Mutual Aid and the Young Lords: A Teach-in With Dr. Jorge Juan Rodríguez V and the 116th Initiative
In the 1960s and 70s, the New York Young Lords Organization (YLO) saw to the needs of Black and Brown, poor and working class New Yorkers, while building toward a vision of a socialist society. This teach-in will offer a history of the Young Lords and a discussion of mutual aid and collective imagining.
In the 1960s and 70s, the New York Young Lords Organization (YLO), a group of radical Puerto Ricans, saw to the pressing material needs of Black and Brown, poor and working class New Yorkers, while simultaneously fighting for a vision of a socialist society and a liberated Puerto Rico.
The YLO was a group devoted to mutual aid and community empowerment. Dr. Rodríguez’s interactive teach-in will offer a history of the Young Lords and a discussion of mutual aid. Participants will be invited to imagine the transformative work community care can do.
Presented by the Barnard Library, in conjunction with The 116th Initiative, Barnard’s student run, grassroots mutual aid collective, and the FLI Partnership Library, providing access to textbooks for self-identified first generation/low income students.
Jorge Juan Rodríguez V is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Historical Studies at Union Theological Seminary and is the Associate Director for Strategic Programming at the Hispanic Summer Program. His scholarship examines Fat Studies as well as the intersections of race, religion, and social movements with a particular focus on Black and Brown religious activism in the 20th century including groups like the New York Young Lords.