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Community as a Campus (CAAC) in Full Gear

Posted on 10 December 2016 by alejandro

The Community as a Campus (CAAC) has been organized to support the schools of Greater Humboldt Park, which feed into the neighborhood high school, Roberto Clemente Community Academy. The CAAC implements it’s support through three education institutes that work with parents, support youth leadership development and school improvement and innovation.

The goal of the CAAC is to support all our schools for the benefit and success of the students, families and the community they serve and to align curriculum and resources to achieve this end.

Finally, the CAAC is a ”Community Action Council” of the Chicago Public Schools. There are nine councils in the Chicago land area and are comprised of 25-30 members, tasked with developing a strategic plan to achieve educational excellence in their respective school communities. For more information see the Family and Community Engagement web page of CPS.

The CAAC meets twice a month. For more information contact Marvin Garcia, CAAC coordinator at


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Cartas a Karina Book reception: Poets Martin Espada and Juana Goergen “We Stand with Oscar”

Posted on 10 December 2016 by alejandro




On Oct. 28, 2016 The National Boricua Human Rights Network sponsored a book reception for Cartas a Karina with Puerto Rican poets Martin Espada, who wrote the introduction to the book, and Juana Iris Goergen, poet and professor at DePaul University. During the light dinner, at Nellie’s Puerto Rican Restaurant on Paseo Boricua, Jose E. Lopez, Puerto Rican Cultural Center Executive Director, introduced Juana Goergen, who spoke about reading the letters as they were published in Puerto Rico’s newspaper El Nuevo Dia several years ago, and how she was moved by the correspondence. She felt deeply honored to be able to speak about the Letters to Karina”, and composed an original piece of prose, for the event.

In Chicago, the book is available for $15.00 at 2546 W. Division St. It’s also available online at:

Martin Espada, also in town to promote his new book, “Vivas to Those Who Have Failed”, spoke movingly of his father, famous civil rights photographer Frank Espada, and growing up in Brooklyn. He referenced it as he spoke about Chicago, saying, he felt that he had come home when he saw the gigantic Puerto Rican flags on Paseo Boricua. “I’m from Brooklyn, and proud of it- but there is no place like Chicago for Puerto Ricans,” Espada said. He ended by saying, “Years from now, I want my grandchil- dren to know, in this moment, such an important moment for the Campaign, that I stood with Oscar like all of you stand with Oscar.”

by Alejandro Molina, National Boricua Human Rights Network.

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Ald. Maldonado Advances Transfer of Von Humboldt Annex to PRCC

Posted on 10 December 2016 by alejandro

  • To expand future home of Consuelo Lee Corretjer Childcare and Nancy Franco Maldonado Parent Development Center



The Chicago City Council Committee on Housing unanimously approved the transfer of the Von Humboldt School Annex, 1345 N. Rockwell, to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, (PRCC) as part of its Community As A Campus initiative, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center was tapped to convert the one-story annex, 1345 N. Rockwell St., into the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center and Nancy Franco Maldonado Child Parent Center, which the city says would o er “free or reduced-rate childcare services for up to 150 children from low-income families.”

The daycare center would “provide a new dimension to early childhood education in the 26th Ward,” Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) said in a prepared statement.

It’s named — in part — after Maldonado’s late wife, Nancy. Nancy was an important advisor to Ald. Maldonado on education, particularly, Early Childhood Education. She lost a battle with pancreatic cancer late last year.

The space will serve as the hub for early childhood and educational practice and for the Community As A Campus initiative. The building would be sold to the PRCC for $1, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s offce and it will make an initial investment of $50,000 to renovate the annex and playground. The sites are valued at $1.5 million.

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Posted on 10 December 2016 by alejandro

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On December 1,2016, Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA hosted a World AIDS Day 2016 event at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC). The event began at La Casita de Don Pedro where an altar was created by Co-chairperson of the Chicago Chapter of TransLatina Coalition, Maritxa Vidal, followed by a candlelight vigil in memory of those who have died of AIDS and in support of people living with HIV. After the vigil, attendees participated in a procession to the NMPRAC where the World AIDS Day Program was held.

Joining Vida/SIDA were our community partners and sponsors, Erie Family Health Center represented by Esther Morales, a Case Manager of Lending Hands for Life, a program that provides medical care for those diagnosed with HIV, and Sanford Gaylord, from US Department of Health and Human Services, who spoke eloquently of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Affordable Care Act, Viral Hepatitis, and other health initiatives.

