Puerto Rican Delegation Participates in 

Memorial Tribute to Marshall Susler

A delegation in representation of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center participated in a moving tribute to Marshall Susler, the beloved father of Jan Susler, on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Decatur IL. Marshall Susler was born in May 14, 1930 in Ft Wayne and entered eternal rest in on April 30, 2014 in Decatur IL. There he was eulogized by fan and friends at Temple B'nai Abraham, officiated by Rabbi Barry Marx. Several members of the family and close friends weaved together a powerful testimony of this extraordinary man who saw law as a practice of justice; a man who dared to confront bigotry and shallowlessness and a man who was a true father, leaving behind deep footsteps in the quest for justice for his children to follow.

Deepest Condolences to the
Muntaner Family
Our deep condolences to the Muntaner Family on the loss of their mother and grandmother, Gloria Muntaner. Gloria is the mother of Peter Muntaner Sr. and the grandmother odf Peter Muntaner Jr, highly respected members of the Puerto Rican Community and active in the Puerto Rican Agenda.
The wake will take place on May 9. Visitation will be at

Pietryka Funeral Home 5734 W Diversey. Funeral service will be at St. Stanislaus Kostka. 3127 N. Noble 10:30am

Engaging Students in Public Health and Community Organizing presentation

Where: Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School
When: Friday May 9
Time: 9am-11am
Please RSVP: rjankows@gmail.com
Breakfast will be provided.

Please join the UIC School of Public Health, the Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center for student presentations and a celebration of the community-campus project: Engaging Students in Public Health and Community Organizing. This culminating event will celebrate the hard work invested by all participating university and high school students in this project. Undergraduate students from the UIC School of Public Health and high school students from Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos high schools will share the results of their collaborative research projects and reflect on their experience as co-learners in the field of Public Health. 

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.


Paseo Boricua Apartment Listing

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Los Tequis

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

33xO Mujeres NYC
Monthly Schedule of Locations


Bronx - Fordham Plaza


Manhattan - Loisaida 


Brooklyn - Williamsburg 


Brooklyn - Coney Island


Bronx - Orchard Beach






¡Escribale a Oscar!
Oscar Lopez Rivera #87651-024
FCi Terre Haute
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN
From Puerto Rican Cultural Center programs

La Villa Hispana in Cleveland, Ohio Hosts Visit by PRCC Executive Director and President, 

Puerto Rican Agenda

Jose E. Lopez, Executive Director, Puerto, Rican Cultural Center; Pablo Medina, President, Puerto Rican Agenda, and Luis Rosa, former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, were guests of the Hispanic Alliance Inc., in Cleveland, Ohio.  The May 2nd events included: a breakfast with community leaders; lunch at City Hall with Latino evangelical pastors and the faith-based leadership; an afternoon meeting with urban planners, potential partners, and local funders; and, an evening reception at the Club San Lorenzo.  Juan Molina Crespo invited the Chicago leadership to share with Cleveland's Puerto Rican and Latino residents, a historical perspective on how Chicago's Puerto Rican non-profit service organizations led to political empowerment and community redevelopment with the formation of Paseo Boricua. In addition, a motivational and comprehensive perspective was shared on how international politics and local human rights issues, stymie the economic development, wealth building, and social and political organization of Puerto Ricans.
Over one-hundred Clevelanders attended the sessions. Juan Molina Crespo said, "we are honored to have Chicago's leadership accept our invitation, and show support and solidarity for the development efforts of La Villa Hispana, a community redevelopment plan to transform Cleveland's Westside into a destination place for the region, that utilizing the cultural traditions, folkways and nuances of the Puerto Rican and Latino communities as its the underpinnings".

José E. López speaks to Columbia Students at Multicultural Affair Celebration

On Monday, May 5, 2014 José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center was invited to speak to graduates and staff of the Multicultural Affairs Center at Columbia College  In his message to nearly 100 students, he exhorted the students to continue to connect their work to their communities and to become transformative agents of change in whatever career or path they chose. He reminded them that any expression of diversity on campus was the result of significant struggles and not the gift of the institution.

