Blood in the Fields. Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra by Julia Reynolds

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The urban of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the atmosphere for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, however it is additionally the house of Nuestra Familia, essentially the most violent gangs within the usa. Born within the prisons of California within the overdue Sixties, Nuestra Familia elevated to regulate drug trafficking and extortion operations in the course of 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 form of family members, quests that typically result in homicide and betrayal. Blood within the Fields additionally files the historical past 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 legislation enforcement enterprises. Reynolds makes use of her extraordinary entry to gang contributors, either out and in of criminal, as...

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And his brand-new son was born while he was locked up a hundred miles from home. A tiny baby whose face he had yet to see, the child had come into the world bearing his name. Could this unexpected spring from the pinta be a sign that family mattered more than any oath? His grandmother, his querida abuelita, would soon embrace him, welcome him to her home and her always-open heart. She was the last person clinging to the belief that Sal could still become the kind of man who’d hold down a job and do right by his family in ways his father never could.

Why’re you telling me? Go talk to him about it,” Mando said. He didn’t give a shit about the Nuestra Familia. He was a Norteño, a real gangbanger, not one of those old stuck-up familianos who thought they ran the world. Mando recalled that Lobo had given him the stare that said This ain’t over. Then, to make matters worse, Lobo tried to get with the only female still available by the evening’s end, and Mando, though barely in his teens, had managed to slip into a bedroom with the twenty-year-old woman.

At this point I am a believer in Ceasefire and other information-driven, community-based strategies. And so I return to our need to understand the logic of the Nuestra Familia and similar gangs if we are ever to put a stop to their violence, because there is always a logic. We can’t forget that for all its tragedy, this brutal subculture is a world that for vast and complex reasons makes sense to those who inhabit it. ” Nothing could be truer in the case of Salinas and its gangs. My purpose in writing this book is a simple one.

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