Over 250 attend Community Hearing
Hispanic Housing, Alderman Maldonado and Community Defend "Borinqueneers" Housing Initiative
On Wednesday December 17th, Alderman Roberto Maldonado convened a public hearing for the planned 65th infantry Boriqueneers Veterans Housing development. The meeting was held at the Humboldt Park Field house to consider the rezoning change to allow the 49-unit development on land owned by Norwegian American Hospital. The $14.9 million affordable housing community is being developed by Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, a 38 year old community development corporation serving Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, in Illinois and in neighboring states.
Hipolito (Paul) Roldan, the president of Hispanic Housing, began the meeting at 5:30 with a brief description of Hispanic Housing's history, particularly with the Norwegian American Hospital area and the greater Humboldt Park and outlined the hospital's commitment to provide social
services to the residents of this new building. Mr. Roldan outlined that the development will be named for the 65th Infantry, a Puerto Rican fighting regiment that was established during the Spanish American War, and has fought in every war since, that was recently awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Evelyn Guerrero, project manager for Hispanic Housing, described the project in detail including the building's purpose to house and support veteran's who have served our country. Those veterans may be single, single-parents or two-parent families and the building will be a mix on one, two and three bedroom units with rents of $774 for a 1BR, $929 for s 2BR and $1,072 for a 3BR. Units will be affordable to those earning 60% of area median income or less. Ms. Guerrero outlined the supportive services to be provided by the Norwegian American Hospital in conjunction with the Jessie Brown Veterans Hospital.
To address the amendment 1996 planned zoning district #599 Ms. Sylvia Michas, of the law firm of Chico and Nunes, outlined the rezoning of the 1045 N. Sacramento site as a small part o the overall PD district (which will remain unchanged) to allow the proposed residential use.
The architect for the project, Pappageorge Haymes Partners, was represented by Ken DeMuth, who described the one acre development site with a slide show presentation. The building height was of particular interest, as the building will be a "transitional" height; less than the
hospital's 60 feet (and 75 foot addition) but more than the 40 foot apartment building in the area.
Approximately 250 people attended the meeting which ended with a sometimes spirited question and answer session. Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia stopped by to express his support the veterans housing development for our community. Alderman Maldonado closed the meeting and expressed his support of the zoning amendment and invited those for or against the project to attend the next day's Plan Commission at City Council.



City Council Plan Commission hearing


Thursday, December 18th, 1:0

0pm at  

City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street

Volunteers & Leaders Needed!
Congressman Gutiérrez and Community Organizations Begin Organizing Thousands onto Path to Citizenship
Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez staff

Last Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2014 Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez held his first orientation session for immigrants who may be affected by President Obama's executive actions on immigration. At the orientation,  500 families who had pre-registered for the event were assisted and they had a chance to get a one-on-one evaluation of their eligibility by our trained leaders. This Saturday, 500 more families will be helped!


At these events the Congressman's staff is assisting families with the following:

  1. gathering proof of who they are, proof of relationship to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident (LPR) family member, proof of how long they have been in the U.S.
  2. gathering criminal records that they have by collecting their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), FBI criminal background checks, Court Dispositions, Police records.
  3. Accessing documents such by bringing main speakers to the events as Consulates, DHS, IRS, Business owners, etc.
  4. As well as information on preventing fraud, beware of "Notario" fraud and know your rights!

The Congressman's goal is to work every day to sign up everyone in the City of Chicago and around this country who qualifies for the relief, and protect families. Therefore, the Congressman needs your help, he wants to unite forces to maximize the resources, that we know are limited. Congressman Gutierrez's staff is ready to train leaders.


Who is a leader? A leader could be a pastor, business owner, community leader, professor, principal, manager, doctor, and consul, etc. A leader is also a person or a group of people who are ready and willing to educate and help our community in understanding the recent executive actions and to help our community prepare for the application process. 


