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FCC's Net Neutrality Shift a Victory for Open Internet & Grassroots Activism

  After much anticipation, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission has unveiled what he calls "the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the [agency]." Tom Wheeler backed the regulation of Internet service like a public utility in order to uphold net neutrality, the principle of a free and open Internet. The new rules would prevent Internet service providers like Comcast from blocking access to websites, slowing down content, or providing paid fast lanes for Internet service. It would also extend such protections to Internet service on cell phones and tablets. The proposal comes after theFCC received a record-setting number of public comments - nearly four million, almost all in support of strong protections. President Obama also released public statements in support of Internet protections. The FCC will vote on the plan February 26, ahead of an influx of lobbying by the telecom industry, which has also threatened to sue if the measure passes. We are joined by Tim Karr, senior director of strategy for Free Press, one of the main organizers of the Internet Countdown campaign leading up to the FCC's net neutrality vote.

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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

 El Rescate Residents: Picture of Success

By Linda French, El Rescate


Efren Morales and Kayla Toledo, two residents of El Rescate and students at Pedro Albizu Campos High School is the picture of success.  Kayla and Efren have several certificates to their credit including recognition of passing all classes in the second quarter with 100% as well as perfect attendance records, In addition, both students boast a 3.0 or above GPA.   Efren Morales who came to El Rescate in November says he is doing the best he's done in High School and is striving to increase his 3.0 to a 4.0 GPA by year's end.  Kayla currently is at a 3.8 GPA.   Congratulations to both of our residents!  

Move for Life! Coming April 4th


By Leony Calderón

Move for Life! Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Inside Humboldt Park, Luis Muñoz Marin Dr. at the southeast corner near Division St. and California Ave.

Move for Life! is an annual one day community-driven outdoor event to kick-off the Spring/Summer physical activity seasons. Move for Life! has three primary objectives: 1.  To promote and support an active lifestyle. 2). To showcase the community organizations that provide free and or low cost physical activity programs for youth and adults. 3. To foster ongoing collaboration and networking amongst these organizations. Move for Life! brings together community organizations, to plan the event over a three month period, featuring community organizations, programs, individuals as well as cultural activities and entertainment. 

To participant in Move for Life! Call or email us at Moveforlife@prcc-chgo.org, 773-342-0855.

Volunteer opportunities are available for high school students, university students, and adults.

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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

 Freshman Class Participates in Theater 

By Roberto Clemente Community Academy staff

The freshmen experienced an amazing, fun-filled day while they were on a field trip to the American Theater Company for the technical rehearsal of their original class play. For the past six weeks, every freshman has participated in a theater unit focusing on a play called The Royale by Marco Ramirez. The play is based on the life of Jack Johnson, a boxer who overcame racism, poverty, and many obstacles. His goal was to become the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and he achieved it!

All students learned elements of drama, costumes, sound, lighting, and acting. Students were then able to choose if they wanted to work on the production crew or the performance ensemble. This was the first theater experience for many of the freshmen. "It was really nice," said Tony Powers. "We all came together to produce a play and everyone took it really seriously." Tony played the character Fish, who was a sparring partner for the main character named Jay. Tony practiced his boxing moves and learned how to act on stage. Jose Cedeno was cast as the heavyweight boxing champion and said, "We worked together and helped each other."

After reading the play, professional actors from the American Theater Company came to Clemente to work with students to create and produce The Royale. Although students were nervous and reluctant to act, they overcame their challenges and produced an impressive play. The students in the production group encouraged and supported the actors by helping them memorize lines and providing positive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Students not only learned about aspects of theater, but they also experienced many of the learner profile characteristics. Some freshman students identified that this was the first time they were a "risk taker" in an academic setting. "I like how we were able to compare the similarities and differences between the classes," said Genesi Santos. Genesi was the stage manager for the entire play. She added that "it was challenging trying to help the actors learn the right words for each line, but we saw students' abilities that they didn't even realize they had."

After the final performance, the students will attend another field trip to see the professional version of The Royale and get a chance to meet and talk to the actors after the performance. In addition, all Clemente students are invited to participate in an after-school theater program called "Bridge." Students in the program will write an original skit and perform it with other Chicago Public School students. Stay tuned for more details!

Taking Precautions Against Measles!


Norwegian-American Hospital

Measles is considered one of the most highly contagious viruses. For years, measles has been rare in the United States, thanks to immunization.  But recently, that has changed.  Outbreaks, mostly started by unimmunized people traveling from countries that have high outbreaks of measles, spread the infection to unimmunized people here.


Norwegian American Hospital is taking a proactive approach to address the potential spread of this virus and asks community members to get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the measles vaccine is 95-99% effective in protecting you from contracting the measles.  If you or your family members have not been vaccinated or already had measles, call your primary care doctor to check availability of the vaccine and to schedule an appointment.  There are some age groups that should not receive the vaccine.  


If you think you have measles or have been exposed, call your doctor or other healthcare provider before visiting to avoid spreading the virus to others. Measles spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include: fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes. This is followed by a rash that can spread all over the body.


Visit the CDC's Measles website for more information, including photographs of people with measles and information on outbreaks and vaccination. 


The Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera has 

it's own e-newsletter- The Water's Edge/La Orilla del Mar

Published every two weeks- next issue comes out 2-19-2015



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