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.

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
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

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

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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

The WTB and After School Matters summer program, Bicycle Safety and Repair, Start Strongly
By Lebster Pabón, Lead Instructor
The WTB and After School Matters summer program, Bicycle Safety and Repair, started with a strong start this past month.  With the main focus of this program geared towards teaching proper procedures for safe cycling in the city, WTB has been spending four days each week during the past five weeks this summer educating 25 youth participants on how to become conscientious, alert and safe bicycle riders.  To date, students have been gradually applying the skills and lessons learned for safely navigating a bike while sharing the road with other commuters on the city streets.  Students have also been learning how to make repairs-on-the-go if they encounter bicycle equipment problems requiring maintenance or repair while traveling or commuting throughout the city on their bike.
Interns participating with this program have been gaining confidence as they learn how to lead by example, progressively assuming responsibilities and taking active roles for presenting program materials, teaching curriculum, giving demonstrations and leading group conversations unique to this program.  As a result, Apprentices in the Bicycle Safety and Repair program are learning concepts and values critical to safe and responsible bike riding, and learning invaluable lessons from the best sources - their friends and peers.  While there are only a few weeks left in this program, we have plenty of topics remaining that we'll be covering before the summer's end so that everyone leaves the Bicycle Safety and Repair program prepared and empowered with confidence to have fun while riding their bikes in the city!
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!  
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 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 or (773) 850-2467 (text o llame) para mas informacion.


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.

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From Our Community Partners

Norwegian American Hospital Awarded Primary Stroke Certification

CHICAGO -Norwegian American Hospital announced today that they have been awarded Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). The certification serves as a notice to the public and emergency medical services that Norwegian American Hospital has the capacity to stabilize, diagnosis and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care, administer medications quickly, and provide rehabilitation therapies safely and efficiently.
"By earning Primary Stroke Certification, our commitment to delivering immediate emergency care to our patients in stroke-related situations has been recognized. When strokes occur, every second that passes increases the risk of permanent brain damage and loss of function, and that's why Norwegian American Hospital makes it a priority to provide exceptional stroke care," said José R. Sánchez, president and CEO, Norwegian American Hospital. "The Board recognizes that this award validates the hard work and dedication of our staff and physicians. Norwegian American Hospital is committed to providing outstanding care to its patients and the community.
"This certification is just one example of the high quality of care delivered by our expert team of physicians, nurses and clinical staff. It lets our community know we have the resources and commitment to provide the best possible stroke care," says Dr. Abha Agrawal, COO/CMO at Norwegian American Hospital.  "Achieving certification validates all the effort we have put into this program and to ensuring the health and safety of our patients."
In order to receive the Primary Stroke Certification, Norwegian American Hospital met or exceeded the stringent standards of the program, which required a program director with extensive experience in acute stroke, 24/7 lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities, access to neurologists 24/7, a designation stroke unit, education standards for the staff and much more.
HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006. HFAP stroke certification differs from other certification programs in that it provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. In addition, for reimbursement eligibility, hospitals must submit quarterly clinical performance measures to the HFAP office and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


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
Campaign to Free Oscar, Discusses and Plans Next Period.
"We Must Continue to Add..." Oscar Lopez Rivera
By José Velazquez, NJ Committee to Free Oscar López Rivera
Representatives from the Free Oscar Lopez Rivera committees throughout the United States met in Chicago on Saturday, August 15, 2015 to discuss a plan of action for 2015 - 2016  to free Oscar Lopez Rivera (OLR).  Represented at the meeting were Chicago; New York; New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco; and Los Angeles.  The meeting was privileged to have in attendance former political prisoners, Edwin Cortes, Ricardo Jimenez, Luis Rosa, and Felix Rosa.
The meeting began with a discussion of the political moment in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Latin America, led by Jose Lopez (Chicago) and Jan Susler, attorney for OLR, in order to place the campaign to free OLR within a wider political content.  The political and economic crisis in Puerto Rico, and the upcoming 2016 presidential elections in the United States will be key moments for the Puerto Rican Diaspora to exercise political power, including inserting in this process the universal demand for the release of OLR.  In this regard, a meeting of Puerto Rican political leadership is being planned for this October, to be held in Orlando, Florida to map out a national Puerto Rican agenda.
Jan Susler spoke on the international and national efforts to free Oscar Lopez Rivera, highlighting recent resolutions of support by the NYC Council, the United Auto Workers, and overtures that are being conducted during Pope Francis' visit to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Susler indicated that our work must be aimed at providing "fertile ground" for President Obama to take action to free OLR.
  The various OLR committees presented written reports on their work and future plans.  As a result of the meeting, a consensus was reached to strengthen the local outreach, as opposed to working on a mobilization to Washington, D.C.  A goal of completing our petition drive to reach 100,000 was adopted.  The committees were urged to continue to broaden their support among the Puerto Rican Diaspora, and among all political sectors in the United Sates, especially in light of the present electoral period.
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