Job Opening with PRCC


Puerto Rican Cultural Center 


Help the Latino community get the health insurance they need and become a navigator.  Help your community enroll for affordable health care by joining our team.

Job summary:  We are seeking for bilingual (English and Spanish), speaking individuals who are motivated, and organized to serve as Navigators . These individuals will maintain expertise about the newly expanded Medicaid programs and the Health Insurance Marketplace that are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Navigators will provide information and services in a fair, accurate, and impartial manner to the Latino population living in Chicago's North and North West Side . The PRCC will focus on serving the Latinos with low literacy, limited English proficiency, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, young adults, and other hard-to-reach populations.


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Learn more about how the PRCC can help you apply for quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 


Open enrollment begins Oct. 1st


Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014


Questions? Call 773-227-7794


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center


1112 N California


(773) 227-7794
M-F: 9am- 6pm

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(Made possible by grant funding from the IL Dept. of Health)  
Puerto Rican Cultural Center University of Chicago Students Collaborate on Community Service Project

Last Wednesday, 27 freshmen from the University of Chicago spent the day at Paseo Boricua. The idea of this collaboration between the PRCC and University of Chicago is introduce the freshman, many who have never been in urban settings or know much about the Puerto Rican community, to Chicago's different neighborhoods. The day began at IPRAC with a talk by Dr. Jose E. López, the PRCC's Executive Director, providing an account of the legacy of IPRAC's building and the Puerto Rican community's legacy in the city of Chicago. The students also received a tour of Paseo Boricua by Eduardo Arocho, President of the Board of Directors of DSBDA and had lunch at Nelly's. The students spent the afternoon helping out at different PRCC programs including Batey Urbano, Vida Sida and the Diabetes Empowerment Center. Also, Alejandro Luis Molina, Board Secretary, worked with 5 students to continue the work of creating inventory sheets form the Puerto Rican Cultural Center archives. The day ended with dinner at La Bruquena and a poetry and music session.

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,


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.

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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

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La hija de Oscar López Rivera y la esposa de Norberto González Claudio se encuentran de vuelta en Puerto Rico tras viajar a Cuba en apoyo a la libertad de los presos políticos. Vease video.

In a previous article, I wrote about the case of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera and the growing campaign in favor of his liberation. This week I take the opportunity to update readers on some of the campaign's recent highlights.


Thanks to the actions of civil rights and Puerto Rican pro-independence organizations, word of Oscar Lopez Rivera continues to reach thousands of people both within and outside of Puerto Rico, even if the man himself is confined to the same federal prison he has lived in for years in Terre Haute, Indiana. Continue reading here.

THIS SATURDAY: 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, 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.

Baseball's Last Hero-21 Clemente Stories to play tomorrow Thursday at Clemente High School, 4pm!

FREE Community Outdoor Performance This Saturday

This Saturday, September 28th and October 5th at 3pm, UTC is excited to offer two FREE outdoor community performances. UTC is excited about taking its motto 'From the Streets to the Stage' and flipping it right back to the streets. Don't missed this limited opportunity. Performances will be held at La Casita de Don Pedro | 2625 W. Division St., Chicago, 60622. For more information visit:

Puerto Rican Pioneer Tony Irizarry Fêted!

On Sunday, September 15, close to 200 community leaders, elected officials and family members participated in a well-deserved tribute to Antonio. "Tony" Irizarry. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center was proud to participate in the tribute, which was organized by Milly Santiago and took place at My Fair Lady Banquets. 

Tony was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico and came to the US in 1949, and to Chicago in 1951. He earned degrees soon after from several institutions of higher learning. Tony was a pioneer who envisioned uniting Puerto Rico community leaders, some of whom were Graciano Lopez, Mirta Ramirez, Trina Davila, Elias Diaz y Perez, and Haydee Garcia to name a few. Thanks at least partly to Irizarry's intervention, the first Puerto Rican Parade Committee was formed and eventually led to the the first official Puerto Rican parade in downtown Chicago in 1966. 


He has played a leading role in the promotion of Puerto Rican culture, as well as an advocate for Puerto Rican rights. He has been instrumental in creating many Puerto Rican institutions, including "Nuestro Directorio, Fiestas Poblanas Puertorriqueñas, and Nuestro Awards ceremony. He was recently selected as one of the 100 Puerto Ricans Pioneers whose life will be archived by the Center for PuertoRican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.

PACHS Graduate Edgar Delgado, Class of '98, Nominated for MillerCoors Líderes Award!


Since 2006, MillerCoors Lideres has raised awareness and highlighted the achievements, vision and commitment of leaders within the Hispanic community. Each year since its inception MillerCoors has selected a group of 12 emerging Latino leaders who are making a difference in their communities.  The 12 Líderes, are nominated by national and local nonprofit organizations from across the country. They are then selected by MillerCoors based on their achievements and impact on the U.S. Hispanic community.  Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School is excited to inform you that Edgar Delgado, Pedro Albizu Campos High School Class of 1998 has been selected as one of the 2013 MillerCoors Lideres candidates. 


The public will select the 2013 Lider of the Year through an online voting contest, which runs from September 17 through October 30 at The winner will receive a $25,000 grant to develop and implement a community leadership program with his/her sponsoring nonprofit organization and in partnership with MillerCoors.  

Please support Edgar in this endeavor by going to the MillerCoors website and voting for him. You can also help spread the word by forwarding this email to your network and asking them to vote for him. People can vote more than once per day. Let them know Edgar is the only person representing Humboldt Park, Chicago and the Midwest.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  




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