East Los Angeles.
A cesspool of crime, murder and street gangs.
By day, most of residents of East L.A. go about their business trying to meek out a living, with most either working 2 to 3 jobs to stay in poverty or be on state subsistence and welfare.
When the sun goes down, East L.A. becomes a battleground for power, gangsta respect and territory - a place of fear, violence and terror.
Several teens and young adults who were raised and/or born in East L.A. lost family, friends, homes and/or dignity as a result of just living in the city. These several people eventually found each other while trying to make a difference in East L.A., trying to stem the tidal wave of violence and murder each on their own. One such teen, Michael Parks, put together the team, realizing that when they worked together, they actually made a difference.
Instead of actively going out looking for trouble or inciting violence, they all decided to help the community through random acts of kindness, setting up homeless shelters, a food bank, a community garden, and 'skill learning' schooling with professionals from all around Los Angeles. Using an old abandoned East L.A. Transportation Authority warehouse, they've since set up shop there to help others and have a place of their own to call home.
When gangs, violence and crime come calling, Hardcorps is there to push back. Any innocents in need of Hardcorps help in protecting the innocent and/or helping save lives/livelihoods have but to ask. As payment for their help, all Hardcorps asks for is for the requester to help volunteer and assist at the warehouse...so as to help others that are equally down and out and in need of help.
The mayor of East L.A. has granted the warehouse Hardcorp resides in with a 99-year tax and property tax free contract for $1, and as such, has associated Hardcorps as a non-profit organization that others can donate to. Each year since, Hardcorps receives over $2 million in charity and donations, all of which goes directly to the warehouse, shelter, food, family resources, skill training and the community.
Their benevolent actions, however, have create issues with malevolent and greedy property developers trying to push out residents in East L.A. so as to 'gentrify' the neighborhood. Sadly, illegal 'misdeeds' and 'contracts' have been set against Hardcorps so as to shut them down, destroy them and get the land (and especially the warehouse) for their own greedy needs.
With a community backing them up, Hardcorps has become a unique hero group and pillars of the community. Made up of members that are no 'angels' (except maybe Saint Michael), they have an edge to what they do and are by no means considered "boy or girl scouts"...regardless, they are heroes and saviors of a community that wouldn't survive if not for Hardcorps.
Abandoned East L.A. Municipal Warehouse
MDUverse Info: Hardcorps was created 18 Jan 2017. Changes and updates to the team's origin and characters were done by Don "Major Deej" Finger with assistance from Sean Nunley and Eric Finger. Was designed to be a teen East L.A. group of exceptional kids that rather than go down the dark/gang path, they decided to help others and make a difference. They run a homeless shelter, a food bank and a farmer's market. They offer up services to those in need, but for those who can pay, 'donations' are always accepted. Although considered heroes in the community, some folks consider the team vigilantes, especially El Patron.