aspects of money-making schemes. Many types of work might be seen as simply ways to help a friend, relative, or romantic partner. The line between family, gang, and community can be blurred. The most important lowkey work might be visiting incarcerated male gang members in prison and handling their affairs. I say "lowkey" in this case because it isn't obviously illegal in the way a burglary would be. Skarbek's research, which supports Rene Enriquez's 2018 testimony, shows women are increasingly becoming responsible for managing street gangs on behalf of incarcerated shotcallers. These "senora" types are increasingly responsible for managing crews of tax collectors, managing tax funds, ordering assaults or murders, and distributing drugs. They are sometimes referred to as "female shotcallers" but they are still taking direction and receiving their authority from the incarcerated shotcallers, who are often prison gang members. This trend is strong in the Sureno underworld, but it could also be an effective system for other types of gangs. In some cases the senora, who perhaps has too much of a criminal history herself, will have a "secretary" (who you can think of as another lower ranked senora type or good girl type) who conveys information between the senora and her male connection in prison. The important factor for the woman making the visits is that she doesn't have a big criminal record or visible tattoos. These visits can also be a good opportunity to smuggle in drugs, and although one study described this as more of a tomboy thing, the tomboy would probably still want to be more traditionally feminine, more like Mayra than Loca. Smuggling drugs in for a homeboy is similar to holding his gun all the time. 8. INITIATION RITUALS It might not be obvious when you're initiated into a gang as a member, and a female character can play an important role without acting like a male gang member. Gang and neighbourhood identity can get all mixed up together. Norma Mendoza-Denton’s interviews found that some Hispanic youth identified with gangs even if they weren’t “jumped in” or fully initiated members. If they lived in a gang neighbourhood, they would claim the local gang and would fight the enemies of their neighbourhood. The authorities had trouble identifying the real gang members. Mendoza-Denton describes it like being supporters of a sports team. This could describe the relationship some homegirls have with their homeboys before they get more involved. Nearly half the girls interviewed by Avelardo Valdez didn't get involved in "delinquent" activity in their first 2 years associated with a gang, but staying lowkey also creates opportunities to help a gang in other ways. The most powerful women will be lowkey enough to act on behalf of incarcerated gang leaders. Queens and princesses keep their hands clean. Clara Saavedra’s research describes several initiation options which should be familiar to gang RPers. Girls can be jumped in by female gang members or male gang members, or just walked in (blessed in). They can also have a one-on-one fight with a current gang member (fair fighting), commit a physical assault against a rival gang member, or commit any other illegal act to prove they're down. Vigil's research suggests only girls will jump in other girls, but it sounds like most girls (up to 80%) get blessed in because of family. They also might pass a test without even realizing they're being tested. A girl might smuggle drugs for her brother without realizing this is how the homeboys will decide she's down for the gang. It's about that male connection. Getting “sexed in” doesn’t seem to be a thing these days. The most detailed examples of sexual initiation I found were from outside Hispanic California. These seem to be new/unorganized gangs with weaker connections between gang members and the community. This vibe is different from Hispanic gangs that have existed for generations in the same neighbourhoods where everyone knows each other. Any Latina doing work for these gangs is probably either respected as a relative/girlfriend/wife (putting in lowkey work) or respected as a “tomboy” (putting in work like the homeboys). Many of the stories about “promiscuous girls” treated like "sex objects" are probably just unconnected girls who are partying with the gang but have no deeper involvement. When a homeboy talks about “running a train” on a girl, he’s not talking about a girl who is featured in a lot of the newer research. Gang machismo can be about sexual conquest, but it can also be about acting protective. Abusing a girl means disrespecting any homeboy connected to her. When a male gang member abuses the wrong girl, his own homeboys can come together to punish him. Studies talk about these girls having protection from sexual violence. They often join the gang to escape abuse at home. 9. PRISON In 2017, only 5% of California's prison population was female. Male gang members will gain more options for advancement in prison, but the opposite happens for their homegirls. For male inmates, prison gangs can represent the top of their hierarchy, giving them opportunities for deeper involvement in the politics and economics of the criminal underworld. For female inmates, they are cut off from the street life and gang activity. Female prison gangs don't exist in California according to David Skarbek's "Social Order of the Underworld". Here are some quotes from female inmates in his study: "There's more of a formal system with the men; they assume their roles and they know their positions. With women, it's not like that." "We are not like the men, because we learn to live with each other. We communicate. It is not a racial thing in here." Instead of organizing into gangs or cars, female inmates come together in "pairs or small families" that act more like "nuclear family units", where older inmates will mentor younger inmates. These families are much more casual and temporary, there is less violence, and rarely any weapons. Vigil and Diane Rodriguez found "a significant number of women and girls who are involved in gangs" in the prison system with an estimated 80% of one Los Angeles female facility being incarcerated for "gang-related" reasons. Gang identities might have led to their incarceration, but that no longer defines them inside the system. This creates an interesting challenge for any female character cut off from her gang. Maybe it's a relief, maybe it feels like exile, maybe it changes her perspective being separated from it. But the most powerful gang-affiliated women are not female inmates, the most powerful are female visitors to male inmates. Underworld princesses and queens visiting their king. We're talking about the senora types: women with strong personal links to incarcerated shotcallers and prison gang members, who are able to act on their behalf on the streets. So prison is very important for both male and female characters, just in different ways. 10. MACHISMO x MARIANISMO What makes a good woman or a good man? What does your character think? What did your character's parents teach them? Growing up, who did they look up to? Gang culture for male gang members can be described as an extreme or twisted type of masculinity. This probably applies to most gangs and types of organized crime, but Avelardo Valdez argues that "Mexican American culture reinforced by social context magnifies the differences between genders to a greater degree than many other cultures." Machismo (masculine) and marianismo (feminine) are two ways of looking at old school gender roles in Mexican/Hispanic/Chicano culture. Ideal men are physically strong, energetic, protective, aggressive, openly sexual and promiscuous. Ideal women are mentally strong, spiritual, submissive, selfless, sexually chaste and loyal. Men exist in public, women exist at home with the family. For many immigrant families, this meant the boys were allowed outside, where they could be recruited by gangs, but girls were kept inside. A "school girl" goes to school but she might not be allowed to join extracurricular sports or clubs after class, she would have to go straight home to study and