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Norteños are the various, loosely affiliated street gangs that pay tribute to Nuestra Familia while in U.S. federal and state correctional facilities. Norteños may. This is the most comprehensive page on norteno gangs in California. The famous Bear Flag revolt occured in the city of Sonoma, and led to the abolishment of Mexican rule. Nortenos then chose 14 because N is the fourteenth letter. or at least a long time, with Montello Street dating back to at least the early 80s. Appendix B: Sureno Rules 41 13 and Norte 14 gang members in. June .. To date this green light has not been lifted. One of the.
At first, the Surenos welcomed the Salvadorans as fellow immigrants, but a Sureno civil war has been raging for two years, ever since one Sureno killed another. In the early s, a few Salvadorans decided to form their own Sureno subdivision as a way of asserting national pride.
The Mexican and Salvadoran Surenos continued to use the same color blue and even the same number Danny remembers the incident. Paulo, who helped found the MS group, says the fight in Woodward Alley, near Mission and 14th streets, actually centered on the ownership of a pair of shoes.
It's about 'You killed my homie,' so it's about revenge. He doesn't really care about Roberto, who is an original Sureno, and, therefore, part of the new enemy to Paulo's MS gang. What he wants to know is if an MS did the shooting, or a Norteno. If it's a Norteno, Paulo cares. To the Nortenos, all Surenos are the same, and any Sureno could be in jeopardy if they don't strike back against a Norteno incursion.
Paulo also knows that exactly one year ago, his best friend — an MS — was gunned down by the Nortenos, and it looks like they've done an anniversary killing. For the moment, the Sureno civil war shouldn't matter as much as trying to stave off the greater Norteno enemy.
But in a gang war run by year-old generals, strategy is never that simple. Despite the Norteno attacks, the two Sureno groups continue to target each other. Just weeks after Glenn is shot in the stomach by a Norteno, the Sureno is jumped and stabbed at the corner of 20th and Mission streets — attacked, this time, by MS gang members. Again, Glenn is rushed to San Francisco General, now suffering multiple stab wounds to the right and left sides of his body.
Norteños (Norte 14)
On any block, we're killing each other. We have to watch our backs everywhere. They are the plainclothes police officers who cruise the Mission every night in an unmarked car, trying to keep tabs on the district's estimated to Latin gang members. Part of the job is to get to know the kids, see who's out and wearing what. So the officers spend a fair amount of time stopping and talking to gang members they've arrested before.
If a crime happens late in the evening, there's a good chance Mario and Andy will have an idea of where to look for the suspects, based on the officers' contacts and observations earlier that night. And it's not unusual for the two cops to stumble onto a crime in progress as they roam the Mission's streets. A month after Roberto Ortega's killing, the retaliation drive-bys and stabbings continue.
But Mario and Andy are hoping for a quiet Saturday night. It's early February and raining, and rain, Mario and Andy have found, is the only sure way to get gangsters off the streets.
They'll drive around gang neighborhoods until 2 the next morning, but first they put on bulletproof vests under their street clothes and load their guns. Both officers are beefy, in their early 30s, and Latino. Mario wears jeans, a black hooded sweat shirt, and a blue parka. He also puts on a red 49ers cap. Andy wears faded Levi's, a light-blue parka, and a black cap with a red skateboarding logo. If not for the dark, bushy mustache that extends to his chin, he could pass for a young gang member.
Clean-shaven Mario has an even more boyish face, with a dimpled smile. Andy takes a shotgun from the station and puts it in the trunk of the white Chevy Caprice they will drive. Both officers carry concealed handguns under their parkas. The unmarked car, used for surveillance and driven around the Mission for hours on end, is a mess. Empty water bottles, ticket books, food wrappers, and cigarette packs litter the seat and floor. The Caprice moves slowly down Mission Street, close to the curb, as Mario looks out the passenger window to see who's hanging out on the sidewalk.