El Rescate Makes Their Voices Heard In Springfield

On Wednesday, May 2, 2014, fourteen residents and staff from El Rescate joined the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless along with other organization to Springfield, IL for housing advocacy day. With a record high of 54,892 identified homeless students in Illinois, we were all there to advocate to our legislators for funding for homeless education services, which provides emergency shelters and homeless youth programs as well as a temporary income tax increase to fund needed homeless services. Our residents represented themselves extremely well and shared their stories to our legislators with eloquence and confidence. We were thoroughly impressed with how everyone conducted their selves and how well behaved they were. We look forward to a positive outcome! 


Gisela Arandia Covarrubias, famed Cuban Journalist and Researcher to Speak on Paseo Boricua
Gisela Arandia Covarrubias is a journalist, social activist, and researcher on issues of race and society in contemporary Cuba. Based on Cuba's National Union of Artists and Writers (UNEAC) in Havana, she has spent decades writing and speaking internationally about the situation of Afro-Cubans after the Revolution.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

La Bruquena

2726 W. Division St


$10 includes lunch

From Our Community Partners
PACHS Senior

Mariela Quintana-Lazaro Awarded 1st Prize in Congressional Art Competition!

On Friday, May 2nd, 2014 Congressman Luis Gutierrez office celebrated their annual art competition. During this edition, Mariela Quintana-Lazaro, a senior of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School was awarded first prize with her charcoal drawing titled "Don Joaquin".  Mariela will be awarded with a trip to Washington DC where her artwork will be exhibited for a period of a year at the US Congress. Congratulations Mariela! 
West Town Bikes and Ciclo Urbano 
Celebrate 5th Anniversary! 
This past Saturday, May 3, West Town Bikes (WTB) and Ciclo Urbano celebrated it's 5th anniversary on Paseo Boricua. The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony for it's new fabrication studio that will offer job training in the field of metal arts. Welding and fabrication will take place in the new space along with creative manufacturing of bicycle related projects. 


Along with the ribbon cutting WTB celebrated with the community with speeches by community leaders, including DSBDA Executive Director Eduardo Arocho, Hispanic Housing CEO Hipolito "Paul" Roldan, and PRCC Executive Director José E. López, thank you's by local partners, and performances by cultural music groups, all part of a block party along Campbell St that included a barbeque for all in attendance. West Town Bikes has embraced the Humboldt Park community with bicycle education that includes traffic safety skills, bicycle mechanics and advocacy. Job training, professional development and local employment are only a few of the achievements that West Town Bikes has achieved over the past five years on Division St. 


West Town Bikes is excited to continue to offer it's alternative education and training skills in the years to come and will continue to deliver excellent opportunities to the youth of the Chicago neighborhoods.


Clemente Students Clean and Green the Community

On Saturday, April 26th, Clemente students and staff participated in Chicago's city-wide Clean & Green Day. This over 20-year-old city tradition aims to have community groups join in a "spring cleaning" of Chicago. Now that the snow has melted and spring is finally here, having a clean environment is an important part of being able to be outside and enjoy the wonderful neighborhood of Humboldt Park.


The 26th ward provided tools - rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags - and Clemente students cleaned up five large bags of litter along Division Street and in Humboldt Park. Students brought their enthusiasm and a hard-work attitude and together, alongside other community groups, cleaned up the area so everyone can better enjoy the beauty of the neighborhood and Humboldt Park!


2nd Annual Unified Puerto Rican People's Parade Honors Roberto Clemente Community Academy 40th Anniversary 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. 

Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera
Call to Join the Oscar Lopez Rivera Unitary Contingent for the National Puerto Rican Parade Sunday, June 8 by Clarisa López
My name is Clarisa López Ramos and I am the sole daughter of Oscar López Rivera. To our family and to me, it is an honor that New York's 57th National Puerto Rican Day Parade is paying tribute to my dad, who is the last Puerto Rican political prisoner. Many voices have joined our plea for freedom to President Obama, voices from across the spectrum of Puerto Rican civic life: politicians, religious leaders, students, unions and community-based organizations. That is why I encourage all Boricuas, the ones who (like me) live on the Island and those in the diaspora, to join me. I invite all Boricuas and all my Latino brothers and sisters to meet me in New York, on Sunday, June 8, at 11 am, by 5th Avenue and 44th Street, to walk with me, hand in hand, for the release of my father with, "One People, Many Voices" because we are more than one voice. 

