TOMORROW, Thursday, DEC. 10- 

Come Out and Support Our Community Theater!

NYC-"Seditious Conspiracy Theater"

"A Monument to the Puerto Rican 
Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera"



4 DAYS LEFT $300 To Raise: 
A Tale of Two Cities: Chicago and New York
Congressman Luis Gutiérrez:
"This children's picture book shares the history of the flags, celebrates community and introduces young readers to the Afro Puerto Rican music bomba. Planting Flags on Division Street helps us to understand how powerful monuments can be and how they shaped the identity of a historic Chicago community."

Hello Friends,
Earlier this year my colleague Alejandro Molina, who designed Planting Flags, left the Windy City of Chicago to visit me in the Big Apple.
He joined me alongside Juango and Los Pleneros de la 21 in a parranda at East Harlem's La Casa Azul Bookstore. From that event blossomed the design and layout for this book and the activities bookletPlanting Flags EVERYWHERE.

5 Days Left to Donate
Alejandro was only in town for for a brief stay but, together, we were able to share the story behind Planting Flags on Division Street with people from all over the U.S.A. He flew back home with a copy of the book and a promise to share this story with the people of Humboldt Park, Chicago. Please take a look at the story behind our book.

New York and Chicago, together we can change the script on which books are allowed to happen.

Raquel & Alejandro

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Unidos por Puerto Rico/United for Puerto Rico
A Newsletter documenting the Puerto Rican Stateside Response to the Fiscal and Humanitarian Crisis
We Stand Strong for the People of Puerto Rico: December 2-3, Washington, D.C.
By Deborah López, President, Chicago NACOPRW
The Chicago Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) took part in a National Day of Action for Puerto Rico on December 2nd at the U.S. Capitol, to demand that Congress take immediate federal action to grant Puerto Rico bankruptcy and debt restructuring protection.  This was the largest advocacy day for Puerto Rico on Capitol Hill in recent history. Close to one thousand people from twelve states arrived in spite of, in some cases, the difficulty and the long distances of traveling to Washington D.C.  This expression of unity for the people who live in Puerto Rico, further motivated the leadership to follow through on creating a National Puerto Rican Agenda Coalition based on discussions previously held at Unidos Por Puerto Rico in Orlando, Florida.
The following day, December 3rd, history was made when leaders of various backgrounds and years of activism formed a nonpartisan National Puerto Rican Agenda coalition.  Several outreach committees were created to be led by individuals representing different states. Some of the committees are civil rights, veterans, environment, health, education and women.  As president of the Chicago Chapter of NACOPRW it was an honor to be asked to lead the women's outreach committee.  This committee will complement the work of the coalition.  It will be the vehicle for women to unite and organize at the local, state and federal level; to affect policies, election results and be advocates on specific issues that impact the Puerto Rican diaspora and the people of Puerto Rico.  And can you imagine this committee serving as a bridge to connect with the women of Puerto Rico and joining them in solidarity?  
Puerto Rico's Debt Relief to Get Supreme Court Hearing
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether Puerto Rico, which is in the midst of a financial crisis, may allow public utilities there to restructure $20 billion in debt.
Puerto Rico's lawyers had urged the court to take immediate action in light of the overall magnitude of the commonwealth's debts, around $72 billion, which it says it cannot pay.
"Anyone who has even glanced at the headlines in recent months knows that the commonwealth is in the midst of a financial meltdown that threatens the island's future," the lawyers wrote in their petition seeking review of an appeals court decision that struck down a 2014 Puerto Rico law allowing the restructurings.
"Because that decision leaves Puerto Rico's public utilities, and the 3.5 million American citizens who depend on them, at the mercy of their creditors," the commonwealth's lawyers wrote, "this court's review is warranted - and soon."
The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Boston, said the 2014 law, the Recovery Act, was at odds with the federal Bankruptcy Code, which bars states and lower units of government from enacting their own versions of bankruptcy law.

From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

Thanksgiving Dinner At El Rescate
By Jackie González, Program Director, El Rescate
Regardless of the origin of Thanksgiving and its original purpose, the day was officially set aside to give solemn thanksgiving and praise. On Wednesday November 25 , 2015, El Rescate staff and residents came together to give solemn thanksgiving and praise for the past year by preparing a wonderful dinner for all to share. With one heart and one voice, all came together to express the grateful feelings of Thanksgiving.  On Wednesday in preparation of the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner 3 turkeys and a myriad of side dishes, were prepared by the resident's and staff, dinner was finally served. All the residents, invited guests, and staff circled the table and held hands to express individual gratitude not only the dinner, but for El Rescate as a program, and the staff for assisting them during challenging times throughout the past year.

