Featuring Interactive stations & 
Healthy Treats for Children of All Ages
Donations requested (individual-snack size):
· Fruit Gummies · Pretzels · Juice boxes * Plain cookies
· Mini water bottles · Low-fat granola or cereal bars
· Baked chips · Popcorn · Sugar-free gum · Stickers

Donations can be dropped off at:

*DSBDA 2459 W Division St,  
contact: Nayda  773-782-0454

*Puerto Rican Cultural Center 2546 W Division St, 
contact: Viola 773-394-4935
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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

El Rescate  Transitional Living Program
We're excited to be taking part in The Out In The Open Sleep Out; In fact. We are in the midst of our Fundraising efforts. We have  set a fundraising goal, and we would be grateful for your support in reaching it.

Will you support our team in building awareness and support for our city's youth who are experiencing homelessness?

December 1st 2015
Vida/SIDA Commemorates World AIDS Day! 
By Mayra Estrella, Director, Vida/SIDA
World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever-global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
The event will include a candlelight vigil for the loss of friends and family due to the epidemic. During the vigil, participants will be part of an invocation and celebration of life. Vigil will be followed by a forum to discuss issues that affect the health and well-being of Latino men who have sex with men (MSM).
The evening will be followed by a commemoration of World AIDS day, brief presentation of Vida/SIDA's annual report, food, and entertainment. Details will be released soon!
For more information, please contact Vida/SIDA at (773) 278 - 6737. 

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

#IBLearners: Novels, Hashtags and Essays
by Wendy Baxter, 9th Grade English Teacher
Clemente Freshman have been engaged IB learners during their first unit as high-school students. They are enjoying reading the exciting and relatable novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie. As they read, students write summaries, answer inferential questions, create Twitter hashtags, or draw Instagram pictures which encapsulate the chapter. For example, after reading a chapter about the main character making an important three point shot in a basketball game against his ex-best-friend, one student, Danielle Mrzena, creatively thought of two hashtag summaries: #epictrickshot and #jumpandgrin. These summaries provide a vehicle for students to creatively and critically think about a chapter, the characters, and how they are important to the novel as a whole. They have used these ideas and summaries to develop character comparisons, of which they will express in a thoughtful and academic essay.
The past week, students have been rigorously working on this compare and contrast essay. Initially they were apprehensive, as this was their first high-school essay. However, students took on the role of IB Inquirers and Thinkers with pride, and the task became much more manageable as they deepened their understanding of the characters, their personalities, and their similarities and differences. Students were given the option to either critically examine two different characters, or themselves and a character. They were also given the choice of which characters to write about. The students appreciated the agency they were give with this essay, and the freedom to explore their own favorite characters. They were then tasked to develop a claim about their chosen characters, to find quotes from the novel to prove these claims, and to apply correct MLA citations. Students enjoy using the laptops in class to type their essays on Google Docs within the Google Classroom I have created, where they can access their documents on any computer anywhere. I also have the ease of viewing their essays directly from my laptop, where I can make suggestions, provide comments, and be supportive throughout this challenging assignment. Students were able to produce thoughtful, informative, and scholarly compare/contrast essays that they were proud of.
Bikecitement Night!
November 9th
6-8pm Revolution Brewing BrewPub 
Please join our board, staff, and youth in celebrating 11 years of educating our local youth and fostering Chicago's bicycling community. Enjoy
complimentary hors d'oeuvres and Revolution beer.
Support our work by purchasing tickets or sponsoring this great event at one of the following levels described below. 

*Single Ticket - $50

*Master Mechanic - $1000: 10 tickets with your name and/or organization logo displayed in our program brochure, during our event slideshow, and 
on our website. We'll also give you a Shout-out during Bikecitement Night!
*Mechanic - $500: 6 tickets with your name and/or organization logo displayed in our program brochure, during our event slideshow, and on our website.

*Junior Mechanic - $250: 4 tickets with your name and/or organization logo displayed in our program brochure and on our website.

*Apprentice - $150: 2 tickets with your name and/or organization logo displayed in our program brochure.

There will also be a Paddle Raise & Silent Auction!!!

Proceeds support the youth and community work of West Town Bikes. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Unidos por Puerto Rico/United for Puerto Rico
A Newsletter documenting the Puerto Rican Stateside Response to the Fiscal and Humanitarian Crisis

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
34 mujeres Boston y Nueva York por Oscar, 
Oct 25, 2015
Por Ana López, Coordinadora de Nueva York por la Libertad de Oscar
En Nueva York: 
Las mujeres de NYC por Oscar llevan su protesta ya comvertido en un rito de 34 minutos en el corazón de la ciudad de rascacielos.  Las 34 mujeres dijieron presente en la plaza de turismo internacional de la ciudad de Nueva York, donde cientos de turistas se turnaban para tomar fotos y preguntar de que se trataba la comoción.  Los compañeros hombres repartían literatura sobre el caso del preso político Oscar López Rivera , mientras otros tomaban firmas de las peticiones. Al frente  de la protesta se estacionaron la policia con perros.  Quedaron todas  satisfechas de una misión cumplida. Los próximos meses estaremos en "Times Square" de nuevo por ser un lugar efectivo de mantener a Oscar, el "Mandela de América Latina" visible. ( veáse foto -anejado)

En Boston: Al norte de Nueva York, las 34 mujeres de Boston por Oscar comenzaron su vigilias con el mismo propósito de atraer atención de los 34 años de encierro del preso político Oscar López Rivera en la plaza Betances del sur de la ciudad de Boston. Se dieron presente mujeres de Puerto Rico, Republica Dominicana, Brazil, Palestina, México, Peru y norteamericanas.
NLG Nat'l Conference Supports Oscar and All Political Prisoners
By Judith Mirkinson
This past weekend (October 22 to October 25th), hundreds of lawyers, legal workers and activists gathered in Oakland for the National Lawyer's Guild annual convention. The NLG has represented Puerto Rican political prisoners including the Nationalists the "11" released in 1999 and now Oscar López Rivera. The NLG has also passed numerous resolutions demanding the freedom of Oscar.
This weekend more than 65 people attended a workshop calling for the release of all US held political prisoners. Speakers included José E. López - speaking for his brother, Oscar, dequi kioni sadiki speaking about all the Black prisoners who have been held for decades, Morning Star Gali from the International Committee to Free Leonard Peltier and Eric McDavid, a green anarchist who was recently released after serving 8 years when he proved government misconduct.  Later that night there was public program attended by over 100. There, the four were joined by Black Liberation fighter, Sekou Odinga, who was released last year after serving more than 33 years.
The goal of the workshop was to bring attention once more to the issue of political prisoners in the United States and to organize a whole new generation of legal workers and attorneys to work for the prisoners' release.  All the speakers spoke of the urgency of the work and talked about the importance of building solidarity.
José E. López summed it up by saying.  "The struggle to free Oscar, the struggle to free Leonard, Mumia, Herman Bell, Mutulu Shakur and all the others is a struggle against colonialism.  That's why they continue to be locked up and that's why it's imperative that they come home."
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