Congressman Gutierrez' staff invites you to be part of this journey and promises to guide you through and teach you how you can help your community. At the training we will teach you how to access resources, how to screen potential applicants and how to organize events.


As well as:

* Overall planning (location, capacity)

* Creating flyers

* Outreach (including media)

* Provide materials (screening documents, requirements checklist, fact sheet, etc.) 

* Accessing resources (main speakers, etc)

* Recruiting Volunteers (Family Defenders)

* Recruiting Attorneys (volunteers) c


Starting January, 6th, 2015 the Congressman's team will be ready to set up appointments to assist and train you. 


Please let us know if you are interested in taking this training by replying to the email noted below

Theresa.Paucar@mail.house.gov or by phone 773-342-0774.


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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

There's Still Time!

Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Affordable Care Act Program

By Geniz Hernández Rosado, PRCC-ACA

Our offices have been very busy lately. Since Monday, December 15, 2014 was the last day to enroll for people who wanted to get health insurance coverage by January 1st, we have had many consumers come in to see their options. Additionally, on Friday, December 12, 2014, the Affordable Car Act Program's office was visited by a filming crew from Get Covered Illinois to record a video for their website. It was an exciting experience for our staff and it was also a very emotional moment for Rocío Kanan, our Administrative Coordinator. She had the opportunity to share her success story regarding the Affordable Care Act and the plan she was able to purchase through the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Open enrollment period hasn't ended yet! Remember that you have until February 15, 2015 to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace and find an affordable healthcare plan for you and your family. Don't leave it for later, visit our offices now or call 773-227-7794 for an appointment!

Our Bubbleland Visit!
By Hope Poirier, Centro Infantil Staff
The topic of the month in Centro Infantil Daycare is clothes! The students and staff took a little visit to Bubbleland laundromat to see how their clothes get washed and dried, instead of just reading and watching videos about it. They also learned where you put the soap in the washer. They were very excited about learning about the laundromat and how it works.  
By Linda French, El Rescate staff
El Rescate is preparing for their 1st Holiday Fundraiser to be held Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 6pm to 11PM.  This event sponsored by Norman Belmonte Y Amigos will be held at Antronios Bar in Berwyn, Illinois.  Norman Belmonte whose relationship with El Rescate began when he performed at the 2013 Youth Christmas Party and after engaging with Program Director, Jackie Gonzalez   Norman became impassioned when hearing about the youth at El Rescate being the only Latino LGBTQ program of it's kind in the Midwest.  Mr. Belmonte, an entertainer in the Gay community and in his own persona has lived with some personal struggles.  He decided that he wanted to do something to contribute to our efforts in addressing youth homelessness.   We are very pleased to have Norman Belmonte & friends support El Rescate's continued efforts to alleviate youth homelessness in Humboldt Park and throughout the Chicagoland area. 

Puerto Rican Cultural Center Safe Passage Program is Hiring!

by Ivan Vega | Safe Passage Supervisor

Looking for part-time work? The Safe Passage Community Watcher position provides a safe passage for students attending Roberto Clemente Community Academy and William Wells Community Academy.  


Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent and ability to pass crimianal background check to work with children.


To apply, please submit a resume to Ivan Vega at ivanv@prcc-chgo.org or apply is person at 2546 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622 | (773) 394-4935

On Sale Now

November Chicago Magazine "Why José López Stands Between Gentrification and Humboldt Park"

Be sure to pick up the November issue of Chicago Magazine, which features an interview by Puerto Rican Cultural Center ED José E. López conducted by Elly Fishman.

From Our Community Partners

Ivan Vega, Executive Director, Urban Theater Company

Our production of Julia De Burgos: Child of Water by Carmen Rivera was a success! This production has been a blessing and we have so much to be grateful for on many levels. On behalf of UrbanTheater Company and the cast and crew, we thank YOU! We thank you for your support and for always believing in our work. A special thank you to our sponsors: The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC) and Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC). We couldn't have done this without you. 

