Our best wishes to the Romero Family 
during this difficult time
The staff and Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center wish Xóchitl Ramírez and her family, our most positive wishes as Enrique Romero, brother, faces a life-threatening situation. Enrique is the son of Irma Romero (deceased), our beloved Board member and legendary community activist. Martin Romero, their brother, also volunteers his acupuncture skills at the Diabetes Empowerment Center and has a long history of collaboration with the PRCC. The prognosis is not good, and we ask that all people please keep Enrique in their thoughts as the Romero family, which have been one of the pillars of our work, goes through this most difficult moment.

Puerto Rican Agenda Discusses

Possible Response by Puerto Rican Diaspora to Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

On Saturday, August 1, 2015, the same day Puerto Rico was unable to meet its bond repayment of 58M$, the Puerto Rican Agenda held a lively, interactive, engaging discussion of a possible response by the Puerto Rican diaspora to the island's economic crisis. A response which has to be rooted in the historical responsibility which the US government has over the island.


It was clear, during the discussion, that the economic woes the island faces are a consequence of its subordinate relationship to the US. One which was defined by the US Supreme Court (Belzac vs The People of Puerto Rico, 1922) "Puerto Rico belongs to, but is not a part of the United States."  As Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez pointed out, on the floor of the US Congress that, the US owns Puerto Rico and therefore it has a moral responsibility to respond to this budget/fiscal crisis.


Similar conversations have been held with Puerto Rican leaders in Washington DC, Florida, New York City, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. These discussions will culminate with a gathering of a representative group of the Puerto Rican national leadership, including elected officials, in Orlando, FL in mid-October. For more information, please contact Cristina Pacione-Zayas (pacionezayas@gmail.com) or Jessie Fuentes (jlfuentes2@cps.edu), co-chairs, Puerto Rican Agenda.

Padre Raul Celebrara Durante 22da Fiesta Boricua "de Bandera a Bandera"

El sáb. 6 de sept. el padre Raul Morales Berrios celebrara la ya tradicional Misa Jibara coincidiendo con la celebración de la 22da Fiesta Boricua.

Misa Jibara combina elementos culturales y musicales enraizados en nuestro quehacer boricua con un mensaje profundo de contenido social, enmarcado dentro los ritos de una misa catolica. Durante los ultimos 6 años centenares de personas han participado de este encuentro cultural/espiritual borincano. La misa se celebrara de 3:30 a 5:30pm. Para más información contactar a Hilda Frontany al hilda.frontany@yahoo.com.
A Win for the Community
José de Diego Elementary School names Interim Principal, Jacqueline "Jackie" Menoni
By Judy Vázquez, José de Diego Elementary School parent

"We (The Humboldt Park Community) will benefit tremendously from this appointment," said Judy Vázquez, a parent at José de Diego Elementary School, upon learning that Jacqueline Menoni was appointed as the new interim principal of de Diego for the incoming school year. The Local School Council worked closely with the Network office to assign a interim principal. Ms. Menoni has been a participant in many of the efforts of Community as a Campus. Congratulations!
Muévete is celebrating its 10th!
By Leony Calderón, Diabetes Empowerment Center

Muévete is celebrating its 10th anniversary (Aug. 2005- Aug. 2015). What started as a walking group twice a week around Humboldt Park has evolved into a community based physical activity program. Muévete provides classes of Dance-aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, seasonal walking and biking and the once a year Move for Life! season kick-off event.  Classes are held Monday through Saturday, and at three different locations, free of charge and open to adults 18 and over. All classes are accessible to all fitness levels to encouraging movement for all and support an active lifestyle. 


On Saturday, August 22nd 2015 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary with a 10,000 steps around Humboldt Park.  Free of charge and for the entire family. There will be prizes for every 5,000 steps an individual takes. Music, heart screenings, snacks and refreshment will be provided. Please call or visit to register at the Diabetes Empowerment Center, 2753 W. Division St. 773-342-0855.

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School is looking for professionals to join our team 

to educate and transform the future.

Open positions (Click to download job descriptions):

1. Integrated Math Teacher (ISBE TYPE 9 required)

2. Integrated Sciences Teacher (ISBE TYPE 9 required)

3. U.S. History and World Studies (ISBE TYPE 9 required)

4. Youth Development Mentor (FLC-Young Pregnant and Parenting students)

5. Registrar of Student Records (experience with Power School preferred)

6. Campus Security (Part-time, 37 hours, 10 months)


Please send cover letter and resume to apply@pedroalbizucamposhs.org. Applicants for teaching positions must provide a 1-page philosophy of education statement. Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School is looking for professionals to join our team to educate and transform the future.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Equal Opportunity Employer



Limited positions available

(Must be available starting September 8, 2015)


The Safe Passage Community Watcher position provides a safe passage for students attending the following schools:

Roberto Clemente, Wells, José De Diego, Chopin, ChiArts



Responsible, punctual, high school diploma or equivalent and ability to pass criminal background check to work with youth


Part-time with educational opportunities available


Monday thru Friday | 5 hours a day | $10 per hour 


To apply, submit a resume to Ivan Vega:



 apply at 2546 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622


For more information call: (773) 394-4935

When you do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7347778 and support us every time you shop.

