Hon. Luis V. Gutierrez needs your help to 

continue to fight for immigration reform

A VOLUNTEER meeting will take place on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.,at Casa Michoacan located at 1638 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608.


Join the Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez and some of his local elected allies and learn how you can help turn the tide. Your presence will be recognized. He's been there for us, it's time for us to be there for him.   


Please contact me at 773-879-6083 or through e-mail at tpaucar02@yahoo.com with any questions, concerns or to confirm your attendance.


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

3216 W Agusta

2BD 1Bath $1000



2200 N. Avers

2BD 1Bath $950



2715 N. Milwaukee

studio 1bath $675



1550 N. Kedzie

1BD 1Bath $730



1456 N Kedzie

2BD 1Bath $800


Los Tequis

Google's Smarty Pins Game Tests Your Geography Knowledge

Google unveiled a fun new game this week that tests players' geography and trivia skills.

Called "Smarty Pins" the game starts players off with 1,000 miles (or 1,609 kilometers if they're not based in the United States), and asks them to drop a pin on the city that corresponds with the correct answer to a given question. If the answer is incorrect, the player's miles are reduced by the distance the answer was off. For example, if the answer to a question was Philadelphia but the user chose New York City, Smarty Pins would subtract 94 miles from the total score. The goal is to correctly answer as many questions as possible before the number of miles reaches zero. Players can also gain bonus points if they answer in the first 10 seconds without using hints.

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

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

A tribute to Victor Venegas, a native of Durango, Mexico, who became one of the great bassists in Latin music as a South Side Chicagoan, will highlight the 8th annual Chicago Latin Jazz Festival. Now in its second year as a two-day music and cultural arts and crafts attraction, the event will offer a full range of musical performances, instrument- and mask-making workshops and other activities.

Venegas, who died in 2006, helped introduce to America the charanga, the Cuban dance music he performed in the 1940's as a member of Orquesta Nuevo Ritmo de Cuba, led by Armando Sanchez. Their work inspired Charlie Palmieri and Johnny Pacheco - two of the many Latin jazz masters greats Venegas played with after moving to New York. He also played with such West Coast legends as Errol Garner, Cal Tjader, and Mongo Santamaria (he can be heard on "Watermelon Man"), and left his mark on salsa as well.
Venegas' music will be performed Friday by a specially assembled group of leading players from Chicago called the Chicago Latin Jazz Collaborative. Led by Jose Porcayo, a much-admired bassist himself who leads the pop-influenced unit, La Nueva Corporación, the band will include trumpeter Victor Garcia, drummer Bobby Delgado, conga player Joe Rendon, pianist Joaquin Garcia and saxophonist Max Wassinger.
"We've been wanting to honor Victor since he passed, especially because a lot of younger musicians are unaware of him and what he contributed to some of the music they're playing," said Carlos Flores, artistic director of the festival. "It will be great to hear the group perform pieces of his they themselves have chosen."
Friday's concert also will feature the brilliant violinist James Sanders' Proyecto Libre, an improvisational band including bassist Joshua Abrams, Latin percussionist Jean-Christophe Leroy, drummer and wood flutist Avreeayl Ra - and, as special guest, tenor saxophone great Edward Wilkerson. Closing the show will be hard-hitting conguero Johnny Blas' Afro Libre Orchestra, known for its killer trombones.
Saturday's musical bill will feature young percussionist and composer Juan Pastor'sChinchano, which innovatively applies Central and South American rhythms to jazz. The band includes rising trumpet star Marquis Hill, alto saxophonist Rich Moore, pianistStuart Mindeman and bassist Patrick Mulcahy. Also performing are Ruben Alvarez's Sun Sounds, led by the veteran percussionist (a longstanding member of Chévere De Chicago) and esteemed trombonist William Cepeda, whose Afro-Caribbean jazz brings a special emphasis to the music of his native Puerto Rico. His band will include a pair of celebrated Chicagoans, trumpeter Victor Garcia and tenor saxophonist Roy McGrath. Read on.
San Lorenzo Representara "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos" en 21ra Fiesta Boricua, 30-31 agosto

Durante una reunión/almuerzo realizada en la alcaldía de San Lorenzo, el alcalde de dicho municipio, José Román Abreu (Joe)se comprometió a hacer todo lo posible para presentar lo mejor de ese pueblo durante la 21ra Fiesta Boricua que se llevará a cabo durante el fin de semana del 29-31 de agosto de 2014.