RCCA Students Help Fight

World Hunger

By Kayla Vaughn
Around the world the painful growls awaken children and adults struggle from day to day not knowing when or where their next meal will come from. They savor whatever they can get their hands on, hoping that one day it'll all be over. Then there are people in this world who take advantage of these resources such as water and food. Things that we see as simple, like a can of soup, could make another person's  day.  We tend to get so caught up in our everyday routines that we forget to value the simple things in life. What may seem like not much may mean the world to someone who needs it the most.
One like myself may ask, "Why does world hunger even exist?"  There are a few causes of hunger around the world.  Different causes of world hunger include natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts and many more. Overpopulation, war, and poverty are also causes of world hunger.
There are things that we can do as a society to try to make this situation better. One thing we can do is communicate with our community ideas on how to spread the word.  Another way we can help includes organizing a food drive.  At my school, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, we are organizing a food drive.  We are asking all freshman students to bring in cans or dry food that is not being used or that their family is willing to donate.
In our biology class we have been studying world hunger, watching videos and reading articles about this issue. We also have had discussions and completed worksheets and homework on world hunger. We also brainstormed ideas of what we can do to help this issue. That is where one of the students mentioned doing a food drive at our school, so a few students including myself have been working on organizing a food drive.
The reason that I personally got involved in working to put together a food drive was because of the feeling I got watching other people in the videos that Mr.Holmes showed in class suffer over not having necessities like food, water, and things that are essential for survival.  This experience gave me the passion to want to try to help them out. The more that I have heard and seen about this issue, the more I come to appreciate what I have.  This for me just feels like the right thing to do after watching all of these videos and seeing what these human being are going through.
In conclusion, around the world hunger strikes in the bellies of many, world hunger results from war, poverty, overpopulation, and natural disasters. We need to work together as a whole and work toward bettering this situation. You can help spread the word and donate canned food to help those in need.
A Message from Norwegian American CEO José R. Sánchez

It's the time of year where many of us are spending time with family and friends over the Holidays and reflecting on life and looking ahead to the New Year. Within Norwegian American Hospital, many people will work over the holiday season. They will share stories and laugh with patients, visitors and co-workers. I know that the staff will give even more of themselves to lift the spirits of patients who cannot be with their families over the holiday season. They will be sharing their spirit to comfort others when they are in need.


Over the past year, the employees of Norwegian American Hospital have done a great deal to demonstrate their desire to do the best job they can for our patients and their families. Extensive work has gone into improving the care, service and environment at Norwegian. The spirit of giving is core to the work that is done here.


As we all give thanks, we also remember those who are less fortunate during this holiday season. Norwegian American Hospital remains committed to the community, and as in previous years, have participated in a special Toy Drive for the children of Humboldt Park and West Town. Thank you to everyone who participated.


Special wishes to each of you and those that you love during this holiday season. Have a safe and joyful holiday!



José R. Sánchez

Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera


FCI Terre Haute,  PO Box 33

Terre Haute, IN,  47808 


A San Francisco Bay Area printmaker, Doug specializes in fund raising, outreach and educational posters. Past collaborations include work with ILWU, Rain Forest Action Network, SF Mime Troupe, ACLU, The Lawyers Guild, CISPES, United Auto Workers, Africa Information Network, Ecumenical Peace Union, ADAPT, Cop Watch, Street Sheet, and Veteran's for Peace. In the late 1980's Doug designed the poster for the Campaign to Shut Down the Lexington Women's Control Unit, led by the Network's predecessor, the National Committee to Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War.


The above poster, printed in a limited edition of 75 by the artist, is silkscreened, in Spanish, measures 18x24, and is available for $200 plus shipping and handling.

Buy Your Holiday Gift Now and Support the Campaign to Free Oscar!

