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EL RESCATE PARTICIPATES IN DIGITAL STORAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM

Posted on 07 March 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by PRCC Staff

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Two El Rescate programs will participate in the Digital Storage Immersion pilot program sponsored by the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative (CYSI). The program provides youth with quick access and safe storage for personal documents, records and employment applications and simplifies outreach efforts for El Rescate. As part of the program, CYSI provided El Rescate with various tablets and keyboards to assist in meeting the missions of the center’s Transitional Living Program and Basic Center Program. The Transitional Living Program provides identity-affirming housing to homeless LGBTQ youth from 18 to 24 years of age, some being HIV- positive, in addition to support services to assist with the transition to independence. The Basic Center Program expands services that address the immediate needs of Latinos and African American youth, 12 to 18 years of age, living in the Chicago Metropolitan who identify as LGBTQ and have run away or are homeless.

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VIDA/SIDA REPRESENTS PRCC @CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Pedro Mercado,

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VidaSIDA This past weekend, PRCC-Vida/ SIDA’s very own Pedro Mercado, Milani (Gustavo Varela), Maya Lozano, & Maritxa Vidal, were able to represent PRCC at the annual Creating Change Conference. Being the largest LGBTQ conference in the United states, Vida/SIDA was honored to work along with Union=Fuerza Latino Institute as a community partner. They spoke with community leaders from all across the country attending the Conference. Dialogues took place regarding the work being implemented in the Latin@ Community of Chicago. By engaging in workshops, seminars, and plenaries, our staff will be able to implement new strategies to the programs at PRCC-Vida/SIDA. They were also able to network with other activists and have been invited to participate in future conferences and trainings. The conference is scheduled to take place next year in Philadelphia.

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ALTERNATIVE GIFTS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION DONATES TO EL RESCATE

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Jackie González, Program Director,

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El Rescate El Rescate Transitional Living Program wants to express our gratitude to Alternative Gifts International Organization for continuing to support our youth. “El Rescate Transitional Living Program depends greatly on community partnerships to be able to do our work, particularly at this time given the State of Illinois budget impasse. This week we received a wonderful visit from Mr. Tony Princ, Executive Director of Alternative Gifts International, a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates. Mr. Princ was accompanied by Mr. Brainmah on their visit to our facility (Program). We were presented with a kindhearted donation and on behalf of El Rescate Transitional Living Program residents and staff, I would to like express our gratitude to Alternative Gifts International Organization for supporting our youth.”

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“CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT, DON’T LET IT KILL YOU”

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) can be silent killers. Those two viruses can have no symptoms and those who have contracted the virus might not have any external signs of infection. If curiosity strikes you and you want to know if you might have contracted an infection then don’t wait and get tested. There are also some Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) that might not have any symptoms. For testing at Integrated Paseo, call 773-278-6737.

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COMMUNITY AS A CAMPUS YOUTH QUEST FOR EMPOWERMENT (CAACYQE) AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHING AT BATEY URBANO MARCH 2016!

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

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The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is excited to launch a new After School Program at Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division St. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30PM – 5:30PM beginning March 1, 2016. CAACYQE will provide education on teen pregnancy, HIV/STI prevention, as well as academic support and tutoring, participation in service learning/civic engagement, service learning project assistance and gift card incentives for program completion. Participant Requirements: Male and Female students must live on Chicago’s North West Side (Humboldt Park – Target Area) or attend a Humboldt Park high school. Be between the ages of 14-18. Parental Consent Pre and Post teen pregnancy prevention knowledge, based on All4You! Curriculum as a basis for the program evaluation. For more information contact: Janeida Rivera, CAACYQE Program Corrdinator at janeidar@prcc-chgo.org or 312-536-6565.

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Puerto Rican Cultural Center Recognized with “AT&T INVESTING IN ILLINOIS AWARD”

Posted on 27 March 2015 by alejandro

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Chicago, IL March 16, 2015 – AT&T Illinois today announced the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is the winner of an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.” The Puerto Rican Cultural Center receives public recognition and a contribution of $2,500.00 from AT&T to be used for the  Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center which supports 50 children.

