Jaime Delgado Honored By Saints Mary & Elizabeth with 2013 C.A.R.E.S. Award


Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center honored lifelong community activist and leader Jaime Delgado on Tuesday, April 9th with the 2013 C.A.R.E.S. Award. Since 2006, the award has honored local leaders who espouse and enact the organization's core values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service (C.A.R.E.S.) during their work on behalf of the community.  The award has been presented annually to community leaders who have shown deep commitment to community service and community engagement.


Jaime Delgado has been a leader in public health initiatives in Humboldt Park and city wide addressing health issues such as HIV-AIDS and diabetes from the perspective of the community and not from that of medical providers. 


He currently serves as Project Director of "Block-by-Block: The Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center." Under his leadership, the organization addresses the growing diabetes crisis in Humboldt Park.  "Our goal is to improve the health of everyone in the community by empowering people to help themselves through knowledge, resources, support, and self-determination," said Delgado. The Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center has been on the cutting edge of community engagement health since its inception.



¡Muevete! Heard Loud and Clear in Humboldt Park


 Forty community-based organizations and individuals came together in Humboldt Park on Saturday April 6th for "Move for Life!" an annual Muevete event to kick-off the Spring/Summer physical activity sessions. Now on its 3rd year, the "Move for Life!" Season kickoff, promotes physical activity for everyone in an effort to combat obesity and obesity related illnesses like diabetes. The event takes place at the start of the spring season to jump start the warm weather physical activity sessions. The afternoon was filled with all kinds of free physical activities including tumbling, martial arts, Zumba, yoga, Tai Chi, Bomba and much more. Over 300 adults and children of all ages participated in the many activities and free raffles for a beautiful bike (courtesy of West Town bikes), fitness passes (courtesy of the Chicago Park District), activity toys (courtesy of the Block Club Federation), a family year long YMCA membership(courtesy of the McCormick YMCA), and Life Fitness Kits (courtesy of the American Diabetes Association). 


Community residents participated in all the activities, met and spoke with the instructors, and familiarized themselves with the many free physical activity program and services available to everyone. Afterwards, they had the opportunity to regain energy with the healthy food and fresh produce provided by Presence- Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. 


It was a successful event all the way to the end, even Mother Nature was supportive of Move for Life! It did not start raining until 15 minutes after the event was completely over. For more information on any of the activities, or how to become part of next year's event or any information on Move for Life! call the Diabetes Empowerment Center, (773)342-0855 or email us at Muevete@prcc-chgo.org or visit us at 2753 W. Division St. 


If you missed this year's event, mark your calendar for next year's Move for Life! Saturday, April 5, 2014. In the meantime move for life with all the free physical activity we offer throughout the year.

Condolences to Jonathan Rosa and Family


Former La Voz writer Jonathan Rosa's mother, Kathleen Anne Rosa, passed away on Sunday, April 7 in Rochester, NY. She is survived by her children, Jonathan, Gilbert, and Vanessa, as well as her grandchildren, Taylor and Izabella. She was born in Toronto, Canada on September 21, 1951. Kathleen lived in the U.S. for more than 50 years and was married to Gilbert Rosa (1948-2004) for 29 years. Her faith, love, and activist spirit - she never pursued U.S. citizenship in protest of U.S. military imperialism in Vietnam and elsewhere - inspired Jonathan's work with La Voz and the PRCC throughout his time in Chicago. A private memorial for Kathleen will be held in Toronto in June 2013. Jonathan can be reached at jdrosa1@gmail.com

Centro Infantil Childcare Initiates Major Fundraising for iPads


The Centro Infantil Corretjer, a program of the PRCC, has embarked on a major fundraiser to complete the purchase of seven iPads. This involves professional development for the teachers and staff on the use of the iPads in addition to the research and purchase of applications for the same. For more information, contact Xochitl Ramírez at xochitlr@prcc-chgo.org
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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

Block by Block Offers Free First Aid Trainings
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. 

PRCC Updates

This Thursday, April 11th
"Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" Book Signing with Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón
& Matt Meyer


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will continue its 40th Anniversary Jornada with a presentation of two important books tomorrow, Thursday, April 11th at 6:30pm at Casa Puertorriqueña located at 1237 N. California. Tickets are $20 and includes dinner and a copy of "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance."


