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Congressman Serrano Honored for Work in Support of CDFIs

On Tuesday, Congressman José E. Serrano was presented with the CDFI Congressional Champion Award by the Opportunity Finance Network for his work in support of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and the financial empowerment of low-income individuals and communities. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) were also presented with the award this year.

"As both Chairman and Ranking Member of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, I have consistently made it a priority to increase funding for the CDFI Fund for one simple reason — CDFIs fill a void in financial services and deliver tangible results to underserved communities all across the nation ,” said Congressman Serrano. “CDFIs are crucial in places like the Bronx and their investments have spurred economic development, made it possible for many to buy their first home or start their business, and helped finance the creation of important community housing and health care facilities. It's an honor to receive the CDFI Congressional Champion Award, and I will continue supporting these important institutions in Congress.”

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Congressman Serrano (center) stands with Lori Chatman, President of the Enterprise Community Loan Fund (left) and Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network (right) after receiving the 2015 CDFI Congressional Champion Award. (5/19/2015)


Crowley, Serrano Announce House Approval of Bipartisan Measure to Expand Access to STEM Fields for Hispanic Students

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act calling for expanding access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) of higher education. The amendment was offered by Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, and José E. Serrano (D-the Bronx), as well as Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Will Hurd (R-TX), and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

The amendment requires the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a grant program to support undergraduate STEM education at HSIs. Encouraging underrepresented minorities, such as Hispanic students, to enter STEM fields is crucial for our country to remain competitive in today’s global economy. The amendment is the latest move in the longstanding effort to establish this program, including recent legislation introduced by Serrano, Crowley, and Luján in April.

“As the largest minority in our nation, we need to ensure that Hispanics have the opportunity and are prepared to take the STEM jobs of tomorrow. Right now, far too few Hispanics enter these important fields of study in college. By creating a specific stream of funding for Hispanic Serving Institutions, this amendment will help expand opportunities for Hispanic students in the STEM fields. STEM is vital for the United States’ global competitiveness, and the only way we can guarantee that our country will continue leading the way is by investing in the education of our future generations,” said Serrano.


Congressman Serrano Adds Amendments to CJS Appropriations Bill

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill.  As a senior member of the Committee, Serrano included two changes at the markup that improve the overall legislation, and worked tirelessly to point out and address other issues throughout the appropriations process. 

The first change restores funding to a program that is part of President Obama’s efforts to address problems between local police and the communities they serve.  The program, entitled Collaborative Reform, provides assistance to communities to review local police practices, recommend reforms, create a space for discussion between the police and the communities they serve, and build trust between both sides. 

The second change dedicates $1 million in funding to ensure that information desks are available at our nation's busiest immigration courts to provide individuals going through deportation proceedings with information, legal advice, and referral to legal counsel.  This will improve the fairness of our immigration court system, where far too many must face a deportation proceeding without a lawyer or even a basic understanding of the process.

"I was glad to include these provisions in the legislation that passed out of committee,” said Serrano.  “Although I still have some serious concerns about this legislation, this additional funding will help address issues of basic fairness and justice that are important to the Bronx.  As this bill moves through the process, I will continue to work to restore funding to the Legal Services Corporation and other programs that are vital to New Yorkers.”

The legislation now moves to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.


Congressman Serrano Celebrates Head Start’s 50th Anniversary

On Monday, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement in celebration of Head Start’s 50th Anniversary:

“Over 30 million working families have been able to send their children to preschool and take better care of them thanks to Head Start’s work during the past five decades.  All throughout the nation, Head Start programs provide children with the foundation they need to succeed in school and later on in life.  Their work is crucial in the Bronx, where countless families and children have benefited over the years from the dedicated staff and teachers who work with them on a daily basis.  Last year alone, more than 5,600 people in the Bronx were served by a Head Start program.

“Unfortunately, the Republican budget plans to cut more funds from Head Start, threatening its ability to continue providing services to our neediest families.  Congress needs to protect funding for Head Start and guarantee that all of our children have access to a well-rounded education from an early age. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to ensure this important program is properly funded."

 

Grants 


New Pathways for Fathers and Families

Deadline: July 7, 2015 

The Department of Health and Human Services has made funding available through the Administration for Children and Families for the New Pathways for Fathers and Families program, which aims to support activities promoting responsible fatherhood as enacted by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010. This initiative is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationship, communication and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services. States (including state, territorial, and tribal institutions of higher education), territories, Native American tribes and tribal organizations, and public and nonprofit community entities (including religious organizations and public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education) are encouraged to apply.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276480.

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Las elecciones autonómicas y municipales en el Estado español
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«Alguien alguna vez dijo que en política no siempre todo está dicho. En efecto, en un breve plazo, las coordenadas de la política española han ido modificándose a un paso acelerado. Aquel ascenso que llevaba PODEMOS en la política dentro del Estado español ha reducido su paso a nivel multinacional, aunque en localidades como Madrid, es evidente su fortalecimiento.»

 

Fraternal encuentro entre Díaz-Canel y Sánchez Cerén en San Salvador
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El presidente salvadoreño, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, se reunió en la tarde del viernes con el primer vicepresidente cubano, Miguel Díaz-Canel, quien visita el país para participar en la beatificación de Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero este sábado.

 

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Seminario sobre Descolonización ONU

Nicaragua, sede del Seminario Regional sobre Descolonización ONU, mayo 2015. Aún existen 17 territorios en el mundo que no gozan de plena soberanía, por lo que se trabaja para descolonizarlos. Puerto Rico es uno de ellos. Canal 2, Nicaragua.

 

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Acuerdo entre Juventud Hostosiana y Juventud Revolucionaria Alianza País
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«Se le reconoce el carácter profundamente latinoamericano y caribeño del pueblo puertorriqueño, entendiendo que tiene un derecho inviolable a la autodeterminación e independencia.»

 

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Entrevista a Blanca Flor Bonilla: De la guerra a la paz, la sanación y la reunificación
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«Vine aquí en primer lugar para agradecerle al pueblo de Puerto Rico su solidaridad con nuestro pueblo salvadoreño. Sabemos que durante años y años ha existido ese sentimiento de solidaridad y el nivel de solidaridad es como el aspecto cualitativo del ser humano, que no se da de lo que sobra, sino que se da lo que se tiene.»

 

El Complejo Militar-Financiero-Comunicacional
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Los pueblos del sur han sido -durante más de cinco siglos- invadidos, saqueados y explotados por las potencias del norte. Ha sido una realidad ocultada de miles de formas y de procedimientos por dichas potencias y en su lugar han mostrado, descrito a su antojo y poder, y difundido, la “realidad” que más conviene a los intereses de quien realmente gobierna esas potencias: el Complejo Militar-Financiero-Comunicacional del norte o imperial (CMFC).

 

Por Oscar... de Ponce a Guayanilla
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Tramo de Ponce a Guayanilla de la 2da. Caminata por la Excarcelación de Oscar, en que participó Olga I. Sanabria junto a varios otros compañeros del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), y uno de los organizadores del Festival de la Montaña de Aibonito, William Cruz, apoyando a Oscar y viendo a cámara lenta la belleza natural de Puerto Rico mientras se caminaba.

Próximamente, junto a amigos, Emily Blais y Digna Sánchez, del MINH, recorrerán a pie el Camino de Santiago desde Tui, Portugal hasta Santiago de Compostela en Galicia portando la fotografía de Oscar y distribuyendo información sobre su encarcelamiento y la campaña por su liberación. Fotos: Olga I. Sanabria / MINH

 

Clausura 2da Caminata Nacional por Oscar 

 

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El viernes 29 de mayo caminaremos el tramo final de la Caminata Pro-Excarcelación Oscar López Rivera.

 

Defensores de Derechos Humanos
Escrito por Lidia Falcón O’neill

 

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Los partidos Popular y Socialista –esos que se supone enfrentados y antagónicos- se han puesto de acuerdo para conseguir que el Parlamento español, con el apoyo del PNV, CIU y UPyD, apruebe una moción en defensa de los derechos humanos, en la que piden al Gobierno venezolano la libertad de Leopoldo López y Antonio Ledesma.

 

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La Segunda Caminata Nacional x Oscar se encuentra ya en su tercera semana de recorrido por 40 pueblos de las costas de Puerto Rico, con el fin de reiterar y extender el apoyo al reclamo por la excarcelación del patriota prisionero político. La caminata culminará el viernes 29 de mayo, día en que se cumplen 34 años de su injusto encarcelamiento.

Constituye un hecho de cardinal importancia que el cierre de la caminata sea una actividad significativa que refuerce de manera contundente el mensaje de excarcelación inmediata y motive a redoblar los esfuerzos para continuar la campaña. Ese día se recorrerá el último tramo de la caminata que saldrá a las 4:00pm desde la Plaza de la Independencia en el Hiram Bithorn hasta llegar frente al Tribunal Federal en la avenida Chardón de San Juan, donde los caminantes serán recibidos con un acto político cultural. Con nuestra presencia reconoceremos además, el significativo gesto de solidaridad de los caminantes con Oscar.

De ahí, que recabemos una vez más tu apoyo para que nos ayudes a movilizar la mayor cantidad posible de personas para que asistan al cierre de la caminata. Se está convocando para el Coliseo a las 3:00pm.

 

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Centro at LASA
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Next week marks the beginning of the 2015 LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Congress, held this year in San Juan. A delegation from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies will be attending to present some of the latest work from our researchers. We are, as always, very excited about the opportunity to share with and learn from our colleagues at LASA.

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    RED ROSE "10 on WALTON"
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    Saturday, JUNE 6 at 8PM + Sunday, JUNE 7 at 3PM in The Bronx!

    Join us for the 10th Anniversary performance of Pregones Theater's THE RED ROSE - In Concert, featuring DANNY RIVERA! This historic musical inaugurated our company's acclaimed Bronx stage in 2005 and is based on the life of distinguished Puerto Rican in New York JESÚS COLÓN (1901-1974).