Email Alejandro Molina at alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org or Diana Castillo at dianac@boricuahumanrights.org to reserve your copy

100,000 Tweets for Oscar!
Birth of a Patriot, Star of a Nation: Social Media Campaign on Oscar López Rivera's Birthday January 6, 2015.
La Respuesta Magazine & National Boricua Human Rights Network

On January 6, 2015 La Respuesta magazine and National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) call on you to act on behalf of the Puerto Rican people's longest-held political prisoner. In honor of the man who has withstood thirty-three years in prison the campaign is called "Birth of a Patriot, Star of a Nation".

The worldwide campaign calls for 100,000 messages to the twitter accounts of the President, White House, and Justice Department on January 6, 2015, Oscar's birthday and the Day of the Epiphany/ Three Kings, the holiest day in his Puerto Rico homeland. We also call on participants to share "virtual gifts" in the form of photographs, videos, and writings on their social media pages in honor of Oscar's birthday.

Are you a poet? Artist? Photographer? Chef? Athlete? Dancer? Educator? Student? Health worker? Laborer? Mother? Father? Whatever you are or do, wherever you are, write a post, take a photo, record a video - dedicate a "virtual gift" to raising awareness and building support for Oscar López Rivera.

Post one of your poems, share a picture of your art or photography, cook and photograph a meal, run a few miles and write about it, record yourself dancing, take a selfie with a sign. Get creative and let the world know that you demand the release of Puerto Rican patriot Oscar López Rivera!

This January 6, 2015, on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or any other platform you use, post using the hashtags #FreeOscarLopez and #Gift4Oscar(#RegaloPaOscar for Spanish-language messages). On Twitter, make sure to tag @BarackObama and @TheJusticeDept so that those with the power to release him hear our demands. We encourage you to begin planning your action to make sure we are all heard in unison on January 6.

Oscar, who was born on Three King's Day, has become the Puerto Rican nation's shining star, able to unite a people facing the divisive effects of a more than one-hundred year colonial occupation. Now, more than ever, the Puerto Rican people have come together in a way that presents U.S. President Barack Obama every reason to exercise his power of pardon and release Oscar. To learn more about Oscar and to read his original essays, visit: larespuestamedia.com/category/oscars-corner/

Let's use social media for social change and send the clear message: RELEASE OSCAR NOW, 33 YEARS IS TOO MUCH!


For more info: xavi@larespuestamedia.com;  alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org

Oscar In Detroit

By Raquelle Seda, Detroit NBHRN

On Thursday, December 11, NBHRN Detroit's Raquelle Seda was interviewed by local artist and activist Christina Pérez-El on her weekly show Breaking Barriers to talk about the current campaign to free Oscar López and the May 30th mobilization in New York to demand his release.  Also on the show were local rappers Thyme and Mudd from 5ELA.  To listen to the interview in its entirety, visit the Urban Nation Radio's website at: urbannationradio.com/live

Clave la discreción en la lucha por la excarcelación de Oscar López
Por Daniel Rivera Vargas, PrimeraHora

El congresista puertorriqueño, Luis Gutiérrez, expresó este martes tener fe de que pronto se logre la liberación de Oscar López Rivera, preso político puertorriqueño con 33 años en cárceles federales cuya excarcelación es respaldada por amplios sectores sociales del país, así como por los líderes de todos los partidos políticos.

Gutiérrez, quien está en Puerto Rico para pasar sus vacaciones durante el receso navideño del Congreso de Estados Unidos, afirmó que él y otras figuras trabajan constantemente a favor de la excarcelación de López Rivera, aunque no son gestiones de las que pueda hablar públicamente.

"Mire, el pueblo debe tener la confianza de que hay muchos que estamos trabajando para la excarcelación de Oscar todos los días, que es una prioridad para nosotros. En estos procesos la discreción de las acciones de aquellos que están abogando por la excarcelación es importantísima. No voy a hacer una conferencia de prensa cada vez que mando un comunicado o hago una intervención a favor de Oscar, cuando visito con el gobernador a Oscar López, pero eso no se limita a esas acciones. Algunos van a simplemente tener que esperar que se escriba el proceso histórico de su excarcelación. Pero yo estoy confiado en que Oscar va a venir un día pronto a Puerto Rico", dijo Gutiérrez durante una actividad del Departamento de Estado en el Viejo San Juan.