In NYC, 

Julia de Burgos Cultural Center to host "Postcards 4 

Oscar" on May 23, 24


Postcard4oscar is an exhibition and fundraiser for the freedom of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. 


The exhibition features prominent artists from throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, each of whom has contributed an original work of art on a 4"x6" postcard. 

All artwork is on sale for $50. Each piece of artwork is signed on the back and will be exhibited anonymously, to be sold on a first come, first served basis on May 24th. Once a work is purchased, the artist's identity will be revealed to the buyer. 


* Exhibition Preview on May 23rd, 7-9pm. Sneak preview of the exhibition prior to the public viewing. Tickets $20. 

* Exhibition Opening May 24th, 7-9pm - Doors open promptly at 7pm, artwork will be sold on a first come, first served basis. 


Both events are at

Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

1680 Lexington Ave. NYC


Featuring Works By (partial listing):


Manuel Acevedo  |  ADÁL Maldonado

Elia Alba * Luis Carle * Marcos Dimas 

Maria Dominguez * Emory Douglas

Elizam Escobar * Zachary Fabri * Teo Freytes 

Scherezade García * Rico Gatson 

Marina Gutiérrez * Charles Juhasz Alvarado 

Yasmin Hernández * Miguel Luciano

Arnaldo Morales * Rubén Ortiz Torres

Pepón Osorio * Antonio Martorell

Ana Rosa Rivera * Freddy Rodríguez

Rodríguez Calero * Adrián "Viajero" Román 

Juan Sánchez * Julio Suárez

John Pitman Weber, and many more.  


For more info: postcards4oscar@boricuahumanrights.org
Carta a Oscar del Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño

lunes 28 de abril de 2014


Sr. Oscar López Rivera


FCI Terre Haute

POB 33

Terre Haute, IN 47808


Estimado compañero,


Saludos de la nueva junta directiva del Desfile Puertorriqueño Nacional de Nueva York. Este próximo  junio se cumplen 57 años desde que se organizo el primer desfile con el objetivo de celebrar nuestra cultura y nuestra historia, y destacar los logros de nuestro pueblo dondequiera que se encuentre, ya sea en nuestra querida isla, o en los tantos exilios en los que hemos echado raíces.

  Este año el desfile se llevara a cabo el domingo 8 de junio, en la Quinta Avenida de Manhattan, como es la tradición, y el tema del desfile será  la gran poeta y activista Julia de Burgos y la 65 Infantería reconocidos como Los Borinqueneers. La intención del desfile este año es de celebrar y resaltar los alcances de nuestros artistas, activistas trabajadores de la cultura y educadores, y destacar los esfuerzos de nuestros compatriotas que luchan incansablemente por los derechos de nuestro pueblo.

  Por la presente, a nombre de la directiva del desfile y de todos los Boricuas que vivimos en la diáspora, quisiéramos darte un reconocimiento como Patriota Puertorriqueño del Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño en Nueva York, en junio 8 del año 2014.


Aunque tu presencia física no será posible nos llenara de orgullo y alegría el saber que usted será parte de nuestros esfuerzos para restituir el verdadero sentido de esta importante celebración de nuestro pueblo puertorriqueño. Es nuestro deseo que en 8 de junio todos los grupos que apoyan los derechos humanos y la justicia participen en el desfile para que en voz alta se oiga nuestro llamado a tu libertad. 