“In a digital world and an Internet economy, AT&T is helping consumers and businesses move forward by delivering wired and wireless broadband solutions.  We’re also helping the communities we serve move forward through corporate contributions to Illinois non-profit groups and programs that are making a difference locally,” said Sylvia Aldrete, AT&T External Affairs Manager.Illinois State Representative Cynthia Soto nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.

The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

By Sylvia Aldrete, AT&T External Affairs Manager

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Puerto Rican Pioneer Antonio “Tony” Irizarry Feted!

Posted on 29 October 2013 by alejandro

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On Sunday, September 15, close to 200 community leaders, elected officials and family members participated in a well-deserved tribute to Antonio “Tony” Irizarry. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center was proud to participate in the tribute, which was organized by Milly Santiago and took place at My Fair Lady Banquets.

Tony was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico and came to the US in 1949, and to Chicago in 1951. He earned degrees soon after from several institutions of higher learning. Tony was a pioneer who envisioned uniting Puerto Rico community leaders, some of whom were Graciano López, Mirta Ramírez, Trina Davila, Elias Diaz y Perez, and Haydee Garcia to name a few. Thanks at least partly to Irizarry’s intervention, the first Puerto Rican Parade Committee was formed and eventually led to the first official Puerto Rican parade in downtown Chicago in 1966.

He has played a leading role in the promotion of Puerto Rican culture, as well as an advocate for Puerto Rican rights. He has been instrumental in creating many Puerto Rican institutions, including “Nuestro Directorio, Fiestas Poblanas Puertorriqueñas, and Nuestro Awards ceremony. He was recently selected as one of the 100 Puerto Rican Pioneers whose life will be archived by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.

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PRCC E.D. Keynotes Cleveland’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Posted on 29 October 2013 by alejandro

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The City of Cleveland honored the contributions of Latinos Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 with an evening gala that featured Keynote Speaker, José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Juan Antonio Corretjer. Professor Lopez spoke about the many contributions that Latinos have made across the United States; in particular, the important role that they played in the national presidential campaign that re-elected President Obama. As he touched on the topic of Immigration Reform, the approximately 350 people in attendance, were brought to their feet giving Professor López a standing ovation after he transported us on a cultural and musical tour of the Americas. He touched on the traditions of the Sephardic Jews and of the Moors in Spain to that of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and highlighted the significance of the socio-political inter-connections of these contributions.

Emphasizing that this, one’s human and cultural mosaics, has made Latinos the 1st global human identity on earth, and that this historical identity should inform on how one can be transformational agents of change in the US. He touched on the paradox of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, that made Latin America the US “backyard”, and that demographically in 2013, Latinos are now in the US “living room”.

Following the theme of the event “Our Time”, he called on how Latinos are changing the discourse on citizenship, by advocating for “cultural citizenship” which embraces diversity, multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism.

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Two Peoples, One Struggle

Posted on 19 February 2012 by alejandro

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On January 14th, Batey Urbano and Existence Is Resistance hosted the Occupied Lands, Scattered Diasporas film series. With 120 individuals from both the Palestinian and Puerto Rican communities, the event was a symbol of solidarity. The Batey Urbano is a space where young people from our community can have meaningful discussions about the work around them.

What struck the Batey collective was how much Puerto Rico and Palestine have in common, and with the support and mentorship of one of Humboldt Park’s hip-hop artist, Lah Tere, Batey was able to understand this harsh reality. Colonialism has been the reality of Palestinians and Puerto Rican communities for decades. The occupation of both lands has resulted in the death of thousands; poverty has become a reality for most, and countless artifacts of culture have been destroyed.