    The Red Rose narrates the meeting of Puerto Rican activist writer Jesús Colón and undercover FBI agent Mildred Blauvelt, and their subsequent face-off before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1959. Blauvelt had gone undercover for nine years in two Brooklyn Clubs: Puerto Rican Civic Center and at La Pasionaria, where she was simply known as comrade Sylvia, an organizer and an English teacher volunteer.

    Original cast: José Joaquín García, Omar Pérez, Elise Santora and now join the ensemble cast Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja" and Shadia Fairuz. Live band: Desmar Guevara/Musical Director (piano), Antonio Guzmán (guitar), Gabriel Lugo (percussion), Sergio Reyes (violin), Ariel Robles (bass) and Willie Rodríguez (drums). Directed by Rosalba Rolón.

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    Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Recognizes Jose E. Lopez with Inspire Award
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    Chicago, Ill. - May 18, 2015 - Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) recently recognized Professor Jose E. Lopez with the Inspire Award for Community Service at a special program.

     

    The event was held at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division, in Chicago's historic Humboldt Park. Lopez serves as Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

     

    The Inspire Award for community service is given annually to an individual or organization, which through their service, inspires individuals to follow their example.

     

    "We are very excited to give this year's Inspire Award to Professor Jose E. Lopez," said Martin Judd, Regional President and CEO, PSMEMC, at the program. "Jose has been an exemplary leader in the community and has helped to carve out a permanent identity for the Puerto Rican community here in Humboldt Park. "

     

     

    Educating at the Mexican Consulate

    By Yolanda Nieves, ACA Program

     

    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center's In-Person Counselors (IPCs) have been visiting the Consulate General of Mexico for a couple of months and it has been a very rewarding experience. At the Consulate, our IPCs have a table with information about our program and they also set up presentations to inform the consumers of the services the PRCC provides regarding medical coverage. The Department of Human Health coordinates these presentations throughout the day and our IPCs have been given a space where they can display educational material and be able to talk to consumers after each presentation. The audience is between 40 to 70 people each time and their ages range from 15 to 65.  They are all very grateful for the information, as many of them are unaware of the options they may have in regards to medical coverage due to language and cultural barriers.  We are delighted to serve as a bridge between them and the U.S. health system!

     

     

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    On The Table Discussion

    By Jackie González, El Rescate
     

    Some of the residents and staff of El Rescate Program, participated in the On the Table Discussion which was  about as to h ow all of us can make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic. Every one of us has the power to make our communities great. Our conversation was focus ed on homelessness as it impacts  LGBTQ youth.   The  youth was very involved in the discussion, they enjoyed tremendously the whole evening and are looking forward for the future community support to the LGBTQ Homeless youth. Our gratitude goes to Ray Koenig from the Law Firm of Clark Hill who generously offered to host us with dinner and the most beautiful city vie w of down town and to Mona Norriega the Commissioner of Chicago Human Relations for inviting and/or coordinating El Rescate participation.

     

    Newly Installed UIC President Visits Clemente: Learns About Community As A Campus Initiative

    By Michael Emmer, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     

    The newly installed president of the University of Illinois, Timothy L. Killen spent several hours learning about the Community as a Campus concept. The event was held at the newly opened Parent University at Clemente Community Academy.

     

    State Representative Cynthia Soto welcomed the president via telephone from Springfield, Illinois. Principal Marcey Sorensen provided some of the context by framing the Community as a Campus practices against the backdrop of the many educational milestones which Clemente has achieved during the past five years. Marvin Garcia followed with an overview of the Community as a Campus mission and vision.

     

    Most of the time was spent in an engaging and thought provoking conversation which included Community as a Campus/UIC partners, Dr. Michele Kelley from the school of public health and Dr. Teresa Cordoba the head of the great cities initiative at UIC. A future visit by the president is scheduled for early June.

     

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    Vida/SIDA and City of Chicago Collaboration Testing Collaboration
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    During the month of June 5 to July 5, 2015, Vida/SIDA will partake in a City of Chicago Collaboration for testing 5,000 person during the mentioned time. During June, tell friends, family and other to Get Tested.... Know your Status.  All VidaSIDA satellite locations will be participating in this endeavor.

     


     

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    Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Seniors Ready for College and Career!

    By Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School
     

    As we bring our school year to a close, seniors are gearing up for life after high school. With a college preparatory curriculum, our school expects for students to continue their education after high school either at a four year University, in a City College, or in a vocational training program. Before they leave however, our seniors are expected to defend their graduation with a research paper, Prezi presentation and Electronic Portfolio.

     

    Each research paper is based on a social problem that students select, investigate and work to find a tangible solution to present in front of a panel of judges. Their presentations are in the form of Prezi which many college level courses utilize. Finally, students share their Electronic Portfolio that is a website populated by the students with class projects, awards, and post secondary planning documents.

     

    While at first many seniors are intimidated by the expectations, 100% of seniors who successfully complete their projects and presentations believe that they are better prepared for for college and life beyond high school. Students walk away with more confidence and clarity of who they are and what they are capable of achieving. We wish the class of 2015 the best of luck as they embark on the next steps of their lives.

     

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    Fine Arts Accomplishments


    By Luis Salgado, RCCA
     

    This year at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, there have been many achievements in the fine arts department. The Art 2 and AP 2D Studio student artists have showcased work at the All City Arts Exhibition, entered art in the Congressional Art Competition, and also exhibited works for the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance Taino Project.

     

    The All City Arts Exhibition had three gallery shows that happen annually.  Natividad Dejesus's artwork, Fantasy was shown at The All-City Senior Portfolio Program hosted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Natasha Arocho's digital art works Dark Reflection and It's All Part of the Show, Armanni Varela's photograph Relaxing, and Emmanuel McCoy's Alley Shots were presented at the second Exhibition of the All City Arts gallery show. While, Paula Toomer's painting, Cherry Blossom, was exhibited in the first All City Arts gallery.

     

    Paula's piece was also entered into the Congressional Art Competition for Luis

    Gutiérrez which came in second place. As a reward her artwork will be exhibited in Gutiérrez's office for the entire year. Other students who entered the competition were Steve Reyes, Bo Montgomery, Natividad Dejesus, Adonijiah Scarlett, and Emmanuel McCoy.

     

    Lastly, Clemente worked with our partner, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance in the Taino Curriculum Project. Students in Art 2 created  three different art projects during this unit. The first project was Taino inspired necklaces using clay, hemp strip, and assorted beads. The second project was a collaborative mural featuring a Taino petroglyph including a quote from the Puerto Rican Poet, Julia de Burgos. The final project required the students to paint the ceiling tiles in our classroom usi ng the Taino petroglyphs mirroring the artworks in the Puerto Rican caves. All the art

    works are exhibited at the Humboldt Park Field House through the end of the month.

     

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    The Water's Edge/ La Orilla del Mar 

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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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    Fallece el padre Ángel Darío Carrero

    Por Mariela Fullana Acosta, El Nuevo Dia

     

    El escritor y miembro de la Junta Editorial de El Nuevo Día, Ángel Darío Carrero, falleció hoy en Puerto Rico tras una dura batalla contra el cáncer. Tenía 49 años de edad. 

     

    El padre Darío, como se le conocía al sacerdote franciscano, fue un hombre de muchos sombreros: escritor, poeta, crítico literario, antólogo, teólogo, profesor y periodista cultural. Su voz independiente siempre se hizo sentir con fuerza en el ámbito cultural, social y político del país. Fue defensor de las causas justas e intelectual de primer orden, quien siempre trabajó por el bienestar de su país y su gente. 

     

    Carrero fue una figura clave en el proceso de desobediencia civil que redundó en la salida de la Marina de los Estados Unidos de la isla municipio de Vieques, abogó por la liberación de los presos políticos puertorriqueños, en especial por la de Oscar López Rivera, levantó su voz en contra de las enmiendas constitucionales para eliminar el derecho absoluto a la fianza y se expresó a favor de la equidad en materia de derechos civiles.

     

     

    Amor y Resistencia: Un día con Los Cinco (Parte 2)
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    Dentro de esta historia de los Cincos Cubanos, hay una riqueza de experiencias y lecciones que son emblemáticas de las grandes luchas de nuestra humanidad. El sentido del deber que ha guiado a cada uno de ellos les ha dado la fuerza de resistir bajo condiciones insufribles. El hilo que los mantuvo fuerte, con claridad de mente y corazon lleno, siempre fue el apoyo incondicional de sus mujeres, familias, madres, hermanas, hijos, hijas y amigos alrededor del mundo. Nunca estaban solos, ni siquiera durante los 17 meses que estuvieron sometidos en prisión a la tormenta solitaria e inhumana del "hueco." Como me dijo Antonio, nunca estaban presos realmente. "Cada noche al acostar mi cabeza en la almohada sabiendo que había cumplido con el deber, sabía que era libre."

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    Declaración Politica Encuentro Internacional de Movimientos Populares de Juventud
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    Somos expresión de la juventud de la clase trabajadora, la parte más atacada en el mundo, quienes en varios de los países somos numéricamente la mayoría poblacional que integramos cada una de nuestras naciones. Somos las y los jóvenes del mundo, queremos vivir dignamente, luchar y ser felices. Somos quienes asumimos el compromiso de una completa transformación social, que como parte de la historia presente ha logrado rescatar la memoria de las luchas anteriores y que buscamos ser consecuentes para poder dejar futuro donde puedan vivir las generaciones que están por venir. 

    En este sentido, nos reunimos 36 movimientos populares de juventud, de 24 países, de 4 continentes (África, América, Asia y Europa) para encontramos el 3, 4 y 5 de mayo de 2015 en la Escuela Nacional Florestan Fernandes (ENFF) en Sao Paulo, Brasil; con la finalidad de hacer un esfuerzo por reconocernos como la parte mayormente golpeada, al tiempo de ubicar cuáles son nuestros enemigos y banderas de lucha comunes, además de plantear un piso de partida para continuar con este esfuerzo de construcción hacia una articulación internacionalista, antiimperialista, anti-colonialista, anti-neoliberal y anti-patriarcal. 

