PRCC Executive Director José E. López
Recognized for his Leadership
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April 2-6, 2012 - Pa'Lante Conference sponsored by UPRS at UIC.

FRI APRIL 6, 2012 - NBHRN presents the 32nd Anniversary of the Capture of the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners- 6pm.  Featuring, directly from Puerto Rico, Intifada as well as other local spoken word performers. Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California Ave.  Admission is $15 -$25 sliding scale.  

SAT APRIL 7, 2012 - Move for Life, sponsored by 72 Blocks - 12pm to 4pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

FRI APRIL 13, 2012 - Opening of the exhibit "Carry On" - 6pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

THURS APRIL 19, 2012 - Book Presentation of Tras El Lente with Antonio Martorell - 5pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

FRI APRIL 20, 2012 - 40th Anniversary of Que Onde Sola - 5pm.  NEIU Alumni Hall,  5500 North St. Louis Avenue. By reservation only.    

SAT APRIL 21, 2012 - Puerto Rican Films in partnership with the UIC Latino Cultural Center and the Chicago Latino Film Festival - 1:30pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

*    "Color de Guayaba"
*    "Semi-tosado"

TUES APRIL 24, 2012 - Reception with Puerto Rican filmmaker Sonia Fritz and a presentation of her documentary "Culebra" - 5pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.
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PRCC  Executive Director José E. López Recognized for his Leadership


On Saturday March 24th, the Puerto Rican Parade Committee of Chicago held its Recognizing Excellence benefit dinner.  Among the awardees was José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.  Jose was honored for his many years of leadership in the Humboldt Park community.  He has been on the forefront of all the major issues facing the Puerto Rican community for over 40 years. His continued commitment to the betterment of our community continues to add value and meaning for generations of Puerto Ricans in Chicago.
Antonio Martorell in Residency at Northwestern University  


Master Puerto Rican artist, Antonio Martorell, is back in Chicago to begin his residency at Northwestern University. Martorell will be working with a group of art students from the University to create a collaborative project that will become part of the permanent collection of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC). Additionally, Martorell will be working with the staff of IPRAC on the development of a new outdoor exhibit to be housed in the edible garden of IPRAC.
Batey Urbano's 10th Year Anniversary Celebration


Café Teatro Batey Urbano will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary on March 31, paying homage to their past and present members and supporters. Come and attend this historic event.


March 31, 2012 *  5:00 - 8:00pm *  2620 W. Division Keynote Speakers: Michael Rodríguez and Judy Díaz


Viernes Social@IPRAC
This Friday, March 30th!  


$3507 Raised on the OLR Kickstarter Project!

Fundraising Goal Met with 11 Days Left!    


OLR puppet at 2011 Peoples Parade, ChicagoAs of Wednesday, March 21, the Kickstarter Project to fund the publication of the English translation of Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance has raised $3507.00 out of $3500.00 needed to publish.  The National Boricua Human Rights Network has helped raise the money to fund this project. Thank you to all of our friends, allies and compañeros(as) who have helped us meet this goal. Between Torture and Resistance is the story of one of Latin America's longest-held political prisoners, a Puerto Rican pro-independence activist who was convicted of the political "crime" of seditious conspiracy, not of harming anyone. Lavishly illustrated with photos of his life and artwork (he has become a painter during his now over thirty years behind bars), the book is an easily accessible introduction to U.S.-Puerto Rico relations and contemporary prison issues. With a projected publication date of September we will keep everyone informed of the progress of this important project.   


Centro Infantil Licensed to Serve 50 Children Ages 15 months to 6 years 


Xochitl Ramirez, Director of Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, has been informed that the child care is now fully licensed by the Illinois Department of Family Services to service 50 children from the community, ages 15 months to 6 years. This increases the PRCC's capacity to serve more infant and toddlers in our community.  This is indeed a milestone. Congratulations to Xochitl and the entire Centro Infantil Staff! 
Congratulations Jessie Fuentes on Making the Deans List 


Jessie Fuentes, a Justice Studies Major at NEIU, was named to the dean's list after earning a 4.0 gpa for the fall semester.  Students are named to the deans list for achieving a 3.8 gpa and above.  Keep up the tremendous work, Jessie!


Filiberto, the movie  


We invite you to join the collective effort of producing this feature-length documentary about Filiberto Ojeda, a musician turned revolutionary. The film is in process and we need your support to complete it.  You can get all the information on this campaign following this link:
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Did you know that


1 in 4 children in Humboldt Park have asthma.


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.