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Entregan fondos recaudados en campaña pro niñez Palestina
Escrito por Olga I. Sanabria Dávila / MINH

 

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La semana pasada fueron entregados en Naciones Unidas los fondos recaudados durante la campaña de apoyo a la niñez palestina lanzada por Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano.

 

Amplia coalición marchará contra el IVA
Escrito por Sharon Minelli Pérez / Primera Hora

 

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Hoy, el grupo Todos Somos Pueblo, aprobó en asamblea unirse a los estudiantes en la manifestación, que comenzará a la 1:00 p.m. y partirá desde las inmediaciones del parque Sixto Escobar, en Puerta de Tierra.

 

En el 61 aniversario del Ataque al Congreso
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"Al cumplirse hoy 61 años de aquel acto de dignidad patriótica, saludo a mis compañeros de esa gesta. Gloria eterna a Lolita Lebrón, Irvin Flores Rodríguez y Andrés Figueroa Cordero.  Gloria eterna al licenciado Julio Pinto Gandía, figura fundamental en el acto del Ataque al Congreso estadounidense y  quien fuera desaparecido 22 años después, el 18 de septiembre de 1976."

 

1ro. de marzo de 1954: Ataque al congreso de EEUU, puertoriqueños reivindican su patria
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Hace 61 años, el primero de marzo de 1954, cuatro puertorriqueños llegaron a Washington de «paseo». Como turistas entraron a la mole del imperio: el Congreso. La mujer, bandera en mano, desplegó la enseña de su patria con su brazo delgado y firme, en la otra mano enarboló la pistola…

 

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By Dennis Romero

LA Weekly (February 25, 2015)

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Radio host Howard Jordan interview Nelson Denis, author of a new book "War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony."  Learn how Harvard trained Nationalist Party lawyer Albizu Campos rejected American imperialism's offer, the drug addiction of former Popular Party Governor for over two decades Luis Munoz Marin, the "invisibilization" of the Puerto Rican,  the state of the Puerto Rican economy and much more. Nelson is graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and served as a New York State Assemblyman (1997-2001). He was the editorial director of El Diario-La Prensa, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in NYC and has also written for the New York Daily News, Newsday, and Harvard Political Review.  The Jordan Journal is preempted next Friday and will return on the air Friday, March 13.  To listen to the interview press or type link into your address bar   http://bit.ly/1DHj89j

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PIP reitera su apoyo a marcha de este jueves en contra del IVA

San Juan , Puerto Rico. 2 de marzo de 2015. -El secretario general del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Juan Dalmau Ramírez , reiteró hoy el llamado a la militancia de su partido y al pueblo en general a participar de la manifestación que este jueves se ha convocado en contra del IVA.

"Nos solidarizamos con la convocatoria hecha en oposición al propuesto Impuesto al Valor Añadido, conocido por sus siglas como "IVA", por las consecuencias nefastas que dicho tributo tendrá en el país, especialmente sobre los sectores más empobrecidos, los estudiantes, los adultos mayores, la clase media trabajadora asalariada, el pequeño y mediano comerciante, entre muchos otros sectores. Como señalé ayer en mi ponencia en las vistas camerales sobre el IVA, esta medida, además de las consecuencias adversas que tendrá sobre nuestra ya maltrecha economía, revienta a los mismos de siempre mientras no toca ni con el pétalo de una rosa a los privilegiados históricos, las megaempresas foráneas exentas. Este jueves estaremos partiendo desde el Sixto Escobar a la 1:00 p.m. y exhortamos a todo el país a unirse a este reclamo", expresó el líder independentista.
 

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Agradezco a la Comisión de Hacienda de la Cámara de Representantes la oportunidad de comparecer para comentar el P. de la C. 2329 que supone una reestructuración al sistema tributario en Puerto Rico.


Es menester comenzar estipulando para el registro de esta Comisión que la deuda pública, así como la crisis fiscal y económica que sufre el país por muchos años el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño la anticipó y presentó propuestas concretas al respecto para evitarla.

Hoy mi comparecencia en representación del PIP es una reiteración de nuestros planteamientos, con la fuerza moral de haber hecho las correspondientes propuestas y las mismas, para pesar del país, nunca fueron consideradas. Esas lluvias, anunciadas por el PIP, trajeron los lodos de hoy.

La actual propuesta tributaria examinada por esta Comisión merece el siguiente planteamiento de umbral.

Puerto Rico es la jurisdicción dentro del sistema federal estadounidense donde hay mayor nivel de desigualdad económica. Es además la jurisdicción dentro del sistema estadounidense en la que empresas gananciosas pagan menos. Es la jurisdicción dentro del sistema federal donde cerca de la mitad de la población está bajo los niveles de pobreza. Es una economía que está en un octavo año de contracción económica.

Y ante esta realidad, ¿Qué propone el gobierno en términos contributivos? Un impuesto de carácter regresivo, que afecta más al pobre, al asalariado y la clase media, mientras a otros actores económicos gananciosos no se les toca ni con el pétalo de una rosa.

La propuesta contributiva presentada por el gobierno tiene el efecto de extraer de los bolsillos de los puertorriqueños, lo que no se le extrae a los que más ganancias generan y poco aportan al fisco.

¿Cómo es posible que se le diga al país que tenemos que cumplir con una deuda pública de más de setenta mil millones de dólares y atender un problema deficitario del gobierno y al mismo tiempo se reducirán las cargas contributivas de los ciudadanos? Es una escena de la novela de Kafka, La Metamorfosis. En la que un día un ser humano, en un ambiente de pesadilla, comienza a transformarse en un insecto.

Creo que el mejor ejemplo del nivel de improvisación, de la pesadilla que sufre el país, con respecto al proyecto del Impuesto al Valor Añadido es el hecho de que el mecanismo para atender el problema de la regresividad de un impuesto al consumo, es decir lo que se refiere al impacto adverso económicamente a los que trabajan y cumplen con sus obligaciones contributivas, se le delega según el proyecto de ley al Departamento de Hacienda.


Un Departamento que ha sido incapaz de lograr un nivel de cumplimiento adecuado con respecto al cumplimiento del Impuesto de Ventas y Usos (IVU) de cerca del cincuenta por ciento de los comercios. Un Departamento que ha sido incapaz de tener una política de cumplimiento con respecto al pago de las contribuciones sobre ingresos. Un Departamento que ha sido incapaz de fiscalizar los impuestos a los productos que entran por los muelles (a penas se fiscaliza de un tres a un cuatro por ciento.) Un Departamento que no paga los reintegros contributivos a tiempo. ¿Y ése Departamento es el que va a garantizar combatir el problema de la regresividad? ¿Ése es el Departamento que va fiscalizar el cumplimiento de las devoluciones que le cobrará a los más afectados por la imposición del diez y seis por ciento del Impuesto al Valor Añadido? 


Hay un problema crítico de credibilidad y confiabilidad cuando se le dice al país que los más empobrecidos no van a pagar contribuciones, que la clase media estará aliviada en sus tasas contributivas y que la clase alta seguirá disfrutando de los créditos y las exenciones contributivas aprobadas, al mismo tiempo que se le dice que es importante recaudar más dinero para el fisco, para el pago de la deuda y la deficiencia fiscal. ¿De dónde va a salir el dinero?


El PIP ha propuesto que lo primero que se debe hacer es adoptar un sistema contributivo balanceado, en el que todos los actores económicos aporten en justicia a base de un sistema progresivo. Es decir, mientras más gana, más se aporta. Por ejemplo, las empresas que repatrian treinta y siete mil millones de dólares al año fuera de Puerto Rico pagan actualmente en promedio cerca de un tres por ciento. Digo en promedio, porque algunas son absolutamente exentas. Si se le impone un diez por ciento de contribución a la repatriación de ganancias tendría el gobierno un ingreso de tres mil setecientos millones de dólares. Claro siempre salvaguardando que puedan obtener un crédito contributivo en los Estados Unidos, de donde son la inmensa mayoría.

Hay que revisar, además, la política de otorgar exenciones sin medir el impacto beneficioso o negativo en el país. No se ha hecho un análisis serio de todas las exenciones aplicables hoy día en términos contributivos y cuál ha sido la aportación en términos de creación de empleos, aumento en la producción en el país o el impulso a la economía.


Para eso se debería reexaminar todas las exenciones y créditos aprobados, comenzando por renegociar los decretos de exención aprobados por la Ley de Incentivos Industriales. Utilizando como fundamento las decisiones judiciales, que permiten en tiempos de crisis dejar sin efecto la obligatoriedad de los contratos del gobierno, podemos revisar esos decretos para beneficio del país.

Otra alternativa es subir el arbitrio impuesto a algunas corporaciones foráneas del cuatro al seis por ciento. Cada por ciento representa cerca de quinientos millones de dólares. Ello permitiría recaudar cerca de mil millones de dólares adicionales. Por supuesto, siempre teniendo en cuenta la garantía que se ha reconocido por el memorando del Departamento del Tesoro Federal de que recibirían a cambio del pago en Puerto Rico un crédito contributivo al repatriar sus ganancias a los Estados Unidos.

Por otra parte, es imperativo aumentar el nivel de captación. Con el Impuesto de Ventas y Usos, se le dijo al país que se reducirían los costos en la compra de productos. Esta semana el ex gobernador Aníbal Acevedo Vilá reconoció lo que se le había anticipado, por el PIP, que sería un fracaso.

Debo señalar para hacer honor a la Historia que en el debate a la Gobernación del 2004 el licenciado Rubén Berríos lo anticipó y Acevedo Vilá en aquél momento lo negó. En la pasada campaña dije que si no se aumentaban las fuentes de recaudos, en los sectores que podían de forma no confiscatoria aportar más, lo que iba a ocurrir era un aumento en las contribuciones, o despedían empleados públicos, o se afectaban y encarecían los servicios gubernamentales. Dicho y hecho.

Para colmo esta semana la Presidenta del Banco Gubernamental de Fomento, en una vista en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, reclamó como un logro que desde el 2008 hay menos empleados en el sistema público. ¡Reclamó cómo un logro el resultado de la Ley 7 de Luis Fortuño!

Lo que me lleva al otro tema. Usted Presidente de la Comisión tuvo razón cuando dijo que era una irresponsabilidad decir que se pueden recortar mil millones de dólares en gastos gubernamentales. Ésa fue la propuesta del Presidente del Senado. ¿Cómo es posible que la propuesta del Presidente del Senado de recortar mil millones de dólares no estuviera acompañada de un listado de las áreas de recortes y las agencias? Es un ejemplo de improvisación. ¡Eso es la Ley 7 en combo agrandado! Es despedir empleados públicos y afectar adversamente los servicios gubernamentales.

Yo entiendo que hay gastos superfluos que se pueden ahorrar. Pero cuidado con el planteamiento del Presidente del Senado. Que no se bote al bebé con el agua de la bañera. En Puerto Rico, no hay suficientes maestros. No hay suficientes psicólogos escolares. No hay suficientes policías. No hay suficientes enfermeras. Por no mentar la soga en casa del ahorcado, no hay suficientes empleados del Departamento de Hacienda para fiscalizar una política contributiva balanceada y justa.

¿Y la propuesta del Presidente del Senado es la visión neoliberal que se le criticó con razón al gobierno del PNP?

Por otra parte, además de las propuestas anteriores, se debe crear un Fondo de Desarrollo o de Reconstrucción Nacional, que promueva la creación de empresas agrícolas y manufactureras destinadas a la sustitución de importaciones o la exportación; a los programas de investigación y desarrollo que se lleven a cabo en todo el sistema universitario y a programas de ampliación de capacidad o innovación tecnológica que lleven a cabo las propias empresas que pagarían estas contribuciones. (En Singapur la tasa efectiva - lo que realmente se paga en contribuciones por las corporaciones es de 8.5% a 17% - pero las empresas pueden solicitar subsidios si cumplen con los requisitos estatuidos, pero nunca la exención total excepto para empresas con ingreso neto tributable de menos de $100,000.00).

También se puede considerar que aquellas empresas a las que se le aplica el arbitrio del 4% puedan deducirlo totalmente de su ingreso neto de fomento industrial.

Otra paso necesario que debe dar el gobierno es renegociar la deuda. El pago de amortización de deuda e intereses ascendió a 2,055 millones de dólares para el año fiscal 2011-2012, casi una cuarta parte de los ingresos netos al fondo general para esa fecha. Entre el 2000 y el 2013 esa principal fuente de ingresos del gobierno, que depende de la actividad económica generada en Puerto Rico, creció a una tasa promedio de 1.4% mientras que el valor de la producción generada en Puerto Rico creció en términos monetarios a una tasa promedio de 4%, lo que significa una erosión de la base fiscal. Esta situación se agrava cuando consideramos que la deuda del Gobierno Central en ese mismo periodo creció a una tasa de 6.6% y la de las Corporaciones Públicas a un 8.4%.


Es decir, en arroz y habichuelas, la capacidad de pago del gobierno y la capacidad de pago de la economía en general, crecen menos que la deuda. Eso obliga al gobierno a destinar una mayor proporción de su presupuesto al pago de la deuda y eventualmente a una mayor reducción de los servicios.

En un contexto donde la inversión en capital productivo, maquinaria e infraestructura se ha reducido drásticamente - de casi un 20% del producto bruto interno en el 2000 a casi un 10% en el 2013 - una reducción de la actividad gubernamental lo que ocasionaría sería una aceleración de la crisis económica.

Una reducción de los requisitos de pago anual de la deuda permitiría destinar recursos a proyectos como el de la gasificación de la producción de energía y al fomento de empresas orientadas tanto a la exportación como a la sustitución de importaciones o a mejorar la calidad de los servicios de educación y salud.

La solución al pago de la deuda está en la reactivación de la economía, en la creación de nuevas empresas y más empleo y eso no se logra con más endeudamiento público y menos inversión real - pública o privada -.

Preocupa, por lo tanto, que se indique como uno de los objetivos de la medida lograr una reclasificación en los bonos del gobierno que permita al gobierno endeudarse para financiar proyectos de tipo "pintura y capota" con miras al año electoral. También preocupa la engañosa campaña para lograr el favor de los contribuyentes poniendo a pelear a asalariados contra profesionales cuando los grandes ausentes en el financiamiento público son las corporaciones acogidas a las leyes de exención contributiva; y cuando, según expresé anteriormente, muchos de los supuestos beneficiarios -especialmente los más pobres terminarán pagando más en IVA que el beneficio contributivo recibido.

Finalmente, no puedo concluir sin tocar lo que es el problema de fondo. En el más reciente editorial de la prestigiosa revista Bloomberg titulado "Helping Puerto Rico Prosper", luego de analizar la crisis económica del país, concluye lo siguiente y cito "Such regulatory and legal oddities are the product of the island's century-plus status limbo... Sooner or later, Puerto Rico's inhabitants will have to decide their island future destiny."

Es fundamental rediseñar las relaciones que tenemos con los Estados Unidos para poder ampliar nuestra facultad para acceder a los mercados internacionales de bienes y a los mercados internacionales de capital, así como para poder tomar las medidas para impulsar nuestras industrias orientadas al mercado doméstico. Por más de 116 años nuestro casi único mercado de exportación han sido los Estados Unidos y nunca la actividad económica orientada a ese mercado ha generado directa o indirectamente la actividad suficiente para reducir la tasa de desempleo por debajo de un 10%.

La imposición de las leyes de cabotaje y el que se declarara inconstitucional por un tribunal estadounidense la Ley de Quiebra Criolla son dos ejemplos de las humillaciones del régimen de subordinación política.

Nosotros no podemos aspirar a un desarrollo pleno si no mandamos en nuestra casa. El que no lucha por conquistar los poderes que no tiene, no puede aspirar a usar bien los pocos que tiene.

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¡Pierluisi sacando la cara por el Pueblo en contra del IVA!

 

No te pierdas el resumen de la comparecencia de Pedro Pierluisi ante la Cámara de Representantes sacando la cara por el Pueblo, expresando fuerte y claro:

¡NO al IVA!

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A very young Philadelphia musician with Panamanian rootswho has won a significant number of trophies and other accolades for her musical talentswill grace TV screens all over the Delaware Valley Metropolitan Area this coming weekend (Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, at 5. a.m.) on 6abc-TV.  And yes, she will sing; and yes, you will enjoy her voice and her story.  Please, tune in. . .

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Una jovencita (de descendencia panameña) pero residente en Filadelfiaquien ha ganado un sinnúmero de trofeos y honores por su talento musicalaparecerá en televisión por el Canal 6 este próximo fin de semana (sábado, 7 de marzo, a la 1 p.m.; y domingo, 8 de marzo, a las 5 a.m.).  No se pierda esto. . .

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Mañana 3 de marzo no te pierdas al Dr. Edwin Irizarry Mora en el programa especial - IVA ¿Sí o No? por Telemundo Canal 2 a las 10:00 pm

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¡Puerto Rico PRIMERO!

Mañana compareceré ante la Cámara de Representantes para advertir de los peligros de la mal llamada Reforma Contributiva propuesta por la administración de García Padilla. Hablaré a nombre del  pueblo de Puerto Rico que dice inequívocamente NO al IVA.

La vista dará comienzo a las 9am. Y la podrás escuchar en diferido a partir de las 11am por la Cadena Wapa Radio.

¡No te lo pierdas! #IVAnoVA

 

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Recuerda votar por tu Representante a la Junta de Gobierno de la AEE en representación del consumidor. 

Con la factura de este mes de marzo recibirás la papeleta de votación acompañada de un sobre pre-dirigido al DACO. Escribe el número de tu cuenta, haz una X bajo tu candidato, fímalo y envíalo. El 8 de abril será el último día para enviar la papeleta con el matasello del correo.

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Alejandro Castro Espín, experto analista de la política exterior de EEUU: “El bloqueo sigue tan intacto como hace 50 años”
Escrito por Carlos Aznárez

 

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Alejandro Castro Espín es politólogo y Máster en Relaciones Internacionales, además de investigador en temas vinculados a la Defensa y la Seguridad Nacional. Hace pocos días, en la Feria del Libro de La Habana, pudimos conversar con él al finalizar la presentación de su libro “Estados Unidos, el precio del poder”, actividad que se convirtió en acontecimiento debido a la presencia de numerosos dirigentes de la Revolución y de los 5 héroes antiimperialistas.

 

De los muertos que crecen y se agrandan: Jorge Carbonell Cuevas (1914-1938)
Escrito por Félix Ojeda Reyes

 

 

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"A Jorge Carbonell le sorprende la guerra cuando se preparaba a comenzar su tercer año de medicina. Inmediatamente, decide empuñar las armas en defensa de la República. Su bautismo de fuego lo recibe en las montañas que bordean la parte norte de Madrid. En octubre de 1936 resulta herido en el muslo izquierdo por un pedazo de metralla. Después de permanecer recluido durante 10 días en un hospital volvía al frente de guerra."

 

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Actos 2do aniversario de la desaparición física del Pres. Chávez

 

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José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
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 Angelo Falcón
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Police Violence

Is This the Latino Ferguson?

In a death with echoes of Michael Brown, police in Washington state shot and killed a Latino man this month-and all eyes are on the prosecutor investigating the case.

As Antonio Zambrano Montes raced across a busy street in downtown Pasco, Washington, in the late afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 10, three local police officers unleashed a volley of gunshots at his back.

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Analysis 

Latinos Underrepresented on Police Force

By Allison Gatlin

The Salinas Californian (February 27, 2015)


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Festival Claridad.
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Ya ayer jueves, arrancó el Festival Claridad y el MUS tiene el kiosko más bonito y más soberano del vecindario. Tenemos un Soberano Menú lleno de cosas riquísimas. Tenemos paellla, carne frita, platanutres, bebidas y más. 

Si necesitas má información sobre el kiosko y como puedes colaborar, llama a Frankie al (787) 314-7324 o a Papo al (787) 406-4646.

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Los nuevos desarrollos en el conflicto en Ucrania: a un año de los sucesos en Maidán
Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH

 

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(26 de febrero de 2015) Hace un año, en un escrito sobre los sucesos en pleno desarrollo en Ucrania, nos preguntábamos ¨¿quién juega la última carta?¨ Señalábamos con alguna preocupación que si ¨alguien tenía dudas sobre quiénes estaban detrás de las manifestaciones desarrolladas en Kiev, la capital ucraniana, lo único que tienen que constatar hoy [ayer] es cuáles son los grupos que al presente [entonces] han asumido el control policiaco en dicha capital ante el vacío de poder creado por los recientes sucesos.¨

 

Acercamiento Cuba-Estados Unidos: Perspectivas y obstáculos
Escrito por Salim Lamrani

 

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Desde la declaración histórica del 17 de diciembre de 2014, Washington ha anunciado algunas medidas destinadas a suavizar el estado de sitio económico que pesa sobre Cuba. Pero el camino es todavía largo.

 

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25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
800-590-2516

 

Board of Directors
 
José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

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Real Tine Economics

Racial Wealth Gaps:

What a Difference

25 Years Doesn't Make

By Neil Shah

Wall Street Journal (February 26, 2015)

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February 27, 2015

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LULAC Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee's Bipartisan Support for Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

Washington, D.C. – Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, issued the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote in favor of Loretta Lynch's nomination for U.S. Attorney General.

“LULAC applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for favorably voting Loretta Lynch’s nomination out of committee. Loretta Lynch’s professional background includes serving as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York where she is praised for her leadership and knowledge of the law. If confirmed by the Senate, we know that Lynch will serve the office of U.S. Attorney General with the same distinction.

LULAC has strongly supported the work that the Department of Justice has done to protect the rights of the disenfranchised. With Loretta Lynch at the helm, we are assured that issues important to the Latino community will continue to receive the attention they merit. Loretta Lynch’s background and experience makes her uniquely qualified to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General."

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LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX 

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Board of Directors
 
José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

To make a donation,
 
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Puerto Rico and Greece -

Birds of a Feather?

By Jake Zamansky

Seeking Alpha (February 26, 2015)

Disclosure: The author has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. The author wrote this article themselves, and it expresses their own opinions. The author is not receiving compensation for it. The author has no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens and the Women’s Commission invite you to participate in our 2015 LULAC National Women’s Conference in Santa Ana, New Mexico.

Our National Women’s Conference will take place in Santa Ana, New Mexico from March 26 through March 29, 2015.

Our Conference provides professional development workshops and seminars targeted to the needs of Latinas and highlights their contributions to our country. This year, our focus is to provide tools that will enable women to continue fighting against Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. We will feature workshops on women’s issues, education, health and current government initiatives. We expect to have over 600 participants in the workshops and exhibits.

Join us for the 2015 LULAC National Women's Conference in Santa Ana, New Mexico. We look forward to seeing you.

Cordially,

Elsie Valdes
National Vice-President for Women

 

Event Information

Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
1300 Tuyana Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Phone: 505-867-1234
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Single Occupancy $ 83
Double Occupancy $ 83
Triple Occupancy $ 108
Quadruple Occupancy $ 133
Cut off-date: March 9, 2015

Conference Dates: March 26-29, 2015

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Fact Tank Blog
 
Hispanics are significantly more likely than whites and blacks to say the Earth is warming because of human activities, and Hispanics are more likely than whites to say that the U.S. should do whatever it takes to protect the environment. read more >>

Related: How different groups think about scientific issues
 
Immigration
 
Last week, a federal judge temporarily blocked President Obama's executive action to offer deportation relief to unauthorized immigrants. Our December survey found Hispanics overwhelmingly support the president's new programs: 81% said they approve, compared with 46% approval among all Americans. READ MORE >>
 

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions.

 

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The Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Chicago Selects PRCC-Vida/SIDA Once Again as an Agency to Receive an Excellence in Care Award for the Fourth Year in a Row!

By Jorge Cestou

 

DIFFA/Chicago (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection.

 

In 2014, DIFFA/Chicago awarded grants to 26 different agencies in the Chicago Metro Area. Their funding strategies changed in 2015. Some of these strategies included the idea of providing more sizable grants to agencies that are making a greater impact and PRCC-Vida/SIDA out of only 10 agencies, was selected as an awardee this year.

 

Volunteers from the fashion industry, interior design, furnishings and architecture founded DIFFA/Chicago. Supporters of DIFFA now come from every field associated with fine design.  "In Chicago, the Excellence in Care Awards funding focuses on those agencies that demonstrate extraordinary effectiveness in achieving their chosen missions in the HIV/AIDS arena."[1]

 

The awards ceremony will take place March 25, 2015. PRCC-Vida/SIDA staff will attend to receive the award.  Jorge Cestou, Director of Programs and Services, congratulates all Vida/SIDA program staff for the excellent work they have done through the years. This award could not have been received without all of the individuals' contributions of this great group of committed individuals fighting to reduce HIV infections in our communities and helping those dealing with the disease ease the pain.

 

From Our Community Partners

  

Revving up for AP Exams

By Roberto Clemente Community Academy staff

 

Students in Mr. Van Loon's AP English Literature and Composition class have been gearing up for the May 6th AP exam by simulating the test in class. Twice each week, students encounter timed excerpts from the Section 1 multiple choice and Section 2 free response essays.

In Section 1, students have 60 minutes to answer 55 questions related to five sections of unfamiliar text. That works out to just over a minute per question, and that's without considering the reading. This week, seniors read Emily Dickinson's "I dreaded that first Robin, so," and had 13 minutes to read the poem and answer 12 text-dependent multiple choice questions.

Later in the week, students read a passage from D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow to practice Section 2, the free response essay. This week's AP free response prompt asked students to write an essay analyzing how Lawrence employs literary devices to characterize the woman and capture her situation. During the actual AP exam in May, students will have two hours to write three similar free response essays. That equates to 40 minutes per essay.

 

At the end of the six-week unit, students will use a website called AP Pass (http://appass.com/home) to calculate their simulated AP scores. Seniors will input their data from the 55 Section 1 multiple choice questions and their 3 Section 2 essays to see how they compare with students who took the AP exam in 2009 and 2004. The maximum score on the AP exam is 5, but students are typically able to secure college credit with a score of 3 or higher. The College Board curves the AP scores differently each year to regulate pass rates, and AP Pass compares the students' results to two sets of sample data.

 

"I like them," said senior Maria Gonzalez in reference to the simulated AP exams in Mr. Van Loon's class. "I feel they better prepare me for the actual exam. They also help me get more of a feel of how the questions are going to be and help me get a better understanding of what kind of text I'm going to be working with."

 
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A continuación, les presentamos el boletín informativo


del 15
al 21 de febrero del 2015


La Casa Grande de Nuestra Gente

 

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Inician vistas públicas para analizar Proyecto del
Nuevo Sistema Contributivo de Puerto Rico


Noticia | Video | #NuevoSistemaContributivo

 

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Cámara aprueba medida que permitirá el intercambio de refresco
por agua embotellada en ofertas de alimentos


Noticia

 

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Asamblea Legislativa rinde homenaje a Policías caídos
en el cumplimiento del deber


Noticia | Video#Seguridad360

 

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Cámara busca beneficiar a artesanos del País


Video

 

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Inician vistas públicas para discutir el proyecto que crea la “Ley de Muerte Digna para los Pacientes con Enfermedades Terminales”
 
 
 
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Rep. Urayoán Hernández reconoce a miembros de la Policía en su semana
 
 
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LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Allies File Amicus Brief in
Support of Same Sex Marriage in PR Appeal

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, with pro bono counsel from the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett on February 4, 2015 filed an “amicus” friend of the court brief with the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, Mass supporting the appeal filed by Lambda Legal and others seeking to reinstate their lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Puerto Rico.

The lawsuit is challenging Article 68 of the Puerto Rico Civil Code which expressly defines marriage as between “a man and a woman” and in doing so, expressly bars same sex marriages. LatinoJustice’s amicus brief contends that the increasing migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States has created strong cultural and economic ties connecting the island to the mainland and urges Puerto Rico to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other jurisdictions.

A coalition of national Latino civil rights, advocacy and services organizations joined LatinoJustice on the brief including Familia es Familia, Hispanic Federation, Hispanic National Bar Association, Latino Commission on Aids, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, National Council of Raza, National Hispanic Media Coalition, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition. Read the brief here.

Latinojustice PRLDEF urges SC to uphold disparate
impact claims under federal fair housing act

LatinoJustice PRLDEF this past December, 2014 joined a coalition of 30 other national civil rights advocacy organizations in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold this critical tool rooting out entrenched discrimination. Read More

LatinoJustice Denounces Immigration Court Ruling

LatinoJustice denounces court ruling temporarily suspending immigration relief for 5 million deserving, undocumented immigrants; commits to assist the parties in all necessary appeals. Read more.


LatinoJustice’s Sixth Annual LAWBOUND Program

In January, 20 Lawbound scholars attended a week’s worth of workshops, lectures and visits, all focused on illuminating the legal profession and ecouraging students to consider a legal career.

The scholars were current students or alumni of 13 undergraduate schools: Albert Magnus College, Binghamton University (SUNY), Central Connecticut State University, The City College Center for Worker Education, Columbia University, Iona College, John Jay College, Kean University, Kingsborough Community College, Long Island University, Monroe College, New York University, and Queens College (CUNY).

LAWbound alumnus and Columbia University student Armando Lozano worked hard to recruit scholars for the program and his work resulted in the largest pool of the students from that university. The class represented the Latino diversity that has been the hallmark of LatinoJustice, with scholars from Puerto Rico, Peru, Panama, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Argentina.

The students visited New York Law School (participating in their Open House and mock IP law class), the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Verizon World Headquarters, and the courtroom of Hon. Eduardo Padro, NYS Supreme Court Justice.


“We were concerned that the recent years’ downturn in law school applications affected our programs—and rightfully so," said Sonji Patrick, LatinoJustice PRLDEF Director of Education. "Perhaps this increase in LAWbound enrollment is indicative of a reversal of that trend.”


The next LAWbound program will take place in the summer. Please send an email to Maritza Maldonado to get updates.



SAVE THE DATE!

THE SIXTH ANNUAL LATINA TRAILBLAZERS will take place on June 16th, 2015 at the Yale Club in Manhattan.

Join us to honor Chadbourne & Parke LLP partner Julissa Reynoso, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, and other honorees. Please contact Diana Media for sponsorships and ticket information

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Una reforma neoliberal para los ricos
Escrito por Cándida Cotto / Claridad

 

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Para la economista Martha Quiñones Domínguez, el proyecto de reforma contributiva presentado por la administración del gobernador Alejandro García Padilla es uno fiel a las políticas neoliberales que hacen más rico al más rico y, aunque “le hace justicia contributiva” al pobre, no logra equidad. Por el contrario, provoca una desigualdad en los ingresos, con lo que se sigue ampliando la brecha entre ricos y pobres.


El debate sobre el IVA
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El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), entiende que tras varias semanas de debate sobre el tema del IVA y la reforma contributiva, reinan la confusión y la desconfianza en el pueblo puertorriqueño.

 

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National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
800-590-2516

 

Board of Directors
 
José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

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In Surprise Result, Chicago's

Mayor Emanuel Faces Election Run-Off

By Mary Wisniewski

Reuters (February 25, 2015)

 

 

It's Official ---We Forced a Runoff!

By Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (February 24, 2015)

 

By forcing a runoff, we've shown our city and our country that millions of dollars in big corporate donations are no match for the movement we've built to make Chicago work for everyone. That's why tonight's victory is all about you.

 

People like you braved the Chicago winter to knock on thousands of doors. People like you made phone calls and greeted commuters each morning to spread the word about this movement. People like you turned out to vote and forced this election into a head-to-head runoff with an incumbent backed by huge corporate interests.

 

Now, we have six weeks to win and bring transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness back to City Hall. . . .

 

. . . Let's build a better Chicago together!


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City & State TV Interview with Mike Nieves: The NYC Connection to Chicago Mayoral Runoff (aired on February 26, 2015)

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25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
800-590-2516

 

Board of Directors
 
José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

To make a donation,
 
Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
  
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Congressman Claims Immigrants

Are Netting $24,000 Each

From Obama's Executive Action

By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Think Progress (February 20, 2015)

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25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
800-590-2516

 

Board of Directors
 
José R. Sánchez
   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

To make a donation,
 
Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
  
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Latinos and the

2016 Presidential Chess Game

By Angelo Falcón (February 26. 2015)

 

"When you see a good move, look for a better one."

--- Chess Master Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941)


As a result of the Republican capture of both houses of Congress last year, there is a serious need for some creative strategizing by Latino political progressives. While for many the focus will be supporting a Hillary Clinton presidency and making her campaign responsive to the Latino community (including pushing for a Latino Vice President), the Latino political agenda for the next couple of years needs to be much more than this. With the Presidential campaign season comes a new political dynamic that the Latino community needs to exploit. It is very much a political chess game with Obama, the Democrats and the Republicans all using Latinos as pawns in their struggle for power.

 

While in the last couple of years, Latinos have grown increasingly critical of President Obama, especially about his continual broken promises on immigration reform, pressure to get him to adopt executive actions to limit deportations was successful. NCLR's Janet Murguia's calling the President out as "deporter-in-chief" last year crystallized the pressure on Obama that moved the needle on this issue. The current legal challenge to the Presidents executive action on immigration, while raising concerns among immigration advocates, represents a major political victory for the President and the Democrats in fully polarizing the immigration issue in a way that guarantees Latino support of the Democrats in ways that could promote greater Latino voter participation in 2016. This Republican legal challenge is a move in a complicated political chess game that Obama has adroitly forced to his political advantage, literally using Latinos as political pawns.

 

However, it would be unfortunate if Latino advocates settle on a strategy that merely defends the President's immigration executive action. Once the legal challenge to it fails (which by every indication it will), Latinos should be ready to continue to pressure the President and Democrats to add to the categories of Latino and other undocumented immigrants that would be eligible to be authorized by the President.

 

This should go hand in hand with a strategy to attack the Senate's comprehensive immigration proposal, known as the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," or S. 744, as too punitive toward immigrants. Rather than accepting this awful legislation as some sort of model to be supported after 2016, Latino leaders need to reject it and begin immediately to develop a more humane and comprehensive approach to immigration reform to promote during the Presidential election and after. The notion that the Republicans or the Democrats have to come up with a plan should now turn into Latinos pointing out that the have both lost their credibility to do so and it is now our turn. The possibility of being able to make Republicans more defensive on the immigration issue during the Presidential general election and pressure the Clinton and the Democratic Party to be even more supportive of a more progressive approach to immigration reform need to be an operating assumptions of Latino political strategizing.