help her family. But after multiple generations, when the definition of family changes to include the gang and neighbourhood, "help her family" also means "help her gang". Any girl with marianismo is girlfriend material for a gang member. One L.A. gang member in Vigil's study said: "I want a nice girl who is smart and can talk to me and really understand my feelings. One that can take care of her family and everything. I don't want to be with one of them hood rats." And "take care of her family" might mean having children with a male gang member. Many girls interviewed in these studies see pregnancy as the way to make their love last forever. Some girls get upset if their boyfriend uses a condom, because they see condoms as symbols of "one night" instead of "together forever". The idea of "forever" is also important to these young men who expect to die in their 20s. By having children who are raised by "a nice girl who is smart" they ensure their legacy lives on. Having a child is like getting your name up on a mural. Machismo and marianismo can be restrictive and damaging concepts for both men and women. We can see dark sides and romantic sides to these ideals. The dark side of machismo is dead and incarcerated men, just as the dark side of marianismo is women devoted to harmful men or young mothers raising children alone. The romantic side of machismo can be chivalry and honour, protective men who provide for their families. The romantic side of marianismo can be loyal women nurturing their family spiritually and holding communities together. The Laidler/Hunt study suggests many homegirls dislike "aggressive attempts to make them conform to more traditional notions of feminity, including sexual chastity, staying at home, cooking, and looking after children" but "defying or resisting these expectations can be severe, involving violence." But the same study also found girls often look down on other girls for not acting feminine according to the gang's definition. This tension can fuel RP. 11. EVERYDAY TENSION Homegirls will be coping with lowkey tension and fears every day, but I'm not talking about rival gangs or police. Lowkey tension is easy for us to overlook, but it can be a powerful element in your development and storyline. If you're RPing a female character, think about your background and your inner thoughts and feelings. Think about the side of your RP that won't appear in emotes or dialogue. If you're a girl involved with a gang, you have probably experienced physical or sexual abuse, and there's a good chance your own family did it to you. This trauma can stay with you, this trauma might define all your future relationships, and is probably a factor in why you want to get out of your house and join the gang. To repeat an earlier quote: "My homies will always find me a place to stay when shit gets too bad at home." But your ability to earn this protection depends on how well you fit that marianismo/feminine ideal. As discussed in the "Homegirl Typology" section, you get protection from the gang if you're a good girl, tomboy, or senora type. These are three different types of gang-approved femininity. But if you act too masculine, show disloyalty, or act promiscuous, you won't get protection. And your male connection might try to force you to be "feminine" and fit one of these 3 types, or else his own status will be in jeopardy, and he won't be able to protect you anymore. Homeboys are more likely to be killed by a rival gang, homegirls are more likely to be killed by their homeboys, especially their boyfriends. (60% of Latina homicide victims were killed by romantic partners.) It can be a strange and confusing vibe: you're seeking protection, love, and friendship from the people most likely to hurt you. This can create a strong pressure to obey marianismo. This is how you protect yourself, but this is also how you protect your male connection. You have to be feminine in the correct way, he has to be masculine in the correct way, and this protects both of you in the eyes of the gang. You might even push him to be more masculine. As a woman, you might tell him "act like a man" because you need him to have respect to protect you. If you're tied to this underworld culture, a key element that gets overlooked is: there is no escape from the world of men. Although you might try, like by putting yourself through school, moving away, cutting old ties. (Having a child might help, but Raisin shows how neighbourhood roots can pull you back.) Economically you might need to rely upon men (just as these men might need to rely upon the gang). Certainly if you want love, you have no choice but to love men, even if statistically they are most likely to kill you. (And if your man does kill you, there's a 50% chance it'll be by bullet, 25% by knife.) You can't magically become a lesbian to avoid men, and even if you were a lesbian (a rare situation), you would want to hide that. In all my research, the only examples of lesbians I could find were basically hoodrat types in black gangs who were treated like sex objects. 12. JOINING A GANG FACTION If you're looking to create a new female character and get involved, I recommend you check the gang faction threads and see who is RPing where, get a feel for the neighbourhood, see what their guidelines and expectations are. Some factions will tell you how to contact them OOCly, so that you can discuss character concepts before RPing with them. For street gang factions I think this is super helpful. This can be a solution to the awkward situation of two characters meeting ICly for the first time when they should have grown up together. I would only recommend RPing family with people you've RPed with before, since your characters will share so much backstory. You could also run with a backstory where your character (who is under 18 years old) grew up in the neighbourhood, but was sent to live with a relative somewhere because of problems at home. So when you come back after a few years, your character is moving back in with relatives who've been in the neighbourhood for a long time. That connection is so important. Most of the time I'd recommend starting with a good girl type. Even if your character isn't really like that, or she's looking to escape that vibe, this is how gang members would see her. This gives you story arc potential. This gives you backstory explanations for why the gang hasn't seen you around much: your family has been keeping you inside, you've been going to school, keeping out of trouble. Gang members who grew up in the neighbourhood would realistically remember seeing you around, remember taking a few classes with you before they started skipping, that type of thing. 13. SOURCES Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of California) "Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs" (Blackwell, 2008) Avelardo Valdez (University of Houston) "Mexican American Girls and Gang Violence: Beyond Risk" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) James Diego Vigil (University of California) "Female Gang Members from Los Angeles" International Journal of Social Inquiry, Volume 1 Number 1 2008 pp. 47-74 James Diego Vigil, "The Projects: Gang and Non-Gang Families in East Los Angeles", University of Texas Press, 2007 David Skarbek, "Social Order of the Underworld" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014) Karen Laidler & Geoffrey Hunt, "Situations of Violence in the Lives of Girl Gang Members" in Health Care for Women International, 22:363–384, 2001 Katherine Quinn, Julia Dickson-Gomez, Michelle Broaddus, and Maria Pacella, "Running Trains and Sexing-In: The Functions of Sex Within Adolescent Gangs" in Youth & Society, 2019 Mar; 51(2): 151–169. 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Youth Justice, 14(2), 171-185 "California's Prison Population" Public Policy Institute of California, July 2019 United States of America vs. Loza et al, September 12, 2018 (No. CR 16-360 (A)-RGK) Sam Quinones, "The Queen of Florencia", Los Angeles Magazine, September 25, 2017 * * * I'm happy to answer questions or summarize things in the comments! Thanks for reading!