Un fuerte abrazo Boricua,


Orlando Plaza

Ululy Rafael Martínez

Directiva del Desfile Puertorriqueño de Nueva York
Oscar López: Un recorrido por una lucha de amor

El 3 de mayo de 2014 el compañero Alejandro Torres y yo tuvimos la oportunidad invaluable de visitar al patriota Oscar López Rivera. Como parte y antesala a su visita nos obsequiaron una visita por las instituciones comunitarias que Oscar ayudó a establecer en la comunidad de Humboldt Park en Chicago y que bajo el liderato de su hermano José López, su sobrina Lourdes y un extraordinario grupo de compañeros y compañeras de la comunidad y nuestro acompañante Alejandro Molina, han continuado desarrollándose sin prisa, pero sin pausa.

La Escuela Superior Pedro Albizu Campos, el programa Vida-Sida, el Centro Comunitario de Humboldt Park, un centro de apoyo para los jóvenes de la comunidad LGBTTQ, un Museo de Arte Puertorriqueño, programas de huertos caseros, centros de cuido diurno infantiles, programas para desertores escolares, son algunos de los muchos programas que hoy trabajan por la comunidad de Humboldt Park, mayoritariamente puertorriqueña. Sin embargo, la agresiva política de ¨gentrification¨ está amenazando a esta vibrante comunidad puertorriqueña de la misma forma que lo ha hecho con la comunidad afroamericana. Ya se ven los hermosos edificios conocidos como ¨white stone¨ bajo renovación y en control de los llamados ¨yuppies¨ en calles donde antes no entraban los ciudadanos blancos.Siga leyendo aqui.

NYC 33xO Students at 

Hostos Community College

The New York Freedom Campaign for Oscar continues with 33 X Oscar activities around the city and different groups following the path taken by  Chicago and  Puerto Rico. This "Jornada 33 X Oscar"  commenced with the 33 Mujeres X Oscar in East Harlem during the March Women's History celebrations like our sisters have in Puerto Rico for the last two years in San Juan.  On April 6, 33 Poetas X Oscar was also convoked in East Harlem. After Spring break for students, three groups of 33 plus Students did the 33 Estudiantes X Oscar at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College on April 23 and April 24, 2014. In one of the students for Oscar group, they were honored by the presence and presentation of beloved former political prisoner Lynne Stewart and compañero Ralph Poynter who spoke eloquently to students majoring in criminal justice about her case and the need for more students to become the "people's lawyer". She insisted that students become conscientious workers in their careers in the  criminal justice field.  Students were inspired by Lynne's  words and her steadfast commitment to freeing all political prisoners throughout the United States. That was followed by the 33 Seniors X Oscar at a community center who have been involved for the last year in the campaign. Once the seniors heard that both Puerto Rican parades the National on 5th Avenue and the Bronx parades were honoring Oscar, they stood up in a round of applauses for Oscar. On Sunday, April 27, the 33 Mujeres X Oscar will be rallying in the Bronx at the Fordham Plaza. 

Delivers Call-to-Action to End the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner's Incarceration of Nearly 33 Years


April 29, 2014, New York City - In the spirit of its 2014 theme, "Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces"/"One People, Many Voices", the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) has officially called for the release of long-time political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. Arrested in 1981, López Rivera was convicted of seditious conspiracy related to his actions in the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico. A long-time, vocal champion for Puerto Rican independence, López Rivera received a 70-year prison sentence, having spent more than 12 years in prisons that rank highest in punitive control, under torturous conditions of isolation and sensory deprivation. With this year's celebration, the Parade honors López Rivera to recognize his unique voice and rally support from the Puerto Rican and Latino communities, as well as the nearly 2.5 million parade-goers that line the streets of New York City's Fifth Avenue, to sign a petition for the release of López Rivera.

Puerto Ricans of all ideological and political backgrounds support the release of López Rivera since his sentence is widely viewed as not being commensurate with his actions. In fact, the 14 other compatriots that were imprisoned around the same time as López Rivera were released in 1999 when President Bill Clinton authorized their release, determining that their sentences were disproportionate with their actions. Continue reading here.

Apoyo a la excarcelacion de Oscar Lopez Rivera por el Gobernador de Puerto Rico
Apoyo a la excarcelacion de Oscar Lopez Rivera por el Gobernador de Puerto Rico
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.