Iris Morales and “Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976”


Here’s another 2016 publication we had missed: Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976 (Red Sugarcane Press) by Iris Morales. Howard Jordan recently interviewed the writer, former Young Lords activist Iris Morales in his December 30 edition of The Jordan Journal (aired on Fridays, 3:00-5:00pm on WBAI 99.5 FK). You can still listen to the program by pressing or typing this link,, into your address bar. Jordan writes:

Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, 1969-1976 by Iris Morales is the first account about the experiences of women members — a “story within a story” told from the inside out. The Young Lords emerged in the late sixties to fight poverty, racial and gender inequality, and the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Women joined to build a people’s justice movement and fought the “revolution within the revolution” believing that women’s equality was inseparable from the society’s progress as a whole.

While the names of activists like Juan Gonzalez, Mickey Melendez, Felipe Luciano, have become known, the unwritten herstory of women like Iris Morales, Denise Oliver, and others, until now has not been totally revealed. Howard interviews Iris Morales, this aspiring woman who has played many roles in the revolutionary tradition of the Puerto Rican/Latino experience. Student, tenant activist, educator, film documentarian, feminist, lawyer and one of the most important figures of the Young Lords movement. Listen in as Iris tells the untold stories of the “sheroes” who transformed a community and a nation.

Iris is an educator and activist and was a leading member of the Young Lords and is the producer, writer, and co-director of the documentary Palante, Siempre Palante. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College.

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