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  19. E/S Insane Crip Gang The Insane Crips Gang [ICG], also known as the Insane Crips [IC], are a predominately African-American criminal street gang on the East Side of Vespucci Beach. The Insane Crips are located in Central Vespucci Beach, however their presence can be seen on Vitus(21st St.) & Cortes(23rd St.) Street. The Insane Crips are under the 3x card, identifying as Trays in their gang structure. They're known to loiter, mostly at night in a several block radius around 2100 Street. They've gained a reputation from their earlier days for being ruthless and arrogant in their neighborhood. Their primary color are black and grey, known to don Raider's apparel to represent their gang. They have three main cliques, with the Baby Insanes being the most active subset due to gentrification and blood shed the older cliques had endured. Despite the gentrification throughout Vespucci Beach, the Insane Crips were able to remain their dominance throughout their feuds with rival street gangs and criminal activity. Background & History The Insane Crips Gang formed in a alley way on 2200 Street in 1975. During these times groups arounds Vespucci Beach were catching onto politics down from South Central LS. The Insanes put the Crips on a pedestal in Vespucci Beach, already having a notorious reputation between the tight knit group. Coming from section 8 housing and food stamps, the rise of the street gang was due to poverty and discrimination. The Crips as a whole needed something to identify themselves with, as programs like the Boy Scouts weren't achievable at the time. In 1969 two Black Panther Party members were murdered in their sleep in Chicago, the same year the Cripping movement started. As the Cripping movement was still on the rise, they emerged in criminal activities, forming their first clique, the Big Insanes. Their reputation grew quick as the crime spiked in their area, adding to the stats at the time in Vespucci Beach. Their participation in numerous activities consisted of robbery, extortion, burglary, drug trafficking, and murder. They're notoriously known in Vespucci Beach, living up to the name Insane as they applied it in their politics and gang culture. They looked up to representation Vespucci Beach, being the first major Crip gangs originated there. Most members from the Big Insanes, known as ICG are original members from the first generation. The 1980's seen the rise of the crack era, as the Insanes soon followed suit to the newest trend. Crack brought the incentive of providing a different type of lifestyle the Insanes Crips crazed for. This attracted more residents from the neighborhood to join the gang, allowing the Insane Crips Gang's turf to expand. This also included female membership, cliqued "Insane Angels", was formed around the mid 1980's. It's known the females were just as active as their male counterparts, carrying firearms, getting into fights, and even participating in drive by shootings. The Young Foundation Crew(YFC) was soon followed, originating on 1600 street. This clique consisted of gang members mostly from their second generation. Around this time, the Insane Crips were also allied with Rollin 20s Crips, with 20s being hustlers in the area at the time. Their hoods were closed knitted at the time based off family ties and neighboring areas between the two. The Insanes and the Rollins used to participate in neighborhood conventions and family activities, until family became the reason for the two gangs beefing. A fight between families within the two gangs erupted with a Rollin 20s member losing their life, creating a wave of lives lost to follow after. Despite high tensions from both sides, they had a common rival in the Vespucci Longos 13. Longos, becoming one of the most hated gangs in Vespucci Beach. This tension from rivals seen shootouts daily, mainly due to the drug trade that littered Vespucci Beach. The Insane Crips had numerous crack houses spanning from 1600 to 2100 Street, during the height of the crack era. They used alley ways and dead ends in their neighborhood in order to strategically deal due to the war on drugs at the time. The ICG's were able to create and sustain efficient drug trafficking routes as their area of operations was nearby a freeway. This enabled the Insane Crips Gang to venture out to other hoods to move their product. This only increased the bloodshed, as the Insanes increased their feud various Sureno sets nearby, with a string of Blood and Piru sets outside Vespucci Beach at the time. During the mid 1980's, the Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips and the Eight Tray Gangster Crips became full-fledge enemies. Neighboring Crip gangs needed to pledge allegiance to a side, as the 60's adapted as Deuces(2x) and the Eight Tray Gangster Crips adapted as the Trays(3x). Gangs aligned themselves to either card as the feud spilled out to surrounding neighborhoods. The Insane Crip Gang identified with Trays, aligning them to the ongoing feud as their rivals increased. This seen others pick sides likes the West Coast Crips and Rollin 20s Crips align with Deuce(2x). This rivalry is the first Crip on Crip rivalry, igniting a deadly trend that's ongoing between different Crip sets as they beefed or fell out with each other. Despite them choosing a side, the Insane Crips have their own demographic, politics, and structure, leaving them to focus on their beefs around Vespucci Beach. The late 1980's seen a bitter feud between the Insane Crips Gang and Rollin 20s Crip, as their alliance erupted, creating bloodshed on both sides. Despite both gangs having family ties, seen a deadly gang war between them both as they competed for territory as the drug trade started taking a decline. The ICG's started to focus on burglary and extortion, staking out neighboring areas they felt they can turn a profit. They were known to resourcefully use pagers and phones as it heightened their communication when conducting illegal activities. The 1990's was a rough period for the Insane Crips Gang, as gang inductions and blood shed with rivals seen their numbers stagger. Gang territory started to adjust as the Insane Crips Gang started to detract from 1600 Street. The waging feuds the Insanes were in caused the gang to be more tight knit as their presence remained on 2100 Street. To add to that, the riot in 1992 seen chaos throughout the city, as Vespucci Beach suffered as homes and business were looted. A con to this down the line seen the spread of gentrification throughout Vespucci Beach. As the city took a time to recover, majority of the members didn't see gentrification being a issue it now is today. The Insanes were forced to adapt to more strategic methods of operating like before, as they remained a deadly gang despite their membership outside decreased due to