 

The 2016 Presidential campaign is also an opportunity for Latino political leaders to look to identify political priorities beyond immigration reform. If Republicans can be made more defensive on the immigration issue, they may be more open to being supportive of other matters of particular interest to the Latino community. This includes a revision of the Voting Rights Act that is reflective of the growth and new settlement patterns of Latinos, issues of economic equality, fair representation in the federal bureaucracy, greater affordable housing, extending federal benefits to immigrants and the territories, expanded workers' rights, more federal attention to urban policy, limit the role of money in politics and so on. However, these must to be framed in ways that go beyond the Democratic Party's "trickle-down progressivism" that it has practiced for far too long that keeps Latinos as political outsiders. It should be developed in ways that actually fully reach and engage our community. The Latino political leadership needs to create a community-based national policy agenda that includes but goes beyond immigration reform, and unifies the vast majority of Latinos and our advocates, forming coalitions with others to make them political viable. This Latino leadership needs to be more visible and accountable to their community, as opposed to operating as a shadow leadership that advises Democratic leaders and operatives in back rooms.

 

In the process of doing so, Latino leaders need to expose the Right's agenda fully and aggressively for our community for its lack of substance and harmful effects. At the same time, the Latino leadership needs to take more seriously take on the Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate's campaign for continually taking the Latino community for granted. They should demand the party make a greater investment in promoting Latino candidates and party leaders, and by putting more resources into the field in Latino neighborhoods and progressive political organizations during the Presidential election and beyond.

 

2016 is almost here and so time is short for Latino leaders to begin strategizing for change. Not doing so will condemn Latinos to continue being second-class citizens, even for the majority who are US citizens. Latinos may be pawns in this 2016 Presidential chess game, but we need to be smart enough to not continue to be en prise.

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Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For information on NiLP, visit our website at latinopolicy.org. Reach Falcón at afalcon@latinopolicy.org

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PIP convoca a su militancia a manifestación en oposición al IVA 
 

San Juan, Puerto Rico. 26 de febrero de 2015. -La Vicepresidenta y Senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, hizo un llamado hoy a la militancia de su partido y al pueblo en general a participar de la manifestación en contra de la propuesta del Impuesto de Valor Agregado (IVA) convocada por "Universitarios por la Educación" este jueves, 5 de marzo. La manifestación saldrá del estadio Sixto Escobar y culminará en el Capitolio a la 1:00 de la tarde.  

 

"En el día de hoy estamos haciendo un llamado a nuestra militancia a participar de la manifestación que ha sido convocada por sectores universitarios y educativos del país para mostrar nuestra oposición al IVA. Es importante que de la misma manera que los universitarios están expresando su oposición por el enorme impacto negativo que tendrá en la educación el IVA; todos los sectores del país -más allá de lo educativo- deben hacer un esfuerzo para manifestar contundentemente su rechazo a este impuesto que por su naturaleza regresiva terminará perjudicando más a los que menos tienen. El IVA va a lacerar significativamente a todo el país en todos los renglones en que se mire",  expresó la líder independentista.

 

La Senadora Santiago Negrón anunció, además, que el Secretario General de la colectividad, Lcdo. Juan Dalmau Ramírez, estará deponiendo a nombre del PIP  este próximo domingo, 1 de marzo en la Comisión de Hacienda de la Cámara de Representantes sobre el tema del IVA.

 

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Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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February 26, 2015

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LULAC Opposes Partisan House Version of ESEA

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5, The Student Success Act¸ a partisan piece of legislation that would overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Despite the title, the bill does nothing to support student success and as written would strip critical funding from districts serving high proportions of Black and Hispanic students in need.

“As written, this bill would strip billions of dollars in critical funding from under-served schools and leave millions of children without the support they need in order to achieve academic success,” said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “We need to be doing more to support our schools, teachers, and students and this bill does exactly the opposite.”

Recently released data from the Department of Education highlighted that under language in H.R. 5 school districts with the high concentrations of Latino students could lose more than $1.9 billion in federal funding.

“The bill also removes critical oversight provisions currently in place that ensure the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable populations are not ignored,” Wilkes continued. “It is troubling that lawmakers are failing to seize on this opportunity to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by cementing the central role of accountability for both performance and resource equity.”

The bill which was voted out of committee without a single Democratic vote has been heavily criticized by a broad list of civil rights organizations, including LULAC. It has also raised serious red flags with the Department of Education and earned a veto threat by President Obama. In recent days, LULAC sent a letter condemning the proposed legislation. The letter can be found here.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX

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CONTACT

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NHMC Celebrates FCC's Adoption of Strong Open Internet Rules Under Title II

 

Historic Victory Paves Way for Full Latino Participation on the Internet

 

FCC Adopts Strongest Open Internet Rules to Date, Reclassifies Broadband Internet Access Service as a Telecommunications Service

 

WASHINGTON - The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) commended the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) historic vote today to adopt strong Net Neutrality rules that use the FCC's authority under Title II to prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization online. In a standing-room-only open meeting, the FCC adopted the strongest Open Internet rules that it has ever put forth, implementing the light-touch regulations that more than 4 million people and countless civil rights leaders have advocated. 

 

 "This is a historic day. As people of color we have come to rely on the Open Internet to educate ourselves, organize for social change, engage in the political process and push back against a history of discrimination and exclusion in traditional media. I applaud the FCC majority for sifting through the nonsense arguments of a few Internet service providers and their massive team of lobbyists and siding with the American people for a truly Open Internet," said NHMC's Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Jessica J. González. 

 

The adoption of these rules is not only a historic moment for preserving the openness of the nation's communications networks, but a historic victory won by NHMC and countless allies after nearly 10 years of sustained advocacy.

 

Last year, the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the FCC's first attempt to craft Open Internet rules in Verizon v. FCC, based on the legal authority the FCC had utilized.  However, the court recognized the value and need for Open Internet rules and laid out reclassification under Title II as a viable path to sustain such rules. 

 

Shortly thereafter, NHMC and a coalition of civil rights groups, netroots and grassroots organizers, startups and innovative companies and investors, and some of the sharpest legal and political minds in the country initiated a campaign calling for the FCC to craft new Open Internet rules under Title II of the Communications Act, seeking strong, legally sustainable rules to prevent discrimination online and ensure the future of the Internet would be controlled by the people, not corporate gatekeepers. During this time, NHMC worked in close collaboration with its allies in the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition, including Free Press, ColorOfChange.org, the Media Action Grassroots Network, Presente.org and many others.

 

As a result of this unprecedented movement, millions of people were mobilized to stand up for their Internet rights, weighing in with key decision-makers in Washington, D.C. and contributing to the most extensive record ever compiled by the FCC in its history. Through countless meetings, regulatory filings, congressional testimony, blog posts, op-eds, discussion panels, briefings and rallies across the country NHMC and its allies built momentum and support in Washington, D.C., culminating in President Barack Obama's announcement in support of Net Neutrality in November 2014. 

 

Today's vote marks the FCC's second attempt at implementing Open Internet rules, but the first time the rules are grounded in the FCC's legally sustainable Title II authority.

 

 "We believe that this step addresses any limitations that past classification decisions placed on our ability to adopt strong Open Internet rules," the FCC wrote in a Fact Sheet published ahead of the vote.

 

"Today the FCC embraced the authority given to it by Congress and firmly established itself as the 'cop on the beat' in the broadband era. Beyond that, it has taken great care to prevent second-class digital citizenship, and NHMC pledges to follow up every step of the way to ensure that this decision leads to unbridled, affordable and universal broadband access," added NHMC's Policy Director, Michael Scurato. "NHMC is especially pleased the rules apply equally to mobile broadband because people of color disproportionately rely on mobile devices as their primary Internet access points."

 

 Latinos benefit economically, educationally and politically from an Open Internet with limited gatekeeper interference. NHMC was one of the very first civil rights organizations to join the open Internet fight. For almost a decade NHMC has urged the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access under Title II because it is the best way to ensure Latinos are able to share their unique stories and take advantage of all the opportunities the web has to offer.

 

To learn more about NHMC's Open Internet advocacy, visit www.nhmc.org/openinternet. For a recent two-page fact sheet on why Open Internet rules and reclassification are critical to communities of color, please visit http://www.nhmc.org/6-need-know-facts-net-neutrality-communities-color/.

 

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About NHMC

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2015 LULAC NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE, EMERGE LATINO CONFERENCE & AWARDS GALA


Over 800 people participated in this year’s 18th Annual LULAC Legislative Conference and Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The conference also included the second annual Emerge Latino Conference which provided college students with public policy briefings on critical issues.

“The 18th Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala clearly demonstrated that the Latino community is engaged in ensuring our government addresses our concerns with regard to education, immigration, and health,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “We were also pleased to have nearly 200 college students participating in the Emerge Latino Conference which provided important information regarding issues impacting their generation and their families.”

The first day of the conference included three policy briefings on health care, immigration reform, and education and provided key information to LULAC members, EMERGE Latino conference participants, and Latino advocates. Key speakers included, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congressman Pete Aguilar, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña, Ms. Anne Filipic, President of Enroll America, Ms. Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-CEO of Teach for America, Ms. Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Teachers Association, Ms. Caroline Dessert, Executive Director of Immigration Equality, Marshall Fitz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, John King, Delegated Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, and Mr. Roberto Rodriguez, White House Domestic Policy Council as Special Assistant to the President for Education.

As part of the legislative conference LULAC members connected with over 120 Congressional offices, as well as, with agency leaders to discuss President Obama’s recent immigration-related administrative actions, the reauthorization of ESEA, the importance of the Affordable Care Act, and advocated for issues dealing with Puerto Rico statehood.

At the awards gala, LULAC honored California State Assemblymember Luis Alejo, Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, the new Executive Director of the University of Texas Americas Institute, and Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles.

Other elected and appointed officials who participated in this year’s Legislative Conference and Awards Gala included: The Honorable Julian Castro, HUD Secretary; The Honorable Joaquin Castro; The Honorable Grace F. Napolitano; The Honorable David Cicilline; The Honorable Xavier Becerra; The Honorable John Conyers; The Honorable Tony Cardenas; The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee; The Honorable Mike Honda; The Honorable Loretta Sanchez; The Honorable Norma Torres; The Honorable Ruben Gallego; The Honorable Rosie Rios; and The Honorable Patricia Roybal Caballero.

The second day of the conference also included a Capitol Hill luncheon and press conference with congressional leaders such as The Honorable Steny Hoyer; The Honorable Tony Cardenas; The Honorable Chris Van Hollen; The Honorable Marc Veasey; The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee; and The Honorable Carlos Curbelo.


The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services addressed the LULAC membership regarding the millions of Latinos who signed up for health care since October 2013.

Marshall Fitz, Vice President of Immigration Policy with the Center for American Progress, discussed the recent developments related to the lawsuit filed against President Obama’s administrative actions on immigration.

The Emerge Latino Conference included workshops led by issue experts and a career exposition where students received feedback on their resumes and information regarding job opportunities.

Emerge Latino Conference included workshops led by issue experts.

At the Capitol Hill luncheon congressional leaders such as The Honorable Steny Hoyer addressed a packed room of LULAC participants.

Over 200 LULAC members and advocates participated in the workshops on health care, immigration reform, and education.

LULAC Awards Gala honored California State Assemblymember Luis Alejo, Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, the new Executive Director of the University of Texas Americas Institute, and Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles.

Elected and appointed officials attended the 18th Annual LULAC National Awards Gala.

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It happened again. Just weeks after Denver police shot and killed 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez, officers in Pasco, WA mercilessly gunned down unarmed Mexican immigrant Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Police in Pasco, WA brutally gunned down an unarmed man

Antonio-Zambrano-Montes

Demand justice for Antonio!

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It was all caught on video. Antonio had been accused of throwing rocks at police officers. In response, Pasco police chased him down and shot him like an animal. The violence is swift, brutal, and cruel.

Local officials say they don't want Pasco to become "another Ferguson" — referring to the nationwide protests centered around the police shooting of a Black Missouri teenager. But without justice, there can be no peace.

That's why we're demanding a federal civil rights investigation into the Pasco Police Department for Antonio's death. In addition, the police officers involved in his death must immediately be fired and prosecuted. Antonio's funeral was yesterday — will you sign the petition in his honor?

Click here to sign the petition.

The video of Antonio's death is shockingly violent, and viewer discretion is strongly advised. In it, you can see Antonio, unarmed, running away from Pasco police officers. He stops and turns around with his arms outstretched. That's when the officers open fire and kill an unarmed man in a volley of gunfire, leaving his wife and two young daughters to mourn.1

Amidst this horror story, there are slivers of hope. The Department of Justice is aware of the case, and officials there say it has been discussed at the highest levels. Meanwhile, Antonio's family is being represented by Benjamin Crump, the prominent civil rights attorney who represented Trayvon Martin's family after he was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012.2

But we need more than hope — we need to be sure that nothing like this will happen again in Pasco, where Antonio was the fourth person gunned down by police in recent months. No charges have been brought against officers in any of the previous cases, and there's little reason to believe that there will be a different outcome without national attention on the case.3

That's where you come in. With enough support, we can help create a national conversation about Antonio's killing, as well as about police violence against Latinos, that will force federal officials to more aggressively intervene in the case. The increased scrutiny will lead the local police to fire the offending officers and pressure local prosecutors to bring charges against the officers who killed Antonio.

Click here to demand justice for Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Mariana, Arturo, Erica, Erick, Luis, and the Presente.org team

P.S. Will you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:

1. Washington official fears ‘another Ferguson’ after cop shooting video goes viral, Fusion, Feb. 13, 2015

2. Pasco Shooting: DOJ Talks To Latino Group, Will Meet With Police, NBC News, Feb. 23, 2015

3. Washington city sees 4 fatal police shootings in recent months, most recent sparks protests, Associated Press, Feb. 12, 2015

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Puerto Rican Identity and Racial Politics


Thursday, March 5
6-8 pm
Location: Glass Café, West Building, 3rd Floor

How Puerto Rican civil rights coalitions with African Americans shaped their ethnic and racial identities in NYC in the 1950s-70s giving a historical explanation for Puerto Rican's current racial and ethnic status in the U.S. as well as contemporary debates about black-Latino politics. Based on her recent book, “Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement: Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Justice”.

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Raúl Castro otorga a los Cinco títulos de Héroes de la República de Cuba
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Con la entrega de los títulos de Héroes de la República de Cuba a Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, René González y Fernando González, se celebró en la capital el 120 del reinicio de la Guerra de Independencia, en ceremonia a la que asistió el Presidente cubano, General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz.

 

La CIA en Ecuador
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Hoy se tienen, en Ecuador, sobradas y contundentes pruebas, de la directa intervención de la Embajada de EEUU y la CIA a favor, por todos los medios, de una desestabilización de tal magnitud que obligue la salida, de una forma u otra, de Rafael Correa del Gobierno.

 

A propósito de un debate cavernícola en Puerto Rico
Escrito por Marcia Rivera

 

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En los años ochenta y noventa las más importantes universidades del mundo establecieron centros de investigación y docencia sobre Mujer y Género. En Puerto Rico, desde la UPR Cayey, diseñamos un programa curricular completo para todo el sistema UPR, que por la politiquería habitual, nunca se instrumentó plenamente, pero abrió espacios en algunas unidades de la UPR.

 

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"After my family, what I miss most is the sea" Oscar López Rivera
 
The Water's Edge/ La Orilla del Mar 

Welcome to the Water's Edge, the bi-weekly magazine of the
National Boricua Human Rights Network, featuring articles in English and Spanish.

Bienvenidos al primer número de la revista quincenal de la Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos "La Orilla del Mar", con artículos en Inglés y Español.

 

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Un Patriota Como Tú
Por Jerry Ferrao
 

"Le doy mi más expresivo agradecimiento a todas las personas que colaboraron en este proyecto tan bonito e importante. Sin ustedes no hubiera sido posible. Mis mejores deseos para todos ustedes y a la orden siempre."

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Participantes:

Joel Franco - Ingeniero de grabación/ Coro/ Editor 
Israel Santana - Arreglista/ Director musical de cuerdas/ Bajo
Hector Melendez - Guitarra 
Orlando Laureano - Cuatro 
Hugo Viera - Güiro 
Charlie Pizarro - Panderos (base)/ Colaboración ejecutiva 
Rafael Concepción - Pandero requinto 
Kathy Cepeda - Colaboración Coro 
Flor Angel D. Guilbe Stevens - Coro 
Sara Silva Soto - Coro 
Lizbeth Guerrido - Coro 
Soreimi Myshell Bezares - Coro
Leró Martinez Roldan - Director de coros/ Coros
Alfredo Luna - Viola 
Ramón Emanuelli - Violín
José Alvarez - Violín 
Andrés J. Rodriguez Violín 
Victor Defilló - Chelo 
Diego Alvarez - Chelo 
William Torres - Contrabajo/ Colaboración arreglo 
Kiko Urtado - Ingeniero (Violines, Chelos, Contrabajo) 
Neysa Yordan - Fotografia/ Videos 
Papo Gomez - Fotografias/ Videos 
Yehimar Ureña - Colaborador Artistico 
Danny Rivera - Voz 
Jerry Ferrao - Compositor/ Productor/ Director musical & artistico/ Panderos (base)/ Pandero Requinto/ Coro.

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El puertorriqueño lleva 33 años en la cárcel y por primera vez cuenta cómo es su vida en la prisión.

Oscar López Rivera rompe silencio desde la cárcel

Oscar López Rivera ha luchado por la independencia de Puerto Rico, al que califica de colonia americana. ¿Qué opinan los expertos sobre su caso?

Tiempo de Debate: Óscar López Rivera, ¿héroe o terrorista?

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NYC Hosts Successful 2nd National Meeting

Freedom Pa 'Oscar Now

A Summary of Work and Projected Plans

 

During the Valentine's day celebration, more than 60 people attended the second national meeting sponsored by the NYC May 30th coalition.  Bad weather all day long-cold and snowing day in NY did not stop the activists from traveling near and far. The meeting was held at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the Bronx, NY. The image of "Oscar en la Calle" was placed at the entrance of the building to greet arrivals. This festive day of friendship and love was dedicated to our compatriot Oscar López Rivera.

 

The meeting was facilitated by Ana M. López and Alejandro Molina. Representatives from ten different towns attended and three cities attended via "google hangout", in spite of technical issues that prevented 4 additional cities from viewing the meeting,  Oscar's family members were present: José E. López (brother) and Lourdes Lugo (niece) traveled from Chicago and Javier Nieves from Brooklyn, NY came to meet with the region's activists fighting for Oscar's release. These activists are educators, students, composers, union leaders, religious leaders, workers, community leaders, and some retired working folks.

 

The meeting began with a general discussion of "Where are we in the campaign for the release of Oscar? José E. López gave an analysis of the historical juncture of the campaign for Oscar's release. There was a video viewing of Ruben Berrios' speech in CELAC.  José explained that a number of important events that have occurred in recent months gives a good indication of a change enthroned in US policy and the development of a strong and united Latin America. José called the speech Ruben Berrios of the Puerto Rican Independence Party gave at the CELAC Summit held in Costa Rica very significant and a "turning point".

 

Who gave Ruben Berrios the opportunity to address the representatives of states in CELAC? Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega- a Sandinista. This is historic. He spoke of the reoccurrence of history. There was a meeting of the Sandinistas and Puerto Ricans in New York in the 1930s, with Don Pedro Albizu Campos, Juan Antonio Corretjer and Sandino himself. Ruben Berrios stated that as long as Puerto Rico is a Latin American country and continues as a colony of the United States, "Latin America has to rescue her." The main attraction at the Summit was the clamor for Oscar's release. Puerto Rico is placed on the list almost as if it has acquired  independence status. The strong argument of President Nicolas Maduro for the release of Oscar has received global attention. The second event of historical importance was a pronouncement by President Obama to end the "embargo" against Cuba and the release of Cuban political prisoners. The implication of this event is the end of the cold war against Cuba. It opens the way for the case of Oscar and Puerto Rico.

 

There is "a small window of opportunity" in the next eight months and so the campaign has intensified its work in the diaspora to release Oscar, explained Prof. Ana M. López, co-coordinator of the meeting.

 

The mobilization of May 30, 2015 in New York demonstrates the urgency of the moment, uniting all efforts to release Oscar. We are calling on the entire East Coast to mobilize for New York City on May 30, 2015.

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A call from former Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

May 29th International Day of Solidarity with Oscar López Rivera 

 Let's meet our goal of 100,000 petitions- We will bring Oscar Home!

In anticipation of May 29, the 34th year of Oscar López Rivera's incarceration, we call upon supporters throughout the world to organize activities calling for his immediate release from U.S. prison and celebrating his life of struggle and commitment.  

 

On the occasion of his 72nd birthday,Oscar wrote: During the past 33 years, every act of solidarity that I have received, be it a letter or an activity carried out by the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico, the National Boricua Human Rights Network, 32 x Oscar, or the Women of the Bridge, has allowed me to experience and celebrate life, even under the most damaging and dehumanizing prison conditions. These expressions of solidarity have made possible the survival of my spirit - no, they still haven't been able to kill my spirit - and have allowed me to contribute my little grain of sand for the just and noble cause of independence and sovereignty of our beloved country.

 

The new year starts with renewed energy and enthusiasm with a drive to collect 100,000 signatures which we hope to accomplish by May 29. On that anniversary of his 1981 arrest, activities will take place throughout the world, including a walk to 34 municipalities in Puerto Rico ending in a large rally at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Hato Rey, eventsin 34 cities in the United States, including a march in New York City on May 30, as well as activities throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia, which will fortify the call made by U.S. and Puerto Rican elected officials, religious leaders, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, President Mujica of Uruguay, Maduro of Venezuela, Castro of Cuba, Ortega of Nicaragua and many other heads of state, internationally recognized artists and many others for the immediate release of Oscar López Rivera.

 

Oscar is the oldest and longest held political prisoner in Puerto Rican history.  Human Rights organizations consider Oscar's disproportionate sentence, continued incarceration, and inhumane conditions to be torturous, or, as Oscar says, attempted "espiriticidio".

 

Those of us imprisoned with Oscar and released in 1999 have had the opportunity to enjoy and expand our families. Some of us have married, become parents and grandparents, created businesses, become teachers, counselors, social workers and artisans. Oscar has been denied this. He has been denied precious years in the development of his daughter's and granddaughter's lives.

 

We are ushering in a new year of work in the hopes of making 2015 the year of his release.

 

Elizam Escobar                      Edwin Cortés                         Alejandrina Torres
 
Alicia Rodriguez                    Juan Segarra Palmer           Ricardo Jiménez

Carmen Valentin                    Lucy Rodríguez           Adolfo Matos

Luis Rosa                                Dylcia Pagan               Alberto Rodríguez


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The Podemos Party of Spain Commits to Insert

Oscar López Rivera's Case in European Human Rights Commission

By Ana López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera

 

On February 18, 2015, the Oscar Freedom Campaign of New York City met with the leadership of the Podemos Party of Spain.  Pablo Iglesias, secretary general, listened as we spoke extensively of Oscar López Rivera and his freedom campaign. The Podemos party is part of the European Human Rights commission.  We appreciated their interest and commitment to insert Oscar López Rivera's case and presented to European Human Rights commission. José Rivera, State Assemblymen joined us and was able to share legislative experiences like the passage of resolutions in support of the Vieques struggle to oust the US Navy and for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners.

 

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BARELY LEGAL: The Enduring Legacy of Rivera
By EMMANUEL HIRAM ARNAUD/The Cornell Daily Sun
 
In 1981, a Federal District Court convicted Oscar López Rivera, a young man from San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, of seditious conspiracy and sentenced him to 55 years in prison. The United States of America categorically rejects the existence of any political prisoners within our borders. However, Rivera's conviction, and that of his comrades, is a dark reminder that the land of the free and the home of the brave denies the very essence of our nation's founding - popular sovereignty - in its territories.
 

Rivera has spent 34 years behind bars for a series of offenses tied to seditious conspiracy, which makes it a federal offense to conspire against the authority of the United States of America by force, among other offenses. A seditious conspiracy requires an agreement to commit a certain crime and an "overt act." An overt act is an "open act that shows an intention to commit a crime."

 

The threshold for an overt act is extremely low, and many small acts "in furtherance" of the crime can satisfy it. The United States government lacked evidence of Rivera harming Americans, but the government possessed sufficient evidence to show that he conspired to fight for the independence of his home through a Puerto Rican revolutionary group. Though the law is quite clear in this case, and a competent court found that Rivera's actions satisfied the law's requirement, it is still unclear why our government is so keen on punishing non-violent inhabitants of one of its colonies. Indeed, the law runs into particularly muddy waters when we think of our own nation's history. It is especially interesting to think that our most lauded heroes, like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, would certainly have been guilty of this crime. In fact, they were guilty of actual sedition against their colonizers.

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Conspirar en Estados Unidos
Por Atilio Borón, Cubadebate

 

Toda la prensa hegemónica y los "intelectuales bienpensantes" (como dice Alfonso Sastre) acusan al gobierno bolivariano de tiránico y totalitario por haber apresado a Antonio Ledezma, alcalde metropolitano de Caracas. Tuvo suerte este personaje, porque le hubiera ido mucho peor si lo que hizo en Venezuela -participar en una conspiración para derrocar por medios violentos al gobierno-, lo hubiese hecho en Estados Unidos. A continuación, algunos antecedentes de utilidad para contextualizar su detención y, de paso, la de Leopoldo López, otro que cuenta con iguales o peores antecedentes que Ledezma.

 

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En efecto, la legislación de Estados Unidos considera como un crimen federal cualquier acto de un nacional que "organice, ayude o intente organizar una sociedad, grupo o conjunto de personas que enseñan, promueven o alientan el derrocamiento o destrucción del gobierno". Para que se configure esta figura penal no es necesario que el plan urdido por los conspiradores sea llevado a la práctica. Basta con haberlo concebido. En virtud de esta legislación, en 1981 Oscar López Rivera -un líder independentista de Puerto Rico y veterano de la guerra de Vietnam- fue declarado culpable y condenado a 70 años de prisión por conspiración sediciosa y otros delitos. Después del primer atentado contra las Torres Gemelas, en 1993, las investigaciones condujeron a la detención de Omar Abdel Rahman -un no vidente clérigo musulmán, nacido en Egipto y residente en Nueva Jersey- y nueve otras personas, todas acusadas de "conspiración sediciosa" por estar involucradas en un plan supuestamente destinado a librar una guerra terrorista contra los Estados Unidos y su gobierno. Los inculpados no llegaron a concretar sus propósitos pero se los condenó por haber puesto en marcha un complot destinado a tal fin. La evidencia: se los sorprendió manipulando sustancias explosivas en un garaje de Queens. Pese a que el clérigo ciego mal podría haber participado en la preparación de las bombas que supuestamente se colocarían en las Torres Gemelas, fue acusado de ofrecer una justificación religiosa a los conspiradores. Todos fueron condenados en 1996 y a Rahman el juez Michael Mukasey le impuso una condena de prisión perpetua. Después de los atentados del 11 de septiembre del 2001 y con la aprobación de la Ley Patriota (Pub. L. Nº 107-56, 115 Stat. 272) se acentuaron las prerrogativas del Ejecutivo para perseguir a quienes el presidente considere han planeado, autorizado, ayudado a realizar o realizado actos hostiles o ataques en contra de Estados Unidos y su gobierno.

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Afroboricuas exigen indulto de prisionero político Oscar López Rivera
Por Prensa Latina
 

San Juan, 22 feb (PL) Decenas de mujeres afroboricuas exigieron hoy al ritmo de tambores, en la entrada de la isleta del Viejo San Juan, el indulto del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, quien lleve más de 33 años encarcelado en Estados Unidos.

 

Repicando las tumbadoras y con turbantes en sus cabezas en vez del emblemático pañuelo, las mujeres enarbolaron consignas como "Ahora es, aquí están, afroboricuas luchando por Oscar", y coreaban "Queremos que salgas pronto de ese secuestro monumental, ya son 33 los años querido hermano, querido Oscar".

Artistas como Choco Orta llevaron la voz cantante al ritmo de la bomba puertorriqueña para denunciar, como en la época de la esclavitud, el dominio colonial que ejerce Estados Unidos sobre Puerto Rico, razón por la que López Rivera está próximo a cumplir 34 años en sus prisiones condenado por conspiración sediciosa.

Convocadas por el colectivo "33 Mujeres por Oscar, ¡Hasta su regreso!", las afroborincanas desafiaron las condiciones climatológicas para reclamar al presidente Barack Obama el indulto de López Rivera, quien a sus 72 años de edad no ha renunciado a ver a su patria libre de la dominación colonial de Estados Unidos.

La portavoz de las afroboricuas, Edda López, se mostró emocionada tras hablar por teléfono con López Rivera, quien le expresó que "cuando uno ama la patria y lucha por ella, que es lo más importante sobre todas las cosas, uno sabe qué hacer y dónde tiene que estar".

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Oscar López Rivera: ¿Terrorista o ejemplo para la humanidad?
Por Fernando Cabanillas, MD
 

  Escribe el expresidente de la UPR, Dr. José M. Saldaña, el 9 de febrero, una columna en el Vocero criticando la invitación a Oscar López Rivera a dar una conferencia magistral en la UPR: "El Recinto Universitario de Cayey de la UPR ...ha determinado que el nacionalista puertorriqueño líder fundador del grupo FALN responsable de múltiples actos terroristas sangrientos y preso por sedición (querer derrocar el gobierno mediante la fuerza y la violencia) Oscar López sea el orador de su lección magistral 2015. .."

 

Primero hay que aclararle al Dr. Saldaña que a Oscar nunca se le ha acusado de dirigir ni fundar la FALN y mucho menos de haber cometido actos terroristas sangrientos. Lo único correcto en las aseveraciones del Dr. Saldaña es que Oscar fue acusado de conspiración sediciosa... sí Dr. Saldaña, exactamente el mismo crimen por el cual Nelson Mandela, Premio Nobel de la Paz 1993, fue encarcelado por 27 años. Y de paso, ¿no le parece absurdo acusar a un puñado de gente de intentar derrocar por la fuerza a una potencia bélica mundial?

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Ricky Martin: "He querido volver para dejar saber que en Puerto Rico se puede"
Por Rosalina Marrero Rodríguez, El Nuevo Dia
 

  Dorado.- Ricky Martin camina en estos días en contra de la corriente. Mientras las estadísticas siguen sumando puertorriqueños que emigran del país, él hace canción el anhelo que lo acompañó desde que era un niño de volver a anclar en este puerto, que es su patria.

 

Lo canta con profunda emoción en  Isla Bella, una "plena moderna" que tiene su firma al lado de Omar Alfanno y Yotuel Romero. Es una declaración de amor al lugar que lo define y que, según comparte más adelante esta entrevista con El Nuevo Día, le está legando a sus hijos, Matteo y Valentino, para quienes su casa es Puerto Rico.

"Cuando no estoy contigo, yo te invento, ésa es mi línea favorita. Esa nostalgia la tengo desde que tengo 12 años, desde el año 1984 cuando me tuve que montar en ese avión solo, sin mis padres, y en aquella época no había text message ni Whatsapp, ni celular, era literalmente montarme en un avión y 'Good bye', nos vemos cuando vuelva. Esa nostalgia siempre estuvo, esas ganas de volver, y siempre volvía".

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Confían en que Oscar López tenga permiso para visitar Puerto Rico
Por Jorge J. Muñiz Ortiz -Agencia EFE-Primera Hora
 

La petición se está tramitando también ante la Agencia Federal de Prisiones.

López Rivera, de 72 años, lleva 33 años preso en EE.UU., donde fue condenado por conspiración sediciosa. (Archivo) 
 
 
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Los responsables de un campus de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) mantienen la esperanza de lograr que se conceda al menos un permiso temporal al independentista Óscar López -visto en la isla un preso político de EE.UU.- para que participe en una conferencia programada para septiembre.

 

"Lo que queremos es solicitar a Barack Obama que dé a Oscar la oportunidad de regresar a su patria y hablarle a un grupo de jóvenes para que ofrezca sus pensamientos profundos y de paz", explicó hoy el rector de la UPR en Cayey, Mario Medina, en entrevista con Efe.

 

Para ello, Medina ha enviado una carta al presidente de la UPR, Uroyoán Walker Ramos, exponiendo sus pretensiones con la intención de que sea el máximo responsable de la mayor institución educativa de la isla quien le pida personalmente a Obama que excarcele a López temporalmente para que pueda ofrecer una lección magistral.

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Estudiantes de UHS exigen excarcelacion de Oscar López en su torneo
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En el juego de campeonato del trigésimo torneo invitacional de baloncesto de UHS, el equipo senior varsity de dicha institución vistió unas camisas alusivas a Oscar López Rivera.

 

Los estudiantes atletas buscaban crear consciencia en la juventud sobre el caso del conocido luchador independentista. A su vez se unieron al clamor que existe a nivel internacional exigiendo que López Rivera sea puesto en libertad lo antes posible.

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Andy Montañez pide excarcelación de Oscar López en la Serie del Caribe
Por Jorge J. Muñiz Ortiz -Agencia EFE-Primera Hora

 

Andy Montañez durante su presentación en las afueras del Estadio Hiram Bithorn. (Jean M. Martínez para NotiCel)

Andy Montañez hizo un llamado a la liberación del preso político Oscar López durante una presentación que tuvo con su orquesta como parte de las actividades de las semifinales de la Serie del Caribe en la plazoleta del Estadio Hiram Bithorn.

 

El artista exclamó en más de una ocasión entre canciones: "A Oscar López lo queremos afuera. Ya basta".

La jornada de entretenimiento arrancó pasadas las 4:00 p.m. del sábado en el marco del final del juego entre México y República Dominicana en el que salió airoso el primero. De hecho en el parque había más fanáticos de los aztecas que de los hermanos isleños.

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"Oscar en las Calles" continues Pittsburgh appearances
By Hugo Marin, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Pittsburgh
 
 

Joyce from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Hugo from the National Boricua Human Rights Network, Pittsburgh Chapter, join the band Anti-Flag on stage at a rock concert to encourage young people in the US to support Oscar Lopez.

 

 

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Seattle's "Prison Radio Project" features show on Oscar López
By Adam Carpinelli, Prison Pipeline Radio Project

Monday, February 9, Adam Carpinelli interviewed Alejandro Molina for the Prison Pipeline Radio Show. Alejandro sits on the National Boricua Human Rights Network Coordinating Committee, a leading force in the US in the campaign to free Oscar Lopez Rivera. Molina will focus the discussion on Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been in prison since his arrest in 1981. He was charged and sentenced with seditious conspiracy and minor weapons charges. For over a decade, Oscar was held in punitive maximum-security confinement in the two "worst" prisons in the US- USP Marion and ADX Florence, and remained in max facilities until 2008. Even now, he must report every two hours to corrections staff, an unheard of stipulation. He is currently at FCI Terre Haute in Indiana. He has become known in Latino and Puerto Rican communities in the US as the Nelson Mandela of Latin America. Listen to the show here.