"Yo tengo completa fe que esta gestión del pueblo de Puerto Rico va a ser una gestión triunfante. Debes entender que en esta lucha, si no crees que puedes lograr la meta, no la vas a lograr, te lo aseguro. Muchas personas me dijeron en la década de los noventa que no había ninguna esperanza que liberarán a 11 de nuestros compañeros. ¡Cuántas veces no vine a Puerto Rico y le dije a reporteros, anclas de televisión comentaristas que firmaran nuestra petición de que (los presos) regresen ya a casa!", afirmó el congresista.

En 1999, el entonces presidente Bill Clinton indultó a 11 prisioneros políticos puertorriqueños. López Rivera rechazó en parte beneficiarse de ese indulto porque Casa Blanca no incluyó a todos los presos.

Convicto por sedición, debido a sus vínculos con las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), López Rivera, de 71 años, lleva 33 años y siete meses en cárceles estadounidenses. Tiene pendiente en el Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos una solicitud de clemencia.

"Ahora el pueblo está más sofisticado, más maduro, ha sido más fácil el proceso. Yo no había visto un gobernador visitar una cárcel federal, de seguridad máxima, para visitar a un prisionero político. Ese es el alcance de nuestra campaña y vamos a seguir ampliando la misma", expresó Gutiérrez, aludiendo a la visita de Alejandro García Padilla a López Rivera en noviembre pasado.

El congresista dio estas declaraciones en un aparte con este medio tras participar de la firma de un acuerdo colaborativo de inmigración entre el Departamento de Estado (DE) y la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) sobre la reciente orden ejecutiva de política migratoria. En su intercambio hoy con los asistentes a la firma del acuerdo, Gutiérrez comentó varias de las gestiones sobre política migratoria que realizó con el presidente Barack Obama, incluso cenar con el mandatario a días del anuncio de la nueva política.

Gutiérrez no quiso comentar a este medio si en esa cena incluyó el tema de López Rivera con Obama.

"Cuando tienes conversaciones y diálogos con el presidente, tienes que tener mucho cuidado sobre cuáles son los pormenores que tú relatas. Yo puedo relatar la información de la cena con el presidente porque el presidente hizo la invitación pública y dos días después le dijo al país y al mundo todo lo que me dijo a mí en esa cena. Cualquier otra conversación que yo tenga concerniente sobre Oscar López Rivera con cualquier persona en el gobierno federal se mantendrá en completa confidencialidad de este servidor", indicó el congresista.


El nacimiento de un patriota, la estrella de una nación: Campaña de medios sociales en el cumpleaños de Oscar López Rivera

Revista La Respuesta & Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos

El 6 de enero de 2015 la revista La Respuesta y Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos (NBHRN) hacen un llamado a la acción pro la liberación del prisionero puertorriqueño que más tiempo lleva encarcelado. Esta campaña en honor al hombre que ha resistido treinta y tres años de prisión se llama "Nacimiento de un patriota, la estrella de una nación".


La campaña mundial espera conseguir 100,000 mensajes a las cuentas de Twitter del presidente y del Departamento de Justicia el 6 de enero de 2015, el día de cumpleaños de Oscar y el Día de los Reyes Magos, el día más sagrado en su tierra natal Puerto Rico. También pedimos a los participantes a que compartan "regalos virtuales" en forma de fotografías, videos y trabajos escritos en sus páginas de medios sociales en honor al cumpleaños de Oscar.


¿Es usted poeta? ¿Artista? ¿Fotógrafo? ¿Chef? ¿Atleta? ¿Bailarín? ¿Educador? ¿Estudiante? ¿Trabajador de la salud? ¿Obrero? ¿Madre? ¿Padre? Lo que usted sea o lo que haga, esté donde esté, escriba algo y publíquelo en las redes sociales, tome una foto, grabe un video --dedique un "regalo virtual" para crear conciencia y apoyar la campaña en pro de la liberación de Oscar López Rivera.