the war on drugs. The operation against the Insane Crips Gang seen a vast majority of different Departments participating as it became one of the biggest drug busts in the 1990's. During the mid 1990's-2000s, seen the Baby Insane Crips formed, being their third clique as it represents their 3rd generation. Despite the problems the ICG's faced, the Baby Insanes took from their older counterparts, as they remained ruthless to rivals around surrounding areas on 2300 Street. The 1990's has the mark one of the lowest periods for the Insanes, though it didn't last as the Insane Crips had to adapt towards their criminal activity. The 2000's approaching seen 30% of housing in Vespucci Beach being affordable to either the middle or upper class. Those housing units in the area under section 8 housing either refurbished their apartments and relocated those to a different area nearby. At the time, the Insane Crips Gang weren't as affected compared to neighboring gangs but the gentrification soon caught up with Vespucci Beach. The new generation of Insanes didn't hesitate to involve themselves in criminal activity, remaining their ruthlessness despite their demographic changing. Gentrification brought more businesses and expensive housing, shifting towards a higher market in class. Vespucci Beach has always had a tourist attraction, but gentrification in the mid 2000's played a part with the tourism we see now in Vespucci Beach. New neighbors started to call Vespucci home. casting gangs to move more accordingly as policing raised in certain areas. This even heightened the gang injunctions in the area, as they spiked for all gangs in Vespucci Beach at the time. This didn't hold the Insanes back, as they participated in robbery, extortion, and drug trafficking throughout this period. The new generation started to adapt, loitering more outside at night due to the streets not being filled with tourists. A positive from all this was the drug sales throughout this period. New neighbors and tourists brought a higher percentage of revenue to the gang, especially around the holidays as most people in Vespucci Beach had money to splurge with. Most gangs in the area took their time to handle their business after the tourists cleared up, normally at night. Their fierce rivalry with the Longo 13 didn't slow down, as the feud continued whenever the two gangs crossed paths. Their tension with the Rollin 20's Crip took the back burner a few times, but emerged shortly after despite the two gangs having family ties. This didn't hold the gang back from business as they still operated around 2100 and 2300 Street. The Baby Insanes soon adopted apparel from the Cleveland Indians, wearing grey, blue and red as their primary colors. Throughout this time, the Baby Insanes had a higher presence outside while some of the older members focused on their music careers for the gang. This helped add some revenue to the street organized gang, providing a avenue towards legal money. As the Insane Crips looked at sufficient ways to survive longevity wise, gentrification was taking it's toll around Vespucci Beach. Most spots the older members grew up around were replaced with electronic stores, restaurants, and gyms. Tourists took tours throughout the day, passing nearby surrounding areas as it added distaste to those who grew up there. This inspired the tight knit gang to hustle more, as they staked out rich pedestrians on a daily. They started committing more petty crimes, doing a lot of smash and grabs in Vespucci's night scene. They instilled fear in law abiding citizens nearby as they weren't used to crime at the level it was happening at. That didn't stop the tourist scene but still kept locals cautious, as they knew not to walk the streets at night. Around this time seen a emergence of a clique turned independent gang, called the Filthy Crips near Vitus Street. After long term disputes, the Filthy Crips combined with the Insanes, becoming the Filthy Insane Crips. They've adopted the Florida Marlins logo, using the "F" to identify as the Filthy Insanes. Overall the street gang are known to wear other colors from blue, as they looked to stand out from their neighbors. They also came to form a subset outside of Vespucci Beach called the 21st Street Young Gun Crips. Modern Day In present day, the Insane Crips mainly consist of members around the their mid teens to their mid-twenties. Despite their small numbers compared to past, they've still established themselves as a dominant presence in their surrounding areas. Waging mostly with the Rollin 20s Crips, Longo 13, and various sureno sets. The war between the Insanes and Rollins seen a spike in 2020. Along with that, the LSPD has been prosecuting members affiliated with the Insane Crips for numerous criminal offenses, with their ages being between 16-22 years old. This shows a different interest in recruitment compared to most street gangs, in search of membership in a older age bracket to join their street gang enterprise. The street gang still operates from the heart of their hood on 21st and Invention Court, stretching to 23rd and Cortes Street. They're known to loiter in the cuts around the upscale stores and restaurants, feared by the new locals towards their crimes towards unaccompanied vehicles throughout the day. As night approaches, tourists, joggers, and walkers empty the streets as the street gang normally loiters in high numbers in surrounding areas. New inhabitants soon realized the sounds outside at night weren't fireworks from Vespucci Beach. Some of the Insane Crips membership scattered out in modern time as gentrification pushed most out of the neighborhood. More then 80% of the neighborhood has changed since the past, kicking most of their members out as they found homes elsewhere throughout Vespucci Beach. 20% percent of the housing stayed the same or got refurbished down the line, allowing those receiving section 8 housing to only pay 30% of their rent. Vespucci Beach Housing Authority and long tenured family tenants allowed the Insane Crips to operate in Vespucci Beach despite the new found wealth around every block. This drove the young generation to more criminal activities as they grew sick of the high rise condos and newly built homes adjacent of their hood. The Insane Crips still identify as Trays(3x), beefing with known opposition, nowadays taking to social media to show their hatred to the other gang. Social Media has played a part in criminal activity and gang politics as a whole, furthering the loss of casualties every gang has experienced since. The Insane Crips gotten more elaborate in criminals activity in the recent years, thanks to the dead ends and alley ways nearby that the Insanes Crips benefitted from. The Insane Crips Gang stands as the largest predominately African-American street gang in Vespucci Beach. Allies & Rivals The E/S