34 Women for Oscar-CHI March 26 Rally to Spread the Word about Freedom for Oscar López Rivera

34 Mujeres X Oscar Chicago will be at the Logan Square Eagle on March 26 to rally and
spread the word about the international campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner
Oscar López Rivera!

Please join us at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 26 in a 34-minute action to create awareness and help build a movement for his release. Men are more than welcome to attend and help distribute literature and collect petitions.

About Oscar López Rivera: Often described as the Nelson Mandela of our generation, Oscar is the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico. Activists, singers, politicians, actors, students, religious leaders and lawyers have called on President Obama to exercise his constitutional power of pardon and grant immediate and unconditional release to Oscar López Rivera.

34 Mujeres X Oscar Chicago is a group of women from Chicago committed to securing
Oscar López Rivera's freedom. We hold monthly rallies for 34 minutes on the last Saturday of every month from 3:00 - 3:34pm to signify the 34 years that Oscar has been imprisoned in federal penitentiaries. We intend on holding monthly rallies until he is released.

WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 3:00 to 3:34 pm

WHERE: Logan Square Eagle, Milwaukee and Kedzie

DIRECTIONS: Blue Line - Logan Square stop
Join Us! March 25th 12-3pm
Congress & Michigan Ave

"Planting Flags on Division Street" NOW ON SALE!
Profits on every copy sold to benefit the Campaign to Free Oscar

Planting Flags on Division Street is a 32-page bilingual picture book for children ages 4+. The title alludes to our hopes to share a simple story of a little girl missing her grandfather that spotlights aspects of our culture as it tells the story of political prisoner Oscar Lopez. It is more important than ever to tell stories that highlight the culture, family and struggle that bring us together as Puerto Ricans. The struggle for Puerto Rican freedom is ongoing, we should never forget the struggle or the men and women who have given and continue to give everything for our freedom. BUY YOUR COPY NOW AND SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN.

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PRCC Launches Updated Website
by Kevin Garcia, PRCC Tech Team
The PRCC Tech Team has launched the new and improved website for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The website has been in development for the past year with updating and adding content that would benefit the organization and the community. L. Alejandro Molina, is lead of the Tech team that includes Carlos Muñoz and Kevin Garcia. The three have collaborated over the course of six months to provide a solid user friendly experience for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and its programs. 
More than $3000 raised
Community celebrates of "El Canto del Baramaya" and the launching of the Nancy Franco Maldonado Foundation
by PRCC staff

On Tuesday, March 18, dozens of community leaders, business people, elected officials including architect Luis Martínez, entrepreneur Joe Betancourt, Ald. Migdalia "Millie" Santiago, Northeastern Illinois University Board of Trustees member Marvin Garcia and many others came together at Humble Bar for a book presentation by Aracelis Flecha Figueroa on her book, "El Canto del Baramaya" and a soft launch of the Nancy Franco Maldonado Foundation.
José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, opened the event, followed by Cristian Roldan who read his review of the book. José introduced Ald. Roberto Maldonado, who was accompanied by his children, René, Roberto and Raquel, his mother in law Felicia and father in law Hector Franco. Roberto delivered a moving presentation and told the story of how his children came up with the idea of creating the Nancy Franco Maldonado Foundation in order to fund research that will better inform how to deal with the detection of pancreatic cancer.
The last speech was the educator and community activist Aracelis Figueroa, who spoke about the writing of her novel for young adults to be able to delve into Puerto Rican history as well understand the idiosyncrasies of Puerto Rican culture, food and life. She ended by saying that new chapters needed to be added to this seminal work.
National Puerto Rican Agenda
A Newsletter documenting the Puerto Rican Stateside Response to the Fiscal and Humanitarian Crisis

CONGRESSMAN GUTIERREZ, Puerto Rican Elected Officials Demand Accountibility from US Congress on fiscal and humanitarian crisis
by Kevin Garcia, Puerto Rican Cultural Center 

