The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and National Boricua Human Rights Network extend their deepest condolences to companera Maria Ortiz and family on the death of her uncle, Juan Martinez Melendez. Our thoughts are with you.


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Young Humboldt Park Filmmaker's entry selected for Filminute,  Int'l Film Festival!
Humnboldt Park Filmmaker Matt McCanna's short film, 'Safe Passage' has been selected as one of 25 1-minute films to compete in the international film festival, Filminute. 
Matt is a young leader, member of the Batey Urbano Collective, videographer and National Boricua Human Rights Network activist. 
Watch it, vote for it, give it a 5 star rating, and help Matt and Humboldt Park win the People's Choice Award! Please share!

It is with a heavy heart, but still great spirit that we write to inform everyone reading this of the increasing illness of the great teacher, mentor, organizer, attorney/advocate, strategist, sociologist and more, our beloved Dr. Luis Nieves Falcon.


A bout of lukemia which came on just following his return to Puerto Rico after a grueling tour of the US to promote the English language edition of the PM Press book by political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera has led our dear Luis to make a decision quite unusual for his many years of struggle.


He is selling off parts of his amazing collection of art to help defray the costs of his cancer treatment.


We are working with his colleague Yolanda Munoz to help spread the word about this rather amazing opportunity; help support and give back to this giant of a man and at the same time gain a valuable piece of Puerto Rican art and history and struggle.


The FaceBook website Love for a Giant: Luis Nieves Falcon, below, links to the images now available; you may also write me or get in touch directly with Yolanda at 787-370-9939 or by email,



Puerto Rican Parrot Update 2013 and 2012

I hope these short lines find all of you and your loved ones doing great and having success in your personal goals, your plans, and your projects.  Earlier this year I sent a message that began as "The 2013 breeding season in the Iguaca Aviary (former Luqillo Aviary) began with the right foot..."  Well, we had another awesome season on behalf of recovery efforts of this species.


As many of you may know, the captive management of endangered Puerto Rican Amazon is a collaborative effort between the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (José L. Vivaldi Memorial Aviary, better known as the Río Abajo Aviary) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Iguaca Aviary former Luquillo Aviary). Together, we had another great year. Ricardo Valentín, the Rio Abajo Aviary Manager and Aviculturist produced a record year for the program of 66 chicks (a record for the Rio Abajo aviary and a record for the captive breeding program.  At the Iguaca Aviary, we produced 41 chicks.  That is a total of 107 chicks in one season.  A number of hatchlings never seen before and it is the first time in the history of the captive efforts for the recovery of A. vittata that more that 100 chicks were produced in a single season.  Furthermore, since the first captive chick was produced, this we reached the mark of 1000 hatchlings in captivity.


Both aviaries had high rates of fertility, hatchability and survival.  Actually, the survival of hatchlings for the Iguaca Aviary, 86.36%, has been the higher in the history of the Luquillo/Iguaca Aviary.  Survival for 2012 was a record as well until that year and was 70.17%.  We are extremely pleased with the results but we need to keep working hard as team to have even better years and keep raising the bar.


Both aviaries were able to provide fertile eggs and chicks for the management and success of several nesting cavities in the wild at El Yunque National Forest (formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest)and at the Rio Abajo State Forest, and being the cornerstone of the release program providing enough individuals for such purposes.  We are very proud to say that when you put together all the components of the program (both captive breeding facilities, both wild flock management programs and the releases program) we have an all-time record of around 500 Puerto Rican Amazons.


Passion and teamwork has been the key elements for success.  I am extremely excited to share this good news with all of you.  Please, feel free to share this good news with as much people as you want.  I believe that is great to hear this kind of news about the success of conservation programs and how we can collaborate to make more of these success histories. Update by Jafet Vélez-Valentín, M.Sc., M.A.R. Wildlife Biologist/ Aviculturist/  Iguaca Aviary Operations Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Puerto Rican Amazon Recovery Program 

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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.

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Centro Infantil 

Consuelo Lee Corretjer

Open Registration * Day Care Program * Head Start

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* 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

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Detroit Network leader 
Raquelle Seda honored

Detroit area community activist and National Boricua Human Rights Network leader Raquelle Seda was honored this past Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the CLLAS 42nd Anniversary Gala and Celebración for her dedication to the community. 


Wayne State University's Center for Latin and Latin American Studies presented her with their Community Service Award. This award is presented annually to community members that perform exceptional work for the Latino community in metro Detroit. Raquelle has been very active in establishing the Puerto Rican Family Festival in Detroit, is involved in several volunteer programs around the city of Detroit, and the free Oscar López Rivera campaign.



