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Bandidos Motorcycle Club

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Bandidos Motorcycle Club page on 3 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, also known as the Bandido Nation, is a "one-percenter" motorcycle club with a worldwide membership. The club was formed in 1966 by Don Chambers in Texas. Its motto is "We are the people your parents warned you about." It is estimated to have 5,000 members in 210 chapters, located in 22 countries.


The Bandidos were founded by 36-year-old dockworker Donald Chambers in March 1966 in Houston, Texas. He named the club in honor of the Mexican bandits who lived by their own rules and he recruited members from biker bars locally in Houston as well as in Corpus Christi, Galveston, and San Antonio. Like other outlaw motorcycle clubs (Outlaws, the Pagans, and the Hells Angels), they call themselves "One Percenters", a phrase coined by the former president of the American Motorcyclist Association who once stated that 99 percent of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens and 1 percent "outlaws." By the early 1970s, the club had over one hundred members, including many Vietnam War veterans. The majority of the club consists of Caucasian males but Hispanics are also admitted. Their motto is "We are the people your parents warned you about."

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27 September 2011Metro Gang Task Force Arrests Bandidos Motorcycle Club Members and Their AssociatesU.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado
27 September 2011Nearly 40 Members and Associates of Bandido Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Charged in Three Districts for Alleged Drug and Firearm OffensesU.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
7 January 2016Federal Agents Arrest Leaders of Bandidos Motorcycle Band in TexasGreg Flakus, VOA News
23 March 2016Dozens More Bikers Indicted in 2015 Texas ShootoutVOA News

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