 

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Leads the 33 churches for OSCAR Freedom campaign

By Ana López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera

On February 9, under cold and snowy conditions, Prof. Ana M. López and Alejandro Molina spoke to the congregation of the Spanish Evangelical Church of the Bronx about the Oscar Freedom Campaign. After a convocation from a church member, a brief historical background of Puerto Rico was given followed with information about Oscar's case and the mobilization for May 30, 2015.  When Ana asked the audience of 150 persons of different nationalities how many were going to the march to Free Oscar on May 30th-everyone raised their hands. Alejandro spoke of the specifics of Governor Padilla Garcia's visit to see Oscar in the federal prison in Indiana and his frequent visits with Oscar. The congregation members asked questions regarding Oscar's well-being and spirit. All were assured that 33 years of his imprisonment has not destroyed his fighting spirit. The church, under the leadership of Rev. Danilo LaChapel, is leading the 33 churches for Oscar campaign. This is the first church that has a permanent "Oscar en las calles" (full image of Oscar) straight from Puerto Rico.

 

Brooklyn: A Good Start to Mobilize for May 30th

By Resistance in Brooklyn
 

On Friday, February 6, NBHRN co-member Alejandro Molina spoke at a Brooklyn house party on the plans for the upcoming May 30th mass mobilization for Oscar López Rivera. Attended by organizers of various NY-based community groups, the evening was hosted by long-time NBHRN ally Resistance in Brooklyn and included veteran activists on issues relating to prison justice and anti-colonialism, as well as youth and student activists who have been energized to include work around Oscar and May 30th as central to their Spring 2015 plans. Event co-host Matt Meyer of War Resisters International noted,

 

"Every New Yorker,who supports human rights, who believes that All Lives Matter and who works for peace needs to make the May 30th demonstration a major and immediate priority. We have a chance at a real victory here - to right a tremendous and historic injustice - but this will only take place if we unite and organize broadly to make May 30th a massive show of solidarity."

 

 

The South Bronx Congress Joins Campaign to Free Oscar

By Ana López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera

 

On February 21, the South Bronx Congress on its general meeting places the Oscar Campaign on its agenda and votes unanimously to join the campaign. Ana M. Lopez was invited to give a presentation about Oscar López Rivera case.  The congress made a commitment to doing outreach and mobilization for May 30th, 2015 march and rally.

 

Campaign to Free Oscar Returns to the Classroom

By Luis Rosa

 
 

Last Friday, February 19, The campaign to build support for the release of Oscar López Rivera headed back into the classroom on, 2015. Professor Prexy Nesbitt's class at Columbia University at the Downtown Chicago campus hosted a discussion with Luis Rosa, former Puerto Rican political prisoner, who was freed in 1999, and Alie Kabba, Executive Director for United African Organization and candidate for President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. A spirited discussion concerning the history and present manifestations of colonialism in the world in general and Africa and Puerto Rico in particular, ensued with student participation in the form of comments and questions.

 

Both speakers acknowledged the significance of Oscar López Rivera in a world outlook. The similarities and comparisons to Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters was accepted and appreciated by all present. All the students signed petitions to President Barack Obama. Thank you Professor Nesbitt, for your initiative in allowing students to receive information not readily offered in most centers of learning.

 

With this participation, the Oscar Campaign launches a new series of "teach-ins" throughout the Chicago land colleges, universities and high schools. For more information and for petitions please contact the campaign at info@boricuahumanrights.org.

 

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     Demanding Oscar's immediate release.

 

     Join the scholars, academics, and people of conscience around the world-including prominent figures such as Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, acclaimed novelist and activist Arundhati Roy, and philosopher and public intellectual Cornel West -who are demanding Oscar's release.

 

     Published online by the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia. 

 

     We are in many cities across the US.

 

* Write to Oscar

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The Water's Edge, the bi-weekly magazine of the National Boricua Human Rights Network, publishes the latest news about the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, a 72 year old Puerto Rican political prisoner convicted for seditious conspiracy, has spent the last 33.5 years imprisoned for his political beliefs, is the object of a campaign which has united Puerto Rican civil society, Nobel Laureates, as well as support throughout the US and internationally. 

Oscar López Rivera has become known as the Nelson Mandela of Latin America.

La Orilla del Mar, la revista quincenal de la Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos, publica las últimas noticias acerca de la Campaña a favor de la liberación de Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, un preso político puertorriqueño de 72 años condenado por conspiración sediciosa, ha pasado los últimos 33.5 años encarcelado por sus creencias políticas y es el objeto de una campaña que ha ganado el apoyo de la sociedad civil puertorriqueña, de ganadores de Premios Nobel y de otros a lo largo de Estados Unidos y a nivel internacional.

 

Oscar López Rivera se ha vuelto el Nelson Manela de América Latina.

 

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High School Seniors, Apply for the LNESC College Scholarship

Sponsored by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC) will award one (1) national scholarship of $20,000 (paid over four years), and twelve (12) $2,000 local scholarships to qualified Latino high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in engineering at U. S. post-secondary institutions. Applicants must reside within the following cities or surrounding areas:

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Robert Friedman's

The Surrounding Sea

Now Available in Spanish

 

The Surrounding Sea, Robert Friedman's latest novel about Puerto Rico, has been translated into Spanish (El Mar que nos rodea). Former San Juan Star journalist Friedman's novel is the story of a young New York-raised Puerto Rican who returns to the island. Stevie Pérez enrolls at the University of Puerto Rico, falls in love, and for the first time becomes politically active, especially in protests against the Navy on Vieques. At a demonstration at the University, the Riot Squad is called in and Stevie's girlfriend is killed by a stray bullet. He vows to set up a scholarship in her name so people will remember her as the martyr she has become to the students.

 

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After failing to get the scholarship money from the community, Stevie becomes a mule for a drug gang. One of the dealers sets him up in a drug theft and Stevie goes on the run, which takes him from the Bronx and New Jersey and back to Puerto Rico. Along the way, he learns hard lessons about life, love and loss.                                                       

 

Friedman said he tried  to show in the novel how one injustice can trigger others, how wrong turns could be taken for seemingly right reasons and how Puerto Ricans have an  indomitable will to survive, whether on the island or in the states.   

 

Here's what island critics have said about the novel, in Spanish and English:

 

El imponente relato, que se constituye en un viaje perenne de principio a fin, entre personajes de una isla y otros del continente -y otros literarios-, va dibujando entre esta jornada simbólica, toda una historia de amor, justicia e injusticia, enmarcada entre los abusos de la Marina de Guerra de Estados Unidos sobre la isla de Vieques, los de la Policía de Puerto Rico sobre la población y los que producen la academia universitaria y los capos de la droga de aquí y fuera de la isla. . . .

 

La enredadera de nudos se complica cuando finalmente Stevie es encontrado por sus verdugos, quienes le buscan por algo que no cometió. El final es tan sorpresivo como el principio en este denso 'thriller', aunque de mayor crudeza; y pues, con un salto a la ficción sobre una tierra flotante rodeada eternamente por el mar, digno de la obra de Apolonio, 'Las Argonáuticas'.

---Jorge Rodriguez, El Vocero

 

Robert Friedman's The Surrounding Sea is a crackling tale of contemporary Caribbean colonialism that cuts like a switchblade between tragic political expose, tense crime thriller and rollicking epic quest. There're also scenes of romantic and familial love, meditations on self and lessons in literature and history.

 

This page-turner grabs the reader at the start and keeps the tension high throughout. Stevie Pérez's story plays out on the lush University of Puerto Rico campus, the sunbaked streets of San Juan's gritty barrios, the pastoral highlands of central Puerto Rico and the paradise lost of Vieques island. Like all things Caribbean, it also washes up along the streets of New York, careening from the Bronx to the hinterlands of south Jersey, and bouncing along the urban sprawl in between. . .

 

The Surrounding Sea is a thriller, with equal parts politics, crime and romance. Those who know about Puerto Rico will appreciate the novel's historic accuracy and its nuanced grasp of island politics. . . . Most importantly, Friedman assure that readers will enjoy the ride.

---John Marino, Hispanic Link News Service

  

Friedman's other novels about life among Puerto Ricans, and others, on the island and in the states include Caribbean Dreams, Shadow of the Fathers and Under a Dark Sun.

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Stipends Available to LULAC Councils to Provide Tax Assistance to the Latino Community

LULAC and AARP Foundation are partnering to provide assistance to the Latino community this tax season. As part of its new Pocket Smart program, LULAC will be sending information regarding where to find AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services free of charge. Also, bilingual volunteers will be recruited to provide translation services to taxpayers.

Assistance could be particularly helpful this tax season for those looking to qualify under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program (DAPA). An applicant can submit tax returns as evidence to show his/her continuous presence in the U.S. It is important to note however, that presently there is no requirement to show proof of having filed an income tax return as part of the DAPA application.

LULAC Councils interested in getting involved please contact Cristina Sandoval, Community Outreach Fellow at CSandoval@LULAC.org

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La escritora Yarimar Marrero Rodríguez (a la derecha), recibe el Premio Pensar a Contracorriente, de manos de Zuleica Romay (izquierda), Presidenta del Instituto Cubano del Libro (ICL), durante la ceremonia de entrega del premio, como parte de las actividades de la XXIV Feria Internacional del Libro, con sede en la Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña, en La Habana, Cuba, el 16 de febrero de 2015.

 

Pronunciamiento del XI Taller Internacional de Paradigmas Emancipatorios sobre la liberación de Oscar López Rivera

 

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Con la participación de más de 330 delegados de 25 naciones, principalmente latinoamericanos, el evento propició una frustífera reflexión desde los contextos, países y movimientos participantes con la consigna “¿Cómo enfrentamos la estrategia imperial de dominación de espectro completo y las guerras infinitas del capital en nuestros territorios?”

 

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    Ald. Maldonado and the PRCC Unveil: 

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    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board of Directors cordially invite you to a press conference and community rally announcing the Paseo Boricua Arts Building, this Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:30am, 2701 W. Division Street, PASEO BORICUA. 

     

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Please RSVP: violas@prcc-chgo.org

     

    Below is the article that appears in the February edition of La Voz del Paseo Boricua, the monthly, volunteer-produced, newspaper of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

     

    Community Artists Live and Work Building to 

    Usher In New Wave of Economic Development

     

    New Holistic Cultural Center Showcases Artist Live/Work Spaces, Performance Theater, Art Gallery and Latin American Wine Bar Project Transforms Long-Abandoned Buildings on 2700 Block of West Division Street 

     

    Alderman Roberto Maldonado of the 26th Ward, PRCC Executive Director, José E. López, Richard Sciortino, Principal of Brinshore Development, LLC, and Urban Works Architects and James J. Banks, Chairman, Belmont Bank will officially unveil the new Paseo Boricua Arts Building on Monday, February 23 joined by more than 100 local community residents and civic leaders. The greatly anticipated project will transform seven buildings on the 2700 Block of West Division Street, including the former site of Ashland Sausage Company vacant since 2005-into the first-ever cultural center in Chicago with a holistic focus on promoting the talents of local artists in various media. The center will offer 15 live/work residences for artists and their families; a 99 seat multi-media theater with film, theatre, and concert performances; and a nearly 3,000 square foot art gallery with a retail component allowing resident and local artists to sell their artworks. A piano lounge showcasing wines from Latin America and spirits from the Caribbean will become an anchor for nightlife on the Paseo Boricua corridor. 

     

    With assistance from the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) over twenty local artists from diverse arts backgrounds have prepared business plans that will help them to maintain sustainable artist spaces and become future tenants of the building. For over forty years, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) - under the leadership of José E. López - has been dedicated to preserving cultural identity and expanding the Paseo Boricua Cultural and Commercial corridor on Division Street, the heart of the Puerto Rican community. The Paseo Boricua Arts Building strengthens the well-developed ecosystem of this business and cultural district, bringing further economic stimulation, stability and community pride. 

     

    Join Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward, Jose E. López, Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Richard Sciortino, Principal, Brinshore Development, LLC Urban Works Architects, and James J. Banks, Chairman, Belmont Bank on Monday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.

     

     

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    Federal Judge Adopts 

    ACLU Plan for Yakima Redistricting

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    Voter Rights Are Non Negotiable

    By Mark Secada, Contributing Writer

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    El Rescate Residents: Picture of Success

     

    By Linda French, El Rescate

     

    Efren Morales and Kayla Toledo, two residents of El Rescate and students at Pedro Albizu Campos High School is the picture of success.  Kayla and Efren have several certificates to their credit including recognition of passing all classes in the second quarter with 100% as well as perfect attendance records, In addition, both students boast a 3.0 or above GPA.   Efren Morales who came to El Rescate in November says he is doing the best he's done in High School and is striving to increase his 3.0 to a 4.0 GPA by year's end.  Kayla currently is at a 3.8 GPA.   Congratulations to both of our residents!  

     

    From Our Community Partners

     

    Freshman Class Participates in Theater 

     

    By Roberto Clemente Community Academy staff

     

    The freshmen experienced an amazing, fun-filled day while they were on a field trip to the American Theater Company for the technical rehearsal of their original class play. For the past six weeks, every freshman has participated in a theater unit focusing on a play called The Royale by Marco Ramirez. The play is based on the life of Jack Johnson, a boxer who overcame racism, poverty, and many obstacles. His goal was to become the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and he achieved it!

     

    All students learned elements of drama, costumes, sound, lighting, and acting. Students were then able to choose if they wanted to work on the production crew or the performance ensemble. This was the first theater experience for many of the freshmen. "It was really nice," said Tony Powers. "We all came together to produce a play and everyone took it really seriously." Tony played the character Fish, who was a sparring partner for the main character named Jay. Tony practiced his boxing moves and learned how to act on stage. Jose Cedeno was cast as the heavyweight boxing champion and said, "We worked together and helped each other."

     

    After reading the play, professional actors from the American Theater Company came to Clemente to work with students to create and produce The Royale. Although students were nervous and reluctant to act, they overcame their challenges and produced an impressive play. The students in the production group encouraged and supported the actors by helping them memorize lines and providing positive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Students not only learned about aspects of theater, but they also experienced many of the learner profile characteristics. Some freshman students identified that this was the first time they were a "risk taker" in an academic setting. "I like how we were able to compare the similarities and differences between the classes," said Genesi Santos. Genesi was the stage manager for the entire play. She added that "it was challenging trying to help the actors learn the right words for each line, but we saw students' abilities that they didn't even realize they had."

     

    After the final performance, the students will attend another field trip to see the professional version of The Royale and get a chance to meet and talk to the actors after the performance. In addition, all Clemente students are invited to participate in an after-school theater program called "Bridge." Students in the program will write an original skit and perform it with other Chicago Public School students. Stay tuned for more details!

     
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    The Taino Question 

    and Cultural Memory

    By Luis Ubiñas (February 19, 2015)

     

    I have followed the recent debate on the The NiLP Network on Latino Issues over our collective Taino heritage with deep interest.

     

    Let me begin with a story.  Some years ago my eldest son was attending a program at Stanford Business School for minority high school students interested in business.   He was asked by another attendee, a boy from Puerto Rico, what his cultural background was and he said, "My family is from Puerto Rico, my grandmother is Taino".  The boy promptly replied, "that's impossible, there are no Tainos."

     

    Despite having a grandmother whose very face speaks to the native American history of our people, the mahogany skin, the straight flowing hair, the facial features blatantly shared by our indigenous ancestors, my son came home convinced that there was some other explanation, that my grandmother, his great- grandmother, could not be Taino; after all he was told "there are no Tainos."

     

    Fast forward to last year.  I participated in the National Geographic Genographic Survey, a global effort to understand the migration of peoples from our collective origins in East Africa. The Survey asks participants (and anyone can participate) to take DNA samples and then does deep analysis that indicates how our ancestors migrated over the last 50,000 years, how they made the 10,000-mile journey to Puerto Rico from eastern Africa. 

     

    There was a lot of information in the survey.  My grandfather Ubinas seems to have come west from Galicia and my paternal grandmother from Belgium.  That was interesting, but well understood already.  We also knew that my grandfather Feliciano came to Puerto Rico from Italy. 

     

    It was the data from my maternal grandmother that stood out.  Her DNA is shared with indigenous populations in the Caribbean and northern South America.  Her closest ancient predecessors were from central Asia, where Mongolia is today.  In fact, the data indicated that her DNA profile was shared by only .01% of the 750,000 survey participants worldwide.  She is descended from the people who crossed the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska and were the true first settlers of the hemisphere; settlers who discovered this continent and hemisphere from the west not from the east, not Vikings or Spaniards, not in boats but on foot.  My grandmother is primarily Taino.  In fact, millennia after her predecessors arrived in this hemisphere, her grandson (me) is 20% central Asian and Native American - Taino. 

     

    Now, none of this is news in my family. My grandmother's face speaks as clearly as any scientific data to our Taino roots.  But what does it say that a well-educated young man raised in Puerto Rico can turn to my son and say with certainty, "There are no Tainos"?  It speaks to cultural erasure.  It speaks to absence of memory.  It ignores the unique history of an island that thrived for millennia before it was conquered and occupied by the Spanish and then fought for and kept by the United States. How can we consider Puerto Rico's future, statehood, independence, commonwealth, if we don't understand our past? If even the most educated of our young people can say, "There are no Tainos," how can we build on our past to find what comes next?

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    Luis Ubiñas is an advisor and board member to corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations, and is an investor and philanthropist. He served as the ninth President of The Ford Foundation from 2007 to 2011, the first Puerto Rican and Latino to hold this prestigious position in the world of philanthropy. He can be reached at luisaubinas@gmail.com.

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    The More You Know

    The US is painting a clearer picture 

    of Hispanic and Asian unemployment

    BY Melvin Backman | @melvinbackman

    Quartz (February 17, 2015)

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    Roosevelt University Professors Release New Book with Advice on Teaching Latinos

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    NiLP Apology to Tainos?

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (February 18, 2015)

     

    NiLP Note: Certain leaders of the Taino movement have been very upset over our publication of a Guest Commentary by Professor Gabriel Haslip-Viera on "The Neo-Taino Movement and the Return of the Old Anglo Neo-Imperialist Scholarship." One self-described NYC Taino spiritual leader has gone as far as demanding that NiLP issue a public apology. I don't know, but this feels likeCharlie Hebdo-lite moment to me.

     

    The purpose of our guest commentaries is to promote debate about issues of concern to the Latino community. As such we have extended an invitation to Taino adherents to respond, as we have done in the past,  to Professor Haslip-Viera's critique but none have accepted, except for a piece by Aurora Levins Morales. It is a missed opportunity to engage Haslip-Viera's critique to further educate our community on the issues involved. There is, therefore, nothing more for us to do on this question..

     

    It is a real problem to profess a belief in free speech but then promote censorship. Professor Haslip-Viera, a highly-respected historian and leader in Latino Studies, has written a well-documented analysis that is only "prejudicial" in the sense thate it reflects his point of view and not because of any racial-ethnic prejudice on his part.

     

    If anything, no jodas, it is Luis Ramos who owes NiLP a public apology for questioning our integrity. 

     

    ---Angelo Falcón    

     

    On Feb 6, 2015, at 10:57 PM, 

    Bayamanakoel Taino <bayamanakoel@gmail.com> wrote:

     

    Dear [NiLP] Editor and Board of Directors:

     

    I am a local NYC Taino Spiritual leader. It came to my attention today that Professor Gabriel Haslip-Viera wrote an article entitled, "The Neo-Taino Movement and the Return of the Old Anglo Neo-Imperialist Scholarship" in the National Institute for Latino Policy. It is a disgrace to my family and fellow Taino sisters and brothers that this article was ever published. I am a total believer of free speech, but it is totally wrong and unethical when a writer attacks a people or community.

     

    I am requesting that the Board of Directors and the Editor issue a public apology to the Taino community in the Caribbean and Diaspora for allowing a prejudicial article to be published. 

     

    Thank you for your attention.

     

    Sincerely,

    Luis Ramos

    aka Bayamanakoel, LMSW, M.Div.

    Taino

     

     

    From: Luis Ramos [bayamanakoel@gmail.com]

    Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 1:04 AM

    To: info@latinopolicy.org

    Subject: Re: Article by Gabriel Haslip-Viera (February 6. 2015)

     

    On Feb 17, the Mobile Indigenous Library and local Taino activist gathered at City College to challenge the Negative Myth created by Professor G Haslip. Not one student or person visiting our Library agreed with the Professor. There was much anger but education was done at the grassroots level. I am still requesting a sit down to discuss the matter of prejudice against the Taino people.

     

    Our voices need to be heard.

     

    Thank you for your attention.

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    Update

    President Obama's
    Executive Actions On Immigration

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    City & State's

    Latino Power 10 or 11 of 100

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (February 18, 2015)

     

    City & State Magazine just released their Power 100 --- New York City 2005 list, of who they consider to be the most powerful individuals in New York City politics. It was headed by the usual suspects --- #1 Governor Andrew Cuomo, #2 Mayor Bill de Blasio, #3 US Senator Charles Schumer, #4 US Attorney Preet Bharara and so on. But we don't care about those, we're interested in which Latinos, if any, made the list. This year's list is of special interest to the Latino community because of the participation for the first time of a Puerto Rican, Gerson Borrero, City & State's Editor-at-Large, as part of the team that developed the list. But, as Borrer quickly points out when asked about his role, it was City & State's Executive Edtior, Micheal G. Johnson, who made the final decision on the list, so send him any complaints you may have. 

     

    Of the Power 100 this year, 10 or possibly 11 Latinos made the list. We say possibly 11 because they reserved the number 61 spot to whoever becomes the next Bronx Democratic Party Chair. 

     

    These are the 2015 Power 10 or 11 Latinos this year by their ranking on the overall list:

     

    13

    Melissa Mark-Viverito

    City Council Speaker

    Dropping from 4th place on the list, Mark- Viverito has not been able to shake herself loose from the perception that she is beholden to Mayor Bill de Blasio-who twisted arms to get her elected. She appears to be in lockstep with the executive branch at City Hall, much like Christine Quinn did with Michael Bloomberg. Mark-Viverito also appears to be as heavy-handed with her colleagues on the Council as her predecessor was.

     

    22

    Carmen Fariña

    Schools Chancellor

    Rationale not provided on website version of report.

     

    26

    Ruben Diaz Jr.

    Climbing from nearly 20 spots on our list in a year is no small task, especially for an outer borough politician. Díaz is the rare exception. Although he presides over the Bronx, where crooked public officials are the norm, he has charted his own path and set his own standards. His co-chairing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign and his behind-the-scenes arm-twisting to get Assemblyman Carl Heastie elected as Assembly Speaker has made him a rising Democrat.

     

    53

    Vincent Alvarez

    President, New York City Central Labor Council

    Ever since he was elected to lead the umbrella organization that brings together more than one million union members, Alvarez has slowly but assertively turned it into a labor powerhouse to be reckoned with. As the first Latino-his father was born in Cuba-and first full-time president of the NYCCLC, he has moved from the 87th to the 53rd spot on the list. And in the process, he's made his organization a relevant player in the labor movement.

     

    61

    To Be Determined

    Bronx Democratic Party Chair

    It's not hard to argue that the Bronx has gained prominence on New York City's political stage, now that the borough's Democratic Party chair-Carl Heastie-has ascended to role of Assembly speaker. But as of press time, an all-out fight to replace him was still raging-so we have left a spot open for the eventual victor. But whoever rounds up enough support to be the Bronx's next party boss is sure to command respect across the city.

     

    63

    Lilliam Barrios-Paoli

    Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

    There are few people who have as much experience in city government as Barrios-Paoli, who has now served under four mayors. In her current role, she has a hand in everything from health policy to combatting homelessness to the rollout of the pre-kindergarten in schools. Ideologically, she is on the same page as the mayor on many issues, and sources tell us the two talk often about the direction of the city.

     

    65

    Hector Figueroa

    President, 32BJ SEIU

    As labor leaders go, the president of the building workers union with more than 145,000 members is as passionate as they come. However, his style is much more subdued and speech far less vociferous than some of his union peers. Figueroa is a behind-the-scenes consensus builder and a tough negotiator who keeps what he says publicly to a minimum. He is a masterful tactician with strong connections at City Hall and with pols at all levels.

     

    67

    Julissa Ferreras

    City Councilwoman

    As chair of the City Council's Finance Committee, Ferreras is the gatekeeper of the budget, and the Queens Democrat is one of a handful of members in the chamber with tangible power. So far she has worked closely with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the mayor to push through a progressive agenda and has yet to use her power to champion any causes-like the predecessors in her position-which is why she has fallen on our list.

     

    73

    Nydia Velasquez

    Congresswoman

    With a Republican stranglehold on Congress, Velazquez's seniority and experience in securing funding or pushing policy in order to help her Brooklyn constituents has been diminished. But her reverence among the Brooklyn political community has not declined. A groundbreaker as the first Latina to chair a congressional committee and first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, she still maintains great respect among all of the major players in city politics.

     

    91

    Ramon Martinez

    Chief of Staff, City Council

    A holdover of the prior administration, the ever-elusive Martinez remains so relevant to the current Council speaker that he now holds the title of chief of staff. The Queens County Democratic operative (a.k.a. Joe Crowley's guy) keeps his nose to the grindstone and makes full use of his institutional knowledge of the Council. He's so under the radar that even in this age of intrusive social media, a photo of Martinez is almost impossible to come by.

     

    98

    Henry Garrido

    Executive Director, DC37

    With 121,000 members, District Council 37 is the largest municipal employees union in New York City. Under former Executive Director Lillian Roberts, the labor union had not been throwing around its political weight in recent years. Things could change soon, though. Garrido just took over at DC37 on Jan. 1, so the direction of the union will be closely watched by insiders in coming months.

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    Hispanic Group Calls for 

    Federal Probe of Police Shooting

    ABC News (February 17, 2015)

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    New Analysis on 

    Hispanic-Sering Institutions (HSIs)

    Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) (February 11, 2015)

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    U.S.-Born Latino Teens Feel 

    the Stress of Discrimination More

    Study finds that adolescents born outside the country aren't as affected

    HealthDay News (Feb. 13, 2015)

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    Una Noche En Cuba Save the date for the 46th Annual Grand Ball, Saturday October 10, 2015, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington. The theme will be A Night in Cuba. Contact Sara Wilson, Email: swilson@thelatincenter.org or Sindy Rodriguez, Email: srodriguez@thelatincenter.org

     

    Latino Professional Network will meet Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at La Piazza di Caruso, Peoples Plaza, Newark. This event will be hosted and sponsored by Promotion Zone.Contact Nathalie McDowell, Email nmcdowell@exceldigital.com or Givvel Marrero, Email: Givvel@promotionzone.biz. Visit the Latino Professional Network at http://www.meetup.com/Delaware-Latino-Professional-Network/

     

    Hispanic Student Recognition Applications for the 2015 Hispanic Student Recognition Program are available on the LACC website www.thelatincenter.org in the Special Events section. The HSRP is set for Saturday, April 18, 2015, at John Dickinson High School, Wilmington. Outstanding Hispanic middle and high school students from throughout Delaware will be honored in the categories of excellence, academics, community service, athletics, STEM and the arts. Contact Edgard Martinez, Email: emartinez@thelatincenter.org or visit www.thelatincenter.org

     

    LACC Annual Open House, Proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month and Latino Luncheon, Friday, September 4, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

     

    LACC Annual Report The LACC 2013 Annual Report is now available on the LACC website www.thelatincenter.org

     

    Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School Applications are available for grades K-1 for the 2015-2016 school year. Academia Antonia Alonso is Delaware's first dual-language, Expeditionary Learning charter school. Academic instruction takes place in both English and Spanish with the goal of producing bi-literate students. For information and an application, visit http://academiacharter.com.

     

    Over 90% of U.S. workforce growth will be accounted for by immigrant workers by 2030, and one in five workers will be an immigrant (2014 Brookings Institute Report). Furthermore, 85% of new jobs will require technical skills and/or postsecondary education. The 2014 Workforce Opportunity and Innovation and Act (WOIA) requires States to advance English as a Second Language (ESL) students toward postsecondary education. However, 75% of the LACC's ELS students lack a high school diploma; many have only grade school educations. "It could take years for some of these students to acquire even a GED," said Amy Ackerman, Director of Adult Basic Education. "Many of these students are working multiple jobs. And GED classes for English language learners are scarce." WOIA could adversely impact the resources for the majority of Adult English Language Learners in Delaware. The LACC will continue to advocate on behalf of this community.

     

    Although there is a movement in Congress to de-fund the Deferred Action for Parenthood Arrivals executive order, the government will start accepting applications from eligible immigrants in May 2015, according to Jeh Johnson, director of Homeland Security. The application fee will be $465.

     

    National Advocacy Days LACC staff will travel to Washington D.C. on March 4-5, 2015, for 2015 National Latino Advocacy Days, sponsored by the National Council of La Raza. Advocacy Days bring hundreds of leaders from Latino nonprofits and civic organizations throughout the U.S.to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill regarding issues impacting Hispanics. Contact Ana C. Velasquez avelasquez@thelatincenter.org

     

    Many Thanks to the Delaware History Museum and its sponsor, the PNC Foundation, for providing science programs for LACC PreK-3 and PreK-4 children,

     

    Opera Delaware and the LACC Before and After School Learning Centers are starting a Neighborhood Choir in which LACC children will learn to read music, sing in harmony with others and showcase talent. The Neighborhood Choir is open to any child enrolled at any of the LACC's three Learning Centers: 403 N. Van Buren St., Oberle Elementary School or William Lewis Elementary School. Rehearsals begin first week of February. Contact Hilary Blair, Email: hblair@thelatincenter.org

     

    Combine a Great Movie with parent education information. That is the strategy of Project P.A.C.T. (Preventing Alcohol Consumption in my Teens). The Family Movie night event on Friday, January 9, 2015, at the LACC drew teenagers and their parents. Families enjoyed hot dogs and popcorn while watching the Disney movie Maleficent. Parents were also educated on the variety of services that the Latin American Community Center provides for their family. Contact Marco Ramos, Email: mramos@thelatincenter.org

     

    Mental Health News. The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems recently addressed LACC staff on the harmful addiction. Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) and the Rockford Center recently visited the Mental Health program and toured LACC facilities. The Family Counseling Center of St Paul is collaborating with the LACC to provide two support groups: one for graduate-level mental health interns and one for mental health professionals who work with the Latino community. Contact Belkys Sanchez, Email: bsanchez@thelatincenter.org

     
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    Este pasado viernes 6 de febrero de 2015, comparecimos a las Vistas Públicas de la Junta de Planificación de Puerto Rico sobre el Plan de Usos de Terrenos. Entendemos que este es un tema el cual todos debemos estar pendientes y participar en la medida que se nos sea posible. 

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    The Comey Speech Misses the Ñ:

    Latinos and Policing in America

    By Juan Cartagena

     

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey broke new ground with an important speech this past week about America's race problem in policing.  Coming from someone with authority from the FBI, home of J. Edgar Hoover and - yes - Robert Kennedy excesses, this was an incredible breath of fresh air.  He talked about the white "privilege that comes with being the majority" and the need to check it to break from the inheritance of treating people of color poorly.  He acknowledged the phenomenon of implicit bias and quoted Broadway music in proclaiming that everyone is a little bit racist.  Moreover, he demanded that police officers be seen for the human beings dedicated to public service that they are.  All good.

     

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    Director Comey said many important things about life in today's America.  However, he said not a word about the country's largest racial/ethnic minority.  He rightfully reminded America about its pernicious treatment of Irish immigrants, the ones Professor Nell Painter documented were rioted against by the Know-Nothings precisely because to be American was to be Saxon, not Celt.  However, he did not connect that not uncommon immigrant xenophobic treatment with the largest immigrant group in America today.  He cited President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative but stopped short of citing the other group of young men that are targeted for its beneficence.  And more important than any of these examples James Comey dedicated considerable space in his speech to the shortcomings of data collection - on the use of force, on police shootings of African-Americans, on arrest data. He went on to decry what that meant for the development of informed discussions, sound policy and discouraging distrust.  However, he utterly failed in acknowledging the biggest flaw in national data collection as it relates to the other large player in the phrase "people of color."

     

    Sí, you guessed it: Director Comey said nothing about, or to, Latinos in the United States.  Moreover, in doing so he added to the invisibility of America's largest minority population in the debate over policing and criminal justice reform.  This was a lost opportunity that diminished his important teaching moment.

     

    From a Latino perspective, the existence of racial profiling and its corruption of police practices is a quotidian experience.  The existence of state-sponsored or state-ignored violence against Mexican and Latino communities both historically as in the Texas Rangers and contemporaneously as in the choke-hold death of Anthony Baez in the Bronx, is a very real lived experience.  Moreover, in New York City the worst aspects of the NYPD's stop and frisk practices were targeted against Latino residents in alarmingly unconstitutional numbers as well.  The touch points for Latinos in Comey's address were all there for the taking.  If he wanted a better analogy to the treatment of Irish immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, look no further than how Latino immigrants were/are treated in Arizona, Alabama or along New York's border with Canada.  Assuredly, My Brother's Keeper's focus is the black community - and rightfully so. But the same materials that tout its promise also document that Latino youth are two-and-a-half times more likely than similarly situated white youth to be imprisoned with all the attendant consequences that entails for their potential.

     

    However, it is in the critical area of data collection that Comey, the FBI, state law enforcement and even state corrections officials miss the mark entirely.  How many times have we read a post-Ferguson article address racial disparities in arrest rates of X community with either black integration of its respective police force or its city council and wonder what the data say about Latinos?  An excellent USA Today article in November 2014 included an interactive, online map that tracked every police precinct in the country with data on arrests and residential demography--- all of it in black and white.  The authors conceded that the FBI does not report data on the arrests of Latinos.  In a related vein, not all prison data includes a comprehensive snapshot of incarcerated Latinos because a number of corrections departments have no idea how many Latinos they imprison - only blacks and whites.

     

    In 2015 this is not only unacceptable it is a disservice by public officials intent on finding solutions to today's police and criminal justice problems.  The glaring hole that the absence of data on Latino encounters with law enforcement, adjudications and imprisonment equally fails to inform the historic and monumental national debate that is occurring now in policing and criminal justice reform.

     

    FBI Director Comey promised to have his agency lead the reform for better data.  I promise to translate that into Spanish for the small numbers of Latinos who have yet to master English - then Latinos can hold him accountable.

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    Juan Cartagena is President and General Counsel of LatinJustice PRLDEF. He can be reached at jcartagena@latinojustice.org.

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    The campaign to hold NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio accountable for his poor record of Latino appointments to his Administration and failure to develop policies to address the underrepresentation of Latinos in the general municipal government work force continues! The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation has been raising these concerns with what we have concluded is a Latino-blind Mayor de Blasio.

     

    To get updated on the campaign, visit our newly-created website at LatinoRepresentation.org. It includes information on currently vacant senior positions with the de Blasio Admnistration that you can apply for (click here).

     

    Our website will also inform you of our plans to develop a process for producing a unifying citywide Latino municipal policy agenda.

     

    If you're interested in working to promote the full participation of Latinos in New York City government, then join us!

