Update Conference Agenda Available Thursday Noon EST.
Reps. Velázquez, Gutiérrez, Serrano 
Join Puerto Rican Diaspora Leaders to Create Comprehensive 
National Puerto Rican Agenda
By the "Unidos por Puerto Rico" Coalition
Encuentro Nacional del la Diaspora Gather National and Local Officials to Call on Washington for Action on Fiscal, Healthcare Crises and other top issues affecting Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.
Conference site: Acacia's El Centro Borinqueño
On October 14, leaders of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in Orlando will convene leaders from across the country, including Reps. Nydia Velazquez, Luis Gutierrez, Jose Serrano. The two-day meeting will develop a national Puerto Rican agenda and provide actionable strategies to address the major issues facing stateside and island Puerto Ricans. The first meeting of the National Puerto Rican Agenda coalition will focus on the fiscal and healthcare crisis, climate change and infrastructure support, and human rights and civic engagement, all critical to the revitalization of the Island. A National Puerto Rican Agenda will serve as a guide for Puerto Ricans interested in taking an active role in the solutions and for elected officials advocating for the interests of Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.
Civic leaders, government officials from seven states, and other stakeholders are expected to attend.

For more information: Media inquiries contact mschwartz@skdknick.com
Midwest: Cristina Pacione-Zayas (pacionezayas@gmail.com)
Northeast and Southeast US: Betsy Franceshini (bfranceschini@prfaa.pr.gov)
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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

PRCC receives new federal funding! Open positions announced.
By Mayra Estrella, PRCC Director
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is excited to announce that we have received federal grants funds to expand our work in the areas of HIV prevention and housing services to Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, and other underserved groups in Chicago. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Latino Youth Action for Substance Abuse Prevention and HIV Prevention Project (L-Act Prevention) will expand and enhance PRCC's capacity to provide culturally competent substance abuse services, viral hepatitis (VH), and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention services for Latino young men. Additionally, we have received funding for the first time from the HHS's Administration of Children and Families to establish a Basic Center program to address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families.
The goals of the Basic Center are to: 1) alleviate problems of runaway and homeless youth; 2) reunite youth with their families, if deemed safe, and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services; 3) strengthen family relationships and encourage stable living conditions for youth; and 4) help youth decide on constructive courses of action.
The PRCC has also received funding from the state to provide teen pregnancy prevention and HIV/STI education services to youth.
We have openings for the following positions: HIV Educator/Medical Assistant (multiple vacancies); Program Coordinator and Case Manager of Basic Center Program; Teen Pregnancy Program Case Manager; Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC); and Mental Health Services Coordinator. For more information about these (and other) positions, please contact the Director of Vida/SIDA - Dr. Mayra Estrella via email atmayrae@prcc-chgo.org.
Keep your Heart Healthy!
By Leony Calderón, Muévete
With the flu season upon us, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is roughly between the months of October and May, prepare yourself with the flu shot. The Greater Humboldt Park Community Diabetes Empowerment Center in collaboration with Walgreens will be providing free flu shots for adults on Saturdays, October 10th and 24th, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. This will take place at the Center, 2753 W. Divisions St. No appointment necessary.
Also save the date for The Diabetes Awareness Day, Saturday, November 14, 2015. A1C, Heart Screenings, Food Demonstration, Physical Activity and free raffles will be provided.
For more information please call 773-342-0855.
This September has marked yet another strong month for outreach. We are on track to reaching our goal of 100 tests. In the image, we are helping a local church pass out produce to the community. As we continue to create new partnerships, we've seen the results in the number of clients that arrive to our clinic.

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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.

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From Our Community Partners

Broadcast Technology Program
By Mildred Amador, roadcast Technology CTE Program Instructor
The CTE Broadcast Technology Program here at Roberto Clemente Community Academy welcomes you and your family to our great school. We are excited to be one of many great reasons families choose to send their student to Roberto Clemente Community Academy! Roberto Clemente is a safe, nurturing, diverse, family-friendly neighborhood school with rigorous, effective academic programs, exciting interactions, and engaging lessons.
Students of the Broadcast Technology Program will have many hands-on experiences. They will learn how to produce, direct, write various media scripts, storyboard, shoot, compose audio file and edit using the latest version of Final Cut Pro software. Some of the projects our students will work on will include Public Service Announcements, documentaries, commercials, short films, newscasts, and news reports. Seniors of the broadcasting program will work on their independent projects which will be a big part of their portfolio. Our broadcasting program will support our students in their quest to become great communicators and creators of digital information - in particular, broadcast media.
Our Broadcast Technology Program creates opportunities for our students to be leaders who are productive, responsible, caring, reflective and conscientious members of their community. They will have many chances to participate in real life media experiences. On September 22, 2015, our students recorded and edited a visit from Congressman Luis Gutierrez of the 4th congressional district. It was an incredible dialogue in which Clemente students exchanged thoughts, ideas, and global concerns with the congressman. We cannot wait to see what other wonderful, creative projects our students will complete. Many more doors will open for them as they continue to explore and prepare for better opportunities, colleges, and careers. This year promises to be great as we set high expectations for learning, and make room for some fun.

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
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
o. 773/342-8023 f. 773/342-6609

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