     

     
     
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    Occupation, Detention, Diaspora and Political Prisoners
    By Alejandro L. Molina, May 30th Coalition
     

    On Thursday, May 14, 2015, over 50 students, faculty and activists gather to listen to Suzanne Adely, Joe Catron, Brooke Reynolds and Alejandro L. Molina speak at a event sponsored by the Students for Justice in Palestine-Hunter College Chapter, operated by Michael Bellamy. Lamis Deek was unable to make it at the last minute. Rasmea Odeh, the Palestinian activist who is currently the object of an attack by the US government, sent a video greeting to the gathering. View here.

     

    Suzanne began the panel by speaking on the distinct variations of the workers and human rights struggles as compared with Palestine, giving notable examples. Joe Catron followed up with an information filled slideshow on detainees, physical abuse, political prisoners and torture citing first hand reports on the process of arrest to abuse to outright torture.

     

    Brooke Reynolds, representing Jericho Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in the US, spoke movingly of Jalil Muntaquim, a former Black Panther activist who has spent 42 years in prison, maintaining his commitment to Black liberation. Brooke spoke of her visits to Jalil and urged those present to visit also as part of their self-education.

     

    Alejandro led by reading a piece of prose by Ghassan Kanafani, a Palestinian author and poet assassinated in 1972, on the concept of diaspora and homeland, referencing the Puerto Rican diaspora. Speaking on the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera, Alejandro referenced earlier campaigns to free Puerto Rican political prisoners, beginning with the Five Puerto Rican Nationalists to the present and the success of the broad movement(s) that have come together as a coalition to demand their freedom. He also expanded on the concept of solidarity at specific points in the development of our campaigns, and called for all present to come out with friends, family and loved ones to the May 30th March and Rally for Oscar López Rivera.

     

    USPCN: Palestinian Women on Prisoners' Day 2015

    By US Palestinian Community Network
     

    Today, April 17, the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) joins our people and supporters across the world in calling for international solidarity on Palestinian Prisoners' Day. As noted by the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, every year since 1974 we commemorate the liberation of Mahmoud Hijazi, the first Palestinian political prisoner freed in an exchange negotiated by the Palestinian resistance. We come together on this day to demand freedom for all Palestinian prisoners held in the prisons of both the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

     

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    Since the Nakba and the establishment of the settler-colonial, apartheid state of Israel, over one million Palestinians have been imprisoned, 850,000 between the 1967 occupation and the present. Right now, close to 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are in Israeli jails. Two hundred of these prisoners are children, 24 women, and 14 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council; and at least 500 are being held under administrative detention without charge or trial.

     

    The issue of political prisoners is the most fundamental in all national liberation struggles. We remember and honor Bobby Sands and the other H-Block prisoners from the North of Ireland, and the legendary Nelson Mandela and Robben Island prisoners of South Africa's anti-Apartheid movement. We also call for the release of important prisoners right here in the U.S.-the last of the Puerto Rican independentistas still in jail after close to 34 years, Oscar Lopez; American Indian Movement icon Leonard Peltier; our brother Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose life is in jeopardy because of purposeful medical neglect by the U.S. government; and dozens of other mostly Black Liberation activists and organizers, some imprisoned since the 1960s.

     

     

    Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño anuncia homenajeados

    Por: Cristina Loboguerrero, El Diario
    Rita Moreno será la Gran Mariscal, mientras que el cantante Víctor Manuelle será el rey del Desfile

     

    La junta directiva del Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño anunció la lista de personalidades que participarán en la edición 58 del multitudinario evento, que una vez más se tomará la Quinta Avenida el próximo 14 de junio.

     

    La reconocida actriz Rita Moreno, ganadora de numerosos premios, entre ellos un Oscar, fue nombrada como la Gran Mariscal, mientras que el cantante Víctor Manuelle, será el rey del Desfile, según lo anunció este lunes la presidenta de la junta directiva Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez.El desfile mantendrá el lema "Un Pueblo Muchas Voces" al que se le ha agregado el tema especial conmemorativo "Celebrando la Herencia Afro-Antillana", que coincide con la designación por parte de las Naciones Unidas de los próximos 10 años como "La Década Internacional de los Afrodescendientes".El actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, protagonista y creador del musical de Broadway "Hamilton",  recibirá el reconocimiento "Nuestro Orgullo" por su aportación al teatro musical.Además se honrará a la legendaria cantante de ópera Martina Arroyo, a la doctora Marta Moreno Vega, fundadora del Centro Cultural del Caribe y el Instituto de la Diáspora Africana, a la novelista y educadora Mayra Santos-Febres, al músico y compositor Cuco Peña, al pintor Carmelo Sobrino y al director de orquesta, músico y compositor Miguel Zenón.Se darán además homenajes póstumos al historiador, autor y activista Arturo Schomberg y a la coreógrafa, actriz y activista Sylvia del Villard.De acuerdo a Cortés-Vásquez, en la iniciativa de educación para este año se otorgarán 32 becas, además que "se tiene como meta para 2017, conceder un total de 100 becas estudiantiles".La presidenta del Concejo Municipal Melissa Mark-Viverito, que participó en el acto para anunciar la lista de personalidades, recordó que una vez más se pedirá la libertad deOscar Lopez Rivera. "Como padre y activista, 33 años en prisión son más que suficientes, por eso haremos un pedido para su libertad", dijo la funcionaria.
     

     

    Albizu, Oscar López, and Our Historical Responsibility

    By Ricardo Jiménez, La Respuesta Magazine
    Speech for Oscar López Rivera for Commemorative Events on the 50th Anniversary of Albizu Campos' Death, April 21-26, 2015 in New York City

    Estimadas y estimados,

    Thank you for the opportunity to discuss with you all one of the most important issues in our community and in our times.

     

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    In 1999, eleven Puerto Ricans triumphantly returned to their families, communities, and homeland after two decades of politically based captivity. I was proudly one of those individuals-a political prisoner charged with "seditious conspiracy" and sentenced to live and die in a U.S. prison. The story of the struggle to free us is one that has been barely told and hopefully one day it will, in all of its pain and victory. But today I want to focus on another revolutionary banished to die in prison for his faith in the Puerto Rican nation-Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos-and to remind you of our collective responsibility to fight for the freedom of another patriot held in bondage.

     

    Fifty-years ago today, one of Puerto Rico's more revered and outspoken men died, in his home, after spending more than a decade in a tortuous prison. In total, he spent nearly twenty-five years of his seventy-four years of life as a captured bird in the U.S. government's prison system. And what was his crime? The same crime committed by political figures that today are openly celebrated and praised, like Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned by the South African government also for "seditious conspiracy." Mandela, as we know, fought to bring an end to South Africa's racist, apartheid structure. For Albizu Campos, it was the U.S. occupation of the island that he sought to overturn. It was even illegal to fly the Puerto Rican flag.

     

     

    Conference: 'End wars at home and abroad'

    By Betsey Piette, Workers World
     

    Secaucus, N.J. - The United National Antiwar Coalition held its fourth national gathering in Secaucus, N.J., May 8-10 under the theme "Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad." Over 400 delegates from the U.S. and Canada took on the task of challenging endless U.S. imperialist wars abroad and the increasing militarization of domestic police from Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore.

     

    This conference was unique in the history of the U.S. anti-war movement, which has never before so clearly taken up the need to oppose the war waged against oppressed communities in the U.S. Support for the resistance of Black and Brown youth who are standing up to an epidemic of police brutality was a central theme of many panels and workshops. Solidarity messages came from Ukraine, Canada, Cuba, Germany and Britain.

     

    Formed in 2010, UNAC has become the largest anti-war coalition in the U.S. today, with nearly 120 member organizations opposing U.S. wars in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. UNAC co-coordinators are lifelong anti-war and labor activist Joe Lombardo and social justice activist Marilyn Levin.

     

     

    "El Jibaro" Andres Jiménez acknowledged for his patriotism during concert at Lehman College

    By Marina Ortiz, Virtual Boricua
     

    On May 16, "El Jibaro" Andres Jimenez, Eduardo Villanueva, and Yesenia Cruz performed at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Assemblyman Jose Rivera, Profesora Ana Lopez, and other members of the national campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera were also on hand to award Andres Jimenez with a portrait of Don Pedro Albizu Campos created by Oscar and gather petition signatures from concertgoers calling for his immediate release.

     

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    by Alejandro L. Molina, May 30th Coalition
     

    On Sunday, May 17, 2015, Rev. Dr. Samuel Cruz from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and Alejandro L. Molina of the May 30th Coalition March and Rally for the Free of Oscar López Rivera were hosted by Franklin Simpson at Radio Vision Radio Station in Paterson, New Jersey. Rev. Cruz spoke movingly of the faith based initiative to support Oscar and the campaign to bring him home before Obama leaves office in 2017. He mentioned that he had just come from the 33 Churches for Oscar event where over 150 people were present, mostly ministers to join in the clamor or Oscar's release. Alejandro spoke of the NYC May 30th March and Rally for Oscar, the major event this year in the US for Oscar's release, and left contact details for more information and to get involved. 

     

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    Solidarios con Oscar los artistas de Ponce

    Por Sandra Torres Guzmán, La Perla del Sur
     

    Será una muestra de arte enmarcada en la solidaridad. Y lo harán en medio de la calle con música, tablones de madera, pintura al óleo y aerosol.

     

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    Esta será la propuesta que presentará la docena de artistas urbanos que unirá su talento al reclamo nacional por la excarcelación del prisionero político Oscar López Rivera, el jueves, 7 de mayo a las 7:00 de la noche en la calle Isabel.

     

    Estos virtuosos pertenecen a la Fundación Enlaces Urbanos, los mismos que cada primer jueves de mes transforman la concurrida vía en una improvisada sala de arte.

     

    "Esa noche los artistas pintarán en vivo inspirados en la temática de Oscar López Rivera", adelantó Iraida Muñiz Martínez, coordinadora del proyecto.

    José Ángel Vega, Miguel Peña, Kevin Ramos, Kurt Waldemar Garmendía, Ángel Gelpí, Luis A. Mojica, Arnaldo Marcano y Félix Rivera son algunos de los talentos que expondrán su arte en el evento.