No obstante, el hecho de que este año estuvimos atrasados en términos de la logística de Fiesta Boricua, por razones más allá del control de los organizadores, el alcalde dijo que haría todo lo posible para que su municipio brillara durante esta magna celebración de arte, cultura, música y folklore Boricua.


José E. López, director ejecutivo del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño, acompañado por Luis Rosa y por el Presidente de la Asociación de Alcaldes de Puerto Rico y alcalde de Comerío, Josean Santiago, se reunieron con el alcalde de San Lorenzo por más de dos horas. Se discutieron los pormenores de Fiesta Boricua, particularmente el concepto de "Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos". Un tema que por los últimos años ha definido la celebración de Fiesta Boricua. Esta tema persigue enlazar a través de la cultura de hermandad puertorriqueña de los de aquí --y de los de allá-- la diáspora y la isla. Invitamos a todos los hijos e hijas ausentes de ese bello pueblo a que se unan al esfuerzo para darle una calurosa bienvenida a Chicago a sus hermanos compueblanos, como lo hicieron anteriormente los hijos ausentes de Comerío, Hormigueros y Jayuya.

Centro Infantil Enjoys Park Play Day!

Centro Infantil enjoyed a nice warm, sunny day at the park. Teachers Mari and Sandra were teaching the kids how to use the parachute. Showing them  how they had to move their arms up and down slow, then fast. To make the parachute more exciting for the kids, they put stuffed play balls to try and keep them in the middle so they do not fall out of the parachute. When the ball did happen to fall out, then one of the kids would throw the ball back inside and that made it more exciting and fun for them. 

Misa Jíbara Inaugurá la 21ra Fiesta Boricua

El padre Raúl Morales Berrios de la diócesis de Caguas celebrará el sexto año de  la ya legendaria misa jíbara. Este año, como el pasado, la misma inaugurará la Fiesta Boricua. Se espera que centenares se unan a esta máxima expresión de la espiritualidad puertorriqueña. Por primera vez, el grupo musical de su iglesia acompañará al Padre Raúl.


Este magnífico grupo realizó todo un magno esfuerzo para recaudar fondos para compartir con nuestra comunidad esta convivencia espiritual tan enraizada en nuestras tradiciones.

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Maritxa Vidal from Vida/SIDA is featured in the Windy City Times

The first thing one notices about Maritxa Vidal, 57, is a warmth and openness that make you feel immediately at ease.

Everyone on Division Street seems to know Vidal. "They call me the mayor or la princesa del paseo," Vidal joked. With a black flowy dress, impeccably styled short brown hair and a friendly face, passersby can't help but be drawn to her.


Vidal was recently appointed the director of the health center of Vida/SIDA, a nonprofit that addresses HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Vidal absolutely loves the organization and is proud of the work they do for the community.

However, things weren't always this perfect for her. As a transgender Latina in Chicago, Vidal had a long and difficult path to get to this point in her life.


Vidal and her family immigrated from Havana, Cuba in 1966. Though her parents were very loving, she said, her childhood was challenging because her parents were so often living paycheck to paycheck. At the age of 15 she began working the second shift at a factory in Skokie with her father. In addition to the poverty she faced, she began to grapple with her gender identity.


"I knew I was different," Vidal said. Her mother, brother, and sister accepted her immediately, but it took about a year for her father to come around. Although her mother loved her, Vidal said she was concerned because "she knew the road that was ahead."

After Vidal transitioned in the 1970s, she was arrested numerous times simply for being who she was. "During that time, if you didn't use at least three articles of male clothing, you could be arrested," she said. "Just for trying to feel comfortable in my own skin." Keep reading.

Women for PASEO on the March!
(Promoting Actions that Support Recovery through Services) a project of Vida/SIDA  

Vida/SIDA has extensive experience serving people living with HIV and at highest-risk for HIV. HIV-related services include outreach, education, and distribution of harm reduction materials including condoms, counseling, testing, support groups and a variety of evidence-based prevention interventions. Vida/SIDA has also cultivated partnerships with HIV service providers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area in order to better serve clients.


Our goal at Women for PASEO is to help Latina's and Black African American women and trans women, 18 years and older to reduce their risk to become HIV positive through case management services, treatment referrals and behavioral health interventions to help reduce mental health and substance abuse disparities among the population we serve.


Women need gender-specific behavioral health and other services. Gender-related drug abuse treatment needs to address biological differences and social and environmental factors. Each of these can influence the motivations for drug use and for seeking treatment, the place treatment is obtained, the treatments that are most effective, and the consequences of not receiving treatment. "Many life circumstances predominate in women as a group, which may require a specialized treatment approach.


