Occupy Lincoln Park: the Militant Drama of the Young Lords Organization – Journal of African American Studies – article

Occupy Lincoln Park: the Militant Drama of the Young Lords Organization

Karen A. Secrist | Journal of African American Studies

2019-11-03

This essay examines the late 1960s politicization of the gang-turned-militant Young Lords Organization (YLO) by highlighting moments in the group’s history that are characterized by dramatic struggles to claim space in order to mobilize activism against urban renewal in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The YLO’s protests reveal the intensity of its members’ allegiance to their neighborhood, challenging assumptions that Puerto Rico was the definitive spatial frame of reference in the development of US Puerto Rican radicalism.

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