A Speedy Recovery for Emma Lozano - The Voice of Our Voiceless Undocumented
The PRCC would like to wish Emma Lozano a healthy and speedy recovery over the next couple of weeks. Emma has been a tremendous leader in the Mexican community and a friend of the PRCC for many years. But even more so, she has become the voice of our voiceless undocumented population.
Occupied Lands, Scattered Diasporas this Saturday!
Café Teatro Batey Urbano in conjunction with Lah Tere & Existence is Resistance presents a film series that is meant to educate our communities about the political and artistic struggles of these two nations and their diasporas in their calls for freedom and unoccupation.
Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation by Nana Dankwa
Aquellos by Alberto Roldán
For Those Who Struggle by Matt McCanna
Saturday, January 14th, 2012 @5pm
Cafe Teatro Batey Urbano -
2620 W. Division
Refreshments & food will be served!
$10 Admission Fee
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School is looking...
for students who are ages 16-20 and can take advantage of:
* Community based educational experience
* Puerto Rican centric high school experience
* Small and caring school community
* Childcare, if needed, while you finish your education
If this is you, do not hesitate, apply at www.pedroalbizucamposhs.org now!
La Voz needs You to Volunteer!
La Voz del Paseo Boricua is looking for volunteers to help with the following:
- Layout and design
- Proofreading in Spanish and English
- Writing articles
If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering or would like more information, please call our office at 773.227.7794 or email Juanita at email@example.com.
Picture of the Week
Identify the picture this week and win a poster! Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2739-41 W. Division St
Chicago, Illinois 60622
|THE THREE KINGS BRING GIFTS TO OVER A THOUSAND CHILDREN!
¡LOS TRES REYES TRAEN REGALOS A MÁS DE MIL NIÑAS Y NIÑOS!
The largest Three Kings Parade in the Midwest kicked off 2012 with the blessings of sunshine and above average temperatures. Nearly 500 parade goers on trolleys, double decker buses, floats, motorcycles, bicycles and on foot, escorted the Three Kings on their annual parade down Paseo Boricua to the Humboldt Park Field House. Members of LAMA (Latin American Motorcycle Association) took the form of the Three Kings as they rode on horse & wagon, tossing candy to the crowds of spectators and bringing cheer to children and nostalgic adults alike.
The parade made its way to the Humboldt Park Field House where several hundred more children and families, not in the parade, were already waiting in line to receive Los Reyes Magos. As the children received their gifts they were serenaded by a trio of musicians singing traditional Aguinaldos (music and songs dedicated to the Three Kings). By 6:30 pm that evening, over a thousand children ages 0 to 12 had received a gift. The Chicago Land TOYS FOR TOTS and LAMA helped to bring in the bulk of the toy donations that were given that night.
Many volunteers from the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center spent days wrapping the toys. This year the first 40 children in the parade received a free bicycle from West Town Bikes/Ciclo Urbano.
La Capilla, NBHRN and Community Celebrate Oscar López Rivera's Birthday!
Close to 100 people turned out Sunday, January 8 for a two-fold celebration at La Capilla del Barrio Church,Three Kings Day and Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera's birthday. Sponsored by La Capilla and the National Boricua Human Rights Network, the 5th annual celebration serves as an introduction to a new year of hope and support for Oscar. Last year's event centered on Oscar's request for parole and subsequent denial
This year's program started with Pastor Pedro Windsor welcoming the audience and giving an invocation and La Capilla youth speaking on the traditions of Three Kings Day in Latin America. Several more La Capilla youth also reflected on Oscar's life, which introduced poetry by Judy Díaz from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, who performed "Oscar Eres Libre" and Cassandra Figueroa and Jessie Fuentes of Batey Urbano. who performed, "What would Oscar Say?"
The crowd was surprised when 9 year old Gabriel González, Oscar's nephew asked to speak and gave a magnificent short speech on what his uncles absence had meant to him. Jan Susler, Oscar's lawyer gave an update on the status of the campaign and the latest events that have occurred in Puerto Rico. Zenaida López (Oscar's sister) and Lupe Chávez followed with a heartfelt performance of a song she wrote for Oscar called "Brother Oscar". The climax of the event was the presentation of the cake for Oscar and singing of happy birthday, after which the audience signed birthday cards for Oscar.
Sen. Norma Burgos asks for release of Oscar López
On Monday, New Progressive Party Senator Norma Burgos submitted Resolution 2538 to the Senate of Puerto Rico, which asks the president of the United States, Barack Obama for the release of Oscar López, the longest held prisoner in the hemisphere.
"Our president has in many instances recognized the right of self-determination of the Puerto Rican people. He has reiterated the importance of our coming to agreement in matters that affect our self-determination," said Burgos, so making use of her privileges within the Senate, she asked for the release of Oscar López, who is still in federal prison, serving two sentences that add up to 70 years.
Senator Burgos recalled that while she was Secretary of State under the Rosselló administration, president Bill Clinton pardoned the majority of the Puerto Rican prisoners who at the time had served close to 20 years in prison. "But in an act of solidarity, Oscar López refused the offer, because his compañeros Haydée Beltrán and Carlos Torres remained in prison, without any offer of pardon," she said.
Burgos indicated that during president Obama's recent visit to Puerto Rico, she personally asked him to release López.
The senator described as "unjust that someone is still in prison when it's known that the principle reason is because he is an independentista and when others are already out of prison; but for now, the U.S. Parole Commission has denied his release, in spite of the exemplary behavior Oscar López has maintained for the past 30 years."
Read on at the NBHRN website..
Dia de Los Reyes
Three Kings Day
Celebration, Reception and Fundraiser
Friday, January 13, 2012
1237 N. California Ave
Dancing * Silent Auction
Raffle * Food & Drink
Latin United Community Housing Organization