Our program provides FREE services that include counseling, testing and referrals for HIV and STIs, screen for substance abuse, mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Eligible women are refer to participate in our program and services.




Recent Events and Services through the Community:


Women for PASEO has been active in the Chicago community reaching out for the women that are at high risk and do not have the means to receive health and treatment services.  In our efforts we have being visited women's shelters such as Sarah's Circle, AA & Substance abuse shelters, community organizations, and an intense outreach efforts through Humboldt Park Community and other areas of the City.


On May 13,2014 the staff of Women for Paseo visited Clara's House in Englewood.   During our visit, the 15th Ward Democratic Committeeman Raymond Lopez, also visited Clara's House and we had the opportunity to discuss the issues that affect women in this area.


On June 14, 2013 Women for Paseo participated in the 2nd Annual United Puerto Rican People's Parade with the residents of Humboldt Park. The Women for PASEO staff marched in the parade promoting our culture, pride and our dedication to help the women in Chicago.


Women for PASEO is also providing services in the Hermosa Community, through FREE HIV/STIs testing at 4044 W. Armitage Ave. 2nd floor every Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Eligible women are referring to participate in our program.


Women participants receive referrals for substance abuse treatment and mental health services through Rincón Family Services, Health Care Alternative System (HAS), and more recently a collaboration effort with UIC Integrated Health Care, a Primary Care Clinic specialized in women services in the Humboldt Park Community. 


To reduce the risk to become an HIV positive the first step is to GET TESTED, come and benefit from our services.  Walk in are always welcomed at 2620 W. Division St, Chicago or contact us for more information at 773-904-8178.


Save the Date September 20th!

Revel in the Revolution- 8th Day Center for Peace and Justice's 40th Birthday


On September 20th, 8th Day will gather friends and partners for our annual celebration, Revel in the Revolution. This gathering is a yearly reminder that, in the struggle for peace and justice, we must make time to stop and celebrate. This year's celebration is extra special because it is 8th Day's 40th birthday!


Our theme for this year's event is We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest. In our 40 year journey for peace and justice we recognize the wisdom in Ella Baker's famous words to the Civil Rights movement. Our experience tells us the belief in real freedom for all opens the door to radical love and dynamic change.


To honor the vision and passion embedded in Ella Baker's wisdom we will hear from two life long activists and educators whose lives embody Ella's vision.  Jose Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center,will be our guest speaker andRasmea Odeh from the Arab American Action Network will receive the 3rd Annual Mary Elsbernd OSF Award.


We hope you will be able to attend and we invite you to support the event by purchasing a program book ad  or greeting for your organization or community. Full details below.


Full Page Ad: $250

Half Page Ad: $125

1/4  Page Ad: $75

1/8  Page Ad: $35

Name Listing or 15 word greeting: $20


For more information please see the attachment or send an email to 8thdayprogrambook@gmail.com.


Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on September 20th!

Help Support El Rescate's Fundraising Initiatives

Stop by El Rescate's rummage sale every Monday thru Thursday from 2-5pm at 2703 W. Division Street. We have plenty of goodies at affordable prices all for a good cause. 


Also, every Friday our living skills facilitators will prepare delicious freshly cooked meals to sell for lunch. For orders/information, please contact Jackie Gonzalez at (773) 240-6893 or email her at jackieg@prcc-chgo.org


All funds go towards the daily needs of our residents at El Rescate. El Rescate is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth located on Paseo Boricua in Humboldt Park.

From Our Community Partners

Memorable día en Casa Pueblo

Café Madre Isla

Transcurieron unos 25 años, un cuarto de siglo, para que el proyecto de autosuficiencia económica de Casa Pueblo, Café Madre Isla, pudiese tener una tostadora.  Comenzamos a las 10:41 AM el lunes 7 de julio de 2014.  La dulce aroma llegó a la plaza y alrededores.  El especial momento me hizo viajar a la casa de Cindo en el barrio Tanamá cuando realizamos la primera tostando.


Como toda historia tiene actores, fue Ariel Massol Deyá el protagonista principal acompañado de su mamá y papá que dio pie a esta autogestión.  Quemados por el calor de una tostadora antigua y llenos de hoyín en nariz, oídos y cara feliz así comenzó este orgulloso proyecto que le ha dado vida económica a la Casa que Tinti desde el principio lleva fiel contabilidad y recelo. 


