A Patient's Bill of Rights: Fighting for Community Health at Lincoln Hospital
In response to the historic 1970 occupation of Lincoln Hospital by the Young Lords, this panel addresses the prominence of health issues in the activism of the Young Lords, and the relevance of these historical struggles to contemporary health care debates. Featuring panelists Walter Bosque, Felipe Luciano, Daniel Meyers, Carlito Rovira, and Cleo Silver, and hosted by Johanna Fernández. In conjunction with the exhibition ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York.
Felipe Luciano, Chairman of the Young Lords
Walter Bosque, Young Lord & Lincoln Detox
Cleo Silver, HRUM, Young Lord, Black Panther
Daniel L. Meyers, Young Lords’ attorney from 1969 to 1975
Carlito Rovira, Young Lord
Miguel "Mickey" Melendez , Young Lord
Free admission and refreshments (donations suggested)
Location: Lower Gallery
Public and Community Engagement Programs are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. "A Patient’s Bill of Rights: Fighting for Community Health at Lincoln Hospital" is made possible, in part, by the New York Council for the Humanities. Beer has been donated by Bronx Brewery.
In the early morning hours of July 14, 1970, the Young Lords occupied Lincoln Hospital’s major administrative building in response to the city’s indifference to the health needs of Puerto Ricans and African Americans in the South Bronx and the deplorable conditions of health care delivery at Lincoln Hospital. The Young Lords actions at Lincoln were an extension of the group’s activism around issues of public health in East Harlem. Their heath activism included the Garbage Offensive, which protested irregular sanitation services; the launch of breakfast programs for poor children; the Lead Offensive, during which they conducted door-to-door medical home visits in collaboration with progressive nurses, medical technicians and doctors to test local children for lead poisoning and adults for tuberculosis; and the takeover of a city operated Tuberculosis truck.