Vice Lords

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Almighty Vice Lords Nation is a People/Brother Mob made up of mostly blacks.

Their colors are Red, Gold & Black

Their symbols include 2 Crescent Moons, Playboy Bunny w/Bowtie, Glove, Cane, Tophat, Martini Glass, Dice, Dollar sign ($), 5 point Star, 22-12, AVLN, VL.

Their spin off sets include Conservative Vice Lords, Traveller Vice Lords, Unknown Vice Lords, Mafia Insane Vice Lords, Cicero Insane Vice Lords, Imperial Insane Vice Lords, Insane Vice Lords, Undertaker Vice Lords, Spanish Vice Lords, Renegade Vice Lords, Four Corner Hustlers (4CH), Outlaw Lunatic Traveling Vice Lords

Their founder is Edward “Peppilow” Perry

The Vice Lords are considered the oldest active street gang in Chicago. A neighborhood gang known as the Vice Lords existed in the Lawndale community on Chicago’s Westside possibly as early as the 1940’s. The Vice Lords started to fragment in the early 1950’s, not really adopting a title or under the basis of a street gang. Their origination can be traced back to late 1950’s in the St.Charles Illinois Youth Center which is a juvenile correctional facility. This group was founded by Edward “Pepilow” Perry and six other men from different sides of the Lawndale community. Edward Perry was raised as a Vice Lord before entering the St.Charles reformatory. Few members from this group were believed to also have relevant ties to the Vice Lords street gang. This group of Vice Lords became established as a gang by 1957-58 throughout the St.Charles reformatory. Upon release, members of the Vice Lords wanted to spread their influence of brotherhood throughout their community. Through 1958-to-1961 the Vice Lords operated as most pre-existing White gangs did, adopting that of a “social-athletic club” concept. Members who been released started to gather together and focus on recruiting the youth in their neighborhoods. By the early 1960’s, the Vice Lords were committing theft crimes regularly due to the extreme poverty level in the Lawndale community. The Vice Lords also started to engage in fights and turf wars with rival gangs. The Vice Lords grew at a rapid pace gaining in members on the streets through acts of intimidation and bravado. The Vice Lords started to build their empire on acts of violence, shrewd tactics, and installing fear into the neighborhood. The organizaton began to grow at a rapid pace, while members were also able to recruit and absorb other Westside street gangs into the Vice Lords to add strength to their presence on the streets. However, eventually as members of the gang started to make their way back into the correctional facilities the hierarchy of the Vice Lords realized a different direction of leadership was needed to improve their organization. In 1964, high-ranking members of the Vice Lords congregated for a discussion on what direction the organization was to go in to help better themselves and their community. Edward Perry wanted to transform the group into an organization that was dedicated to the youth of Lawndale. This formation would become known as the “Conservative” Vice Lords. The Conservative Vice Lords first main base of operations was in the vicinity of 16th & Lawndale in the Lawndale neighborhood and are considered the first official branch of the Vice Lords Nation.

In the 1960’s, the Conservative Vice Lords transformed their street gang into an organization devoted to the economic and social empowerment of the African American community. During the mid 1960’s violence was everywhere in Lawndale and the Vice Lords has no choice but to be in the middle of it. While many members of the young generation were getting older, they wanted to follow in the positive foot-stops of the older generation, however, many members could not avoid the violence and continued to be involved in criminal activities on the streets. During these events, the top members of the Conservative Vice Lords such as Edward Perry, Bobby Gore, Alfonso Alfred, Calloway, Goat, and Cupid to name a few began the discussion of a “new thing”. A positive vision was argued and suggested strongly on behalf of Bobby Gore. The hierarchy tried to stress to the younger generation to not follow in their foot-steps, in the aspect of experience in committing crimes, prison, and death. With the civil rights and Black Nationalist movements sweeping the country, the Conservative Vice Lords sought a better way to support their community instead on contributing to the down-fall. The idea of converting the Conservative Vice Lords into a business and doing something positive and productive for the community originated. Through the mid 60’s, the Conservative Vice Lords struggled with members being incarcerated and involvement with criminal tactics, while other members were trying to move into a more positive approach. In 1967, the Conservative Vice Lords made significant changes to their operations and started to unravel more loosely in the community. The CVL’s started to get involved within the works of the community and political activism. The Conservative Vice Lords often found ways for children and young men to get off the streets, for example, the organization converted a pool hall at 3655 W. 16th street into a hang-out for Lawndale’s youth. By this time, the organization as a whole had grown to have 10,000 members and approx. 26 branches that were expanding throughout the Westside and other parts of the Chicagoland area. The organization seemed to finally be guiding into a venerated direction.

