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"Drop the Bottle" Campaign

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La Voz del Paseo Boricua is looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Layout and design
  • Translations
  • Proofreading in Spanish and English
  • Distribution
  • 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



Picture of the Week
This week's winner of a Luis Rosa print is Sandra Mantilla who emailed us the same day. Email your answer to  
PRCC UIC Partner Named Researcher of the Month 


Dr. Michele Kelley is a social scientist and Associate Professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences and Maternal and Child Health Program. She is a social worker by training, with research and teaching interests in adolescent health, youth-led health promotion and action research, community youth development and community based participatory research (CBPR).  


Her teaching methodology involves out-of-classroom experiences in Chicago neighborhoods where students can encounter real world challenges to improving neighborhood health and engage in dialogue with local residents and leaders. How local youth can contribute meaningfully to improving their own environments and building their communities is a critical element of this discussion. She is active in several national organizations and editorial boards and is leading development of a pipeline for high school youth to enter public health and related careers.

Dr. Kelley received her Doctorate in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her dual masters degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the Ohio State University College of Social Work and the OSU John Glenn School of Public Affairs.


Humboldt Park Roots Fest


January 27, 2012 at 6pm


Casa Puertorriqueña
1237 N. California


Buya Presents Humboldt Park Roots Fest


At Casa Puertorriqueña we will go back to our roots with the sound of bomba and the powerful words of our hip hop and spoken word artists. There will be bomba, poetry and hip hop you can dance to.



 Bomba Con Buya
 Queen of HP
 Malachi Church Ill
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Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Over 30,000 pictures!)

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos HS
(Over 13,000 pics!)

Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2739-41 W. Division St
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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A Reader Writes


Dear Puerto Rican Cultural Center newsletter workers,


By asking readers to identify the photo, you gave me the  opportunity to thank you for the newsletter and to remember. I submit to you my entry for last week's photo:
For thirty years, a broad community effort has worked to free Oscar López-Rivera from incarceration for a thought-crime.... conspiracy -- the definition means, "breathing together." This photo shows today's youth --  who forged the long worked-for, long-planned Long Walk Home that an international community of supporters envisions for Oscar Lopez-Rivera (A man I was honored to learn from as he was "leader" of the first high school I worked at -- now  Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos H.S.) And after these courageous youth walked this path from that prison [FCI Terre Haute] to Paseo Boricua to their space at Batey Urbano, the community welcomed them, embracing them with admiration, love, and gratitude, inspiring us all that some day we will all welcome Oscar home. These  footsoldiers for justice brought important attention to this ongoing international concern. We salute the footsoldiers for justice!

Dr. Virginia A. Boyle, Teacher, Prologue Early College High School
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Program News
New Video from "Drop the Bottle" Campaign 


Below is a link to a short video that is the result of the final project of the youth of the Barrio, Arts, Culture & Communications Academy (BACCA), a high school after school program of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Click here to view the video.

The premise of the film is to show a situation - one among many - in which young people in the community oftentimes find themselves: whether to forget their problems and responsibilities by drinking and partying or face them with ease and determination. The video also includes interviews from high school students on the alternatives to underage drinking.
Block-by-Block Offers Free Mental Health First Aid Training 

Block-by-Block is hosting a free Mental Health First Aid Training for community health and social service workers. We would like to invite you and/ or members of your staff to take advantage of this 2-day training. The training will take place on February 14 and 15 from 9:00AM - 4:00PM at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (1127 N. Oakley, Chicago, IL 60622). You must be willing to attend both days of the training. Lunch will be provided.
Space is limited and is on a first come basis. Please reserve your spot with Janeida Rivera at 773-342- 0855, no later than this Friday, January 27, 2012 by 4:30pm.  
The following is a brief description of the training:
The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs 12 hours. The two day training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

Vida/SIDA is Hiring    


Vida/SIDA seeks to hire three experienced, passionate, engaged team members to advance health and prevent HIV disease in the Greater Chicago Area targeting the Latino Community. The people who fill these full-time positions will work effectively with internal and external partners in the public and non-profit sectors to address HIV prevention and other related health disparities. The work is exciting, engaging, varied, and challenging.
1. Job Title:  Full Time- Program Coordinator
2. Job Title:Full Time- Project Coordinator
3. Job Title:  Full Time- Vida Health Center Supervisor
How to Apply: Send résumé and cover letter to Ricardo Jiménez, Vida/SIDA, 2703 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60622 ( Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the best candidates are selected for interviews. All positions offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
LGBT Film Screening & Community Discussion  


The greater Humboldt Park community has been on the vanguard of promoting dialogue and encouraging new ways of thinking, understanding and acceptance as it relates to the LGBT community. It has worked tirelessly to tear down the walls of homophobia and transphobia. Through coordinated efforts, our community has been able to organize itself and bring to the forefront issues of LGBT rights within the framework of Latino equity and inclusion. The LGBT community will no longer accept being a footnote in the history of great strides and progress within the Latino community. Our work, dedication and advocacy are one to be respected, highlighted and celebrated. Please join us on:


Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
1402 N. Kedzie - 2nd Floor Conference Room
New Website in Support of Oscar's Freedom


Archbishop of San Juan to Preside Over Mass for Freedom of
Oscar López Rivera


Saturday, January 28, 2012
San Juan Cathedral, 7pm


Archbishop Roberto González Nieves will preside over a mass for the freedom of Oscar López Rivera and the brothers Avelino and Norberto González Claudio. Live transmission of the event will be broadcast online by


Municipal Government of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico Passes Resolution Calling on President Obama to Release Oscar López Rivera
On January 11, 2012, the municipal legislature of Toa Baja passed a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to take immediate action in freeing Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera and was signed by municipal president Francisco Díaz Cortés and Mayor Aníbal Vega Borges.
New Dietetic Intern at
72 Block-By-Block

Darlena Birch is a graduate student at Dominican University in the Coordinated Dietetic Internship/MBA program. She volunteers for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and began by volunteering for Vida/SIDA one year ago. Since then, she has volunteered for various events including Fiesta Boricua. She has also participated in a number of projects such as the Health Careers Pipeline Program which helped with the implementation of La Cosecha, and is now completing her capstone rotation with 72 Block-by-Block Diabetes Empowerment Center as a dietetic intern to complement their efforts to reduce the impact of diabetes in the Humboldt Park community.


PRCC Partners with IIT
to Create Historical Documents Archive   


Seven students and two professors from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) visited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center January 25, 2012, to meet with José López, Executive Director, and Alejandro Luis Molina, Secretary of the Board of Directors, to discuss a team project with them. The students are all part of a special hands-on IIT class called IPRO (Inter Professional) 497-312: Designing a Document Management Process for Non-Profit Organizations. The goal of the IPRO is to create a low cost (in terms of money, time, and commitment) process for preserving and accessing documents relating to the history and functioning of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.


The students, who hail from India, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Pennsylvania, and Illinois first toured the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC) and enjoyed a Puerto Rican lunch. They then examined the bins of materials that they plan to categorize, digitize, and make accessible to the public. The IPRO's next step will be to sort the materials and determine how to turn documents stored in bins into material that is available  to the interested public online.

Did you know that...


60% of Humboldt Park children are overweight and 48% are obese?


If you know a child who suffers from both asthma and weight problems, contact Project CURA today to learn about local services. 312-942-9980.