On Wednesday March 19th at the Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, over 60 members of the Puerto Rican Agenda, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and activists heard Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, Ald. Roberto Maldonado along with other Puerto Rican elected officials held a press conference on the Puerto Rican fiscal and humanitarian crisis. ASPIRA of IL Board Chair Fernando Grillo and PRCC ED José E. López also participated. Jessie Fuentes, Puerto Rican Agenda co-chair, emceed.
Under U.S. law, cities and towns can file for bankruptcy, but states and territories can't. Puerto Rico is a US territory. During the press conference, Gutiérrez demanded that that the U.S. should be held responsible for the debt that has affected Puerto Rico and its citizens. He, along with Maldonado spoke about the legislation enacted by Congress in 1984, which denied bankruptcy for Puerto Rico's municipal governments, agencies and bureaus, government; and said this cannot happen again and that Congress has to hear the voice of the Puerto Rican people. Ald. Gilbert Villegas and Ariel Reboyras, and Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. also spoke briefly, giving their perspective on the crisis. 
Lin Manuel Miranda Raises his Voice for Puerto Rico

Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico's Future
The impoverished island turned to hedge funds to stave off collapse. Now someone has to pay.
The money poured in by the millions, then by the hundreds of millions, and finally by the billions. Over weak coffee in a conference room in Midtown Manhattan last year, a half-dozen Puerto Rican officials exhaled: Their cash-starved island had persuaded some of the country's biggest hedge funds to lend them more than $3 billion to keep the government afloat.
There were plenty of reasons for the hedge funds to like the deal: They would be earning, in effect, a 20 percent return. And under the island's Constitution, Puerto Rico was required to pay back its debt before almost any other bills, whether for retirees' health care or teachers' salaries.
But within months, Puerto Rico was saying it had run out of money, and the relationship between the impoverished United States territory and its unlikely saviors fell apart, setting up an extraordinary political and financial fight over Puerto Rico's future.
On the surface, it is a battle over whether Puerto Rico should be granted bankruptcy protections, putting at risk tens of billions of dollars from investors around the country. But it is also testing the power of an ascendant class of ultrarich Americans to steer the fate of a territory that is home to more than three million fellow citizens.

Visit us at unidosporpuertorico.wordpress.org for an updated list of articles on the Puerto Rican fiscal crisis

From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

Puerto Rican Cultural Center raises over $4000 for PACHS
by PRCC staff

Recently, as part of a drive to help address the severe economic situation that the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School is facing, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center raised over $4000 among its membership. Several programs including Integrated Paseo, and El Rescate undertook small fundraising initiatives. Individuals made personal donations, others raised money using their family networks. All in all it was truly a huge success.
Thank you to the following programs and individuals:
1)   Lourdes Lugo $1000
2)   José E. López $750
3)   Integrated Paseo $518
4)   El Rescate 
"Leap into Spring" Benefits PACHS
by Kevin Garcia, Integrated Paseo program

The L-ACT Project and UIC Integrated PASEO were able to fundraise over $500 for Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School thanks to, "Leap into Spring", an event that was created and hosted by Ahmed Chaudry and Kevin Garcia. The event took place at La Casa de Don Oscar y Doña Blanca where customers who wanted to contribute towards the fundraiser and enjoy good company relished drinks and tacos.
PRCC Executive Director José E. Lopez appreciated the notion of the fundraiser, but more so how it brought individuals together from different parts of the community and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Also, he mentioned to remember that while a check helps any budget issue, it is the conversations that we have with individuals and what we learn from each other is what really makes an event special and helps an organization grow.
L-ACT and UIC Integrated PASEO hope to host more events the future that will bank on the success of "Leap into Spring".
Collaboration, not Segregation, for Fortification and Integration
by Anthony DeJesús, Integrated Paseo, PRCC

United and undivided is what is necessary for minority communities to prosper, flourish, and succeed. There are many afflictions that affect minority communities in this day and age. The prevalence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one, substance abuse another, and the lack of hope for a better future. There are programs that exist for the purpose of helping individuals overcome these adversities. Integrated PASEO, A Puerto Rican Cultural Center program, is such a program. Integrated PASEO visited Rincon Family Services to provide free HIV and Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) screening, testing, and referrals for treatment as well as prevention, education, and care services. The Integrated PASEO program collaborates with many communities and organizations to increase awareness and provide services. 

Another collaboration, in which Integrated PASEO participates, is with the Garfield Park Community Center on weekdays, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Through this collaboration, individuals can receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.