Insane Vespucci Crips are a large African American street gang mainly situated on the central side of Vespucci Beach. They identify with the Trays(3x) card, having an alliance with the Blacc Bandit Crips, Filthy Crip Gang, and most Hoover Criminal Gangs. The Insanes and the Hoovers shared an alliance for a long time, forming the Hoosane Alliance. Same goes with the N/S Naughty Nasty Gang Crips, as their members can be heard saying "2365", a representation of an alliance between the two gangs. They're cordial with the Asian Boyz Crips and Tiny Rascals Gang, despite the Insanes and Rascals younger generation feuding to a lower extent with head up fades. Knowing all that, bloodshed has never spilled the streets from the two street gangs. The Insane Crips used to share a close relationship and ally with the Rollin 20s Vespucci Crips, neighboring each other as both sides are bonded through family ties. However, during the late 1980's seen the alliance break apart, as egos and pride brought new enemies on both sides, leading to bloodshed. The Insane Crips are also known to beef or feud with the West Coast Crips, Mac Mafia Crips, Boulevard Mafia Crips, and all Neighborhood Crip gangs. They're also known to have a intense rivalry towards Rollin 0's Crips and Varrio Longo 13; the biggest Latino street gang in Vespucci Beach. Out of Character [This collective of individuals are striving to portray the E/S Insane Crips Gang, largest street gang in Long Beach. It's important to pay attention to detail, environment, and character development when you embark on roleplaying with us. I highly suggest doing some research before reaching out and expressing to join, it's important to conduct ourselves in a realistic portrayal and those who took that time to do so will be praised. You can reach out to my discord for any questions, comments or concerns on how to introduce yourself, complaints, or seek invite to the faction's discord. Those who show a high ambition in learning won't be push to the side. If you express a interest in adapting and roleplaying accordingly but are missing the knowledge, we'll help you out get adjusted. Most members seeking to join should be a minimum of 15 years old, though exceptions would be arranged based off certain circumstance. You can also reach out to the faction's discord link if you would like to join. This thread is subject to be updated.]
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  20. Seattle Crew ⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia The Seattle Crew is an American criminal organization, primarily suspected of robbing Armoured Vans. Despite being named the 'Seattle Crew' they have primarily operated out of Los Santos since 2016.[1] Multiple Armoured Van robberies have been tied to the crew, including the 2011 Brinks Armoured Van Robbery, 2014 Loomis Van Robbery, and the 2016 Seattle Shootout. [2][3] Police expect some form of military training from members of the crew, as well as connections to Arms Dealers, due to their equipment consisting of large drum magazine Assault Rifles, and bulletproof vests. ⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ The Seattle Crew is a Russian-American armoured van robbery crew currently stationed out of Los Santos, and doing at least 2 major armed robberies per year. Formerly based out of Seattle, they moved after one of their robberies went very badly, resulting in the death of 3 people, including one of the crew's gunmen. Currently headed by Emil Galkin, the crew is known for its movie like theatrics when committing robberies, due to their use of automatic weapons, armoured vests, and intricately planned out heists, and its quite clear they get their main inspiration from film as well as events such as the North Vinewood Shootout. If you have any questions or interests in joining this faction, please contact me through the forums, or on discord. @DepressedFilmbro DepressedFilmbro#3622
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  21. Hello All, Today I am here to show you how I edit my roleplay screenshots and hopefully, this will help those who are looking to edit their own via photoshop. So, let's get started 1- To begin with, you have to figure out what layout you like the best. I personally don't like the 800x600 method so I edit my screenshots as 1920x700, which grants me more interesting angles. To say the least, this is completely up to you at the end of the day, so, pick the size you like, and let's jump on to the next step. 2- Once you have your project created, it is time to figure out what works best for the scene you're trying to showcase, so, there are three things I usually do: Usage of a single screenshot with text, Junction of two or more screenshots and text, Screenshot without any text. 3- Now it's time for you to drag your screenshots into your photoshop project and you can do that by simply dragging the picture into the application. You have your screenshot loaded in, so, it's now when you decide whether you want it to be a screenshot without or with text, or the junction I have mentioned previously. For showcase purposes, I will expand into the last one since the others are pretty standard and easy to go along with. 4- Now that you have both of your screenshots set, you want to angle them in a way that will allow you to fade one into the other, granting you better angles and interesting effects that will further improve the way they are displayed. As you can see I have decided to drag the second screenshot more towards the middle and now it's time that you start messing around with them. The first step is always to rasterize the screenshots you imported so you have all available options to use and you can do that by right-clicking both screenshots and pressing the "rasterize layer". Both of your screenshots are now rasterized so that means you can use a bunch of new features and today we'll get through a few that I personally like and use. If you want the fade effect when working with two or more screenshots all I have to do is create a layer mask for the screenshot on top. Let me show you: As you can see above, there's a white layer that has been created. 5- Now it comes the easy part. All you have to do is go through the menu on your left and pick the "Gradient Tool". Please keep in mind that you must have your layer selected so it works the way it is supposed to. Upon doing so you will want to press and drag your mouse to one side or the other to find out the best angle. You should see your screenshot fading into the other as if they were part of the same scenario. Check below: This is what it will look like after you're done with the steps above. 6- Now that you have your screenshots set, it's time for you to import your roleplay text and use the correct color hexacodes to match the in-game ones. I will provide you with the codes at the end of this thread. On top of that and if you like, you can add a stroke around the screenshot, I'll leave that for you to decide. 7- For the text, all you have to do is select the text box tool and click anywhere on your project to get started. You can copy and paste from your logs and even amend any typos you had at the time so you have the cleanest version possible. Once that has been done you can move the text box anywhere you would like and apply the colors to match what's being showcased. You will notice that the text seems too soft and sometimes even gets mixed with the background colors, so, what I usually do is adding a stroke to the text as well, making it seem thicker. To do that you just have to go through the panel on the right, choose the text layer and right-click to access "Blending Options". Once that menu is open, follow the settings I will show below: All you have got to do next is export your screenshot and post it wherever you like! ############################## As promised, here goes the color codes:
