Celebrate the 
Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Jornada, 



On March 3, 2008, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center launched a special year-long celebration entitled "Jornada 100x35". The title not only symbolized the dimensions of the island of Puerto Rico- 100 miles by 35 miles- but also paid homage to the life and legacy of Puerto Rican patriot and National Poet Juan Antonio Corretjer on his centennial, it also celebrated the 35th year of the founding of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. 


For the past 7 years, this celebration has continued, each year adding an additional year. On March 3, 2015, we will celebrate 100x35+7; marking the 107th anniversary of Juan Antonio Corretjer's birth and the 43rd year of the founding of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

We invite you to join us as we showcase our programs and we celebrate the 3 years of the opening of El Rescate on March 3, 2015.


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Los Tequis

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.

Continue reading.

From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

 The Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Chicago Selects PRCC-Vida/SIDA Once Again as an Agency to Receive an Excellence in Care Award for the Fourth Year in a Row!

By Jorge Cestou


DIFFA/Chicago (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection.


In 2014, DIFFA/Chicago awarded grants to 26 different agencies in the Chicago Metro Area. Their funding strategies changed in 2015. Some of these strategies included the idea of providing more sizable grants to agencies that are making a greater impact and PRCC-Vida/SIDA out of only 10 agencies, was selected as an awardee this year.


Volunteers from the fashion industry, interior design, furnishings and architecture founded DIFFA/Chicago. Supporters of DIFFA now come from every field associated with fine design.  "In Chicago, the Excellence in Care Awards funding focuses on those agencies that demonstrate extraordinary effectiveness in achieving their chosen missions in the HIV/AIDS arena."[1]


The awards ceremony will take place March 25, 2015. PRCC-Vida/SIDA staff will attend to receive the award.  Jorge Cestou, Director of Programs and Services, congratulates all Vida/SIDA program staff for the excellent work they have done through the years. This award could not have been received without all of the individuals' contributions of this great group of committed individuals fighting to reduce HIV infections in our communities and helping those dealing with the disease ease the pain.

[1] http://www.diffachicago.org/home.html 


 New Tax Season Special Enrollment Period!

by Geniz Hernández, ACA Staff

While the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period has come to an end, there are still options! The federal government announced a new Special Enrollment Period for tax season, from March 15 to April 30, 2015. This was done so that people who were unaware or didn't understand the implications of the individual Shared Responsibility Payment can enroll in 2015 health coverage through Healthcare.gov


Individuals are eligible for Special Enrollment Period through Healthcare.gov if they:

  • Currently are not enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace for 2015;
  • Attest that when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid the fee for not having health coverage in 2014; and
  • Attest that they first became aware of, or understood the implications of, the Shared Responsibility Payment after the end of open enrollment (February 15, 2015) in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes.

There are also life-changing events (e.g. marriage, divorce, moving out of state, changing jobs) that may qualify you for a special enrollment period. Additionally, Medicaid enrollment period is open all year around! If you're uninsured or confused about your healthcare options, visit our offices and we'll gladly help you!

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.

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

  Revving up for AP Exams

By Roberto Clemente Community Academy staff

Students in Mr. Van Loon's AP English Literature and Composition class have been gearing up for the May 6th AP exam by simulating the test in class. Twice each week, students encounter timed excerpts from the Section 1 multiple choice and Section 2 free response essays.

In Section 1, students have 60 minutes to answer 55 questions related to five sections of unfamiliar text. That works out to just over a minute per question, and that's without considering the reading. This week, seniors read Emily Dickinson's "I dreaded that first Robin, so," and had 13 minutes to read the poem and answer 12 text-dependent multiple choice questions.

Later in the week, students read a passage from D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow to practice Section 2, the free response essay. This week's AP free response prompt asked students to write an essay analyzing how Lawrence employs literary devices to characterize the woman and capture her situation. During the actual AP exam in May, students will have two hours to write three similar free response essays. That equates to 40 minutes per essay.

At the end of the six-week unit, students will use a website called AP Pass (http://appass.com/home) to calculate their simulated AP scores. Seniors will input their data from the 55 Section 1 multiple choice questions and their 3 Section 2 essays to see how they compare with students who took the AP exam in 2009 and 2004. The maximum score on the AP exam is 5, but students are typically able to secure college credit with a score of 3 or higher. The College Board curves the AP scores differently each year to regulate pass rates, and AP Pass compares the students' results to two sets of sample data.

"I like them," said senior Maria Gonzalez in reference to the simulated AP exams in Mr. Van Loon's class. "I feel they better prepare me for the actual exam. They also help me get more of a feel of how the questions are going to be and help me get a better understanding of what kind of text I'm going to be working with."

A Message from Norwegian American Hospital

CEO José R. Sánchez


Norwegian-American Hospital

 Diabetes continues to be a great health concern in the Humboldt Park community. I've been President and CEO at Norwegian American Hospital for four years, and with all the efforts toward the prevention of diabetes, it still continues to be a series health risk.  


This year, to address the diabetic needs of this population, we are launching many initiatives and bringing together all the community stakeholders. We initiated a full study of national, state and local trends to see how they relate to the Humboldt Park community. The study is being conducted by Dr. Aida Giachello and we have received her first draft that gives an overview of the magnitude of the problem.  


The study will implement and evaluate a community-based diabetes bilingual and bicultural education and intervention program. We will recruit patients identified in the ED with their A1c greater than 7, or with any other diabetes complications. Pre- and post-assessment will be conducted every 6 months for 1.5 years to all participants to monitor changes in clinical outcomes (weight loss, A1c, high blood pressure), and behavioral (healthy eating, physical activities and, improvement in psycho-functioning). The program with all its components will be presented to various philanthropic organizations for funding.    


Norwegian has also identified the need for an endocrinologist who will work for the hospital. We will be creating a registry of all the diabetics using services at Norwegian. The data base will give us an opportunity to determine which patients have their diabetes in control and those who don't. Our goal and objective is to offer a comprehensive program to help people with diabetes manage their disease. Services will include consultations with an endocrinologist (a physician specializing in disorders of the endocrine glands, including diabetes), a certified diabetes educator and an educational program designed to help patients keep their diabetes under control. Norwegian's goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to the disease, rather than just providing pieces of the services needed for this population.  


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 3-8-2015



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