Integrated PASEO is housed at Norwegian American Hospital. Every weekday, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Integrated PASEO offers FREE testing to individuals for HIV, HCV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's). For those who screen positive, a FREE referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are allowed to participate in the FREE "Seeking Safety" Counseling Program.
Congratulations Meliza Bautista 
by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer

We would like to congratulate our Centro Infantil teacher assistant Meliza Bautista for receiving her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Her credential is focused on Infant and Toddlers. We are happy that we where able to be part of her journey by giving her the time and help she needed. At Centro Infantil we always support our teachers in any help they may need. At the moment we have teachers as Meliza that are continuing there education as well as taking trainings to give our children the best education they deserve. 

Vida/SIDA is pleased to announce the relaunch of Generation L
by Gustavo Varela

We are happy to be relaunching Generation L, our Mpowerment program for LGBTQ youth, as part of a new grant we received, the L-Act. We will be having our first safer sex workshop of the new fiscal year on Wednesday March 30th, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm at the L-ACT office located at 2736 W. Division St. All youth are welcomed to attend the workshop but only those who qualify will receive the $20 Target gift cards as incentive for attending. In order to qualify, the youth must be between the ages of 13 through 24, gay or bisexual man, or a transgender woman, and must identify as Latino/a. This is intended to be a fun workshop that is youth friendly in a safe space.

Any questions contact Gustavo Varela or Pedro Mercado at Vida/SIDA or call 773-278-6737

What is Move for Life?
by Leony Calderón, Muévete
Move for Life!  is an annual one day community-driven outdoor event to kick-off the Spring/Summer physical activity seasons. Move for Life! has three primary objectives:
1) to promote and support an active lifestyle;
2) to showcase the community's free and or low cost physical activity programming; and
3) to foster ongoing collaboration and networking amongst these groups.
Move for Life! brings together the community to plan the event over a three month period, features community organizations, programs, individuals as well as cultural activities and entertainment. Move for Life! This year will be on Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. inside Humboldt Park at the southeast corner near Division and California.

If your organization or program would like to take part in showcasing  call or email for a registration form, 773-342-0855,  moveforelife@prcc-chgo.org.

Volunteer opportunities available, community service hours and enrichment hours students

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
7 Ways to Identify and Protect Against Phishing Emails
Chances are high that you've recently received a phishing email in your inbox. Did you detect it as a fraud immediately?
Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to trick individuals into sharing personal and sensitive information. The attempt typically involves a crafted email with hyperlinks to a website intentionally created to collect information from unsuspecting victims. An attacker may be sending out a generic phishing email to a large number of individuals in order to compromise unwary recipients, or he or she may be targeting you or your organization specifically known as 'spear phishing' due to the focused nature of the attempt.
To pull off a successful spear phishing campaign, the attacker will research details about you and your organization to find valid names (including executives or business partners) and other phrases to use such as project and organization names. The attacker may have even compromised the account of someone you do business with so they can craft emails from their account.
Are you up to the task of defending yourself and your organization against these attacks? Here are tips on what to watch for and how to respond.
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
by Newark Puerto Rican Parade

The Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc., one of Newark's most important Puerto Rican institutions, has decided to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera and to call for his immediate release by the Obama administration on a humanitarian basis. The Puerto Rican Day Parade, which will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Newark's North Ward hosts a series of activities leading to the parade, many which will also be focused on the release of Lopez Rivera. In 2016, the Puerto Rican Day Parade will celebrate its 55th Anniversary, a reflection of the vibrancy and importance of the Puerto Rican community in Newark. The Puerto Rican Day Parade joins the Newark Municipal Council who passed a resolution on December 2, 2015 calling on President Obama "to grant clemency to Oscar Lopez Rivera so that he is immediately released from prison, as his continued incarceration is unjust and serves no legitimate purpose." The New York City Municipal Council passed a similar resolution in April 2015. Oscar Lopez Rivera was imprisoned in 1981, along with 13 other men and women, and charged with seditious conspiracy for their involvement in activities for Puerto Rican independence. Lopez Rivera was made to serve 12 years of his sentence in solitary confinement. In 1999, President Bill Clinton offered to commute his sentence, as well as the sentences of all but two of his co-defendants, noting that Lopez Rivera was never convicted of specific violent crimes resulting in death or injuries, and that the sentences were "out of proportion to their crimes." Lopez Rivera, refusing to leave any co-defendants behind declined the President's offer of clemency. All of the other men and women sent to prison with Lopez Rivera have since been released and are leading productive and responsible lives. Oscar Lopez has now served over 34 years in prison.
Oscar Lopez Rivera has served more prison time than Nelson Mandela for similar charges of sedition. Many prominent persons, including President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Coretta Scott King, and other Noble Peace Laureates, politicians and world leaders have called for his release. In 2013, Archbishop Desmond Tutu declared that "in any case or interpretation, justice cannot be served by keeping Oscar Lopez Rivera in prison." The United Nations Decolonization Committee has repeatedly called on the United States to release Lopez Rivera. PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE, INC. The movement to release Oscar Lopez Rivera has become a unifying cause for the Puerto Rican people, bringing together all political parties, religious institutions, labor organizations, and people of widely diverse political beliefs in a humanitarian campaign for his release. All the Puerto Rican representatives in Congress have joined their voices to this movement, along with the Hispanic Congressional Caucus. In 2013, the present Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who has visited Lopez Rivera in prison declared that this is "an issue that must rise above partisan affiliations and status preferences.... it touches basic issues of humanity, justice, and compassion." It is with this humanitarian vision of compassion and justice that the Puerto Rican Day Parade lends its support to this movement, as part of the overwhelming support in the Puerto Rican community for clemency for Oscar Lopez Rivera. Simply put, we are very excited to dedicate the parade to Oscar Lopez Rivera. In addition to Oscar, the parade is also dedicated to the town of San Juan, and to those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer's disease.
Nelson "Butchie" Nieves, President of the Puerto Rican Parade stated that the parade
supports his release on a humanitarian basis, and would like to see Lopez Rivera march in the parade in September. Nieves stated that "after 34 years, its time to bring him home." JossueTorres, Executive Board member of the parade stated that "we are doing this because it simply makes sense. Oscar's case has transcended and is an obvious miscarriage of justice. The parade as an organization is being explicitly clear that we are honoring him solely as his case is a humanitarian issue. We have no position or viewpoint on political ideology or standing." Torres reiterated that "Now, it is our great hope that on Sunday, September 18th, Oscar will be with us. That is what we want. And to that end, our call to action is that every person, every group, every organization and entity that supports Oscar will march with us." Those groups wishing to participate in the parade can register for free at www.prdpnj.org. Torres stated that "if in the very unfortunate circumstance that he is not with us that day, we want to lift our voices up so loud, so proud, that he hears the message all the way in Indiana."

Obama atiende pedido de Lin Manuel sobre Oscar López
El creador del musical Hamilton estuvo con el presidente de EE.UU. el lunes
Por José A. Delgado
WASHINGTON.- El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, dijo esta semana al artista puertorriqueño Lin Manuel Miranda que tiene "sobre su escritorio" la petición de clemencia del prisionero político Oscar López Rivera.
Lin Manuel le mencionó el caso de López Rivera a Obama durante el taller a estudiantes y presentación de miembros del elenco del musical Hamilton que tuvo lugar el lunes en la Casa Blanca.
"La respuesta de Barack Obama fue que lo tenía sobre su escritorio", indicó la presidenta del Concejo Municipal de Nueva York, la puertorriqueña, Melissa Mark Viverito, quien le había solicitado al guionista, actor y rapero boricua que incluyera el caso de López Rivera, preso hace casi 35 años, en sus conversaciones con el presidente estadounidense.
2016 Newark NJ Puerto Rican Parade to be dedicated to Oscar López Rivera

The Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. of Newark, NJ announces that 55th Puerto Rican Parade will be dedicated to Oscar López Rivera, who has been incarcerated since 1981 for fighting for our rights and Independence of Puerto Rico.

