Memoria (Memory) Game by Bibiana Suárez
Sat, Feb 18, 10:30am at IPRAC

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Friday, April 27, 2012
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Proceeds benefit the Hispanocare Scholarship Fund. Scholarships awarded Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the 24th Annual Gala
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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

Network National meeting to take place in Cleveland 


The National Boricua Human Rights Network will holding a national meeting on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Cleveland, OH. The Network will discuss current events, in Puerto Rico as well as in the US, as well as the upcoming elections and work in the "swing states." In the works are the production and distribution of several multi-media pieces including a movie, several original songs and a new slideshow on Oscar. Network representatives from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Philadelphia and New York are expected to attend. In addition, the Chicago Network chapter and a contingent from the Latin@ Coalition will also be attending. The Coalition plans to expand the campaign to free Oscar to more area high schools and colleges/universities this coming year.
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It is so exciting to see what is going on at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The e-newsletter is wonderful and I'm so happy to see all the activity-most recently that VidaSIDA is hiring an outreach worker.

When we worked on the strategic plan in 2008-2009, 2012 seemed so distant, yet, here we are!...

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High school and college students are invited to attend this day-long conference at no cost. Registration starts at 8:30AM, and the program officially begins at 9:00 AM. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The program includes:

* Mock Class and Mock Trial

* Undergraduate and Law School Admission Panels

* Various Panels with Latino/a Lawyers, Judges, and Professors who will discuss their legal experience

*Immigration Question and Answer Session with Immigration Practitioners

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Program News
Memory Game!
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?

Puerto Rican Agenda Sponsors First Ever Research Study on Puerto Ricans in Chicago


Members of the Puerto Rican Agenda participated in the first focus groups documenting the demographics and the socio-economic conditions of Puerto Ricans in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The project looks to engage participants to identify needs of the Puerto Rican community. A research team headed by Professor Dr. Ralph Cintrón and Dr. Maura Toro of Illinois State University is conducting this study, the first ever to be led by a Puerto Rican community.


The content of the study is intended for use by the general public, as well as agencies looking to serve the Puerto Rican community in Chicago. No such study has ever been conducted to document the movement of Puerto Ricans throughout Chicago since Puerto Ricans first arrived here.


In order to participate in this study, you must be of Puerto Rican descent, over the age of 18, willing to be audio recorded, and sign a consent form. Members of the community are encouraged to participate in this study. For more information, call 312-996-6671 or email Ivis García at  


Live Radio Program
"A Gift of Love for Oscar López Rivera: His Freedom" 



On February 14, 2012, on the day of love and friendship, the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico continued its offensive to bring Oscar López Rivera home by celebrating a gift of love to Oscar with a live radio program with Francisco Ojeda WKAQ 580 AM, which has an audience of approximately 300,000. Osvaldo Toledo, President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón, Juan Santiago Nieves, members of Oscar's family, ex political prisoners Alicia Rodríguez, Dylcia Pagan, Carmen Valentín, Edwin Cortés, Juan Segarra Palmer and Luis Rosa, Grupo Tepeu and Tito Auger participated in the two (2) hour program. The atmosphere was filled with a renewed spirit of struggle and ended with Juan Antonio Corretjer's national anthem Boricua en la Luna sung by Tito Auger.
Café Society with WBEZ: Greening Humboldt Park's Rooftops


Join us for an intimate conversation with Carlos R. DeJesús, Assistant Principal and Director of the Urban Agriculture initiative at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campus High School. Last March the school opened its first rooftop greenhouse and produced 400 pounds of food within its first year. Come learn more about the urban agriculture initiative and how it is addressing health disparities associated with Humboldt Park's food desert. Space is limited.


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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.
Closing Event for IPRAC


Friday, Feb 24, 2012 @6pm 

IPRAC, 3015 W. Division Street 

Food and beverage provided. 


The purpose of this doctoral research project was to unpack the meaning and role of "place attachment" in promoting the participation of Puerto Rican and Latino/a youth in activities that seek to improve the well-being of their peers and the Humboldt Park community. A sense of attachment or belonging may be critical in shaping the ways in which youth interact with their community, thus, fostering civic engagement for a community of wellness.

Batey Urbano reschedules Noche de Libertad II


After the snowstorm of January 20th that cancelled Noche de Libertad II, Batey Urbano is happy to announce that it has been rescheduled for February 25th! The Batey Urbano, a Latina/o youth space in Humboldt Park, is reviving our poetry open mic!

Doors open at 6:00pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Featured Artists:
Corali Caro
Reggie Eldridge


All poets, spoken word artists, rappers, singers, musicians are welcome - if you have talent, express it on the 25th! This event is being sponsored by Latina/o-focused organizations on college campuses throughout the city. We are also encourage high school students from the 'hood in order to create a multi-generational cultural and educational experience.
New Tequies podcast:
iPads in Schools with ASPIRA Haugan Tech Teacher Evelyn Rodríguez


I was very excited when one of the originators of invited me to participate on the upcoming recording of their podcast. I was not expecting to be so much fun but even my daughters enjoyed going to the recording with me. I had an opportunity to share my experiences using technology in the classroom and those programs that I will be bringing to the classroom in the near future. My daughters were eager to participate in the conversation and to talk about their experiences using the iPad in and out of the classroom. They shared their favorite educational games on the iPad and the way learning becomes fun while using the iPad. I was thrilled to hear that our school (is) may be getting iPads for the upcoming school year.

Thanks Abraham and Alejandro for inviting us to your podcast and best of luck!

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