The other book is Matt Meyers' "We Have Not Been Moved", 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.


Fight For Your Future Youth Congress


Saturday April 13, from 9-12noon at Roberto Clemente High School a community forum on immigration with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez will take place. 


In addition, there will be a discussion panel with Emma Lozano, Centro Sin Fronteras & Jose E. López, Puerto Rican Cultural Center. There would also be workshops on immigration action, youth health, employment, and education.

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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 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.


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. $5 donation


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

Committee to Free Oscar López Rivera Organized
Comerio Cultural Center Dedicates 33rd Jibaro Festival to PRCC


The CIRILO W. MEIJERS Comerio Cultural Center has dedicated its 33rd FESTIVAL JIBARO COMERIEÑO (June 7-9) to the Puerto Rican community of Chicago, represented by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer of Chicago. In addition, they recognize that the tribute would not be complete without dedicating the festival also to Oscar López Rivera. In this spirit they have organized a "Committee to Free Oscar", which has already published a call urging the townspeople to become involved in the campaign to free Puerto Rico's longest held political prisoner.


Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Board Member on Vietnam TV


Nancy Kurshan traveled to Vietnam this past January to join in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords that ended what the Vietnamese refer to as the American War. She had first traveled to Hanoi, North Vietnam in 1970 as part of an anti-war delegation. At that time such travel was forbidden by the U.S. Government. This year the Vietnamese government invited peace activists who had visited during the war to return for the celebration. Nancy was thus able to fulfill a lifelong dream of meeting the incredible Madame Nguyen Thi Binh who sat across the table from Henry Kissinger as a chief Vietnamese negotiator of the Peace Accords. In addition, she also had the opportunity to meet the current President of Vietnam, President Truong Tan Sang. 


Nancy Kurshan & Madame Binh


Importantly, she was also witness to the incredible pain and suffering inflicted on the Vietnamese by the American War when she visited two schools for children who are victims of Agent Orange. The impact of those chemicals upon generation after generation of Vietnamese is enormous. Other horrendous effects have been caused by unexploded ordnance as people, many of them children, have been killed or maimed in the countryside. After a war that took 3.5 million Vietnamese lives followed by a 15 year U.S.-imposed embargo, Vietnam is nonetheless a beautiful and vibrant nation. On this trip, Nancy was able to cross over what was once the Demilitarized Zone that separated the north from the south, and enter a united, independent Vietnam. The following interview was on Vietnamese television this past January. 

EL-International friends and Paris Peace Accord
Nancy Kurchan on Vietnamese TV




Michael McConnell, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Regional Director, died late Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2013 in Chicago, after a long struggle with cancer.


Michael was a passionate and creative leader in AFSC and with many partners in building our programs to challenge war and preparations for war, while lifting up alternatives. He was one of our chief thinkers and strategists to work on ending war and violent response to conflict, from developing the " Wide Open" campaign to our current F-35 campaign on military spending.  He supported creative and effective programs dealing with healing justice, immigrant rights, peace, and economic justice across the region and the whole of AFSC, nurturing leadership qualities among staff and championing opportunities for young people to engage in AFSC work and gain knowledge, skills and passion for peace with justice.  Michael's legacy is deep and enduring.


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. 


Why is biomedical HIV prevention research important for our community?

Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. According to the CDC in 2009, Latinos accounted for 20% of new HIV infections in the United States while representing approximately 16% of the total U.S. population. In Chicago, Latinos accounted for 19% of new HIV infections and had a slightly higher AIDS diagnosis rate than Whites.


HIV/AIDS is a complex health issue that can only be addressed through a comprehensive approach using diverse methods of prevention and treatment. Biomedical HIV prevention research focuses the development of new strategies to prevent the spread of HIV through several modalities that include: (1) HIV vaccines, (2) gels, creams, foams, and other products that can be applied to the vagina or rectum prior to sexual intercourse known as Microbicides, (3) Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) which requires the daily use of drugs to treat HIV (antiretrovirals) by HIV-negative people at high risk of infection as a way to avoid HIV, and (4) Treatment as Prevention (TaP), an approach that involves the use of antiretroviral drugs by HIV-positive people to reduce their viral load which helps lower the risk of HIV transmission to others 


Finding a vaccine to prevent HIV

Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV. There is no cure for HIV. Once people are infected, most of them eventually need to stay on treatment for the rest of their lives. A vaccine to prevent HIV could help save millions of lives worldwide and billions of dollars in HIV treatment costs.


