LAST DAY THIS SAT: Batey Urbano & The Clothing Closet

Conclude 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

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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

VidaSIDA Mobilizes 



The Chicago AIDS Foundation held its Annual Walk/Run at Soldiers Field. VidaSIDA's staff and supporters gathered at 8:45am to join the efforts to fundraiser along side many organizations to continue the work related o aids education, prevention and awareness. A beautiful fall morning embraced the crowd and we walked 5k in a picture perfect lakefront. 

VidaSIDA will continue with its efforts to reach its $10,000.00 goal by October 30, 2012. If you have not joined in the efforts please make sure to drop off your contribution. 
Save the date October 27 Brujeria Productions will hold Monsturbation a Halloween party for adults. Tickets $10.00 advance. $20.00 at the door VIP sections available.



IPRAC hosts Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund Grantee Networking Event



On September 26, the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund held a networking event for grantees at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Among those in attendance were Jose E. Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and former Bethany board member, Jaime Delgado, current Bethany board chair, Ina Owens, Director of the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund, Dr. Loris Rayner, Michelle Gaskill, Rev. Robbie Wilkerson, Dr. Andre Hines, Bethany board Vice-Chair, Carlos DeJesus, Assistant Principal of Pedro Albizu Campos High School and Juan Calderon, Director of Vida/SIDA and Bethany board member. The event was a great success and brought many advocates and community partners together to collaborate on some of the most pressing issues affecting the community. 


IIT IPRO Begins New Phase of Project


The IPRO team is making progress toward developing a process to Document, Digitize, and Distribute the PRCC materials.  We have set up a scanner that will be used to digitize the documents.  The team also came up with a way of categorizing the digital documents for sorting and searching purposes with a tagging system. We have built a website that will be used to tag and store the digitized copies of the documents. We have created a flow chart to diagram the life of a document that will be useful for future volunteers to continue the document storage process outside of the IPRO project. The next few weeks will be focused on scanning as many documents as possible.

El Grito de Lares in Philadelphia dedicated to Oscar López Rivera
Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia chapter of the National Boricua Human Rights Network proudly celebrated Grito de Lares this past Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Tierra Colombiana restaurant.  The event boasted over 300 people who support la "Puertorriqueñidad" and the spirit of resistance against colonial oppression demonstrated by those men and women who struggled and died in Lares 144 years in the birth of the nation of Puerto Rico.  The event proudly honored Reverend Roger Zeppernick of Christ and Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church who has graciously given over 40 years of service for the advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community, including his commitment to address the problem of US colonialism in Puerto Rico and the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners.  Roger was bestowed awards and accolades by many groups and individuals, including the Philadelphia Hispanic Clergy, Reverend Luis Cortes of Esperanza USA, State Senator Tina Tartaglione, and Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez.  


In his thankful remarks, Roger made a call to the crowd to support the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, the longest held and last remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner.  The evening gala event was dedicated to Oscar Lopez Rivera whose presence was felt throughout the event with a powerful image of him, painted by Puerto Rican artist Danny Torres, which adorned the center stage.  Roger expressed his commitment to the Puerto Rican struggle and the need to educate the community, especially youth, around the history of anti-colonial struggle in Puerto Rico.  Roger reminded everyone that Oscar comes from a long line of Puerto Ricans who have struggled since el Grito de Lares, that his refusal of the 1999 offer of release by former President Clinton was done for noble and honorable reasons, and that after 31 years of incarceration it is time for folks to get up and let President Obama know that it is time to bring Oscar home.  Roger's speech was followed by music performances by Antonio Caban Valle "El Topo," and salsero Luis Ayala who entertained the crowd with a patriotic "Verde Luz," and free style salsa lyrics calling for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera.  The Philadelphia Grito de Lares gala was testimony that the spirit of Lares is alive and strong in Philadelphia, in the work of the Boricua Human Rights Network, and its leadership, Luis Sanabria, Roger Zeppernick, and Inez Ramos who continue to push for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera.