August 14, 2013

Urban Theater Fundraiser!

UrbanTheater Company (UTC) recently presented the staged reading of "Devil Land" by Desi Moreno-Penson as a part of Something Incredibly
Marvelous Happens: A Festival of Magic Realism. It was directed by Hank Hilbert and featured Jasmin Cardenas, Ivan Vega, Daniela Medina and Mike Cherry. "Devil Land" will be produced in the Spring of 2014
at Batey Urbano.  


Join us to honor the Chicago nominees to

Hunter College's

100 Puerto Ricans Campaign

These nominees will be part of a

group of Puerto Ricans selected to have their lives

archived by Hunter College's

Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños


Thursday, August 29, 2013


Institute of Puerto Rican 

Arts and Culture

3015 W. Division St

Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Accepting Applications Now!

 Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, located near Division and California, is presently accepting applications for the new 2013-2014 school year. Classes begin on Monday, August 26th. Students must be between the ages of 16 - 20. 

You can apply on-line here.
Please share or repost. For more information on Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, please visit our website.


Centro Infantil 

Consuelo Lee Corretjer

Open Registration * Day Care Program * Head Start

We offer:

* Full day, Day Care for children 15 mos. to 3 yrs.

* Full day Head Start for children 3 to 5 yrs. 

* Research based curriculum

* Family involvement

* Nutritional Meals

* Parent workshops

Download the leaflet here.


Teaching positions available


Centro Infantil Corretjer

Job summary: Responsible for the education and general development of the children enrolled in the agency's Head Start Program. Implements the curriculum in accordance with Head Start standards, educational plan and the agency philosophy.

Download the job description here.

Our Urban Agriculture

Last Sunday August 11th, Giveaway Committee Co-Chair Sarah Finkel and 5 volunteers harvested and gave away approximately 41 pounds of produce to 42 people comprising 14 households. Thank you for the increased produce donations!
We're at the garden every Sunday from 11am-1pm and give away surplus Monarch Garden produce. Download the bi-lingual leaflet here and distribute to your friends, loved ones and neighbors.



* Monarch Gardeners surplus produce. ONLY donated surplus is available; that will be on tables in bags.

* No reserving food bags; 

first come first serve basis

* limit one bag per family


You are encouraged to bring your own bags.

Los Tequis
OpenSpace Humboldt Park 
Hot Site of the Week!
 Instead of working home alone or dealing with coffee houses' growing backlash against so-called "laptop hobos," Pilsen and Humboldt Park residents now have a free tech space to call their own. Open Space provides guests with free wireless internet, a comfortable and collaborative workspace, and professional development opportunities. The project is offered weekly at hosted locations in Humboldt Park and Pilsen.


The new initiative is sponsored by Futuro Studio, an online marketing agency owned by Roberto Lopez. Springing off collaborative tech spaces in Chicago like 1871, Lopez saw "the need for a space like 1871 in communities that need more assistance in bridging the digital divide." Read on.

Visit our Social Media

(PRCC) #jacprcc
(PACHS) #albizucamposhs
(NBHRN) #free_olr


Successful Opening for NYC Oscar Art Exhibition
We would like to thank everyone who attended the opening for the art exposition ìOscar Lopez Rivera An Artist, A Human Being. It was a success in a number of ways. We had a full house. and were able to sell four of his paintings. The proceeds will go to Oscar's granddaughter, Karina.

We got a few dozen letters to President Obama asking for Oscar's release signed and made $107.00, which will go to reproducing literature and copies of the letter to President Obama.

Thank you to the following people and places:
Casa de las Americas for lending the venue.
Franklin Flores, the curator for making everything look so fantastic
Sery Colon for all his advice and guidance
Melissa Mark Viverito for her support to free Oscar and her courage.
Choco Orta, our great salsa singer for leading us in the singing of our national anthem.
Marina Ortiz for the beautifully crafted leaflet that we are using for the activity.
To Papoleto, and Eric Aviles for their wonderful poetry.
Melissa, Graciano Emil, and Camilo for their contributions in planning and recruitment and for their logistical support.

Exhibit days:
Fridays 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturdays 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sundays 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Last day of the Exhibit.
Sunday, September 8th 6:00 pm to 9:00pm

Where: Casa de las Americas182 East 111th Street, Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue 
Download the flyer.
Food Initiatives is currently recruiting for the 
following positions

PT Aveggies! Creative Consultant

FT Healthy Communities Corps AmeriCorps member (1 yr. commitment)


Attached is the position description for the creative consultant and the service description for the HCC Member.

Download the position description for the creative consultant and the service description for the HCC Member.
University dedicates its Graduation ceremony to Oscar López Rivera
On August 30, EDP University will celebrate its graduation at the Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It will be the first time that then ceremonies of the Hato Rey and San Sebastian campuses are held unitarily. Approximately 500 students will graduate and the ceremony will be dedicated to oscar López Rivera. 
The President of the University will also send a letter to Pres. Barack Obama urging the President to release him immediately. The students, their families and the staff will have a chance to sign letters at special tables located in the vestibule of the Center. The petition to the President of the US will be on behalf on the President, the student body and the academic institution, thereby converting it into the first University to support Oscar's freedom. An invitation to the ceremony will be extended to the mayors of San Sebastian and San Juan.

