Question Asked: What were the recruitment efforts for the Young Lords Party? In this clip with Garden Acosta he discusses being warned by the Black Panthers about recruitment efforts. He mentions being told that half the people involved were undercover agents. For this reason, according to Garden Acosta, the Young Lords Party Central Committee decided to be careful with who they brought into the organization. He adds that most people you see in images are not Young Lords, but rather, Rally Lords whom borrowed berets in order to support the Young Lords. He also explains that in order to become a full Young Lord, you has to go through several phases of training. He concludes his response to the question by sharing that he became part of the Health and Education ministry within the Young Lords Party. He tells us that he started a Boricua Health Organization with Emilio Carrillo and Josephina Vasquez while becoming a full Young Lord and eventually opening the Massachusetts chapter of the Party.
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