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Humboldt Park Roots Fest


Bomba con Buya hosted Humboldt Park Roots Fest January 27th at Casa Puertoriquena. Puerto Ricans have historically expressed themselves through the arts: Hip-Hop, poetry, bomba, and dance. The night of the 27th Bomba con Buya brought us back to our roots, with lyrical presentations from singers, poets, and the sounds of congas, Humboldt Park residents were reminded about the importance of community and historical memory.

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This week's winner of a Luis Rosa print is Sandra Mantilla who emailed us the same day. Email your answer to  
Vida/SIDA is Hiring    


Vida/SIDA seeks to hire an HIV/STD Outreach Manager, who is responsible for coordinating the day-today operation and employee supervision of Vida/SIDA's HIV prevention programs in the city of Chicago.

How to Apply: Send résumé and cover letter to Ricardo Jiménez, Vida/SIDA, 2703 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60622 ( NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the best candidates are selected for interviews. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
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Move for Life!
Sat, April 7, 2012 

Planning committee now meeting, join us

Feb. 7, 2012 at 10:30am Block-By-Block, 2753 W. Division St.

Feb. 21, 2012 at 10:30am at Block-By-Block, 2753 W. Division St.

Mar. 13, 2012 at 3:00pm at the ALTF meeting  Bickerdick, 2550 W. North Ave.

Mar.  27, 2012 at 10:30am Block-By-Block, 2753 W. Division St.

April, 3, 2012 at 10:30am Block-By-Block, 2753 W. Division St.

For additional questions regarding Move for Life! Call Leony Calderón at 773-342-0855

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Program News
Batey Urbano to launch


An alternative youth space, Café Teatro Batey Urbano, will be launching their Kickstarter campaign on February 25th. Kickstarter is a website where individuals can fund creative projects. What is Batey's creative project? Restoring Batey Urbano to a powerful institution in the community that will engage and create alternatives for young people in Humboldt Park through the expression of art.

How will the Batey accomplish this?  By using our goal of $10,000 to buy on computers, microphones and software, we will create a fun, media-rich, educational, supportive and a lively atmosphere that encourages learning video and music production, graphic and website design.  All skill sets that can be put to great use when expressing oneself as well as lead to employment opportunities. Watch here for the link coming soon.
Puerto Rican Cultural Center Childcare in action!  


At teh Concuelo Lee Corretjer Daycare, a program of the PRCC, although children can't talk yet they can communicate and learn through song. In this video,the children of the Flamboyan group - 15 to 23 months old, learn through song!
Puerto Rican Cultural Center Childcare in action!
Puerto Rican Cultural Center Childcare in action!

Archbishop of San Juan Presides Over Mass for Freedom of
Oscar López Rivera


     On January 28, 2012, the Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Puerto Rico, Roberto

González Nieves held a mass in support of the excarceration of Oscar Lopez Rivera, and Avelino and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio. The Catholic Church and virtually all the religious denominations in Puerto Rico and the US have added their voices to the growing clamor for the freedom of Oscar López Rivera and all Puerto Rican political prisoners. The campaign for his freedom has been steadily intensifying its efforts for Oscar, who in May of 2012, will complete 31 yrs in prison.


     The church installed in one of its shrine three roses for our three political prisoners which will remain there until they are released.



Memory Game Night!
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30am at Institute of Puerto Rican Art & Culture


Learn about the current exhibition Memoria (Memory) by Bibiana Suarez through playing the artist's rendition of the childhood card game Memory.  The artworks on view in the gallery have been transformed into several decks of cards for participants to handle and match in group play. The players who match the most pairs of images, wins the game. Here's the twist:  In Suarez's game, matches occur with images that are not only identical, but images that also relate to one another conceptually or historically.  And many of the cards have more than one match, leading to a lively and informative discussion.
Bibiana Suarez will use the group's matches and convivial conversation to explain the key points of her recent installation at the Hyde Park Art Center, ranging from the history of US immigration policies with Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico, to the marketing of exoticism of latinos in US popular culture. By the end of the game, participants will have an indepth understanding of topics like Latinidad, the Bracero Program, and Frito Bandito, and be able to recognize their importance in the shaping of contemporary American identity.  Who knew learning could be so much fun?

5600 W. Belmont 
$5 cover, $100 cash prize 
Competition starts at 8pm!  


Join us for our verry own battle of the queens! Drag Wars will be February 2nd 7-11pm at Lucky Door (5600 W Belmont). There will be a $100 cash prize for the crowd favorite. Cover charge is $5. If you are interested in performing, contact

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