Happy Holidays from all of us at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center,
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and the
National Boricua Human Rights Network!
Three Kings Gift Wrapping Volunteers Needed


The Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) is asking for volunteers for it's annual Three Kings Day Winterfest and Celebration gift wrapping. There are thousands of gifts to be wrapped so please contact Eduardo Arocho, Executive Director of the DSBDA, at earocho@dsbda.org to volunteer.
Three Kings Day Celebration of Oscar López' Birthday! Jan. 6
Humboldt Park
No Se Vende

Apartment Listings

2733 W. Division
1 BD $600

Maplewood and Division
2 BD $700

2648 W. Division
2 BD $725

Crystal and Kedzie
3 BD $750

1217 N. Washtenaw
2 BD $800

Humboldt Park
2 BD $850

2515 W. Division
2 BD $850

1300 N. Campbell
2 BD $890

Kedzie and North
2 BD $895

1500 N. Kedzie
2 BD $895

Chicago and Kedzie
2 BD $910

Rockwell and Cortez
2 BD $950

2659 W. Division
3 BD $1100

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PRCC Underscores Importance of Healthy Eating


Starting today La Canasta Basica Program invites you to sign up at Café Colao 2638 W Division St. To make sure that you will receive your first basket of fruit and vegetables on January 2nd, you must sign up and make your weekly or monthly payment and cash only, just ask for La Canasta Basica Program.  For any questions please call Abel Fernandez at 773-450-2055

or email him at abelf@@prcc-chgo.org
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El Rescate Holiday 

Wish List



The Holidays are a particularly difficult time for the homeless. For that reason, the staff over at El Rescate Transitional Home are working hard to help provide a safe, fun and cheerful Christmas for our residents. In order to do this, we have developed a Christmas Wish List starting with the things the residents need most.

  • Computers/Computer Equipment: Because we know that there is no single item that empowers the individual more than a computer and internet connection, the staff at El Rescate have been working tirelessly to build a computer lab for our residents. With computers, our residents will be able to develop a resume/cover letter, apply for jobs, register for FAFSA and college, look for apartments, among countless other productive activities.
  • 1 Refrigerator
  • 1 Stove/Oven
  • Winter Hats/Gloves/Scarves
  • Business/Interview Clothes
  • Winter Shoes (Male and Female)
  • Non-perishable food items
  • New or Lightly used clothing
  • 1 Sofa /living room furniture
  • Long Twin size bedding
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bath Soap
  • Heavy Duty Trash Bags
  • Cleaning products
  • 2 DVD Players/TV
  • First Aid Kit
  • Decorative Items 
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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. 

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Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Division Street Business Development Association
Presents 18th Annual Three Kings Winter Festival & Parade


Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 
Registration at 2:00pm to 3:00pm 
Parade starts at 3:15pm 
Roberto Clemente High School (Athletic Building)
1147 N. Western Ave. 
for more information contact 
DSBDA 773.782-0454

FREE EVENT for the Whole Family, 
Toys given to Children 0-12 years old, 
Join the Three Kings on the parade.

Sponsored by 
Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward)
Latin American Motorcycle Association
Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago
West Town Bikes
The Chicago Park District (Humboldt Park)
Roberto Clemente H.S.
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos H.S.
Chicago Land Toys for Tots
EXTRA Newspaper
La Vos del Paseo Boricua
MAXIMA (93.5 y 103.1)

PRCC Program Updates

Calle 13 Returns to Puerto Rico for Historic Concert

Call Made for Oscar López Rivera's Freedom


On Saturday, December 13, more than 25,000 people, mostly youth, gathered to hear a two-hour concert by Puerto Rican and internationally acclaimed band, Calle 13. This was the first concert that Calle 13, composed of Rene Perez (El Residente), Eduardo Cabra (El Visitante), and Ileana Cabra (PG-13), has held in Puerto Rico in three years. It was indeed a homecoming moment. Using the stage as a forum, Rene called attention to the many socioeconomic and political issues facing the island. At one moment, he introduced Carlos Muñiz, the son of the assassinated patriot, Cuban-born, Carlos Muñiz Varela. In a letter addressed to the FBI, Carlos called for the relevation of the truth regarding the many political assassinations against the Puerto Rican independence movement. He also made a call for the release of the Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, which was received by thousands present with a resounding applause. 

Send a Message of Love and Support to Oscar for the Holiday Season


Imprisoned since 1981, Oscar López Rivera is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; a brilliant thinker. More importantly, he is a father and grandfather who has watched while his daughter and granddaughter grew up from behind bars. On Three Kings Day, 2013, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, he will turn 70. His release from prison is supported by numerous world leaders, as well as religious and political leaders from across the theological and political spectrum in Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rican people as a whole.

In this holy season of love and reconciliation, we ask all who love justice and freedom to write to Oscar. It is past time to bring Oscar home.
Oscar López Rivera 
FCI Terre Haute 
PO Box 33 
Terre Haute, IN 

Centro Cultural Cirilo Meijers of Comerio

to honor PRCC on its 40th anniversary

by dedicating the 33rd Festival Jibaro Comerieño, June 7-8, 2013 


The 33rd festival of traditional Puerto Rican music of Comerio will dedicated to the work of the PRCC, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. This is a very special honor for the PRCC. The announcement was made by the leadership of the Centro Cultural Cirilo Meijers on December 17. In attendance was the mayor of Comerio, Josean Santiago. The formal invitation was made to PRCC executive director, José E. López, La Voz del Paseo Boricua Project Manager, and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz. Three years ago, Comerio became the first town selected by Fiesta Boricua to feature its musical and artistic talents, under the concept of "Lo Mejor de Puerto Rico" (The Best of Puerto Rico).  

Claridad Festival to be dedicated to Oscar López Rivera


Claridad, the newspaper of the Puerto Rican nation, will dedicate its annual festival, to be held in February, to the Puerto Rican patriot,  Oscar López Rivera. This festival, which features some of the best expressions of Puerto Rican music, is the largest annual event of any Puerto Rican independentist organization. 


"Taking charge of our future" 


In the spring and summer of 2011 selected members of The Puerto Rican Agenda drew up a research plan that would zero in on different aspects of community life: housing, economic development, education, health, youth and justice, culture, and the non-profit sector.  The research team secured funding from the Chicago Community Trust, LISC Chicago, and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


"Crime Against Humanity" Returns To New York


performing to over 5000 people throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Crime Against Humanity returns to New York. Crime Against Humanity is a play based on the real life experiences of fourteen
Puerto Rican political prisoners who spent more than two decades in prisons  for seditious conspiracy- one of whom are still incarcerated.  
The production brings us into the U.S. prison system in a way no other play has, focusing on the politically motivated use of isolation, selective punishment, sensory deprivation and disproportionate sentences.

Saturday January 12th  at the RED CARPET THEATRE, 240 E 123rd St New York, NY 10035. 
Time: 6:30 pm 
Tickets: $15-$20

Produced by the National Boricua Human Rights Network New York City Chapter

For tickets and more information please visit CrimeAgainstHumanity.net (646) 450-4014

Or can be picked up in person East Harlem Cafe 1651 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY