The origin story of street-gangs always amaze me. They often begin as empowerment communities: "They intervened in gang wars and looked for ways to get kids and young men off the streets. They told kids it was stupid to be killing each other. The CVL transformed a pool hall at 3655 W. 16th Street into a place for Lawndale's youth and young adults to hang out. Their reputation grew around the country. Militant civil rights groups came to meet with them." --gangresearch.net on The Vice Lords
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Bennie Lee was a leader of the Conservative Vice Lord Nation in the 1970s and 1980s. When a riot broke out in Pontiac Prison in 1979 where Bennie was incarcerated, he and other gang chiefs were indicted for 15 counts of murder. He spent three years on death row before being acquitted and is now one of Chicgo's most prominent counselors. Here are excerpts from his talk to the Chicago Gang History Project. For the complete text of the talk.