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People Nation


Mentality and Philosophy

The “All for One, One for All” philosophy poses a significant threat; members demand participation in assault behavior by all members who are present. The one-on-one fight of the past now becomes a full disturbance.

  • “Code of Conduct” terminologies include:
  • “I will not let my brother fall to a knee.”
  • “All is all.”
  • “All is well.”

Incidents often occur over trivial matters that are viewed as disrespectful by rival members.

  • Striking through a rival’s graffiti or painting it upside down.
  • Drinking from a plastic cup belonging to a rival gang member.
  • Showing a rival’s hand signs upside down or crossing out a rival’s hand signs with another finger
  • Breaking a rival’s symbols

Rules and codes of conduct such as those mentioned above must be strictly followed. Those members who choose not to participate in a gang activity are subject to disciplinary action or “violations.” Violations can range from a beating, by fellow gang members for a given period of time, to death. Violation orders are often written out and signed by ranking members. Violence associated with these groups is often disciplinary in nature.


The majority of People Nation gang members are of Black and Hispanic origin; however, whites and other ethnic minorities are also found to pledge alliance to the Peoples Nation. The age of gang members covers a broad spectrum from young teens to older adults. Although, most Peoples Nation gang members are in their early teens to upper 20s.


The are several symbols used by members of the Peoples Nation to denote their gang affiliation. Tattoos worn by Peoples Nation gang members frequently include the five-point crown, staff or cane, the number 5, crescent moon, dice, spanish cross, cholo, pyramid, five-point star, champagne glass, and bunny head.

In addition to these symbols, the Peoples Nation wear various sports gear and brands to represent their gang affiliation. Being a fan of the team is irrelevant. A sport team is chosen because it fits the gang’s identity needs and has meaning through either in name or the logo. Acronyms are created from a sport team’s names, and meaning is derived from the logo. For example the Peoples Nation wear the Dallas Cowboys since its logo is a five-point star, the Miami Dolphins since Miami is the acronym for “may I admit my insanity,” and the Adidas brand since Adidas is the “all disciples is dead Allah said.”


The Seeds of Alliances

Chicago street gangs emerged in the 1960s when a “youth group” called the Black P-Stone Rangers developed into a criminal organization. The group’s leader, Jeff Fort, united the leaders of about 50 area street gangs into a single organization, calling it the Black P-Stones. A commission consisting of 21 men controlled the group and projected the group as a socially conscious, self-help organization that would help uplift themselves and their community. As a result, the group sought and obtained $1.4 million in federal anti-poverty funds, which were in turn used to support the group’s illegal activities. A federal grand jury uncovered the mismanagement of funds and the leader, Jeff Fort, was sent to federal prison.

The perceived success of the Black P-Stone Nation resulted in the formation of many other street gangs that claimed to be politically and socially motivated. However, many of the groups dropped to a level of disorganization, while others developed into sophisticated, highly organized groups involved in prostitution, robbery, burglary, extortion, and drug sales.

Two very influential gangs, the Black Disciples, led by David Barksdale, and the Gangster Disciples, led by Larry Hoover, followed the Black P-Stones example and unified their gangs to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation. Throughout the 1970s, the Black P-Stone Nation and Black Gangster Disciple Nation controlled the Chicago drug trade and became bitter rivals expressing their anger by creating the bloodiest gang in the history of Chicago.

The Emergence of Alliances

Many of the leaders and members of the Chicago gangs ended up in federal and state correctional facilities. The increased number of individual gangs created a need for immediate visual gang identification that would enable members to distinguish allies from enemies among the prison population.

Inside the correctional facilities during the 1980s, gangs began separating into alliances. The two alliance names that emerged were the People Nation and Folk Nation. All gangs that were originally aligned with the Black P-Stone Nation aligned with the People Nation, and those that were originally aligned with the Black Gangster Disciple Nation aligned with the Folk Nation.


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