In the struggle for freedom, these harsh conditions have created political movements, activists, and revolutionaries that fighting for a common cause. The documentaries “Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation,” directed by Nana Dankwa and “For Those Who Struggle,” a documentary about the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, who this year will have served his 31st year in federal custody, were shown and invited panelists led a discussion around occupation and what it would take for our lands to be unoccupied.
Batey Urbano is a safe space for all young people, and we strive to be able to provide productive alternatives for them. For more information, visit bateyurbano.net or email bateyurbano@gmail.com.

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On January 14th, Batey Urbano and Existence Is Resistance hosted the Occupied Lands, Scattered Diasporas film series. With 120 individuals from both the Palestinian and Puerto Rican communities, the event was a symbol of solidarity. The Batey Urbano is a space where young people from our community can have meaningful discussions about the work around them.
What struck the Batey collective was how much Puerto Rico and Palestine have in common, and with the support and mentorship of one of Humboldt Park’s hip-hop artist, Lah Tere, Batey was able to understand this harsh reality. Colonialism has been the reality of Palestinians and Puerto Rican communities for decades. The occupation of both lands has resulted in the death of thousands; poverty has become a reality for most, and countless artifacts of culture have been destroyed.
In the struggle for freedom, these harsh conditions have created political movements, activists, and revolutionaries that fighting for a common cause. The documentaries “Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation,” directed by Nana Dankwa and “For Those Who Struggle,” a documentary about the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, who this year will have served his 31st year in federal custody, were shown and invited panelists led a discussion around occupation and what it would take for our lands to be unoccupied.
Batey Urbano is a safe space for all young people, and we strive to be able to provide productive alternatives for them. For more information, visit bateyurbano.net or email bateyurbano@gmail.com.
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The Three Kings Bring Gifts to Over a Thousand Children

Posted on 13 January 2012 by alejandro

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The largest Three Kings Parade in the Mid West kicked off 2012 with the blessings of sunshine and above average temperatures. Nearly 500 parade goers on trolleys, double decker buses, floats, motorcycles, bicycles and on foot, escorted the Three Kings on their annual parade down Paseo Boricua to the Humboldt Park Field House. Members of LAMA (Latin American Motorcycle Association) took the form of the Three Kings as they rode on horse and wagon, tossing candy to the crowds of spectators and bringing cheer to children and nostalgic adults alike.
The Three Kings Day Parade celebrates the coming of the Three Magi to bring gifts to baby Jesus or day of the Epiphany. In Puerto Rican tradition this is the day when children receive their Christmas holiday gifts. On the eve of the 5th of January, children fill a box with grass (for the kings’ horses) and place it under their beds. In the morning of January 6, they awake to find toys and gifts. This festival is also celebrated with traditional music and songs dedicated to the Three Kings. In keeping with this tradition, the Puerto Rican community comes together to organize the first parade of the year in Chicago.
The parade made its way to the Humboldt Park Field House, where several hundred more children and families, not in the parade, were already waiting in line to receive Los Reyes Magos. As the children received their gifts, they were serenaded by a trio of musicians singing traditional aguinaldos (music and songs dedicated to the Three Kings). By 6:30 pm that evening, over a thousand children ages 0 to 12 had received a gift. The Chicago Land TOYS FOR TOTS and LAMA helped to bring in the bulk of the toy donations that were given that night. Many volunteers from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center spent days wrapping the toys. This year the first 40 children in the parade received a free bicycle from West Town Bikes/Ciclo Urbano.
With another successful event the Three Kings Winter Festival and Parade is fast becoming one of the most popular family friendly events in Chicago. The Three Kings Committee would like to thank it’s sponsors: Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward), CHICAGO LAND TOYS FOR TOTS, LAMA, COMCAST, Central Park Produce, Division Street Business Development Association, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, Chicago Park District (Humboldt Park), La Kalle 103.1/93.5, La Voz del Paseo Boricua, EXTRA Newspaper and West Town Bikes/Ciclo Urbano.

By Eduardo Arocho

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