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Originally posted by valkeryie
They have been around a long time, first heard of them in the 80's. No know association with the Masons. Just a bunch of people tired with the lack of law enforcement, doing the "right" thing..
history of Guardian Angels
Guardian Angels began twenty-four years ago, on February 13, 1979. In the years prior to the Guardian Angels launch, Curtis Sliwa had become famous for his neighborhood clean-up and beautification projects in the South Bronx. Using his co-workers at the Fordham Road McDonalds, where he was the night manager, Curtis formed the "Rock Brigade." The Rock Brigade received accolades and a full wall of awards from community and governmental groups around the city. Planting and cleaning up vacant lots, boarding up bombed-out buildings, they managed to make this notorious inner-city neighborhood more beautiful. But it wasn't any safer, nothwithstanding how well-swept the sidewalks were.
The elderly sought refuge in the McDonalds, knowing that Curtis would walk them home safely, along with his coworkers. When one retired transit worker pleaded with Curtis to do something about the muggers and street thugs, Curtis decided to expand his neighbohood cleanup and pride program - to patrol the subway, then known as the "Muggers Express."
He recriuted a multi-racial team of volunteers, largely gleaned from his employees at the McDonalds. It started out with Curtis and twelve volunteers. They were known intially as the "Magnificent Thirteen." They agreed to ride the subways between the toughest stops, without weapons, to find the gang members who had been mugging the straphangers in the subway and detain them for the police to arrest.
It was a dark time in New York, with massive budget deficits, law enforcement layoffs and increasing crime. There was no funding for much needed law enforcement either from within or from without New York. Neighborhood watch groups were desperately needed, but they were not universally welcomed.