Roberto Clemente Community Academy Local School Council Election

April 8th, 2014

The election for the Local School Council for Roberto Clemente Community Academy will be held on Tuesday, April 8th 2014 from 6am to 7pm. We are urging PRCC staff, members and friends to vote at this important election. The future of Clemente is at stake.


Edwin Diaz, Clemente alumnus and Columbia College student, and Alejandro Molina, Secretary of the PRCC Board of Directors, are running for the 2 Community Representative positions on the Council.

Move for Life 

Outreach Day!

Saturday, March 29, from 11am to 2pm. Meeting at DEC, 2753 W. Division St.


The objective:  to

mobilize the community to attend our Free services at Diabetes Empowerment Center the weekend after this outreach.


If anyone needs to complete volunteer hours or if you have students that need to complete community hours, this would be the perfect opportunity!


Volunteer Dates:

Saturday, March 29, 2014. Outreach Day from 11am-2pm

Saturday, April 5, 2014.  Move for Life!  Shift 1, 10am-3pm Shift 2,  12noon-5pm  (Actual event is 12n-4pm)  

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.


"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:
Paseo Boricua Apartment Listing

3723 W. Grand

2 BD $750



1700 Block of Spaulding

1BD $850



Armitage at Monticello

2BD $850

Text 312-841-6534


Cortland at Pulaski

2BD $875

TEXT 920.843.7507


North and Humboldt Blvd

Studio $895



1124 N. Wolcott

2 BD $950



2646 W. Potomac

1 BD $950



Mozart at Chicago Ave

2BR $975



Maplewood at North Ave

1BD $1000



Cortland at Drake

2BD $1100

(312) 508-3131


1635 N. Spaulding Ave

2 BD 1 bath $800

(773) 269-1450


1408 N Maplewood

3 BD 1 bath $1650

(773) 559-7215


3153 W Augusta

2 BD 1 bath $1025

(773) 235-5160


2611 W Wabansia Ave

2 BD 1 bath $925

(773) 677-7418


1742 N Humboldt Blvd

Studio $895

(707) 731-7587

  California and Evergreen

2 bedroom 1 bath $1200  773 510-2210


2 bedroom 1 bath $950 1632 N Fairfield 

773 904-7476


Studio 1 bath  $895 

1850 N. Humboldt blvd. 312 445-9583


1 bedroom 1 bath $750 Augusta and Kedzie 773 697-4474


Los Tequis

Memorize this! Use it!
Tell Students about it!
Las manos en el cristal: Serie de Cartas de OLR a su nieta Karina


COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies


Saturday March 22, 6pm

                                           Friday March 28, 7pm

From Puerto Rican Cultural Center programs

Condolences from Jose E. López, 

Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 

to the Molina Family

On behalf of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and my family I want to express our deepest sense of condolences to the Molina family on the physical loss of their beloved mother, Bertha Alanis de Molina. We will greatly miss her presence, her eternal smile, her contagious grace, and most importantly her humanity. But we know she will be forever enshrined in our collective memory. She will also live on in the commitment, dedication, unswerving loyalty and empathy of her son Alejandro Luis Molina, and her grandson Matt McCanna-the 2 greatest gifts she bestowed upon the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.


Bertha was a pioneering educator in the realm of bilingual education but she was an activist in her own right. The most sublime attributes of her son and grandson are mirror images of the humbled practices and lessons she taught them through her lived examples. 


Visitation will be at:

The Cremation Society of Illinois

6471 N. Northwest Highway

Chicago, IL 60631


on Friday, March 21, 3-8pm.


She has chosen to be cremated. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

Congratulations to the PRCC-Clemente College Pipeline!

Due to the hard work of our College Pipeline Mentors, Maria Borrero, UIC Mentor, Matt McCanna, Columbia College Mentor and Rebecca Rios and Alyssa Villegas, our Northeastern Illinois University Mentors, the following students have been accepted into college.


 The following 8 students have been accepted into University of Illinois at Chicago:

Amanda Marciano  Jessica Robinson

Miguel Luz  Jasmine Gonzalez

Felipe Crespo  Anthony Justinano

Giovanni Islas  Angel Davila


The following 8 students have been accepted to Columbia:


Destiny Ares   Brandon Gonzalez
Shavone Matthews   Beatris Osorio
Alexis Burgos   Sormaris Burgos
Argenis Hernandez   Jakoby Lopez


The following 6 students have been accepted to Northeastern Illinois University:

