On July 25, 1969, a group of young activists officially announced the formation of the New York chapter of the Young Lords in Tompkins Square Park. In the following years, they fought for the rights of underserved communities of New York with a radical style reminiscent of the Black Panthers. They piled high and then burned trash in the streets of El Barrio in East Harlem to protest the failure by the city to attend to sanitation there and brought free medical services to those neglected by the health care system.

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