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


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Los Tequis

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Las manos en el cristal: Serie de Cartas de OLR a su nieta Karina

Plena Pa La Calle Tour with AfriCaribe

For the past 15 years AfriCaribe, NFP, a not for profit organization in the city of Chicago has promoted the Puerto Rican and Caribbean music and Dances through its Performance Ensemble and its Academy. This past month we made history by having accomplished 12 years of continues monthly Bombazos/Baile de Bomba in Chicago. Thanks to your support we have been able to do this.


AfriCaribe has been invited to participate in the Festival of "Plena pa la Calle" in Yabucoa Puerto Rico in May 25, 2014. We are in great need of raising part of the cost and we are requesting your help. Connect to this link and make your donation. You will help us do a good representation of the cultural work is being done in Chicago. Also send this email to families, friends and supporters of our Cultura.


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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center programs

This Saturday- 4th Annual Season Kick-off Event "Move for Life" at 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 muevete@prcc-chgo.org.

Centro Infantil Receives Another Visit from Casa Norte!
Another visit from Casa Norte, the kids were very excited to see their friends Mike Mike and Eggplant. Olivia is spinning the wheel to see what fruit or vegetable it lands on. It landed on their friend eggplant. Learning with Mike Mike, the kids know and understand why fruits and vegetables are an important part of growing up and expanding their brain. Thank you Casa Norte! 

El Rescate Encourages Its Residents to 

Spring into Summer 

In keeping with the community and promoting the PRCC's healthy eating and exercise programs, El Rescate is encouraging its residents to make use of the available bikes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. On Monday, March 31st it was gorgeous day and the sun was shinning. A group of residents took advantage of the excellent weather and went bike riding. It was good to see everyone smiling and creating a sense of camaraderie. A big thank you to Michael Reyes who runs
Esteelo Apparel & Silk Screen Co in the community for donating all the bikes! 

From Our Community Partners

Community Celebrates Madeline Roman-Vargas'

Retirement from Humboldt Park Vocational and Educational Center (HPVEC)


On March 28th, 2014 more than 100 family and friends gathered at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center to recognize Madeline Roman-Vargas for her dedicated service to the Humboldt Park Vocational and Educational Center. After 15 years, Madeline will retire as Dean of the Humboldt Park Vocational Center. Madeline was crucial to the founding, success and expansion of the Vocational Center, making it an educational pillar of the Humboldt Park community. A number of people spoke to thank Madeline for her extraordinary work including State Representative Cynthia Soto, President of Wright College David Potash, CEO of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Martin Judd, members of the Humboldt Park Vocational Center Advisory Board, and PRCC Executive Director José E. López. Educator Marie Concepción, who heads the HPVEC Advisory Committee, served as the M.C. The highlight of the evening was the Roberto Clemente Community Academy Steel Band as they played a number of tropical pieces. Madeline thanked all those that came to celebrate her retirement but stressed that she will continue to be involved in the community. She looks forward to this new phase in her life. 

David Potash President of Wilbur Wright College, visits Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and Paseo Boricua

On Monday March 24th, Mr. David Potash President of Wilbur Wright College and Maureen Fitzpatrick Community liaison visited Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School (PACHS). Joining the meeting were two seniors of PACHS who are dually enrolled at Wright College earning college credit while still completing their high school diploma along with assistant principal Danette Sokacich, principal Matthew Rodríguez and Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center José López.


The meeting was organized to further the partnership between both educational institutions as they align themselves to support the students and their families in finding their college and career paths in life. Several exciting ideas were born in the dialogue, all focusing on the potential of more students and their families earning college credit and career credentials while engaged with Albizu Campos and the Community as a Campus framework developed by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.


All participants in the meeting were excited to outline next steps and set up a follow up outline for the future. We hope for the continued success of all participating institutions as they continue to innovate new ways of engaging students in culture, community, college and career.

Family Planning for Puerto Rican Parrots

By Sarah Long, Lincoln Park Zoo

To help the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, I recently took my everyday scientific advising of animal populations from my Chicago office to the dense, green rainforests of Puerto Rico. My colleagues at Lincoln Park Zoo and I have been 
working with the dedicated staff at two aviaries in on the island since 2006, making a perfect match of our population management expertise and their husbandry skills. Keep reading.
Clemente Senior Discussion
This quarter seniors are reading The Sunflower, by Simon Wiesenthal. The book is about Simon, a Jewish man imprisoned in a concentration camp, who is taken one day to the bedside of a dying Nazi soldier who asks Simon for forgiveness. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Simon is challenged with the moral dilemma to forgive or not to forgive the Nazi soldier. As part of the unit, and to help connect with the character in the novel, students were placed in groups to compose modern dilemma scenarios along with discussion questions to present to class.