Publique uno de sus poemas, comparta una foto de su trabajo de arte o una fotografía, cocine y tome una foto de la comida, corra unos cuantos kilómetros y escriba sobre su experiencia, grábese bailando, tómese una selfie con un cartel ... Sea creativo y deje que el mundo sepa que usted exige la liberación del patriota puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera!


Este 6 de enero de 2015, en Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram o en cualquier otra plataforma que utilice, haga publicaciones utilizando los hashtags #FreeOscarLopez y #Gift4Oscar (#RegaloPaOscar para los mensajes en español). En Twitter, asegúrese de etiquetar @BarackObama y @TheJusticeDept para que aquellos con el poder de liberarlo oigan nuestras demandas. Les exhortamos a que comiencen a planificar para asegurarse de que todos seamos escuchados al unísono el 6 de enero.


Oscar, nacido el Día de los Reyes, se ha convertido en la brillante estrella de la nación puertorriqueña, capaz de unir a las personas que enfrentan los efectos divisores de una ocupación colonial de más de cien años. Ahora, más que nunca, el pueblo puertorriqueño se ha unido para presentarle al presidente de Estados Unidos Barack Obama motivos para ejercer su facultad de indulto y para que libere a Oscar. Para obtener más información sobre Oscar y para leer sus ensayos originales, visite: larespuestamedia.com/category/oscars-corner/


Utilicemos las redes sociales para lograr un cambio y enviar un mensaje claro: ¡LIBERE A OSCAR AHORA, 33 AÑOS ES DEMASIADO!


Para más información, escriba a: xavi@larespuestamedia.comalejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org


Por Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos Puerto Rico

Este es el arte representativo de la iniciativa del compañero Ernesto Robles con el apoyo del Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico. "Oscar En La Calle", bajalo, imprimelo y llévalo a 'La Calle'. Para imprimir a 67 pulgadas.


Flexibilidad en la praxis política, firmeza en los principios

Por Eduardo Villanueva, Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico

El pueblo de Cuba lleva cincuenta y cinco años tratando de construir una sociedad diferente  a la que enfrentó la revolución Cubana en 1959 y a la que vivían la mayor parte de los países de Latinoamérica. Fidel Castro ha definido lo que es una Revolución en términos tajantes, como el intento de una nación de construir un nuevo orden, para lo cual hay que derrumbar los cimientos del antiguo orden. Es un proceso doloroso y complejo que requiere valor, trabajo constante, vigilancia estricta de los principios en los que se ha de fundar la nueva sociedad y flexibilidad para descartar las políticas que no funcionan y adaptar nuevas estrategias y soluciones a los cambios de los tiempos. En el proceso se cometen errores que obligan a la autocrítica y a recurrir al pueblo para que los entienda y sugiera soluciones alternas que nazcan de las bases populares y la experiencia de los trabajadores que ofrecen su talento y su esfuerzo para transformar la sociedad en una más justa y democrática de verdad.

Hace cuatro años, en un encuentro en Holguín, por la libertad de los cinco y de Oscar López, me decía una Cubana que ese proceso de revisión y autocritica había comenzado en Cuba sin saber en qué habría de terminar, pero seguros de que se salvarían las conquistas sociales de la revolución Cubana. Me aseguraba esta compañera, que el socialismo cubano era sui generis, que se construía a la cubana, que no era Bolivariano, ni Soviético, ni Chino, aunque tuviera influencia de todos. El resultado de esas más de cinco décadas de revolución, es una  sociedad educada, culta, trabajadora, valiente, que sabe reconocer sus avances y trabajar  para superar sus errores, sin copiar a nadie.

