The Young Lords were born in Chicago in the early 1960s.
Radicalized through early contact with the Black Panthers, they opened chapters in other cities with large concentrations of Puerto Ricans.
In New York, the Young Lords forced the Dept. of Sanitation to pick up the trash in East Harlem. They also created free breakfast and drug rehab programs.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Young Lords also demanded reforms in health care, education, housing, employment and community policing.
Felipe Luciano and Juan Gonzalez meet the press
A number of their more visible members – Geraldo Rivera, Juan Gonzalez, Felipe Luciano – progressed into media careers on Fox TV, the Daily News, and NBC TV.
Others, such as Pedro Pietri, writer of the unforgettable Puerto Rican Obituary, became life-long poets, writers and artists.
Others, such as Iris Morales, became true community activists and educators.
There was an other local New York City community organization called El Comite. They had an office on Amsterdam avenue and 84 street. They started out as housing advocates for low income families, anti gentrification. El Comite evolved into a pro Puerto Rican independence group. They had their own community newspaper by the same name. Articles on history of PR, political prisoners both in Puerto Rico and USA, international, national and local political progressive news. Great organization.
I appreciate your historical and educational postings. Everyday we learn about people and events that were unknown to most of us and helps us see more clearly some of the long path and suffering and triumphs of the Puerto Rican family and diaspora. You are doing a great job and we appreciate it, thanks.
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I remember …. The Young Lords!
Several become oportunists like Felipe Luciano,Pablo Guzman and Juan gonzales