2021-06-09 13:08:20

“Takeover”: New Doc Chronicles Historic 1970 Young Lords Occupation of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx

A new film called “Takeover” follows the 12 historic hours on July 14, 1970, when members of the Young Lords Party took over the rundown Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx in New York City. The Young Lords were a radical group founded by Puerto Ricans modeled on the Black Panther Party. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González, a co-founder of the Young Lords, helped organize the action.

Using archival footage and modern-day interviews, “Takeover” chronicles their resistance to institutions founded on wealth and white supremacy, and their collective struggle for quality, accessible healthcare.

“The takeover really exemplified what the Young Lords were about,” says director Emma Francis-Snyder, who says she wanted to capture the heroism of the activists. “There’s so much emotion and planning and courage that comes along with direct action,” Francis-Snyder says.

“We understood that to get the system to listen and change, you had to disrupt it,” adds González. “You had to find a way to force people to pay attention to the problems.”

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman Black Panther Panther Bronx Democracy Now! Documentary Free Speech TV Lincoln Hospital New York City Puerto Rico Takeover Young Lords Party

Human Rights and Equality

The Thom Hartmann Program

Who is Blocking Poor Countries from Receiving Vaccines?

Who is Blocking Poor Countries from Receiving Vaccines?

Democracy Now!

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her

Democracy Now!

“Julian Is Suffering”: Family of WikiLeaks Founder Assange in U.S. to Demand His Release from Prison

“Julian Is Suffering”: Family of WikiLeaks Founder Assange in U.S. to Demand His Release from Prison

Just Solutions

The Souls of Poor Folks: A Call for a Moral Revival

The Souls of Poor Folks: A Call for a Moral Revival

Related

Democracy Now!

From Black Lung to BlackRock: Striking AL Coal Miners Protest Wall St. Financiers of Warrior Met

From Black Lung to BlackRock: Striking AL Coal Miners Protest Wall St. Financiers of Warrior Met

Democracy Now!

Western States Face Record Heat & Historic Drought, But GOP Rejects Green Infrastructure Funding

Western States Face Record Heat & Historic Drought, But GOP Rejects Green Infrastructure Funding

Democracy Now!

Republicans Won’t Even Debate “For the People Act” as They Flood States with Voter Suppression Bills

Republicans Won’t Even Debate “For the People Act” as They Flood States with Voter Suppression Bills

Democracy Now!

End Vaccine Apartheid: Summit on Vaccine Internationalism Demands Urgent Action to Help Global South

End Vaccine Apartheid: Summit on Vaccine Internationalism Demands Urgent Action to Help Global South

Proud Partners