     

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    Special Report

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    Between Hispanics and African Americans 

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    Author Nelson Denis releases new book 'War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony'

    The book gives a meticulous and riveting account of the decades-long clash between the Puerto Rican independence movement, led by Pedro Albizu Campos, and the commonwealth's U.S.-appointed stewards, national police force, the FBI and, ultimately, the U.S. Army.

    By Ray Monell 

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    Advocates are Confident that a Ruling by a Texas Federal District Court Will Not Stand - Individuals are Urged to Be Ready to Apply!

    Washington, D.C. – Early this morning, a U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of Texas issued a temporary injunction blocking the implementation of the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as well as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. The Obama Administration is appealing the ruling.

    The application process for DACA was scheduled to begin tomorrow. Approximately 230,000 individuals were prepared to apply for relief under the program. The Court’s Order delays implementation of the DACA program, and thus, those individuals are left waiting for relief until the matter is resolved. The ruling also temporarily affects 3.7 million undocumented parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents. The guidelines for DAPA were expected to be released in the spring, but now under the ruling may be postponed.

    LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following response.

    “It is disappointing, that after years of promises from Republican leaders claiming to support bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform their only response has been to block efforts that would bring relief to millions. We have heard from our Republican allies who say they have a moral obligation to vote against a position they believe to be unconstitutional. This position ignores the fact that Administrative action was only necessary because of the Republican failure to act on pending bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. Attempts by anti-immigrant proponents to block the implementation of the DACA and DAPA programs only fuel our resolve to assist the millions of undocumented individuals who could benefit from the President’s Executive Orders. We are confident that the President’s action will ultimately be found by the Court to be constitutional and cleared for implementation. In the meantime, LULAC will educate and assist families in preparing for the application process. LULAC is encouraged by the fact that the programs enjoy overwhelming support by the American people and looks forward to the day when millions of undocumented individuals can come out of the shadows and live productive lives. “

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    Local NYC Radio Host Apologizes

    for Anti-Puerto Rican Remark

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (February 17, 2015)

     
    NiLP Note: On Friday I received complaints that the morning host of classical music station WQXR had made an insulting remark about Puerto Ricans when commenting on the harsh weather we are experiencing. I quickly contacted the station's General Manager to complain and ask for an apology.
     
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    Today, he and the offending host got back to me to explain the situation and to apologize. Their clearly heartfelt apologies are reprinted below. We appreciate their prompt response. 

     

    On the positive side, I was glad to learn that enough Puerto Ricans listen to classical music to have even heard this (now forgiven) insult! Perhaps Mr. Spurgen can make his apology on-air while playing Lamento Borinqueño in the background. 

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    The Complaint                                                                                            

     

    February 14, 2015

     

    Mr. Graham Parker

    General Manager and Vice President

    WQXR c/o New York Public Radio

    160 Varick Street, 8th floor

    New York, NY 10013

    (646) 829-4400 

    Sent to: gparker@wqxr.org 

     

    Dear Mr. Parker:

     

    We have received complaints that your morning host, Jeff Spurgeon, made the following racist comment  on the air on Friday morning when discussing the cold weather:

     

    "The wind is noisier than a bunch of

    dirty old Boricuas whistling in front of a bodega."

     

    We think this type of remark is extremely inappropriate and insulting to the more than one million Puerto Ricans in the metropolitan area. This is not what we have come to expect from WQXR.

     

    We believe Mr. Spurgeon and your station owe our community an immediate on air apology.

     

    Sincerely,

    Angelo Falcón

    President

     

    cc: Jeff Spurgeon <jspurgeon@wqxr.org>

           Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio

             <president@nypublicradio.org>

     

    Response from WQXR                                                                              

     

    Dear Mr. Falcón,

     

    Thank you so much for your email to me over this past weekend, and on behalf of us all at WQXR I apologize for the offense caused by Mr. Spurgeon's on-air remark from Friday, February 13th.  I have spoken to Mr. Spurgeon directly, and he was extremely apologetic and saddened to think of the carelessness his remarks caused to you, and the broader Puerto-Rican community.

     

    Below, please find a letter from Mr. Spurgeon, that he asked me to pass along to you:

     

    Dear Mr. Falcón,

     

    I'm writing to you to apologize for a remark I made on the air on WQXR this past Friday.

     

    I did, indeed, make that remark, quoting a friend who had, early on that cold morning, posted on Facebook the words I repeated on the air, the words about which you received complaints from members of the Puerto Rican community.

     

    I'm sorry I said those words, and I'm further ashamed to tell you that I did not, at the time I said them, perceive how they would sound to someone listening to WQXR.

     

    My friend - the woman whose Facebook post I quoted - is Latina. When I read her words, I knew she was making a joke about those whistling winds, and I thought her metaphor was clever. It was extremely foolish of me not to realize that in quoting her remark it was impossible to also communicate her background, her intentions, and my relationship with her. It was a more-or-less private remark (as Facebook posts go), a remark which, when quoted out of the context in which it originated, could have sounded quite insulting. And clearly, when I quoted it, it did.

     

    The above paragraph is not intended to excuse what I did, but to explain - and, I hope, with no air of defensiveness - how it happened. I certainly intended no offense, but I cannot blame anyone who heard that remark for feeling offended.

     

     You wrote, in your note, "This is not what we have come to expect from WQXR," and I agree. One of the things I occasionally say on the air is that the great classical music the radio station plays represents mankind at its best. To so fully contradict that ideal in a remark I made on the air is mortifying.

     

    But make the remark I did. The responsibility for it is fully mine. I apologize to you, Mr. Falcón, and to the Puerto Rican community and the larger Latino community you represent.

     

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Spurgeon

     

    As General Manager of the station, I take responsibility for our actions, deeds and words, and so please accept my apology also on behalf of the entire team here at WQXR.

     

    With best wishes,

    Graham Parker

    General Manager, WQXR and Vice President, NYPR

    gparker@wqxr.org

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    C: 212-671-0228

    F: 212-633-7612

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    Grupo estudiantil de la UPR rechaza el IVA
    Escrito por Alex Figueroa Cancel / El Nuevo Día

     

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    "El Frente Estudiantil por una Educación Pública Accesible y de Calidad (Feepac) se unió a las voces de rechazo en contra del IVA por entender que implicará un aumento en el costo de vida para todos los universitarios, afectando la posibilidad de poder costear sus estudios."

     

    Vicente Zito Lema analiza el Caso Nisman: “Estados Unidos e Israel quieren castigar a la Argentina”
    Escrito por Carlos Aznárez / Resumen Latinoamericano

     

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    "En esta entrevista quisimos que nos acercara su opinión sobre lo que se ha dado en llamar el Caso Nisman y todas las consecuencias desencadenadas a partir de la muy extraña muerte del fiscal del caso AMIA."

     

    La mujer ante el dolor de la patria
    Escrito por Julia de Burgos

     

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    (Julia Constancia Burgos García (17 de febrero de 1914 - 6 de julio de 1953) Discurso pronunciado por Julia de Burgos en el Ateneo Puertorriqueño, la noche del 24 de octubre de 1936. Julia Burgos era en ese momento Secretaria General del Frente Unido Femenino Pro Convención Constituyente de la República de Puerto Rico. Su mensaje fue publicadoen el periódico nacionalista "La Acción", editado en San Juan de Puerto Rico por el patriota Paulino Castro.

     

    De Julia a Bolívar



    Escrito por Vilma Soto Bermúdez / MINH

     

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    Del 17 de febrero de 1914 al 6 de julio de 1953 vivió la poeta puertorriqueña Julia de Burgos. Reconocida por sus contemporáneos, poetas, políticos, gente de letras, pero más que nada, por su pueblo y los pueblos de Nuestra América, Julia entregó en su obra un retrato vivo de ella y de su patria irredenta.

     

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    NiLP Note: I usually agree with our friends at the Latino Rebels blog. But not with their post on "How a Silly Story About Puerto Rico's Powerball Winner Became Our Most Popular Post Ever" (February 13, 2015). What they dismiss as a "silly story" may actually have profound consequences for the future political status of Puerto Rico. While the Rebels' piece focused on American ignorance of the citizenship status of Island Puerto Ricans, the Powerball debate's focus on the taxing implications of a US-based lottery win for someone in Puerto Rico raises the contradictions inherent in neo-colonialist tax policy. Will Puerto Rico exercise its semi-autonomy as a Commonwealth and impose its own special tax on the winner, or will be IRS be swooping in to grab the cash themselves? Will this controversy benefit those promoting statehood for Puerto Rico (higher taxes?) or commonwealth (lower taxes?) or independence (higher, lower or no taxes?).

     

    It may appear like a "silly story" but in reality taps into Puerto Rico's seemingly perennial colonial dilemma with all its racism and power asymmetries between the metropolis and Island. Perhaps more than explicitly political discourse, this type of silly popular cultural Twitter-Facebook back-and-forth may be more enlightening about the true nature of US-Puerto Rico relations. But, hey, what do I know.

     

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    Will Puerto Rican

    Powerball Winner Pay U.S. Taxes?

    By Sara Ashley O'Brien   @saraashleyo

    CNN Money (February 13, 2015)

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    Compañera del Precinto 3 de San Juan IRMGARD IGLESIAS DELGADO recibe la Medalla Blanca Canales 2015 de parte del Comité 30 de octubre el sábado, 21 de febrero de 2015 a las 2:00PM en la Casa Museo Blanca Canales en Jayuya.

    Irmgard fue co-fundadora de Resistencia Puertorriqueña en 1990 en la ciudad de Nueva York, organización predecesora del Colectivo Resistencia, y desde entonces forma parte de su directiva, además de ser editora en sus 3 periódicos de RESISTENCIA.


    Junto a su adorado esposo Ramón, Irmgard siempre ha sido solidaria en todas las actividades y luchas del PIP.


    ¡Enhorabuena, Irmgard, por tan honrosa distinción!

     

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    White Puerto Rican Migration 

    and the Effacement of Blackness

    By William Garcia

    UPLIFTT (February 12, 2015)

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    Top Latino Donors Warn Clinton: 

    Do Better With Latinos Than Dems 

    Did In Florida, Colorado

    The donors and fundraisers tell BuzzFeed News Hillary Clinton must set up a real and meaningful operation to reach Latino voters. Other wishes? A Latino vice presidential nominee.

    By Adrian Carrasquillo

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    Black and Latino Caucus 

    growing in clout, membership

    Members coordinate legislative initiatives

    Members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus meet with Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. (l-r) Reps. Evandro Carvalho, Aaron Vega, Byron Rushing; Polito; Reps. Benjamin Swan and Carlos Gonzalez; Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz; Baker; Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry; Reps. Marcos Devers, Frank Moran, Russell Holmes

    By Yawu Miller

    Bay State Banner (February 11, 2015)

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    Honrando a Don Luis (VIDEO)

    Mañana honramos la vida de Don Luis, fundador de nuestro Partido y principal propulsor de la lucha por la Igualdad para Puerto Rico.

    Don Luis fue un hombre versátil, y se destacó en múltiples áreas a la vez. Fue un hombre de letras, de arte, buen hombre de familia, buen político, buen empresario, en fin, un prócer para Puerto Rico.  

    Participó en la política en una época en donde se distinguía la buena oratoria y el debate de altura. Compartió esa época con grandes como Don Miguel Ángel García Méndez, Don Luis Muñoz Marín, y muchos otros que sirvieron bien a Puerto Rico.

    Don Luis fue el fundador del Partido Nuevo Progresista, el cual me siento honrado en presidir. Fue un hombre valiente que tomó decisiones difíciles y que venció obstáculos a favor de nuestro ideal.  

    Fue nuestro primer gobernador estadista y el padre de la “Estadidad Jíbara”, pensamiento que sigue presente hasta hoy día.

    Al igual que yo, Don Luis decía que era primero puertorriqueño y después el resto.

    Los que aspiramos a la Igualdad, no queremos dejar de ser puertorriqueños. Lo que queremos es la Igualdad de derechos como ciudadanos americanos que somos. Así pensaba Don Luis.

    Mi pensamiento político en gran medida se lo debo a Don Luis. Aspiré a la Comisaría Residente porque creo en la Igualdad de derechos para todos los puertorriqueños, y hoy día aspiro a la Gobernación por la misma razón.

    Para lograr eso, el pueblo de Puerto Rico tiene que favorecer la Estadidad. Esa es la causa por la que luchamos, y quien sentó las bases se llamó Don Luis A. Ferré.

    Que Don Luis descanse en paz eternamente, que viva en nuestros corazones, y honrémoslo logrando esa Igualdad por la que tanto él luchó.   

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    Cámara celebra Sesión Especial por la Semana del Escutismo


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    Cámara aprueba sustitutivo para agilizar implantación
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    ¿Y por qué Venezuela?

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    El año 2014 feneció con una noticia que estremeció los pocos cimientos que aún persisten de la guerra fría. Parafraseando el título del thriller erótico hollywoodense del director chino Chen Kaige, el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama les dijo a los cubanos “te mataré suavemente”.

     

    Matrícula y Universidad: La incertidumbre como política institucional
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    Como inspirada en “Cien años de Soledad” de García Márquez, la situación universitaria actual tiene aires de una repetición histórica en cuanto a la incertidumbre respecta.

     

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    La Escuela Graduada de Trabajo Social le invita  a la XVI Conferencia Dorothy D. Bourne, a celebrarse el viernes 27 de marzo de 2015 de 8-4 pm en el Anfiteatro #1 de Estudios Generales, UPR-RRP. El tema de la misma es Desigualdad  y colonialidad: diálogo interdisciplinario para un trabajo social emancipatorio y transformador. 

    Entre sus participantes se encuentra la Dra. Silvana Martínez, Presidenta de Federación Argentina de Asociaciones Profesionales de Servicio Social - y Presidenta de la Región América Latina y El Caribe de la Federación Internacional de Trabajadores Sociales (FITS).

     

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    La Estrategia Nacional de Seguridad de EEUU: perspectivas imperiales para el quinquenio

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    Acaba de ser hecho público este mes por la Casa Blanca el documento titulado Estrategia Nacional de Seguridad (2015). En él, la Rama Ejecutiva de Estados Unidos de América delinea, para el próximo quinquenio, lo que serán los énfasis del gobierno estadounidense en materia de seguridad.

     

    Ortega critica actitud neocolonialista de EE.UU. en Puerto Rico 

     

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    El presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, consideró que en América Latina aún quedan pendientes cuestiones como la base naval de Guantánamo, las islas Malvinas, Puerto Rico y el bloqueo de EE.UU. a Cuba.

     

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    Will you give us something for Valentine's Day?
     

    You see, Isla has a new website. (Yes!  We have come into the 21st century of e-commerce!)  Our new website allows us to capture

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    Even though we have been shipping wonderful stuff to you from Puerto Rico for 21 years - when new shoppers see that we have no product reviews, well...who knows what they think!

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    Alcaldesa de San Juan tendrá que rendir cuentas sobre endoso y fondos otorgados al proyecto del Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra.
     

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    14 de febrero de 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico. El legislador municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) en San Juan, el Lcdo. Adrián González Costa, denunció hoy que la Alcaldesa de la capital deberá rendir cuentas tras salir a la luz una comunicación firmada por ella, dirigida a Anthony Foxx, Secretario de Transportación federal, endosando el Proyecto Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra e informando que el Municipio sufragaría parte del Proyecto con fondos locales y bonos.

    "Es inconcebible que justo cuando la ciudadanía de la Isleta de San Juan, reclama que no hubo participación ciudadana durante el proceso de aprobación de permisos y endosos de entidades al Proyecto Paseo Lineal, ahora resulte que la propia Alcaldesa endosó el proyecto mediante comunicación escrita al Departamento de Transportación Federal y les asegurara que el Municipio de San Juan, aportaría 6,700 millones de dólares al mismo", manifestó el portavoz del PIP en dicho cuerpo municipal.

    En la mencionada comunicación la Alcaldesa resume su endoso al proyecto manifestando que: "The Municipality of San Juan is full commited to the proposed improvements, as a suporter and as a financial partner. San Juan will provide a total of $6,700,000.00 from local funds and municipal bonds issued to support the proposed project. The City will make available the share of necessary funds to complete the project before the contract execution date."

    "Esta nueva información arroja más dudas sobre el proceso de aprobación de permisos y endosos de este Proyecto. En la vista celebrada el lunes, la Lcda. Santana manifestó que el Municipio había ofrecido 10 millones de dólares para el financiamiento de la obra, el Lcdo. Rigau alegó la existencia de un correo electrónico desmintiéndola. Ahora resulta que la propia Alcaldesa les manifestó a las agencias federales que ayudaría a financiar la obra con la cantidad antes mencionada. Lo que es más preocupante es que la Alcaldesa menciona que parte de ese dinero provendrá de bonos municipales ya otorgadas a tales efectos, entiéndase algún empréstito. La legislatura municipal no ha considerado ningún empréstito a tales efectos", acotó el legislador del PIP en San Juan.

    "Esto se suma a que para las dos vistas que se han celebrado, estuvieron citados funcionarios municipales y se han excusado, o han cambiado el formato, quedando estos fuera. El pasado lunes, estuvieron citados el planificador Tato Rivera Santana (Planificador de la ciudad) y la Ingeniera Karina Jiménez (Oficial de Permisos) y sólo asistieron los representas del gobierno central. Para el jueves habían anunciado al Administrador de la ciudad, el Lcdo. Andrés García Martinó, luego en la agenda aparecía la Ingeniera Jiménez, pero esta se excusó. El municipio parece no estar prestándole la seriedad que amerita el asunto, o simplemente no quieren exponerse al escrutinio público", puntualizó González Costa.
     
     

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    Racial Justice Leaders Push Congress for Net Neutrality

     

     

    WASHINGTON  -  On Thursday, racial justice groups joined together to support net neutrality in a day of action on Capitol Hill, hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and Presente.org, in collaboration with the Media Action Grassroots Network. 

     

    Throughout the day's events, which included a briefing and delegation visits to dozens of Congressional offices, the groups urged members of Congress to support rules protecting a free and open Internet that the Federal Communications Commission has proposed and is set to vote on Feb. 26.

     

    At a Capitol Hill briefing, panelists underscored the importance of the open Internet as a critical tool for empowering Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and others to contribute to economic, educational, and political discourse in the digital age. Panelists included Mariana Ruiz, managing director of Presente.org; Steven Renderos, national organizer for the Media Action Grassroots Network; Cayden Mak, new media director of 18MillionRising.org; and Brandi Collins, media justice director of Color of Change. NHMC Policy Director Michael Scurato moderated the panel.

     

    The organizations also released an educational two-pager highlighting why net neutrality and reclassifying Internet access service as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act are critical for communities of color.  To read the document, click here.

     

     To view photographs of the day of action, click here

     

    The following are statements from participating groups:

     

    Presente.org - Mariana Ruiz, Managing Director:

    "The Internet is vital to all communities and essential to the political participation of communities of color. Congress should allow the FCC to protect and regulate the Internet as the essential utility it is for tens of millions of Americans. For Latinos and many low income communities of color, who have long been left out of mega Telecoms corporations' Internet access priorities, a free and open Internet is essential for our participation in everyday life. We demand access, and we won't settle for anything less."

     

    National Hispanic Media Coalition - Michael Scurato, Policy Director:

    "The organization of this delegation and the events that comprise our day of action are, in and of themselves, a powerful example of precisely how the Open Internet enables communities of color to engage in the political process and create positive social change. We thank our gracious hosts, Congressman Keith Ellison and Congressman Raul Grijalva, two champions of real net neutrality on the Hill, and we hope that our visits will inspire others to join the cause."

     

    Media Action Grassroots Network - Steven Renderos - National Organizer:

    "Net Neutrality is a critical step in closing the economic, educational, and other racial equity gaps that disadvantage communities of color.  That is why our network of 175 grassroots organizations across the country has been organizing for strong and enforceable Net Neutrality rules at the FCC. It is the only way to ensure our communities can rely on an Internet free from discrimination."

     

    18MillionRising.org - Cayden Mak - New Media Director:

    "As the best-connected racial demographic in the U.S., Asian Americans have a major stake in net neutrality, and that includes mobile broadband. We have long relied on the Internet to enrich our economic, civic, and family lives. Title II reclassification is in the best interests of our community, and for the preservation of key rights as emerging players in the American political landscape."

     

    Color of Change -  Brandi Collins, Media Justice Director:

    "The Internet and mobile technology platforms have been a crucial tool in our ability not just to speak out against injustice but organize online and offline for equality and dignity. Over the last 5 years we've seen an increase in the number of net neutrality champions in the Congressional Black Caucus. Many of the most influential Black members of Congress are defending the online digital rights of communities of color. They are starting to realize that the Internet isn't a luxury anymore, it's a necessity." 

     

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    Presente.org is the nation's largest online Latino organizing group with more than 300,000 members, all working to amplify the political voice of Latino communities. 

     

    The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org

     

    With more than one million members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation's largest online civil rights organization. 

     

    The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a local-to-local advocacy network of over 175 grassroots organizations across the country working together for media change to end poverty, eliminate racism, and ensure human rights.

     

    18MillionRising.org uses new media organizing to foster community, develop identity, and build power for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders online. 

     

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    Caracas, 12 feb (PL) El presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, anunció hoy que su gobierno desarticuló lo que calificó de atentado golpista dirigido desde Estados Unidos contra la Constitución y el pueblo.

     

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    El 12 de febrero de 2014 se cumplió un año de la ola de ataques que empezó con la agresión a la sede del Ministerio Público y desencadenó una serie de protestas violentas en diferentes municipios de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Desde Puerto Rico nos unimos a la Jornada de Solidaridad Internacional en apoyo a las Víctimas de las Guarimbas y el Golpe Continuado en Venezuela con una actividad realizada en la noche del 12 en San Juan. Mira todas las fotos presionando en el título.

     

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    Law School Diversity Improves-

    But Only at the Bottom

    By Karen Sloan

    The National Law Journal (February 10, 2015)

    February 13, 2015 

     

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    Less than half – 2.3 million – of the nation’s unauthorized immigrants who potentially qualify for deportation relief and work permits under President Barack Obama's executive actions live in the 26 states that have joined a lawsuit to stop the move. Most who potentially qualify for relief actions are concentrated in just a handful of states. read more >>
     
     
    Latinos, blacks and whites use social media networks about equally, but there are some differences in their preferences for specific social media sites. For example, Instagram is more popular among Latinos while Pinterest is more popular among whites. READ MORE >>
     
     
    Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, the law largely responsible for a dramatic increase in the share of immigrants from Latin America and Asia. In 1960, the overwhelming share of immigrants were of European origin. By 2013, half of immigrants were Latin American/Caribbean and 27% were Asian.  read more >>

     

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    Comisión Especial para el Estudio del Sistema Contributivo de Puerto Rico
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    Perelló anuncia nuevos mecanismos para establecer
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    Comcast-Estrella TV Dispute Shows How TWC Merger Could Hurt Hispanic Communities, Congressman Says

    In the wake of a carriage dispute between Comcast and Estrella TV, a U.S. congressman is asking regulators to look at how Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable could affect Hispanic communities.

    By  Christopher Zara | @christopherzara | c.zara@ibtimes.com

    International Business Times (February 12, 2015)

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    Research Seminar

    Puerto Rican Adolescents’ Latino
    Values and Risky Activities


    Next week, Dr. Myriam Villalobos-Solis will be presenting a seminar discussing the role of Latino culture on Puerto Rican teens' lives, including their relationships with their parents and their involvement in risky behaviors. Researchers interested in, and all individuals working with Puerto Rican and other Latino youth, as well as parents can benefit from the talk.

    Presenter: Myriam Villalobos-Solis
    Thursday, February 19
    12-2 pm
    Location: Centro Conference Room, 14th Floor Hunter College, East Building

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  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade is now accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Awards Program. With a mission to empower the Puerto Rican community through promoting culture, education and civic engagement, NPRDP established the Scholarship Awards Program to help promote the pursuit of higher education within our community.

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    Esta tierra boricua ha superado, con su gente más honrada y sencilla, cualquier cálculo inicial de facilidades y atenciones, a pesar del ambiente que algunos mercaderes del deporte intentaron imponer para desarticular, una vez más, un conjunto de béisbol que llegó solo dispuesto a competir y dar espectáculo en su condición de invitado a esta Serie.

     

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    El ministro de Reconstrucción Productiva, Medio Ambiente y Energía de Grecia, Panayiotis Lafazanis, anunció hoy que el Gobierno paralizará “inmediatamente” todo proceso de privatización de las eléctricas.

     

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    Pese a las quejas de algunos miembros de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), Recinto de Cayey, la administración central del primer centro docente del país mantiene en pie una invitación al preso político, Oscar López Rivera, para que sea el orador de una lección magistral en el campus cayeyano.

     

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    Los días 10 y 11 de abril de 2015, tendrá lugar en Panamá la VII Cumbre de las Américas “Prosperidad con equidad: el desafío de la cooperación en las Américas”. Ante el clamor unánime de numerosos gobiernos del continente que con persistencia han reclamado que Nuestra América no está completa sin la presencia de Cuba, y luego del anuncio del establecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre Estados Unidos y Cuba del pasado 17 de diciembre --que implica un rotundo reconocimiento a la existencia de la Revolución y a la resistencia victoriosa del pueblo cubano-- el gobierno de Cuba participará por primera vez en una Cumbre de las Américas.

     

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      After much anticipation, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission has unveiled what he calls "the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the [agency]." Tom Wheeler backed the regulation of Internet service like a public utility in order to uphold net neutrality, the principle of a free and open Internet. The new rules would prevent Internet service providers like Comcast from blocking access to websites, slowing down content, or providing paid fast lanes for Internet service. It would also extend such protections to Internet service on cell phones and tablets. The proposal comes after theFCC received a record-setting number of public comments - nearly four million, almost all in support of strong protections. President Obama also released public statements in support of Internet protections. The FCC will vote on the plan February 26, ahead of an influx of lobbying by the telecom industry, which has also threatened to sue if the measure passes. We are joined by Tim Karr, senior director of strategy for Free Press, one of the main organizers of the Internet Countdown campaign leading up to the FCC's net neutrality vote.

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    In the photo: From left to right: Salvador Cerna, GCI Regional Outreach Coordinator; José Muñoz, GCI Chief Marketing Officer; Jennifer Koehler, GCI Director; Clark, Cubs Mascot; Mayra Estrella, PRCC ACA Program Director; Rocio Kanan, PRCC ACA Program Administrative Coordinator. 

     

    By Genie Hernández Rosado

     

    On Saturday, February 7th, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's Affordable Care Act Team, in collaboration with Get Covered Illinois and Be Covered, participated in an enrollment and health fair at the Roberto Clemente Community Academy. Hundreds attended the event and were able to answer their questions about health insurance through Get Covered Illinois. It was estimated that 650 individuals enrolled that day. Many families enjoyed free lunch, participated in a kids' zone, and were able to get free health screenings and vaccines. It was a beautiful event that celebrated the importance of having health insurance. Thanks for all that participated!

     

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    As a Resident of El Rescate Roxy Palagio has always wanted to be involved in some form of cooking or baking. Her love of working in the kitchen led her to her culinary journey at the number one culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, where she hopes to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.


    Roxy has taken advantage of all the resources that El Rescate has to offer to make her dream a reality. An average day for Roxy begins early morning when she gets on the bus and heads off to school, she arrives back home at 2:30pm to get ready to go to work in Rosemont Illinois. She begins her shift at a restaurant at 4pm, works until 11pm and them makes her way back home to rest, and start her day over again. 'It's a rough schedule but when you are determined, things work out, says Roxy. Roy has been creating beautiful tasty desserts at school and at least twice a week she brings dessert home to share with staff and residents. Case Manager, Zenaida Lopez eagerly awaits for Roxy to walk in at 2:30pm to see if she has a pastry box with her with some delicious desert in it.

    "Everything she makes is so delicious," states Lopez. All El Rescate staff encourages Roxy, and all are very proud of how hard she works. But it's not all fondant, and crepes, states Roxy, "make no mistake about it, this is a tough, challenging, and demanding role that only those who are truly dedicated to the craft can survive and thrive in", I know I will.

     

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    Measles is considered one of the most highly contagious viruses. For years, measles has been rare in the United States, thanks to immunization.  But recently, that has changed.  Outbreaks, mostly started by unimmunized people traveling from countries that have high outbreaks of measles, spread the infection to unimmunized people here.

     

    Norwegian American Hospital is taking a proactive approach to address the potential spread of this virus and asks community members to get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the measles vaccine is 95-99% effective in protecting you from contracting the measles.  If you or your family members have not been vaccinated or already had measles, call your primary care doctor to check availability of the vaccine and to schedule an appointment.  There are some age groups that should not receive the vaccine.  

     

    If you think you have measles or have been exposed, call your doctor or other healthcare provider before visiting to avoid spreading the virus to others. Measles spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include: fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes. This is followed by a rash that can spread all over the body.

     

    Visit the CDC's Measles website for more information, including photographs of people with measles and information on outbreaks and vaccination. 

     
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    After a period of rapid liberalisation South America undertook a programme of renationalisations, while still bearing the marks of the neoliberal phase - what might be termed 'post-neoliberalism'.

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    Is the New

    National Puerto Rican Day Parade

    Marching Backwards?

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (February 12, 2015)

     

    NiLP Note: Boricuas for a Positive Image, which was a key group in exposing the corruption in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade that prompted the investigation by and settlement with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has been trying to get answers from the newly-reconstituted Parade Board about their finances ad operations this past year. As the correspondence reprinted below indicates, the Parade Board took two months to reply to their first letter and then provided answers that raised for them even more questions about their operation.

     

    The issues requiring more adequate responses from the Parade Board include the following:

     

    1. Why haven't they provided the Puerto Rican community with an accounting of their finances as they committed to do by last September? Their response that this financial information will be provided in the 1090 form to be submitted at some point to the IRS misses the deadline they originally set and is not a good vehicle for adequate financial reporting.

     

    2. Why hasn't the Parade Board gone after their disgraced Marketing agent, Carlos Velasquez, for the $100,000 he owes them as part of the settlement? The Parade Board points out that this is the responsibility of the Attorney General, but the question remains of why the Parade itself is not following up on this more aggressively? In the settlement, it was agreed that:

     

    "Velasquez shall pay to the OAG for the benefit of NPRDP the sum of $100,000 in five installments as follows: $12,500 on or before the 1st day of September, 2014; $25,000 on or before the 1st day of March and September, 2015 and March, 2016; and $12,500 on or before the 1st day of June, 2016. All payments hereunder shall be made by wire transfer, certified check and/or bank check made payable to the Department of Law, and shall be remitted to NPRDP promptly after receipt by the OAG."

     

    3. Why is the Parade Board still holding secret elections of new Board members using the old By Laws that the Attorney General ordered them to revise by May of last year, which has yet to be done?

     

    4. Having raised $810,000 in revenue last year, why is only $60,000 (7 percent) being allocated this year for college scholarships to our youth?

     

    5. Although they accepted membership on the Parade Board voluntarily and appear to be missing deadline after deadline, their pleading for more time because they are "volunteer Board Members with day jobs and family obligations" is not much of an excuse and certainly not reassuring. If they are too busy, they should just resign and make room for others who do.

     

    6. Why did it take the Parade Board two months to answer a simple letter of inquiry from Boricuas for a Positive Image? Given the important role that Boricuas for a Positive Image played in promoting the changes in the Parade that resulted in the current Parade Board's membership, this lack of responsiveness was disrespectful and raised questions about their commitment to transparency.

     

    Ultimately, the big question is whether or not the Parade Board is beginning to revert to its old, secretive practices and not the new open and community-based ways of planning this important annual event. Is the new Parade Board going the route of the old dysfunctional Board, disconnected from the community it is supposed to represent? Is the Parade Board's leadership too tied to politicians like Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito who will re-politicize it back to the disconnected clique that corrupted it in the first place? The correspondence below is evidence that the Parade Board still has a long way to go to fully restore it credibility with the broader Puerto Rican community.

     

    Questions or comments about the National Puerto Rican Day Parade can be directed at its Board Chair:

     

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    Letter #1____________________________________________________________

     

    From Boricuas for a Positive Image

     

    November 10, 2014

     

    Orlando Plaza, Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez

    Carmen A. Pacheco, Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes,

    Anthony Diaz, Rosa Gutierrez, Maria Elena Girone,

    Louis Maldonado, Ululy Rafael Martinez, Vincent Torres

    Board Members

    Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

     

    Re:  Community Concerns

                                                                                                   

    Honorable Board Members:

     

    It has been five months since the launching of the new Puerto Rican Day Parade, its reconstituted Board reprising the Parade's original purpose of celebrating cultural pride and achievement while simultaneously raising money for scholarships. Our organization was instrumental in bringing about the investigation and exposing the corruption in the Parade.  At the time of the initial changes, we were told there would be transparency and that the marketing agent, Carlos Velasquez, would be forced to pay the Parade $100,000.  Further, there would be an investigation regarding his role in other parades.

                  

    The Board said financial records from the Parade would be made available publicly by September.  It is now November and we still await these financial records.  We believe you have a special responsibility to the community.   Transparency was part of the new reformed Board and we expect you to comply with what should not be a difficult task.

     

    We also wish to express our concern with the Board's reaction to the failure of Carlos Velasquez to pay the $100,000 back to the Parade as directed by the agreement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.   We have been told this money has never been paid.   We have been told Carlos Velasquez now boasts publicly that he paid nothing.  He has also been seen actually participating in other parades.   The New Board has a responsibility to force the repayment of this money and any other monies Mr. Velasquez failed to document.   Mr. Schneiderman indicated that Velasquez has paid his penalties and fines.   Well, which is it?   Has the Parade received the money, and if not, why the inaction?   We would like a response.  

                  

    Among other questions we have are, what interaction has the board had with the Attorney General to guarantee that Carlos Velasquez complies with the Settlement?   Have you considered bringing a civil action against Velasquez?  Have you inquired of the Attorney General as to what happened to the investigation regarding the role of Velasquez in other parades?

                  

    We have a great deal of respect for many of the new members of the Board.  We believe you have a special responsibility to the Puerto Rican community to guarantee that never again will our Parade become a largess to enrich a few.   With this in mind we await your response.   

     

    Respectfully, 

    1- Boricuas for a Positive Image

    2- National Institute For Latino Policy

    3- Latino Leadership Institute

    4- Black Economic Survival

    5- National Latinos Officers Association of America

    6- Positive Workforce

    7- El Maestro

                                                                                                            

    cc:  Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General

           Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito

           Ramon J. Jimenez, Esq.

     

    Letter #2____________________________________________________________

     

    From Boricuas for a Positive Image

     

    January 21, 2015

     

    Orlando Plaza, Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez

    Carmen A. Pacheco,  Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes,

    Anthony Diaz, Rosa Gutierrez, Maria Elena Girone,

    Louis Maldonado, Ululy Rafael Martinez, Vincent Torres

    Board Members

    Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

     

    Re: Community Participation

           and Requests for Input

     

    Dear Board Members:

     

    It has been two months since we wrote you a letter simply requesting information regarding the financial statements of the 2014 Parade and what actions - if any - had been taken to obtain the $100,000 owed to the parade by Carlos Velasquez. To this date, we never received any response.

     

    Just in case you don't recall, our organization - with others - was responsible for building a movement to reclaim our parade from the previous Board and its Marketing Agent,  Carlos Velasquez, whose practices were found in violation of law by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.   Without this movement, none of you would be presently sitting on the Board.

     

    Many Puerto Ricans, including ourselves, consider the parade a National Treasure.  You are the guardians who hold the fate of the National treasure in your hands.

     

    We welcome the New Board but we demand transparency, the end of cronyism, and a Board that places as a priority the raising of money for scholarships.

     

    We are once again requesting copies of the financial statements for the 2014 Parade.  We again want

    to know what this Board is doing about the $100,000 it is owed by Velasquez.

     

    Further, we are very concerned about recent news that two new members have been added to the Board.  This is being done in secrecy, without open nominations, and smells like the previous practices of the old board.  We ask you to reconsider the appointment of the new members without a proper procedure.  

     

    This will be our final letter to you.  If we do not receive a response shortly, we will be left with no choice but to reignite the campaign to demand a transparent, honest Board, accountable to the Puerto Rican people.

    We withheld our previous letter from the press but we will not do so this time.   We believe a light should always be shown on those that hold the responsibility of taking care of our National Treasure.

     

    Sincerely,

    Boricuas for a Positive Image

    Ramon J. Jimenez, Esq.

     

    cc:  Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General

           Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito

           Ramon J. Jimenez, Esq.

     

     

    Letter #3____________________________________________________________

     

    From National Puerto Rican Day Parade

     

    January 29, 2015

     

    Ramon J. Jimenez, Esq.

    Boricuas for a Positive Image

     

    Dear Mr. Jimenez:

     

    The Board of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade agrees with your sentiment that we have been entrusted by the Puerto Rican People with administering the affairs of a National Treasure. It is that sentiment that has guided our work as Board members of the parade.

     

    As you are well aware, this Board of Directors made a commitment to continue the legacy of the Parade with only approximately three month to execute. This Board inherited an organization that was bankrupt, officeless and devoid of any institutional knowledge of the Parade. We were tasked with recreating the organization's infrastructure while raising money and planning a festival in the Bronx, Education Banquet, Gala Banquet and the Parade.

     

    As professionals with not-for-profit, legal, community organizing, television production and marketing experience, we came together and said, "Si Se Puede". It was in that spirit of cooperation that we successfully executed all the Parade events. We did it in such a manner that garnered an overwhelming amount of positive press in New York and on the Island of Puerto Rico.

     

    Although excited about the progress, our work is far from done, which brings me to the questions and issues you have raised on behalf of Boricuas for a Positive Image. The Board's response to your inquiries are as follows:

     

    1) From the inception, this Board made a commitment to administer this Parade with integrity and in a transparent manner. It has always been our plan to share with the public the financial details of the 2014 Parade and will do so after we file the requisite financial documents with the IRS;

     

    2) The procedures that were used to appoint new Board members are the same procedures authorized by the Attorney General to appoint the current Board members. The experience and expertise of the new Board members will address specific needs of the Parade and their participation is welcomed;

     

    3) One of the first acts of this Board was to increase the money raised for educational scholarships. In 2014, the Board tripled the scholarship fund and distributed $2000 scholarships to college student throughout New York. The Board also voted to double the scholarship fund in 2015;

     

    4) The Parade Board has no payment arrangement with the previous Board's Marketing Agent, Carlos Velasquez. The payment you are referring to was an agreement between Mr. Velasquez and the Attorney General pursuant to an Assurance of Discontinuance. We have not received any payment pursuant to that agreement and any inquiries regarding that payment can best be addressed by the Attorney General's office.

     

    We want to reiterate that we care deeply about this Parade and share your commitment to see it succeed as an organization that all Puerto Ricans can be proud of. All we ask, as volunteer Board Members with day jobs and family obligations, is that you be flexible and allow us some time to continue to resolve the problems of the past as we build towards the promise of the future.

     

    Sincerely,

    Board,

    National Puerto Rican Day Parade

     

    Letter #4____________________________________________________________

     

    From Boricuas for a Positive Image

         

    February 3, 2015

     

    Orlando Plaza, Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez

    Carmen A. Pacheco,  Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes,

    Anthony Diaz, Rosa Gutierrez, Maria Elena Girone,

    Louis Maldonado, Ululy Rafael Martinez

    Board Members

    Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

     

    Re: Community Participation

           And Requests for Input

     

    Dear Board Members:

                  

    Our organization would like to thank you for your timely response to our second letter.  Although we understand the personal sacrifice made by the new Board members, some of your responses raised more concerns than answers.

                  

    You indicate that you named two new board members at a meeting with no interviews, prior notice or any written material posted in accordance with the procedures set by the Attorney General.   In our meeting with the Attorney General's representative, David Nachman, we were told that the Board would develop a new and fair procedure for selecting New Board Members.

                  

    In the past it has been a closed procedure with cronyism deciding the selection of the new members.  You may have chosen the most dynamic new members but the procedure you followed is no different from that of the Board previously controlled by Carlos Velasquez.  We find this procedure unacceptable as even some of your new board members were surprised by the nomination of the two new members.

                  

    You have a responsibility to develop a fair, unbiased procedure, one that will lead to our Parade having a truly representative Board.

                  

    Your response to what efforts you have made to obtain $100,000 due the Parade by Carlos Velasquez seems quite confusing.  Although the agreement to pay the $100,000 was made between Velasquez and the Attorney General, it was with the purpose of Velasquez paying back the Parade.  Have you not inquired of Schneiderman why Velasquez has not been forced to pay what he agreed to return to the parade?  Do you remember that the AG's report indicated Velasquez misappropriated one million dollars from the Parade?  Do you have no interest in getting money that belongs to the parade?  Have you further investigated the profits that Velasquez took from the Parade?

                  

    It is my understanding that you have a fiduciary duty to collect these monies or at minimum pursue them.

                  

    Although we welcome your increase in scholarship money we hope that you aspire for more than a $40,000 scholarship fund.  In the past Boards have lavished themselves with trips to Puerto Rico and other benefits while ignoring the scholarship fund.  An institution of such magnitude should be able to generate hundreds of thousands in scholarship monies.  We hope your goals are more lofty than those expressed in your letter.

                  

    We were also very disappointed in your response to our request for copies of financial statements.  We were previously told that those statements would be ready by September 2014.  You are now telling us that the income tax returns (which often are very vague) will be the only statement provided to the public.  Where is the transparency and openness promised by the Attorney General and by the new Board members?

                  

    We respect the work you are doing but until you have completed the job of resurrecting a national institution which will be transparent, open, democratic and dedicated to providing a yearly event which will respect the many aspects of our letter while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships, we will continue to lobby and raise issues on behalf of our people.

                  

    The parade will be returned to the people.

                  

    Respectfully,

    Ramon J. Jimenez, Esq.

     

    cc:  Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General

           Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito

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    Latino Coalition Launches Nationwide Outreach & Assistance Campaign to Help Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action Programs

    The League of United Latin American Citizens, the Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) are launching a new Latino coalition to provide direct assistance to the estimated 5.2 million immigrants who are eligible to apply for President Obama’s announced expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and creation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. Coalition leaders will incorporate members, councils, chapters, affiliates, regional offices and independent groups into an unprecedented effort designed to maximize the number of immigrants who can successfully apply to these programs.

    The campaign will outreach to more than 2 million Latino immigrants through a nationwide public relations campaign and provide one-on-one assistance to over 150,000 applicants for President Obama’s deferred action programs through a new bilingual toll free hotline and in-person assistance at more than 40 immigrant integration centers. The effort will encompass a national and local media campaign which will include informational public service announcements designed to reach Spanish speaking families. An interactive website will provide critical information to common questions and refer visitors where to locate appropriate resources. In order to ensure that smaller communities are also well informed, the coalition will spearhead targeted rural events.

    “As a result of President Obama’s Executive Orders, the country stands to benefit tremendously on many fronts,” said Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director. “Individuals will have the appropriate documentation to work, travel and live freely without the threat of deportation. Further it is well documented that this type of immigration reform will result in a positive impact on the economy.”

    In June of 2012, President Obama announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for youth who came to the United States as children. In November of 2014, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. Under DAPA, 3.7 million undocumented immigrant parents may request deferred action from deportation and obtain employment authorization. In addition, with the expansion of DACA, approximately 5.2 million undocumented immigrants are potentially eligible to renew their deferred action status. Both programs offer a tremendous opportunity for undocumented people to come out of the shadows and contribute to a country they call home.

    “LULAC is proud to be able to provide critical resources which will inform and assist individuals looking to apply for the programs,” continued Wilkes. “The President has done what he can and until Congress decides to finally do something on immigration reform, LULAC will do its part to ensure that Latinos are taking the opportunity to live without fear of deportation.”

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    LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX 

    TURNO INICIAL (PERSPECTIVA DE GÉNERO) 




    Naturalmente, en el día de hoy es obligado mencionar el tema de la presentación del proyecto de ley que viabilizaría lo que el Gobernador ha llamado "un nuevo sistema contributivo en Puerto Rico". Habrá oportunidad para expresarnos sobre los méritos de la medida. En este momento yo sólo quiero hacer el señalamiento de que esta es la última oportunidad expedita que tiene la actual administración para procurar un cambio que sea algo más que el espejismo que ya se nos ha prometido en ocasiones anteriores, y que para eso es imprescindible, es innecesario actuar con la claridad, la transparencia y la candidez que le ha faltado a la discusión del tema económico y fiscal de nuestra isla.

     

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    Dicho eso, me quiero referir a dos asuntos que han estado muy presentes en la discusión pública, particularmente, a través de las redes sociales. Uno es la tragedia del fallecimiento de la joven Ivania Zayas, atropellada por un conductor en horas de la madrugada hace varios días; y el otro es el tema de la discusión de la inclusión sobre la perspectiva de género en la educación en Puerto Rico.

     

    Después de las desafortunadas declaraciones de un oficial de la Policía, un oficial autorizado para hablar a nombre de la Policía, reclamando qué hacía esa muchacha a esa hora en la calle, creo que es inevitable el trabajar los dos temas en conjunto. En Puerto Rico tenemos legislación extraordinaria que protege los derechos de la mujer. La Ley 54 es un estatuto de avanzada, que ha sido enmendado con el tiempo, y está complementado con otras disposiciones, reglamentos, iniciativas de agencias y municipios. Y aun así, tenemos gente que se atreve públicamente a echarle la culpa a una mujer de que  la hayan atropellado porque "las mujeres no andan solas en la calle de noche". Ese es un señalamiento que se une a los muchos que tenemos que escuchar. Yo he escuchado, de personas alegadamente sofisticadas, abogados -no estamos hablando de gente sin educación- que dicen que el problema con las noticias de las mujeres que son asesinadas por sus maridos: "es que la noticia no dice qué fue lo que hizo la mujer." Y así vemos expresiones que reflejan cuán atrás estamos en la aceptación de que las mujeres somos parte del género humano. El tema de equidad no es un tema de compensación, de generosidad, sino un tema de humanidad, esencial, de democracia, como lo es el aceptar toda la diversidad de la naturaleza y el comportamiento humano. Cuando el Departamento de Educación habla de perspectiva de género, yo no sé de qué exactamente habla porque el Departamento lo que toca lo daña. Yo quiero hablar de lo que para mí es perspectiva de género y hacer referencia a un proyecto de la senadora González que está todavía pendiente de ser aprobado para exigir que el DE documente su cumplimiento con la Ley que lo obliga a promover la equidad de género y la prevención de violencia doméstica a través del currículo de las escuelas públicas en el país.

     

    Si el Estado no utiliza la oportunidad que tiene cuando está custodiando por seis o siete horas al día a los niños y niñas de este país, para inculcar los conceptos básicos, no solamente de que un varón no tiene porqué agredir a una mujer, sino el concepto de que la mujer no tiene porqué tolerar ninguna falta a su integridad, ni emocional, ni física. Si no se utiliza ese espacio para que la equidad deje de ser un tema "chic" que se maneja de vez en cuando, y se convierta en una realidad; si no se utilizan los recursos que tiene el Departamento para promover el que las mujeres sean auténticamente independientes, que se puedan hacer respetar, que la sociedad valore lo que significa la complejidad de tareas que tenemos que asumir; si no hacemos eso en el Departamento de Educación, criaturas primitivas como el oficial de la Policía que dijo esa barbaridad, van a seguir floreciendo en el servicio público. Y van a seguir haciendo que la letra extraordinaria de reglamentos, estatutos y disposiciones sean simplemente tinta sobre papel.

     

    Aprobemos el Proyecto de la compañera, aprobemos las iniciativas para que la equidad de género sea lo que corresponde, porque los derechos humanos sin las mujeres, no son humanos.

     

    Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño
    Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00920-2901

    TURNO A FAVOR DE LA RS 966

    (INVESTIGAR CONDICIONES DE CARRETERA PR10)

     

    Por tratarse de mi pueblo natal, o por lo menos dónde me crié, porque en Adjuntas no se puede nacer, hay que nacer en Ponce, tengo que hablar de la situación allí. Cuando yo era niña y me criaba en Adjuntas habían dos grandes historias de fantasía: una era la de los OVNIS que aterrizaban en el Barrio de Vegas Arriba y la otra era que la Carretera #10 iba a estar lista algún día. Finalmente, esa Carretera se inauguró cuando ya yo estaba estudiando en Río Piedras en la Universidad, pero con la muy mala suerte de que nos tocó una vía que probablemente reúne todos los defectos y errores de ingeniería que pueden aparecer en un libro de texto.


    Turno a Favor RS 966 (Investigación de las condiciones Carr. PR10)
     
     

    La naturaleza no quería que una carretera pasara por allí pero el orgullo del ser humano se impuso y  hoy tenemos una vía extremadamente peligrosa para la cual se tuvo que abrir una montaña y por la cual discurren las escorrentías cada vez que llueve, lo que provoca, primero, una situación de extrema peligrosidad. En esa carretera en proporción con los años que ha funcionado, ha habido más accidentes y muertes que con la anterior carretera vieja, que era muy curva y muy resbalosa; y aun así, no conoció tantos incidentes desafortunados. Además, la carretera se encuentra en un estado que podrá ser aliviado con la asignación de fondos, pero que está destinado a repetirse y repetirse. Por la parte superior el agua va carcomiendo el cimiento, por el lado el agua va socavando los cimientos y hay partes en la que la estabilidad ha estado ya comprometida en varias ocasiones.  Digo esto porque, ojalá y se halle una manera de hacer esta vía transitable y segura, pero creo que debe ser una lección importantísima en planificación. Cuando las destrezas ingenieriles intentan desafiar -sin tener los instrumentos para ello- a la naturaleza, los efectos pueden ser desastrosos e implicar un costo altísimo al país.

     

    Esta es probablemente una de las vías públicas que más tiempo ha demorado salir de la jurisdicción de la Autoridad de Carreteras por los múltiples defectos de construcción. Ojalá y esta Resolución, como dijo el senador Seilhamer, bastaría en el Informe contar con nuestros elocuentes testimonios que la transitamos con cierta frecuencia, resulte en acción específica que permita que la gente de Ponce disfrute de poder llegar de forma segura a Adjuntas.

     

    Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño
    Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00920-2901

    Turno a Favor RCS 304 (Nombrar Avenida Gilberto Concepción de Gracia)  

     

    En primer lugar, mi agradecimiento al Portavoz de la mayoría por traer esta medida a la consideración del cuerpo. Esta Resolución Conjunta se originó en una petición de la Legislatura Municipal de Aguas Buenas para que una calle de ese municipio lleve el nombre del fundador del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, representó a nuestro Partido en la institución del Senado de Puerto Rico, Don Gilberto Concepción de Gracia. Una de las figuras quizás menos justamente recordadas en la historia política moderna de nuestro país.

     

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    A Don Gilberto le llamó la poeta Julia de Burgos -cuyo centenario clausuramos precisamente en estos días- "Concepción de Gracia y de batalla...", porque su vida fue una dedicada a la lucha, mucho más allá de la plataforma política dónde le tocó enfrentar momentos especialmente difíciles para el independentismo. Por un lado, cuando sectores que promovían la lucha armada, que el PIP siempre ha respetado pero no ha participado de ella; momentos en que se disfrazaba el régimen colonial con la etiqueta de estado libre asociado. Pero además, Don Gilberto se dedicó en cuerpo y alma literalmente -porque vivió una vida muy agobiada por las enfermedades- a representar a puertorriqueños en causas extremadamente difíciles. Sobre todo en dos instancias que probablemente reflejan con la más terrible precisión el profundo e intenso desprecio de los estadounidenses contra los puertorriqueños, que fueron las acusaciones contra los soldados del Regimiento 65 de Infantería y la tragedia de los trabajadores migrantes puertorriqueños a los campos agrícolas en Estados Unidos.

     

    Don Gilberto fue abogado de varios de los soldados injustamente acusados ante un Tribunal de Guerra por lo ocurrido en la guerra de Corea. En el caso de los trabajadores migrantes hizo una labor extraordinaria de procurar que se respetaran los derechos de los puertorriqueños en medio de la pobreza que enfrentaban en el país. Vivían en una virtual esclavitud y era la única forma de proveer el sustento para su familia aquí en Puerto Rico.

     

    La generosidad de Don Gilberto no tenía límite, nunca tuvo nada propio, nunca usó sus grandes talentos ni sus dotes de abogado para enriquecerse, sino que literalmente, hasta el último suspiro, lo dedicó a la lucha para que en Puerto Rico mandemos los puertorriqueños. Meses antes de morir, su médico le indicó que tenía la opción de acogerse al retiro, a una vida tranquila y reposada y a aspirar a unos años más de vida o seguir en el tren desenfrenado de trabajo que llevaba y ver sus días en este plano limitados. Don Gilberto escogió, literalmente, entregar lo que le quedaba de vida -en medio de unos padecimientos muy dolorosos- a trabajar por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño.

     

    Tenía además, el gran don de un intenso y particular sentido del humor. Y quizás una de sus mejores anécdotas se refiere a la inscripción del Partido. El entonces Gobernador, Luis Muñoz Marín, le mandó a decir a Don Gilberto que antes de inscribir a un Partido de la Independencia en Puerto Rico, "cumpliría cien años". Cuando Don Gilberto recogió el último endoso necesario, le envió un telegrama a Muñoz Marín diciéndole: "Luis: acabo de cumplir cien años".

     

    Así que, justamente, se reconoce hoy, a través de una iniciativa de la Legislatura Municipal de Aguas Buenas, un pueblo donde nuestra militancia es especialmente fervorosa, donde hay una gran devoción, a la figura de Don Gilberto Concepción de Gracia. Mi agradecimiento a los compañeros que apoyen con su voto esta medida.

     

    Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño
    Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00920-2901

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    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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       President

     

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    Hill Blotter

    Immigration Protests 

    in Capitol Offices Strain Police

    By Hannah Hess and Bridget Bowman

    Roll Call (February 12, 2015)

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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       President

     

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    Why Hispanic Americans Still 

    Aren't Signing Up For Obamacare

    By Mary Agnes Carey 

    PBS NewsHour (February 9, 2015)

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    La Fundación Luis Muñoz Marín te invita a celebrar el
    117° aniversario del natalicio de su fundador.
     
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    Lunes 16 de febrero de 2015 10:30 a.m.    
    Parque Doña Inés, Fundación Luis Muñoz Marín

    Transformación Contributiva: Justicia y Desarrollo

    Orador invitado: Hon. Juan C. Zaragoza Gómez
    Secretario del Departamento de Hacienda de Puerto Rico
     

     

    Our mailing address is:

    Fundación Luis Muñoz Marín
    RR 2, Box 5
    San Juan, PR 00927

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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       President

     

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    Climate Is Big Issue for 

    Hispanics, and Personal

    By Coral Davenport

    New York Times (February. 9, 2015)

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    Compatriotas, 


    Tenemos un sistema que penaliza el trabajo y la productividad, mientras premia la evasión. Es ineficiente e injusto. El sistema actual castiga a la clase media y pobre asalariada, que trabaja duro para mantener a su familia.

    A este sistema se le han puesto parchos, pero ninguno de esos parchos ha resuelto el problema. No vine a posponer los problemas; vine a resolverlos.  

    Estaré presentando a la Asamblea Legislativa, no una reforma contributiva, sino un sistema nuevo.  Bajo este sistema, ingresos de menos de $40,000 por individuo y de $80,000 por pareja estarán exentos de pagos por contribución.

    Eso quiere decir que lo que se te deduce de la quincena para enviarlo a Hacienda, se va a quedar en tu cheque.  Este abril, ustedes, la mayoría –la clase media– van a rendir planilla por última vez.

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    El resto de los contribuyentes verán, todos, una reducción en las contribuciones que paga.  Igualmente, las corporaciones verán una reducción en su tasa efectiva contributiva.  Además, propongo que tres veces al año, los que ganan $35,000 o menos, reciban un cheque adicional de reembolso por lo que han pagado de impuestos en sus compras.  A los que ganan $20,000 o menos, se les rembolsará el 100%.  Propongo que estén excluidos de todo tipo de tributo tus medicinas recetadas y los alimentos no procesados. Igualmente, la renta residencial privada y la educación pública.

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    Alrededor de 160 han ido cambiando de sistemas que, como el actual aquí, castigan la productividad y premian la evasión, a sistemas donde tributa el valor añadido, que conocemos como IVA. Puerto Rico se unirá a la corriente mundial con un sistema diseñado para fomentar la productividad y atacar la evasión. 

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    Lo distinto es que, en este nuevo sistema, vamos a pagar en la medida en que consumimos más no en la medida en que trabajamos.

    En fin, propongo un nuevo sistema que nos permite poner la casa en orden, atendiendo con sensibilidad a los que más necesitan. Un sistema que nos garantice los ingresos para las necesidades futuras y para las deudas pasadas. Un sistema justo.

    Que Dios te bendiga y que bendiga a Puerto Rico.

    Alejandro J. García Padilla
    GOBERNADOR DEL ESTADO LIBRE ASOCIADO DE PUERTO RICO 
     

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    Si tienes dudas sobre este nuevo sistema, sintoniza HOY, a partir de la 1:00 p.m., la presentación de la Transformación del Sistema Contibutivo.

    Vea la transmisión a través de 
    www.fortaleza.pr.gov/envivo 

    Sigue la conversación en nuestras redes sociales:

     

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    La Fortaleza

    PO Box 9020082

    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-0082

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    Thank you to all the corporate sponsors for their help in making the 18th Annual Legislative Conference, Emerge Latino Conference, and Awards Gala a success. A special thank you goes to the Diamond, Platinum, and Gold sponsors for their generosity.

    The corporate sponsors listed below will provide remarks at the legislative conference.

    Legislative Conference

    The LULAC Annual Legislative Conference provides a unique opportunity for LULAC members to meet with Members of Congress and agency leaders to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community.

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    Susan Santana, Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations, AT&T

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    Luis Rosero, Director, Hispanic Business Strategy Group, Toyota

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    Emilio Gonzalez, Vice President for Strategic Alliances, Verizon

    Awards Gala

    The 18th Annual LULAC National Awards Gala highlights key leaders who have served the Hispanic community with distinction.

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    Jackie Puente, Executive Director, External Affairs, Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo

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    Julio Suarez, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch

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    Pepe Estrada, Director, Corporate Affairs, Walmart

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    Joe Ávila, Community Outreach Manager, Ford Motor Company Fund

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    Debra B. Garza, Divisional Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Walgreens

    Emerge Latino Conference

    The Emerge Latino Conference hosts over 150 college students from across the country to meet with policy makers about issues important to their generation and their families. The student’s activities will include participation in policy briefings on health, education, and immigration.

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    Richard Montañez, Executive, Multicultural Sales & Community Activation, PepsiCo

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    Frederick Humphries, Managing Director of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft

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    Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Director, Latino and Catholic Initiatives, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

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    Enrique Soto, Director, Latin@ Engagement and Partnerships, Teach for America

    LULAC National Office, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036, (202) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX

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    ENMIENDAS A LA "CRUDITA" 

     

     

    El tema del aumento al arbitrio derivado del petróleo, impopularmente conocida como la crudita, es como la pesadilla de un paciente febril, que vuelve y vuelve, recurre, recurre y no tiene fin, ni alivio, ni resolución.


     

    Sobre los méritos de la medida, me remito a las expresiones que he planteado anteriormente en las ocasiones que la habíamos considerado. En cuanto a las enmiendas que se presentan en el día de hoy, como detalladamente ha explicado el portavoz del PNP, Larry Seilhamer, quiero subrayar lo siguiente.


     

    Primero, producirán resultados insuficientes, incompatibles con las proyecciones que había hecho la administración. Segundo, van a gravar las condiciones tremendamente onerosas de las obligaciones que se generarán y, tercero, resultará en endeudamiento que no podrá ser utilizado para lo que debería ser el fin principal en casos de grave contracción económica, que es incentivar de la producción.

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    La forma que se ha tramitado la medida que recién recibimos -poco antes de que comenzara la discusión- y que representa la revisión de la revisión de la revisión, deja de manifiesto que el tema económico de Puerto Rico se asemeja al de un barco en un mar bravío que está conducido por un timonel con los ojos cerrados, los oídos cubiertos y las manos atadas. Esto no es el producto de un ejercicio racional y concienzudo, sino del pulseo entre cuerpos legislativos, entre la Asamblea Legislativa y el ejecutivo, una forma realmente penosa de considerar asuntos esenciales.


     

    Lo que estamos recibiendo hoy son malas noticias por donde quiera que se les miren y una forma más de postergar por parte de la administración del PPD, el asumir la responsabilidad insoslayable: Puerto Rico está gravado por una deuda impagable, atrapado en una situación a la que conscientemente colaboraron los gobiernos que se han turnado en el poder. Se advirtió en repetidas ocasiones que este era el resultado ineludible y hoy, no solamente tenemos a la culpa huérfana, sino también a la responsabilidad olvidada, escondida.


     

    A la incompetencia ya conocida, se ha sumado la semana pasada la certificación de nuestra condición de absoluta inferioridad política, como ha decidido el tribunal de los Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico, al declarar inconstitucional la "ley de quiebra criolla". El ELA tiene tan pocas facultades que no sirve ni para declararse en bancarrota.

     

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    Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00920-2901

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    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    As Middle Class Flees, 

    Puerto Rico Tries Luring Rich People

    Times-Enterprise (February 8, 2015)

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    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Latino Councilman In Jersey City Decries 

    Race 'War' After Discrimination Accusations

    By Terrence T. McDonald

    The Jersey Journal (February 9, 2015)

    Great news! Chair of the F.C.C. Tom Wheeler outlined his proposal for the future of the Internet, and it looks like what we've been asking for — strong protections for real Internet freedom. All of our emails, calls, and organizing made a big difference.1

    The F.C.C. is going to vote on Net Neutrality rules on February 26.

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    Call the CHC and tell them to stand up for an open Internet.

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    We're in the home stretch to victory but we still have to make sure that nothing gets in the way between now and February 26 when the F.C.C. votes on Wheeler’s proposal. The foes of Net Neutrality like big cable and its defenders in Congress aren't giving up yet. They're going to try one last time to strangle the open Internet that our families, communities, and businesses desperately rely on.

    We need to make sure that every member of Congress supports the F.C.C.'s proposal — especially members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — many of whom have yet to take a stand. Only Reps. José Serrano and Raúl Grijalva have taken a stand in support of an open Internet. So, we're flooding Washington with calls and urging CHC members who have not stepped up to side with Latino communities by supporting the F.C.C.'s proposal and not letting telecoms get in the way.2

    Will you call the CHC and urge them to support the F.C.C.'s proposal?

    When you click on the link you'll be sent to a website where you can patch through directly to a member of Congress. We've provided simple instructions and a script to make the calling easy. 

    We are winning the battle to keep the Internet open. But the next three weeks will be crucial as the telecom industry and their supporters in Congress try to push through fake Net Neutrality bills. Many members of the CHC have yet to take a stand — but now is the moment to make sure that they are on the right side of the debate. This is the final showdown and our chance for a huge win for generations to come.  

    Click here to call the CHC and urge them to take a stand for an open Internet.

    Thanks and ¡adelante!

    Mariana, Arturo, Erica, Erick, Luis, and the Presente.org team

    P.S. Will you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

    Reference:

    1. Courage and Good Sense at the F.C.C., The New York Times, February 6, 2015

    2. House to Probe White House Role in FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Proposal, The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2015

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    ¡NO AL IVA!

    Hermana y Hermano Puertorriqueño,

    Quiero compartir con ustedes un mensaje especial en torno al anuncio que dará el gobernador García Padilla esta noche, referente a la mal llamada Reforma Contributiva y al asalto que su administración pretende dar a nuestro bolsillo con el IVA.

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    Hermanas y hermanos puertorriqueños.

    La administración del Partido Popular sigue llevando a Puerto Rico por mal camino.

    Desde que asumió el gobierno, la economía ha caído 24 meses corridos. Se han perdido 43,500 empleos, la fuerza laboral se ha reducido en casi 60,000 personas. El desempleo es más de 13%, mientras que en los estados es 6%, y menos de 4 de cada 10 puertorriqueños trabaja o busca empleo.

    ¿Resultado? Se estima que el año pasado 2014 se tuvieron que ir de la Isla 150,000 hermanas y hermanos puertorriqueños en búsqueda de oportunidades y progreso en los estados.

    Corporaciones públicas y hasta el Banco Gubernamental de Fomento están al borde de quedarse sin dinero.

    Las políticas que han adoptado García Padilla y su administración no han funcionado. Al revés, nos tienen en la peor crisis de nuestra historia.

    El más reciente ejemplo es la Ley de Quiebra Criolla que tanto afectó nuestro crédito y denunciamos desde que la aprobaron, y ahora el Tribunal Federal acaba de declarar inconstitucional.

    Siguen malgastando el dinero del Pueblo, cogiendo más prestado y metiéndote la mano en tu bolsillo con más de 70 nuevos impuestos adicionales.

    Uno a uno, paso a paso, los hemos denunciado con la misma consigna: ni un solo impuesto mas a nuestro Pueblo.

    A pesar de nuestras advertencias, ahora se proponen imponer una enorme carga contributiva adicional a nuestra gente en la forma de un Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido, o IVA, como parte de una supuesta reforma contributiva que en lugar de traerte alivios, lo que va a hacer es aumentar los recaudos para el gobierno entre $2,500 y $3,000 millones, según el propio Secretario de Hacienda.

    En palabras sencillas, le van a cambiar el nombre, de IVU a IVA, pero de lo que se trata esto es de subírtelo de 7% a mas del doble, posiblemente 16%.

    Vamos a estar claros. El propósito es aumentar los recaudos. El Gobernador le dijo al Pueblo en un mensaje de estado que no subiría el IVU, y que lo iba a bajar. Esa promesa, claro, no te la recordará esta noche. Pero NO LA CUMPLIÓ. Así que en vez de subir el IVU, le estarán cambiando el nombre y poniéndolo a más del doble.

    Con total falta de transparencia, la administración del Partido Popular lleva meses cocinando esa reforma contributiva en cuartos oscuros. Hasta la prensa los tuvo que demandar en los tribunales para exigir acceso a documentos públicos en los que se discute la reforma. Y para colmo del cinismo, la Legislatura llevó a cabo unas vistas públicas para discutir un proyecto de ley que ni siquiera han presentado.

    Esa no es la manera de actuar de un gobierno responsable y sensible.

    Un IVA de 14% o 16% no solo es un asalto a tu bolsillo sino que va a acabar de hundir nuestra economía. Si la nefasta patente nacional fue desastrosa para nuestros pequeños y medianos comerciantes, el IVA va a ser peor. No lo dice solamente el Partido Nuevo Progresista, sino que cada día son más las voces de  asociaciones de profesionales, comerciantes y trabajadores que están advirtiendo que el IVA va a ser malo tanto para el consumidor como para los comercios. ¡Hasta el mismo informe de los asesores de Hacienda admite que la economía se va a contraer más con la implantación del IVA!

    Dicen que el IVU no recauda lo suficiente. Primero que nada, el gobierno no debería estar gastando más, sino gastando menos. Pero además, si el IVU no está generando los recaudos que debería generar, la respuesta es mejorar su captación con tecnología y fiscalización más efectiva, como lo hacen los municipios, no inventarse un nuevo impuesto que va a ser más del doble.

    Ayer me reuní aquí en Nueva York con oficiales de las casas evaluadoras de crédito e inversionistas. Les dije de forma categórica que el Partido Nuevo Progresista NO APOYA la implantación de este IVA porque estamos convencidos de que va a ser malo para nuestra gente y nuestra economía. Les dije que como las pasadas administraciones progresistas, la próxima será una administración RESPONSABLE y, como tal, cumplirá con sus obligaciones. Pero les recalqué que la mejor manera de que Puerto Rico pueda cumplir con sus obligaciones será mejorando y haciendo crecer nuestra economía, no matándola con más impuestos.

    Seguiremos trabajando para convencer a la presente administración de no implantar este IVA. Pero si la administración no hace caso y lo impone, evaluaremos de manera RESPONSABLE la forma de eliminarlo  o cambiarlo cuando, con el favor del Pueblo, asumamos la administración del gobierno a partir del 2017.

    Enfatizo que lo evaluaremos de manera RESPONSABLE, para proteger el mejor interés de nuestro Pueblo. En este momento, cuando ni siquiera han presentado el proyecto, decir otra cosa para tratar de sacar ventajería política, sería caer en la misma irresponsabilidad que le criticamos a la presente administración.

    Y eso no es lo que necesita Puerto Rico.

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    Plagado de Inconsistencias Testimonio de Funcionarios de las Agencias a cargo de la construcción del Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra.

    10 de febrero de 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico- El legislador municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) en San Juan, el Lcdo. Adrián González Costa, denunció hoy que la participación en la noche de ayer de los principales funcionarios de la Administración para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (AFI), el Departamento de Recursos Naturales (DRN) y el Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas (DTOP) en la primera vista pública que se celebró en la Legislatura Municipal de San Juan, en torno a la construcción del Paseo Lineal Puerta de Tierra en San Juan, puso de relieve las grandes inconsistencias en sus expresiones en cuanto a asuntos fundamentales de dicho proyecto.

    "Es impermisible que la Lcda. Grace Santana (directora de AFI), no pueda ofrecer información específica sobre la Evaluación Ambiental del Proyecto. El documento dice que los arrecifes de coral están localizados a 200 metros de la construcción, cuando todos sabemos que están a simple vista en la orilla. La Lcda. Santana no pudo explicar el origen de dicho número, ni precisar sobre el efecto vinculante de dicha evaluación. En un momento manifestó que esa evaluación son 'meras sugerencias'. Por otra parte, mientras la Evaluación Ambiental menciona cuatro etapas del Proyecto, la Lcda. Santana, en todo momento se refirió a siete etapas", señaló el portavoz del PIP en la legislatura municipal.

