SOSA 2001

SOSA 2001

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  • What gives you life?
  • Your heart.  If you have no heart, then you don't have blood. You cant survive.  It is the source of life.
  • Biggest misconception?
  • I wont physically be active in the gang forever. However, I am loyal and my heart will always be with the gang.
  • Biggest fear?
  • Being an 'ex-member'.
  • De Corazon is the heart connection.  It's how you express love and affection to gang members. It's having empathy or compassion and eliminating suffering for others.  Doing so is a sign of courage, going against the 'macho' stereotype for men.
  • La Familia.
  • The biggest misconception about a gang is that it lasts forever.  Gang members agree that they will always be loyal, but they one be constantly physically active in participating for the gang.
  • These guys are my homies - they got my back like I got theirs.
  • The term 'ex-member' is for those members who have been kicked out, or have been disloyal.  Retired members are still considered part of the gang.  Having the title of 'ex-member' shows weakness and disloyalty.
  • The afterlife.
  • 'La familia' is the role that street gangs play as surrogate families.  It is a form os fictive kinship, which is a primary motive for the members of gangs. 
  • Another misconception is an outside's view on a gang.  It is common to hear more about the culture of violence that it is to hear about the culture of compassion. Gang members are some of the most loyal people.
  • The afterlife is the process of leaving the gang.  It is discussed almost in a sense of currency.  Once someone has paid their dues it is accepted to leave the gang.  However, there are other ways to leave that isn't accepted my the gang and the members themselves.
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