Bobby Gore has been a member of the Conservative Vice Lords since 1958 and is considered one of the original Vice Lords. In 1966, the civil rights movement came to Chicago Bobby Gore marched with Dr. Martin Luther King on the Westside during the summer of the riots. Bobby Gore introduced David Dawley into the Conservative Vice Lords. David Dawley was the very first White Vice Lord and former Peace Corps volunteer who committed himself to helping the Conservative Vice Lords transform. With the support from David Dawley and Fred Hampton of the Illinois Black Panther Party chapter, Bobby Gore became the founder of Conservative Vice Lords, Inc.. In 1967, as the Conservative Vice Lords began their programs, Bobby Gore was appointed as the Spokesman. Bobby Gore is said to of had a good vision to repair the CVL’s and the Lawndale community. Gore was also said to have the appearance, congenial personality, and obvious sincerity that won him accolades from businessmen, the press, politicians, and even the police. In 1967, the Conservative Vice Lords disowned their “gang” label and stated, “We are not a gang; we are a corporation, nonprofit and legally constituted in the State of Illinois”. The Conservative Vice Lords started to open establishments and work with other corporations while they proclaimed their program was self-helped and the purpose was for the developement of social and economic freedom for Black youth. Bobby Gore along with other members of the organization had to take on jobs, such as helping people who were evicted from their homes, helping keep poor children in children in school, and monitoring other programs the CVL Inc. created. In 1968, Conservative Vice Lord leaders went to Washington D.C. and the corporation was able to obtain financial federal grants to launch legit businesses, social-clubs, and educational programs, etc. The Conservative Vice Lords opened up many establishments including “Teen Town”, a popular hang-out for teenagers, Tastee Freeze parlors, the African Lion (pool hall), Simone Cosmetics, and the Westside Paper Stock Company, which was created to encourage schools and students to recycle their paper and plastic bottles. Educational programs were also developed to motivate children and teenagers to do good in school. A project called the “House Of Lords” was established to supply a location for an after-school program that would provide free turtoring and a place to do homework. There was also a program setup with Malcolm X College that enabled Lawndale residents to conveniently take a G.E.D. exam. CVL Inc. paid several employee’s with goverment funds, giving impoverished African Americans legal jobs to help better their community. In an over-all view the Conservative Vice Lords of the 1960’s along with Conservative Vice Lords Incorporated was the hope and inspiration that the Lawndale community needed. Bobby Gore was their central figure in their transformation from a street gang into a pro-social organization.

Although, the Conservative Vice Lords had been experiencing a great change under the motivation of Bobby Gore and his vision, in the late 1960’s some set-backs took its toll on the Conservative Vice Lords and CVL Inc. In 1969, David Dawley for unknown reasons relocated to the East coast. However, he was said to have sent the Conservative Vice Lords thousands of dollars in more grants. However, on November 14th, 1969 Bobby Gore was arrested on murder charges that had taken place three weeks previous outside an Ogden Avenue tavern. Thurman Williams was shot and killed around Ogden & Homan on Chicago’s Westside. Many speculate that Bobby Gore was innocent and was framed by law enforcement for the murder. The actual shooter was suspected to be someone known as Clarence Conn, who acted as the sole witness in the case against Bobby Gore. On March 10th, 1970 Bubby Gore was sentenced to 25-to-40 years in prison. While in prison, Bobby Gore never gave up hope, and tried his best to keep the Conservative Vice Lords from going back to selling drugs and hardcore criminal activities. Rather then participate in the gang life in prison, Bobby Gore worked to keep the peace. Bobby Gore was called the “Kissinger of Stateville”, for his peacemaking between gangs. Bobby Gore joined the Jaycee chapter in Stateville and later became the President. Bobby Gore was said to be instrumental in setting up positive programs for inmated and fighting for inmate rights. While in prison, Bobby Gore earned his Associate of Arts Degree with honors from Wright Jr. College, Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lewis University, and a Bachelor of General Science Degree from Northern Illinois University. The arrest of Bobby Gore lead to many events and changes within the structure and organization of the Conservative Vice Lords and CVL Inc.. In 1969, Edward “Pepilow” Perry and Bobby Gore both resigned as leaders of the Vice Lords. In 1969, the Conservative Vice Lords embarked on a great experiment to harness the power of the streets to build a better future using funds from private foundations. The original Conservative Vice Lords believed the youth of Lawndale was capable of great things.