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  22. I have a HP Pavilion Power 15, hooked up to a keyboard/monitor/mouse/etc. I've done quite a lot to optimize my game as when I first installed GTA V, it was literally unplayable (~10-15 FPS, heavy stuttering on top of the lag, missing textures, slow chat etc). Now I can play normally with quite a few mods. Just basic optimization stuff. The laptop isn't great either, I've had it for almost 4 years now. What I did (and helped tremendously) though was getting an SSD.
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  23. ayy, doing really good stuff with this one! gonna save this one for later keep up man!
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  24. LOS SANTOS TIMES Two Men Indicted in Connection with a Gun Trafficking Conspiracy Operating in Los Santos ARMS TRAFFICKING / 8 JUN 2021 BY JENNIFER NEWELL Two defendants have been indicted on federal criminal charges for their alleged role in a central Los Santos firearms trafficking ring suspected of active arms import and trafficking. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Los Santos charged two defendants suspected of trafficking dozens of what they call ''ghost guns'' to Los Santos. Amir 'Mujahid' Labidi and Ricky 'Traps, Nash, both linked to Hakaryan Criminal Organization have been involved in the sale of estimated 40 handguns of what appears to be 'ghost guns'. ''An increasing number of guns that lack serial numbers have been flooding the streets of Los Santos in the latest couple of years'', says Lieutenant Jake Blossom. Mujahid Labidi and Traps Nash were both arrested and put into custody before making an initial court appearance in Los Santos. Indictment Charges 4 With Money Laundering Nov 6 2021 LOS SANTOS, NOV 6 - Four people who have been involved in money laundering have been convicted. They were accused of partnering with a crew associated with the ‘Hakaryan Criminal Organization’. The U.S Justice Department found enough evidence to charge the people for money laundering. However due to insufficient evidence, the crew linked to the organization were left uncharged. Four people were convicted for money laundering today since their arrest on May 18 2021, after being suspected of laundering over a million dollars. The indictment had included the that the people were working with a crew linked with the infamous ‘Hakaryan Criminal Organization’. They were suspected due to recent meetings between the four people and some of the members of the crew, as the prosecutors stated. However, the prosecutors were unable to prove any connection due to insufficient evidence. “We are indubitably saddened by the jury’s decision on not convicting the crew that has the foremost connection to this serious crime. However, we will not cease to pursue and uncover the sufficient hard evidence that will bring them down eventually. For now we will be pleased by the decision of the court in convicting the main perpetrators of this crime. ”, said the main prosecutor Abraham Hammington. The four people were found guilty due to suspicious transactions that were later to be proven to come from illegal sources, according to the released court report by the Los Santos Court of Justice. The Los Santos Times was able to reveal that one of the convicted was working and held a high position in the Los Santos Bank and could therefore help the rest of his group in fabricating false transaction papers. The papers that were used as evidence in court show that the money laundering was occuring for at least three years before the suspicion. “This is indeed something we will seriously investigate. We cannot tolerate such crime, not only due to our principles that we believe in but most importantly because of the trust that we have from our customers. Such crime was not only an attack on our banking system, but a hard violation of what we stand for.”, said the LS bank manager Aaron Herthow. OOC INFO: The Labidi Crew is an association of criminals of different nationalities, specialized in arms import. This faction is still under development in-game which means that we obviously take character development very seriously. We urge those who are interested to have decent knowledge and standards with weapons and gun trafficking. Send 'skipped church to do coke' a PM for more information or any inquiries.
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  25. tam tulloch approves
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  26. It's a good game but kinda glitchy.
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  28. https://wiki.ls-rp.com/shelves/rules Make sure you're taking time to read through each question thoroughly so you understand what it's asking you and you're answering correctly. You may think you know the answers, but you may be mistaken. Consult the rules.
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  29. The finished project gonna be great for the game as a whole + mods
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  30. Color, brightness, details. All of them need fine tuning to match your personal preference, else you'll make your game super sharp to the point where it genuinely starts hurting your eyes. I mostly use them for the vibrance & shadows.
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  31. Character customizations will be a thing after launch and more information on it will become available in the coming weeks.
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  32. Haha, I was like wait...
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  34. I have done something similar but instead of pens/books I was stealing toys from them and acting like I have no idea who stole that
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  35. congrats kendrick. zapper. faugh. nova. ddaniels. bounter. turtle.