From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

Detroit Youth "Awkward Theory" Visit Chicago For A Week Long City Tour

Awkward Theory is a youth alternative hip hop collective emerging out of Southwest Detroit. Their music is a reflection of the shifting and challenging times faced by the youth from the D: gentrification, everyday hood life, water shut offs, young love, and the emergence of a "New Detroit" is balanced perfectly on there debut album titled Awkward Theory.  The group combines 3 vocalist with the use of live instrumentals, and is noted for intermixing classic hip hop styles with other genres such as rock, pop-punk, Afro-Latino drumming and folk strings. For information regarding their Chicago visit contact Reyes-info@reyespoetry.com

Join the Batey Youth and Awkward Theory as they perform August 6th at

Batey Urbano 2620 W. DIVISION, 5PM - 8PM FREE

Interested in urban gardening, 
farmers' markets and healthy eating?

Interested in learning more about urban gardening and farmers' markets? Have some free time to help your community? Looking for urban farming service learning opportunity? Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center has gardens throughout Humboldt Park and we are looking for volunteers. Whether you are a people person, a gardening person or a community member eager to learn something new, please contact, Urban Garden Team Members, Erika G Abad at either erikaa@prcc-chgo.org or (773) 850-2467 (text or call) for more information.  


Le interesaria ayudar a su comunidad? Quisiera hablar con miembros de la comunidad acerca de comprar comida organica? Quisiera compartir su sabiduria acerca de sembrando comida? El Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño Juan Antonio Corretjer, tiene jardines en el barrio de donde se vende comida para asistir en ayudar a los jardines. Se necesita ayuda en los jardines y en alcanzar a miembros de la comunidad durante los mercados. Si nos puede ayudar, comuniquese con Erika G Abad al erikaa@prcc-chgo.org or (773) 850-2467 (text o llame) para mas informacion.

Noche Jibara/Guayabera Gala
Municipio de Cayey, Puerto Rico
"Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos" 
Orlando, Florida 
"Lo Mejor de Nuestros Barrios" 
en 22da Fiesta Boricua

Un Noche Para Recordar llena de Amistad, Música 
y Comida Tipíca
viernes, 5 de septiembre, 2015, 6pm
Museo Nacional de Artes y Cultura Puertorriqueña
3015 W. Division St

Donativo $50 (incluye 1 bebida cena y musica en vivo)
Auspicia: Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño, 
Concejal Roberto Maldonado, y Rep. Estatal Cynthia Soto

Para taquillas y más información:


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.

Los Tequis

Scammers Are Using Google Drive to Steal Your Logins

Here is how to stay safe


Goin' phishing. (Google/Yahoo Tech)  


Billions of people trust Google to find information, manage their email, and store their documents. This makes Gmail and Google Drive the perfect tools for scammers who can abuse that trust to steal your personal information.

According to security firm Elastica, this is exactly what they've done. In a report released today, the company found that scammers had used Gmail to send emails designed to fool users into visiting a bogus website hosted on Google's own servers. A hidden script on the Google Drive page captured their Google usernames and passwords, then redirected users to a genuine document (an academic paper) so victims would never suspect their information had been stolen. 

Today's exploit, if genuine, is similar to a scam from March 2014, researchers say. We've contacted security firm Symantec, which reported last year's scam, but they had not responded by press time.

For Google's part, a spokesperson from the company gave us this statement: "We're constantly working to protect people from phishing scams through a combination of automated systems, in-product warnings, and user education. We're aware of this particular issue and taking the appropriate actions."

Elastica CEO Rehan Jalil told us the company used Google's automated tool to warn the search giant about the vulnerability about two weeks ago. However, he added, Elastica didn't follow up with Google before publishing its results. At publication time, the phishing websites were still live.


From Our Community Partners

Mexican Immigrant Rights Leader Emma Lozano to be installed as Senior Pastor of Lincoln Memorial UMC in Pilsen and Adalberto United UMC in Humboldt Park

On Sunday, August 23, at 4m, the long-time leader of the Mexican community and immigrants rights leader, Emma Lozano, will begin a new chapter in her many facets and accomplishments. She will be installed as the Senior Pastor of two extremely important churches in our respective communities.

The Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera has its own 
e-newsletter: The Water's Edge/La Orilla del Mar
Published approximately every two weeks
View past issues here.

Write to Oscar:
Oscar López Rivera, #87651
FCI Terre Haute
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Rep. Nydia Velázquez: Freedom for Oscar López Rivera Unites Puerto Ricans Across Political Lines
By Democracy Now!
 - Thousands of people gathered in New York City last month for a march calling on President Obama to release a longtime Puerto Rican independence activist from prison. Oscar López Rivera was convicted in 1981 on federal charges, including seditious conspiracy - conspiring to oppose U.S. authority over Puerto Rico by force. He was also accused of being a member of the FALN, the Armed Forces of National Liberation, which claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings to call attention to the colonial case of Puerto Rico. In 1999, President Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 members of the FALN, but López refused to accept the deal because it did not include two fellow activists who have since been released. 2015 marks López's 34th year behind bars. He is scheduled for release in 2027. We discuss López's case with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, Democrat for New York and the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress.
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