PRISONS: A call to end racial warring

A group of inmates in California’s maximum security lockups — Pelican Bay, Corcoran and Tehachapi — are calling for an end to the racial warring that has been part of prison life in the state since … probably since I was born.

Among those calling for this within this coalition are members of the Mexican Mafia, which has warred with blacks in the prison system and ordered Latino gang members in Southern California to wage wars on the streets with blacks as well.

One of the leading members of this collective is Arturo Castellanos — a long-documented Eme member, aka Tablas, serving a life prison sentence for murder since 1980 — who, trial documents and evidence show, ordered up the Florencia 13 war on blacks in the Florence-Firestone unincorporated area that turned that area into a war zone for several years, the worst of which was 2005.

In the federal indictment of Florencia 13 members, the unindicted co-conspirator, identified only as AC, is, according to sources, Arturo Castellanos.

The Black Hand, about ex-mafioso Rene Enriquez, gives a clear idea of how the Eme has used activist groups, lawyers and others to promote their own financial/criminal interests. In interviews with ex-Emeros and their soldiers, I’ve heard these stories as well.

Those interviews have also made clear that the truce edict and the order to end drive-by shootings in the early 1990s were simply ways of organizing Latino street gangs in Southern California into units to tax local drug dealers and kick back some of the money to incarcerated Eme members. Among the edicts the Eme came up with during these years was an order to push Latino street gangs to war with blacks in their areas, rid their areas of black drug dealers, etc.

The result was virtual race wars in neighborhoods such as West Side San Bernardino, Pacoima, Azusa, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Canoga Park, Pomona, Harbor Gateway, Wilmington, Hawaiian Gardens and the aforementioned Florence-Firestone, among others.

Surely it’s a welcome thing to end racial wars in prisons, but history and evidence show that with the Eme you always wonder about underlying motives.

 

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4 Responses to PRISONS: A call to end racial warring

  1. DB

    SQ the writer has done several articles on gangs in LA . If he says there is underlining motives it’s a good bet he knows what he is talking about . All gangs no matter what color are evil and destructive . They intice youngsters into gangs with threats and intimidation . No kid growing up wants to end up tattooed all over and in prison . Get rid of them all is my prayer

  2. ANGIE GONZALES

    You are as sick as your secrets. The problem with you as well as cdc is you are always negative. The short corridor collective have band together to bring change for every prisoner. For all races to band together as one. If you want to refer back lets look back when cdc started this racial war we have been a part of it for years. Today we are not, we are together as one. Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Northerners and Southerners and all other races not named. The problem is you can’t except this, but it doesn’t matter we made the change and it is what it is. Futhermore, it is amusing to read who you are boasting about. May I suggest refraining from all your negativity it is not working and take heed to your own advice.
    “Always wonder about underlying motives”.

  3. Desert Dweller

    Interesting that there is very little coverage of this in the media. In fact, I’ve seen nothing of it, outside of a few blogs. If it were the other way around, and somebody in one of these gangs declared to escalate war efforts with another gang, etc, there would be an episode of Gangland dedicated to it. Guess there’s no ratings in peace.

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