¡Hasta Siempre! Aurea Rodriguez, a pioneering Puerto Rican educator that helped shaped education practices in many areas in the United States where sizable number of Puerto Ricans reside, past away on March 28th, 2013


Aurea participated in changing the educational landscape for Puerto Rican youth particularly with her emphasis on the importance of Puerto Rican culture as the cornerstone of any educational praxis impacting Puerto Ricans. She also dedicated her life to empowering Puerto Rican women particularly in New York City where she founded an organization called 100 Puerto Rican Women, which sought to empower young Puerto Rican women in the city's body politics. She supported such prominent political figures as Nydia Velazquez who became the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the United States Congress. Aurea was also active in many community and civic entities and activities addressing the socio-economic issues facing Puerto Ricans particularly those living in New York City's historic El Barrio where she founded and served as President of the Puerto Rican Institute for Development of Education (PRIDE).


During the early 90's in Chicago Aurea along with Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón helped to shape an educational reform process at Roberto Clemente High School. This initiative, which came under severe attack from right wing sectors, still informs some of the major educational changes that are taking place in the greater Humboldt Park community as evidenced by the Community as a Campus concept. This concept has already impacted Roberto Clemente High School by helping to frame the school's future within the context of the International Baccalaureate program. While we will surely miss her physical presence her legacy will live on in the work that is being carried out in this community.

Move for Life! Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 12noon-4:00pm in Humboldt Park, (Luis Munoz Marin Drive) corner of Division and California.


Now in its 3rd year, the purpose of Move for Life! is to kick-off the Spring/Summer season by promoting and supporting an active lifestyle and encouraging the community to participate in physical activities. Whether it's walking, jogging, cycling, dance-aerobics, Zumba, basketball, or soccer the idea is to get people moving. To motivate our community, Move for Life! brings together communitybased organizations, agencies, and individuals to interactively showcase their various free or low cost physical activity programs available to everyone in the community throughout the year. For more information on Move for Life! or to participate in the event contact the Diabetes Empowerment Center at 773-342-0855 or email us at muevete@prcc-chgo.org.

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.

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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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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

Orlando Newspaper La Prensa Publishes Article on Oscar


Coingratulations to Father Roberto Morales on his recent article on Oscar in the Orlando weekly newspaper La Prensa last week.


Block by Block Offers Free First Aid Trainings
Try using stories, recent events, or examples of how your organization has made an impact to your cause and community. Include materials from the news, area experts, supporters or people that have been touched by your work.Block by Block would like to invite you to participate in two free upcoming trainings. The American Red Cross will provide these trainings, which will both be facilitated in English only.

The CPR Training for individuals will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM and will be completed on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM.

The First Aid Training for individuals will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM.

You must attend both trainings to receive your CPR Certification, however if you would only like your First Aid certification, you may choose to only attend the April 27, 2013 training. Please indicate which training(s) you are participating in when you call or e-mail to reserve your space.

These trainings will require participants to be able to kneel on the ground throughout the training.

The trainings will take place at our facility:

The Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center is located at 2753 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622.

The following is a brief description of the trainings:

First Aid Training
· CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
· CPR Child and Infant: Participants learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under 12

First Aid
· First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.

Please contact Janeida Rodriguez by Monday, April 15, 2012 at (773) 342-0855 or janeidar@prcc-chgo.org to reserve a space. Space are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. 
PRISON ARTWORK OF Antonio Guerrero of the CUBAN 5 OPENS this FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 6pm


Calles y Sueños Gallery

1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago




with paintings by Oscar López Rivera, currently serving his 31st year in federal prison for fighting for Puerto Rican independence.


Antonio Guerrero is one of the 'Cuban Five' imprisoned by Washington -their case "the most important issue in U.S./Cuban relations" according to Havana.


The Five can count Nelson Mandela and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter among those calling for their immediate release, along with eight other Nobel Laureates, assorted governments and parliaments, and millions of grass-roots supporters around the world.


Imprisoned and abused by Washington for the past 15 years, the Five -Antonio Guerrero, along with Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, and Rene Gonzalez -- were on a mission to infiltrate, thwart, and expose "anti-Castro" terrorists operating out of Miami when they were seized by the U.S. government, demonized as "spies," sentenced to terms up to double-life, thrown into 'super-max' prisons, and denied spousal visits.