     

    De esta manera, extenderán la labor educativa impulsada por el grupo "33 en 33 Por Oscar", colectivo que estará en Ponce durante ese día para la "Segunda Caminata Nacional Por Oscar".

     

     

    El crimen del colonialismo
    Por Fufi Santori, El Nuevo Dia

    Oscar López Rivera sigue encarcelado en una prisión federal.

    La llave que lo libera la tiene Barack Obama. Al presidente de los Estados Unidos no le importa el sufrimiento de este puertorriqueño que ha pasado casi la mitad de su vida preso por haber luchado por la independencia de su patria.

     

    Y además, luchó en Vietnam por la patria de Obama. Y a pesar de que medio mundo pide su excarcelación, en Casa Blanca nadie atiende.


    Obama es un hombre educado pero tan 'americano' como los Mc Cain. Romney,

    Bush y Cheney. No se dejen engañar por el color de su piel. Los puertorriqueños valemos muy poco para este señor que se pasea por el planeta predicando un evangelio de libertad, democracia y paz mientras no solo mantiene un régimen colonial en Puerto Rico, sino que se muestra completamente indiferente a los problemas fiscales de un territorio que le pertenece a su Imperio por el derecho de la fuerza desde 1898.

     

    Y los puertorriqueños, en vez de confrontar a los 'americanos' responsabilizándolos en gran medida por la quiebra de nuestra economía (bastaría con aludir al abuso de las Leyes de Cabotaje),  los excusamos del crimen del colonialismo al extremo de que más de un millón de desnacionalizados sueñan con que Puerto Rico forme parte de esa familia federal que ni nos quiere ni nos respeta. Somos tan eñangotaos que la estatua de Barack Obama adorna los predios frente a nuestro Capitolio junto a otros 'emperadores' yankis.

     

    SIGA LEYENDO.

     

    UPR-Río Piedras sirvió de sede para debate sobre impunidad de crímenes de derechos humanos

    Por Periodico El Post Antillano
     

    El destacado jurista español Baltasar Garzón Real inauguró esta semana un foro internacional para discutir el principio de la jurisdicción universal como instrumento en la lucha contra la impunidad en los crímenes de derechos humanos, que tuvo sede en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Río Piedras (UPR-RP).

     

    "El principio de jurisdicción universal significa que determinados crímenes internacionales no pueden ni deben quedar impunes", declaró Garzón durante la apertura de la jornada de tres días, auspiciada por la UPR, la Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR) y la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.

     

    El principio de jurisdicción universal se refiere a la capacidad de un estado de juzgar determinados crímenes de gravedad cometidos en otro territorio. Garzón, pionero en la aplicación de este principio en España, en su capacidad como juez promovió la formulación de cargos contra los responsables de las dictaduras en Argentina y Chile, muy notablemente, una orden de arresto contra el dictador chileno Augusto Pinochet.

     

     
     
    Help Us Bring Oscar Home/Como puede ayudar
     
     

     

         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

        Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024

       Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943

       FCI Terre Haute, P.O. Box 33
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    * Send us a picture, a headline and 2 paragraphs about your event supporting Oscar's release. Include contact information.

     

     * Envíenos una imagen, un titulo y 2 párrafos sobre su evento a favor de la liberación de Oscar. Incluya su información de contacto.

     

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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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    Ponencia de Wilma E. Reverón en Seminario Regional del Caribe del Comité Especial de Descolonización de la ONU
    Escrito por Wilma E. Reverón Collazo / Copresidenta del MINH

     

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    «La agenda prioritaria de este Comité no ha cambiado nunca: su enfoque debe ser el ayudar a lograr la desaparición de toda forma de dominación colonial en el mundo. Como muy sabiamente ha dicho el hermano Presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, no es posible la  soberanía económica sin la soberanía política.»

     

    Nicaragua aboga por la soberanía de los pueblos en Seminario de Descolonización
    Escrito por Tania Cerón Méndez / El 19 digital

     

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    «Tenemos mucho por hablar en cuanto al tema de Puerto Rico. Estados Unidos realmente debe de dar los pasos adecuados para sentarse a hablar con los puertorriqueños, siendo un país latinoamericano lleno de cultura que no debe ser tratado como un territorio de ensayos nucleares. Ojalá que los pasos de diálogo continúen, porque ellos tienen derecho a ser un pueblo soberano e independiente.»

     

    Padre Miguel D’Escoto denuncia políticas colonizadoras de las potencias
    Escrito por Tania Cerón Méndez / El 19 digital

     

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    «Puerto Rico es la única región de nuestra Patria Latinoamericana que sigue bajo ocupación colonial y la gente de este país, mediante plebiscitos, que no deberían ser organizados por la nación que los está ocupando (…) ha dicho que no quiere el estatus actual», destacó.

     

    Nicaragua, sede del Seminario Regional del Caribe sobre Descolonización
    Escrito por Tania Cerón Méndez / El 19 digital

     

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    Managua es la sede del Seminario del Caribe Sobre Descolonización: III Decenio para la Erradicación del Colonialismo, el cual es organizado por el Comité de Descolonización de Naciones Unidas, del cual forma parte Nicaragua.

     

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    2015 LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Salt Lake City, UT

    Familia: The Building Block of Society

    The League of United Latin American Citizens invites you to participate in the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Salt Lake City Utah from July 7 through July 11, 2015. As the premier Hispanic convention, the LULAC National Convention draws over 20,000 participants from across the country each year including top leaders from the government, business, and the Latino community.

    Summit Location & Headquarters Hotels

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    LULAC has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at special rates. We have a limited number of rooms and we strongly recommend to make your reservation with anticipation.

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    For convention information and registration, please contact the LULAC National Office at (202) 833-6130 or visit our website at www.LULAC.org/convention

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    Escrito por Héctor L. Pesquera Sevillano / Copresidente del MINH

     

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    La verdad es que este gobierno, desde la Fortaleza, ha desplegado una formidable campaña de terror que asusta a cualquiera. Hay un “hoyo de $2,400 millones” que no se podrá llenar a menos que ahoguemos a la mitad de los y las puertorriqueñas, parece ser la consigna de Alejandro García Padilla y sus asesores.

     

    José Martí: De la Playita a Dos Ríos
    Escrito por Luis Toledo Sande

     

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    …y a la vida futura con permanente utilidad de la virtud


    El 25 de marzo de 1895, “en vísperas de un largo viaje”, como escribió desde Montecristi a la madre, José Martí se sabía “en el pórtico de un gran deber”. Lo expresó en otra de sus despedidas escritas ese día, la dirigida al dominicano Federico Henríquez y Carvajal, a quien le dijo: “Yo evoqué la guerra: mi responsabilidad comienza con ella, en vez de acabar”. Hacía todo para ocupar su sitio en la contienda, que había estallado el 24 de febrero de acuerdo con el plan que él decisivamente contribuyó a trazar como fundador y guía, Delegado, del Partido Revolucionario Cubano.

     

    Una abogada estadounidense que defiende los prisioneros políticos puertorriqueños
    Escrito por Firuzeh Shokooh Valle*/Global Voices

     

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    A Jan Susler no le gusta hablar de sí misma. Lo deja saber muy claramente al comienzo de la entrevista. Abogada de derechos civiles, Susler dice que el centro de atención está reservado para sus clientes, que también son sus amigos. "Yo quiero que esto sea sobre Oscar López Rivera", explica, refiriéndose al prisionero político puertorriqueño a quien representa.

     

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    En este nuevo aniversario del nacimiento de Augusto César Sandino (18 de Mayo de 1895) comparto la carta que el gran patriota nuestroamericano le enviara a Froylán Turcios, poeta, ensayista y diplomático hondureño, director de la Revista Ariel, y permanente colaborador del “general de hombres libres” en su campaña contra la ocupación norteamericana de Nicaragua.

     

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    Mural por José Alí Paz   Mural by José Alí Paz

     

    Yellow Butterflies in Spring: Homage to Gabriel García Márquez
    Mariposas Amarillas en Primavera:
    Homenage a Gabriel García Márquez


    Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. and Accíon Colombia for our May Tertulia on Gabriel García Márquez focusing from anecdotal, journalist, stage, and musical perspectives. The event will feature a panel discussion featuring S. Jenny Potes-Curci, Emma Restrepo, Giovany Barrera, Norma Corrales and a live music performance.

    Únete a Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. y Accíon Colombia para nuestra Tertulia de mayo sobre Gabriel García Márquez con enfoque anecdótico, periodista, etapa y perspectivas musicales. El evento contará con una mesa redonda de panelistas con S. Jenny Potes-Curci, Emma Restrepo, Giovany Barrera, Norma Corrales y un espectáculo de música en vivo.
     
     
     
    Latin Roots Live! 
    ¡Latin Roots en vivo!


    Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc.
    is honored to be partnering with WXPN/World Cafe Live and AfroTaino Productions to co-produce a live music series called Latin Roots Live! Somehow missed our first concert featuring Ana Tijoux and Eco del Sur? Don't miss the next one! On Wednesday May 20th, come on down to Dilworth Park at Philadelphia's City Hall for an outdoor show with TIMBALONA, the Argentine/Venezuelan percussion group at noon. TIMBALONA will be accompanied by percussionist Mariano Medina

    Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. esta orgulloso de estar associado con WXPNWorld Cafe en vivo y AfroTaino Productions para co-producir una serie de conciertos músicales en vivo llamada Latin Roots! ¡En Vivo! ¿De alguna manera te perdistes nuestro primer concierto con Ana Tijoux y Eco del Sur? No te lo pierdas la próxima vez! El miércoles 20 de mayo, vamos al Dilworth Park en Philadelphia City Hall para un espectáculo al aire libre con TIMBALONA, grupo de la percusión argentina y venezolana. TIMBALONA se acompañará por el percusionista Mariano Medina.
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    Our mural is going up!
    ¡Vamos a instalar nuestro mural! 

    Do you have an hour or two to work with Philadelphia Muralist Cesar Viveros install the "Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future Community Mural" at Raices? Join Cesar Viveros on Thursday, May 21st from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm or Friday, May 22nd from 9:30 am - 3 pm! Our mural will be revealed in June!

