Young Lords

“¡Basta ya!”—”Enough!” was the feeling of Young Lords member Mickey Melendez and other East Harlem activists. It was the summer of 1969, and the group had blocked traffic on 110th Street with piles of garbage to protest inadequate sanitation services. They had already asked the city for brooms to clean their neighborhood’s streets and, when refused, they went ahead and took them.... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • JUAN GONZALEZ
    JUAN GONZALEZ
  • DENISE OLIVER
    DENISE OLIVER
  • PABLO “YORUBA” GUZMAN
    PABLO “YORUBA” GUZMAN

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Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1898 U.S. forces invade Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish American War; Puerto Rico becomes a United States territory in 1900

1947 30 years after the Jones-Shafroth Act gives partial U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans born after 1898, Operation Bootstrap propels mass migration from Puerto Rico to the mainland, largely to New York

1968 Young Lords Organization starts in Chicago; later allies with the Black Panther Party and others to form the Rainbow Coalition

1969 The New York branch of the Young Lords Organization is founded; garbage initiative and other campaigns are launched

1970 Young Lords and others occupy Lincoln Hospital; separate from Chicago branch and become the Young Lords Party

1971 Young Lords Party opens a branch in Puerto Rico, which lasts about a year

1972 Young Lords Party in New York ceases operations, becomes Puerto Rican Revolutionary Worker’s Organization

1976 Puerto Rican Revolutionary Worker’s Organization ceases to exist; a new Lincoln Hospital opens in the Bronx

Key Events

1898
U.S. forces invade Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish American War; Puerto Rico becomes a United States territory in 1900
1947
30 years after the Jones-Shafroth Act gives partial U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans born after 1898, Operation Bootstrap propels mass migration from Puerto Rico to the mainland, largely to New York
1968
Young Lords Organization starts in Chicago; later allies with the Black Panther Party and others to form the Rainbow Coalition
1969 The New York branch of the Young Lords Organization is founded; garbage initiative and other campaigns are launched
1970 Young Lords and others occupy Lincoln Hospital; separate from Chicago branch and become the Young Lords Party
1971
Young Lords Party opens a branch in Puerto Rico, which lasts about a year
1972 Young Lords Party in New York ceases operations, becomes Puerto Rican Revolutionary Worker’s Organization
1976 Puerto Rican Revolutionary Worker’s Organization ceases to exist; a new Lincoln Hospital opens in the Bronx