As part of what actor Danny Glover has called "breaking the silence" about this case in the United States, a range of Chicago academic, artistic, community, and political figures and organizations are presenting Antonio's 'From My Altitude' exhibit of original prison paintings with an Opening on Friday April 5th and a closing event on Friday May 4th at the Pilsen gallery.


Seven other events will take place during the exhibit, including the 'Poesía en Abril' event sponsored by DePaul University and ContraTiempo Magazine featuring Nicolas Guillen (grandson of Cuba's national poet) and Nicoberto Colina (editor of Cuba's cutting-edge cultural journal).


Speakers at other events include Jose López (Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar López Rivera), Mark Clements (Campaign to End Torture & Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression [himself tortured, and unjustly imprisoned for 28 years]), Felix Masud-Piloto (Cuban-American and DePaul professor), Mary L. Johnson, mother of Michael Johnson, Burge torture survivor, and Jesus Rodríguez, Venezuelan Consul General.


Exhibit sponsors include Calles y Sueños, Chicago Cuba Coalition, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Chicago Venezuelan Consulate, ANSWER Coalition, Centro Autónomo of Albany Park, M-19 Anti-War Coalition, All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, Chicago Committee to Free the Five, and the Chicago Council on Black Studies.

PRCC Updates

Two Annual Puerto Rican Day Parades to Merge


On Tuesday, April 2nd the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and the Puerto Rican Parade Committee of Chicago held a press conference announcing the merger of the Puerto Rican parade held downtown and the Puerto Rican People's Parade held in Humboldt Park. Participation at the Puerto Rican Day Parade downtown has dwindled in years past, while the Humboldt Park parade crowd has grown. Instead of the downtown parade, organizers on Tuesday announced a "historic" united Puerto Rican People's Parade to begin on Division and Western streets right under the iron Puerto Rican flag.


The Puerto Rican Festival will get an extra day compared to last year, expanding from four to five days beginning June 12. The Puerto Rican Parade committee will retain sole control of the Humboldt Park carnival that has taken place the same week as the parades.


José E. López, executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, said he hopes crowds will go to the parade and festival, then shop at local stores and restaurants: "We believe this will be a shot in the arm in terms of economic development."


The groups, both recognized by the federal government as nonprofit organizations, have contracted with Chicago-based Special Events Management to run the parade, planned for June 15 this year. Read the Sun-Times article below. 


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center's 40th Anniversary Jornada Continues!


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will continue its 40th Anniversary Jornada with a presentation of two important books next Thursday, April 11th at 6:30pm at Casa Puertorriqueña located at 1247 N. California. Tickets are $20 and includes dinner and a copy of "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance."


The books are Matt Meyers' "We Have Not Been Moved" and Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón's "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance". The first book is a compendium of the past 3 decades of social change in the United States including anti-militarist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial struggles. The book is narrated by some of the most important protagonists of the social movements including Angela Davis, Fred Ho, Mumia Abu Jamal, Audre Lorde, Dave Dellinger, among others. It also includes an interview with Jose E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The second book is a collection of letters by Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera edited by well-known Puerto Rican sociologist Dr. Luis Nieves Falcon as well as a prologue by South African Archbishop Desmund Tutu. Both editors will speak about the work and sign books. The program will also include a special presentation by the Puerto Rican musician Fernando "Fernandito" Ferrer, whose song about Oscar López Rivera is included in a new CD from Puerto Rico that includes some of the island's most important musicians such as Andy Montañez, Lucecita Benítez, Danny Rivera, Roy Brown and many more. The CD will also be on sale at the dinner.

"Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" Book Signing with Dr. Luis Nieves Falcon on Thursday, 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 militzap@prcc-chgo.org

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.

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
April 8th to 12th-Palente Conference at UIC

April 08, 2013 Monday, 2:00pm-3:00pm:  UIC professor, Dr. Ralph Cintrón will present a Special Powerpoint Presentation of historic study: 60 Years of Migration: Puerto Ricans in Chicagoland.  

April 09, 2013 Tuesday, 2:00-3:00pm:  UIC College Shadow Day. 15-20 students from Albizu Campos and Roberto Clemente High Schools will shadow UIC students from the Latin American and Latino studies department, Confederation of Latin American Students, UPRS and Omega Delta Fraternity students.  * Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.


