Young Lord Party

civil and human rights organization

The Young Lords (formerly the Young Lords Organization (YLO) or Young Lords Party) was a civil and human rights organization transformed by the leadership of Jose Cha Cha Jimenez from a Chicago turf gang on September 23, 1968, 100 years after the Grito de Lares. The group's mission is to fight for neighborhood empowerment and self-determination of Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and colonized ("Third World") people.

QuotesEdit

  • The concept of Protracted War best describes the history of the Puerto Rican people. For many centuries our people have been invaded by one nation or another. Two oppressors were successful, the spaniards in 1493, and the yankees in 1898.
    • "Protracted War in Puerto Rico"(1971)

The Thirteen Point Program (1968)Edit

  • 1. WE WANT SELF-DETERMINATION FOR PUERTO RICANS—LIBERATION ON
    THE ISLAND AND INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.
    For 500 years, first spain and then the united states have colonized our country. Billions of dollars in profits leave our country for the united states every year. In every way we are slaves of the gringo. We want liberation and the Power in the hands of the People, not Puerto Rican exploiters. QUE VIVA PUERTO RICO LIBRE!
  • 4. WE ARE REVOLUTIONARY NATIONALISTS AND OPPOSE RACISM.
    The Latin, Black, Indian and Asian people inside the u.s. are colonies fighting for liberation. We know that washington, wall street, and city hall will try to make our nationalism into racism, but Puerto Ricans are of all colors and we resist racism. Millions of poor white people are rising up to demand freedom and we support them. These are the ones in the u.s. that are stepped on by the rulers and the government. We each organize our people, but our fights are the same against oppression and we will defeat it together.
    POWER TO ALL OPPRESSED PEOPLE!

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