This unit promoted the IB Learner Profile attribute of being an "inquirer" since students generated their own discussion questions and focused on the concept of thinking independently rather than accepting information without question.  While the class was reading The Sunflower, Alice Herz, the oldest known Holocaust survivor, died in London.  This created an opportunity for the class to research Alice's experiences living in a concentration camp and compare them with Simon's experiences in the text.  Many students asked to pursue this comparison in their research paper for the unit, rather than writing on the prompts originally provided.
Teatro Thursdays on Paseo Boricua
Please visit http://www.paseoboricua.org/ or  http://urbantheaterchicago.org/ for more information about Teatro Thursdays.
New Teatro Thursdays on Paseo Boricua - by Urban Teater Company & DSBDA
New Teatro Thursdays on Paseo Boricua - by Urban Teater Company & DSBDA


Pilot Program in Chicago's 14th Police District Aims to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence 


Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and the Department of Family and Support Service (DFSS), partnering as an inter-governmental task force, announced today the launch of a pilot program to identify households at high risk for domestic violence incidents. CPD and service providers will elevate the response and support to those victims to offer additional assistance. The pilot will launch in Chicago's 14th police district. Also present at the Association House for the press conference was Ald. Roberto Maldonado, (26th).


"For the first time, this program will give us the ability to more easily identify and offer assistance to the most vulnerable domestic violence victims in the city," said Mayor Emanuel. "Everyone on the task force has a role to play in responding to domestic violence, but by working together to respond to our highest risk cases, we can all be more effective." 


CPD responds to approximately 200,000 domestic related calls for service annually or nearly 500 domestic calls each day. In 2013, there were more than 1,500 instances of aggravated domestic battery with a knife, gun or other dangerous weapon. Providing the best possible services for domestic violence victims and stopping this cycle of violence are major priorities for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

It is essential that every Chicagoan actively seek to end domestic abuse of all types in the city. To report domestic abuse, call 9-1-1. For more information and support, anyone can call the domestic violence help line at 877-863-6338. 

Join US at MOSAIC on May 8th!

José E. López to be honored as Outstanding Community Leaders!  Please join us on Thursday, May 8 for the fifth annual MOSAIC: A Celebration of Chicago's Communities, and celebrate the many diverse voices that comprise our one unique Chicago! 


This year, MOSAIC will be held at the Zhou B Art Center, which is leading a new artistic renaissance in the Bridgeport neighborhood. 

At MOSAIC, you'll be able to experience the cuisine and music from several different countries, meet and mingle with people from all over the world who support Chicago's cultural diversity, and participate in a truly one-of-a-kind silent auction with items provided by Chicago's ethnic museums and their supporters. The Chicago Cultural Alliance will honor its Chicago Cultural Champion and two Outstanding Community Leaders. MOSAIC attendees are encouraged to wear business attire or their national dress.   


DATE: Thursday, May 8, 2014


TIME:  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

             VIP Reception begins at 5:45 p.m.


LOCATION: Zhou B Art Center 

                      1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago


TICKETS:  $75 Core Member ticket

                    $150 single ticket

            $200 VIP ticket,

                    includes pre-event VIP reception


Presentacion sobre el documental "El Antillano"
Presentación oficial del documental "El Antillano" sobre la vida del Padre de la Patria puertorriqueña: Ramón E. Betances. Dirección de Tito Román Rivera. Su estreno será el lunes, 7 de abril de 2014, a las 7pm en el Teatro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. Vealo aqui.

Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera

"Un Homenaje al Patricio Oscar Collazo López"


Orador principal: 

Lic. José Enrique Ayoroa Santaliz

Invitado especial: Cesar Hernández Colon

presentacion musical con canto-autor:

Emanuel Cruz


Viernes, 11 de abril de 2014, 6-8pm

donativo $10-$25


Casa Puertorriqueña

1237 N. California Ave.


auspicia: Red Boricua Nacional Pro-Derechos Humanos

Support Documentary on Oscar Lopez Rivera, "The Last Prisoner", and get free complimentary ticket for dinner forum April 11th!
The Last Prisoner
The Last Prisoner

We are urging everyone to support the fundraising effort by Producer Esau Melendez and together we can make his dream of a documentary on OLR a reality. The goal is $42,500 and we only have 17 days left. Donate $30 or more and you will receive a complimentary ticket for April 11th honoring the centennial event of Oscar Collazo to be held at Casa Puertorriqueña at 6pm featuring a musical presentation by Emanuel Cruz, directly from Puerto Rico.


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!

The international campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is asking people from all over the world to contribute in making the hashtag #freeOscarLopez a trending topic tomorrow, April 1st. Tweets should also include U.S. president Barack Obama's handle @BarackObama. Keep reading.
Jornada tuitera para exigir a Obama la excarcelación de Oscar López
Por: EFE

Organizaciones puertorriqueñas se han unido para iniciar mañana una campaña en Twitter para exigirle al presidente de EE.UU., Barack Obama, que excarcele al boricua Oscar López Rivera, preso desde hace 32 años por conspiración sediciosa en su aspiración de un Puerto Rico independiente. Siga leendo.

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: postcards4oscar@boricuahumanrights.org
Puertorriqueño llevará a Francia obras dedicadas al personaje de Chaplin
San Juan, 14 mar (EFEUSA).- El artista puertorriqueño Josean Ramos exhibirá sus obras "Simultáneas de Chaplin" en la Universidad de Angers en Francia como parte de un encuentro internacional para la celebración del centenario del personaje del mítico actor, "Charlot", en su primera película, "Making a living".

"Me llena de regocijo, porque estaremos en el ambiente. Representar a Puerto Rico es un honor muy grande", señaló Ramos hoy a Efe sobre el evento "Charlot the Tramp and its Avatars" que se llevará cabo del 10 al 13 de abril próximos y donde se reunirán expertos y seguidores del legendario artista europeo. Siga leendo.


Building Bridges over WBAI radio, 99.5FM

with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

Mon., March 17, 2014, 7 - 8pm EST 

streaming @  www.wbai.org                                         

smartphone streaming @ http://stream.wbai.org                                              

& to listen, or download archived shows,  




The Colonization of Puerto Rico & The History of African-Americans: 

Same Struggle, Same Fight

and the Imperative to Free Oscar López Rivera


. Jose López, Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL., 

brother of political prisoner, 70-year-old Oscar  López Rivera

. Dr. Cornel West, America's most renowned public intellectual, 

author of over 20 books and activist 

. Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist of religion, race, Latino studies,

sexuality and gender, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church.   


Cornel West and Samuel Cruz are joined by Jose López to continue the 

groundbreaking 'Common Ground and Common Hope: Black & Latino 

Dialogue' of 2012 and in the aftermath of their historic trip to Puerto Rico 

discuss the impact of their recent talks and  connect many of the most 

pressing moral, spiritual and political issues raised to the ongoing

struggle to liberate Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner

who has been incarcerated for over 32 years.  They draw on Dr. King's

'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' written in April 1963, where he defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.  Oscar  López Rivera has been imprisoned since 1981 for seditious conspiracy, directly related to his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico.  He was not accused of causing harm or taking a life.  He is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; a brilliant thinker whose imprisonment constitutes an ongoing human rights violation. 

Entrevista en WOLE TV - AGUADILLA: 33 Hombres Negros por Oscar

En el marco de la conmemoración de la abolición de la esclavitud el próximo domingo en 6 plazas de distintos municipios se estará realizando simultáneamente una nueva iniciativa de apoyo por la excarcelación del preso político más antiguo el pepiniano Oscar López Rivera.
33 Hombres Negros por Oscar López
33 Hombres Negros por Oscar Lopez Rivera
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.

Clandestino Films lanza una campaña para, El Último Prisionero, un documental que relata la la historia y la campaña para liberar a Oscar López Rivera, el último preso político puertorriqueño

Clandestino Films lanzó una campaña para recaudar fondos para continuar la producción del documental, El Último Prisionero. La campaña comenzó el 17 de marzo y terminará el 14 de abril, 2014. Los fondos recaudados serán usados para continuar con la producción de este documental. Este es el segundo documental realizado por Clandestino Films. Su último documental, Immigrant Nation, ganó varios premios a nivel nacional a través de PBS.