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Puerto Rican Cultural Center Executive Director Keynotes City of Cleveland, Ohio Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

The City of Cleveland honored the contributions of Latinos with a Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 with an evening gala that featured Key Note Speaker, Jose E. Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Juan Antonio Corretjer. Professor Lopez spoke about the many contributions that Latinos have made across the United States; in particular, the important role that we played in the national presidential campaign that re-elected President Obama. As he touched on the topic of Immigration Reform, the approximately 350 people in attendance, were brought to their feet giving Professor Lopez a standing ovation after he transported us on a cultural and musical tour of the Americas that touched on the traditions of the Sephardic Jews and of the Moors in Spain to that of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and highlighted the significance of the socio-political inter-connections of these contributions.

Emphasizing that this, our human and cultural mosaics, had made us the 1st global human identity on earth, and that, that historical identity should inform how we can be transformational agents of change in the US. He focused on how the Monroe Doctrine in 1923, had made Latin America the US "backyard", and that demographically, we are now in the US "living room".

Following the theme of the event "Our Time", he called on how Latinos are changing the discourse on citizenship, by advocating for "cultural citizenship" which embraces diversity, multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism.

Still Dreaming: My Journey from the 

Barrio to Capitol Hill

Book reception and signing with
Cong. Luis V. Gutiérrez

Institute for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Sat, Sept. 28th, 11am. $35 includes signed book.

For more info: Militza Págan, 773-227-7794


A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of 

America's most fearless political leaders.

Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the most recognized Hispanic public figure in America.


Here Gutiérrez recounts his life between two worlds: too Puerto Rican in America, where he was born and yet was told to "go back to where you came from"; too American in Puerto Rico, where he was ridiculed as a "gringo" who couldn't speak Spanish. For much of his early life, he seemed like the last person who would rise to national prominence. Yet his tremendous will and resilience shaped his varied experiences-from picking coffee beans to driving a cab-into one of the most surprising careers in American politics. He campaigned for Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington. Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of his house, and he only grew more committed to reform. Tested in the crucible of the notoriously tough Chicago city council, he earned the nickname "El Gallito": the little fighting rooster.

UrbanTheater Company (UTC) opens Cándido Tirado's "First Class"

On Monday, September 16, UrbanTheater Company (UTC) opened the Midwest Premiere of Cándido Tirado's "First Class", directed by Juan Castañeda, featuring Hank Hilbert and Ivan Vega. Their opening was a success and marked the beginning of UTC's eighth season. Tirado has created a beautifully complex story of brotherhood filled with tough love. Performances schedule is as follows: Sun. at 3pm, Mon. and Tues. at 7:30pm. Upcoming free outdoor community performances on 9/28 & 10/5 at 3pm. 


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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.

Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Awarded Order of Ben BarkaThe Organization of Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAL) today conferred Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera with the Order of El Mehdi Ben Barka. Clarisa Lopez, daughter of the pro-independence fighter who has served more than 32 years of a 70-year prison sentence in the United States--including 12 in solitary-- was on hand to represent her father in receiving the highest decoration awarded by the OSPAAL.


Rene Gonzalez of the Cuban Five personally presented the distinction. 
In accepting the award, he quoted Lopez Rivera, who said "everything that is happening eliminates any possibility of me feeling like an invisible man; the good thing is that these things make me feel more humble every day." 

"We are more than one voice and we will continue to be until the return of my father and the Cuban fighters Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González and Ramón Labañino, because they will not be invisible," stated Clarisa said during the ceremony at Havana's José Martí Memorial.

The Cuban Five were tried and convicted in the United States, and sentenced to long prison terms after being arrested in Miami in 1998 for alerting Cuba to plans by violent groups based in southern Florida.

René returned to the island after serving 13 years in prison and a period of supervised release and renouncing the U.S. citizenship.
AFL-CIO reclama liberación de Oscar López Rivera

WASHINGTON - La central sindical AFLCIO aprobó una resolución en la que reclama al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, la liberación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, quien ha cumplido 32 años de cárcel.

"La convención 2013 le solicita al Presidente de Estados Unidos que ejercite su poder constitucional del indulto para liberar inmediata e incondicionalmente a Oscar López Rivera", indica la medida.

La propuesta fue presentada por la Federación del Trabajo de Puerto Rico y la Unión Internacional de Empleados Profesionales y de Oficina (OPEIU).

La resolución recuerda que el gobernador  Alejandro García Padilla, el comisionado residente Pedro Pierluisi y la Legislatura de Puerto Rico son parte del consenso que se ha generado en la Isla a favor de la excarcelación de López Rivera, un antiguo dirigente del grupo Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN).