    Por otra parte, añadió González Costa, que en cuanto a la justificación para cortar las palmas, la directora del DRN manifestó que la mayoría de las palmas estaban enfermas y había necesidad de cortarlas. Indicó que en la noche de ayer, la funcionaria modificó sus expresiones públicas anteriores y admitió que aunque había algunas enfermas, hubo que cortar las que se encontraban en la 'huella del proyecto'.

    "Es imprescindible que los funcionarios que asistan a estas vistas, sean honestos y cuenten con la información completa a la hora de comparecer. En la noche de ayer, mientras la Lcda. Santana manifestó que el Municipio de San Juan otorgaría la cantidad de $10 millones para el proyecto, el Lcdo. Rigau(portavoz PPD) negó dicha información, alegando que recibió un correo electrónico que negaba dicha información. Espero que el jueves, en la próxima vista, el Municipio pueda aclarar este asunto y que justifique por qué otorgó el permiso de construcción al proyecto", puntualizó el legislador pipiolo.

    Las vistas de investigación, surgen a raíz de la Resolución 61, de la autoría del legislador municipal del PIP en San Juan, para investigar todo lo relacionado con la construcción del paseo lineal de Puerta de Tierra.

     

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    Expresiones de la Senadora del PIP María de Lourdes Santiago ante mensaje del Gobernador

     

    San Juan, Puerto Rico.10 de febrero de 2015. - "El gobernador, Alejandro García Padilla, convoca a escuchar un mensaje sobre el IVA, e increíblemente, decide no comunicar el esencial elemento de a cuánto ascenderá el nuevo impuesto. Sin ese dato fundamental, seguimos condenados a la especulación sobre el efecto preciso de lo que él se anima a llamar 'nuevo sistema contributivo'. Creo además, que el gobernador revela su desconexión con la realidad de buena parte del país, cuando dice que con el IVA 'cada cual escoge cuánto paga'; ciertos sectores tienen la opción de comprar o no artículos de lujo, pero no es ése el caso de la mayoría de las familias.

    García Padilla parece recién enterarse de la inefectividad del Departamento de Hacienda al hacer referencia, como sorprendido, a lo injusto del actual sistema- el mismo que él defendió cuando fue Secretario del DACO. Nada en sus palabras, sin embargo, permite pensar que esa operacionalidad pueda llegar bajo su administración.

    Mientras, sigue ausente la disposición a aceptar, por un lado, que la deuda pública del país es impagable y tiene que ser renegociada, y por otro, que es imprescindible ampliar la base contributiva, promoviendo la producción y el empleo".

     

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    Hasta la mañana del 17 de diciembre de 2014, el gobierno de Estados Unidos se enfrentaba a un callejón sin salida en relación con Cuba.

     

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    Hacemos un llamado a todas las organizaciones y personas de la RED DE SOLIDARIDAD CON VENEZUELA en Puerto Rico a participar de la JORNADA DE SOLIDARIDAD INTERNACIONAL EN APOYO A LAS VÍCTIMAS DE LAS GUARIMBAS Y CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO CONTINUADO este jueves, 12 de febrero a las 5:30PM en el Local de la HEEND en Puerto Nuevo.

    Es muy importante divulgues esta información y digas presente... Se estarán haciendo actividades similares de manera simultánea en toda NUESTRA AMÉRICA.

    Contamos con el apoyo de todos/as. Vamos a fortalecer la solidaridad con la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela.

     

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    Jayuya- El Comité 30 de Octubre convoca a recordar el natalicio de la líder nacionalista Blanca Canales Torresola, el sábado 21 de febrero a las 2:00 de la tarde, en el Barrio Coabey, en la Casa Museo Canales en Jayuya. Se invita a toda la comunidad a participar del evento, libre de costo. 

     

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    Los mandos militares de Estados Unidos están dando las primeras demostraciones de preocupación por la supervivencia del gobierno colonial de Puerto Rico y se dan los toques finales a una maniobra en la que se ensayará la respuesta a un evento catastrófico que podría afectar la continuidad del Gobierno y las operaciones del Estado, además de bajas en masa.

     

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    Stop Pissing on Us!

    Trickle-Down Progressivism

    and New York's Latino Community

    By Angelo Falcón (February, 9, 2015)

     

    "If you feed the horse enough oats, some will

    pass through to the road for the sparrows."

    --- John Kenneth Galbraith

     

    When I was a kid a long, long time ago, I was always delighted when the Superman comics featured excursions into Bizarro World, where everything was the opposite of things on Earth. In the Latino community, the Democratic Party has persuasively made the case for the failure of trickle-down economics since the days of the Reagan Administration. This was the approach of the Koch, Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations in New York City in dealing with Latinos and other communities of color. With the election of Bill de Blasio as NYC Mayor in 2013, we were promised a new era of progressive policies. The adoption of greatly expanded pre-K and after school programs, paid sick leave, immigrant-friendly policies, mandatory affordable inclusionary zoning, introducing a living wage in some jobs and other initiatives, Mayor de Blasio appears to be largely keeping his campaign promises. With his election, the hope was that the Latino community would finally have a seat at the table, especially with the first Puerto Rican and person of color now being Council Speaker. Instead, Latinos in the city feel that they currently inhabit a political bizarro world where their expectations have been turned upside down.


    To their dismay, Latino community leaders found that Mayor de Blasio was continuing the practice of the Bloomberg, Giuliani and Koch Administrations of excluding the Latino community from meaningful participation in city government. Despite being 29 percent of the city population, at last count Latinos made up only 11 percent of de Blasio's appointments, making this the most underrepresented group in his Administration. On November 17th last year, over 200 Latino protestors showed up on the steps of City Hall to raise their concerns, many shouting "one term mayor!" in frustration at not being heard by an Administration that received 87 percent of the Latino vote just the year before. It's as if the man they helped elect all of a sudden turned into Bizarro-de Blasio!

    Supporters of the Mayor, which includes the 11-member mediocre Latino delegation in the City Council, argue that these concerns are unwarranted because the Mayor's progressive policies will in the end benefit the Latino community automatically by trickling down on them. In addition, they point out, as a progressive he is committed to diversity in his Administration. They argue that all that the public criticisms of the Mayor's exclusion of Latinos from his Administration will do is help derail his progressive agenda. Latino concerns about remaining outsiders in city government after two decades of the same practice by Giuliani and Bloomberg need, apparently, to be sacrificed for the greater good that will ultimately benefit their community anyway. Talk about Bizarro-logic!

    This is a phenomenon I will refer to as "trickle-down progressivism." To paraphrase John Kenneth Galbraith, he might characterize it today as, "If you feed the Central Park horses enough organic oats, some will pass through to the streets for the pajaritos." An important component of modern day progressivism is the role of civic participation, especially by the historically excluded. A recurring sentiment in the community is that Latinos need to be at the table, not on the menu. The de Blasio Administration seems comfortable with playing a paternalistic role with Latinos, giving the impression that their "progressive" initiatives will eventually "trickle-down" to them.

    The "bizarre-ness" of the de Blasio practice of Latino exclusion was highlighted by a recent panel discussion his office sponsored this year on January 23rd. The topic was "One City Rising Together: The Role of Inclusive Leadership in Good Government" that had a disproportionate of Latinos in the program despite Latinos being disproportionately excluded from the de Blasio Administration. At this session, they celebrated the Administration's diversity and ignored the concerns of Latinos about being marginalized from the city's leadership. It was more of a dog and pony show than a serious discussion of the diversity of the de Blasio Administration's leadership. And to demonstrate the importance of the topic, the Mayor didn't even drop by this event of his to say hello.

    During the Mayor's State of the City Address last week, except for his few 48 words in Spanish talking about the risks of the disappearance of the city's many opportunities it has offered new immigrants like his grandmother, he didn't make any specific reference in the more than 5,000-word speech to the city's racial-ethnic diversity and disparities Although a product of the Dinkins Administration, de Blasio ignored the "gorgeous mosaic" imagery. The Latino experience in New York City, spanning more than a century, would indicate that those opportunities of the past that he was referring to were not available to all New Yorkers. His folksy reference to his family history, while touching, simply perpetuates a myth of New York as historically an open opportunity city for all. It was a case of Bizarro-history.

    The Mayor's focus on housing affordability in his State of the City, while generally well-received in the Latino community, also raised many questions about the details in how it would "trickle-down" to Latinos. There are questions about whether or not the Mayor was presenting a defense of gentrification that has been displacing the longtime residents of Latino neighborhoods. There is also the concern with the definition of "affordability" for a community with as high a poverty rate and low-income level of the Latino population. Some have been arguing for a program specifically aimed at creating low-income housing rather than the amorphous "affordable" housing that appears to be beyond Latino affordability. Will the Latino community be part of the process of developing these housing policies or are Latinos expected simply to be the passive "beneficiaries" of de Blasio's largesse in this area?

    Latino community criticism of the de Blasio's Administration's marginalization of their role in the making and implementation of policies is not a criticism of those policies in general, but rather, specifically of the Mayor's Latino blindness. How can he talk about the need to address the problem of a "tale of two cities" when he excludes close to a third of the city's population from full participation in arriving at solutions? A function of a progressive administration should be, one would think, to empower those communities that have been historically marginalized and not simply to reinforce that marginalization. The exclusion of Latinos from a significant role in the leadership of New York City government over the last two decades under Giuliani and Bloomberg has had profound negative political, policy and economic consequences for this community. The expectation with de Blasio's election in 2013 was that this problem would receive some priority and not that the Latino community would have to settle for some warmed over "trickle-down progressivism" that in the end will result in being showered with political urine and little more. This whole thing is, well, pretty bizarro.
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    Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). He is a student of the Mr. Mxyzptlk school of advocacy and can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

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    Inspired by the “5th of every month for the Cuban 5” campaign and the 33 x Oscar initiative in Puerto Rico, The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign has decided to dedicate the 29th of every month to Oscar Lopez Rivera!

    On the 29th of each month, we’re asking all our allies and supporters to CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND DEMAND THE RELEASE OF PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONER OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA!

    Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and leave a message!  Let him know that Oscar Lopez Rivera has been in prison for too long and deserves to go home! 

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    Taino Citizenship

    by Aurora Levins Morales (February 8, 2015)

     

    Note: The following is an excerpt from my longer essay "Taino Citizenship" which will appear in my forthcoming book, Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals from Duke University Press. 

     

    All across the Americas, a process of reclaiming and defending indigenous rights, knowledge and leadership, rooted in the revolutionary urgencies of our time, is in bloom.  At the center of that urgency is the devastation wrought upon the biosaphere within which we exist, which industrial society has treated with contempt, as mere raw materials for the generation of wealth.  Indigenous peoples are taking the lead in many parts of the global movement to restore ecological balance.

     

    This current wave of interest in reclaiming indigeneity is not exempt from the usual cultural appropriation by non-Native people, or simplistic idealizations of indigenous societies.  But there is also a growing collective effort on the part of those of us whose knowledge of our Native heritage was taken from us, whom attempted genocide and our own people's survival strategies have robbed of genealogical certainty, to craft a contemporary mestiza identity that honors our deepest American roots.

     

    If we are forced to pick through the manuscripts of chronicler priests who came and went in the company of brutal swordsmen, trying to decipher the language and beliefs of our people, to string nouns of old red clay onto nylon threads of invented grammar, so what?  We must assume that any written explanation of what our ancestors thought has been so heavily filtered through misinterpretation that it would have them rolling on the floor, but when we decide that the words for "good" and "moon" can become our bedtime parting phrase, when we knot together our few verbs into sentences that would have made them stare, when we shape our mouths around Taino sounds, as understood by long gone Spanish men, and say guakia guaitiao, "we are friends,"  something important takes place, some shifting of the monumental loss our people endured.

     

    A couple of years ago, there was another bitterly fought round of "We are the Tainos/The Tainos are dead," sparked by the publication of a book claiming the literal descent of Puerto Ricans from the Taino people.  It quickly became a pissing contest over credentials and authority to speak, full of contemptuous innuendo and haughty repartee.  The battle appeared to be about evidence, about DNA and yellowed documents, linguistic analysis and anthropological treatises, and the utter idiocy and incompetence of one's opponents. 

     

    I didn't participate, because I wasn't interested in the questions being debated.  As best I can tell, the science is not yet in place, despite all the hype of ancestral genetic testing sites, to answer with any degree of confidence, whether and to what degree, living Puerto Ricans are descended from Taino people who lived in Boriken at the time of the Spanish invasion.

     

    But it's also beside the point.  Identity isn't primarily genetic.  It's political, social, cultural, collective, constructed.  The more interesting question to me is, what's at stake?  Any debate this fierce is not just about evidence and credentials.  I don't know what's at stake for the contestants.  What's at stake for me is what's always at stake:  how we understand our history and what we do with it.

     

    I should state right here that I was born and raised in Barrio Indiera Baja of Maricao, a region that, in 1797, had 2000 or so people who identified themselves to census takers as "indios."  That I grew up finding shards of pottery and broken stone ax heads in the river, that there were people who showed up, perhaps once or twice a year, at the small country store, short of stature, with broad faces, coppery skin and straight black hair, who lived in remote, off-road places, bought only metal tools and other manufactured goods and called themselves indios, too.  That my mother's profile, her high cheekbones and back slanting brow, who she felt herself part of, the strands of familial story clinging to that profile, her buried rage and despair, are every bit as good as a double helix to me.

     

    I am also a student of attempted genocide, historical trauma, uprooted memory and the denial, by colonists, of the existence of the people whose land and resources they take.  I have a bias toward the existence of people who are said to be extinct, especially by those who tried to extinguish them.

     

    In 2000 I interviewed an old woman in Indiera whose grandmother had been captured, in the early days of the mountain coffee economy,  and forced into servitude on an hacienda.  She spoke an indigenous language and did not wear European clothing or eat what hacendados ate.  She had to be locked in a room and punished for some time before they could force her to put on a dress, eat bread, and accept marriage to one of the plantation workers.  She taught her granddaughter how to make birthing mats out of special plants, and grow medicine.  It doesn't matter what proportion of that woman's genes were from Taino ancestors. She carried Taino stories.

     

    So my question is not how many of my chromosomes come out of the hills above Toa Alta, and before that, up the long island-hopping journey from the mouth of the Orinoco.

     

    My question is this.   What would it mean if we were to accept, as a nation, that we are all, one way or another, descended from real, living, Taino people, as we are from the real, living people of dozens of African nations, the many ethnicities and little kingdoms that became Spain, and the assortment of other foreigners who washed up on our shores?  That we are responsible to that indigenous ancestry, to their artistry and science, to their knowledge of the land, their respect for its trees, their grief and hope?  What if, in the absence of proof, we just said yes?  We are, among other things, an indigenous Caribbean nation, carriers of those stories.

     

    Perhaps at other moments it might have meant other things, but right now, at this critical tipping point, to claim our indigenousness is to claim our place in a great hemispheric upheaval, the indigenous-led insurgency that is making of Latin America the most hopeful place on earth.

     

    A significant part of that hope is the implementation of policies that not only reclaim the continent's wealth for its people, but draw upon the ecological expertise of its indigenous peoples to manage and protect those resources.

     

    I don't know how many of the people who breathed the air of Boriken on that first day in 1493 belong in my family tree, or how many living descendants they have in today's far flung Boricua diaspora.  It doesn't matter.  I am, like all of us, a child of that moment, and privileged to live in this one, and I am far less interested in who begat whom, than I am in what we, the heirs to that collision, will make of our own plurinational future.

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    Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Jewish writer, historian and visual artist.  She is the author of Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas, Kindling: Writings from the Body, and an earlier version of Medicine Stories, and co-author, with Rosario Morales, of Getting Home Alive, and Cosecha and Other Stories. She is proud to be the daughter of a renegade anthropologist whose 1960s M.A. thesis, Tropes Tipique was a critique of the racism and colonial ideology of Claude Lévi-Strauss. She blogs at www.auroralevinsmorales.com and can be reached at  aurora@historica.us.

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    San Juan, 7 feb (PL) Los puertorriqueños amigos y solidarios con Cuba mantendremos nuestro respaldo al pueblo y la Revolución cubana, afirmó aquí la presidenta del Comité de Solidaridad con Cuba en este país, Milagros Rivera.

     

    Papa aprueba beatificación del arzobispo Oscar Arnulfo Romero
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    Romero, que se caracterizó por defender a los más pobres y desprotegidos, fue asesinado el 24 de marzo por el disparo de un sicario, ordenado por un escuadrón de la muerte de la extrema derecha, cuando oficiaba misa en la capilla de un hospital para enfermos de cáncer, en los días previos al estallido del conflicto armado salvadoreño.

     

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    El viernes, 6 de febrero de 2015, la Zona MINH Trujillo Alto-Carolina llevó a cabo una conferencia en la sede del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano en San Juan, titulada: COINTELPRO y sus efectos sobre la lucha por la independencia. La conferenciante fue la Dra. Mary Anne Merrill Ramírez, dirigente hostosiana. Fotos: Luis López / MINH / Clic en título para ver más fotos.

     

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    ¿Quién no recuerda la esquina, avenida o comunidad donde repartía el periódico? ¿La satisfacción y orgullo de llevar por todo Puerto Rico el mensaje de la independencia?

    Hoy en el MINH necesitamos de tu compromiso solidario. Apóyanos en nuestro kiosco en el Festival de Claridad del 26 de febrero al 1ro. de marzo. Selecciona tu turno y comunícate con nosotros. Ven y conversemos sobre todas esas anécdotas, mientras periódico en mano, construíamos la Patria.

     

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    MUS en Apoyo a una Educación con Perspectiva de Género

     
    Recientemente el Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico ha dado a conocer que implementará en el currículo educativo la Perspectiva de Género. A raíz de esto, sectores fundamentalistas religiosos han sus levantado voces cargadas de fanatismo y enajenación.
     
    La Perspectiva de Género se fundamenta en una mirada clara entre los géneros y sus relaciones de poder. Al instaurar la Perspectiva de Género se busca erradicar lo que a través de la historia, ha sido un patrón cultural nocivo que ha reproducido la discriminación y perpetuidad de un estado de desigualdad frente al estado al no reconocer ni validar la diversidad.
     
    La Perspectiva de Género trasciende condiciones establecidas por el sexo que una persona nace e incluso, también trasciende sus preferencias o no preferencias sexuales. A través de la inclusión en nuestro sistema educativo estamos recociendo fallas en nuestra visión actual y haciendo un llamado al replanteamiento de la misma con expresiones concretas en todos los aspectos de nuestra vida cotidiana, tales como las dinámicas fomentadas y abiertamente aceptadas en el trabajo, las relaciones familiares, el rol las organizaciones cívicas, la apreciación del arte, las responsabilidades de las empresas, lo económico, la salud, la ciencia, la sexualidad, la política, la religión y la historia, entre otros muchos aspectos de la vida que se podrían tomar en consideración.
     
    Se trata de crear una nueva concepción del mundo y de la vida, que intenta atemperar la forma en que el estado y las personas se relacionan entre sí en estos tiempos. Es una visión que asume la responsabilidad de hacer varias cosas: Intenta erradicar el machismo, el “hembrismo”, el patriarcado, la segregación, la xenofobia y la homofobia, entre muchas otras formas de discrimen y manifestaciones de odio. Haciendo énfasis en la creación de una sociedad equilibrada, respetuosa a la diversidad e inclusiva en términos sociales.  Y a través de las garantías de los derechos humanos y civiles sin mirar el género de quien participa a través de la dimensión del estado y el gobierno, asumiéndolo como una obligación moral y una herramienta de justicia social.
     
    El término “género”, es una gran aportación que ayuda a comprender las relaciones entre hombres y mujeres, y la diversidad dentro de ellos, con el fin de permitir el análisis dentro de un modelo que no se asignen roles y conductas a las personas en base a una categoría según su sexo.
     
    Sobre esto, Luis Ibrahym Casiano menciona: “La confusión o el desconocimiento de la diferencia entre lo que es el sexo vis a vis el género, es una de las razones principales por la cual hoy se penaliza a una mujer por la forma de vestir, al igual que al hombre que no cae en la falsa normativa del “macho”. También a la hora de la paga, teniendo mujeres en lugares estratégicos de empleo recibiendo menos salario por las mismas responsabilidades que ejerce un hombre. Además de la existencia de una falsa supremacía del carácter masculino, el cual en la vida tradicional lo representan y lo refuerzan desde las estructuras de poder, como la política y la religión, poniendo en desventaja a la mujer, a la comunidad LGBTT, y en ocasiones hasta al mismo hombre. Partiendo de cosas tan elementales como la utilización de frases, tales como; lo fea que se ve una mujer fumando, el hombre de la casa es quien decide y provee, lo nefasto de ver una relación familiar compuesta por una madre o un padre soltero y sus hijos, y hasta el juzgarles en sus relaciones interpersonales.”
     
    Al Movimiento Unión Soberanista, le consta lo difícil que es el superar miedos,  transformar actitudes y abandonar prejuicios con raíces profundas. Sin embargo, estos son pasos necesarios para producir un cambio en beneficio del colectivo. El velar que aquellos en el poder no actúen contra el avance de cualquier sector marginado como un efecto en reacción a la postura del fundamentalismo religioso y sus interpretaciones excluyentes, es trabajo de todos. Si el Estado propicia a través de la escuela espacios educativos para que los estudiantes, la facultad y la administración establezcan relaciones más inclusivas basadas en principios de equidad, podremos garantizar relaciones de respeto hacia los derechos humanos y una mejor convivencia entre todos en los diferentes ámbitos de la vida.
     
    Vemos como fundamental y necesario que la escuela sea un ambiente donde se promueva la formación de personas con una idea clara de quienes ellos son y se les permita serlo. Un ambiente en donde se le ofrezca entendimiento de cómo el mundo es y la gran diversidad que se manifiesta diariamente en él. Debemos trascender los conceptos que predominan actualmente de la masculinidad y feminidad en unos más amplios que abonen mejores puertorriqueños y puertorriqueñas en general.  

    En conclusión, el Movimiento Unión Soberanista apoya contundentemente la inclusión de un currículo que incluya una visión holística de la perspectiva de género en nuestro sistema público de educación. Entendemos la misma será un elemento democratizador y liberador, posibilitando así la revalorización de los roles de la mujer y el hombre, convirtiéndose en una herramienta de cambio y desarrollo humano para ambos en su mayor expresión y diversidad. Estamos ansiosos de continuar construyendo soberanía un mejor mañana y esto es un excelente paso en esa dirección.

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    Bienvenidos al primer número de la revista quincenal de la Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos "La Orilla del Mar", con artículos en Inglés y Español.

     

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    Nueva Canción de Oscar!

    Por Gabo Miranda

     

    Saludos,

    Les habla Gabo, cantautor boricua, autor de 3 discos, y artista orgulloso de nuestra patria, Puerto Rico. Como parte de mi compromiso con la causa de Oscar López Rivera, escribí "Canción de Oscar" para poner mi grano de arena. Estoy trabajando de cerca con personas y organizaciones que colaboran y llevan acabo labores por este motivo y me he comprometido con ellos para ayudarlos de esta manera.

     

    Con la compra del tema, el cual cuesta $1, parte del dinero se donará para sufragar gastos incurridos en distintos esfuerzos, que tienen como meta final la liberación de Oscar. Les agradecería si nos ayudan a que su público conozca de esta iniciativa, motivarlos a comprarla y compartirla en las redes, y así, buscar que la gente ponga su grano de esta manera tan sencilla; buscar que la gente la comparta en sus páginas para que así aumente el número de personas que pueda aportar y compartirla a su vez.

     

    El tema se encuentra disponible en Bandcamp, ITunes y Amazon. Es mi opinión que la mejor plataforma para aportar es Bandcamp ya que te permite, si es que deseas, aportar mas del dólar que cuesta la canción. Escuchelo en Bandcamp.

     

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    En manos de Obama carta por Oscar López 
    Por Gloria Ruiz Kuilan, El Nuevo Día
     
    Se la entregó la congresista Nydia Velázquez en representación de la comunidad estudiantil de la UPR en Río Piedras
     

    El presidente estadounidense Barack Obama recibió la semana pasada una carta a la mano de la congresista Nydia Velázquez en la que el presidente de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), Uroyoán Ramón Emeterio Walker junto al rector del Recinto de Río Piedras, Carlos Severino, y  estudiantes del campus abogan por la excarcelación del preso político, Oscar López Rivera.

    Esta iniciativa se cuajó desde noviembre del año pasado, pero no fue hasta el 29 de enero que se le pudo entregar la carta directamente al presidente, explicó Severino. La misiva es un acto novel puesto que ningún presidente de la UPR se había hecho eco de la campaña que busca traer de vuelta a Puerto Rico a López Rivera.

    "Estratégicamente pensamos que era muy importante que el presidente de los Estados Unidos recibiera esta correspondencia sin ningún tipo de filtro. Estamos muy satisfehcos de que la congresista haya ayudado enormemente a cumplir con ese propósito estratégico. Y que el presidente conozca de primera mano nuestra recomendación como recinto, nos llena de mucho agrado", sostuvo Severino.

    Se desconoce qué, si algo, manifestó el presidente tras recibir la carta, dijo Severino.

    Sin embargo, "la expectativa es crear conciencia de la justicia y de la necesidad de que Oscar López sea excarcelado prontamente", afirmó el rector. 

     

    Oscar López Rivera, Nelson Mandela, and U. S. Colonialism 
    By Ángel L. Carrión Maymí
     

    Oscar López Rivera is a freedom fighter for the independence of Puerto Rico. He has the unenviable distinction of being the longest-held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the United States. He was charged with seditious conspiracy, that is, to conspire to end the United States government's control over Puerto Rico through force, via membership in the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN). Initially, he was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1981; later, in 1987, 15 more years were added to his sentence due to an alleged conspiracy to escape, a charge that according to his defense attorney, Jan Susler, was fabricated by the government.[1] In total, Oscar's prison sentence amounts to 70 years. Thus far, he has completed 32 of those years. Susler, in an interview for the online newspaperNoticel, said:

    [When he and the others [Puerto Rican nationalists] are charged with conspiracy, it's basically because the government didn't know who had done what, or what exactly they had done. Conspiracy is not having done something. It is a charge of having agreed to put an end to colonial control of the United States in Puerto Rico. If the U. S. government had known that they had done something specific, they would have charged them with other crimes, but that was not the case. Given the lack of evidence, they charged them only with seditious conspiracy.[3]] 

     

    Puerto Rico en la CELAC:

    By 

    Rafael Cancel Miranda

     

    There are those who say that Sandino lives

    And I would say that is true

    We hear him in CELAC

    In the voices of the two speakers from the Caribbean.

     

    Che Guevara said that Latin American revolutionaries would be measured by their stand on Puerto Rico. And Allende, Bolivar, Tupac Amaru, Chávez or the great apostle of liberty José Martí would say that the freedom of the countries which partake of CELAC would also be measured by their stand on Puerto Rico. Thank you Nicaragua. thank you Commander Ortega.

     

    Of course Sandino lives! Each day I feel honored and proud of the fact that the only passport I've ever held and used is the Nicaraguan passport. Since I've never accepted nor will I ever accept the imposition of U.S. citizenship, a citizenship imposed in spite of the fact that it had been rejected by the Puerto Rican Parliament in 1917, I don't use the U.S. passport. I'm a Puerto Rican, not a U.S. citizen. I could be a Nicaraguan, Cuban, an Ecuadorian, a Venezuelan, a Guatemalan, or a citizen of any other country of our greater homeland in Latin America. But I'll never be an Anglosaxon.

     

    My thanks to Cuba and Venezuela for their support and solidarity with our efforts to free my country, Puerto Rico.Also, my thanks to Ecuador and to those who quietly assisted us in this third summit of CELAC.

     

    Puerto Ricans rebelled on the 23rd of September of 1868 against the Spanish empire. We rebelled again on the 30th of October of 1950 against the Anglosaxon empire. We've engaged in rebellion within our own national Puerto Rican territory, as well as within the belly of the beast.

     

    We've endured the bombings of the U.S. Navy, (May 12, 1898,) we've endured political persecution, imprisonments, massacres, brain washings, but we're still standing. We've been used against our own Latin American and Caribbean brothers and sisters. Yet you have seen in CELAC, through the presentation of Comrade Ruben Berríos Martínez, that we have not been beaten. They have destroyed our economy, but they have not been able to destroy our culture or spirit.

     

    As long as the Puerto Rican nation is not free, as long as the Malvina Islands are not returned to Argentina, and Guantánamo is not returned to Cuba, Latin America is not free. I know that the U.S. will never return to Mexico the territory it stole from her, half of its territory, in fact.

     

    I spent 28 years of my life in the prisons of the U.S. empire. But I'm a man who continues to dare to be free, like Oscar López Rivera, who has so far spent 34 years in the prisons of the Yankee empire for fighting for the independence of his homeland, which he has every right to do. Oscar like myself, is as much a Puerto Rican as a Latin American. To fight for his excarceration is to fight for our own liberation.

     

    Let us fight the criminal blockade against Cuba. Let us fight the Yankee attacks on Venezuela. Let us fight together for the well-being of our countries, as we'll also be fighting for our greater Latin American homeland, which belongs to all of us.

     

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    January 31, 2015

     

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    El Senado Académico de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey emitió el viernes, una resolución con el fin de distinguir académicamente a Oscar López mediante una invitación para que este sea el orador invitado de su Lección Magistral.

     

    "Hemos determinado que Oscar sea nuestro Orador Invitado porque su mensaje y actitud de amor a la patria y su llamado a la solidaridad y a la unión del pueblo son gestos que deseamos que nuestros estudiantes emulen. Su caso ha trascendido a nivel mundial porque en el lugar que hoy está Oscar antes estuvieron Mahatma Gandhi y Nelson Mandela, son hombres cuyo pensamiento trasciende el tiempo. Y hoy más que nunca las reflexiones de Oscar son oportunas para nuestro país" dijo el doctor Mario Medina, Rector de UPR-Cayey mediante un comunicado de prensa. 

    El doctor Medina mencionó que inició las gestiones institucionales para que se le solicite al Bureau de Prisiones Federal (BOP) y al Presidente Obama que intercedan en el caso de Oscar López. 

    "Si no ocurre el indulto. Entonces deseamos que el Mensaje de Oscar para nuestros estudiantes sea leído por su hija Clarisa López Ramos. Esta iniciativa también es un acto de solidaridad al reclamo de liberación de Oscar. Queremos que lo liberen, es tiempo ya" sostuvo Medina. 

     

     

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    "Oscar en las Calles" llega a Pittsburgh
    Por Esmirna Matos, Red Boricua Nacional Pro-Derechos Humanos, Pittsburgh
     
     
    Gracias a la compañera Ana López, quien nos entrego la imagen de Oscar al regresar de Puerto Rico. Oscar esta parado al lado de la estatua de Roberto Clemente Walker en el estadio Three Rivers en Pittsburgh.

     

    33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar in Washington Heights

     

     
    By Marina Ortiz, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar
     
    On Sunday, January 25th, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar rallied on 181st Street and Broadway in Washington Heights. The group of mostly Puerto Rican activists were joined this month by several Dominican sisters and other local allies.

     

    As they do every month, the group began their 33-minute action precisely at 4:00 pm to create awareness among the Upper Manhattan community and further the movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

     

    33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar is a group of women from New York City committed to securing Oscar López Rivera's freedom. The group holds monthly rallies for 33 minutes on the last Sunday of every month from 4:00 - 4:33pm to signify the 33 years that Oscar has been imprisoned in federal penitentiaries, and will continue to hold monthly rallies until he is released. The rallies coincide with actions occurring at the same date and time in San Juan, Puerto Rico that were initiated by 32 women in 2013 to mark Oscar's 32nd year of imprisonment.

     

     

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    About Oscar López Rivera

     

    Often described as the Nelson Mandela of our generation, Oscar López Rivera is the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of the nation's independence movement.  Activists, singers, politicians, actors, students, religious leaders and lawyers the world over have called on President Barack Obama to exercise his Constitutional power of pardon, and to grant immediate and unconditional release to Oscar López Rivera.

     

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    "We need to teach and re-teach the story of Oscar López Rivera"
    By Luis Cotto, Todo CT Con Oscar
     

    Hartford, CT - More than 200 people came to Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood for an event held to raise further awareness of the case of Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. 30 artists from around the state took part in this arts showcase style event called 'Todo CT Con Oscar' (All of CT with Oscar). The event was collaboratively put on by the arts group, Center Without Walls and the Residents Committee at Billings Forge. 65 letters were signed to be sent to President Barack Obama calling for Oscar to be freed.

     

    Known as Puerto Rico's Nelson Mandela, Oscar López Rivera is a Puerto Rican Independentista and political prisoner serving 70 years for seditious conspiracy.  He is the only remaining Independentista remaining behind bars, the other eleven were granted clemency by President Clinton. international support has grown for the release of Oscar, Including calls from Nobel Peace Laureate South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Eduardo Bhatia, president of the Puerto Rican Senate. The National movement is spearheaded by the National Boricua Human Rights Network.

     

    The day started with contextual talks from Jorge Luis Limeres who spoke passionately about Oscar Lopez Rivera's life followed by Steve Thornton who gave a history of Hartford and its own history within the Puerto Rican Independence movement. These two talks were sandwiched by local youth who played two movements of a seven movement piece composed by Jack Delano. Jack Delano's son, Pablo was one of the participating artists of the day.

     

    The day progressed for over four hours with manifestations of poetry, music, and food provided by the local residents community. The younger generation was in full effect on this day. Poet Zulynette Morales wrote on her Facebook wall, "THIS is the type of learning environment needed everywhere. I didn't know diddly squat about Oscar Lopez Rivera before being invited to perform but what better time to learn than now? Each one teach one!"

     

     

    This emphasized what we all know. We need to teach and re-teach the story of Oscar Lopez Rivera. We cannot be content having wonderful tertulia's with our own peoples aka "the choir" but strive to look for more ways to bring diverse people together to spread the message in an accessible way.

     

    In Hartford, we found a way to do it as the art, poetry and music spanned genre's from traditional nueva trova to indie rock. The oldest performer was in his late 60s, the youngest, 12. Everyone who attended, came away with a wonderful base understanding of Oscar Lopez Rivera's plight and, better yet, a number of families approached me afterwards with a, "what's next!?"

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    CD dedicated to Oscar López Rivera


    By Armando Pacheco Matos
     

    Project Patria y Cultura, Inc. has made the liberation of Oscar López Rivera a priority. We recorded a CD in Spanish with professional, well known, musicians from Puerto Rico in October of 2014. The CD contains a song entitled "A Oscar López Rivera" and the entire CD is dedicated to Oscar López Rivera.

