THIS SATURDAY: Batey Urbano & The Clothing Closet

Fall Back-to-School Clothes Giveaway! 

Batey Urbano & The Clothing Closet

Fall Back-to-School 

Clothes Giveaway!


We have clothes for the following:

* Babies

* Toddlers 

* Boys

* Girls 

* Women

* Men  

And coats, hats, 

scarves, purses and shoes!


Sat, Sept 29, 2012,

3-6pm, Batey Urbano

2620 W. Division St. PASEO BORICUA


$2.00/bag (max 2 bags per family.)

Benefit for Batey Urbano and Centro Infantil Daycare Center

Tour Newly Renovated Homes for Sale


Chicago Neighborhood Stabilization Program invites you to tour renovated homes for sale in Logan Square and Hermosa Saturday, September 29 from 10am-2pm at the McCormick Tribune YMCA 1834 N. Lawndale. 


For more information, please visit: and download the leaflet here!

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Calle 13 speaks on Puerto Rican Political Prisoners'
with the President of Argentina (Interview in Spanish)
"Meanwhile, one of the most recents visits that Pérez (Rene-Residente) has made to the Presidents of Latin America, has been to the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to dialogue about the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Previously, the Puerto Rican singer had mailed her a letter, stating that his visit would be on behalf of all the Puerto Ricans who have struggled for the independence of Puerto Rico, on behalf of those that are still imprisoned for that, of those who have lost their lives as a result of this struggle and finally, on behalf of all those that continue this struggle." View the interview here.

Batey Recording Studio available now!


Batey Urbano is proud to announce their Pro Tools based recording studio is available for rental at $15 an hour. Batey has a 10 year history of being a youth space in Humboldt Park that provides alternatives for the community youth. One of them being a space for expression through arts like spoken word and hip hop. If you are interested in renting the studio please email us at:

Guided tours of IPRAC and the surrounding Paseo Boricua community will be available at IPRAC with Eduardo Arocho serving as a docent.  If you're interested in arranging a tour for your organization, school or church, please contact IPRAC at 773-486-8345. 

Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2739-41 W. Division St
Chicago, Illinois 60622
P 773-342-8023
F 773-342-6609
Available at  IPRAC
"Don Oscar" Coffee, Paseo Boricua Edition 


Café Don Oscar can be purchased for $5.99 at:


IPRAC: 3015 W. Division St., 773-486-8345  


Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Norberto González Claudio to be sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 9
Next Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 1pm, Puerto Rican political prisoner Norberto Gonzalez Claudio will be sentenced in Hartford Ct. His family, compañeros(as) and friends, will be present at the Federal Court to support him. 

PRCC Program Updates

PRCC and Clemente High School Partner on High School to College Pipeline


The PRCC and Clemente High School are partnering to identify and mentor 50 current seniors at Clemente High School as they enter the college application process. Three members of the Youth Leadership Institute will be assigned to perform the role of College Mentor. Each will contribute to the coordination of a Youth Development and College Mentoring program. Each will serve as facilitators and mentors for a the 50 Clemente High School students working to create opportunities to explore post-secondary options, enhance leadership development and contribute to community transformation. 


The aim of the program will be to secure the successful acceptance and enrollment of all 50 students to either Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) or Columbia College for the fall of 2013. Throughout the course of the year, the 50 students will be guided through the college application process, financial aid search process and exposed to a myriad of community initiatives in an effort to root them as long term change agents in addressing the needs of the community. 


For more information on the High School to College Pipeline Program, contact Julio Urrutia at 

PRCC Calls for "Who is Albizu Campos?" Documentary Support


Filmmaker Michael Torres has turned to the alternative fundraising site to help fund his PBS documentary, "Who is Albizu Campos?" which chronicles the life of the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos. Since starting the project in 2005, Torres has interviewed over 20 scholars, historians, associates and family members of Albizu, accumulating over 100 hours of interviews, archival footage, and hundreds of unpublished photos and original speeches given by Albizu. 


The PRCC is asking that you support Mr. Torres's efforts to win funding for this important documentary. You can do so by visiting here.


VidaSIDA Out Raising Funds and Fighting AIDS in Our Community!


For the last couple of weeks staff of Vida/SIDA have organized a number of events to meet our goal of $10,000.00 for the Chicago AIDS Foundation Walk/Run. Taking place on September 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM at Soldier Field, all of Vida/SIDA has been moved to raise funds. Two weeks ago a Spaghetti Dinner and Bake sale began the efforts. On Monday September 17, 2012 our magnificent Milani held a AIDS walk benefit show at Spin Night Club. A total of 18 Drag and transgender  performers not only donated their talent, but they donated their tips. The air was full of the spirit of giving and enjoying the talents that
evening. More events will continue to be held until the end of October 2012 to meet the final goal.

In addition to the staff, many community organizations, affiliate groups and political leader have joined the effort becoming sponsors of our team.

If you would like to join us as a team member or sponsor, please contact us at 773.278.6737 and ask to speak to Dianna Manjarrez or Lourdes Lugo. We hope to hear from you soon.

We have opened our third floor at 2703 W. Division St. adding beds for our LGBTQ Transitional living shelter "El Rescate." We are accepting
applications for new residents. We are also accepting food, cash and any donations to continue to support the residents of our shelter.

Vida/SIDA has opened a new office at 1112 N. California to extend our services across our community.

Our testing clinic hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00PM and we continue to offer FREE testing for Syphilis, HIV, HIV
Confirmatory test, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis C. No appointments are needed and test are confidential.
NBHRN Commemorates 
El Grito de Lares in the Diaspora dedicated to Oscar López Rivera
Boston, MA
During the weekend of September 21 -23 Lourdes Lugo spoke at Villa Victoria. According to organizers and community members it had been 10 years since the last celebration of El Grito de Lares. The community that continues to struggle to keep itself, as it is completely surrounded by condos and town houses who's starting price is $450,000.00, once again came out to affirm its roots as it continue to fight to keep its identity and cultural relevance. There local musicians, singers, artist, elder and young gathered to share stories and listen to speakers present the historical accounts of El Grito de Lares. Lourdes Lugo brought September 23, 1868 to the present and the continued incarceration of Oscar Lopez Rivera. The audience was moved and over 40 signatures were gathered in support of his release. Community members had a fresh memory of the former political prisoners and understood the urgency to join the efforts to bring him home. 
On Saturday September 22, 2012 Lourdes Lugo spoke at a more intimate community gathering in Fitchburg, Ma. There she explained the link of the El Grito de Lares and the on going fight to release her uncle Oscar Lopez Rivera. Just lie in Villa Victoria, the memory of the community held, and they also joined in the effort to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera by signing the petition, purchasing t-shirts and agreeing to collect more signature and join the efforts of his release. On behalf of National Boricua Human Rights we thank the efforts of the community organizers to re-ignite the historical memory, and help others remember that El Grito de Lares is Puerto Rico and Oscar Lopez Rivera belongs to us all.
Philadelphia, PA
Concert with "El Topo", Sat, Sept. 29, Rest, Tierra Columbiana. Dedicated to Oscar López Rivera. More info: 215-667-5296

Congratulations Michael Rodriguez!


The PRCC would like to congratulate Michael Rodriguez, who this past month has reached the level of ABD (All But Dissertation) in his doctoral studies at Brown University's Department of Sociology. Keep up the great work, Michael!