Alina Santana   Angel Davila 

Gina Vega    Luis Susana

Jovani Salgado   Marisol Ortiz


During Monthly General Assembly

Luis Nieves Falcón memorialized by 
Eduardo Villanueva

On Friday, March 14th, 2014 the monthly General Assembly of the PRCC was dedicated to the memory of the Puerto Rican patriot Luis Nieves Falcón. A short video of Luis Nieves Falcón last trip to Chicago was played in which he rendered homage to the patriot Oscar López Rivera. This was followed by a moving and powerful presentation by the renowned Puerto Rican lawyer, writer and human rights activist Eduardo Villanueva. Villanueva's presentation zeroed in on Nieves Falcón's political transformation from a leading position in the Popular Democratic Party to becoming one of Puerto Rico's most important spokesperson, on a national and international level, for the independence of Puerto Rico. He also touched on Nieves Falcon's scholarship and deep commitment to social justice, equity and human rights. Nieves Falcón fought the good fight in every major Puerto Rican struggle during the past 50 years: from the anti-militarism campaign to the struggle to withdraw the US navy from Vieques and Culebra; from the efforts to stop strip mining in Puerto Rico to the efforts to make Spanish the official language of the island; from the movement to stop the building of a gas pipeline on the island to the struggle for workers and women's rights; from the battle to democratize the University of Puerto Rico to the crusade to release Puerto Rican political prisoners. According to Villanueva, Nieves' words, both spoken and written, became the spears and shields in the quest for liberation.

Centro Infantil Getting Ready for Spring
Joshua, Amayah, and Bella all prepare for Spring by planting strawberry seeds in their little flower pots. 

 There's a lot to take in with the new health insurance marketplace. And with all the new choices, you may have questions. We can help you learn about your health plan options and provide helpful resources. We can even help you enroll into the right insurance plan.

Stop by one of our health insurance
enrollment events.

Friday, March 21, Noon-6 p.m.
St. Aloysius Church 
Monsignor Thiele Parish Center - Gonzaga Room
1510 North Claremont Avenue, ChicagoSaturday, March 29, Noon-6 p.m.Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical CenterSaint Mary Campus - 3rd Floor2233 West Division Street, ChicagoIn addition to enrolling into the right insurance plan, we'll be offering body mass index and blood pressure screenings. We'll serve refreshments as well.

Learn more. Call 877.737.INFO (4636) or visit
To speak with one of our Spanish-speaking representatives, call 312.361.7959 or 818.224.8478. Or to reach a Polish-speaking representative, call 312.491.5086.


2nd Annual Unified Puerto Rican People's Parade to Honor 40th Anniversary of Clemente Community Academy and Borinqueneers
On Sat June 14th at 2pm, the 2nd annual Puerto Rican Peoples Parade will start on Division and Western motivated by the huge success of last years unified efforts, the organizers from Casa Puertorriqueña and the PRCC are extremely excited about this years upcoming celebration. They have decided that the parade will highlight the historic Puerto Rican Borinqueneers/ 65th Puerto Rican Infantry Regiment of the US Army- whose valor and courage is being memorialized by a major housing and health project for Latino veterans at Norwegian American Hospital, sponsored by Hispanic Housing Corporation.  
The Parade will also showcase the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Roberto Clemente Community Academy. And, particularly, its new focus as an International Baccalaurate (IB) school, which will transform it into the jewel of the crown of the community's quest for creating a culture of educational excellence. The parade organizers are inviting Clemente students to submit their artwork for a poster competition for this years parade poster, which will integrate the themes of education, the 40th anniversary of RCCA and the celebration of the community's cultural expressions.
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Raising Money to Expand Edible Garden

by Abel Fernandez


We want to expand the Humboldt Park/Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture Edible Garden to eradicate the food desert and reenergize the community with wholesome, organic produce!  We are looking for sponsors to donate $10 to $200.  In exchange, those donors will receive an equivalent amount from the harvest, fruits and vegetables produce from the edible garden.


We will need to fund the following:

28 yards of soil 
3440 sq ft of fabric 
1 box of garden staples
renting the sod cutter
3 peach trees
2 apple trees
2 pear trees

The concept is to build mound-beds and incorporate fruit bearing trees, which will increase the growing area to from 1,114 sq ft. to 3,114 sq ft. The original garden was founded in 2009 by a group of students from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC). 

The Edible Garden will be a learning site for parents and families to reconnect with traditional food cultivation and identify organic gardening practices and build home gardens.

This engagement will reinforce the commitment to sustainable food production in our community. In addition, the community partnerships will extend the practices of agricultural sustainability that will benefit our community.

Help us make this the central edible garden for our community! Please donate to this effort.