Through late 1969-to-1971 the goverment grants and financial funding for CVL Inc. started to fade due to mismanagement of funds. By 1971, the programs, businesses, and clubs were shutdown due to lack of funds and support. After Bobby Gore was incarcerated many of the high-ranking CVL’s “retired” as many of their generation was either incarcerated themselves or dead. Lack of leadership caused disarray within the organization and many members wanted to step-up and take new positions of leadership. By this time, there was thousands of Vice Lords on the Westside of Chicago, with many groups living on other sides of the city. Due to the consistent problems in leadership, the Vice Lords resulted in various splits and mergers among sets and groups of the organization. In 1971, the Vice Lords started to break-off into seperate factions and fall back into drugs and criminal activities. These factions were all mass-members of the Vice Lords Nation, however, each had their own predominant leader and preferences. In follwoing events, Willie “Minister Rico” Johnson took over control of the VLN. Bennie Lee became one of the more well known Conservative Vice Lords leaders in the 1970’s and early 80’s. When Willie Johnson assumed leadership over the organization, the ideology to accept all racial and ethnic backgrounds into the Vice Lords Nation was adopted. This is one key factor that angered small groups of the Vice Lords and further influenced the trend of seperate factions. Today, it may be recognized that only certain factions allow White’s and Latino’s, etc. into the organization. Throughout the 1970’s, the Vice Lords continued to grow at solid pace on the streets and in the prisons. Some factions originated in the correctional facilities and spread onto the streets upon the release of sanctioned members. As more hardcore gang-members were released from prison, the Vice Lords started to expand their operations well into the Southside and Northside of the city including various Chicagoland suburbs. Each faction of the Vice Lords contains a structured ranking system similar to the likes of this one: Each faction has a King (leader), a Minister, five and three Star Universals, five and three Star Elites, etc.. In the late 1970’s, the Vice Lords started to re-establish relationships with other organizations such as the Black P. Stones and Latin Kings. In 1978, the Almighty Vice Lords Nation was a founding organization of the People alliance. All factions under the Vice Lords belong to the People alliance. Throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s the Vice Lords expanded widely on the Southside and Northside of Chicago under many different factions. In 1979, when Bobby Gore was released from Stateville he was propositioned that he could get “filthy rich” if he re-joined the Conservative Vice Lords, but he said that CVL has changed and is immersed in the drug trade. He said that wasnt his way, and he hated what drugs did to his community and what happened to the organization he helped transform.

Throughout the 1990’s, Willie Lloyd played a significant role in the Vice Lords leadership from inside the correctional facilities. Willie Lloyd was convicted of second-degree murder on a Police officer in Davenport, Iown in 1971. In 1991, gang wars sparked among members of the Vice Lords and Black P. Stones street gang in various parts of the city. Soon after, the same events occurred with the Vice Lords and the Latin Kings street gang. Although the Vice Lords principle enemy are gangs that belong to the Folks alliance, the organization has had on-and-off again wars with many gangs belonging to the People alliance. Often times different factions of the Vice Lords may conflict with eachother or battle of drug turf. Although there are many seperate factions that exist today, all Vice Lords follow the same by-laws, and no “renegade” philosophies are allowed in the correctional facilities. In recent years, inter-factional feuds and wars have plagued the Vice Lord Nation. For example, Willie Lloyd has experienced several assassination attempts from his lieutenants in the Unknown Vice Lords faction; he was recently ambushed and shot several times in the West Garfield Park neighborhood and critically wounded. Willie Lloyd has been previsouly engaged in political activism and claimed to be retired from gang life. He even lectured at various meetings and colleges throughout Chicago. Willie Lloyd founded the Unknown Vice Lords in the Garfield Park area in the early 1960’s. After being incarcerated in the 1970’s for shooting a sheriff deputy in Iowa, he was ordained as “spokesperson” for the Vice Lord Nation. Willie Lloyd was released and later incarcerated again on weapons charges. He was released in 1992, and immediately became intangled in an inter-factional feud when certain lieutenants made an attempt to kill him after financial disputes. In 2000, the Conservative Vice Lords leader, Elbert “Pierre” Mahone was brutally murdered after being kidnapped. Elbert Mahone was a 5 Star Univeral Elite and second in command, to current leader Willie Johnson. Elbert Mahone portrayed himself as a community activist and was known to invest in Black owned enterprises, including the E2 nightclub. His murder is suspected to been carried out by members of the New Breeds street gang. The Vice Lords and New Breeds have quite a history and often compete in the Lawndale community.