     

    This CD has been promoted all over the world. It has been to: Germany, Spain, England, Canary Islands, France, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, Perú, México, Argentina, República Dominicana, Cuba, United States, Venezuela -actually we put the Master Copy in the hands of President Nicolás Maduro on September 23, 2014 at Hostos Community College in the Bronx-, and Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico we covered almost all of the radio stations. Radio listeners actually called the stations asking them to replay the songs, especially the one entitled "A Oscar Lopez Rivera". At Oscar birthplace -San Sebastián- Radio Progreso and Radio Raices embraced the CD. At Radio Raíces the interviewed became a celebration that spilled out to the "Promesa de  Los Reyes Magos which was dedicated to Oscar whose birthday is on January 6.  Project Patria y Cultura was represented by Professor Ana Lopez from New York Coordinadora and Professor Elmer Sánchez who lives in Puerto Rico and has dedicated most of his time to free Oscar. 

     

    Around 300 CDs were donated to several organizations involved in the struggle to liberate Oscar to help them financially with the work. Oscar knows of the song and the CD and communicates consistently with Project Patria y Cultura's President Armando Pacheco Matos. We want to make ourselves available to perform at a reduced price on any activity that have to do with Oscar or with the liberation and culture of Puerto Rico. Please visit our website www.patriaycultura.com and check us out on Facebook at Patria y Cultura. Obama Free Oscar Now!

     

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         Demanding Oscar's immediate release.

     

         Join the scholars, academics, and people of conscience around the world-including prominent figures such as Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, acclaimed novelist and activist Arundhati Roy, and philosopher and public intellectual Cornel West -who are demanding Oscar's release.

     

         Published online by the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia. 

     

         We are in many cities across the US.

     

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    The Water's Edge, the bi-weekly magazine of the National Boricua Human Rights Network, publishes the latest news about the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, a 72 year old Puerto Rican political prisoner convicted for seditious conspiracy, has spent the last 33.5 years imprisoned for his political beliefs, is the object of a campaign which has united Puerto Rican civil society, Nobel Laureates, as well as support throughout the US and internationally. 

    Oscar López Rivera has become known as the Nelson Mandela of Latin America.

    La Orilla del Mar, la revista quincenal de la Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos, publica las últimas noticias acerca de la Campaña a favor de la liberación de Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, un preso político puertorriqueño de 72 años condenado por conspiración sediciosa, ha pasado los últimos 33.5 años encarcelado por sus creencias políticas y es el objeto de una campaña que ha ganado el apoyo de la sociedad civil puertorriqueña, de ganadores de Premios Nobel y de otros a lo largo de Estados Unidos y a nivel internacional.

     

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    The Neo-Taíno Movement
    and the Return of the
    Old Anglo Neo-Imperialist Scholarship
    By Gabriel Haslip-Viera (February 6. 2015)

     

    As some of you know, there are a number of Caribbean Latinos, especially among Puerto Ricans, who claim an exclusive Native American or "Taíno" identity and pedigree. They have made these claims despite the fact that they are genetically mixed hybrids that have no demonstrated historical continuity with the indigenous populations of the pre-Columbian period aside from the cultural influences that have survived up to the present day.

    There are also a number of Anglo academics, along with a few colleagues among Dominicans, Cubans and Puerto Ricans, who have become doctrinaire supporters of individuals who claim "Taíno" ancestry and also support their politics of racial divisiveness and their wish for official recognition. These individuals include most notably, the historian, Lynne Guitar, and cultural anthropologists Peter Ferbel (a.k.a Pedro Ferbel Azcarate) and Maximilian Forte, who ignore or minimize the importance of the following facts:  

    1. The pre-1492 indigenous population (unmixed with Spaniards, Africans and others outside the Americas) became extinct in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola by the early decades of the1600s
    2. A relatively small subset of the pre-1492 indigenous population mixed with Spaniards, Africans and others during the 16th and early 17th centuries. This population became the basis for the hybrid creole population that we see today.
    3. The "Indians" officially counted in Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo in the late 1700s were most probably hybrids already, and in the case of Puerto Rico, they were probably brought to that island from other parts of the Caribbean and Mexico.
    4. The Puerto Rican students at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s were not "Indians" in actuality
    5. The mid-20th century and contemporary storytelling about an exclusive "Indian" pedigree for Puerto Ricans and Dominicans has not been corroborated by other evidence
    6. and most importantly, there is no evidence for the existence of a specific self-identified "Indian" or "Taíno" community or tribe in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic at any time since the early 1600s. 

    Lynne Guitar and Peter Ferbel wrote dissertations and carefully crafted articles about the indigenous experience in the Dominican Republic soon after they received their doctorates in the 1990s. However, they subsequently began to make increasingly absurd claims about the alleged importance of connections between the pre-Columbian Taínos and the contemporary population of the Dominican Republic with the not too subtle suggestion that these claims were also applicable to Puerto Rico and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean in general.

    Anthropologist Peter Ferbel should be seen as a romantic who is generally critical of polices that would further the economic, social and political modernization and development of the Dominican Republic. He does so  at the same time that he extols the alleged virtues of the "many lifeways" of the surviving campesino culture alleged by Ferbel to be exclusively Taíno, including agricultural practices, crafts, tools and technologies that would otherwise be judged as pre-modern or backward.

    Although self-identified as an academic, Ferbel has also taken the position that spokespersons for the "Taíno revival movement" need not respond to criticisms of their claims by researchers or scholars in an academic setting. Ferbel also fails to recognize or stress the real importance of the biological and cultural hybridity of contemporary Dominicans at the same time that he emphasizes the alleged importance and influence of the pre-Columbian Taino on contemporary Dominican society and culture.

     

    Ferbel's comments have been riddled with confusion and even contradictions. He has tried to address some of the complex realities that are seen in contemporary Dominican history, society and culture, but he eventually returns to his support for those who assert Taíno ancestry. By contrast, historian Lynne Guitar has become rigidly doctrinaire in the positions that she takes with regard to these claims. In a 2013 internet video, Guitar made the absurd and unsupported claim that there were "four to six" million Taínos on Hispaniola at the time of Spanish arrival, that there were "400,000 Taíno survivors" on that island in 1600, and that Dominican culture and the Dominican people "are still and have always been Taíno,"  

    Although Ferbel can be labelled a romantic and Guitar can be seen as a rigidly doctrinaire historian, anthropologist Maximilian Forte should be seen as the most political and problematic of the three persons discussed in this posting. Forte has adopted what is called "action" or "participatory action research" in his approach to the study of individuals and groups in the Caribbean who claim or have been recognized as indigenous. Ideally, "participatory action research" involves a supportive interventionist approach to the study of human subjects. In this approach, academics can assist and even become social or political advocates for populations that are being studied. This kind of intervention is ideally seen as politically progressive if the researchers are studying victimized populations, or groups advocating for reform or advancement in social, political or cultural settings. Examples include research as well as assistance and advocacy for the Amazonian tribes of South America, or research that may result in some sort of positive social or political reform in particular countries or regions. However, this kind of research can also be shortsighted, ill-considered, or even abused in ways that may produce problematic or negative outcomes. Maximilian Forte needs to be seen as one of the abusers. 

    For the most part, Forte's has focused his research on the indigenous Santa Rosa Carib Community of Arima in Trinidad, but he also tries to give the impression that he has expertise on those groups that claim indigenous origins in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and its Diaspora. He has actively intervened in the politics surrounding this issue since the mid-1990s by creating websites and articulating doctrinaire partisan positions in support of those who claim Native American or "Taino" ancestry and pedigree. In the late 1990s, he created Kacike, a now defunct online journal alleged to be peer-reviewed but actually partisan in its approach and controlled by Forte. He also founded or co-founded the "Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink," which also had a journal now called the Review of the Indigenous Caribbean, which he also controls.

    Forte has bragged about his interventionist approach on indigenous issues in his research-especially with regard to his alleged creative use of the internet. According to conference presentations and published articles, he has "acted as a direct contributor and co-constructer in the preparation of websites" for his subjects. He has constructed web-based information resources that foster communities of "interacting interests." He has assisted recognized and un-recognized indigenous groups "with whatever technological, graphic and writing knowledge" might be required. He also has "worked with leading members" of indigenous communities on all sorts of issues that might advance their agendas. The groups supported, among others, include those that claim "Taíno" identity and pedigree with the backing for these groups provided regardless of the merits of their claims and political agendas.

    Forte's support for the groups that claim Taíno ancestry has been arrogantly absolute despite his very limited knowledge of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. He seems to believe that the particulars of the indigenous experience in Trinidad can be applied to Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. He is scornful of nationalist policies of economic, social and political development and modernization.  He is dismissive of the reality and the ideals of biological and cultural hybridity and creolization in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean which he doesn't actually engage in his writings. He adopts a totally bogus interpretation of the biological extinction of the pre-1492 Taíno Amerindian population (unmixed with Africans, Spaniards, etc.). He attacks or is dismissive of the earlier research that has been published on the history, creolization and modernization of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico despite the fact that he has not embarked on his own systematic review of this literature. He therefore relies on the partisan writings or statements of individuals such as Ferbel, Guitar, the pseudo-scholar, Tony Castanha, and the spokespersons for the Neo-Taíno movement.

    What is seen here is the continuation of the worst aspects of the old Anglo neo-imperialist scholarship of non-European peoples and cultures. This time by persons who arrogantly believe that they have taken a politically positive and morally progressive and justifiable position on issues they really don't understand and have not studied with the required rigor.

     

    I close by offering examples of this type of approach focusing on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and its Diaspora by the individuals cited in this posting:
     

    Ferbel, Peter (aka Ferbel Azcarate with Lynne Guitar and Jorge Estevez). "Ocama-Daca Taíno (Hear Me, I Am Taíno)" in Maximilian C Forte, ed.
    Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean: Amerindian Survival and Revival. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

    Forte, Maximilian. "'We are not extinct:" The revival of Carib and Taino identities, the internet, and the transformation of offline indigenes into online 'N-digenes'"
    Sincronia, 2002:
    Forte, Maximilian. "Caribbean Aboriginals Online: Digitized Culture, Networked Presentation."
    Forte, Maximilian. "Extinction: The Historical Trope of Anti-Indigeneity in the Caribbean."
    Issues in Caribbean Amerindian Studies, Vol.6, No. 4, August 2004-August 2005:
    Forte, Maximilian.
    Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean: Amerindian Survival and Revival. New York: Peter Lang, 2006: see Chapter 1, 6, and 13.

    Forte, Maximilian. "Internet Indigeneity & Anthropological Advocacy: Practicing Anti-Extinctionism, Diffusing Indigeneity, and Web Development as Action Research." 2008: <http://zeroanthropology.net/2008/03/26/internet-indigeneity-anthropological-advocacy-text-of-a-presentation-at-the-university-of-south-florida-march-19-2008/>.

    Forte, Maximilian.
    Who is an Indian: Race, Place and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. Toronto Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2013: see Introduction, Chapter 6, and Conclusion.

    Guitar, Lynne (with Peter Ferbel and Jorge Estevez). "Ocama-Daca Taíno (Hear Me, I Am Taíno)" in Maximilian C Forte, ed.
    Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean: Amerindian Survival and Revival. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

    Guitar, Lynne. Video Presentation Posted on YouTube and "The Lost Taíno Tribe" network, February 23, 2013 at:

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    Gabriel Haslip-Viera is a professor and former chair of the Department of Sociology at City College. He was also Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College from September 1997 to January 2000, and chaired the former Department of Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at City College from 1985 to 1991, and again from 1993 to 1995. A specialist in the social history of colonial Mexico and the evolution of Latino communities in New York City, Dr. Haslip-Viera has lectured extensively on these subjects, and on the relationship between invented racial identities and pseudo-scholarship. He is the author of Race, Identity and Indigenous Politics: Puerto Rican Neo Taínos in the Diaspora and the Island (CreateSpace and Latino Studies Press, 2013) and edited Taino Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics (Markus Wiener, 2001), among many other scholarly articles and books. You can visit his website at  www.haslip-viera.com and he can be reached at haslip-viera@ccny.cuny.edu.

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    Or a ruthlessly inefficient internet where ISPs get to pick and choose whose content gets priority, whose gets slowed down, and whose might never get transmitted at all.

     

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    PRCC Staff Participates in Press Conference About Youth Programming Closings
    By Jorge Cestou

     

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    On January 1, 2015, over 30 agencies throughout the state of Illinois began the new calendar year for their youth programming. These programs provide services to thousands of young individuals through their afterschool tutoring, mentoring, drop-in center services to youth experiencing homelessness, and jobs for youth.

     

    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) was one of those excited agencies to start the year with their excellent programming.

     

    The joy for many of these youth ended last week on January 29, 2015, at 3:47 P.M. with a letter from Governor Bruce Rauner's advising the agencies to cease any and all operations for these programs.

     

    On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, PRCC staff participated in a press conference at the Thompson Center to demand of Governor Rauner to restore all of our programs so our youth can receive these services that help them with getting good grades in school and away from possible trouble. Our programs aid in violence prevention efforts by helping young individuals stay focused on finishing up their homework and receiving mentoring to become productive adults.

     

    "Governor Rauner promised us to support the underserved communities and by closing our programs he is assuring us that his campaign commitment was a lie." `said Fr. Pflegger of Saint Sabina Church.

     

    The participants of this press conference echoed the request to the Governor to restore our programs.   "Restore the contracts. Help our Youth." chanted all press conference and rally participants

     

    Juan Calderon spearheaded the PRCC contingent to this press conference and rally.

     

    Jorge Cestou of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center was interviewed by Univision. He expressed his concern for the wrong action from Governor Rauner to retract contract commitments and explained how not having these programs will affect underserved communities like Humboldt Park, and other Latino communities the PRCC serves.
     

     

    El Rescate Hosts Trans and Gender Nonconforming Healthcare Workshop
    By Jackie González, El Rescate
     
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    We would like to thank you Katja Tetzlaff a graduate student from UIC  whom is working on a master's in Biomedical Visualization/Medical Illustration and have a pre-med background with a  BS in molecular biology and minors in chemistry and art studio.  and Angelica Alonso from UIC,for  offering a presentation and/or workshop last  Friday to our youth (residents) of the program. About trans- and gender nonconforming healthcare. At El Rescate we are always pleased to welcome any individual, Organization or company that is willing to share their time to provide our youth informational sessions, or a learning experience.
     

    Heels On Wheels was a Huge Success!

    By Angie Vera,West Town Bikes
     
    Thanks to our sponsors, and the many friends who came to support us, we raised $2,500 for Girls Bike Club, and the donations are still coming in! We are thrilled to have a new venue partner for upcoming events, Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, that aligns with our values and style. With the money we raised, Girls Bike Club is hoping to expand our gardening, plan a trip for the spring break and explore more of our city by bike. An updated version of the Heels on Wheels fashions will be featured at the 18th Annual Bike Winter Art Show closing party on February 27th. Come support our girls and local cycling artists! Learn more about the Bike Winter Art Show.
     
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    CIC Children Learn to Classify Colors 
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    Jeremiah is using his fine motor skills to classify what color rocks go into which color bowl. He is also using the different colored tongs to classify what rock to pick up and where he should place it at. He did an excellent job with this game and he wanted to play with his other friends, he was excited to teach them how to play and once all his friends understood the game they wanted to race to see who puts all the correct colors in their bowl first. They all had a blast playing this particular game.
     
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    Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez & Family Defenders getting ready for administrative action and the application period!

    By Theresa Paucar, Cong. Luis V. Gutiérrez staff
     
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    In the last few months, the District office of Congressman Luis Gutierrez has been training Family Defenders about immigration actions. Our Family Defenders are learning ways to prepare our families for the application period. 

     

    This last Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Iglesia Rebano, Congressman Gutierrez hosted on event on Immigration executive actions and his special guests were DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin, Pastor Lynette Santiago and additional guests.

     

    More than 650 immigrant families attended our event and were able to hear an overview of the immigration actions directly from the USCIS Director Rodriguez. Families Defenders interviewed 500 families one-on-one and informed them about their eligibility and provided materials so that they can prepare for the application period.

     

    Congressman  Gutierrez is touring the country to educate immigrants about the President's executive actions on immigration and provide more information about the expansion of the successful DACA program and the new DAPA program for parents of U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident children.


     
    For more information visit our website at http://gutierrez.house.gov/immigration-action-national-tour or by calling our Immigration Executive Actions hotline  at 773-342-8490.

     

    Upcoming event in Chicago:

    Congressman Gutierrez and Congresswoman Schakowsky will be attending the event!

    When? Saturday, February 14th, 2015

    Time?  9:30am-2:00pm

    Location?  Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe 1170 N River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

     

    Congressman Gutiérrez has pledged to make Chicago a model community for orienting!

     

    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture opens its first exhibition of the year 2015 with Homecoming "That's Puerto Rican"

    By Bianca Ortiz Declet, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
     

    Last Friday, January 30, 2015 the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture opened the second edition of Homecoming, which was titled Homecoming "That's Puerto Rican". This edition featured a rich variety of local Puerto Rican artists with an aesthetic in which notions of cultural preservation takes precedence. The curatorial discourse divided the artwork in four different themes to categorize this collection: Landscapes & portraits, Across the Street, Legends and folklore and Bread and Memory. This exhibition features the work of Janice Aponte, Miguel Arroyo, Elias Carmona, Noelia Cruz, Lizette Cruz, Benjamin Mercado, Evette Morales, Leo Negrón, Moses Pérez, Patricia Pérez, Francisco Rosado and Martin Soto. This is a very heartwarming exhibit with special attentions in traditional aspects of the Puerto Rican culture.

     

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         The first edition of Homecoming, which took place in September 2014during the museum's grand opening, showed a group of Puerto Rican artists that posses a more individualistic character in matters of their creative language in the "intellectual urge to create original work that mirrors a shared history and the idiosyncrasies of producing art in a transnational context." In this first edition, we had the pleasure of exhibiting these internationally known artists: Bibiana Suárez, Candida Alvarez, Edra Soto, José Lerma, Josue Pellot and Nora Maité Nieves.

     

        Homecoming is a one-year round exhibition project presented in the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture with the purpose of featuring Puerto Rican artists in Chicago and showing the diversity portrayed through our arts and culture.

     

     

    8th Grade Students Learn About High School Life at Clemente

    By Roberto Clemente Community Academy staff
     

    After one of the highest increases in high school enrollment for 2014-15, Clemente is currently supporting this year's 8thgrade students in investigating the great, educational opportunities that the school has to offer!  RCCA is quickly gaining recognition within the community and surrounding area with its highly sought-after CTE career options in Allied Health, Culinary Arts, and Broadcast Technology, as well as its current transition as an IB Candidate School.

    During our recent visit from Jose De Diego, inquiring 8th graders received a tour of the building, met with De Diego Alumni to hear more about high school life at Clemente, and also had the opportunity to visit classrooms to see first-hand what a high school class at Clemente entails. Students received information about our programs and were invited to attend our upcoming open house. For 7th and 8th grade students interested in learning more about student life at Clemente, we encourage you to attend our Cocoa and Cookies open house on Thursday, February 5th from 6:30-7:30pm!

     

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    Chicago Youth Unemployment Highest in Nation

    By Michelle Morales, Alternative Schools Network
     
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    The Alternative Schools Network held its annual summit on youth employment on Friday, January 30, 2015.  Entitled "Youth Employment: A Smart Investment", the event was co-sponsored by and held at the Chicago Urban League on Chicago's south side. Over 275 individuals attended the event, many from area non-profits and alternative high schools.  All that attended were deeply invested in youth employment and had either employed youth through city or state funding, or worked with youth in some capacity. Dr. Paul Harrington of Drexel University presented data and findings showing Chicago, and the state of Illinois, as the leader in youth unemployment - particularly in Black men ages 16-24 years of age.  This finding was startling and raises major concerns and ramifications for the future of Black youth and their ability to enter the workforce.  A copy of the report can be find at http://www.asnchicago.org/youth-employment.  Over 20 youth from area community based organizations and alternative high schools testified to a panel of 14 city and state legislators concerning the importance of work and the skills they learned during their employment over the summer of 2014.  

     

    A call to action was put forth for organizations to demand that Governor Rauner set aside funding for summer employment opportunities for youth.

     
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    From rioting prisoners to Black Panthers to animal-rights defenders, Michael E. Deutsch has been on the front line of the fight for civil rights

    Q: What were the roots of your civic activism?

     

    A: I didn't really become an activist until I got to law school. I graduated [Northwestern] in '69, right at the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

     

    Then I became a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Chicago conspiracy trial was going on; these anti-war activists were put on trial for crossing state lines to encourage riots-basically to encourage demonstrations against the war.

    It was a very colorful trial, and the defendants were from different parts of the anti-war movement; one was a leader of the Black Panthers. I used to go down there and watch. There was this judge, Julius Hoffman, who was very against the defendants. There was a lot of commotion and a lot of acting out and drama in the courtroom. I became very immersed in wanting to become a lawyer who represents people who are fighting injustice, and [in] working for people's rights.

     

    I joined a group of lawyers-which I still am part of-called the People's Law Office, which started in 1969 and is still going strong 45 years later. We represent people who are victims of police abuse and police brutality. We also are very involved in uncovering people who have been wrongfully convicted and have been in prison a long period of time. We've been able to free many people from prison.

     

     
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    Learn about the collaborative genesis of the story of Betsy, a Bronx jazz singer of Puerto Rican and Irish heritage. Hear from co-directors Dudley Cocke and Rosalba Rolón, composers Ron Short and Desmar Guevara, and cast member Elise Santora, who plays the role of Spirit, one of the ghosts spurring Betsy to look into her past.

    See and hear cast members perform heartfelt selections from BETSY! and share anecdotes of their times with co-creator and Nashville piano legend Beegie Adair. Learn about prior mountain-to-mountain musical exchanges between Appalachia and The Bronx.

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    Decenas, sino cientos de miles de puertorriqueños y puertorriqueñas han retado exitosamente el bloqueo económico, social y humano impuesto por Estados Unidos contra Cuba por más de medio siglo.

     

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    Esta última propuesta empresarial, defendida sin escrúpulos por un pasado Secretario de Recursos Naturales, tiene dos aspectos que forman una unidad indisoluble y le dan una escandalosa dimensión de indecencia: a) pone en peligro la salud de toda la población de la isla; b) tendrá efectos nocivos sobre una industria local que no debe ser subestimada: la producción de leche. Veamos estos dos aspectos para considerar el peligro potencial que representan.

     

    Cuba y la Internet: ¿Quién bloquea a quién?
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    El nerviosismo que se ha apoderado de la derecha latinoamericana con la “normalización” de las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba ha desatado una serie de manifestaciones que asombran por la impunidad con que se desfigura la realidad.

     

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    Note: At a time when NYC Mayor de Blasio is refusing to meet with Latino community leaders about his dismal record of Latino appointments to this Administration, we find far too many of our own Latino political and community leaders being more supportive of the Mayor than of their own community. While Latinos make up 29 percent of the city's population, to date we make up only 11 percent of the Mayor's appointments, making our community the most underrepresented in his Administration. And yet, in a February 2, 2015 letter to the Chair of the  Democratic National Committee making the case to hold their national convention in NYC, 28 Latino elected and community leaders had the gall to write that:

     

    New York City is the tip of the arrow when it comes to civic issues most important to the Latino community. There is no city more committed to advancing these causes than New York and thus no better way for the Democratic Party to reach out to this community than by choosing New York to host its convention.

     

    The subject line of the email by the city sending out this letter reads: "Latino officials: No city is more committed to the Latino community than NYC." How can this be when this Administration is effectively casting the Latino community, close of one-third of New York's population, as outsiders of city government and the Mayor refuses to even meet with its leadership to discuss our concerns?

     

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    When people point out that the Latino community is taken for granted by the Democratic Party and that Latino leadership in New York is failing the community, well, the letter below can serve as yet another concrete piece of evidence why this is the case as we, one again, work at cross purposes within our own community. ¡Por esto seguimos siendo jodedos!

     

    ---Angelo Falcón   
     

    Latino Officials: 

    No City is More Committed 

    to the Latino Community Than NYC

     

    February 2, 2015

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Chair, Democratic National Committee

    430 South Capitol Street, SE

    Washington, D.C. 20003

     

    Dear Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz,

     

    The morning after the 2014 midterm elections, Ben Monterroso, the executive director of Mi Familia Vota, a national organization working to advance issues important to the Latino community through increased civic participation, wrote: "For us, the election of 2016 starts today. We want action on issues that matter to our community." And a powerful community it is: an estimated 28 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the 2016 election; that is more than 20% of all votes cast in the 2012 presidential contest. The question, therefore, is not whether connecting with the Latino community is a critical part of any election strategy; that is a given. The question is how to do it.

     

    One answer is to highlight Democratic initiatives and programs already in motion that seek to lift up the Latino community. No city in the country is more committed to that cause than New York and that's why holding the 2016 Democratic Convention in New York is the strongest signal our Party can send.

    New York City just enacted the most ambitious municipal identification card program in the United States. IDNYC provides residents with a free, government--issued photo ID to allow them access to city services regardless of their immigration status. In less than one month, more than 180,000 people have already begun the application process.

     

    Last year, New York City passed and implemented a new paid sick leave law, which requires businesses with five or more employees to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. The legislation, enacted in July over strong conservative objections, helped rekindle national momentum for the idea. Six months later, President Obama called for expanded sick leave in his State of the Union address.

     

    This fall, more than 50,000 students attended the first day of free, full--day prekindergarten through New York City's Universal Pre--K program. The New York Times called it "a milestone of education reform" and several education experts have noted that universal pre--K has been shown to improve minority

    students' academic performance.

     

    New York City is also driving the conversation about minimum wage, a core issue for minority communities. Last year, in a move praised by the United States Department of Labor, the City expanded the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, requiring commercial tenants that receive certain city subsidies to pay workers $13.13 per hour, a 10% increase. By the time our next president is elected, New York State may well have the highest minimum wage in the country at $10.50 per hour. New York's leaders believe strongly that anyone who works full--time shouldn't be fighting to stay above the poverty line.

     

    Perhaps no issue is more important to the Latino community - nor more crucial to the coming election cycle - than immigration. The success of President Obama's initiatives will depend largely on local municipalities' ability to implement them. New York City, home to over 2.4 million Latinos (more than the population of most U.S. cities) has taken the lead: in December, Mayor de Blasio hosted mayors of more than 20 cities from around the country, as well as senior White House officials and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, to discuss the best practices for implementation. The group, Cities United for Immigration Action, is shaping the national immigration debate and pressing for comprehensive reforms.

     

    New York City is the tip of the arrow when it comes to civic issues most important to the Latino community. There is no city more committed to advancing these causes than New York and thus no better way for the Democratic Party to reach out to this community than by choosing New York to host its convention.

    Sincerely,

     

    Tonio Burgos, Member, DNC National Executive Committee

    Melissa Mark--Viverito, NYC Council Speaker

    Rubén Díaz Jr, Bronx Borough President

    José Serrano, Congress Member

    Nydia Velázquez, Congress Member

    Martin Dilan, State Senator

    Jose Peralta, State Senator

    Gustavo Rivera, State Senator

    José Serrano, State Senator

    Marcos Crespo, Assembly Member

    Francisco Moya, Assembly Member

    Félix Ortiz, Assembly Member

    Victor Pichardo, Assembly Member

    Robert Rodriguez, Assembly Member

    Luis Sepúlveda, Assembly Member

    Julissa Ferreras, Council Member

    Annabel Palma, Council Member

    Antonio Reynoso, Council Member

    Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member

    George Miranda, President, Teamsters Joint Council 16

    Julissa Reynoso, Former Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

    Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Community Leader

    Rosita Romero, Community Leader

    Zenaida Mendez, Former President, NYS National Organization for Women

    Sam Cruz, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

    Fernando Ferrer, Former Bronx Borough President 

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    Symposium and Call for Papers:

    One- Hundred Years of the Jones Act and Puerto Rican U.S. Citizenship


    In anticipation of the centennial (1917-2017) of the enactment of the 1917 Jones Act, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) will sponsor a symposium examining the history and legacy of the collective naturalization of Puerto Ricans as United States citizens. The collective naturalization provision of the Jones Act not only departed from all prior precedents, but also established a new precedent for the extension of citizenship to annexed territories. The goal of this symposium is to examine the complexities surrounding the collective naturalization of the inhabitants of an unincorporated territory.

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    The presentation focuses on research examining Puerto Rican adolescents' Latino values and their engagement in risky activities and how they prioritize their Latino family values versus their desires to spend time with peers.

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    Thursday, February 19
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    Porque toda Cuba ansía saberle y porque también deseo enormemente poder contarlo, esta es la historia de cuando un joven universitario del 2015, presidente de la FEU de la Universidad de La Habana, conversó personalmente con el líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana.

     

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    Latino interest group slams de Blasio 

    for underrepresenting community

    The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation says only 11% of the mayor's public appointments have been of Latinos and is preparing to discuss the matter.

    By Oren Yaniv

    New York Daily News (February 3, 2015)

     

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    De Blasio's Latino Blindness

    Mayor de Blasio's Growing Latino Problem

    Will Be Missing from his State of the City Address;

    He Disrespects the Latino Community While Misrepresenting

    His Administration's "Inclusive Leadership"

     

    As Mayor de Blasio prepares to make his 2015 State of the City Address, it will be missing the concerns of close to one-third of the city's population, the 2.4 million New Yorkers of the Latino community. The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation, a citywide coalition of hundreds of Latino community leaders, takes the occasion of the State of the City to call on Mayor de Blasio to take the time to sit down with our leadership to personally brief him on our concerns and work towards solutions that would make the city government's leadership truly inclusive of the Latino community. We call on Mayor de Blasio to make his campaign pledge to address the tale of two cities problem by seriously engaging the close to one-third of the city that is the Latino population that he is consistently ignoring.

     

    Here are the facts: 

    • As of January 21. 2015, only 11 percent of de Blasio's publicly-announced appointments have been of Latinos, despite Latinos making up 29 percent of the city's population.
    • Latinos are the most underrepresented group in de Blasio appointments, compared to Whites, Blacks and Asians.
    • In terms of the city government's overall workforce, Latinos comprise only 20 percent while making up 27 percent of the city's civilian labor force.
    • The underutilization of Latinos in the city government workforce means that the Latino community, one of the poorest in the city, is foregoing an estimated more than $1.6 billion a year in city worker salaries (not including benefits).
    • The city's agencies responsible for assuring a diverse workforce are failing to fairly include Latinos: the Citywide Equal Employment Opportunity Office, the Equal Employment Practices Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the Civil Service Commission and the Mayor's Appointments Office.

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    Without addressing these issues, Mayor de Blasio's State of the City will be incomplete. The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation calls on Mayor de Blasio to finally reach out to the Latino community to fully complete his picture of ONE CITY that he professes to represent.

     

    To find out more and to join our campaign, you're invited to our next

     

    General Meeting

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at 6:00pm

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    Election Shift Puts Vietnamese 

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    Latinos Blame Redistricting

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    Opinion

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: 

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    By Tom Wheeler

    WIRED (February 4, 2015)

    Shot 18 times.
    02/04/2015

    Denver police officers shot and killed 17-year old Latina Jessie Hernandez as she drove a car full of her teenage friends. They shot her 18 times, then cuffed her hands behind her back and roughly dragged her limp body into the street, where she died.

    Last week, Denver police killed 17-year-old Latina Jessie Hernandez.

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    Tell the Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into her death!

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    Denver Police Department has a problem — shooting at a moving vehicle is against department policy, but their officers have done so four times in the last seven months, killing two people and injuring three.1

    But it doesn't stop there. Denver Police Department has a history of excessive force and bullying tactics that have left many dead or injured, and that have cost the city of Denver millions of dollars in legal settlements.2, 3

    According to Denver police, Jessie was driving a stolen car at the time, and that Jessie didn't stop the car when they told her to. But that doesn't excuse shooting at a car full of teen girls.

    It seems clear that Denver Police Department has exhibited a pattern of violating people's civil rights. By increasing national scrutiny on Denver's history of police violence, your petition signature can encourage the Department of Justice to step in and investigate Jessie's death.

    Will you call on Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a civil rights investigation of Denver Police Department and Jessie Hernandez's shooting death?

    A federal investigation is important — if the Justice Department discovers a pattern or practice of civil rights violations, it has the authority to take over the Denver Police Department and enforce important reforms that will protect the civil rights of all citizens.

    Jessie Hernandez's mother has also called for a federal investigation. In a statement, she said, "We are aware of the DPD’s history of conducting lengthy and fruitless investigations that serve only to exonerate its officers. We are dismayed that the DPD has already defended the actions of the officers and blamed our daughter for her own death, even while admitting they have very little information."

    Police and their apologists have tried to take the heat off of themselves by focusing on Jessie's own criminal background. But it seems clear to Jessie's friends, family, and community that she should not be dead right now.

    Will you call on Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a civil rights investigation of Denver Police Department and Jessie Hernandez's shooting death?

    Thanks and ¡Adelante!

    Mariana, Arturo, Erica, Erick, Luis, and the Presente.org team

    P.S. Will you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

    References

    1. ACLU: Moving-car shootings raise questions about police trainingThe Denver Post, Jan. 29, 2015

    2. Allegations of Denver Police Brutality Are Nothing New, 5280, July 30, 2014

    3. Jamal Hunter's jail abuse case shakes Denver law enforcement, The Denver Post, July 27, 2014

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    En la mañana de hoy nuestro Presidente, Pedro Pierluisi, radicó el Proyecto de Admisión más abarcador y contundente en la historia de Puerto Rico. 

    Este Proyecto de Admisión va más allá que un Acta de Admisión y convierte a Puerto Rico en el Estado 51. El proyecto establece que los puertorriqueños votaremos por el Presidente y Vicepresidente, y elegiremos a nuestros Congresistas en las elecciones de noviembre del 2020, una vez prevalezca el Sí en la Consulta de Admisión que propone Pierluisi para antes del final del 2017, donde seríamos admitidos como Estado el 1 de enero del 2021.

    • El Proyecto de Admisión de Pierluisi es el próximo paso lógico y obligatorio para convertir a Puerto Rico EN EL ESTADO 51.
    • El Proyecto de Admisión de Pierluisi es el PROYECTO DE ESTADIDAD con más auspiciadores congresistas que se radica en la historia de Puerto Rico.
    • El Proyecto de Admisión de Pierluisi es el PROYECTO DE ESTADIDAD con más apoyo bipartita (republicanos y demócratas) al momento de radicación en la historia de Puerto Rico.


    APOYEMOS A PIERLUISI, ¡APOYEMOS LA ESTADIDAD!

     

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    Pedro Pierluisi, radicó hoy la Ley del Proceso de Admisión de Puerto Rico como Estado, un proyecto bipartita que resultaría en que la Isla se convierta en estado el 1 de enero 2021, una vez la mayoría del electorado vote a favor de la admisión en una consulta auspiciada por el gobierno federal.