April 10, 2013 Wednesday, 2:00-3:00pm: Miguel Bayón, Puerto Rican urban artist, will be presenting a powerpoint presentation of his original artwork as a cartoonist for Puerto Rico's major newspapers Primera Hora and El Nuevo Dia.

* Miguel's artwork will be featured at an IPRAC exhibit on Fri, April 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm. 


April 11, 2013 Thursday: Noche de Poetas, 5:30-7:30pm: Annual poetry night series with the Latino Cultural Center will be collaborating with our Pa'Lante Conference. Featuring Batey Urbano poets and Puerto Rican musician Fernando "Fernandito" Ferrer. Food and refreshments provided.


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)


Thursday, April 11th at 6:30pm-

"Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" with Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón, editor and Matt Meyer, editor of "We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism"

 Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California

Tickets: $20 includes signed copy of Torture and Resistance  


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 7pm 

'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

VidaSIDA updates


Intro to Be the Generation Bridge

The BTG Bridge is an initiative of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health, to establish relationships with communities most impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to promote awareness, understanding, dialogue, and support for biomedical HIV prevention research. This Initiative initially arose from the urgent need for an effective, preventive HIV vaccine and has recently expanded to include other biomedical prevention strategies. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center- Vida/SIDA is one of several organizations nationwide to receive funding from the Be the Generation Bridge to help increase awareness and knowledge of biomedical HIV prevention research specifically among Latino communities in the U.S. 


What is biomedical HIV prevention research?

Biomedical HIV prevention research is scientific research conducted to develop new technologies or new ways to prevent HIV.  The journey to find a cure for HIV is long and each new research study can answer a question that will get us closer to finding a way to prevent HIV for everyone. This research may be done in laboratories to develop new approaches or done in clinical trials to test approaches that have shown success in the laboratory. People may participate in clinical trials to help determine if new approaches are effective and are viable to implement in a real world setting. There are clinical trials currently being conducted for HIV Vaccines, Microbicides, and Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreEP). The safety of study participants in biomedical HIV prevention research is always the top priority. While some risks are unknown, scientists and the FDA work to make sure clinical trial research is done ethically, is not coercive, and reduces risk of side effects. 


Casa Pueblo Demands Clean Up of Vieques Island
28 February 2013 | By Goldman Staff

2002 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient Alexis Massol and his team at Casa Pueblo recently issued a letter to the Governor of Puerto Rico demanding the swift clean-up of Vieques Island.

Vieques Island is part of Puerto Rico and has served for years as a bombing range for the US military. As a result, the island and its sensitive waterways- namely the Anones Lagoon- have been contaminated with highly toxic chemical runoff and remnants from bombs.
According to local fishers and tests conducted by Casa Pueblo, marine productivity around Vieques has dropped 90% over the last 10 years.

Casa Pueblo is leading the call to both the Puerto Rican government and US government agencies- including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish and Wildlife Service- to take immediate action to contain and clean-up the polluted island before more toxic waste is dumped into the surrounding seas.

For more information about the issue, check out this short
Vieques: Murder of an Island
Vieques: Murder of an Island
from Casa Pueblo.
Batey 11th Anniversary takes Youth One Step Closer to Puerto Rico


Friday, March 29th at Casa Puertoriqquena, Batey Urbano celebrated their 11th Anniversary. The youth collective used this celebration as a fundraiser for an Ecological Tour in Puerto Rico that they will like to be a part of. Doors opened at 6:00 p.m while DJ Bohique mixed underground hip hop for our audience. At 7:30 p.m we started with our open mic, where some return poets blessed our stage, but also where new artists performed with the Batey for the first time. At 8:30 p.m we started with our featured artists: Righteous, IaseL, Church ILL, Melissa Duprey, Michael Reyes, Ivan Vega with UTC, Janeida Rodriguez, and Bomba Con Buya. We also had the privilege of having Myra Rodriguez and Jose Pellot with physical art pieces. 


Batey Urbano would like to thank all of the artists, organizers, contributors  and most importantly the audience for making this night possible, and for allowing us to be closer to our goal. Puerto Rico is now closer in our reach.