The Young Lords

The Young Lords

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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 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.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780814722428
Characteristics: xvi, 253 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Enck-Wanzer, Darrel


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ABCman213 Oct 24, 2011

A phenomenal depiction of revolutionary group who was born out of, horrible living conditions, racial profiling, discrimination, ignorance and a torn people almost removed from their culture adapting North American values. A mostly Puerto Rican conglomerate who came together in response to a shady history and an even less appropriate present in the 60s; paralleled do not exclude modern day catastrophes via ignorance, poor academic schools and horrible living conditions. Where poverty is the one thing there and it's right under your nose. The Young Lords became a movement influenced by the Black Panther Party and they came together to fuel justice, and liberty for there people in Puerto Rico and in the states. They centered in Chicago primarily as a gang but then members of the group decided there were true issues plaguing us and became a movement starting free breakfast clinics in New York City. This book has a nice flow and bombardment of information that gets tied nicely keeping the reader intrigued yet imaginative of the times because these times seem all too familiar. Amazing the modern day parallels and we see that to be free is to be of the mind first then live and or fight for it accordingly. Fight with the words next with the act.


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