The Young Lords

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-03
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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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, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the northeast and southern California. 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 Lordsoffers 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.

Author Biography

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?p. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Toward Understanding the Young Lordsp. 1
Young Lords Platform and Rulesp. 9
13 Point Program and Platform of the Young Lords Organization (October 1969)p. 9
Young Lords Party 13-Point Program and Platform (revised November 1970)p. 11
Rules of Discipline of the Young Lords Organizationp. 13
The Ideology of the Young Lords Partyp. 16
Introductionp. 16
Definition of Termsp. 17
Protracted War in Puerto Ricop. 18
Colonized Mentality and Non-Conscious Ideologyp. 22
The Party and the Individualp. 25
The Origins and History of the Young Lordsp. 27
Interview with Cha-Cha Jimenezp. 27
Origins of the Young Lordsp. 30
Before People Called Me a Spic, They Called Me a Niggerp. 36
YLP Editorial: Separation from the YLOp. 47
Central Committeep. 49
2 Years of Strugglep. 51
The Young Lords Party (speech by Juan Gonzalez, 16 Nov. 1971)p. 56
On Historyp. 71
Puerto Rican Obituary (by Pedro Pietri)p. 71
Malcolm Spoke for Puerto Ricansp. 80
The Vote or the Gunp. 81
Lolita Lebron: Puerto Rican Liberation Fighterp. 83
Sojourner Truth: Revolutionary Black Womanp. 86
History of Cuba (parts 3 and 4)p. 87
Editorial (Betances)p. 92
El Grito de Laresp. 93
Albizu Camposp. 95
History of Boriken (parts 1-13)p. 98
On Education and Studentsp. 125
Community Educationp. 125
Student Conferencep. 126
H.S. Revolt!p. 127
Seize the Schools!p. 129
Puerto Rican Student Unionp. 130
On Revolution, Nationalism, and Revolutionary Nationalismp. 133
On Revolutionary Nationalismp. 133
Puerto Rican Racismp. 136
Felipe on Political and Armed Strugglep. 138
Message from a Revolutionary Compaņerap. 144
Yanquis Own Puerto Ricop. 146
Puerto Rican Society: An Analysisp. 149
Armed Struggle (parts 1-3)p. 151
On Our Strugglep. 157
YLP on Electionsp. 161
On Women in the Revolutionp. 163
Women's Oppression: Cortejasp. 163
Revolutionary Sisterp. 164
Sterilized Puerto Ricansp. 165
An Interview with Blanca Canalesp. 167
Young Lords Party Position Paper on Womenp. 169
World of Fantasyp. 175
Madame Dinhp. 177
Abortionsp. 178
Position on Women's Liberationp. 180
Sexismp. 182
Women in a Socialist Societyp. 183
The Garbage Offensivep. 185
Young Lords Block Street with Garbagep. 185
El Barrio and YLO Say No More Garbage in Our Communityp. 186
Health and Hospitalsp. 188
Ten Point Health Programp. 188
Revolutionary Health Care Program for the Peoplep. 189
HRUM: Health Worker Organizationp. 191
Socialist Medicinep. 192
The Fight against Prospect Hospitalp. 193
Think Lincolnp. 194
TB Truck Liberatedp. 196
Murder at Lincolnp. 198
Lincoln Hospital Must Serve the Peoplep. 199
Seize the Hospitals!p. 200
The People's Churchp. 202
The People's Churchp. 202
Interview with Yorubap. 203
Speech by Felipe Lucianop. 208
Report Given to Rev. Pablo Cotto by Iris Lucianop. 212
Julio Roldan People's Defense Center Opens in the People's Churchp. 215
Armense para Defendersep. 216
Social Justice Programsp. 218
YLO Feeds Childrenp. 218
Free Clothes for the Peoplep. 219
Breakfast Programsp. 220
Socialism in Practicep. 221
People's Child Care Centerp. 222
Message to a Dope Fiendp. 223
Heroin! From Where?p. 224
Fight Drugs-to Survivep. 226
Seize the Jailsp. 227
Free Martin Sostre!p. 228
We Are All on Trialp. 230
Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organizationp. 231
Editorial: 1st Party Congressp. 231
Editorialp. 232
Resolutions of the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organizationp. 235
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 247
About the Editorp. 253
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