Clemente Shadow Day Update

April 11th, 2013 the College Pipeline at Roberto Clemente Community Academy will be hosting a Shadow Day at three different schools: Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 52 high school students will be shadowing college students in their daily experience. Through this process our students will receive an organic experience that will shape their their perception of post-secondary education. The pipeline is meant to prepare our students both academically and mentally for post-secondary education.

Tato Laviera Needs Your Help


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


As many of you know, three years ago Tato Laviera found himself homeless after undergoing brain surgery. At that time, the community stepped forward to help him. With your support, the community was able to secure the necessary living conditions for him to continue his work. He has been productive and produced the play The King of Cans and completed a draft of the novel El Barrio.


Over the last two and a half months Tato has been in intensive care. His physical condition has been deteriorating rapidly, and the doctors have not been able to identify the Illness. Doctors, family, and loved ones are doing everything humanly possible to help him. At this time, we once again reach out to the literary and cultural groups, friends, and colleagues and ask for your assistance in the form of donations. 


Tato Laviera is an amazingly talented and influential major poet. He is truly one of our community's treasures and has given so much to us.  We ask that you please pray for him and give generously.


Send your contributions to:



Jesus A. Laviera

North East Community Bank

1751 2nd Avenue

New York, NY 10128


Routing 226072511

Account 00400396530531


Or Home Address:

2253 Third Avenue Apt. 1102

New York, N.Y.




Stephanie Alvarez, University of Texas-Pan American

Juan Flores, New York University

William Luis, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Spanish, Vanderbilt University 

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Centro Infantil Update


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Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Over 30,000 pictures!)

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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

We are proud recipients of United Way contributions 

Block Club Federation 20th Earth Day Clean Up!


The Block Club Federation in partnership with Friends of the Park, the Chicago Park District, and other agencies/schools are proud to announce its 20th Earth Day Clean Up, and we hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating our wonderful Earth! Entertainment and lunch will be provided!


Where: Humboldt Park Boat House

            1359 N. Sacramento

            In case of rain it will be moved to field house

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time: 8:30am to 3pm

Cong. Gutierrez Statement on ATSDR Study of Vieques


Washington, DC - The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) reacting to the release earlier this week of a study of the health risks on the Island of Vieques, just off the coast of Puerto Rico, by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).


"The results of the ATSDR study on Vieques make me angry, sad and more committed to seeking justice for the people of Vieques and Puerto Rico than ever before.  You cannot use the term science to paint over the injustice that has beset Vieques, because science implies truth, evidence, and reality.  The ATSDR conclusions clearly disregard the evidence that is widely held and that has been shown by Puerto Rican scientists.

"The neglected but beautiful Island of Vieques has been bombed, strafed, shelled, and mutilated and now the same government that did all these things to an inhabited island says not to worry about the illness, death, mercury poisoning, and other heavy metals and chemical poisoning.  Failure of the ATSDR to get the truth of the environmental hazard and go deep in its analysis could mean higher death rates due to cancer and other diseases.

"It is an outrage.  The people of Puerto Rico and Vieques deserve more.  As we approach the 10th anniversary of the end of  the bombing in Vieques, this slap in our collective faces serves as a reminder that until the health, the environment and the well being of the people of Vieques are restored, we have nothing to celebrate.

"The beauty and safety of the precious Island of Vieques and the beauty and safety of its people must be defended and maintained for future generations."

Governor Quinn at Norwegian American Hospital Legislative Luncheon


Norwegian American Hospital CEO José Sánchez welcomed Governor Quinn to the 3rd annual legislative luncheon held on Wednesday March 27th. He was joined by a group of prominent state legislators including Senators Muñoz and Delgado and State Representative Berrios and Soto. CEO José Sánchez and Billy Ocasio, the newly elected Chair of the Norwegian American Hospital Board of Directors, thanked the Governor for his continual support of the Hospital and his commitment to affordable healthcare


The packed luncheon included some of the community's most important leaders as well as the heads of several of the safety net hospitals. The community leaders included Paul Roldán, CEO of Hispanic Housing, Rev. Wilfredo De Jesús, Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church, Veronica Ocasio, Chief of Staff for Rev. De Jesus, Jaime Delgado, Director of the Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Chief Operating Officer, Juan Calderón and Jose E. López Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, among others. The Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, headed by Tim Egan, sponsored the event. 

PRCC Updates

Trailer Park Proyects Inauguration Weekend


This past Friday the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) held the inauguration event for its collaboration with the Trailer Park Proyects (TTP) at IPRAC. TTP is a mobile alternative exhibition space that runs out of the back of a 14-foot trailer. IPRAC will be hosting TPP from March to September 2013. The exhibition will take place throughout the greater Humboldt Park community. 


