Latin Jivers
Latin Jivers

Latin Jivers

Founded Founded in 1978 by Horse in or near West Town West Town: East Humboldt Park
Founding story

Founded in East Humboldt Park section of West Town neighborhood near Crystal and Washtenaw/California.

Affiliations Folk Nation — 1980 – 2000 or later;
Insane (North Side) — 1995 – c. 1996;
Maniac — 1992 – 1995;
SGD / La Tabla;
Colors Black and Brown
Primary ethnicities Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Skull, Top Hat, Cane, and 12-10
Symbol usage

Skull, top hat, cane, 12-10, pitchfork 1980-1995

Status Active

The Latin Jivers formed in the year 1978 at the area in East Humboldt Park between California and Washtenaw and Crystal and Washtenaw (Dark Crystal).  The founder of the Jivers was “Horse” and from the start the Jivers were very close with the Maniac Latin Disciples and there was much blood relation between Jiver and Disciple gang members.  The MLDs did not push the Jivers into joining MLDs and instead were in approval of the Jivers operating on Washtenaw.  The Jivers had some of the same enemies at the MLDs like Gaylords, Latin Kings, Taylor Jousters, Chi-West, Spanish Lords, Warlords and C-Notes.

The origin of the “Insane” part of the Jiver’s name dates back to their inception in 1978.  Before the Insane family existed and was only a Spanish Cobra thing in 1978, the Jivers became known as “Insane Latin Jivers.”

In the year 1981, the Jivers were accepted into the Folks alliance being sponsored by the Maniac Latin Disciples due to strong family ties between the two gangs, however, the Jivers still retained the full name “Insane Latin Jivers.”  The Jivers were connected to the Maniacs but they did not become “Maniac Latin Jivers,” because they would have to get rid of their “Insane” moniker which was part of their heritage, instead they made it up to the MLDs by tagging the MLD swastika gang symbol and paying homage to the fallen founder of the MLDs “Hitler.”

In the year 1984 or 1985 one of the Latin Jivers moved to Pierce and Paulina in the Wicker Park neighborhood and befriended a gang called the “Latino Stars.”  The Stars had some of the same enemies, most of all the Latin Kings.  The Jiver that moved to Pierce and Paulina convinced the Stars to flip to Latin Jivers in 1984 or 1985 and that put the Jivers on the map in the Wicker Park neighborhood at Pierce and Paulina which was the founding turf of the Stars.  The Jivers opened a club house at 1731 W. Pierce Street (At Pierce and Paulina) which became their headquarters in a basement apartment. The Jivers found more rivalry with the Spanish Lords and Warlords in the neighborhood and this new Wicker Park section proved they belonged on these streets.

Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s the Latin Jivers spread like wild fire and gathered quite a following for a while as they spread further into Wicker Park opening the sets of Division and Greenview, Bosworth and Blackhawk “Brown Jungle,” Cleaver and Potomac (Pulaski Park), Greenview and Potomac “Killa Side.”  Expansion continued in the East Humboldt Park area as the Jivers opened up Rockwell and Crystal.  The Jivers also pioneered Barry and Linder in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.  The Jivers also landed in the East Village section of the West Town neighborhood at Erie and Wood and Augusta and Wood.  Then by the late 1980s the Latin Jivers made their way into the suburbs of Rockford, Kankakee and Cicero at 24th and 57th.

The Latin Jivers were at the peak of their success by 1990 as Horse was no longer the leader and Louie B took over the new leadership role as they were perhaps at their strongest in numbers.

In the year 1991, the Latin Disciples and Spanish Cobras began to have quarrels on the streets which swept allies into the mix and caused the Latin Jivers to sometimes have flare ups with fellow Folks that had beef with Latin Disciples.  The Jivers and Disciples had a very strong brotherhood and the Jivers heavily backed the Maniac ways.

In the year 1992, the issues between Disciples and Cobras got a little worse and now groups like Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles were fighting with other Folks.  It became established that the Folks up north needed to separate to create independent identities and to make Insanes and Maniacs more official.  The Jivers easily stuck with the Maniacs but still would not become “Maniac Latin Jivers,” especially now that their leader was slain that year by a former member that flipped to a Warlord and they wanted to pay respects to him by keeping the “Insane” in their name. The Jivers were still Maniac although their name said they were Insane and they even helped bang against the Insanes when conflicts ensued with the Insane family.

In the year 1995, the Latin Jivers from Blackhawk and Bosworth started to get into it with Maniac Latin Disciples over the intersection of Erie and Wood, this caused the Jivers from Blackhawk and Bosworth to no longer honor Maniac concepts and those Jivers were at war with MLDs while the original section in East Humboldt Park was still on good graces with the Disciples.

The Jivers from Blackhawk and Bosworth allied with the Spanish Cobras against the Maniacs and joined the Insane alliance. “Gordo” had taken over leadership of the Jivers at this point and became the long time leader.

In the year 1996, the Insane Latin Jivers from Blackhawk and Bosworth didn’t stay in the Insane family too long before they broke out into war with the Spanish Cobras and the rest of the Jivers from East Humboldt Park were involved.  The Jivers from Blackhawk and Bosworth severed ties to the Insane family and became tighter with the East Humboldt Park Jivers.  Eventually the Jivers from East Humboldt Park stopped warring with the MLDs and Maniac Campbell Boys and began hanging out with them again, however, they never rejoined Maniac.  The Jivers from Wicker Park never made back up with the MLDs and continued the war with both Maniacs and Insanes while they retained their special alliance with the Milwaukee Kings.

The Latin Jivers began to decline in numbers and they lost most of their territory.  Cicero was shut down along with all their suburb operations in about the mid 1990s.  The Jivers also withdrew from Belmont-Cragin and East Village.  In East Humboldt Park the Rockwell and Crystal section closed down.  The Jivers also lost some territory in Wicker Park because of gentrification as yuppies and hipsters moved in.  The Jivers continued their existence regardless and continued to be a violent and renegade force on the streets that has always been something to be reckoned with.

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  1. How long did Horse run things and what happened to him?
  2. What year did Pierce and Paulina fall?
  3. What exactly caused the war between Jivers and Cobras?
  4. What year did Cicero open?  What year did it close down?