Preview & Fundraiser for

Who is Albizu Campos?

Feature film Documentary

With Producer/Director Michael Torres 



Help support the making of the first ever documentary in English of one of Latin America's greatest heroes of the 20th Century, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos. This event will present Clips of the film, a talk with the filmmaker plus questions and answers.


Friday, April 19th 2013

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Roberto Clemente H.S. Auditorium

1147 N. Western Ave.

Chicago IL 60622

Admission $5.00

For advance tickets call 773.676.5234


Poetry Reading by Eduardo Arocho & Guest Poets


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"Since starting this project in 2006, I've interviewed over 30 scholars, historians, associates and family members of Albizu and have taken research trips to Harvard, New York and Puerto Rico, accumulating over 100 hours of interviews, archival footage, hundreds of unpublished photos, rare radio interviews and original speeches given by Albizu. These materials have been assembled into a three-hour rough cut which needs to be edited down to ninety minutes," Michael Torres.


View Trailer.

32 Days for 

32 Years Launch in 2 Weeks-

Volunteer Now!


COLLABORATE with our interactive exhibit where YOU, for 24 hours, can relive the inhumane conditions 

Oscar López Rivera has lived for the last 32 years.


GET INVOLVED, be a prisoner or guard for a day!



REACH through the prison walls & SAY NO TO INJUSTICE Check out last years video!


Attend the opening and closing of this exhibit! 

April 28th 8AM and May 29th at Batey Urbano 2620 W. Division St.


For more information or to get involved please contact Matt McCanna at or 708-953-8351


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

(Over 13,000 pics!)

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
Pipeline Project Update



Alfredo Huerta and Sabrina Cintrón, both seniors at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA), have been rewarded the Open Doors Scholarship upon acceptance into Columbia College Chicago, for their academic excellence. Each student will receive a renewable $7,000 and $8000 a year respectively, totaling $28,000 & $32,000 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 Alfredo and Sabrina have applied for as a part of the College Pipeline Project at RCCA, whereby 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, Alfredo and Sabrina will have a portfolio consisting of a resumé, five year plan, scholarship applications, and much more to take in college.

Paseo Boricua IOS and Android App near completion


A group of IIT students has spent the last semester working on the development of a  mobile app for a walking tour of Paseo Boricua as part of the Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO), in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The app, soon to be available on Android and IOs, is near completion. The class, led by Dr. Margaret Power, met on April 15th to conduct a trial tour of the sites and murals. The app tour should take between 45 minutes to 1 hour and showcased the beautiful murals and buildings of Paseo Boricua.


Alejandro Luis Molina, PRCC Board Secretary and Tech Portfolio sachem, is excited about the project because it highlights the potential for productive partnership between a major University and a community. The picture shows the production team stopping at one of the sites in Humboldt Park. The tour begins at Clemente High School, continues down Division St. to Humboldt Park, past the field and boat house and ends at IPRAC.

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

¡Humboldt Park 
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to El Barrio 

PRCC Updates

Over 200 fill Casa Puertorriqueña for Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón & Matt Meyer

"Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" and "We Have Not Been Moved" Book Signings


Last Thursday, April 11th, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center continued its 40th Anniversary Jornada with a presentation of two important books .


Over two hundred people sat rapt, as Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón, editor of "Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance", eloquently spoke about Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, whose prison letters comprise the book. The audience, including high school students and teachers, law students and lawyers, community health activists and physicians, poets and musicians, lined up enthusiastically to have Dr. Nieves Falcón sign their books and ask him questions about the campaign for López Rivera's release from prison. 


The book, a translation from the original Spanish, includes a forward by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who says "justice cannot be served by keeping Oscar López Rivera in prison.


Matt Meyer presented on "We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America"  a book he edited with Elizabeth Martínez and Mandy Carter. To lead off his presentation, Meyer announced that Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams has joined the effort to free Oscar López Rivera.


A CD collection of songs authored by some of Puerto Rico's most well-known singer-songwriters was also available for sale. "La Vida Es Lucha Toda" tributo a Oscar López Rivera features Roy Brown and Zoraida Santiago, Tony Mapeyé, Lucecita Benítez and Haciendo Punto en otro Son.


The National Boricua Human Rights Network sponsored program, hosted by Alyssa Villegas and Michelle Morales, included poetry by Judy Díaz and Eduardo Arocho and music by Fernandito Ferrer. 100 copies of "Oscar Lopez Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" were sold and more have been ordered. To get your copy, contact Each copy is $15.95 plus shipping & handling. The Oscar CD is also available and costs $12 plus s/h. View our Flickr set here.


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.


33rd Festival Jibaro Comerieño

Eco-Cultural Tour

In Puerto Rico

A Celebration of Traditional Puerto Rican music


The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) invite you to join us in our first Eco-Cultural Tour of Puerto Rico from June 6th-11th, 2013.



Where we will stay!


Hotel Media Luna, Comerio, Puerto Rico
Places to be visited (tentative)


Museo de Arte 

 de Puerto Rico

Total Price: $1,500 (estimated) per person includes Air Transportation, 5 nights, 6 days in Hotel Media Luna, Breakfast and Dinner, Ground Transportation to and from the airport, to and from each excursion and taxes and fees. (Price will vary depending on group size and hotel room occupancy. Price for couples available at cheaper price) DEADLINES: $100 deposit due by Monday, April 22, and balance of the entire $1500 due May 5th for the entire cost of the trip. For more information contact Militza Pagán at 773-227-7794.

Cemi Museum and Piedra Escrita in Jayuya


Antonio Martorell's Studio at Playa de Ponce & Plaza Las Delicias in Ponce

Fight For Your Future Youth Congress


This past Saturday, April 13 Representative Luis Gutiérrez sponsored the "Fight for Our Future Youth Congress" at Roberto Clemente High School. The purpose of the event was to encourage youth to get involved in ensuring that Comprehension Immigration Reform passes this year. At the event the Congressman provided the audience with an update on the state of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Congress. He explained that things were moving and while there were Republicans willing to back a law that provides legalization for the millions of undocumented people in the US, much work needed to be done to make it a reality.


Emma Lozano, co-chair of Centro Sin Fronteras, and José E. López, Executive Director of the PRCC, also spoke at the event. López explained that Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order was the reason the president was reelected. He further explained that the Latino consciousness that exists today is due to the solidarity formed between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Chicago decades ago. "Our ability to form a political Latino Agenda is going to change US politics and consciousness," stressed López. Following the speakers, breakout sessions were held on different issues important to the Latino immigrant community including Empowerment, Violence Response, Education and Employment. Over 200 youth and their families attended the event.

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

   '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), 

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


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.

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: 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.


What is PrEP?


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center- Vida/SIDA is one of several organizations nationwide to receive funding from Be the Generation Bridge to help increase awareness and knowledge of biomedical HIV prevention research, which includes HIV vaccines, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and microbicides

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention method for people who are HIV-negative and are at high risk for HIV infection, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and those who are in a relationship with someone who is HIV positive. HIV-negative individuals who use PrEP take a daily oral dose of antiretroviral drugs (also used to treat HIV) to help reduce their chances of becoming infected with the virus. To most effectively reduce HIV acquisition among uninfected individuals who are exposed to the virus, they must take a daily oral dose of PrEP whether or not they have been exposed to HIV through sexual contact. Someone using PrEP needs to work closely with their doctor or health care provider to monitor its. PreEP reduces the risk of HIV infection, but one should not rely on PreP alone to prevent HIV. More information can be found at (AVAC)