Save the date: September 18th 2016 at 12pm - Avenida Puerto Rico (Broadway Ave.)
Destacan figura de Oscar López en Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española
por Nydia Bauzá, primerahora.com
El escritor puertorriqueño Luis Rafael Sánchez elogió hoy, martes, la figura del preso político Oscar López Rivera durante la ceremonia de inauguración del Séptimo Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española (CILE2016).
"El hombre de acción se llama Oscar López Rivera", afirmó ante los Reyes de España y otros cientos de personas congregadas en el Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, donde su discurso se centró en su definición de la puertorriqueñidad.
Sánchez lamentó que en Puerto Rico el tema del estatus político "se nos ha vuelto vicio" y destacó la fortaleza del idioma español puertorriqueño, a pesar de que la Isla caribeña es un territorio estadounidense.
¿Quién es Óscar López?
El preso encarcelado desde 1981 protagonizó buena parte del discurso del escritor puertorriqueño Luis Rafael Sánchez en su intervención en la inauguración

Oscar López protagonizó buena parte del discurso del escritor puertorriqueñoLuis Rafael Sánchez en su intervención durante la inauguración. Lleva encarcelado desde 1981, cumpliendo una condena de 70 años, acusado de conspiración sediciosa contra Estados Unidos, el país al que este puertorriqueño nacido en 1943 llegó a los 9 años.
Combatiente en la guerra de Vietnam, Óscar López regresó a Chicago en 1967 y pronto se convirtió en un activo miembro de la comunidad boricua de esa ciudad. Impulsó la creación de un Instituto de enseñanza secundaria puertorriqueño y de un centro cultural, y peleó para que se reconociera el bilingüismo y se aceptara a estudiantes y profesores puertorriqueños en las universidades.
34 Mujeres por Oscar in On The Count
by Diana Castillo, National Boricua Human Rights Network

Members of 34 Mujeres por Oscar New York and Chicago shared their experiences on the radio show On The Count--hosted by Steven Mangual--on Saturday March 19th. On The Count is a program that identifies and examines criminal and social justice issues directed towards reducing the inappropriate reliance on punishment and mass incarceration as the primary response to social and economic inequality. It is also the only radio program that is produced and hosted entirely by formerly incarcerated men and women. The radio show was the perfect fit to share the experiences of women who come together the last days of the month to demand Oscar Lopez Rivera's freedom. The radio show gave exposure to the monthly activities women hold in Puerto Rico, New York, Boston and Chicago in solidarity with the Puerto Rican political prisoner who has been in prison for 34 years. The segment highlighted the support and enthusiasm that women are generating in those cities by chanting, holding banners, flags and collecting petitions. 34 Mujeres por Oscar exists to publicize Oscar's case and show Obama that the people demand his release. The members called on other women to join and support the campaign by coming out to the rallies on the last Saturday of the month in Chicago and the last Sunday of the month in Puerto Rico, Boston and New York. 
René González subirá pico más alto del Caribe para reclamar la libertad de Oscar López

Luego de subir la azotea de Cuba, el Pico Turquino, René González Sehwerert, Héroe Cubano, se apresta en esta semana a subir la azotea de Las Antillas, el Pico Duarte. En aquella ocasión junto a sus Hermanos; Gerardo, Fernando, Ramón y Antonio, los Cinco Héroes, reclamaron en un grito libertario el pronto regreso de Oscar López Rivera, puertorriqueño prisionero político. Oscar lleva más de 34 años en prisiones estadounidense por el delito de reclamar y luchar por la liberación de Puerto Rico.
El Pico Duarte, se encuentra en la Cordillera Central de República Dominica. Sus más de 3,090 m.s.e.n.m., lo convierten en el pico más alto de las Antillas en el Caribe. René se ha propuesto caminar por los dificultosos senderos, para desde este imponente pico, gritar que Oscar regrese con su familia y a su Patria, como ya lo han hecho los Cinco Héroes Cubanos.
Acompañarán a René en esta expedición 14 puertorriqueños y dominicanos que también gritarán por la libertad de este Héroe Puertorriqueño.
Oscar, desde su celda en la prisión estadounidense, en Terre Haute, Indiana, les envío saludos a René y a todos los caminantes que realizarán esta agotadora jornada. El compañero Fernando González compartió una celda en esa prisión con Oscar.
El Comité de Descolonización de la Organización de Naciones Unidas, en más de 10 Resoluciones, le ha reclamado a E.U.A. la inmediata liberación de Oscar. Este reclamo también lo ha apoyado la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC) y el Foro de San Paulo.
por Sheika Gómez Hernández, Puerto Rico Te Quiero

No pasa un día en que desde una celda en Tennessee [SIC], uno de los luchadores más comprometidos con la independencia de Puerto Rico no desee estar "del otro lado". No hay una mañana en que desde un apartamento en Santurce, su hija, al tomar una taza de café, no piense en él. Y con el deseo de estar uno con el otro han vivido 34 años, Oscar López Rivera y su única hija, Clarisa.