There are clinical trials taking place worldwide to find a vaccine that may prevent HIV and one of those clinical trial sites is here in Chicago! Clinical trials involve some risks, but there is no risk of getting HIV from preventive vaccines tested in people. HIV vaccine research is essential in the fight against HIV/AIDS, along with prevention, treatment and care. It's important for all groups and ethnicities to be involved in the research so that a vaccine that works for everyone can be developed. 

Pa'lante Student Leadership Development Reaching Goal of $2000


Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School would like to give a final shout out to those supporters of Pa'lante Student Leadership Development. Our panel, entitled, "Live and Help to Live: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice Education in Chicago's Humboldt Park Neighborhood" will take place on Tuesday, April 30th at 8 am. 

Over the past month, we have secured donations, in-kind and monetary, totaling over $8,000 to ensure that the students, staff, and facilitators can present at the AERA Conference in San Francisco, California on Tuesday, April 30.

Again, thank you for your kind generosity. We will be sharing conference updates and reflections when we return. 
"The Files/Las Carpetas" about Puerto Rican Blacklist at LATINO FILM FESTIVAL


On November 21, 1988, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ordered the island's government to release hundreds of thousands of files the Police Department illegally kept on pro-independence supporters, community and civil rights activists, and even students they deemed as "subversives." "The Files" explores how this illicit surveillance affected the personal and professional lives of some Puerto Ricans.
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:00 pm

Del Batey a la Isla: Fundraising Event for the Batey Urbano


Sobremesa Supper Club will be hosting a fundraiser for the Batey Urbano collective youth to travel to Puerto Rico in June for an educational, ecological Tour in Puerto Rico. 

Sobremesa Supper Club's logo


Sobremesa Supper Club is the only Latino inspired fine-dining experience in Chicago that is 100% Boricua owned.  It is run by a collective of four talented Puerto Ricans raised on the island.  We showcase seasonal products from local, urban farms and providers located in the four-state area (i.e., Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin). Sobremesa is a dining experience that aims to trigger connections between individuals from different parts of town over a meal, while striving to promote community and foster relationships.


Sunchokes + Radishes + Pickled Mustard Seeds


Join us on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30pm to eat a delicious, vegetable forward and Latino inspired tasting menu (8 to 10 courses), be part of Chicago's underground foodie scene, and contribute to an important  cause for our youth as they will be getting closer to going from the "Batey a la Isla." This event will take place in a secret location in Pilsen with more details to come once reservations are made. We accommodate for vegetarians and for food restrictions/ allergies. 


SSC Crew

Suggested donation: $75 (all proceeds go to the Batey's trip) 


Reservations are on a first come, first-served basis and are only made through our email: sobremesachicago@gmail.com. Reserve today, tickets will go fast!


About the Chef: Gabriel Moya was chosen to be part of the 2013 Bib Gourmand list in the Michelin's NYC Restaurant Guide. He is a young Puerto Rican Chef who graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He has worked in various restaurants in NYC: The Modern, Falai, Anella, and, most recently, Calyer (Executive Chef). In 2012, Gabriel moved to Chicago to start this new and exciting venture with two of his childhood friends. Gabriel is a new, refreshing and daring proposal for the contemporary food scene in Puerto Rico and Chicago. Read more about him here.


ARCC 3rd Annual Town Hall Forum and Dissemination Workshop


 ARCC 3rd Annual Town Hall Forum and Dissemination Workshop April 17: Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) 3015 W. Division St. Town Hall (9-11:30 am): Opportunity to give input into ARCC programs and services. Workshop (12-1:30pm): The program is free.


Examples of how community-academic partnerships can disseminate project information and findings to community and academic audiences. Featuring presentations by community-academic teams. RSVP: ARCC@northwestern.edu