A large number of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang no longer consider themselves a Vice Lords faction at all these days. Though Ray Longstreet is considered the official leader, in reality the group has various leaders and sub-factions. In addition, it is not uncommon for two separate Vice Lord factions to engage in war. An ongoing war between the Traveller Vice Lords and Unknown Vice Lords is apparent in the Lawndale nieghborhood and the Mafia Insane Vice Lords and Undertaker Vice Lords have been in conlfict in several areas on the Westside for quite some time. The Traveller Vice Lords were targeted in two separate major operations in the late 1990’s. From these operations, law enforcement were able to arrest and later convict Traveller Vice Lords leader Andrew “Bay-Bay” Patterson, who oversaw a crack cocaine distribution ring in the Lawndale area. Later, the F.B.I., DEA, and CPD arrested the other top-raning Traveller Vice Lord, Terry “T-Fly” Young in “Operation Fly Trap”. T-Fly oversaw the distribution of narcotics on the Westside, most prominantly in the Henry Horner Homes and Rockwell Gardens housing projects. He was actually employed as a Dixmoor police officer while serving as the organizations Chief. The leader of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords, King Troy Martin, and dozens of his underlings and rank-and-file members were recently indicted on drug charges. This, along with the demolishing of their headquarters, a housing project high-rise located on East 41st South & South Prairie Avenue, will surely hurt the organization. Willie “Minister Rico” Johnson currently resides in Tamms supermax correctional facility.

The Vice Lords Nation remains one of the largest and strongest organizations in Illinois. The Vice Lords easily account for 32,000+ on the streets and in the correctional facilities. The Vice Lords are the second largest street gang in Chicago and operate in nearly every part of city. The Vice Lords are a majority Black organization, however, many factions have members of other ethnicities and racial backgrounds. The Vice Lords have numerous factions that make-up their organization, some of the well known are: the Conservative Vice Lords, Traveller Vice Lords, Mafia Insane Vice Lords, Cicero Insane Vice Lords, Unknown Vice Lords, Insane Vice Lords, Undertaker Vice Lords, Imperial Insane Vice Lords, Spanish Vice Lords, Outlaw Lunatic Traveller VL’s, 4CH Vice Lords, and various others. The Vice Lords principle enemies have consisted of the Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Spanish Gangster Disciples, some sets of the New Breeds, some sets of the Mickey Cobras, some sets of the Black P. Stones, and some sets of the Latin Kings, along with virtually any Folks allied street gang. Some sections of the Vice Lords rarely “gang-bang”, being more concerned with earning income from drug sales, however, some sections are extremely violent and will not hesitate to protect their territory. The gangs primary criminal involvement has consisted of graffiti, drug trafficking, assault, armed robbery, theft, auto theft, extortion, kidnapping, shootings, and murder. The Vice Lords control a vast portion of the Westside of Chicago, including many strongholds along Chicago Avenue, 16th street, Cicero Avenue, and Austin Blvd., including numerous area’s of operations on the Southside, Southeast side, Northside, Northwes side, and various Chicagoland suburbs. The Vice Lords have a large membership outside of Illinois which include sanctioned and unsanctioned chapters. The authenticity of many proclaimed satellite chapters are limited. The Vice Lords have a presence in over 30 States throughout the United States, however, a slim number may actually have ties to the Vice Lords in Chicago today. Many groups have gained influence throughout the correctional facilities and prisons in the United States. Never the less, the youth of Lawndale, the Almighty Vice Lords Nation has grown to be one of the most historic and well known street gangs in America.


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