Humboldt Park Community Action Council Retreat last Monday 

Community as a Campus Plan to be formally adopted 

by the Chicago Public Schools


On Monday, August 12, the Humboldt Park Community Action Council (CAC) hosted a retreat to discuss the implementation of their Community as a Campus Plan (CAAC). The Community as a Campus plan seeks to create an educational environment framed within the precepts of the International Baccalaureate  (IB) academic standards and the transformation of all the schools within the designated area into "safe and inviting places to explore the world." At the retreat, participants were updated on the state of the CAC initiative and broke out into workgroups to craft the plan to carry out the facets of the initiative. These facets include the Parent Popular Education, the Teacher Administrator and the Youth Leadership Institutes, a public Montessori elementary and high school and a middle school for at-risk youth.  CPS aqnnounced that is would officially adopt the Community as a Campus Plan at the next Board of Directors meeting.


Please join us at the August Chicago Public Schools Board of Directors Meeting on August 28, 2013. It is important that CPS see the community supporting the Community as a Campus Plan.




Announcement of Community as a Campus Plan

by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett

at CPS Board of Directors Meeting


Wednesday, August 28th


CPS Central Administration Building

125 S. Clark St, 5th floor

Chicago, IL


Contact for more information

Creating a Cultural District in Humboldt Park 

and West Town

On Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 Billy Ocasio, CEO of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC), Jose E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Rebecca Sanders, Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance and representatives from the Polish Museum of America and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art met with Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Joe Morreno and State Representative Cynthia Soto to discuss the possibility of creating a cultural district joining these three museums. The idea would be develop cross-cultural programming that would highlight the historical contributions of these three ethnic groups in the areas of West Town and Humboldt Park. Through the establishment of a cultural district the organizers seek to encourage tourists to visit the neighborhoods and hopefully increase business for the commercial districts of the neighborhoods.

El Rescate and Outreach Team at Halsted Street Market Day

On Saturday August 10, 2013 Vida/SIDA teams united to recruit and create awareness of El Rescate transitional housing program. In the beaming sun members of EL Rescate handed out flyers and spoke to attendees about the current recruitment efforts of its transitional program, which just expanded to include 30 beds for LGBTQ youth ages 18-24.


It was a great way to bond for the "senior" participants that have been with El Rescate for over 3 months and are successfully completing the mission of the program. Thanks to the outreach team for helping and supporting El Rescate's efforts as they also spread the love by passing out condoms and talking about HIV awareness.

CAN TV's Community Forum: Back to School

With the first day of school right around the corner, watch Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz provide advice for parents registering their kids at new schools and highlights other back-to-school resources.

Community Forum - Back To School
Community Forum - Back To School

Puerto Ricans Create Affordable, Latino Fine-Dining Experiences in Chicago

Three Puerto Ricans friends living in Chicago launched a unique experience to attract and connect people through food by hosting elegant dinners in private homes, galleries, and outdoor spaces where they offer Latin dishes.

"We want to redefine fine-dining, gourmet food, with a community and social responsibility approach," told EFE Felipe Cabrera, who acts as Director of Strategy of Sobremesa Supper Club.

Contact them on their Facebook page and finish reading the article in Spanish at El Nuevo Dí­a.
Paseo Boricua Apartment Listing


This summer the PRCC in partnership with After School Matters, and PACHS have been working with over 25 youth to produce a play about their life experiences. Over the course of the summer program, the apprentices have experienced several different types of theatrical practices, community service opportunities, workshops, performance art forms and styles, and writing styles. They have also learned a great deal about our community here in Humboldt Park, its history, and what it means to be part of a community. Their artistic education touched upon the components of a well-rounded production, theatrical direction, improvisation, sketch writing, poetry, slam performance, playwriting, educational theatrical practices, piece translation, design elements, bomba dancing, and performance analysis. The group was even fortunate enough to enjoy a live performance of the production Mojada by Luis Alfaro, which took place at Victory Gardens Theatre. Overall they have been working on composing their own original theatre piece, Live in Humboldt Park! This piece is completely original and has been devised over the course of the summer program. The works that make up the performance are from the heart and show a great deal of strength, courage, and talent that each of these young artists possess in their own, unique ways. All performances are completely free, and our main goal is to bring awareness and togetherness to our community. Come check out and supporting these young, brilliant artists in their culminating event!


The last performance of LIVE IN HUMBOLDT PARK! will be on Friday, August 16th at 5:30pm at La Casita De Don Pedro (2625 West Division Street).




The Paseo Boricua Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday this summer. Through this initiative, the PRCC seeks to provide a place for Humboldt Park residents to acquire fresh produce.

Locally grown chemically free produce grown by our very own Humboldt Park youth is available!

The Farmer's Market takes places on 
Fridays from 2pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-3pm at 2628 W. Division St.

Concert for Oscar in San Juan, September 14!
"La lucha es vida toda" -Oscar López Rivera