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This thirteen-point program, written in English, presents the Young Lords Party platform calling for the liberation of all oppressed people. Some of the points that stand out from the list, include a call for the self-determination of Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and Third World people; an end to racism and male chauvinism; and freedom for political and war prisoners. The platform also supported international socialism and the belief in armed struggle.

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The Young Lords Party thirteen-point platform influenced a generation of Puerto Rican artists in New York City to create political art, begin community-based artist run institutions, and research their African and indigenous heritages.

The Young Lords Party (1969–1975) was a movement of young urban activists who organized in East Harlem, New York, in the late 1960s to improve the living conditions for Hispanics and Blacks in New York City while finding a common purpose with other activist groups working in the cultural sector. At the outset the group was allied with the national Young Lords organization based in Chicago. Establishing themselves very rapidly as an action-oriented movement, New York’s Young Lords soon separated themselves from the national organization to form the Young Lords Party. These activists had a profound impact on Puerto Rican/Latino communities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Like the Black Panthers, the Young Lords Party became media icons of 1960s militant urban youth culture. Members like Felipe Luciano were also performance poets and are recognized as part of the Nuyorican poetry movement.

For the Spanish version of this document, please consult doc. no.841824.

 

Researcher
Libertad Guerra
Credit
Courtesy of Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), New York, NY