Cantan por Oscar López

Un grupo de artistas unirán sus voces mañana a favor de la liberación del preso político

Un grupo de artistas subirá mañana al escenario del Coliseo Roberto Clemente para interpretar los temas de La lucha es vida toda, disco dedicado a la vida del preso político Oscar López, quien está en una cárcel estadounidense desde hace 32 años por el cargo de conspiración sediciosa.


A continuación, el repertorio principal y su significado en la vida de Oscar López.



Roy Brown y Zoraida Santiago

Canción introductoria que pone en perspectiva histórica la figura de Oscar como el más reciente de los líderes de la independencia del País.


El pequeño Oscar

Tony Mapeyé

Habla sobre la infancia de Oscar en su pueblo natal, de San Sebastián.


Mi Pepino en el recuerdo

Trío Taboas-Scharrón

Canción sobre el pueblo de San Sebastián, que establece cuál fue el entorno de Oscar.


Mil pedacitos de ti

Andy Montañez

Canción que habla sobre la migración puertorriqueña a Estados Unidos, donde la familia de Oscar se mudó en la década de 1940.


El fuego de Chicago


Sobre la organización de la comunidad tras unos sucesos de violencia en esa ciudad.


Señor federado

Lucecita Benítez

No trata un suceso real, sino que presenta la ideología que los lleva a enfrentarse al gobierno de Estados Unidos.


La celda

Walter Morciglio, Fofé, Eduardo Alegría

Sobre su etapa en prisión; presenta al ser humano encarcelado y las cosas que pasan por su cabeza.


Un abuelo y su nieta

Escrito por Erick Landrón y declamado por Alicia Rodríguez

Plasma la experiencia de Oscar al conocer a su nieta. Por años se vieron a través de un cristal hasta que finalmente pudieron estar en el mismo cuarto.



Danny Rivera

El abuelo le habla a su nieta.


No puedo dejarme salir

Fernandito Ferrer

Reafirmación del compromiso de Oscar en el contexto de su negativa en 1999 a no aceptar un indulto y permanecer en prisión hasta que el último de los presos políticos salga de la cárcel.


No me arrepiento

Poema escrito y declamado por Rafael Cancel Miranda

Cierra el disco como una reafirmación del compromiso de Oscar, que debe ser similar al suyo.


La fiesta de Oscar

Haciendo Punto en otro Son

Sobre la fiesta que habrá cuando sea liberado y regrese a la Isla y a San Sebastián.

NY Coordinadora for the 

Freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera presents




El Grito De Lares NYC 2013 

Bomba y Plena Meets Hip Hop 

Featuring the Welfare Poets 

A Night of Knowledge, Music and Dance for 

Oscar Lopez Rivera 







5:30 AND 9P.M.

LOCAL 1199,

310 W 43RD ST




El marco propositivo del Bosque Modelo como síntesis de luchas comunitarias, como referente concreto de logros ya alcanzados desde Adjuntas y como aspiraciones perfectamente viables por su validez científica y su respaldo multisectorial, debe ser adoptado como ejemplo del trabajo participativo que merece el país que queremos. A continuacion.

Gobernador sostuvo reuniones en Washington sobre desarrollo económico y libertad Oscar Lopez Rivera

Se informó que, durante el encuentro, los funcionarios discutieron la implantación en Puerto Rico de las políticas de desarrollo económico y creación de empleos que recomendó en su informe el Task Force de Casa Blanca.

Como en otras ocasiones en que ha visitado la Casa Blanca, García Padilla aprovechó para insistir en la liberación del prisionero político, Oscar López. A continuacion

Over 300 Pay Tribute to Rico Piccard

On Sunday, September 15, over 300 community residents and local leaders gathered at Orlando's La Casa de Puerto Rico to pay homage to Elias "Rico" Piccard. Rico, a longtime community activist, journalist, and photographer, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. 


During this long overdue tribute, testimonies and musical performances attested to Rico's commitment to social justice and the Puerto Rican community. Speakers described his near endless list of accomplishments and the many struggles he has actively participated in and led, including the founding of the United Front 436 and involvement in the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. Some of the highlights of evening included the presentation of four official proclamations from three Florida State Representatives and one State Senator, and a passionate rendition of Rafael Hernandez' classic "Preciosa." Also, Rosario Martinez, a member of the National Boricua Human Rights Network chapter in Orlando, read a heartfelt letter from Oscar López Rivera. Several times, all present chanted Rico's famous slogan, "¡Arriba los de Abajo!," bringing a smile to Rico's face. The program closed with inspiring words from Rico and the presentation of a special portrait of Rico, painted by a local artist. Donations were collected for the Rico Piccard Leadership Scholarship Fund.