The Keynote speaker was Dr. Tahseen J.Siddiqui, an Infectious Disease Specialist at Norwegian American Hospital with which Vida/SIDA has established a partnership and has implemented a program called Integrated Paseo. The above program directs and offers services such as Counseling and Testing for HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Hepatitis-C to the LatinX and African American population in Chicago. Dr. Siddiqui provided the audience with a detailed Power Point presentation on HIV/AIDS prevention, stigma, and statistics and the beacon of light that exists today for those who are living with HIV.

The event program ended with two of Chicago’s top Drag Queens, Milani Ninja and Naomi Ninja, who entertained the audience with two dynamic musical performances. Vida/SIDA’s World AIDS Day event was a program promoting education, awareness and a vision of hope that as we continue our struggle, HIV/AIDS will soon be a disease of the past.

By Ricardo Jiménez, Vida/SIDA

Photos by Ed Negrón

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10th Annual Paseo Boricua Parranda

Posted on 08 December 2016 by alejandro


JOIN US THIS YEAR AT PASEO BORICUA’S PARRANDA!!!!!!!! Bring your instruments, family, friends and join us we take a parranda down Division street to our local businesses! LET US ALL COME TOGETHER BE HAPPY, SING LOUD AND CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!




More infor please call 312-532-2602








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STRAIGHT TALK: Black/ Brown Building on a Broken America

Posted on 22 November 2016 by alejandro

DuSable Museum and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Feature Joint Event: “STRAIGHT TALK”


Headlines to headlines, we read about the many challenges, especially our young people in Chicago are faced with in this era of uncertainty. For us, it’s unacceptable. That is why, in an unprecedented move, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the DuSable Museum have partnered in a timely, yet provocative discussion: STRAIGHT TALK: Black/ Brown Building on a Broken America. Featuring the renown lecturer, writer and civil rights activist, Felipe Luciano, who addressed students and discussed issues they face around Black and Brown Unity.

Billy Ocasio, CEO of the NMPRAC said, “I am proud to partner with the DuSable Museum in an educational lecture on how we must all be treated with dignity and respect. Society has looked at us as different, and while our traditions, culture, language, hair and skin color may look different, inside we are the same; we are part of the human race. I believe things can improve in our society if we learn how to value, appreciate and celebrate our differences as well as shared experiences.”

Students were selected from various high schools to be a part of something new, creative and timely in Chicago. This session took place, on October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Students heard first-hand the struggles they face from a person who also faced those same challenges as an Afro-Latino teen and survived to share his message and to answer questions.

It is our hope that in these tough times in Chicago, our students will be able to connect, think and dream of their future. Luciano focused on adolescent challenges as well as the young students need for cultural coalition. “Young people need inspiration and guidance, not hatred and condemnation”, said Felipe Luciano.

In addition to this student event, a lecture at the DuSable Museum took place with over 300 Latino and African Americans in the audience who listened, laughed and clapped to a profound lecture from Felipe Luciano.

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Queer Rican Event at NMPRAC

Posted on 22 November 2016 by alejandro

A Critical Community Praxis on Meaning and Identity

Queer Rican Event at NMPRAC

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On Saturday, October 22, Lawrence La Fountain, Puerto Rican author, performer, and academic Lawrence La Fountain spoke at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, to an audience of over 75, about his book, “Queer Ricans.”

Lawrence spoke to his identification as a young gay man in Puerto Rico, overcoming obstacles and fear, and along the way becoming grounded in his identity. He touched on many different issues, among them the Puerto Rican fiscal crisis, the Puerto Rican Diaspora, LatinX identity and freedom for Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera. Emmanuel Garcia, activist and journalist, led the Q and A session, fielding questions from the audience and where possible, connecting them to the larger issues discussed.

Emmanuel also led a Panel discussion with Humboldt Park neighborhood teens on LatinX life. Suzy Schultz of Public Narrative, also led an Audience Storytelling workshop that integrated audience personal stories into the broader themes touched by La Fountain.

The event was part of “Home is Where the Art Is” — a collaborative effort of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and Public Narrative, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Posted on 07 March 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by PRCC Staff

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 and others raised money using their family networks. Thank you to the following programs and individuals: 1) Lourdes Lugo $1000 2) José E. López $750 3) Integrated Paseo $518

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Posted on 07 March 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Gustavo Varela, Vida/SIDA

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.

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Posted on 07 March 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Kevin Garcia, PRCC Tech Team

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The PRCC Tech Team has launched a new and improved website for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The website has been in development for the past year. L. Alejandro Molina leads 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.

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