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No one is fooling anyone. Everyone on the street knows who Mario and Andy are. The white Caprice might as well be a white elephant. Their presence helps keep order. The officers know the gang members well, and by wearing street clothes — and to some extent, by being Latino — Mario and Andy are able to identify with the gangsters and build a rapport.
The gangsters all know Mario and Andy by first name, but not last. Despite the outward friendliness, the cops realize they are viewed as the enemy. Their badges are hidden, and for good reason. Both have received death threats on the job. Mario arrived from El Salvador as a teenager. They have lived in and around the Mission most of their lives. Sometimes, parents end up coping through substance or physical abuse. Or, the parents are simply absent, working multiple odd jobs trying to make ends meet.
These scenarios create fertile ground for gangs; scared, unsupervised kids looking for acceptance often find it in gangs, and the easy money drugs can bring. It's not like 'home' for us, where you can kick back and relax. They go to private Catholic schools, drive good cars, wear the latest fashions, and sport flashy jewelry. They are bored and restless, and drive into the Mission to make money on drugs and cause trouble. Then they drive home, to their own bedrooms and moms who cook hot meals.
Andy pulls to the curb. It's Danny and Glenn. They outstretch their arms so Mario can pat down their blue and white windbreakers.
They open their mouths and raise their tongues for Mario to look inside for any swallowable packs of drugs. He asks how they've been. Just a few weeks ago, Mario was rushing Glenn to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Tonight, though, Danny and Glenn are clean, on their way to a party. So Mario gets back in the car and Andy drives around the corner toward Valencia Street.
Passing by a laundromat, the officers notice a group of Surenos standing in front of a brick wall. You make me get out of the car, and you'll get a ticket. If they get shot at, the bullets are going to spray, and chances are someone innocent will get hit. They are the girlfriends, and often just as active in the gang business as the boys.
The gangsters use the girls to carry weapons and drugs. But with the girlfriends added to the mix, more innocent lives are put at risk.
THE BARRIOS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Turning onto 20th Street, the officers spot a white, late-model Honda Prelude. They know the owner. A court has ordered him to stay away from the Mission; Andy turns on a red light affixed behind the rearview mirror and blows a siren. The Honda pulls over, and Andy walks toward the car, opening up his parka to expose his gun.
Mario radios for backup. The Honda's windows are tinted and Andy can't be sure who's inside, but his suspicions are quickly realized. It's Paulo, one of the founders of the Sureno's MS division.
Paulo, wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket and a blue knit cap, lumbers out of the car. The inmates are then separated into appropriate groups to prevent massive uprisings and reduce overall violence.
Inthe California Department of Corrections reported 6, assault-battery incidents within the system, of which 1, incidents involved weapons and 13 deaths. Sincethe number of incidents has steadily increased each year, although in the number slightly decreased.
Inmates with gang affiliations entering prison often force themselves into dangerous situations to gain respect. Many of those inmates have previously experienced prison and others are physically and mentally preparing for the lifestyle. More gang warfare occurs in prisons than on the streets, Rabago says. While incarcerated, prisoners find ways to make knives and other weapons. So most feel a necessity to constantly prepare for battle, he says.
Nortenos rival against two other Mexican gangs — Surenos and Bulldogs, according to Davis. Each gang in jail or prison strictly follows its bylaws, according to Hernandez. If a Norteno breaks certain rules, he may be dealt with by fellow members. Throughout the state and nation, Surenos — who associate themselves with the color blue — outnumber Nortenos, who associate themselves with red, according to NAGIA. But Nortenos own a reputation of being much more organized. Hence, the rigid exercise sessions.
The training ground Davis says gang members stick together whether in prison or county jail. When you first get there, they want you to know the ropes, what to expect and what not to expect. It is unclear how long Nortenos have been in Washington or oregon, but presumably a long time. Contrary to popular belief, they are far from being the largest Norteno barrio, and are actually smaller than most small town Norteno barrios.
South San Fran is much bigger. It is, in my opinion, the Norteno barrio that closest resembles LA barrios, however. Nortenos have traditionally been more united than Surenos, but lately are dividing more and more. This even in the face of a common adversary. The oldest barrio in San JO is probably the oldest.
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It is divided into myriad cliques, wich may and may not be independant of each other. The barrios wich I have been informed about in San Jo are as follows: Aparently Pachucotown has always claimed 13 but it is unclear whether that was for SUR. It is also the Norteno barrio wich has held out to the Sureno, or LA invasion. IE and OC are just two examples. Oakland is also dense in barrios, and apparently has alot of seperate regions or sides with in itself.
One common thing in Norteno barrios is there Geographic names, with few names being made up. Even if they have a made up name they still claim allegiance to their city first. In the Sur claiming the same city is the greatest reason for not geting along. I have heard of few Norteno barrios that pledge allegiance to thier name before their city. It is hard to even find sureno barrios that get along with other barrios in the same gegraphic area. I wonder if ther has ever been a barrio in the Norte wich claimed 13 and later went to Norte.
If any barrio I believe San Fran and Oakland would have had reason too. They are more similar in background to LA, than Modesto or Stockton. They are far from being farmers, and most likely were always predominantly Chicanos. I could see San Fran having a rivalry with LA, but on the same token they have a rivalry with Oakland.
They may have been the first to use this number. Has there ever been a Norteno barrio wich claimed trece in the past??? Did San Fran always claim 14??? Did Oakland and San JO??? I saw in Teen Angels 35 on the very last page a placazo that said ' Villa Boys Pasa 14,''catorce, une four, uno cuatro.
In this style did any barrio in the Norte ever choose to align itself with the 13, wich in no point implies sur, it just stands for Mexican.
It could be Villa Boys just used the 14 because they did not get along with any other barrio in Pasadena, so chose to use the 14 as opposed to I have heard of this happening recently, with Culver City, wich at one point allegedly had Boys, Locos, and a barrio that didnt get along with either that chose to use 14, and wear red.Norteño 14 Rap vs Fresno Bulldog Rap: Bank$ vs Claims PART 2
It must not have got popular, and probably just switched to 13 but chose a different city to claim. San Fran and Oakland never aligned themselves with LA, wich would shaw that the Sur and Norte rivalry go back farther than is assumed. Why didnt small town Surenos wich resemble small town Nortenos not align with each other??? And why did LA align itself with small town Surenos, who in many cases were farmers and new imigrants as well??? If you take a Sureno up North from today 30 years ago, he would be a Norteno up North.
If you take a sureno from LA 30 years ago to the Norte today he would be a Norteno. If you bring a Norteno from 30 years ago to the Norte, he would be a Sureno today. If you take a Norteno from today to LA 30 years ago he would be a Sureno. Any combination with Sur, Norte and 30 years would work. Except even without the thirty year variable it would still work.
A small town Norteno today and a small town sureno today are the same. A big city Norteno today and a big city Sureno today are the same thing. Back in the day most Surenos were one way and most Nortenos were one way. Now they are all all ways. English as first language, illegal aliens, small town, big city, out of state, big barrio, small barrio.
Most of the Norte is still small towns, but thats were Surenos are invading the most. So if Surenos like the big city, why do they start so much in small towns. If Nortenos are all small towns, they should be able to take over various parts of the sur, and especially Texas.
There are various reasons and various means by wich Surenos are spreading. One reason is that Surenos have been getting deported and in large numbers for a long time.
The deportees go to there pueblos, wich are mainly in Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. There they start satellite cliques of thier Sureno barrios. These cliques sometimes take over the entire youth population of the pueblo.
Then people from this pueblo come to the US, and in MS' case all over the world, and start satellite cliques off of satillite cliques.
These cliques then may take over the whole town they move too, ot join with other Surenos to create anew barrio.