    If you're interested in volunteering, email Erika, our program and marketing manager at erika@raicesculturales.org.

    ¿Tienes una o dos horas para trabajar con el muralista de Filadelfia Cesar Viveros en la instalación de nuestro mural "Honrando Nuestro Pasado, Imaginando Nuestro Futuro"Únete con Cesar Viveros el jueves, 21 de mayo de 9:30 am -1:30 pm ó el
    viernes, 22 de mayo de 9:30am - 3:00 pm! Nuestro mural será revelado en junio.

    Si usted está interesado en ser voluntario, envie un correo electrónico a Erika, nuestra gerente de programas y marketing, a erika@raicesculturales.org.
     
     


    Help us save Philadelphia arts!
    ¡Ayúdanos a salvar las artes de Filadelfia!

    On Thursday, May 21st, 
    Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Maud Lyon will be testifying during a City Council budget hearing to make the case for maintaining the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

    Help us pack the Council Chambers! We need to show City Council that Philadelphians from every neighborhood care about the future of arts & culture in our city. The hearing will begin at 6:30pm in City Hall Room 400. 

     

    RSVP here.

     

    El jueves, 21 de mayo, la presidenta de Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Maud Lyon testificará a favor de mantener el presupuesto para el Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

     

    ¡Ayúdanos a llenar a las cámaras del consejo! Necesitamos demostrar que individuos de cada barrio en Filadelfia están preocupados por el futuro de la cultura en nuestra ciudad. La audiencia pública comenzará a las 6:30 pm en el Salon City Hall #400.

     
     
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    Contact Raíces if you're interested in having a performance at your school, private event, or work function.
     
     
    Special thanks to our new and ongoing funding partners
     
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    Dear Friend and Supporter,

    We missed you at Sunday's event! This fun-filled event and our spring membership drive raised $10,000 toward our $15,000 fundraising goal to support Puerto Rican/Latino arts and cultural education programming for children and youth.
     
    These programs, at the heart of our mission, positively touch thousands of lives every year. We serve at-risk children and youth in our community, the distressed Fairhill section of North Philadelphia. Teachers and artists guide students in exploring their creativity while helping them feel safe and nurtured in a kind, positive atmosphere. Our programs increase students’ chances of success by inspiring academic achievement, boosting self-confidence, developing their arts skills and appreciation, exploring Puerto Rican/Latin American cultures, and introducing them to college and career possibilities.
     
    We can't do this crucial work without your support. You can help us reach our fundraising goal by making a donation, reaching out to friends and family, and sharing a call-to-action on social media networks.

    Large or small, you can help. For many people, giving $100 is not an option, but giving $10 each month is doable. So, we've set up a recurring-donation alternative on our website's donation page. Just look for the check box in the form.

    Click the button below to make a positive and long-lasting difference in the lives of our children and youth.


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    Continuamente se debate sobre la lucha estudiantil de forma coyuntural. Por lo general, se aborda el tema como una de las debilidades y problemáticas del movimiento. En el análisis han estado presentes el impacto de los cambios de gobierno, el periodo de vida estudiantil y las estrategias que utilizamos para generar debates. En estos puntos, es necesario abrir el espacio para preguntarnos cómo hacemos el trabajo que conlleva la lucha estudiantil y universitaria.

     

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    El Movimiento de Unidad Popular (MUP) de Argentina, manifiesta su total solidaridad con el pueblo hermano de la República de Puerto Rico y con el reclamo por su independencia definitiva.

     

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    Todos conocimos (o a lo mejor creímos conocer a través de lo que las empresas de información nos dejaron ver) las declaraciones de Ralph Gonsalves (Primer Ministro de San Vicente y Granadinas desde 2001) en la cumbre de la CELAC, en 2014, en lo referente a la República Dominicana y la sentencia 168-13 del Tribunal Constitucional, que despojaba de nacionalidad dominicana a todo hijo de inmigrante en situación irregular a partir de 1929 y ordenaba ejecutar el plan de regularización migratoria pendiente desde 2004.

     

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    La chocante ironía de las últimas décadas es que el Estado de Bienestar puertorriqueño estuvo diseñado para atender a las capas superiores de la población. El empresarismo puertorriqueño y extranjero se beneficia de exenciones, de incentivos, de préstamos, de intereses preferenciales, de posposiciones de pago, de concesiones gratuitas de edificios públicos, de traspasos de empresas y servicios, que minimizan la posibilidad del fracaso o que permiten una salida rápida sin pérdidas apreciables.

     

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    Los estudiantes en la Universidad de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Río Piedras, se aprestan a el 14 de mayo a comenzar un paro con el cual combatir los planes gubernamentales de recortar el presupuesto del primer centro docente del país. Fotos: Víctor Birriel / MINH 

     

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    Please Donate to Our Bus Ride to Bring Oscar López Home!

    By Matt McCanna, Chicago National Boricua Human Rights Network

     

    National Boricua Human Rights Network in Chicago is taking 100 people to the New York 'March to Bring Oscar López Rivera Home' on May 30th.

     

    Marchers will be demanding the release of Oscar. Now age 72, he is the longest-held political prisoner in Puerto Rican history. He was charged with seditious conspiracy - the same charge for which Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - for his participation in Puerto Rico's independence movement. He was never accused of hurting anyone or participating in any violent crime; only of fighting for his country to be free.

     

     

    The funding raised here will go toward renting a 55 passenger coach bus to transport supporters from Chicago to New York City. Continue reading.

     
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    The next PuertoRican PANORAMA features a panel of ALPFA members in a discussion about the organizations goals and objectives.  (ALPFA is a national nonprofit membership organization; its purpose is to enhance business opportunities for Latin-Americans.)

    The panel discussion airs on 6abc-TV this coming Saturday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m.

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    Senadora PIP radica proyecto para prohibir el uso del glifosato para desyerbar en propiedad pública

    ver Proyecto del Senado 1339 

    El Capitolio. 18 de mayo de 2015.- Ante la denuncia de expertos y científicos del efecto adverso del glifosato (mercadeado como "Roundup") en la salud de las personas y la abundante evidencia que lo vincula con enfermedades como el cáncer, y de la constancia sobre el uso indiscriminado de este potente y dañino químico en el país, la senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, radicó el Proyecto del Senado 1339 para prohibir su uso por parte de entidades gubernamentales, de tal forma que el Estado no continúe actuando, a conciencia, como un agente que contribuye a la exposición de la ciudadanía a un probado elemento tóxico.
    "Es inconcebible que el Estado permita y sea uno de los principales promotores del uso de un herbicida -tan potente, que originalmente fue patentado como descalcificador para limpiar depósitos minerales en tuberías- al que se ha vinculado a problemas de salud como el cáncer, infertilidad, neurotoxicidad, problemas reproductivos, defectos de nacimiento, inflamación del cerebro asociada con el autismo y la enfermedad de Alzheimer, entre muchos otros", declaró la Portavoz del PIP en el Senado.

    En la medida legislativa se indica que países como Dinamarca, Holanda y El Salvador, y municipalidades de España y Canadá, han prohibido total o parcialmente el uso de glifosato. También se señala en la exposición de motivos del proyecto de ley que Bermudas prohibió su uso, en Argentina existe legislación presentada a los mismos efectos, la cual fue recientemente apoyada por más de 30,000 médicos de dicho país y en Colombia el Presidente pidió suspender su uso en las aspersiones contra los cultivos ilícitos en ese país ante la reciente reclasificación del glifosato a "probablemente cancerígeno para los seres humanos" por parte de la IARC.

    "En Puerto Rico existe una alta preocupación de las comunidades por el uso indiscriminado de glifosato. Su uso no es exclusivo de los cultivos agrícolas, sino que Municipios como Bayamón, Aibonito y Cayey utilizan el herbicida para desyerbar caminos y carreteras municipales y estatales. Incluso, se ha visto a compañías privadas esparciendo herbicida en escuelas en horario de clases, en las orillas de los canales de riego y en las autopistas del país. Además de la peligrosidad del glifosato, hay que añadir el mal manejo en su aplicación. Por ejemplo, residentes de Barrio Nuevo en Bayamón han relatado que al asperjar el herbicida en la orilla de la carretera, el mismo cae sobre el techo de sus hogares o incluso sobre su cuerpo, aun estando en el patio de sus hogares", puntualizó la senadora Santiago Negrón

    "Es inconcebible que el Estado se preste a servir de agente contaminante, por lo cual exhortamos a las comunidades a apoyar esta medida", finalizó la senadora del PIP.

     

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    What's New at the Latin Center?
    May 2015
     
     

     
     

    Mil Gracias to the Arsht-Cannon Fund for its generous and continued support of the English as a Second Language programs at the LACC and the Hispanic Community throughout Delaware.

     

    Many thanks to the Darden Foundation and the Olive Garden Restaurants for a second year of funding to support Youth Programs.

     

    More thanks to Guadalupe Mandujano from Extasis Beauty Salon in Wilmington, DE, who provided free haircuts to women in the Families in Control support group for victims of domestic violence on May 5, 2015, as a Mother's Day gift for the women. Funding for the Families in Control Program to Combat Domestic Violence is provided by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council.

     

    2015 Hispanic Student Recognition Program: More than 400 students, families, community members, and district and school staff attended the Hispanic Student Recognition Program (HSRP) on Saturday, April 13, 2015, at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington. . Keynote Speaker was The Hon. Maria Cabrera, the first Hispanic woman to be elected to Wilmington City Council.

    Many thanks to 2015 HSRP sponsors: Wells Fargo, Delaware Hispanic Commission and United Way of Delaware along with our supporters: El Tiempo Hispano, Tech Strategies Group, and Michael J. Hare.

    Also thank you to the HSRP selection committee, which included representatives from Wells Fargo, Dow Chemical, AstraZeneca, DuPont, Arsht Cannon Fund, Rodel Foundation, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Arts Alliance, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and The Law Offices of Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya.


