The 18th Annual Pa'Lante Conference
Exploring Puerto Rican politics, identity,
arts & culture, through our own eyes 
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UIC Pa'Lante Conference Schedule


Exploring Puerto Rican politics, identity, arts & culture, through our own eyes
Sponsored by the Union for Puerto Rican Students

Tuesday April 3rd
UIC Latino Shadow Day
Students from UPRS, Omega Delta Fraternity, Delta Psi Alpha Multi Cultural Fraternity and Mexican Students de Aztlan will guide high school students throughout campus, also Salsa, Bomba y Plena workshops.
in the Latino Cultural Center (Lecture Center B)

Wednesday April 4th
9am-10am & 11am-12pm
"Carry-On": The portrayal of Puerto Rican reality, as a people on the move, by young Puerto Rican artists. Presented by: Anabel Vazquez-Rodriguez in Student Center East 605

Thursday April 5th
in the Latino Cultural Center (Lecture Center B), 7pm
Café Teatro Batey Urbano: Puerto Rican creative self-expression
Performances by the Puerto Rican youth of Batey Urbano in Humboldt Park
*Hosted by: Café Teatro Batey Urbano

Friday April 6th
9am-10am & 11am-12pm
Intifada and Yallzee: Puerto Rican Hip-Hop
A musical performance whose lyrics and music revolves around the social and political struggles of Puerto Ricans in Student Center East 302

The statements, opinions, and ideas conveyed in this program do not necessarily express the position of the University of Illinois at Chicago. If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please call (312) 413-5070 at least one week prior to the event.
PRCC Community Calendar


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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Program News
Batey Urbano's 10th Year Anniversary Celebration


On March 31st 2012, Café Teatro Batey Urbano celebrated it's tenth anniversary. Collective members, students from local high schools, students from the Latina/o Coalition, and visiting activists from around the country joined together to listen to reflections from two key note speakers, Judy Diaz and Michael Rodríguez, and to enjoy old school collective vs. new  school collective spoken word and hip hop performances. Michelle Morales from NBHRN spoke shortly about the Oscar López Rivera freedom campaign, the commemoration of his 31 years of incarceration, and Batey Urbano's "31 Days for 31 Years", a project to jail 31 participants, each for 1 consecutive day-to represent each year of Oscar's imprisonment. The event ended with a birthday cake and a gift of appreciation being presented to former collective members.


Apply Now for Your Child! PRCC Licensed Childcare Serves 50 Children 15 mos to 6 yrs 


Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center childcare, is now fully licensed by the Illinois Department of Family Services to service 50 children, ages 15 months to 6 years. This increases the PRCC's capacity to serve more infant and toddlers in our community. For more info:
NBHRN Nat'l Meeting in Chicago Moves Campaign for Oscar's Freedom


Activists from 6 cities gathered last weekend to push the National Boricua Human Rights Network campaign to free Oscar López Rivera forward. NBHRN chapters and contacts from Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco and Chicago were present as well as López family members and Oscar's lawyer, Jan Susler, of the Peoples Law Office. The principal discussion involved the Network locating itself in the present moment in our community work, as well as in the other dissident movements in the US.
A more detailed article on the meeting will be published in this months La Red
Batey Centerpieces Crossroads Fund Event


This past March 19, Cafe Teatro Batey Urbano was invited to perform at Crossroads Fund's Literary Migrations event located at the Hyde Park Arts Center. Jessie Fuentes, poet and director of the Batey, performed an original piece entitled, Hey Oscar, which describes a dialogue between political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera and the youth of Humboldt Park. FYSH, a Korean drum group and the featured artist, Jennifer Tomayo, a Latina poet, also performed pieces about immigration/migrant struggles. Thanks to the Crossroads Fund for the invitation!

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School Students Drum to Commemorate Abolition of Slavery  


Bomba is one of many traditional Puerto Rican music forms, stemming from the marriage between African slaves brought to the island and the native Taino Indians who were already inhabiting.
Students of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Perform Bomba
Students of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Perform Bomba
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School is one of the first school's in Chicago to teach Bomba as a music class. Not only do they learn drumming and dancing, but the students also learn how to read music. Here, the students debut their skills at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis celebration of the abolition of slavery in 1873 with their instructor, David, on the trumpet, a guest drummer, and Ruben, a mentor at PACHS, also on a conga.
$4183 Raised for the OLR Kickstarter Project!

Fundraising Goal Met with 11 Days Left Assures Publication in September 2012!    


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 $4183.00 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.   


Antesala de la Libertad
Art Exhibition to open in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico


El Comite Pro Derechos Humanos of Puerto Rico has once again initiated the exhibit AnteSala de la Libertad which is the art work of Oscar Lopez Rivera. The exhibit was displayed at the Claridad Festival 02/23-26/2012 and the birthday of Don Juan Antonio Corretjer in Ciales in March.
The exhibit now moves to the Museum of Arts & Anthropology C/Padre Berrios #4 by the mausoleum of Barranquitas. The exhibit will begin on April 20 with the opening dedicated to a Barranquitas artist Emma Velez and will continue until April 29. The exhibit also coincides with the Festival del Apio from April 28-29. Contact person Onelia Rivera Perez 787-312-6578.

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.  

31 Murals for 31 Years Effort in Puerto Rico
This past weekend saw the kick-off of an effort that aims to paint 31 murals in different towns in Puerto Rico and the US, commemorating the 31st year of unjust imprisonment of Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican Political Prisoner.

The above mural, located in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, was complemented by the painting of a mural in Arecibo (below), also this weekend. These will be followed by 2 murals to be painted in Aguadilla.