El Rescate resident's and  staff wants to given thanks to Ms. Lugo for offering her wonderful space located in Division St. where  our Thanksgiving Dinner took place; We also want to thank you Alderman  Maldonado for the 3 turkeys that he donated, as well to others  community partners and  community residents that kindly contributed to the Thanksgiving Dinner by donating all sources of food for preparation.

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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.

Los Tequis
By newseditor, Lavasoft
As the holidays are around the corner and Black Friday sales start earlier every year, we want to keep our users safe and secure by providing the following online shopping tips: 
Is Everything Up-To-Date?
Before you start your online shopping, ensure that your preferred web browser is up-to-date. Most browsers list update information in the Help or About sections of their main menu and updates are a critical component of avoiding the latest security and privacy threats.
Additionally, ensure your operating system is up-to-date and that the latest security updates are downloaded and installed on the system. Most operating systems download and install critical system updates automatically so most users can skip this part. Windows users who've disabled this automatic update feature can search for the Windows Update interface. In Windows 7, this is accessible through the Start Menu search bar by typing "Windows Update." In Windows 8, click the Windows icon in the left corner to open the Start Screen and scroll to the far right- select the magnifying glass icon on the top right corner and search for Windows Update. Select "Check for updates" or "Check Now" depending on the respective operating system to verify that your version is up-to-date.
Check your antivirus software - are the latest virus definitions and updates installed? The user interface of your antivirus program should indicate whether additional updates are required. 

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
"Historic" Vote: Newark City Council Passes Resolution in Favor of Oscar's Freedom!
By José E. Velazquez , NJ Committee to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera
At the request of Councilman Luis Quintana, the Municipal Council of Newark, NJ passed a resolution demanding President Obama the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. The resolution demands an immediate pardon as his continuous incarceration is unjust and serves no legitimate purpose. The resolution proposed by Councilman Quintana was seconded by Councilor Osbourne and approved by all present, with the exception of Councilwoman Mildred Crump, who abstained from voting. It is with this that the Newark Municipal Council joins the New York City Council and the movement for the release of Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican political prisoner imprisoned for more than 34 years in federal prison. The release of López Rivera has become a point of unity among Puerto Rican society and has the support of international groups, recipients of the Nobel Prize, President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Coretta Scott King and dozens of other political, cultural, and religious leaders who have asked President Obama that Lopez Rivera be released based on political and humanitarian positions. Lopez Rivera was part of a group of Puerto Ricans imprisoned in the 1980s for "seditious conspiracy" for actions related to the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico. Oscar Lopez Rivera is serving a sentence of 70 years. Councilman Luis Quintana described the municipal council vote as "historic" and said he will continue to support the release of López Rivera. Recently, the Puerto Rican Parade of Newark decided to dedicate the 2016 parade to the political prisoner. Luis Negrón Ocasio, NJ Coordinator of the Oscar Lopez Rivera Pro-Freedom Committee, thanked the work of Councilman Quintana and said that those who want to support this cause may do so at
A Gift for Oscar and a Gift for You
By the National Boricua Human Rights Network
This holiday season, make a donation of $25 or more, NBHRN will provide you with the music CD "La Lucha es Vida Toda", which was put together by Puerto Rico's most famous musical legends, Lucecita, Andy Montañez, Roy Brown, El Topo, Zoraida Santiago and many more. A musical classic and well as a historical milestone, the other campaign to free Oscar.

Give a gift to Oscar and you will receive a gift.
For more information:

This the Second Limited Edition
AGUEYBANA - Roy Brown y Zoraida Santiago
MI PEPINO EN EL RECUERDO - Trío Taboas-Scharrón
EN CÍRCULOS - Mickie Rivera, Chabela, Antonio Cabán Vale "El Topo"
SEÑOR FEDERADO - Lucecita Benítez
LA CELDA - Walter Morciglio, Fofé, Eduardo Alegría
UN ABUELO Y SU NIETA  - (poema) Alicia Rodríguez
NIÑA - Danny Rivera
NO ME ARREPIENTO - (poema) Rafael Cancel Miranda
LA FIESTA DE OSCAR - Haciendo Punto en otro Son

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