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  36. Congratulations & welcome back!
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  37. Im originally from MTA so this would be what you were referring to,
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  38. OOC INFORMATION: This will be a realistic portrayal of a Serbian group that just started out in San Andreas, with that being said we will not RP as an already well established criminal organization. We will develop our faction with the experience gained through the ups and downs of the characters involved. Our main goal will be maintaining a high standard of portraying the serbian lifestyle. We expect you to possess a good understanding of this style of life (traditions, daily habits and quirks) and that you already did your research about it. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
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  39. 1) Gustavo Santaolalla ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa38HkuUiibKmC4LwoBO8Ag ) -> The Last of Us Soundtrack creator 2) Ludovico Einaudi ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQxsahIsaO7_nDwVlFRMQiA )
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  40. Adding on to this, each ped skin (Especially the gang related skins) have about 6 different faces and 2-3 different oufits (with the option to change the clothing color aswell) that can be selected, each of them being completely unique, so while 'duplicate' ped skins are worrysome to some, its highly unlikely that you'll see the same ped skin with the exact same face and clothing combinations and while the customization for these skins isnt as 'freely customizable' as some of the GTAO skins, they look alot better than the GTAO skins in my opinion, especially if you're like me and roleplay a gang member, I'd personally rather walk around with a skin that is barely customizable but looks how I imagine my char (The picture below), than walk around looking like a walking chess board, or a dickhead with a scorpion tattooed on my face. Another pro is that if you're using a ped skin, players react differently to your character. On world when I used a Marabunta ped, people actually reacted to my char like he was a gangbanger and some even rped fear / got out of the way, walking around as a GTAO skin, people generally just react to you how they react to most other characters. Ped skins can also be heavily modded and modded ped skins can very easily be added in to the game to fit with just about any gang that can be roleplayed, for example, there's mods that replace the gang peds with characters that look like bloods, crips, 18th streeters, surenos and mara salvatrucha members.
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  41. SOMEONE ALWAYS ROBS THE POOR By Lewis Flores October 17, 2019 2:43 PM PST After dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 90s, Chechen and Dagestani immigration accelerates in United States. Low income Russian families inhabit several Los Santos neighborhoods, those who haven't managed to employ themselves within industrial fields start forming criminal groups which take part in thefts, drug distribution, racketeering, prostitution and blackmailing. The very first big Russian mob power demonstration took place when more than three dozens of men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a parking lot under the Mulholland Intersection. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Fountain Avenue traffic. More than 70 shots were fired, and eight people were killed. Only one person was charged in connection with the shootout. “It was basically mayhem on a busy street in broad daylight at 3 p.m.,” Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Russell Myers reflects on the situation. The FBI learned that the firefight was dominated by an international, Russian-Chechen organized-crime group, which functions more like the mob than like gangsters who flash their signs in the grittier stretches of Los Santos and its suburbs. Although the FBI has been aware of Russian mob for years, it was after this very public spectacle that the agency doubled down on its investigation into the group. “They were like old-school Mafia, in that they go to Armenian businesses, Russian businesses, try to extort them. Go after people in the community who they thought wouldn't go to the police. Make them pay money — even though they had zero gang ties.” says Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene M. Perez. These gun-toting defendants drove flashy BMW's and Porsches and were connected to elaborate schemes in bank fraud, sports match fixing, identity theft, money laundering and other highly sophisticated white-collar crimes. As a whole, the syndicate is estimated to have cost victims at least $20 million. CHECHEN MOB TIES TO LAS VENTURAS MAFIA Venturas wouldn’t be Venturas without money, cocaine, and organized crime. Organized crime figured heavily in the town’s transformation from the time immemorial. Underworld figures especially has strengthen their roots in the desert since the Mob’s first new casino on the Las Venturas Strip was turning a profit. Six other clubs in town were owned or controlled by organized crime. Still, the new “Golden Horseshoe“ was special. Police authorities speculates that, that's where Chechen mob made their first contact with Venturas mafia which controlled the town at the time. It did not take very long till Chechen mob earned the name for themselves in Venturas as a gun for hire. Practically they did all the dirty work that others did not dare to do. “Chechens is antonym to the law. They don't care who you are nor they care how many kids you got waiting for you at home. You're lucky if they only break a few ribs, if not they'll stick you in a hole and that's that.“ says Las Venturas Metropolitan Police Department Executive Gregory Ferguson. Timur Ghukayev, also known as “Thick Neck“, according to police sources he had a reputation for beating his victims with a bat. Ghukayev allegedly was put in charge of all the Chechen mob's operations in Las Venturas and was considered a unifying figure in the mob, credited with recruiting new immigrant gangsters from Chechnya and focusing on the cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone trades. Soon enough the Chechen mob took over the local scrapyard which was located at the very edge of the city, away from all the fuss. It was used as a front to launder money and commit other various crimes.