TTP will highlight the work of young artists working in Puerto Rico and along with local artists and artisans will provide monthly artist workshops, film screenings and events. The inaugural exhibition featured the work of TTP co-founder Jorge Rito Cordero. In attendance at the inauguration on Friday were TTP's co-founders Alexis Figueroa and Jorge Rito Cordero and Suzy Connor, Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture of the Chicago Community Trust. On Saturday, TTP held its first workshop of the season at La Casita de Don Pedro on Division Street. The Mask Making Workshop was led by artist Jorge Rito Figueroa and was attended by adults, children and families. Participants were taught not only how to make Neo-Taino Masks but also the origins of these masks.


Visit IPRAC's website here

Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Homeless Prevention and

Rental Assistance Program


Do you qualify for rental assistance?

  • Homeless?
  • About to be homeless?
  • Falling behind in rent?
  • Need a security deposit and first month's rent?

Eligibility for Assistance:

  • Resident of Humboldt Park or Logan Square
  • Seeking housing in the Humboldt Park and Logan Square community
  • Behind on rent

For more information, please contact Melissa Rodríguez at 773.227.7794.

Congratulations Edwin Diaz


Edwin Diaz, a senior at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA), has been rewarded the Open Doors Scholarship upon acceptance into Columbia College Chicago, for his academic excellence. He will receive a renewable $7,000 a year, totaling $28,000 for four years. This scholarship, accredited to CPS high school seniors that have earned a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, is one of many Edwin has applied for as a part of the College Pipeline Project at RCCA. A project where seniors interested in attending Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, or University of Illinois at Chicago are mentored by students at these institutions. At the end of this years Pipeline project, Edwin will have a portfolio consisting of a resumé, five year plan, scholarship applications, and much more to take into college. Along with being a student, Edwin is frequently engaged in the Humboldt Park community, being a part of BACCA (Barrio Arts Culture & Communications Academy) and its youth led Anti-Underage Drinking Campaign. As he pursues his dream of becoming a filmmaker, Edwin practices as a videographer for many of the PRCC events.


OLR Book Signings- April 11th 


The National Boricua Human Rights Network presents Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón, Editor of "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance"  and Matt Meyers, editor of "We Have Not Moved".

The English version of "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" will be on sale and available for signing by the editor. 


6:30pm, Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California Ave

$20 includes dinner and a copy of "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance"


"We Have Not Been Moved" will be on sale.

Please RSVP to Militza Pagán at

Unjust Incarcerations: The Case of the Cuban 5 and Oscar López Rivera

  'FRAME-UP! -Unjust Incarcerations' featuring Felix Masud-Piloto  (Cuban-American and DePaul professor), Mark Clements (Campaign to End Torture -himself tortured, framed-up,  and unjustly imprisoned for 28 years), and Nancy Kurshan (author, 'Out of Control: The 15 Year Battle against Prison Control Units') and José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar López Rivera. 

April 24, Wednesday 6pm, Casa de Cultura Calles y Suenos, 1900 S. Carpenter


Community Calendar of Events March-April 2013
* Friday, March 29th at 6:30pm
Batey Urbano's 11th Anniversary-Send a youth collective from Humboldt park to an Ecological Tour in Puerto Rico!
Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California
Tickets: $15 to $25
*    Sat, March 30th from 12-3:00pm
Trailer Park Projects Workshop 2: Object Making Using Coconut Shells
Teresa Roldan Senior Apartments, 1154 N. Campbell
Artist: Leo and Elizabeth Negrón
*    April 8th to 12th-Palente Conference at UIC
More Details Soon!
  • *    Sat, April 6th-Muévete! Move for Life! Season Kick Off from 12-4pm

    Zumba, Dance-Aerobics, yoga, Biking, Bomba, Self-Defense, Raffles, DJ, Live Music, Cooking Demos, Refreshments, and Much More!

    Humboldt Park (corner of Division and California)


    *    Fri, April 12th at 6pm- Caricatura Urbana Exhibit Opening

    Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division


    *    Sat, April 13th Fight For Your Future Youth Congress

    Undocumented Youth Summit

    8 to 9 am: Sign in

    9am to 11:30am: Opening Remarks in Auditorium

    11:30am to 1:00pm: Break Out Sessions

    Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave


    *    Fri, April 19th at 6:30pm- Chicago Film Premiere of "Who is Pedro Albizu Campos" with Film Director Michael Torres and presentation on Puerto Rican Nationalist Women by Dr. Margaret PowerRoberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave


    *    Wed, April 24th at 6pm- 'FRAME UP!-Unjust incarcerations' Panel featuring Jose Lopez (Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, brother of Oscar López Rivera),Felix Masud-Piloto (Cuban-American and DePaul professor),Mark Clements (Campaign to End Torture & Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression, tortured and unjustly imprisoned for 26 years),and Mary L. Johnson (mother of Michael Johnson, Burge torture survivor). Calles y Sueños, 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL


Erie Charter School becomes new partner in the CURA 2 Initiative focusing the issue of asthma prevention led by Dr. Molly Martin from Rush University Medical Center