Hundreds Bid Emotional Farewell to Irma Romero at Wake
 The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and National Boricua Human Rights Network extend our best wishes for a full recovery to compañero Rico Piccard, a member of the Orlando Chapter of the National Boricua Human Rights Network
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, PACHS will host an educational symposium and celebratory gala on January 26, 2013. The symposium will bring people together in an effort to create a wider community of concerned educators and scholars to reflect on critical pedagogical theory and practice, best practices, and new innovations. Invited presenters will be asked to share their expertise on what they have found to be best practices working in an educational setting. In addition, members of our current Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School team will offer a framework outlining key areas of work that we utilize in an effort to make our school a site to work toward liberation.

To register for the symposium, click here.

Chicago Film Premier:

Vietnam, LBJ, and Third World

Panel on

Empire, Colonialism, and Torture with

Oliver Stone

Academy Award Winning Director and Author


Peter Kuznick

Professor of History, 

American University

José E. López

Executive Director, 

Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Juan Antonio Corretjer

Margaret Power, M.C.

Illinois Coalition Against Torture 


$5 or more Sliding Scale Admission

No one turned away.

Books available for sale. 

Authors will sign copies 

from 6:30 to 7. 


February 1, 2013, at 7 p.m.

(Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Roberto Clemente High School,

1147 N. Western @ Division St.


Sponsored by: Illinois Coalition Against Torture and

the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. For more information or 773-278-6706.


The Puerto Rican 

Cultural Center


Cordially invites you


To a luncheon meeting 

and reception




Oliver Stone & 

Peter Kuznick


As part of its 

40th Anniversary Jornada


IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.


$25.00 RSVP by Jan 31st


Limited seating, contact 

Humboldt Park
No Se Vende

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Boricua, Return
to El Barrio

More Oscar Birthday Celebrations


A Three Kings Day celebration was held at Denison Avenue United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio in honor of this important holiday, particularly for Latin Americans. The event was attended by 100 people, including dozens of children, all of whom took home gifts from the Wise Men. We also took note of Oscar López Rivera's long imprisonment and gathered cards in honor of his 70th birthday.
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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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Sign up for La Canasta Básica today!

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

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PRCC Program Updates

Irma Romero: ¡Presente!


On Monday evening, January 14, a standing-room-only filled the Adalberto United Methodist Church to mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Irma Romero. Words like incansable and invincible echoed throughout the tribute to describe this warrior for justice and human rights whose great heart gave out during her surgery on Friday, January 11.

Throughout the program, Irma's friends and family members were treated to a slide show, filled with images of her in various marches, demonstrations, and community activities.


The program began with reflections by Irma's grandchildren, who said how much they loved her and would miss her.


The children's comments were followed by a poem written and read by Rosario , a long-term community member and poet whom Irma had greatly inspired and encouraged over the years.


Dr. José López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, spoke of his four decades of friendship with Irma and her steadfastness in the most difficult times and circumstances. He recounted the time in 1980 when (at eight months pregnant) she and Rev. Torres managed to break through the wall of the Chicago FBI offices. He also reflected on her presence with him throughout the Three Kings Day activities less than two weeks ago and concluded with a poem "Con Un Hombro Menos" by Doña Consuelo Lee Corretjer, read by Lourdes Lugo.


Rev. Walter Coleman, Pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church, reminded us that throughout our sorrow and joy, we had to begin the difficult emotional work of letting go of Irma and accepting the reality of her passing. He and Emma Lozano led prayers and songs of comfort and acceptance. Following the service, he also called for volunteers to ride a wheelchair in the upcoming immigration rights rally in honor of Irma's memory.


Rev. Nozomi Ikuta, Co-Chair of the Interfaith Prisoners of Conscience Project, reflected on Irma's integration of her anti-colonial and anti-capitalist perspectives with her faith and healing. She quoted Irma's emphasis on "love, energy, and effort" in our achievements of the past and in the ongoing work for immigrants' rights and to obtain Oscar's freedom.


The program was concluded with some words by Alejandro Molina, in which he observed that Irma, like the majority of people in the room, reminded him of the dictum, "Everyone dies, but not everyone really knows how to live". 


A video of Irma defending Elvira Arellano in sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church can be viewed


Irma Cabrera Romero, Descansa en paz!
Irma Cabrera Romero, Descansa en paz!

 View the slideshow created in Irma's memory here.

Over 100 Attend NYC Panel discussion and book-signing


Over 100 attended the 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.


The panel took place last Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Martin Luther King Labor Center (1199 SEIU).



The panel began with Maria Kercado, vice-president of 1199 introduced Daniel Febo, who spoke on the Puerto Rican Diaspora, followed by Luis Rosa, former Puerto Rican political prisoner, who spoke on the urgency of freeing Oscar Lopez Rivera, relating it to his own experiences in serving 20 years after being convicted of seditious conspiracy. 


Professor Ana López spoke next on her experiences in working with youth as part of the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoners for the last 25 years and then Matt Meyer, co-convenor of the Human Rights Summit last December in Puerto Rico, spoke about the conference and introduced three videos by Nobel Laureates Desmond Tutu, from South Africa, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Northern Ireland Peace People and Jose Ramos-Horta, former President of East Timor, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. All videos spoke about the their struggles and how they related to freeing Oscar Lopez Rivera. The keynote speaker, José López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Oscar's brother then spoke extemporaneously about Oscar's vision of community building and how the over 30 year struggle in Chicago that has resulted in the community known as Paseo Boricua has been the fruit of that collective vision. Opens the Doors to a "Virtual Puerto Rico" 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 You can also join the "parranda" on our social networks on Facebook at and on Twitter @ParrandaPR.



"Crime Against Humanity" Returns To New York


Crime Against Humanity returned to New York on Saturday, Jan 12 to the Red Carpet Theater located at Taino Towers. 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. Close to 75 people watched the play, which focuses on the U.S. prison system in a way no other play has, bringing the politically motivated use of isolation, selective punishment, sensory deprivation and disproportionate sentences into sharp perspective.

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

For tickets and next showings please visit (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.