El Último Prisionero, cuenta la historia de Oscar López Rivera, el prisionero político puertorriqueño que ha estado mas tiempo encarcelado y la campaña para liberarlo.  Él fue un veterano condecorado de la Guerra en Vietnam y activista de la comunidad latina en Chicago. Oscar López también luchó por la independencia de Puerto Rico y como resultado de esto ha sido encarcelado por casi 33 años por conspiración sediciosa. Doce años de estos lo pasó bajo confinamiento solitario. Oscar nunca fue acusado de crimines que resulten en muertes o agrecciones y nunca fue acusado de ningún acto de violencia.

The Last Prisoner
The Last Prisoner

Durante la primavera del 2013, en 32 aniversario de su encarcelación llamamos por su libertad en todo Puerto Rico y grandes ciudades de Estados Unidos. También se escuchó este llamado en varios países alrededor del mundo. Artistas, políticos, atletas famosos y gente comunicorriente fueron a una prisión simbólica en May 29, en el aniversario de la encarcelación de Oscar. Seis premios nobel de la paz se han unido al movimiento de la libertad de Oscar, incluyendo al Arzobispo de África del Sur, Desmond Tutu y Rigoberta Menchú de Guatemala.


El director de cine, Esaú Meléndez, dice "Ahora es el momento de contra la historia." Esta película puede ser la herramienta para ayudar y educar a la gente acerca de las luchas del pueblo puertorriqueño, la comunidad latina de Chicago y la historia de Oscar en particular.


Para más información favor de contactar a Esaú Meléndez al 773.510.5001 o a su correo electrónico esumch@gmail.com. Visite la pagina web para donar.

25,415 Tweets in ONE DAY for OSCAR
Results for the Tweet Campaign #FreeOSCARLOPEZ
#FreeOSCARLOPEZ hashtag

Campaña por la liberación de Oscar López es "trending topic" en Puerto Rico
La campaña cibernética para reclamar al presidente Barack Obama la liberación del independentista Oscar López Rivera, considerado un preso político en Puerto Rico, se convirtió hoy en "trending topic" de Twitter en su isla natal. Siga leendo.
Famosos y políticos piden excarcelación de Oscar López

El movimiento en pro de la excarcelación del prisionero político Oscar López Rivera, que inició esta mañana en la red social Twitter, cuenta con el aval de algunas figuras locales, tanto del espectáculo como de la política.

El objetivo de la iniciativa "32 X Oscar" es crear un "trending topic mundial" con la etiqueta #freeOscarLopez y así exigirle al presidente de EE.UU., Barack Obama, la liberación de López Rivera, quien lleva 32 años tras las rejas años por conspiración sediciosa en su aspiración de que Puerto Rico sea independiente.

Cantantes de la talla de Ricky Martin y Residente Calle 13 fueron los primeros en expresar su petición dirigida al presidente estadounidense.

Orlando Event
Este pasado 28 de marzo 
33 ponceños negros por Oscar
Recordar la ilegalización de la esclavitud, honrar las víctimas del holocausto del Atlántico, así como solicitar la excarcelación de Oscar López, fueron los motivos de un grupo de ponceños se reuniera en el Monumento a la Abolición de esa Ciudad.

 Como parte principal del encuentro, que comenzó con 33 campanadas desde el templo episcopal ubicado en el sector, el maestro Diógenes Ballester disertó sobre la historia y el valor del mencionado monumento, el único, que recuerda el fin legal de la esclavitud negra en Puerto Rico. Siga leendo.

33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar Inaugurated
On Sunday, March 31st, 33 women gathered in East Harlem for the inaugural demonstration of the newly formed network of women--33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar, calling for the release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera. A monthly action that began last year in Puerto Rico by las 32 Mujeres x Oscar, the 33 Mujeres NYC will also gather every last sunday of the month at 4pm for 33 minutes in solidarity. The number 33 represents the number of years Lopez Rivera has served in prison. May 29th marks his 33rd year of imprisonment. The 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar are committed to gather each month until Lopez Rivera is released. Please check out our Facebook page for further information on upcoming demonstrations. More pictures here. Pictures by Marina Ortiz and David Galarza.

Gobernador Garcia Padilla tuitea foto de C13 en mexico