From Our Community Partners

Clemente Student Awarded Carson Scholarship

The sophomore team is proud to announce Marilyn Gonzalez as a Carson Scholarship recipient! A Carson Scholar must have a GPA of at least a 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service.  Since only one student from each school can be nominated, Marilyn competed against her peers in an essay selection round by writing about her community work and what this scholarship would mean for her future. After being selected by the counseling department and GEAR UP as the most qualified candidate, Marilyn spent countless hours during lunch and after school writing and editing her application.  Her hard work paid off when she received the notification that she had been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship that will continue to accrue interest until she graduates from Clemente! Carson Scholars are also awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments.

The 4th Annual Season Kick-off Event "Move for Life" Coming to Humboldt Park

Move for Life! Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 12 Noon-4:00PM in Humboldt Park, (Luis Munoz Marin Drive) corner of Division and California.


Now in its 4th year, the purpose of Move for Life! is to kick-off the Spring/Summer season by promoting and supporting an active lifestyle and encouraging the community to participate in physical activities. Whether it's walking, jogging, cycling, dance-aerobics, Zumba, basketball, or soccer the idea is to get people moving. To motivate our community, Move for Life! brings together communitybased organizations, agencies, and individuals to interactively showcase their various free or low cost physical activity programs available to everyone in the community throughout the year. 


For more information on Move for Life! or to participate in the event contact the Diabetes Empowerment Center at 773-342-0855 or email us at

AfricCaribe Needs Your Help!
AfriCaribe has had the great honor to be invited as Headlining Musical Guest to the 2014 Annual Plena Pa La Calle, Inc festival in the town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Please join us as we help raise funds to cover additional costs for both travel and lodging. We would greatly appreciate any donations in this endeavor. Any amount you could offer will help make our dreams come true! Thank you in advance! Link to the GoFundMe campaign!
Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera
Network and Campaign to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera
Ask for Support for Indie Filmmaker's Project on Oscar Lopez Rivera "The Last Prisoner"

The Last Prisoner
The Last Prisoner

The Last Prisoner  tells the story of Oscar López Rivera, the sole remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner. The decorated Vietnam veteran and community organizer who would subsequently work for the independence of Puerto Rico is now at the center of a struggle to set him free from a long and difficult imprisonment.  

He has been in prison since May 29, 1981. Twelve of those years were spent in solitary confinement despite the fact that Oscar was never convicted of crimes that resulted in deaths or injuries or ever accused of any act of violence.


The fight for Oscar's freedom has united Puerto Ricans and many others from across the United States, Puerto Rico and around the world. In 2013, artists, politicians, famous athletes and ordinary people went to symbolic prison cells on the anniversary of Oscar's incarceration. And the cries for freedom are growing louder: Five Nobel Peace Prize winners including Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa have all joined the call for his pardon and release.


Click here to contribute to this exciting effort!

Professor Falcon's Lessons: Solidarity and Camaraderie in a Puerto Rican Context"

by Matt Meyer  
On Monday, March 10, Puerto Rico's leading intellectual - sociologist, educator, lawyer, author, organizer, and Independentista - passed away at age 84. A world renowned authority on colonialism, repression, and Puerto Rican history, Dr. Nieves Falcón was founder/director of the University of Puerto Rico's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, founder of the Committee on Human Rights, president of the International PEN Club, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He was also this author's mentor, godfather to my son, and a great friend; it was an honor to be the only non-Puerto Rican to deliver a eulogy at his March 12th funeral. This essay is based on my remarks that afternoon. Read the entire article.

NYC Postcard Art Exhibition and Fundraiser for 

Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera

The NBHRN is excited to invite artists to participate in postcards4oscar, an art exhibition and fundraiser for the freedom of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, who has been in prison for over 32 years. We hope that you will consider participating in this important event that will help to raise awareness for Oscar's release and we invite you to contribute to this unique invitational exhibition, and sale of original art.


postcards4oscar is a fundraising exhibition showcasing artists' work from throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Artists will submit 4" x 6" works of art on a postcard that we will provide. The artwork will be exhibited anonymously (signed on back) and sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $50. Only after selecting and purchasing a piece will a buyer learn the identity of the artist. Artists may work in any medium or style and may submit more than one postcard if so desired.


The exhibition will take place in New York at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center on May 24th, with an Artist Preview Event on May 23rd.


Final submissions of artwork must be received by May 12th.

For more info:
Calle 13 Tweet in Support of Oscar!
At a Calle 13 concert in Chile, March 13

Oscar's Letters to his Granddaughter Karina now Available in English
The series of letters by Oscar Lopez Rivera to his granddaughter Karina published online by El Nuevo Dia are now available in English. All 15 published thus far are available on the National Boricua Human Rights Network website.