Detrás de toda lucha existen personas que no han escogido su destino. Esa ha sido la historia de Clarisa, quien desde su niñez imaginó la figura de un padre que no había conocido. Oscar López Rivera, preso político puertorriqueño, estaba en el clandestinaje desde antes del 1981, año en fue apresado. Sus primeros doce años en prisión los pasó en aislamiento total. Así, su hija se fue formando sin la figura de un padre pero con la crianza de unos abuelos y una madre trabajadora, que a pesar de la pobreza, le dieron todo lo necesario para seguir adelante: una educación.

From Our Community Partners

featured on the documentary series 
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) will be featured on Friday, March 18th on the documentary series Puerto Rican Voices produced by @CentroPR and WIPR-TV.

Episode 6 of the season featuring NMPRAC airs online March 18th and on TV in Puerto Rico, Sunday, March 20th at 5:30pm and 10:30pm on channel 6 and channel 3. Here is the direct link https://vimeo.com/channels/prvoices/158998211

NMPRAC would like to thank the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in partnership with WIPR-TV for making Puerto Rican traditions and culture available to all! Follow @CentroPR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get direct access to the series! This new series highlights the life and contributions of Puerto Ricans living stateside. The episodes will cover everything from music and food to education and cultural events, in diverse geographical locations across the United States. 

We hope you enjoy the episode!
Poeta, artista y miembro del 
Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño 
Cristian Roldan declamará en el evento

Present Standard Guest curated by Edra Soto and Josué Pellot, the FREE exhibition runs in the Michigan Avenue Galleries on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center this January 30-April 24. The artists each play with the manifold meanings of "present" - as in contemporary, attending or existing - and "standard" - referring to a flag or pennant, measuring tactic, guiding principle or a potent symbol of national identity. The decision to move from one's homeland is never simple, and immigrating, or any act of moving to a new country, can both produce moments of settling and endless questioning for the rest of an individual's life. The work in this exhibition reflects through a filter of Latino immigrant experiences and the artists' connection with and separation from their homes, their ancestry and their language. However, beyond this generalized and arbitrary commonality, they share little else - not artistic practice, gender identification or sexuality, or place of origin. The inescapable label "Latino/a" insists that whatever these artists do will be read through a screen of "identity" and "representation. Present Standard carefully seeks to underscore the pluralism that exists in contemporary art made by Latino/a artists. Present Standard features work by Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Luis Miguel Bendaña, Paola Cabal, Juan Angel Chavez, Mariano Chavez, Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, Dianna Frid, Diana Gabriel, Maria Gaspar, Melissa Leandro, José Lerma, Ivan Lozano, Jorge Lucero, Victoria Martinez, Harold Mendez, Sofia Moreno, Nora Nieves, Josué Pellot, Maddie Reyna, Luis Romero, Luis Sahagun, Chris Silva, Edra Soto and Rafael E. Vera.
Puerto Rico Braces for Its Own Zika Epidemic
Intensive efforts to stop the virus have begun on the island, where a quarter of the population will get it within a year, the C.D.C. predicts.
by DONALD G. McNEIL Jr., New York Times

SAN JUAN, P.R. - On an inexorable march across the hemisphere, the Zika virus has begun spreading through Puerto Rico, now the United States' front line in a looming epidemic.
The outbreak is expected to be worse here than anywhere else in the country. The island, a warm, wet paradise veined with gritty poverty, is the ideal environment for the mosquitoes carrying the virus. The landscape is littered with abandoned houses and discarded tires that are perfect breeding grounds for the insects. Some homes and schools lack window screens and air-conditioning, exposing residents to almost constant bites.
The economy is in shambles, and thousands of civic workers needed to fight mosquitoes have been laid off. The chemical most often used against the adult pests no longer works, and the one needed to control their larvae has been pulled from the market by regulators.
A quarter of the island's 3.5 million people will probably get the Zika virus within a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and eventually 80 percent or more may be infected.
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