Con la liberación de los tres patriotas Cubanos en el día de hoy, vemos que la cubana tenía razón. El pueblo tuvo fe en su dirigencia y en la perseverancia de sus principios, para  lograr que el día en que esa victoria se alcanzara, sus compatriotas pudieran regresar a la patria que defendieron, a riesgo de su vida y al precio de su libertad, sin que su pueblo tuviera que renunciar a un solo principio de la revolución que inspiró su lucha. Los imperios y las naciones poderosas, saben que tienen la fuerza militar y el poder para aplastar a una nación  más pequeña, pero saben también que no tienen, a fuerza de perder su prestigio y su moral en el mundo, la facultad para arrodillar a un pueblo que está firme en sus valores y en la defensa de su historia nacional, defendida a sangre y fuego. Esa es la lección que nos da y se brinda a si misma Cuba, en este momento en que los patriotas que la defendieron, son arrancados de las entrañas del monstruo, como decía Martí. Los patriotas Cubanos regresan a su patria incólumes, orgullosos del pueblo que defendieron y que les reciprocó con su apoyo incondicional y con la perseverancia en la defensa del ideal de construir una sociedad más justa e inclusiva para todo Cubano. Falta mucho para completar los objetivos de esa revolución que destruyó el viejo  orden, pero  que aún labora y se esfuerza en construir un sistema que produzca bienes y servicios para la generalidad de la población, a tal grado que permita suplir las necesidades esenciales para garantizar la dignidad de todo ser humano que trabaja y lucha en Cuba.

Nosotros los puertorriqueños, que buscamos conseguir la excarcelacion de Oscar López, tenemos mucho que aprender de la victoria heroica que acaba de conseguir el pueblo Cubano. Tenemos que conseguir la unidad del pueblo, no solo basada en argumentos de compasión y de derechos humanos, sino también en el respeto y la comprensión, aunque no se compartan,  de todos los ideales que inspiraron y motivan la lucha de Oscar por nuestro pueblo. El primero, el derecho a la autodeterminación de  los puertorriqueños. Corolario de este, la lucha para descolonizar a Puerto Rico y lograr establecer con EE.UU. una relación de respeto a nuestra personalidad Latinoamericana y caribeña, así como a nuestro vernáculo, el español. De igual modo, la lucha por mejores salarios y empleos dignos para nuestra gente. La garantía del derecho a la salud, no importa el nivel de ingreso de cada ser humano y el derecho a una educación basada en la libertad del educando, para desarrollar pensamiento crítico y vínculos solidarios con su pueblo. La excarcelacion de Oscar es un imperativo categórico para que el gobierno de Estados Unidos pueda demostrar al mundo, que puede ser líder de causas justas y que respeta la integridad  de las naciones con las cuales pretende tener relaciones amistosas y de respeto mutuo .Hay que reconocer el gesto valiente y justo del Presidente Obama para con Cuba y también como ejemplo aleccionador para el mundo, de lo que puede conseguirse con diálogo respetuoso, sin  uso excesivo de la fuerza de las armas, que siempre es más débil, que la fuerza  de la moral. Todas estas lecciones se derivan de la gesta de Cuba y Estados Unidos en el día de hoy. Falta que se escuche el clamor justo de nuestro pueblo, de la nación Puertorriqueña y Estados unidos se libere así mismo, excarcelando el paradigma de la libertad, que es Oscar López.

Por: Eduardo Villanueva Muñoz

Portavoz CDHPR,

17 de diciembre de 2014

Vieques beach closed as US Navy clears munitions


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Authorities have closed a beach in the popular Puerto Rican island of Vieques after finding pieces of inactive munition.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the U.S. Navy has so far removed objects including a projectile and a mortar tail. Officials say none of the objects found pose any danger to visitors. The Playa Grande beach area in the western region of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge remained closed on Thursday.

The U.S. Navy used Vieques as a bombing range from the 1940s until May 2003. It has spent about $220 million so far to investigate and clean those lands.

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said Wednesday that Congress is seeking an additional $17 million for cleanup efforts next year.

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