The Folk Nation (also known as Folk) is an alliance of street gangs, based in the Chicago area, which has since spread throughout the United States, specifically in the Midwest and the South. They are rivals to the People Nation.Within the Folk Nation alliance there are many gangs which all have their own unique colors, hand signs and
organization. Many of these gangs have signed a charter to join the Folks alliance. It was formed on November 11 1978 in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Soon afterwards the People Nation was formed to counter the Folks alliance. Larry Hoover, the chairman of the Gangster Disciple Nation, created the idea for the alliance and persuaded many leaders of large Black, White, and Latino gangs from Chicago to join. The biggest and most major folk alliance is the Gangster DisciplesAfter a prosperous beginning in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, the alliance started to break apart in the early 1990s due to wars over money and drugs between fellow Folk gangs. After the split each leader was
considered a king in his own right. Each gang had loyalty to the national rules, but following only their set king.
Gangs demonstrate their particular alignment by “representing” through symbols, colors, graffiti, hand signs and words. Representing also encompasses the left or right side of the body. Most Folk gangs represent using the six point star, pitchforks, and identify to the right side (e.g., they wear hats or bandannas turned to the right). Folk Nation gangs use the term “all is one” to greet each other. The six pointed Star of David, a Jewish
religious symbol in honor of King David, is used by the gang in its graffiti.
Major Folks Nation alliances
These are some of the major Folks allies:
Black Gangster Disciples
OutLaw Gangster Disciples
Latin Disciples (YLO D)
Maniac Latin Disciples
Simon City Royals