The following documents, provided to gangresearch.net by the
UIC Library Department of Special Collections, are a first hand
look at how the CVLs attempted to begin a variety of social programs
in the 1960s.
These attempts ended in failure, as a war
on gangs waged by the Richard J. Daley administration and Chicago
Police Department. These efforts were seen as illegitimate by the
city power structure.
The documents and pictures here include descriptions of CVL
programs and even their budgets, in this "report to the public"
on the transition of the CVL from street gang to organization and
business. First read the CVL's own words
in describing their evolution from gang to street enterprise.
See some history of the Vice Lords on the History Channel video:
Gangs: A Secret History.
All pictures are by David Dawley and reprinted with his permission.