This first interview session with Luis Garden Acosta recorded on May 15, 2015 for the Oral History Project focuses on El Puente and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. El Puente is a community organization, founded by Garden Acosta in 1982 and locates in Williamsburg Brooklyn. From this organization came the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, a Human Rights School also located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A former Young Lords Party member Garden Acosta discusses the historical formation of both El Puente and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. During this interview we also discussed gentrification, climate change, the Greenlight District, the Latino Climate Action Network and El Puente's focus on human rights. Garden Acosta also describes his involvement with community control of schools, school segregation in Brooklyn, Puerto Rican political figures and the role Frances, his wife, has played within the organization and school. In this second interview, recorded on June 18, 2015 he discusses his involvement within the Young Lords Party. He covers topics ranging between political education, why he became a Young Lord, who was involved alongside him, and what it was like to identify as a Young Lord during the late 60s and early 70s in both in New York, NY and the Massachusetts area.
El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY