By Julia Reynolds
The urban of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the surroundings for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, however it can be the house of Nuestra Familia, essentially the most violent gangs within the usa. Born within the prisons of California within the past due Sixties, Nuestra Familia multiplied to regulate drug trafficking and extortion operations during the northern half the kingdom, and left a path of our bodies in its wake. Award-winning journalist Julia Reynolds tells the gang's tale from the interior out, following younger women and men as they look for a brand new type of relatives, quests that typically bring about homicide and betrayal. Blood within the Fields additionally records the heritage of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long attempt to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, in addition to its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with neighborhood legislations enforcement enterprises. Reynolds makes use of her extraordinary entry to gang individuals, either out and in of legal, as...
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GQ is content to help build the drug empire and is not one of the old-school Norteños who romanticize their farmero origins. Conveniently ignoring Cesar Chavez’s doctrine of nonviolence, the old-schoolers tattoo themselves with the farmworkers’ eagle logo to show they’ve put in work for the Cause—their cause, not the workers’. GQ is of a new generation, and though he does have a Salad Bowl license plate frame on his SUV, he does not revere the Chicano-pride legacy of Salinas. He cares little that he lives in a city where the revered labor leader Cesar Chavez was jailed during the 1970 lettuce boycott.
Conveniently ignoring Cesar Chavez’s doctrine of nonviolence, the old-schoolers tattoo themselves with the farmworkers’ eagle logo to show they’ve put in work for the Cause—their cause, not the workers’. GQ is of a new generation, and though he does have a Salad Bowl license plate frame on his SUV, he does not revere the Chicano-pride legacy of Salinas. He cares little that he lives in a city where the revered labor leader Cesar Chavez was jailed during the 1970 lettuce boycott. “Fuck Cesar Chavez,” GQ says.
The night was quiet in those few hours before the semis began their predawn rumblings, warming for the trek to bring America its spring produce. The woman was asleep, but the loud knock woke her. After the shock of seeing her cousin Sal—she thought he’d be locked up till fall— Irene of course let him in. He was family. Rico’s old lady, Regina, joined them in the kitchen. Rico was in jail again, but Sal was always welcome here. Regina was good people, with a reputation for opening her door to familianos no matter the hour.
Blood in the Fields. Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang by Julia Reynolds