     

    The following students were honored at the 2015 HSRP:

    Outstanding High School Student of the Year: Michael Brant, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    Outstanding High School Student of the Year: Katherine Salhuana, Glasgow High School

    Outstanding High Student of the Year, Shining Star: Vanessa Ortiz-Roblero, Sussex Technical High School

    Outstanding Middle School Student of the Year: Jason Rodriguez-Negron, Las Américas ASPIRA Academy

    Outstanding Middle School Student of the Year: Carmen Jalene Wynn-Santana,Las Américas ASPIRA Academy

    Outstanding Middle School Student of the Year, Rising Star: Alison Ramirez, McCullough Middle School

    Academics Award Southern Delaware: Josue Reno-Toledo, Seaford Senior High School

    Academics Award Northern Delaware Alvaro Bedolla-Pantoja, Newark High School

    STEM Rising Star: Emily Bravo, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    STEM Award: Victor Rojas, Charter School of Wilmington

    The Arts Award Southern Delaware: Eddie Velasquez, Indian River High School

    The Arts Award Northern Delaware: Jairo Rodriguez, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    Live United Community Service Award Southern Delaware: Kelly Velazquez-Perez, Seaford Senior High School

    Live United Community Service Award Northern Delaware: Nicole Mejia, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    Athletics Award: Jennifer Lopez, Thomas McKean High School

    Youth Advocacy Award: Miguel Tapia, Salesianum High School

    GRIT Award: Viviana Alejandra Torres, Christiana High School


     

    Minority Health Month Fair, The LACC and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will collaborate on providing our community with health resources and screenings, Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the LACC. There will be free food, music, health resources and screenings, Zumba and a Moon Bounce for the children. For more information contact: Nathalie Mercado, (302) 655-7338(302) 655-7338, Ext. 7727, Email: nmercado@thelatincenter.org


     

    ArtAddiction Deadline for submission to the annual ArtAddiction contest andexhibit is May 29, 2015. We accept paintings, collage, photography, and design. Two categories: beginner and advanced.  Winners receive prizes. Sponsored by LACC Prevention Promoters with a grant from the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Visit website www.thelatincenter.org or contact Laura Adarve Email: ladarve@thelatincenter.org or Lucero Mezquita Email: lmezquita@thelatincenter.org  


     

    Support Group for Male Victims of Crime The LACC's Advocate for Victims of Crime Program will offer a free, Spanish language support group for men have been victims of crime. The program starts on Tuesday, May 21, 2015, at 5 p.m. for men who want to participate in a support group setting with other victims. For more information, contact Pedro Torres, (302) 655-7338(302) 655-7338 ext. 7725, Email: ptorres@thelatincenter.org  Funding for this group is provided by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council.


     

    Cinco de Mayo More than 200 people attended the LACC's Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Friday, May 1, 2015, hosted by the Prevention Promoters Program.  There were games, fun, food, lots of giveaways, and even a mariachi band! Thanks to Safe Kids Delaware and the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for helping make this event a success!


     

    The LACC Summer Day Camp for ages 5 to 11 starts June 15, 2015. The theme of the 2015 STEAM camp is Biology. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Thanks to support from United Way, campers will also participate in Reading is Fundamental. Each week youth will read books that complement their weekly biology lessons. Books will be chosen from Reading is Fundamental's 2013-2014 reading list of multicultural STEM books. Contact: Edgar Martinez, emartinez@thelatincenter.org


     

    More gratitude for Arsht-Cannon Fund support for the Arts.Teachers from the Wilmington Children's Choir visit the LACC after school program each week to teach children how to sing and read music. Children are learning Dominican folk songs and African American spirituals, and how to sing in a choir. The Wilmington Ballet also brought four teenage dancers to the LACC to demonstrate basic ballet exercises and steps before an audience of elementary and middle school youth. Boys in the audience asked the dancers how ballet could improve their ability to play sports. The Wilmington Ballet will offer free ballet lessons at the LACC. Contact Hilary Blair, Email: hblair@thelatincenter.org 

     

    SAVE THE DATE
    • LACC Open House - Friday, September 4, 2015 at the LACC. Contact: Sindy Rodriguez
    • 46th Annual Grand Ball "A Night in Cuba" - Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Contact: Sara Wilson
     
     
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    LULAC Condemns the Passage of Anti-Immigrant Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement in response to the passage of the anti-immigrant amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by U.S. House Representative Mo Brooks.

    “We are disappointed with the passage of the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congressman Brooks which stripped language encouraging the Pentagon to consider allowing DREAMers with work permits to serve in the military. The passage of the amendment does a disservice to our nation by prohibiting a class of patriotic Americans from serving their country. Congress should instead be focusing on developing ways to encourage and properly support all the brave men and women who want to serve their country. Members of Congress who voted to strip this provision need to be reminded that serving our nation is an honor all Americans value - including those in the immigrant community."

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    A continuación, les presentamos el boletín informativo


    del 26
     al 9 de mayo de 2015


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    National Call in Day for Oscar Lopez Rivera
    Friday May 29th, 2015
    CALL OBAMA AND DEMAND OSCAR'S RELEASE!


    Former Political Prisoner Rafael Cancel Miranda endorses this month's National Call in Day.  Read his statement below!



    Rafael Cancel Miranda
    Former Political Prisoner and Puerto Rican Revolutionary Nationalist

    Me uno de todo corazón a la petición de todos aquellos y aquellas que reclaman al gobierno de los Estados Unidos la excarcelación del patriota Oscar López Rivera, quien es una honra para el pueblo puertorriqueño y para todos aquellos que respetan la justicia y la dignidad humana.  El patriota Oscar López Rivera ha dedicado su vida a luchar contra la esclavitud colonial.  Es un deber de todo aquel que se respeta a sí mismo luchar por la liberación de Oscar, que sería luchar por nuestra propia liberación de la cárcel del coloniaje. Gracias a todos y todas los que de una manera u otra sean parte de esta lucha por la liberación de un hermano que nos honra a todos.
     
    Haga su llamada telefónica el viernes 29 de mayo por Oscar López Rivera !
     
    Rafael Cancel Miranda
    Exprisionero político 
     
     
    I, wholeheartedly, join all of those who demand the U.S. government release of Puerto Rican patriot Oscar Lopez Rivera, who is the honor of the Puerto Rican people and to all those who respect justice and human dignity. The Puerto Rican Patriot Oscar Lopez Rivera has dedicated his life to fighting against colonial slavery. It is the duty of everyone, who respects himself, to fight for the liberation of Oscar, who would fight for our own release from the colonial prison. Thank you all, who in one way or another are part of this struggle for the liberation of a brother who honors us all.
     
    Make your phone call on Friday May 29th for Oscar Lopez Rivera!
     
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    FORMER Political Prisoner


    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 202-456-1111202-456-1111 and leave a message!  Let him know that Oscar Lopez Rivera has been in prison for too long and deserves to go home! 
    We need to flood the voice mail with our united demands for freedom! 

    Sample Message for your phone call:

    President Obama, I ask that you free Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera.  Since 1981, he has been in jail for fighting for Puerto Rican independence; he never committed a violent crime and has been a model prisoner.  I ask that you follow in the foot steps of Presidents Truman, Carter, and Clinton, who freed other Puerto Rican activists, and set Oscar free!



    MAY FREEDOM MONTH!
    Freedom  Month is a time to raise awareness of the international movement to free Oscar Lopez Rivera and the decolonization of Puerto Rico!


    The various events this FREEDOM MONTH were organized by The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, 33 Iglesias por Oscar, Alianza Pais Dominicana, The May 30th Coalition, NYABCF, and list is still in formation...

    Check out the FREEDOM MONTH Calendar!

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    Moralmente inaceptable y fiscalmente irresponsable para el PIP acuerdo del Gobernador y Legisladores del PPD sobre Aumento del IVU al 11.5%


    Ante el acuerdo llegado anoche entre el liderato del Partido Popular, entiéndase el Gobernador y sus Legisladores, para aumentar a 11.5% el IVU, la visepresidenta y portavoz senatorial del Partido Independentistas Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, hizo las siguientes expresiones en sus redes sociales:

    "Protestaron como nunca y se entregaron como siempre: ese ha sido el papel de la Asamblea Legislativa en el drama del IVA. La consecuencia será el empobrecimiento de los que ya aportan más de lo que les corresponde,y la protección a los privilegiados de siempre.

    Y es que la debilidad no atiende a razones, por claras que estén.

    En Puerto Rico clamamos por consensos: pues el consenso está ahí, con el gobierno como único disidente. Y nada tiene que ver con preferencias partidistas. KPMG, la empresa que a un costo millonario preparó el informe que Hacienda no quería hacer público, la inmensa mayoría de los deponentes en las vistas públicas, la oposición política, organizaciones cívicas, la gente en la calle: sectores profundamente diversos coincidimos en que el bolsillo de l@s ciudadan@s promedio no aguanta más. Que hay que pedirle a los que se enriquecen con la mano de obra que aquí pagan más barato que en EU, a las megatiendas a las que les subsidiamos la nómina, a las empresas a las que se les regala infraestructura, a las corporaciones que se llevan 33,600 millones en ganancia todos los años, que hagan un poco más por el país.

    Pero ya hemos visto. El PPD prefiere herir a David para salvar a Goliat. Es moralmente inaceptable y, como dolorosamente nos tocará comprobar, fiscalmente irresponsable".

     

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    Paro estudiantil busca integrar más a la comunidad riopedrense
    Escrito por El Nuevo Día

     

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    Los líderes estudiantiles que coordinan el paro en la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) discutieron esta noche estrategias para integrar más a la comunidad riopedrense en los esfuerzos para combatir los planes gubernamentales de recortar el presupuesto del primer centro docente del país.

     

    Lo que hubiera hecho doña Carmen
    Escrito por Ángel Pérez Soler / Juventud Hostosiana

     

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    Y Juan Mari Brás señaló: "En la Universidad de Puerto Rico, fundó y dirigió la primera oficina de servicios al estudiante en 1943. Su visión antiburocrática de esa función contrastaba marcadamente con la caricatura de institución universitaria que desarrollo Jaime Benítez para anidar su mediocridad.

     

    Natura desde Marx
    Escrito por Guillermo Castro H.

