Our Deepest Condolences to the Romero Family 
during this difficult time

Wake for Enrique Romero
Friday August 14, 2015
Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation
3117 S. Oak Park Ave
Berwyn, IL 60402

9:00a.m to 12:p.m      Funeral Visitation
12:00  to 1:00      Religious Service
1:00 to 2:30   Travel time to cemetery
2:30 to 3:30   Rites of Sepulture
Resurrection Cemetery

The staff and Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and National Boricua Human Rights Network, convey it's most profound condolences to Xóchitl Ramírez and her family on the passing of her brother, Enrique Romero. Enrique is also 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 installation of Rev. Emma Lozano as the Senior Pastor of Adalberto and Lincoln Methodist Churches will be dedicated to Enrique Romero. If you cannot attend the wake, please consider attending the installation.

* The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is taking up a collection for the Romero family. Please make your check out to Puerto Rican Cultural Center and drop off/mail to:

PRCC Administrative Office
2546 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

In the memo, please write "For Enrique Romero"
Installation of Rev. Lozano 
Dedicated to Enrique Romero

Reverend Emma Lozano
As the Senior Pastor of Lincoln
and Adalberto United Methodist Churches
Sunday, August 23rd, at 4 pm
2242 S Damen
Following the Installation Ceremony there will be a
Thank You Dinner
In Affirmation Of Her Ministry
and Rev Walter Coleman's transition to Pastor Emeritus
Please Support Emma's Historic Ministry
Dinner Tickets $25     Table of 10  $250
Puerto Rican Agenda Part of National Teleconference Call including Five Cities to Discuss Possible
Response by Puerto Rican Diaspora to Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis
On Tuesday, August 11, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago hosted Puerto Rican Agenda leaders Hilda Frontany from El Rincon Services, Ray Vázquez, President of the Board of Directors of NMPRAC, Hipolito "Paul" Roldan of Hispanic Housing Redevelopment Corp., Ada López of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women - Chicago chapter, Eliud Medina of HPEP/NNNN, Cristina Pacione-Zayas of the Latino Policy Forum, Michael Rodriguez Muñiz, Instructor, University of Chicago, Juan "Nito" Morales, NEIU Que Ondee Sola student magazine.

The purpose of the meeting was to participate in conference call to discuss a possible response by the Puerto Rican diaspora to the island's crisis. The call included other Puerto Rican community leaders and elected officials from Philadelphia, Orlando, Cleveland, Washington DC and New York City. Tuesday conference call served to initiate a course of collaboration among labor, cultural, political and intellectual Puerto Rican leaders would take to advocate for the needs of Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico.

These discussions are expected to culminate with a gathering of a representatives of the Puerto Rican diasporic national leadership, including elected officials, in Orlando, FL in mid-October.

More information: Cristina Pacione Zayas (pacionezayas@gmail.com) and Jessie Fuentes (jlfuentes2@cps.edu), co-chairs, Puerto Rican Agenda.
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.

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.

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, 4 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:

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

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.

Now Accepting Coupons
By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Want organic produce? Concerned about prices? Farmers' Markets accept SNAP coupons specifically given to families and individuals to use at farmers' markets. The Garden Team work with community residents to make sure they get the most for their money. Encourage clients, and other community members to stop by our stands this weekend--the Saturday Conuco Market from 10-2 PM on the corner of California and Division or the Sunday Mural Garden (North and Artesian) Market from 10-2 PM. The team will be making samples of food to taste and offer advice on how to prepare the greens and other vegetables sold. They look forward to seeing you there!  

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


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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