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Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO)
The Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is an outlaw motorcycle club (MC), chapters in the United States and overseas.
The club has 28 chapters worldwide. In the United States, these are located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and Alberta and Manitoba in Canada. There are also a number of chapters in England, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Scandinavia.
The club was formed by John Teller and Piermont "Piney" Winston, two Vietnam War veterans, in 1967 in Charming, California.
Six of the original nine members were war veterans.
The original and founding chapter, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original, referred to by the acronym SAMCRO or Sam Crow.
The Redwood chapter is headquartered in Charming, California, in a clubhouse adjacent to the Teller-Morrow auto mechanic shop.
The chapter's President is Clay Morrow and his Vice-President is Jax Teller.
Club members (The Sons) have "day jobs" in local industries, most of them working at the Teller-Morrow garage, but their primary business is importing illegal weapons and selling them to drug gangs in the East Bay, along with protection runs for local businesses by protecting valuable truck shipments from hijacking.
They also protect Charming from outside gangs who try to manufacture and sell drugs, mainly methamphetamine, there. Naturally, their main enemy is the White supremacist Nordics gang who specialize in the meth trade.
The fact that the Sons of Anarchy are racially diverse also puts them at odds. They also have to deal with a rival Oakland-based motorcycle club, The Mayans, who control the neighboring territory of Nevada, and The League of American Nationalists, another criminal racist organization.
The Sons of Anarchy also have a number of allies, in the form of the True IRA, which supplies them with illegal Russian-made guns, and the One-Niners, an African American street gang to which SAMCRO sells weapons, they also have various affiliates in the state prison system.
The Sons' mottos are "Fear the Reaper" and "Ride Free or Die", and their colors are blue and black.
SOA Club members wear vests known as "cuts" (jacket with the sleeves cut off).
The Sons of Anarchy's patch on the back of their vests is a Grim Reaper wielding an M-16 with a bloody scythe blade and holding a crystal ball with the anarchy "A". Only full members can wear the "patch".
Other smaller patches on the vest stand for different things, examples being "Men of Mayhem" which is worn by club members who have spilled blood on the club's behalf, and "First 9", worn by the original nine members of SOA.
The Sons ride customized Harley-Davidson Dynas.