CELEBRATE Oscar López Rivera's 70th Birthday and attend 
19th Annual Three Kings Winter Festival & Parade
Sunday, January 6, 2013 
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. 

Volunteers NEEDED, all ages! Contact Eduardo Arocho, Executive Director of the DSBDA, at earocho@dsbda.org.

  • Thursday, 1/3 10am-4pm
  • Friday, 1/4 10am-4pm
DSBDA Presents 19th 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)
Join Us in Celebrating Oscar's 70th Birthday Jan. 6!
Humboldt Park
No Se Vende

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2733 W. Division
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Crystal and Kedzie
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1217 N. Washtenaw
2 BD $800

Humboldt Park
2 BD $850

2515 W. Division
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1300 N. Campbell
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Kedzie and North
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1500 N. Kedzie
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Chicago and Kedzie
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Rockwell and Cortez
2 BD $950

2659 W. Division
3 BD $1100

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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

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Chicago's Puerto Rican/Latino & LGBT Communities Take a Strong Stance against Intolerance

Join Boycott Efforts in Puerto Rico calling for an Immediate End to the Show "La Comay"


A young man is kidnapped, taken to an ATM, robbed then beaten to death in Puerto Rico. Adding to this already awful situation, TV host, Antulio "Kobbo" Santarrosa and the life-sized puppet he voices, La Comay, re-victimize publicist José Enrique Gómez Saladín by suggesting that if he allegedly was in an area known for "prostitution and homosexuality," as his killers claim, he may have brought the violence on himself.


This was the last straw for many Puerto Ricans, who have had to live with escalating violence for years. Blaming victims is wrong, and most people know that. Chicago's Puerto Rican/Latino & LGBT Communities stand in solidarity with Puerto Rico and will not permit La Comay to continue the promulgation of gossip, hate and insensitive innuendos that further tarnishes the memories of victims whose lives have been lost due to senseless violence. Enough is Enough; racism, homophobia, hate and intolerance will no longer go unchallenged here in Chicago or in Puerto Rico. Let's promote peace for our beloved island, for our communities in the United States and let's continue moving towards a discourse of acceptance. 

PRCC Program Updates

Thank you...


On behalf of the staff and the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, I want to extend holiday greetings to all our friends and supporters as well as to wish everyone a new year -2013- filled with struggle and hope. As noted in our 2012 Year-In-Review, this year was indeed, a busy one despite the many economic hardships facing out community. We continue to serve our community, to uplift it, and to provide a sense of hope in a world filled many times with despair.


2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of our founding as a community based institution driven by the promise of the self-determination, self-actualization and self-reliance of our people. This coming year, as the Puerto Rican jibaro would say, we will "tirar las puertas por las ventanas" by undertaking a year-long Jornada in celebration of our 4 decades of existence (see below). We will celebrate 4 decades of a legacy of struggle, thus inspiring a community of hope and change.


We hope to count on your support. If you wish you can make a monetary donation through Paypal by clicking here. You can also chose to send us a check at the address below.


With profound gratitude,

In struggle,


José E. López

Executive Director

2013Celebrating 40 years of a legacy of struggle: inspiring a community of hope and change
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a year long Jornada that will begin with the 3 Kings Day event and culminate with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of VidaSida.

Jan 6- 19th Winter Festival & Parade
Registration: 2:00 to 3:00pm Parade: 3:15pm Roberto Clemente HS (Athletic Building), 1147 N. Western Ave.

Jan 26- 40th Anniversary Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Symposium & Gala. For more info, click here.

Feb 1- Film "The Untold History of the United States"
Panel Speaking on Empire, Colonialism, and Torture
with Academy Award winning Director & Author Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, José E. López
Dr. Margaret Power, MC. Doors open at 6 p.m. Roberto Clemente High School

March 3- PRCC Annual 100x35+5 Open House

April 4- Presentation and book signing by by Dr. Luis Nieves Falcon of "Torture and Resistance", a compilation of letters by Oscar López Rivera

April 21- Film showing "Who is Albizu Campos?" by filmmaker Michael Torres.

June 7,8,9- Festival de música jíbara, Comerio, Puerto Rico, dedicated to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center

June 15- 35th Peoples Parade

Sept 1- 20th Annual Fiesta Boricua featuring "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos" featuring Jauyua, Puerto Rico

Dec 1- 25th Anniversary of Vida/Sida
PRCC Events
2012 Year-in-Review


January 6-18th Día de los Reyes with ten traditional parade and toy giveaway where hundreds of families participated and thousand of toys where once again given away. This activity was cosponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA), Alderman Maldonado and others.

February 8- The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC) is officially designated a Museum in the Park, a major victory for our community, transforming IPRAC into the first National Puerto Rican museum in the US.