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  42. 07, near shit when i googled lsrp and it came up with this... definately interested can't wait
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  43. Hey all, To give factions the ability to house their faction members in certain areas, the Faction Team has decided to allow factions to apply for faction complexes. These faction complexes will consist of a few apartments and will help with providing more environmental roleplay for the faction. Each faction has the ability to choose between getting 6 to 8 apartments for their complex. In order to improve the housing market, the Faction Team is offering factions a possibility to establish themselves within certain areas by creating a faction complex. This will ensure that faction members are provided the necessary housing for them to do their roleplay. For individuals, renting options will be available at launch; and a separate scheme will be announced for businesses. How to determine how many apartments you can get? The faction that is applying has to exist for a minimum of a week, and needs to consist of at least 12 core members. See below list to see how many members you need for the amount of apartments you can apply for in your complex. 6 apartments: 12 members 7 apartments: 14 members 8 apartments: 16 members A faction can apply for a maximum of 8 apartments. GUIDELINES By submitting an application, you agree to the rules surrounding the scheme, and accept potential removal from the scheme following any breach of the following agreements: Name-changing in any form is not allowed and will result in removal. You have to notify the Head of Schemes before namechanging. Administrative punishment (admin jail or ban), depending on severity and situation. Abusing the furniture limits within the complex for your own benefit. Poor roleplay surrounding the faction complexes. Lying in the selection application. Creating secret compartment/rooms or designing the interior in a way to give you a benefit during shootouts. Faction owner rents the complex out to non-faction members. Other faction team decision. Faction is shut down. Inactivity. REQUIREMENTS Before applying for the scheme, please ensure you meet the requirements. Not meeting the requirements will result in an instant denial. You must be part of a faction. You must be the leader of said faction. You must have experience in/around illegal factions. You must have a good standing in the community. Your faction must have a minimum of 12 members. Your faction thread must be up for a minimum of one week. APPLICATION Send your application to the Head of Schemes @DDaniels Message subject: [COMPLEX] Faction Name This article was prepared by the Faction Team.
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  44. BOZDOĞAN TRIBE I CEYHAN, ADANA, TURKEY Bozdoğan Tribe as known as Bozdoğans is a local family in Adana province of South Eastern Turkey. Halit Bozdoğan; the current chief of the family titled as "The Great Aga" by the minor local tribes of Eastern Turkey after Bozdoğan Tribe prevailed over Fellahoğlu Tribe in the vendetta between of two major tribes. Fellahoğlu Tribe forced to accept Bozdoğans' superiority on them to feud the fifty years of vendetta. This made minor local tribes which affilated to Fellahoğlus that depended on it uneasy because they also forced to accept Bozdoğans superiority and they had to make some sacrifications for that. Those sacrifications were about giving the quarter of their opium poppy fields. He was trading half of the harvest over Northern Iraq and wrought the rest to drug manufacturing. Halit was so cunning, he knew how to play by the rules. He had to launder the money and planned to do it via American dollars. Exchange rate differences between of Turkish liras and American dollars was making investments with the American dollars more important in Turkey. Halit used his political connections to make them turn their blind eye for laundering the money. In return; they were going to use Halit's influence over the local tribes to incrase their votes. Especially after his latest victory; gathered Fellahoğlu Tribe and their minor tribes he gained more power over the province. That movement paved the way for Halit's opium trade to Northern Iraq. The trucks started to pass the border easier. In two years, with the Turkish economic crisis, also known as currency and debt crisis; made the American dollars became fifty percent more valuable. This started to made the laundry harder because the dollar exchanging sought to attract more attention of banks especially with the large amounts like Halit's incomes. His advisor; Hüseyin Bey, was his cellmate in his prison times. Hüseyin Bey was a clever swindler and offered him to make invesments in United States to launder the some of the profits. He decided to assign his younger brother Ziya Bozdoğan for that. The first thing to do was going to be to establish a front company in United States and Los Santos was the cut out for this with it's flexible company laws in San Andreas State. TURKISH - MIDDLE EASTERN CREW I MORNINGWOOD, LOS SANTOS, SAN ANDREAS In April 2021, Ziya Bozdoğan invested 350.000 USD for the restoration and renovation project of the Morningwood Grand Bazaar. With the renovation, he bought the stores and properties around the Grand Bazaar to influence Middle Eastern population in Los Santos. Between of June and December, the Muslim population in Morningwood incrased as thirty percent. Most of them were Middle Eastern people who came for job opportunities provided by Ziya Bozdoğan and his foundations. Bozdoğan Kebab & Grill and Islamic Foundation of Los Santos had been founded by Ziya to be used as front companies to launder the money that would come from Turkey and earned in Los Santos. Meanwhile, Ziya started to deal with some Anti-Muslim, racist groups around which disturb the community working for him. Ziya was in need of more men to resist and control the area and he called Halit to send more men for security and lead. Halit gathered his sons and a group of tough men under his command; he also demanded some shooters from the minor tribes around but admonished Ziya to use them wisely; not like pawns that he can deploy. They showed the men as the workers for Bozdoğan Kebab & Grill and Islamic Foundation of Los Santos to get a permission. With that movement the local people in Morningwood started to support Ziya even more and they titled him as Ziya Aga. Ziya Aga was in known of that he is not a long-established yet. The primary goal was keeping the laundry safe and control the area but he had to have allies and work with long-established organizations for that. • We are planning to role as supporter / sub-faction of an organized faction. So members shouldn't act like they are the lords of the city and obey the rules which faction we support. • We are primarily planning to role as Turks but also open for some ethnicities like Azerbaijanis, Iraqis, Lebaneses etc. It would be more suitable for the ethnicities near Turkish borders. • We are primarily planning to role as Muslim so members shouldn't forget that Muslims are minority in United States. Members should stay away from religious racism against others. • We are not long-established faction so members shall be more tolerant to people around. Members shouldn't act primitive. That's not Middle East, that's United States of America. • We are planning to influence people in each way; legal and illegal. So feel free to role as which way you think you're better. We will support you to show up yourself as in your best. • You have to be aware that the hierarchy is the most important thing in Middle Eastern nations. You have to respect that and don't act on your own. You can share your concers. • Upon joining the faction; you'll be accepted that you give your CK rights to Turkish - Middle Eastern Crew management. We do not use members' CK rights except extreme situations. • You better check out the Turkish - Middle Eastern Guide before joining the faction. The culture may be more different than you consider so. Making the role as how it has to be is the best. • If you want to discuss about your concerns or questions you can message to Jäger#2198 on discord!
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