     

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    “El objeto a considerar es en primer término la producción material. Individuos que producen en sociedad, o sea la producción de los individuos socialmente determinada: este es naturalmente el punto de partida.” Carlos Marx, Grundrisse[1]

     

    Estudiantes de la UPR dejan sus propuestas en la obstinada mesa de AGP
    Escrito por Gabriela Saker / CyberNews

     

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    En lo que fue una extensa reunión entre los representantes estudiantiles de los diversos recintos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR)  y el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla, los estudiantes salieron de la Fortaleza visiblemente decepcionados para reunirse con los pocos estudiantes que aguardaban frente a oficiales policiacos a las afueras.

     

    Protesters decry cuts to Puerto Rico University


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    San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 14 (UPI) - A massive demonstration protesting budget cuts to Puerto Rico's state university filled a Capitol plaza in San Juan.

     

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    Pregones/PRTT recommends THE GLASS MENAGERIE|From May 14-30

    American Masterwork, Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie opens the Masterworks Theater Company's Inaugural Season with the universal story of a Southern single mother striving to secure a future for her two grown children. While her cripplingly shy daughter escapes to a world of glass, her aspiring writer son dreams of a world beyond the confines of St. Louis. Any hope of salvation is pinned on the visit of a "Gentleman Caller" for the girl, but it seems he may only shatter their fragile fantasies.

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    Sign the Remove Riot Fest from Humboldt Park petition!
    By Brayan Contreras

     

    The Riot Fest festival has caused unacceptable damage, denied lengthy access to the community, created many negative issues for surrounding residents, and produced ecological destruction to the park.

     

    For these reasons, Humboldt Park Citizens Against Riot Fest respectfully ask our Alderman Maldonado,  Chicago Park District and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to deny any permits that will allow the Riot Fest festival to continue in Humboldt Park.

     

    In 2014, to the objection of many community residents, the festival grew to over 4X its original size and occupied the entire park. Not only were residents, sports groups and local park vendors denied access to the entire park, the set-up and breakdown of the festival caused major disruption of traditional events and access for residents for almost three weeks. Contrary to what festival organizers claim  the community and businesses around the park did not benefit from the experience.

     

     

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    Latino Unity Day in Springfield

    By Stefanie Rodríguez, Affordable Care Act program
     

    On May 5, four of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's In-Person Counselors traveled to Springfield, IL for the Illinois Latino Unity Day. José Soto, Stefanie Rodríguez, Edwin Cortés, and Luis Rodríguez joined hundreds of other Latinos across the state for the opportunity to take part in important decisions that impact our communities. 

     

    Many local politicians were present and they each had a chance to address the audience. One of them was State Representative Cynthia Soto, who was there to advocate for Latino youth and to talk about what she has been doing to continue fighting for our rights as residents of the state. Some DREAMers also spoke about their experience. Additionally, our very own Edwin Cortés spoke. He addressed a group of high school students and spoke about the struggle he is so devotedly fighting for. The students were impressed and Edwin was given a pin from ASPIRA as a form of gratitude for sharing his story and the importance to keep fighting for your beliefs.  

     

    Latino Unity Day was of great encouragement to all Latinos and minorities alike; we look forward to taking part in future events. 

     

    CICLO URBANO UPDATE

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    It's been a busy, busy start to the bike season, and we have lots of new and exciting developments at Ciclo Urbano!

     

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    Ciclo is excited to welcome our newest youth apprentices, Ulana and Max!  Ulana got involved in programs at WTB nearly 3 years ago, and is one of the early members of WTB Girls Bike Club.  Ulana is a whiz with a wrench, rides a wicked KHS pursuit bike, and has maintained a terrific role as a youth leader of GBC.  Max comes to us from the world of freak bikes, and has built more tall bikes, choppers and swing bikes than there are rats scurrying through your alley after midnight!  Max is a graduate of WTB's apprentice program, and brings with him an arcane knowledge of all things repurposed.  Ulana and Max are experiencing 'baptism-by-fire' as they and the rest of the Ciclo gang respond to Chicago's springtime bicycle mania.

     

    We are building scores of new and used bikes every week, so if you don't find something today, stop back in a week and we're bound to have a whole new batch. Ciclo is currently stocking bikes from Breezer, SE, State, Torker, and Surly - and soon we'll have new bikes from KHS!  Stop in for a visit to check out what we've got!

     

    José E. López Keynotes Latino Recognition Ceremony 2015 at Southern Illinois University

    By Michael Emmer, Puerto Rican Cultural Center 

     

    On Saturday May 9th, 2015 the Hispanic/Latino Resource Center at Southern Illinois University invited Jose E Lopez to Keynote the Latino Recognition Ceremony.

     

    The program included remarks by Dr. Rene Francisco Poitevin, Coordinator, Hispanic/ Latino Resource Center and Dr. Katherine Sermersheim, Dean of Students. The introduction of the keynote speaker was made by Yahaira L. Heller, Student Staff, Hispanic/Latino Resource Center.

    The ceremony is an annual event recognizing the achievement of Latino students from S.I.U. upon their graduation. The group of graduates included those receiving Bachelors, Masters and P.H.D. degrees.

     

    After congratulating the graduates, Jose framed his remarks about their role as future citizens of the Americas, within the context of the following quote from the Brazilian educator, Paolo Freire: "Education either functions as an instrument whish is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."

     
    His speech was warmly received by the students, parents, and faculty of Southern Illinois University who were present.

     

    Tasteful Manners Chef Monica Hayes Comes to Parent University at Clemente 

    By Michael Kurshan-Emmer

    Last Friday May 8, 2015 saw ten parent participants from the Safe Passage program take part in the first installment of Chef Monica Hayes' Tasteful Manners healthy cooking class. Parent University participants from the Safe Passage programs at Clemente Community Academy and Wells Community Academy have participated in mini-courses in Digital Video through the Grace Media Group, African Drumming through Holy Goat percussion, and now Tasteful Manners healthy cooking class with Chef Monica Hayes. The Tasteful Manners mini-course is scheduled to run every Friday morning for the next five weeks at Parent University on the 3rd floor of Clemente Community Academy.

     

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    At the onset of the class Chef Hayes spoke with parent participants about their diets, what they commonly eat at home, what they commonly enjoy cooking, and where they go grocery shopping.  She made the point that each of the ingredients her recipes call for can be purchased at local stores. At this point in the class the founder of Tasteful Manners went on to provide creative ways in which to use healthy alternatives in common recipes, and emphasized that she does not use salt in the preparation of her dishes.

     

    Chef Hayes then introduced the first recipe of the class, a Thai recipe for chicken sate with a tantalizing peanut sauce and a delicious cucumber onion salad. Chef Hayes took the parent participants through each step of the recipe, going into some detail on each ingredient and answering questions and responding to comments. Once the dish was completed and participants began to eat and enjoy the Thai delicacy, Chef Hayes began to take suggestions for next week's dish. The participants of the mini-course finally decided on a Tilapia dish, and were excited to get their minds and hands into next Friday's recipe!

     

    Chef Monica Hayes-Jones is a pastry chef and the CEO and President of Tasteful Manners NFP. Tasteful Manners was founded out of Chef Monica's disappointment concerning the poor diet choices and lack of manners today's youth exhibit.

     

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    Honorable Toni Preckwinkle Visits Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

    By Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Journalism Team
     

    On Thursday, May 7th, our students and staff welcomed a visit from the Cook County Board President. Not knowing exactly what to expect, our students prepared to extend both a warm "bienvenida" as well as share critical questions for our guest considering her role with key decisions related to the prisons and hospitals in Cook County.

     

    Captivating the audience's attention, Honorable Preckwinkle spoke about some of the challenges that she confronts with disproportionate rates of Black and Brown people incarcerated and only a small percent actually serving time, versus waiting for trial. Our students were taken aback by her honesty and genuineness with her comments stating "We have never heard a politician speak so openly about real problems."


     

    Hoping for more time, our students posed questions about economic development, mental health services being cut in the City of Chicago, and about full access to appropriate healthcare. Toward the end of the exchange, our students presented Honorable Preckwinkle with some "Albizu Gear" and explained to her what they are learning about urban agriculture in our school's greenhouse.

     

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    Our students left the exchange excited, hopeful and interested in doing more to make our world a better place.

     

    Culinary Competitions Pay Off

    By Luis Salgado, Roberto Clemente Community Academy
     
     

    It was a busy and successful one for some of our culinary seniors at Clemente. The three students pictured with their chef instructor (Erica Hernandez, Chef Leszczewicz, Hannia Vidals, and Shantel Lane) completed the final phase of one of their scholarship competitions. For the final phase, the students were given ingredients and two hours to create Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes Tournee and strawberry cream crepes with chocolate sauce. Our students did a fantastic job, overcoming a kitchen crowded with fifteen other CPS culinary students. In the end they all finished on time with beautiful dishes. All of their hard work in preparation paid off. Two days later, at the awards breakfast (photo), the scholarship awards were handed out.

     

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    Later in the week, the same students, along with several others, cooked and served for the CPS board'sInterdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum reception at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Our future culinarians served one hundred guests a cornucopia of Puerto Rican and Mexican fare.

     

    At the conclusion of the week, our culinary seniors participated in the CPS Culinary capstone, Passport on a Plate where Clemente was chosen to represent dishes and culture from Poland. Over fifteen other countries were represented by the other CPS culinary programs. At this event, more scholarships were earned by our students bringing the total for the week to over $80,000 in money for college to our top culinary students! Congrats and good luck to all!

     

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    Ante la crisis fiscal y el estancamiento económico el PIP presenta un
    "PLAN DE RECAUDACIÓN Y DE ESTÍMULO AL DESARROLLO"






    En San Juan, Puerto Rico. 14 de mayo de 2015 - En el día de hoy presento a la prensa y al país un plan específico para atender la actual crisis fiscal. Sin embargo, antes de presentarlo debo atender un tema de umbral ante la crisis que enfrenta Puerto Rico. La colonia colapsó. El régimen económico y político del ELA colonial ha fracasado, no tiene futuro. Hay que recalcar que sin atender el tema del estatus político de Puerto Rico no podremos aspirar a un desarrollo económico pleno. Solo bajo la independencia tendremos la autoridad y los poderes políticos y jurídicos para integrarnos al mundo y poder desarrollarnos plenamente.

