Diabetes State of the Community Forum, 11-14-2012

Dr. Steve Whitman Receives Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award

On October 30th the American Public Health Association (APHA) presented Dr. Steven Whitman with the 2012 Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award. The award was presented by the Latino Caucus during the annual APHA conference that took place this year in San Francisco.  

In his acceptance remarks Dr. Whitman encouraged people to learn more about this remarkable woman. He emphasized three points: Helen Rodriguez-Trias was a Puerto Rican doctor who fought against the forced sterilization of Puerto Rican women and against their use as guinea pigs for unprincipled experi-mentation. All of this abuse, he insisted, was facilitated by the colonial relationship of Puerto Rico to the U.S. Which has repeatedly been declared illegal by the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations. Read the complete article in this month's issue of La Voz del Paseo Boricua, available next week.



Pasteles for Freedom Sale!


It's that time again- to taste the delicious pasteles of the holiday season while supporting the commissary campaign for Puerto Rican political prisoners Avelino & Norberto González Claudio and Oscar López Rivera, who is on the verge of beginning his 32nd year in federal prison- the longest-held political prisoner in Puerto Rico's history. 


Please download the order form here and help us sell pasteles this holiday season! Let's make this the last holiday season that Oscar will endure in prison! Chicagoland orders only, sorry.

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Navi-Jazz 2012


Venue: Roberto Clemente HS Auditorium 1147 N. Western Ave. 


Date: Friday, December 7, 2012

Time: 7pm

Price: $15.00 for Concert. 

VIP Tickets: $25.00 (Includes Concert, After Party at IPRAC 3015 W. Division, 2 Cocktails, Meet and Greet with the Artists)   


If you would like more info on John Benitez, visit http://www.johnbenitez.com/


To purchase tickets, click here.

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 

Norberto González Claudio to be Sentenced November 14


Norberto González Claudio, a 65 year old Puerto Rican Political Prisoner arrested last year, will be sentenced on November 14.

Norberto is also the brother of Avelino González Claudio, also imprisoned for struggling for Puerto Rican independence, who has been imprisoned since 2008 and is due to be released to a halfway house in December of this year.

Carlos Alberto Torres at Oscar Fundraiser
"The Time is Now to Raise Our Voice"
Last Friday, Nov 2, Carlos Alberto Torres, former Puerto Rican political prisoner who was released in 2010 after serving 30 years in prison for struggling for Puerto Rican independence, appeared at a wine and cheese fundraiser in support of the campaign for Oscar's freedom. Speaking to the crowd of 20 plus supporters, Carlos stated: "The time to raise our voice is now," adding that demand to free Oscar among Puerto Rican civil society is broadly supported.

PRCC Program Updates

Batey and Generation L

Youth Host Haunted House During Haunted Paseo Boricua


Generation L joined Batey Urbano on Wednesday October 31st Halloween night for the Haunted House at Batey Urbano's basement.  Generation L took the initiative to do the makeup of the actors who were involved in the Haunted House with zombie makeup. They were also involved as actors in the Haunted House. Hundreds of families and youth from the Humboldt Park community came to this free annual event. The Haunted House was from 3:30 pm to 7p.m. providing a safe space for the youth of the community to attend and enjoy this holiday on Paseo Boricua.

Puerto Rican Asthma Project/C.U.R.A Reports to Community on Findings



On Friday, November 2, 2012 Dr. Molly Martin of Rush Medical Center lead a report back on the findings of the C.U.R.A project to members of the Greater Humboldt Park community at the 72 Block Diabetes Empowerment Center. Families who participated in the C.U.R.A project were joined by members of the PRCC, community health and service providers and community residents as the findings of the study were discusses as well as what next steps the community could take to combat asthma, a chronic condition for many in the community. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to ask questions and provide ideas for what might be done moving forward. The event was sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Rush University Medical Center, the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness, and Women Living with Hope. 


VidaSIDA Day of the Dead Event Honors Loved Ones



Vida/SIDA's Mpowerment Project Generation L held it's first annual "Dia De Los Muertos" event at Batey Urbano on Friday November 2nd 2012. Batey Urbano was decorated with hand made traditional Mexican decorations and hand-made marigold flowers. Traditional dishes like arroz con leche, tamales, pan de muerto, agua de Jamaica, pastries, and lechon was served at this event. This event consisted of food, icebreakers, games, and tarot card readings. Youth and community members attended this fun and exciting event. The ofrendas were beautifully decorated with candles, pictures of loved ones who have passed away, and food that Generation L core group members and Vida/SIDA staff donated.  Everyone who attended this event had an amazing time and cannot wait for the next years Dia De Los Muertos event.


Puerto Rican Agenda to Introduce Legislators to Groundbreaking Study on Chicago's Puerto Rican Community


On Friday, November 9, 2012 members of the Puerto Rican Agenda will host a breakfast at Norwegian American Hospital with various Latino elected officials to share the finds of the groundbreaking study on the status of Chicago's Puerto Rican community. The study, a grassroots driven project headed by two Puerto Rican scholars, Dr. Ralph Cintron of UIC and Dr. Maura Toro of ISU, examines the changing demographics of the metropolitan Chicago Puerto Rican community as well as its social and political implications. In addition to tackling the major issues confronting the Puerto Rican community, the breakfast will serve as a venue to expose area legislators to proposed policy changes to secure greater opportunities for future generations of Puerto Ricans in Chicago.

Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Present at PRSA 
Few expected that so many people would stay for the final panel of the 20th  Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference, which was held in Albany, New York from October 24th to 28th.  Yet, over thirty people attended the panel "Puerto Rican Political Prisoners:  From the 1950s to 1999," organized by Margaret Power.  César Ayala, from the University of California, Los Angeles was the chair and commentator. The panel consisted of three presenters: Janine Santiago of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras on "Blanca Canales and Ruth Reynolds: Two Women Political Prisoners Who Struggles for Puerto Rican Independence; Mónica Jímenez from the University of Texas at Austin on "Attacking Radical Nationalism: J. Edgar Hoover, the F.B.I., and the Prosecutions of Marcus Garvey and Pedro Albizu Campos, and Margaret Power, of the Illinois Institute of Technology on "Crossing Borders and Transcending the Nation:  Latin American Solidarity with Puerto Rican Political Prisoners throughout the Twentieth Century." Read the complete article in next week's La Voz del Paseo Boricua


Community Calendar

  • Thur Nov. 7, 2012 - Progress report on endangered Puerto Rican Parrot (Iguaca). Scientist from Lincoln Park Zoo and Puerto Rico's Iguaca Aviary from 11:30am-1:00pm. IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St. By invitation only.
  • Thur Nov. 14, 2012 -  Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center/72 Block by Block announces diabetes state of the community forum in recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Day. Iglesia Rebaño, 2435 W. Division St., from 9:00am to 1:00pm. 
  • Thur Nov. 15, 2012 - Forum on Puerto Rican Political Prisoners, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Cuban 5. DePaul University, McGowan Hall South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 108 starting at 6:00pm.
  • Sat Dec. 1, 2012 - Puerto Rican Agenda - Puerto Rican community leadership summit on groundbreaking study of Puerto Ricans in Chicago at Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave., from 9:00am-1:00pm. 
  • Sat Dec. 1, 2012 - World AIDS Day. Altar/Christmas parranda from the Casita de Don Pedro to IPRAC starting at 2:00pm.
  • Sat Dec. 1 & Sun Dec. 2, 2012 -  A two day celebration and Christmas market featuring local artists and artisans as well as traditional Puerto Rican delicacies. Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) 3015 W. Division St. 10:00am to 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Buy your coquito and order traditional Puerto Rican pasteles before the Holidays!
  • Fri Dec. 7, 2012 - 4th Annual Navi-Jazz concert featuring The John Benitez Group. Roberto Clemente High School Auditorium, 1147 N. Western Ave., from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For tickets call 773-486-8345. 
  • Sun Dec. 16, 2012 - Pancake/Waffle Breakfast to benefit political prisoner commissary. Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California Ave., from 9:00am-12:00pm. 
PACHS 40th Anniversary Saturday, Jan 26, 2013! 


Gala to be held at Northeastern Illinois University and Symposium at Roberto Clemente High School. Purchase Symposium and Gala tickets hereMore information at  



Symposium - January 26, 2013

Educator/Other - $75

University Student - $50 (must show ID)


Gala - January 26, 2013



$140 - combo(gala and symposium) for 1 person.


Gala organization tables: $1,500