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The Young Lords, who originated as a Chicago street gang fighting gentrification and unfair evictions in Puerto Rican neighborhoods, burgeoned into a national political movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with headquarters in New York City and other centers in Philadelphia, Boston, Newark, and elsewhere in the northeast. Part of the original Rainbow Coalition with the Black Panthers and Young Patriots, the politically radical Puerto Ricans who constituted the Young Lords instituted programs for political, social, and cultural change within the communities in which they operated.

The Young Lords offers readers the opportunity to learn about this vibrant organization through their own words and images, collecting an array of their essays, journalism, photographs, speeches, and pamphlets. Organized topically and thematically, this volume highlights the Young Lords' diverse and inventive activism around issues such as education, health care, gentrification, police injustice and gender equality, as well as self-determination for Puerto Rico.

In recovering these rare written and visual materials, Darrel Enck-Wanzer has given voice to the lost chorus of the Young Lords, while providing an indispensable resource for students, scholars, activists, and others interested in learning about this influential grassroots ?street political? organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814722428
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2010
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Darrel Enck-Wanzer is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Why Read the Young Lords Today? Iris Morales Denise Oliver-Velez ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Toward Understanding the Young Lords Darrel Enck-Wanzer 1

1 Young Lords Platform and Rules 9

13 Point Program and Platform of the Young Lords Organization (October 1969) 9

Young Lords Party 13-Point Program and Platform (revised November 1970) 11

Rules of Discipline of the Young Lords Organization 13

2 The Ideology of the Young Lords Party 16

Introduction 16

Definition of Terms 17

Protracted War in Puerto Rico 18

Colonized Mentality and Non-Conscious Ideology 22

The Party and the Individual 25

3 The Origins and History of the Young Lords 27

Interview with Cha-Cha Jimenez 27

Origins of the Young Lords 30

Before People Called Me a Spic, They Called Me a Nigger 36

YLP Editorial: Separation from the YLO 47

Central Committee 49

2 Years of Struggle 51

The Young Lords Party (speech by Juan Gonzalez, 16 Nov. 1971) 56

4 On History 71

Puerto Rican Obituary (by Pedro Pietri) 71

Malcolm Spoke for Puerto Ricans 80

The Vote or the Gun 81

Lolita Lebron: Puerto Rican Liberation Fighter 83

Sojourner Truth: Revolutionary Black Woman 86

History of Cuba (parts 3 and 4) 87

Editorial (Betances) 92

El Grito de Lares 93

Albizu Campos 95

History of Boriken (parts 1-13) 98

5 On Education and Students 125

Community Education 125

Student Conference 126

H.S. Revolt! 127

Seize the Schools! 129

Puerto Rican Student Union 130

6 On Revolution, Nationalism, and Revolutionary Nationalism 133

On Revolutionary Nationalism 133

Puerto Rican Racism 136

Felipe on Political and Armed Struggle 138

Message from a Revolutionary Compañera 144

Yanquis Own Puerto Rico 146

Puerto Rican Society: An Analysis 149

Armed Struggle (parts 1-3) 151

On Our Struggle 157

YLP on Elections 161

7 On Women in the Revolution 163

Women's Oppression: Cortejas 163

Revolutionary Sister 164

Sterilized Puerto Ricans 165

An Interview with Blanca Canales 167

Young Lords Party Position Paper on Women 169

World of Fantasy 175

Madame Dinh 177

Abortions 178

Position on Women's Liberation 180

Sexism 182

Women in a Socialist Society 183

8 The Garbage Offensive 185

Young Lords Block Street with Garbage 185

El Barrio and YLO Say No More Garbage in Our Community 186

9 Health and Hospitals 188

Ten Point Health Program 188

Revolutionary Health Care Program for the People 189

HRUM: Health Worker Organization 191

Socialist Medicine 192

The Fight against Prospect Hospital 193

Think Lincoln 194

TB Truck Liberated 196

Murder at Lincoln 198

Lincoln Hospital Must Serve the People 199

Seize the Hospitals! 200

10 The People's Church 202

The People's Church 202

Interview with Yoruba 203

Speech by Felipe Luciano 208

Report Given to Rev. Pablo Cotto by Iris Luciano 212

Julio Roldan People's Defense Center Opens in the People's Church 215

Armense para Defenderse 216

11 Social Justice Programs 218

YLO Feeds Children 218

Free Clothes for the People 219

Breakfast Programs 220

Socialism in Practice 221

People's Child Care Center 222

Message to a Dope Fiend 223

Heroin! From Where? 224

Fight Drugs-to Survive 226

Seize the Jails 227

Free Martin Sostre! 228

We Are All on Trial 230

12 Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization 231

Editorial: 1st Party Congress 231

Editorial 232

Resolutions of the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization 235

Bibliography 245

Index 247

About the Editor 253

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gragonfly More than 1 year ago
interested in knowing how / why a group of puerto ricans got together and made a difference for the peoples / better...why / how these great minds saw the injustices and more importantly, why / how they took action... this is a fantatic read for anyone that's interested on socieology / brave hearts and a peoples that are filled with love / peace. --- to sit and watch a horror is for the timid. to take real action is for the sane.
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