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The Folk Nation (commonly referred to as Folk or Folks) is an alliance of
street gang A gang is a social group, group or secret society, society of associates, friends or members of a family with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over Territory (animal), territory in a communit ...
s originating in
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Chicago
, established in 1978. The alliance has since spread throughout the United States, particularly the Midwest region of the United States. They are rivals of the
People Nation People Nation is an alliance of street gangs generally associated with the Chicago area. They are rivals of the Folk Nation alliance of gangs. Formation The People Nation was formed in reaction to the creation of the Folk Nation alliance of gangs. ...
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Formation

The Folk Nation was formed on November 11, 1978, within the confines of the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Larry Hoover Larry Hoover (born November 30, 1950)"Larry Hoover"
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, the chairman of the Gangster Disciple Nation, created the idea for the alliance and persuaded many leaders of large Black, White, and Latino gangs from Chicago to join. Soon after its formation, the People Nation was formed to counter the Folks alliance.


Symbols

Folk Nation symbols include the Star of David, horns, a die with 6 dots facing forward, the digit 6, a pointed tail, and a pitchfork. Folk gangs also disrespect
People Nation People Nation is an alliance of street gangs generally associated with the Chicago area. They are rivals of the Folk Nation alliance of gangs. Formation The People Nation was formed in reaction to the creation of the Folk Nation alliance of gangs. ...
gangs and rival Folk gangs by inverting their rivals' various gang symbols.


Active Gangs

A 1995 report from the
Florida Department of Corrections The Florida Department of Corrections operates state prisons in the U.S. state of Florida. It has its headquarters in Florida's capital of Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Corrections operates the third largest state prison system in the Un ...
' Security Threat Intelligence Unit listed Folk Nation's major sets as follows:People and Folk Nation Sets (continued) - Gang and Security Threat Group Awareness
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on August 6, 2008. Accessed March 19, 2019.
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* Imperial Gangsters *Spanish Cobras *Latin Eagles *Maniac Latin Disciples *Simon City Royals *Spanish Gangster Disciples *International Posse *Insane Gangster Disciples


References

{{Organized crime groups in America Folk Nation, Organizations established in 1978 1978 establishments in Illinois Street gangs Gangs in Chicago Coalitions