     

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    Como un “paso histórico”, así catalogó el Secretario General del Partido Nuevo Progresista, José Aponte Hernández, la radicación del nuevo proyecto de admisión, presentado esta mañana en la Cámara de Representantes federal por el Comisionado Residente, Pedro Pierluisi.

     

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    El senador por el Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez está en la Capital Federal respaldando al Comisionado Residente en Washington, Pedro Pierluisi en la radicación del Proyecto de admisión de Puerto Rico como Estado. El legislador describió el evento como un paso histórico y de avance en la lucha por la estadidad.

     

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    Varios poderosos alcaldes del Partido Nuevo Progresista apoyaron “abrumadoramente” la radicación del proyecto de admisión del Comisionado Residente y Presidente de la colectividad estadista, Pedro Pierluisi.

    El grupo fue más allá, al declarar a Pierluisi como la “mejor y única opción” para encabezar la papeleta azul en las elecciones generales de 2016.

     

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    Antonio ‘Tony’ Soto asegura que hoy Puerto Rico está más cerca de la igualdad

     

    Con la radicación en el Congreso del proyecto para la Ley del Proceso de Admisión de Puerto Rico como Estado, “el Comisionado Residente, Pedro Pierluisi puso hoy a la Isla más cerca de la igualdad, y ningún estadista puede oponerse a que Puerto Rico dé este paso tan importante para la materialización del ideal progresista”. Así lo expresó hoy el representante Antonio ‘Tony’ Soto.

     

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    Un grupo de representantes del Partido Nuevo Progresistas expresaron hoy, miércoles, su apoyo y ofrecieron ayuda para cabildear a favor del nuevo proyecto de admisión radicado esta mañana por el Comisionado Residente, Pedro Pierluisi, en la Cámara de Representantes federal.

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    Hay un golpe de Estado en marcha en Venezuela. Las piezas están cayendo en su lugar como una mala película de la CIA. A cada paso un nuevo traidor se revela, una traición nace, llena de promesas para entregar la papa caliente que justifique lo injustificable.

     

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    Alejandro Castro Espín, Doctor en Ciencias Políticas e investigador social comparte abiertamente sus consideraciones acerca del restablecimiento de las relaciones de Cuba-Estados Unidos, explica como funciona la democracia participativa cubana y ofrece su percepción sobre el futuro de Cuba.

     

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    ¿Por qué presuponer ahora, linealmente, que debido a las largas colas habrá un comportamiento electoral antagónico si cuando el sabotaje petrolero, existiendo menos dinero en la familia, teniendo en ciernes la formación político-ideológica y careciendo de apoyos externos, el pueblo supo elevarse en dignidad y dar su aprobación contundente al incipiente bolivarianismo como doctrina cívico-militar?

     

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    Contacto: Calixto Negrón Aponte

    Celular: 787-447-0058



    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2 de febrero de 2015. - Luego de la comparecencia del Lic. Rubén Berríos en la III Cumbre de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), el liderato del PIP anunció hoy una nueva ofensiva internacional para presionar a los Estados Unidos para que respondan al reclamo de descolonización del pueblo puertorriqueño y reiteró que Berríos estará presente en la Cumbre de las Américas convocada para Panamá el próximo abril.

    "La intervención del Lic. Rubén Berríos durante la cumbre de la CELAC elevó el tema de Puerto Rico a nivel continental. Por un lado, el Presidente del PIP tuvo la oportunidad de dialogar con varios jefes de estado, quienes manifestaron su interés de recibirle en sus respectivos países, y además se logró que el tema del problema colonial puertorriqueño acaparara la atención de importantes medios de comunicación a nivel latinoamericano e internacional. Hoy, Puerto Rico es un punto importante en la agenda de los jefes de estado y los medios. De importancia fundamental es que lo ocurrido en la CELAC da al traste con cualquier pretensión de bautizar el estatus colonial con cualquier nuevo ropaje. No nos queda duda de que una movida en esa dirección se encontrará con el repudio de toda América Latina", indicó el secretario general del PIP, Lic. Juan Dalmau.

    Con la designación ad honorem del Lcdo. Berríos como asesor especial en asuntos de política internacional y de descolonización del presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, se abren nuevas oportunidades para tener presencia en los diversos cónclaves de organismos internacionales.

    "Esta designación constituye además un espaldarazo definitivo a Rubén Berríos y al independentismo puertorriqueño en el esfuerzo por movilizar la opinión pública latinoamericana y caribeña a favor de la descolonización de Puerto Rico, a la vez que provee un instrumento que garantiza la presencia del independentismo puertorriqueño en todos los foros relevantes de América Latina", señaló el presidente ejecutivo del PIP, Licenciado Fernando Martín.


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    Mayoría del PPD en Senado derrota petición de información a JCA sobre depósito de cenizas de planta de incineración

     

    El Capitolio. 2 de febrero de 2015.- La delegación del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) en el Senado se opuso hoy a la petición de información presentada por la senadora independentista, María de Lourdes Santiago para que la Junta de Calidad Ambiental (JCA) revele el lugar donde "Energy Answers" pretende depositar las cenizas que generará la planta incineradora en el municipio de Arecibo. La determinación se tomó con el pretexto de que el asunto está bajo consideración de los tribunales.


     

    "Esto es una forma de obstaculizar la función fiscalizadora de las minorías y evidentemente con esta acción los legisladores de mayoría se convierten cómplices de la secretividad que ha rodeado elementos esenciales del proceso de permisos otorgados a Energy Answers. Es inaudito que el Senado se oponga a una propuesta tan sencilla, como la de preguntarle a la JCA, qué información tiene sobre el lugar donde se depositarán las 500 toneladas de cenizas que generará todos los días Energy Answer", manifestó Santiago Negrón.


     

    La petición de información fue presentada por la líder pipiola el 26 de enero. A través de la misma se solicita, además, toda documentación que la Junta esté evaluando con el fin de considerar el depósito en cualquier vertedero o en cualquier espacio público o privado, de las cenizas que produciría la quema de desperdicios en el incinerador de Arecibo  propuesto por Energy Answers.


     

    El PIP ha sido un opositor histórico a este tipo de iniciativa para la generación de energía por lo altamente contaminante y peligroso para la salud y seguridad de la ciudadanía y comunidades cercanas; como ha sido la lucha en contra del uso y depósito de las cenizas de carbón provenientes de la planta Applied Energy Systems (AES) en Guayama.

     

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    GROW Elect has helped get 90 Latino Republicans elected in California, all with an eye towards diversifying the Republican Party. But will their strategy of helping to elect moderates work in more conservative states?

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    1 de febrero de 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico - La noche del jueves la legislatura municipal de San Juan aprobó el Proyecto de Resolución, número 54 con el propósito de investigar todo lo relacionado con la construcción del Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra en San Juan. La medida es de la autoría del legislador municipal del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), el Lcdo. Adrián González Costa.

    "Es necesario investigar todo lo relacionado con la construcción de dicho paseo lineal. Han sido numerosos los reclamos de residentes de la Isleta de San Juan en cuanto a diferentes aspectos, como el cierre de carriles, la deforestación y el peligro de la erosión del terreno", señaló el portavoz del PIP en la legislatura municipal de San Juan.

    "Ahora cae en la legislatura municipal de San Juan, la encomienda de actuar con premura y comenzar las citaciones a vistas públicas sin dilación alguna", puntualizó González Costa.

    El proyecto de resolución, número 54 fue aprobado con 15 votos a favor y 2 abstenciones. Se abstuvieron el Lcdo. Marco Rigau, portavoz de la mayoría popular y la Lcda. Aixa Morell, de la delegación de la mayoría también.

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    If a new international trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, it could destabilize Central and South American economies by shipping jobs from Honduras, Chile, and other nations to Asia — deepening poverty in Latin America and triggering more migration to the north. It's happened before — when NAFTA passed in 1994, wrecking certain sectors of the Mexican economy, it triggered a boom in migration across the southern border.

    And if Congress gives President Obama "fast track" authority to quickly pass the bill, this treaty will be one very important step closer to reality. Luckily, more than 150 House Democrats have already signed a letter opposing that move.

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    Las Jefas y los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), conscientes de nuestra responsabilidad para con el desarrollo sostenible de los pueblos y sociedades latinoamericanas y caribeñas que representamos, así como para con la comunidad internacional a la que pertenecemos, reconocemos a la CELAC como el mecanismo de diálogo y concertación política competente para que los 33 países de la Comunidad fortalezcamos la unidad en la diversidad, la integración, la cooperación, la solidaridad y el desarrollo de las capacidades nacionales y regionales, de modo tal que nos permitan avanzar hacia una mayor prosperidad y bienestar de los pueblos latinoamericanos y caribeños.

     

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    La intervención del presidente del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Rubén Berríos Martínez, en la plenaria de la III Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), vino precedida por un intenso forcejeo entre los países que entienden que el derecho inalienable del pueblo de Puerto Rico a su libre determinación e independencia debe ser reclamado sin más espera, representados en el ALBA-TCP, y por otro lado, los países de la Alianza del Pacífico que no quieren inmiscuirse en el tema bajo la excusa de que es el pueblo de Puerto Rico el que tiene que tomar la decisión sin injerencia de países extranjeros.

     

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    Caracas, 28 de enero, AVN.- El presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, convocó la voluntad política de los gobiernos de América Latina y el Caribe para seguir construyendo el nuevo mundo pluripolar y multicéntrico, para lograr la reconfiguración de la región.

     

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    (Costa Rica, 28 de enero, 2015) La copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), Wilma Esther Reverón Collazo se dirigió hoy miércoles al plenario del Evento Social de la Patria Grande.

     

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    San Juan, 29 ene (PL) La intervención del líder independentista Rubén Berríos en el pleno de la III Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac), en Costa Rica, es considerada hoy de un valor enorme para la causa de Puerto Rico.

     

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    Disney's First 

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    * "Disney Reveals New Princess - She's The First of Latin Descent" By Amelia Butterly, BBC (January 30, 2015)

    * "Sorry, Disney's New Princess Elena Probably Doesn't Count As Latina" By Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post (January 29, 2015)

     

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    She's The First of Latin Descent

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    Probably Doesn't Count As Latina

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    Summit of Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC)

     

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    CELAC summit concludes with 

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    5 Things That Happened 

    at the III CELAC Summit

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    Presidente Daniel nombra Asesor para Políticas Internaciones en Materia de Descolonización al Compañero Rubén Berríos


     

     El Presidente de Nicaragua, Comandante Daniel Ortega, nombró al histórico luchador por la Independencia de Puerto Rico, Compañero Rubén Ángel Berríos Martínez, Asesor del Presidente de la República para Políticas Internacionales en Materia de Descolonización.

     
    Así lo informó la Compañera Rosario Murillo, Coordinadora del Consejo de Comunicación y Ciudadanía, a través de su acostumbrada comunicación a través de los Medios de la Familia y Comunidad este viernes.

     
    El nombramiento, leído por la Compañera Rosario, establece que la Constitución Política de Nicaragua, en su artículo 5, señala que "Nicaragua fundamenta sus relaciones internacionales en la amistad, complementariedad y solidaridad entre los Pueblos y la reciprocidad entre los Estados, por tanto se inhibe y proscribe todo tipo de agresión política, militar, económica, cultural y religiosa, así como la intervención en los asuntos internos de otros Estados".

     
    Además, "Reconoce el principio de resolución pacífica de las controversias internacionales con los medios que ofrece el Derecho Internacional y proscribe el uso de armas nucleares y otros medios de destrucción masiva en conflictos internos e internacionales. Asegura el asilo para los perseguidos políticos y rechaza toda subordinación de un Estado respecto a otro. Nicaragua se adhiere a los principios que conforman el derecho internacional americano, reconocido y ratificado soberanamente".

     
    "Por tanto y en uso de las facultades que le confiere la Constitución Política de la República, el Presidente de la República acuerda: 1- Nómbrese al Compañero Rubén Ángel Berríos Martínez asesor del Presidente de la República para Políticas Internacionales en Materia de Descolonización", leyó la Compañera Rosario.

     
    La Compañera valoró que ese nombramiento es para los nicaragüenses un motivo de orgullo; tener como asesor del Presidente a un destacado luchador social, a un destacado luchador independentista, a un héroe de la lucha de su pueblo por esa independencia que Puerto Rico reclama y merece.

     
    Señaló que en horas de la tarde el Compañero Berríos brindará desde la Cancillería de la República, una comparecencia ante los medios de comunicación. Estará acompañado del Canciller en Funciones, Valdrack Jaentschke; el Asesor para Relaciones Internacionales y Política Exterior, ex canciller Padre Miguel D´Escoto; y la delegación de hermanos puertorriqueños que acompañó a Rubén en la Cumbre de la Celac en Costa Rica.

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    Lcdo. Rubén Berrios, padre Miguel D' escoto y el Vice Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores Valdrack Jaentschke . En Conferencia de prensa para designación de Lcdo. Rubén Berríos  como asesor especial de política internacional y descolonización.



    Proclama  para  Nombramiento de Lcdo. Rubén Berríos como asesor especial de política internacional y descolonización.


     

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    Conferencia de prensa-designación de Lcdo. Rubén Berrí­os como Asesor de Presidente de Nicaragua

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    COINTELPRO y sus efectos sobre la lucha por la independencia

     

    El viernes, 6 de febrero de 2015, 

    a las 7:30 p.m. en la sede del MINH, 

    calle 25 NE, #339 Urb.  Puerto Nuevo Norte, San Juan

    Entrando por la esquina de la Ave. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 

    con el restaurante Margarita's y las oficinas del PIP

     

    Conferenciante: Mary Anne Merrill Ramírez, PhD

     

    La compañera Mary Anne Merril Ramírez obtuvo su doctorado en ciencias políticas en 1990, en la Universidad de Texas en Austin. Como parte de su labor e investigación trabajó estrechamente con el Lcdo. Juan Mari Brás en todo lo relacionado con COINTELPRO y los documentos que el FBI hizo públicos. Es parte de la dirección del MINH en la zona de Mayagüez desde su fundación y es miembro de la Dirección Nacional. Además, formó parte del Comité Ejecutivo de la organización.

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    El RESCATE WELCOMES CHICAGO SEMESTER ILC Program and RICARDO M. RODRIQUEZ

    By Linda French, El Rescate Staff
     

    El Rescate welcomes the Chicago Semester Internship Learning Contract (ILC) Program and twenty-year-old student, Ricardo M. Rodriquez.  Ricardo, who identifies as a gay young adult, is currently a Junior at Elmhurst College and is interning at El Rescate.   

                                                

    The ILC is a job description that Ricardo has designed in conversation with Program Director, Jackie Gonzalez and his practicum group.  This intern program explicitly states what Ricardo hopes to learn through his work at El Rescate.  The ILC establishes communication and accountability between students, the site supervisor and Chicago Semester. Ricardo is currently majoring in Urban Studies with a focus in public service and intercultural studies with a specific interest on LGBTQ services.  He also has a double minor in Communications and Sociology. Additionally, Ricardo is the Public Relations Chair of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and mentors first generation college students and, minority students.

     

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    Roberto Clemente Community Academy

    Shooting Hoops with the Chicago Bulls

     

    On Wednesday January 7, Youth Guidance support group B.A.M (Becoming A Man) took a group of 18 sophomore and junior boys to the Bulls vs. Jazz game.  As BAM counselor Brandon Bailys was making final plans, CPS cancelled school for the next day due to extreme low temperatures.  The young men in BAM expressed interest in attending the trip anyway, and Mr. Bailys was able to make it possible.

     

    At the United Center, students entered through the "press/media" door to walk straight through to the court before the players hit the floor.  After a meet-and-greet with the team's officials and a quick group picture with Joakim Noah, a few students got the chance to be interviewed by ESPN: Demetrius Crespo, Ruben Gonzalez, Charly Sandoval, Jose Arce and Anthony Berdecia.

     

    Once the game finished, they made their way down to the court to "check out" (a process that the BAM group uses to sum up their experience in group for the day).  As students were waiting to get started, Joakim Noah walked out with this huge smile on his face and called, "What's up BAM?!"  He connected with the students by showing his BAM bracelet, which he wears in all of his games, and spoke about the game and BAM's core principles.

     

    Clemente student Jorge Miranda then challenged him with, "If I dunk on you, can I get season passes?"  Noah invited the entire group to the court for more pictures and to shoot around.  At first, the students underestimated the NBA size rim so Noah offered, "Next person who shoots a three - I got tickets to the next game for them."  Twenty shots later, sophomore Steven Fitts made the lucky basket, receiving floor-side seats to this past Saturday's game against Charlotte Bobcats.

     

    Finally, everyone on the court circled up to put the trip into perspective during BAM check-out.  "I feel blessed for this opportunity," Peirce McWilliams shared.  Giovanni Espinosa added, "I never thought this is something I would ever be doing.  All in all, this was an experience that none of us here at Clemente will ever forget.

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    Ortega: ¡La voz de Nicaragua es la voz de Puerto Rico!

    Escrito por TeleSUR  

     

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    El jefe de estado nicaragüense instó a la región a no detener sus políticas de inclusión, contra la pobreza y fortalecimiento de la economía, por las decisiones "del imperio, pues ellos siempre van a conspirar".

     

    Copresidenta del MINH habla sobre Oscar y Puerto Rico en plenario en Universidad de Costa Rica
    Escrito por Vilma Soto Bermúdez / MINH

     

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    (Costa Rica, 28 de enero, 2015) La copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), Wilma Esther Reverón Collazo se dirigió hoy miércoles al plenario del Evento Social de la Patria Grande.

     

    Cuba reitera determinación a defender intereses de países del sur
    Escrito por Prensa Latina

     

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    Cuba reitera determinación a defender intereses de países del surSan José, 28 ene (PL) El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, reiteró hoy la solidaridad de su país con los gobiernos de Venezuela, Argentina y Ecuador frente a diferentes acciones que enfrentan y destacó los avances del diálogo sobre el proceso de paz en Colombia.

     

    Cuba rinde homenaje a José Martí en Marcha de las Antorchas
    Escrito por TeleSUR

     

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    Con la tradicional Marcha de Las Antorchas, el pueblo revolucionario de Cuba rindió este martes en la noche un homenaje al héroe de la nación, José Martí.

     

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    Population Trends

    Reputation and the Economy Explain Why Latinos In St. Louis are Comparatively Few

    By Camille Phillips

    St. Louis Public Radio (January 22, 2015)

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    Pierluisi anuncia nueva etapa del Instituto de Política Pública Luis A. Ferré

     

    El Presidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), Pedro Pierluisi, anunció que el Instituto de Política Pública Luis A. Ferré (IPPLAF) estará trabajando activamente durante este año a través de diferentes foros llevando las Soluciones para Puerto Rico que ha estado presentando por los pasados meses, y de una vez estará recibiendo el insumo de los servidores públicos, líderes de las comunidades alrededor de la Isla y demás puertorriqueños que quieran participar. El primer foro se estará llevando a cabo mañana a las 6:30pm en la sede del PNP y estará centrado en desarrollo económico e infraestructura.

    El líder de la Palma señaló que el Instituto de Política Pública Luis A. Ferré tiene como propósito principal el estudiar y proponer medidas de política pública para atender los problemas que enfrenta Puerto Rico. “El Instituto de Política Pública Luis A. Ferré está compuesto por más de 200 profesionales expertos en diferentes áreas y que se han dado a la tarea de aportar a la solución de los problemas que enfrenta Puerto Rico mediante el ofrecimiento de ideas. Tenemos un banco de talento en áreas como educación, economía, salud, seguridad pública, cultura, vivienda, infraestructura, recreación y deportes, asuntos ambientales, derechos civiles, energía, asuntos gubernamentales y municipales, asuntos federales, tecnología, entre otras”, sostuvo Pierluisi.

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    2015 LULAC NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE & AWARDS GALA


    The LULAC National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala highlights critical legislative issues affecting Hispanic Americans and recognizes key leaders who have served the Hispanic community well. The policy panels hosted during the legislative conference will culminate in three distinguished elected officials being awarded for their commitment to the Latino community.

    This conference also celebrates the 86th anniversary of LULAC, which was formed on February 17, 1929.

    LULAC will host a policy summit featuring Members of Congress, their staff and Hispanic leaders on Wednesday to address key policy priorities for 2015. Several panels of renowned experts will be discussing issues of key importance to the Hispanic community, such as health care, comprehensive immigration reform, broadband adoption in minority communities, education, and childhood obesity.

    Proceeds from the LULAC National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala support the important work of the LULAC National Office. This includes LULAC’s policy and legislative advocacy, as well as its organizing of Hispanic communities through the creation of LULAC councils throughout the United States. Contributions to the legislative gala are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as a business expense.

    For more information about the LULAC National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala, please visit www.LULAC.org/gala


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    EVENT INFORMATION

    Honorees:
    The Honorable Luis Alejo
    LULAC National Legislative Award
    Assemblymember, California State Assembly

    Dr. Juliet V. Garcia
    LULAC National Leadership Award
    Executive Director
    The University of Texas Americas Institute

    Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa
    LULAC National Public Service Award
    Professor of the Practice of Policy
    University of Southern California


    Location: Marriott Marquis
    901 Massachusetts Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20001



    Legislative Conference Brief Schedule
    (Free & Open to the Public)
    Click here to RSVP

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    9:00 am to 9:10 am LULAC's Presidential Address
    9:15 am to 10:30 am Health Policy Briefing: Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Addressing the Gaps That Remain to Health Access and Education
    10:45 am to 12:00 pm Education Policy Briefing: Federal Education Reform: Accountability, Equity, and Access in the Era of the Common Core State Standards
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm Innovation and Leadership Luncheon: Supporting a 21st Century Latino Community Through Innovative Policy, Technology, and Education
    2:00 pm to 3:15 pm Immigration Policy Briefing: The Urgency of Now: Maximizing the Impact of Administrative Action & Building Momentum for Permanent Reform

    Legislative Awards Gala
    Ticketed & Black Tie Event

    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Pre Gala Reception
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Awards Dinner

    Members of Congress and Administration officials confirmed to participate in various conference events include:


    Ms. Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on the Educational Excellence of Hispanics; Mr. Broderick Johnson, Chair, My Brother’s Keepers Taskforce; The Honorable Linda Sanchez, U.S. House of Representatives, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus; The Honorable Jared Polis, Member of U.S. House of Representatives; and The Honorable Pete Aguilar, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip; The Honorable Tony Cardenas, Member, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Chris Van Hollen, Member, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Carlos Curbelo, Member, U.S. House of Representatives; and The Honorable Joaquin Castro, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

     

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    Millennium Book Tour
    Coming to a City Near You

    Following the success of last fall’s book tour in support of Centro Publications’ Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, new dates and cities are being added in the coming months. Dr. Edwin Meléndez, Centro’s director, will once again present and lead a discussion on the Millennium book at various venues around the United States.

    The book is a collection of essays by both Centro and outside researchers on a variety of topics reflecting the changing Puerto Rican experience in the United States. In his presentations, Dr. Meléndez will summarize and analyze the findings in the book, from an in-depth analysis of Puerto Rican migration patterns (both between the island and the mainland, and internally within the United States) to discussions of health, education, and economic conditions for Puerto Ricans.

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    CELAC: Declaración sobre Puerto Rico se mantiene igual
    Escrito por Wilma E. Reverón Collazo / Corresponsal Especial de CLARIDAD III Cumbre CELAC

     

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    (Desde San José, Costa Rica 27 de enero, 2015)- En conferencia de prensa, el Vicecanciller Solano contestó a preguntas de Claridad que en altas horas de la noche se había llegado a un consenso sobre el tema de Puerto Rico. El consenso fue que permaneciera el lenguaje adoptado en II Cumbre de la CELAC que sesionó en La Habana el 28 y 29 de enero de 2014, que es “el máximo lenguaje al que se puede llegar sobre Puerto Rico”.

     

    Carlos “Cao” Delgado Lassalle: Entre la negritud y la independencia
    Escrito por Francisco J. Concepción / El Post Antillano

     

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    Entrevistar a Carlos Delgado Lassalle, conocido por Cao, es una aventura. Primero porque sus respuestas se convierten en lecciones que recuerdan una forma de ver el mundo que hemos olvidado y por otro lado porque esa visión del mundo se presenta como una interpretación de la realidad que es inevitable. En este contexto, en el diálogo con Cao podemos ver cómo es que se articula una verdadera estrategia de acción a favor de la independencia.

     

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    Israel Colon
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    Hector Figueroa

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    Column

    Hollywood has a blind spot on diversity

    By Ruben Navarrette | ruben@rubennavarrette.com

    Albuquerque Journal (January 23, 2015)

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    Hector Figueroa

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    Willie Brown Asks Villaraigosa Not To Run; Latinos Concerned About Diversity

    By Christopher Cadelago | ccadelago@Sacbee.Com

    Sacramento Bee (January 23, 2015)

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    After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion

    Majority Says Publishing Cartoons Was ‘Okay,’ But About Half of Non-Whites Say ‘Not Okay’

     

    About three-in-four Americans (76%) have heard at least a little about the attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. Of these respondents, a majority (60%) says that it was okay for Charlie Hebdo to have published cartoons that depict the Prophet Muhammad, but nearly three-in-ten (28%) do not support the magazine’s decision to publish this material – saying it was not okay.

     

    The survey, conducted Jan. 22-25, among 1,003 adults, finds that the reasons Americans give for their views on the subject highlight an ongoing tension in the U.S. between the values of free expression and religious tolerance.

     

    The survey also finds that opinions about the appropriateness of publishing the cartoons vary by race and ethnicity, gender, political party and level of education. One difference that particularly stands out is between whites and non-whites; while seven-in-ten whites who have heard about the attack support Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish the cartoons, this is true of just 37% of non-whites.

     

    When asked to explain their position on whether or not publishing the cartoons was okay, a majority of those who heard about the attack and say it was okay to publish cite freedom of speech and of the press (70%). A much smaller proportion (8%) reasons that the publication targets many in its criticism – not just one group or religion.

     

    About two-thirds of those who disapprove of publishing the cartoons cite tolerance and respect; 35% say that religious beliefs should be respected, and 31% say the cartoons were offensive, politically incorrect or inappropriate. A much smaller proportion (7%) says they are against publication of the cartoons because they provoked violence, threats or anger.

     

    The full report is for immediate release and available at: http://www.journalism.org/2015/01/28/after-charlie-hebdo-balancing-press-freedom-and-respect-for-religion/

     

    For more information or to arrange an interview with Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research, please contact Rachel Weisel at 202.419.4372 or rweisel@pewresearch.org.

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    Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future

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    January Tertulia ~ Songs from Yesterday

    Tertulia de Enero ~ Canciones del Ayer

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    Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. for our January Tertulia - "Songs from Yesterday", moderated by Johnny Cruz, Aida Cruz, and Rosa Benitez from Raíces Boricua at the Crane Old School White Space on January 30th, 2015 from 7:00-9:00pm. There will also be performances presented by Venezuelan singer, Alberto Rios, and Puerto Rican singer, Magdaliz Roura from the group Latin Ensemble Crisol. The Crane Old School White Space is located on 1417 North 2nd Street. The event will focus on Trio Music and today's most popular ballads. 

     

    Únete con Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. para nuestra Tertulia de Enero- "Canciones del Ayer" moderado por Johnny Cruz, Aida Cruz, Rosa Benitez de Raíces Boricua en el White Space de Crane Old School el 30 de enero, 2015 a partir de las 7:00pm hasta las 9:00pm. Tambien van a ver presentaciónes de parte del cantador venezolano, Alberto Rios, y Magdaliz Roura del grupo Latin Ensemble CrisolEl White Space de Crane Old School está localizado en 1417 Norte Calle 2. Este evento enfocará en la música de trios y las baladas más populares de hoy.

     
     
    We enjoyed our last mural painting day!
    ¡Disfrutamos nuestro dia de pintar murales!

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    This past Sunday, Raíces held a mural painting day with César Viveros. Be sure to stay up to date with our newsletter to catch the next one.

    El domingo pasado, Raíces tuvo un dia de pintar murales con César Viveros. Manténgase informado con nuestra boletín para assistir el proximo. 
     
     
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    Contact Raíces if you're interested in having a performance at your school, private event, or work function.
     
     
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    Si necesitas una traducción de este boletín en español, mándanos un correo electrónico a: info@raicesculturales.org
     
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    Participación Histórica de Rubén Berríos Martínez durante la III Cumbre CELAC 2015.

    Costa Rica, 28 de enero de 2015 - El presidente del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) Lcdo. Rubén Berríos Martínez tuvo una participación histórica en la tercera cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC). El organismo, que agrupa a Primeros Ministros, Presidentes y Jefes de Estado de todas las republicas de América Latina y el Caribe, escuchó de parte del también presidente honorario de la Internacional Socialista (IS) un emotivo y contundente discurso del derecho de Puerto Rico a su libre determinación e Independencia y del rol fundamental que juega la América Latina en el proceso.

    La participación del Lic. Rubén Berríos fue posible gracias al inquebrantable compromiso del presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, quien en un monumental acto de solidaridad y compromiso con la independencia de Puerto Rico, le cedió su turno.

    Adjunto el mensaje íntegro del Lcdo. Rubén Berríos Martínez ante todos los Jefes de Estado presentes en esta III Cumbre de la CELAC celebrada en Costa Rica, así como un video con su participación.

     

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    La persistencia del colonialismo en mi patria Puerto Rico constituye una afrenta a la dignidad de Nuestra América. La colonia del Estado Libre Asociado -que ni es estado, ni es libre, ni es asociado- es una rémora de los tiempos de sumisión y genuflexión que padeció gran parte de Nuestra América.
     
    La presencia hoy aquí de un independentista puertorriqueño es clara señal de los nuevos tiempos; una América Latina y el Caribe que reclama sus derechos altiva y de pie.

           Porque Nuestra América es una sola patria. Por donde va uno, vamos todos. Tan libre será América Latina y el Caribe como libre sea Puerto Rico.
     
    Desde Bolívar, pasando por Martí, Sandino y Albizu Campos, hasta hoy, los hijos más preclaros de nuestra Patria Grande han sido defensores insobornables de la independencia de Puerto Rico. ¡Puerto Rico es el verso que le falta al poema libertario de Bolívar!

           Ya en el 2014, la CELAC, fiel a esa trayectoria, en su última cumbre reclamó como suyo a Puerto Rico y encomendó a su directiva llevar a cabo las gestiones necesarias para adelantar nuestra descolonización.

               El colonialismo constituye una violación a los más elementales derechos humanos. De ahí que el derecho inalienable a la libre determinación e independencia sea norma absoluta del derecho internacional. El Comité de Descolonización de la ONU ha reiterado por unanimidad en innumerables ocasiones el derecho de Puerto Rico a su libre determinación e independencia. Además, ha instado a los Estados Unidos a cumplir con su obligación descolonizadora y ha solicitado a la Asamblea General que se pronuncie sobre el caso colonial de Puerto Rico.

            Los puertorriqueños, enfrentados a la potencia más poderosa del mundo, siempre nos hemos mantenido en pie de lucha. Estados Unidos ha recurrido a todo; desde las persecuciones inmisericordes hasta la compra de conciencias. Pretendieron arrancarnos el idioma, las costumbres y socavar nuestra hermandad con la Patria Grande. Pero hoy somos más orgullosamente puertorriqueños y latinoamericanos que nunca.

         Muchas veces estuvimos solos en nuestra lucha. Pero estos son otros tiempos y Nuestra América ha despertado
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        En Vieques, el pueblo puertorriqueño, con la fuerza moral y la desobediencia civil puso de rodillas a la Marina de Guerra Norteamericana y la forzamos a salir de nuestro suelo.

           Y, en el plebiscito del 2012, nuestro pueblo repudió en las urnas al régimen colonial con un contundente 54% de los votos.

            Hoy, cuando los cambios anunciados desde Washington y La Habana preludian una nueva relación entre Estados Unidos y Nuestra América, sería inconcebible mantener en Puerto Rico un estatus colonial.

               Es hora de que la CELAC pase de la palabra a la acción.

               Primero, el Cuarteto de la CELAC, encabezado por su Presidente, en
    consonancia con el mandato de esta organización, debe implantar un plan concertado para que la Asamblea General se pronuncie sobre el caso de Puerto Rico. 

              Segundo, la CELAC debe reclamar al gobierno de los Estados Unidos la liberación del patriota Oscar López, el preso político más antiguo del mundo que ya ha cumplido casi 34 años de cárcel.

             Y, además, la CELAC debe estar atenta ante cualquier maniobra dirigida a perpetuar el colonialismo en Puerto Rico con cualquier nuevo disfraz.

             Al hacer estos reclamos hablo a nombre de la incuestionable mayoría de los puertorriqueños.

            Hacer la independencia nos compete a los puertorriqueños. A la América Latina, sin embargo, le corresponde ser solidaria con nuestro derecho a la independencia y con nuestra exigencia a los Estados Unidos de ponerle fin al coloniaje.

            Falta mucha lucha por delante, pero Puerto Rico será libre y entonces, por fin, podremos todos decir que hemos cumplido con el mandato de nuestros libertadores.


    ¡Honremos a nuestra Patria Grande!  ¡Qué viva Puerto Rico libre!

     

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    (San Juan, 27 de enero de 2015) Desde nuestra organización, el Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), saludamos la contundente victoria obtenida por la organización progresista Syriza, en las elecciones celebradas el domingo 25 en Grecia, y al recién designado Primer Ministro de ese país europeo y principal dirigente de Syriza, Alexis Tsipras.

     

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    Senadora PIP solicita a JCA devele lugar donde planta incineradora en Arecibo dispondrá de cenizas
     

    El Capitolio. 27 de enero de 2015.- La Senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, presentó en el Senado una petición de información para que la Junta de Calidad Ambiental (JCA) devele el lugar donde "Energy Answers" pretende depositar las cenizas que generará la planta incineradora en el municipio de Arecibo.


    "En el pasado no se actuó de manera previsora cuando comenzó operaciones la planta generadora de carbón AES, localizada en el municipio de Guayama. Y hoy, esa compañía, con el aval del gobierno, se ha dedicado a dispersar su basura por comunidades en todo Puerto Rico. Constituiría un gravísimo error el no exigirle a Energy Answers que identifique el destino final de las toneladas de cenizas que generará", manifestó la líder pipiola.

    Actualmente la JCA permite que las cenizas provenientes de Guayama se utilicen como cubierta diaria en vertederos municipales o que se depositen en vertederos privados. "Ante la inminencia de cierre de vertederos, la pregunta obligada es, ¿dónde entonces terminarán tanto las cenizas de la carbonera de Guayama como de la propuesta incineradora de Arecibo?", cuestionó Santiago Negrón.

    En la petición se requiere además, que la JCA haga entrega de cualquier estudio o cualquier otra documentación que permita conocer qué consideración le ha dado la JCA al asunto.
     

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