March 3- The Annual Puerto Rican Cultural Center "100x35+4" celebration inaugurates El Rescate, the LGBTQ transitional housing for Puerto Rican and Latino youth that is a program of VidaSIDA. It is the first homeless shelter for Latino LGBTQ youth in the midwest and the 2nd in the country.

April 20- 40th Anniversary of Que Ondee Sola (QOS), the Northeastern Illinois University Puerto Rican and Latino student publication, with Puerto Rican Master Artist Antonio Martell and Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez. This event is a milestone for youth activism in the US because QOS is the longest, most consistent student publication in the country.

May 3- The future mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, visits Chicago and is welcomed at IPRAC. On November 6, Carmen Yulin Cruz was elected Mayor of San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, as well as it's largest, making her the 3rd woman to occupy this position after Felicita Rincon, and Sila Calderón. Her victory was a result of building bridges and and alliances.

June 8- Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel participate in a VIP reception at IPRAC hosted by State Rep Cynthia Soto and Congressman Luis V.Gutiérrez.

June 21- Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announces the designation of Clemente as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. This designation will help the community as a campus frame using the IB as its framework.

June 16- 34th Annual Puerto Rican People's Parade celebrates the following historical landmarks:
35 years Latin America Motorcycle Association (LAMA)
40 years Que Ondee Sola 
15 years La Casita de Don Pedro y Dona Lolita
10 years Grupo Nuestro Tambó y Café Batey Urbano.

September 19- Fiesta Boricua honors Calle 13 with Walk of Fame medallion. This years Fiesta Boricua celebrated the best of our neighborhood "lo mejor de nuestro barrio" recognizing the 40th anniversary of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. Among the dignitaries was Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez with Alderman Roberto Maldonado and State Rep. Cynthia Soto Walk of Fame Award to Eduardo Cabra and his sister.

Oct 31- 11th Annual Haunted Paseo Boricua. Once again hundreds of families were delighted with the offerings on enchanted Paseo Boricua

Dec 1- Puerto Rico Agenda premieres study on Puerto Ricans in Chicago, available on the web at puertoricanchicago.org. It is the first study organically driven by a Puerto Rican community in the US.

Dec 7- 4th Annual Navi-Jazz held at Clemente High School featuring the John Benitez Group, More than 400 people attend. 
Parranda.org Opens the Doors to a "Virtual Puerto Rico"

Parranda.org is a project devoted to the economic, civic, and cultural development of a "Greater Puerto Rico." By providing a virtual platform for mass collaboration, Parranda enables people on and off the island (the Puerto Rican diaspora) to work with one another on meaningful and measurable initiatives. We're launching just before Christmas this year. To sign up for early registration, or to explore ways to support the project, please visit us at www.parranda.org. You can also join the "parranda" on our social networks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParrandaPuertoRico and on Twitter @ParrandaPR.



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 

NYC Panel discussion and book-signing on Between Torture and Resistance


National Boricua Human Rights Network is honored to announce a panel discussion and book-signing on Between Torture and Resistance , a compilation of letters by Oscar López Rivera, with an introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu.


When:  Thursday, January 10, 2013. 

At 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Labor Center (1199 SEIU)

310 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, New York 10036 


Panelists include: 

Luis Rosa Pérez, former Puerto Rican political prisoner, playwright. 

Jose López Rivera, Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Chicago, Illinois).

Matt Meyer, International War Resisters League, Author, Human Rights Advocate.  


Download the press release here...

Nicaragua Honors Clemente's Legacy 40 Years After Passing


(HUFFPOST) This upcoming December 31 will mark the 40 year anniversary of baseball legend Roberto Clemente's death. Despite how long ago it happened, time has not been able to erase the legacy of this figure from the minds and hearts of Nicaraguans.

Throughout his career, Roberto Clemente visited Nicaragua several times as a member of his native Puerto Rico baseball team, quickly building strong relationships with its people. When the Central American country suffered a devastating earthquake in 1972, the player immediately expressed solidarity with victims by shipping supplies and aid.


In his last shipment of provisions, and with the intention of ensuring that the cargo would be delivered to its right recipients, Clemente decided to travel and accompanied his crew on a private airplane. It is believed that the plane had been overloaded, resulting in a tragic crash into the ocean minutes after take off.


In order to express the high esteem and respect the country continues to feel for the player, the government is currently hard at work to finish in the next couple of days, what will be the known as the new Roberto Clemente baseball stadium for kids in the Luis Alfonso Velasquez public park facility.

With a capacity for 1,200 people and 800 chairs, the stadium will allow more children to play, and visitors will be able to enjoy each game in a comfortable and safe environment.

 Read the entire article here...

"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

Puerto Rican Agenda Study

"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. 
On behalf of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, the National Boricua Human Rights Network and the 
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to
Centro Sin Fronteras on the passing of compañera Cathy Archibald, 1942-2012.