Jesús "Tato" Laviera

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will be hosting a special event on November 20 dedicated to Tato Laviera. The legendary nuyorican poetic giant, Tato Laviera passed away Friday, November 1. Tato, and his infectious charisma and ability transform language in unique ways, will be greatly missed. The youth of Paseo Boricua had the honor to work closely with Tato on several plays documenting 
the history of Puerto Ricans in Chicago. Tato, you have left us with a 
body of work for the ages. Rest in Poetry. Above, Tato with Batey Urbano Youth
circa 2005.

National Boricua Human Rights Network

2013 Holiday Pasteles Sale

Once again we are selling delicious, amazing pork & vegetarian pasteles for Thanksgiving!   All proceeds will go towards the commissary of the Puerto Rican political prisoners. 


Let us know if you want to place an order!! Download the order form below and support the campaign for Oscar's freedom or email Michelle:



Chicago orders only please. 


The Network will also be gathering signatures the week of Nov. 23-30, in solidarity with the march scheduled for the same day in Puerto Rico, to present to President Obama at a later date.


Please contact the Network via Michelle to volunteer.

"Still Dreaming": Available at Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Autographed copies of "Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill" by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, are still available. Contact Alejandro:

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.


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Todos y Todas a Separar la Fecha por la Libertad de Oscar Ya


Sábado 23 de noviembre

Gran Marcha Nacional en Puerto Rico

1pm desde el Edificio Federal en la Chardon


Exhortamos a las organizaciones y amigos/as solidarias y amigos/as en otros paises a realizar acciones simultaneas por la excarcelacion del patriota Oscar Lopez Rivera - mas de 32 años en las carceles del imperio - libertad ahora sin condiciones.


PUERTO RICO: Apoyemos el esfuerzo del Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico y el Grupo 32 x Oscar que de manera conjunta nos están convocando para esta marcha. Unidad de pueblo para vencer.


Premiere Saturday November 16th

"Compelled to Action: The History of Citizen's Alert"

Join Citizen's Alert as they celebrate 46 years of working together for police accountability in Chicago and nationwide


When: Saturday November 16th

Where: Wellington Avenue UCC, 615 W. Wellington

Time: 6:30pm refreshments, 7:30pm film

RSVP: Jackie at 773-935-9775


UIC Fellows Public Lecture

Citizenship vs Unauthorized Presence;

Personhood vs Presence

Among strong nation-states with wealthy economies and viable democracies, the distinction between citizenship and alienage is a foundational institution- indeed, the "institution of institutions" as Etienne Balibar names it. Of late both in the EU and the United States, the rights of unauthorized immigrants as persons, despite not being citizens, has been hotly argued. This paper, and lecture, is interested in the conceptual distinctions between citizenship and personhood, and will examine another conception, presence, that has remained latent in US political and legal theory since at least 1790.


Where: UIC Institute for the Humanities, 701 S. Morgan St., Lower Level, Stevenson Hall

When: November 14th, 2013

Who: Ralph Cintron

Time: 3-5pm

Haunted Paseo Boricua 2013 Delights Families

Paseo Boricua dressed up in Halloween regalia with a special emphasis on cultural expressions and healthy treats on Oct. 31, 2013. Therr were more than 15 stations that included face painting, healthy treats, bicycling activities and even a zombie walk. Despite the rain, hundreds of families paraded along Paseo Boricua.

The festivities were sponsored by many of the community's businesses, organizations, and schools. Everyone from Alderman Roberto Maldonado, Marcey Sorenson, Clemente's Principal, and Matt Rodríguez, Director of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School to institutions like the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA), the Barrio Arts, Culture and Community Academy's (BACCA) anti-underage drinking campaign, Batey Urbano and Vida/SIDA Generation L all contributed toward a true community celebration. Paseo Boricua has truly been transformed from a place where children were pelted with eggs and threatened by gang activity more than a decade ago, to a place where families can stroll down the street enjoying and participating in activities. This is really a community building. View our Flickr set.
Amnesty International Activist Visits Paseo Boricua 
Susan Tarman of Amnesty International of Santa Fe, New Mexico (above left with Nancy and José E. López) visited Paseo Boricua in October. Susan and other Amnesty International members have been corresponding with Oscar. She came to see for herself the importance of the community that Oscar is apart of and to learn more about the campaign to free him.

Join Pastor Wilfredo De Jesus and New Life Covenant Church on Saturday Dec. 7th at 11:00. Tour the new church, and be part of the short program. Mayor Emanuel and Governor Quinn will be present.


Join the Puerto Rican Cultural Center on its 
2nd Eco-Tour of Puerto Rico Dec 20-29
 ❒ 4 nights at Gripiña Hacienda in Jayuya, PR
 Dec 20-23 (Dec 24-25 free days with family)
 ❒ 3 nights in Media Luna Hotel, Comerio, PR Dec 26-28

 ❒ Round trip airfare to Puerto Rico.
 ❒ All ground transportation in Puerto Rico including to and from airport as well as 6 points of interest tour
❒ 2 meals daily -Breakfast and dinner
❒ Fees (not luggage or tips)

Total cost: $1,500 per person, $2,500 per couple A $100.00 deposit required by Fri. Nov 9, 2013. Please contact Lourdes Lugo at or Militza Pagan at 
National Lawyers Guild Convention 
held in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Deputy Director, Militza M. Pagán attended the 76th Annual National Lawyers Guild Law for the People Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first National Lawyers Guild Convention held in Puerto Rico had an attendance of over 300 people. The event was held Thursday, October 24th-Sunday, October 30, 2013. The convention focused on Puerto Rico's colonial relationship with the United States. Attendees learned about the history of US colonialism in Puerto Rico, the US's repression of members of the Puerto Rican independence movement, and the NLG's long-lasting support of Puerto Rican political prisoners and the Puerto Rican independence movement. Throughout the conventions, calls were made for the immediate release of Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera.


Rafael Cancel Miranda, a former Puerto Rican political prisoner who spent 25 years in jail, gave the NLG's Keynote Address. Clarisa López, daughter of Oscar, spoke at a panel regarding the US's use of prisoner isolation in policing radical politics. A number of former Puerto Rican political prisoners participated in panels throughout the Convention, including Alberto Rodríguez, Lucy Rodríguez, and Carlos Alberto Torres. Jan Susler, lawyer at the People's Law Office and long-time lead counsel for many of the Puerto Rican political prisoners including Oscar, was awarded the "Law for the People Award" for her important work with the independence movement.

Octava carta de Oscar López Rivera a su nieta
El Nuevo Día publica periódicamente los sábados las cartas que el preso político Oscar López Rivera le envía desde prisión a su nieta Karina, a la cual solo ha conocido a través de los barrotes de la cárcel. López Rivera lleva 32 años encarcelado.
OLR Wristbands for Sale
Get your Free Oscar wristbands while they are available! $3 ea. Contact Alejandro Luis Molina: tp pick up.