Jose Cha Cha Jimenez

Jose Cha Cha Jimenez

Born Aug 8, 1948

José Jiménez is one of the seven founders of the Young Lords street gang in Chicago, and the founder of the Young Lords as a national human rights movement in 1968. He was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico to Jíbaro parents, Eugenia Rodríguez Flores of San Lorenzo and Antonio Jiménez Rodríguez of the barrio of San Salvador in Caguas, on August 8, 1948.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born in 1948.
1949 1 Year Old His mother Eugenia Rodríguez arrived from Puerto Rico in 1949 and took José to New York City, then to a migrant camp near Boston where they were reunited with José's father, Antonio Jiménez. … Read More


1969 21 Years Old 1 More Event
The December 4, 1969 assassinations of Chairman Fred Hampton and Mark Clark demonstrated the determination of the FBI and the Chicago police to prevent young people from building unity and addressing poverty and exploitation in their communities.
1970 22 Years Old After going underground in 1970 and running an underground training school for two and a half years, he rendered himself to serve one year in Cook County Jail for a charge of petty theft of lumber, related to court-imposed fines for daycare-center code violations. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old In September 1973, Jiménez announced his campaign in Pastor Fines Flores' United Methodist Church. … Read More


1983 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Still, Cha-Cha's passion has always been the Young Lords and neighborhood organizing. In 1983, Cha-Cha reentered Chicago politics to campaign for Harold Washington, who became the first African-American mayor of Chicago. … Read More
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