Empezamos utilizando un pequeño frasco de cristal con tapa de 3 onzas.  Nos inventamos un embudo donde se depositaba la harina molida llenando con un cucharon frasco por frasco en un día largo de trabajo.  A veces entre seis y nueve de la noche.  La jornada concluía con tanta alegría que nada empañaba la exitosa encomienda.


La presentación inicial del proyecto se realizó en la obra de teatro, Golpes de Rejas por la excarcelación de Alejandrina Torres en Adjuntas.  El primer catador y colaborador fue nuestro inmortal Oscar Collazo.  La Patria bendijo el proyecto del Café Madre Isla.


Después tostabamos en Utuado y moliamos en la Casa en un equipo antiquísmo que hacia un ruido infernal obligandonos a utilizar audifonos que siempre colaba el ruido de la máquina.  Como toda gestión comunitaria, paso a paso, ladrillo a ladrillo, al paso del tiempo adquirimos un molino moderno y diseñamos un sistema de llenado directo al frasco que facilitaba producir 5 quintales en 5 horas.  Olga, Papo, Aida y Confe y otros voluntarios han realizado la gestión honorable en esos años.


Hoy doy gloria a Ariel por ser ejemplo de líder comunitario: nos enseñastes a ser perseverantes, innovadores, comprometidos, estar enfocados y en donde la adversidad se convertió en reto y victoria.  Doy gracias a los seguidores del proyecto y a los nuevos actores que comienzan a escribir la nueva historia del Café Madre Isla.


En felicidad y tristeza,


Alexis Massol González

Help Us Purchase Solar Panels for Our Greenhouse
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School
Support our solar panels project for energy sustainability,to  teach the students about green careers, enviromental responsibility, and energy efficiency. Through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation, the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School (PACHS) will install solar panels in the greenhouse. The grant will cover 90% of the installation cost and we need to raise 10%.  Thank you for your support! Donate here.

KidneyMobile Rolls into Norwegian American Hospital

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) partners with Norwegian American Hospital to bring NFKI's KidneyMobile to Humboldt Park and neighboring communities. The KidneyMobile is the nation's only mobile classroom and screening lab that detects kidney disease. NKFI's KidneyMobile will educate high-risk individuals and primary health care providers on kidney disease prevention and provide educational programs for successfully managing diabetes and hypertension  - the two leading causes of kidney disease.  


§  26 million American adults - over 1 million Illinoisans - already have kidney disease.

§  Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease.

§  Highest-risk populations for CKD are African-Americans and Latinos.

§  Of the 120,000 Americans currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, more than 99,000 need a kidney. Fewer than 17,000 people receive one each year.

§  Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.


When:    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time: 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:    Norwegian American Hospital Professional Medical Building

1044 N. Francisco Ave, 5th floor


Join Norwegian American Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois in the fight against kidney disease. Please share the attached flyers within your respective agencies.

For more information:         773-292-8203 ▪ www.nahospital.org 


Only one more R.A.W. (Real Aggressive Writing) series left! 


Only one more R.A.W. (Real Aggressive Writing) series left! On Monday, August 11 at 7pm UrbanTheater Company (UTC) presents Carmen Rivera's "The Next Stop" directed by UTC co-founder Marilyn Camacho. For more information visit: www.UrbanTheaterChicago.org    


Clemente 40th Anniversary Fundraiser Committee Initiates Buy-a-Brick Campaign

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the first school in the US to be named after legendary Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, Clemente Community Academy is offering the opportunity to become a part of that history. For a limited time, we will commemorate donations to the Roberto Clemente 40th anniversary fundraiser by adding the names of those who have contributed to the Wall of Fame. This will be a permanent display in our lobby which will highlight the names of all who have given generously  to the celebration. Each brick will carry the name of the person making the donation or one of the below options. The donations will fall into 3 categories, Standard $50, All-Star $100, and MVP $250.


3 pricing options-

* Wall of Fame-$50 donation

* All-Star $100 donation

* MVP $250 donation

 All bricks are bronze with black lettering and border

 Naming options available are :

* Name

* Name and Graduation Year

* Mr & Mrs Name


Please see the Roberto Clemente website for further information.

Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera
FCI Terre Haute, 
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN, 
May 29th CHICAGO
Biking in Oscar's Footsteps Video Now Available!
Biking in Oscar's Footsteps
Biking in Oscar's Footsteps

On May 29, 2014 over 60 bikers rode their bikes through Chicago in the footsteps of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a political prisoner currently serving his 33rd year in federal prison. Led by 33 women bikers, they embarked to the organizations Oscar was apart of founding as a community activist before his incarceration. This was one of 10 events across the US and Puerto Rico that took place in support of his excarcelation.

For more information, visit www.boricuahumanrights.org

José Rivera del Bronx, José López de Chicago y  Zulma Santiago de Puerto Rico se dan cita en Orlando para expandir la Campaña de Libertad para Oscar López Rivera

El lunes, 14 de Julio, el asambleísta estatal del Bronx, José Rivera, el director ejecutivo del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño en Chicago y Zulma Santiago,  en representación de 32xOscar en Puerto Rico, se dieron cita en Orlando, Florida en pro de la campaña para liberar al patriota Oscar López Rivera. Este esfuerzo conllevó entrevistas radiales y en la televisión, como también reuniones con distintos sectores en esa arena.


Se elaboró un plan que incluye publicar las cartas de Oscar a Karina en uno o dos periódicos locales, un esfuerzo más coordinado para mejor uso de los medios sociales; una coordinación para hacer vigente la figura de Oscar en eventos populares boricuas como festivales y desfiles, desarrollar una magna iniciativa para recaudar peticiones.


Todos los puertorriqueños que formaron parte de las distintas conversaciones, estuvieron de acuerdo, incluso 30 activistas que se dieron cita en una iglesia en el Corazón de Orlando que provinieron de Tampa, Kissimee, y Orlando.


Detroit Water Crisis

By Raquelle Seda, Detroit National Boricua Human Rights Network


Every Friday several organizations and residents gather to protest the actions by Governor Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevin Orr in what has come to be known as Freedom Fridays. Recently Freedom Fridays has been dedicated to highlighting EM's attempt to privatize the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department by holding their weekly protest in front of the water building. In a city plagued by blight, massive foreclosures, high unemployment rates and a poverty rate that has increased 40% in the last decade, water rates have steadily been increasing to more than double the rates of other cities.  This past June, Detroit City Council approved another increase of 8.9%. While the local news have been reporting that high water rates are due to outstanding residential accounts, it has failed to mention the delinquent commercial accounts that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars including those of Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena and even a $5 million water bill that the State of Michigan has failed to pay. 


Detroit's struggle against emergency management has intensified with the water department's campaign of massive shut offs to residents. The department is turning water off without a shut off notice, accounts only 1 month behind, and bills as low as $150.  Residents have also been shut off while disputing their bills after the city charged them for running water in neighboring abandoned houses. With recent international attention, including a United Nations panel calling the shut offs a violation of international human rights, Detroit residents have been joining local activists in mobilizing against the water department. The struggle intensified on the morning of July 10th with a civil disobedience action in front of the Homrich Wrecking Inc. facility where activists formed a human blockade in an attempt to prevent trucks from leaving the facility to shut off people's water.  A total of 10 activists were arrested with intentions of continuing this action on a weekly basis. 

Orlando NBHRN Attends Broad Meeting to Expand Campaign to Free Oscar
On July 14th the Orlando Chapter of the NBHR Network co-sponsored a meeting in Orlando Florida for an update on the campaign to free Oscar Lopez Puerto Rican political  prisoner.  In attendace were Jose Lopez,  brother of Oscar Jose Rivera, Assemblyman from New York City Luis Rosa, ex-political prisoner and Zulma Santiago from 32xOscar in Puerto Rico. Thanks to their support the campaign message was extended to the public at the meeting but also thru radio and tv interviews. Its importance was based on President Obama to do the righteous thing and give Oscar an unconditional pardon and ultimate freedom.

La lucha por excarcelar al prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera continúa ganando ímpetu y seguidores. A continuación presentamos algunas iniciativas de las últimas semanas.

El bloguero, poeta y sociólogo Guillermo Rebollo Gil reaccionó a un editorial publicado en junio en el diario de más circulación en Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día, criticando la manera en que intentaba despolitizar la figura de Oscar, en un escrito para la revista digital 80 grados. El texto del editorial que Rebollo Gil encontró objetable fue el siguiente:

Porque Oscar López Rivera, al margen de su ideología y de sus aspiraciones, es un ciudadano que dedicó dos años de su vida al servicio militar activo, en la guerra de Vietnam, y que se sacrificó duramente por el mismo Estados Unidos que ahora se empeña en mantenerlo aislado, tratando de acallar los reclamos para que lo excarcelen e intentando mantenerlo fuera del foco de la atención mundial.

  Siga lleyendo.

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.