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Carlos "La Sombra" Torres-Irriarte created the Neta's while serving time in the Rio Pedras Prison in Puerto Rico in 1970. He started the gang to stop the feuding gangs in prison. In Puetro Rico when a baby is born traditional Puerto Ricans would exult "Neta, Neta!" Carlos used the name for his newly formed organization. Some believe that Neta stands for Never Tolerate Abuse. Neta stresses national Puerto Rican pride.
Members identify with the colors red, white and blue. Black is sometimes substituted for blue. These colors can be seen in their bead necklaces and their clothing. Probationary members wear all white beads until they are considered loyal; then, they can wear black beads among the white, plus one red one. Members usually display the Puerto Rican flag and are known to carry Neta identification cards. The Neta emblem is a heart pierced by two crossing Puerto Rican flags with a shackled right hand with the middle and index fingers crossed. Members salute each other by holding the crossed fingers of their right hand over their heart. This hand signal has the meaning "N" in sign language; it also means togetherness and unity.
The Netas have a stronghold in large cities across the United States. Their presence can be found in most correctional institutions across the county and in Puerto Rico.
Although members commonly engage in criminal activity for the benefit of the gang, they use the fa硤e that the group is merely a cultural organization. They have strong ties to several other street gangs and many members also claim allegiance to Los Macheteros, a revolutionary group fighting for independence of Puerto Rico. Members see themselves as oppressed people who are unwillingly to be governed by the United States. Any disrespect shown to an individual Neta member is looked upon as disrespect to the group and is usually dealt with violently. Members are required to procure 20 perspective recruits and all come together in observance of their fallen members on the 30th of each month.
An important date for the Neta gang is approaching. March 30th is "El Grito Neta". This is a solemn remembrance by the Neta's of the death of their founder, Carlos Torres IRIARTE, AKA: LA SOMBRA. The Neta's always meet on the 30th of each month, however, March 30th has special significance because it is the actual anniversary of "Carlito's" death. The days just before and after this special date may be very active for this group.
In the last few years the ѥtas have grown rapidly into several chapters...You
will never get a straight answer from any of them.. they run each chapter like a
fraternal order or lodge.. Their sworn to secrecy.. any member who violates
thief codes or rules will be severely punished. The original group was started
in Puerto Rico at a prison called "OSO BLANCO" WhiteBear it's located near San
Juan the Capitol...During the 70's and 80's the judicial system was very
unstable on the island due to widespread of corruption within the government
agencies. The inmates who were doing life, thought of different ways to run the
jails.. from inside so they united.
Primary colors of the ѥtas is red, black and white--but can substitute the
white for yellow (gold) plastic beads. the meanings of the "colors" of the ѥtas
хTA DE NETA CORAZOW; ASSOCIATION хTA;
ASSOCIATION "NETA" History of the Cause: Unity-Peace-Harmony-Education-Respect For many years, inmate rights were being violated in all Puerto Rican jails.This went uncontrolled until the late 1970's when the Neta Association was born in 1979. The pro-inmate rights association,"Neta", was founded by Carlos Torres Irriarte-AKA "La Sombra" which means "The SHADOW". He would see how inmate rights were being violated by the administration and other inmates known as "Insects". Many inmates were robbed, stabbed, abused, raped, and even killed. "La Sombra" tried to educate and open the inmate's eyes to what was going on. He taught them the only way to end the abuse was to unite in peace and harmony and to be willing to fight for it. Carlos and his Neta warriors shed their own blood fighting for peace and harmony, and respect that we have in the Puerto Rican jails today. "La Sombra" was shot in the head and killed by the "Insects" on March 30,1981, but his Neta warriors continued to fight until they were victorious in the jail war. The Association has come to the United States jails to put an end to the violation of rights that are being committed here also. The word "Neta" is screamed out 3 times with pride by a family in Puerto Rico to celebrate the birth of a child.
Today we scream "NETA!" 3 times to honor "La Sombra", and the rest of our Neta brothers who have died for the movement. The Neta Association was organized to stop the violation of all inmate's rights, and we respect all races, sexes, cultures,and religious beliefs. This means that no matter which race, religion, creed, or sex you are, you are welcome to the Neta Association as long as you are humble, respect your fellow inmate's rights, and have a good heart. Troublemakers, abusers, and people who try to be slick, are not welcome into this association. We have rules, principals, and ideals, which we respect and live by. "Unless we learn to live together as brothers we will surely die apart as fools."
It is time to stop the abuse and violation of our rights. We have to stop those
who like to take advantage of others. It is our duty to educate them and show
them what they are doing is wrong. If they do not pay heed to this, they can be
100% sure that they will feel the full weight of the association. The only way
we can do this is to unite in peace and harmony because "united we stand, but
divided we fall!" We know soon we will have to fight for our beliefs because we
are Neta Warriors, and we give respect to get respect. Fight to Share,
Progress,and live in Harmony. NETA ASSOCIATION NETA!! NETA!!
1) Respect our land and flag.
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