    Ahora vamos al plan, que es nuestra aportación al diálogo que exigen las circunstancias. El fracaso y la disfuncionalidad de nuestro sistema contributivo están ante los ojos de todos. Se agrava por la persistencia de una depresión económica que comenzó hace nueve años, producto a su vez del efecto acumulativo de las políticas equivocadas pasadas de los gobiernos de turno y del fracaso del modelo económico colonial.

    Es por ello que cualquier propuesta seria de corto y mediano plazo debe -sin estrangular aún más nuestra maltrecha economía- lograr dos propósitos. En primer lugar, recaudar lo suficiente para atender las necesidades apremiantes del país; y, segundo, generar recursos adicionales suficientes para poner en marcha -dentro de los límites de la colonia- un programa de estímulo económico y de creación de empleos que asegure el crecimiento económico.
     
    La principal razón para la insuficiencia de recaudos -más allá de la falta de fiscalización efectiva- radica en que los sectores de mayores ingresos del país, es decir, las compañías manufactureras foráneas, y los grandes emporios comerciales o megatiendas (también mayormente foráneas) no contribuyen de manera justa y proporcional a los ingresos del erario.

    Unas por sus estatus exento y otras porque el cúmulo de créditos, deducciones y privilegios contributivos de que disfrutan hace que resulten también virtualmente exentas. Dichos privilegios han crecido como la espuma en lo que va de siglo XXI, desangrando severamente la capacidad de recaudo del fisco.
     
    Esta situación ha sido el producto de legislación bipartita y ha significado que el por ciento del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) de Puerto Rico que ingresa al gobierno en contribuciones se haya reducido del 11 % en el año 2000 a tan solo el 8% el año pasado. Así lo han reconocido tanto el informe preparado por KPMG para el gobierno, como el más reciente editorial sobre Puerto Rico del New York Times. Baste tener en cuenta que el cociente correspondiente en Irlanda es el 20%, en Bahamas el 16% y en Estados Unidos el 25%.

    Dicho de otra manera, si la legislación contributiva correspondiente en vigor en el año 2000 hubiera estado vigente este año, el gobierno hubiera ingresado tres mil millones de dólares adicionales al erario, a pesar de la contracción económica. En efecto, durante los últimos quince años los gobiernos de turno le han regalado a los grandes intereses económicos más de 35,000 millones de dólares. Y ahora el gobierno pretende que sea el pueblo el que pague la cuenta.
     
    Resulta inconcebible pretender que los nuevos recaudos los generen nuestra ya golpeada clase media y trabajadora, mientras los intereses privilegiados conservan su inmunidad contributiva.

    Nuestro objetivo a corto plazo debe ser restaurar el cociente de 11% que existía en el año 2000 a base de lograr tasas contributivas efectivas y reales a los sectores que hoy están exentos o virtualmente exentos. Un 10% de tasa efectiva sobre los $30,000 millones en ganancias (profits) que se repatrian anualmente al extranjero producirían esos $3,000 millones que se requieren para volver a lograr el cociente de 11% con relación al PIB como ocurría en el año 2000. Y ello se lograría sin tener que aumentar los impuestos sobre el consumo ni llevar a cabo injustos y dolorosos recortes en gastos públicos necesarios.
     
    Mediante el Plan que hemos propuesto, luego de usar $1,500 millones para estabilizar el presupuesto y cumplir con las obligaciones impostergables, el gobierno tendría disponible una cantidad equivalente para invertir en programas de promoción de desarrollo económico y creación de empleos que pongan en marcha el crecimiento económico.

    Mientras no tengamos los plenos poderes económicos de la soberanía estaremos siempre luchando con un brazo amarrado, pero no hay razón para no hacer ahora lo que es justo, posible y necesario.

     

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    Saturday, JUNE 6 at 8PM + Sunday, JUNE 7 at 3PM in The Bronx!

    Join us for the 10th Anniversary concert performance of Pregones Theater's THE RED ROSE featuring DANNY RIVERA! This historic musical inaugurated our company's acclaimed Bronx stage in 1995 and is based on the life of distinguished Puerto Rican in New York JESÚS COLÓN.

    Your ticket purchase includes a festive reception with the cast, also featuring CARIDAD "La Bruja" DE LA LUZ and ELISE SANTORA. Musical Director: DESMAR GUEVARA. Director: ROSALBA ROLÓN.

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    Meet the Author Series Presents:

    Edwin Fontánez
    The Illuminated Forest
    (An Illustrated Novel)
     
    Saturday, May 16th
    3:00-5:00 p.m.

     
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    12-year-old Mateo returns to his grandparents’ island to deal with a family tragedy. From the moment he arrives, a series of terrifying events turn his world upside down. A stray cat with a mohawk, a ruthless town bully, and a lost ghost mysteriously come together and change his life forever.

    “Tender, yet delivered with a punch in all the right places… Sophisticated symbolism and well-honed language typical of fine literature.” —ForeWord Clarion Review

    “Compelling… Endearing and impressive.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “The descriptions of Palo Verde’s lush and simple community are quite memorable.” —School Library Journal


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    Pierluisi exige justicia y trato igual para 1.2 millones de beneficiarios de Medicaid en Puerto Rico.

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    Durante un mensaje ofrecido hoy en el hemiciclo de la Cámara de Representantes federal, Pedro Pierluisi enfocó la atención del Congreso en precipicio fiscal de Salud que enfrenta la Isla, y exigió justicia y trato justo para los 1.2 millones de beneficiarios del Programa Medicaid en Puerto Rico bajo el plan de salud del gobierno (Mi Salud).

    En su mensaje, Pierluisi advirtió que al gobierno de Puerto Rico sólo le quedan $3,570 millones de los $6,300 millones en fondos de Medicaid adicionales que recibió bajo la Reforma de Salud federal y -al nivel de gasto actual para cubrir a los beneficiarios de Mi Salud- se espera una insuficiencia de fondos tan pronto como en el 2017, aunque se supone que duren hasta el final del año fiscal 2019.

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    ESTOS SON LOS PUNTOS MÁS IMPORTANTES DEL MENSAJE:

    • Por ser un territorio, Puerto Rico siempre ha recibido menos fondos federales que los estados para servicios de salud a la población más necesitada bajo el programa Medicaid, que en el caso de Puerto Rico se proveen bajo el programa MiSalud.
    • Por ejemplo, para el 2009, Puerto Rico recibía unos $280 millones anuales en fondos federales de Medicaid, mientras que estados con poblaciones médico-indigentes similares o de menor tamaño recibían 10 veces esa cantidad o más.
    • Como resultado del trabajo de Pierluisi en el Congreso, en los últimos años Puerto Rico ha recibido aumentos significativos en los fondos federales que recibe anualmente bajo Medicaid para MiSalud.
    • Por ejemplo, bajo la Ley ARRA, Pierluisi consiguió que la asignación anual a Puerto Rico aumentara de $280 a $364 millones anuales, desde el 2009 hasta el 2011.
    • Posteriormente, en el 2010, bajo la Ley de la Reforma de Salud de Obama, aunque Puerto Rico sigue siendo tratado deados, Pierluisi logró una asignación total adicional de $6,300 millones para los años 2012 al 2019.  No obstante, hasta el día de hoy, Puerto Rico sigue siendo tratado de manera discriminatoria en comparación a los estados.
    • Eso quiere decir que por ahora, en vez de $300 millones al año, Puerto Rico recibe entre $1,100 y $1,300 millones anuales en fondos federales de Medicaid para MiSalud.  Claro, eso sigue siendo mucho menos que lo que ahora reciben estados con poblaciones similares o menores, como Misisipi (que recibe $3,600 millones anuales), Oklahoma ($3,000 millones anuales) y Oregón ($5,000 millones anuales).
    • Pero esa cantidad que Pierluisi logró que se le asignara a Puerto Rico se está acabando. De hecho, ya solo quedan $3,570 millones de los $6,300 millones asignados a la Isla.  Y al ritmo en que la presente administración ha estado consumiendo esos fondos, lo más probable es que se acaben para septiembre del 2017, DOS AÑOS ANTES de lo originalmente proyectado.
    • Las consecuencias de que el Programa MiSalud se quede sin esos fondos en el 2017 y vuelva a recibir solamente $300 millones al año serían catastróficas para Puerto Rico, y en especial para la población médico-indigente más necesitada.

     

      “La inacción del gobierno federal profundizará el sistema de salud actual en la isla y aumentará aun más la emigración y la crisis fiscal en Puerto Rico.  Tomar acción sobre este tema ahora no sólo está en el interés de Puerto Rico, sino también en el interés nacional”.

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    Unidades de la fuerza de choque de la Policía fueron movilizadas esta tarde a la calle Fortaleza, en el Viejo San Juan, luego que un grupo de estudiantes intentó forzar las vallas que establecieron las autoridades para dividir la calle del Cristo con la entrada del portón de la Mansión Ejecutiva, en medio de una manifestación que llevan a cabo hoy, miércoles, en contra de los propuestos recortes a la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

     

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    Docentes, empleados y estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras, aprobaron ayer, martes, un paro de 48 horas como parte de los trabajos de la primera asamblea multisectorial de la comunidad universitaria.

     

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    Con un recorrido por el Viejo San Juan con los copresidentes del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), Wilma E. Reverón Collazo y Julio A. Muriente Pérez, junto a Emily Blais de Asuntos Internacionales, la compañera Blanca Flor Bonilla, diputada del FMLN de El Salvador se despidió de Puerto Rico luego de una extensa jornada solidaria con nuestro pueblo. Bonilla estuvo en el país del 3 al 9 de mayo de 2015, invitada por el MINH. Fotos: Víctor Birriel / MINH

     

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    Northeast Director of Civic Engagement Roberto Frugone will act as the organization’s
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    Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today announced the addition of a key regional staff member.  Roberto Frugone will join the New York City office as the organization’s new northeast director of civic engagement.

    “We are thrilled to have Roberto Frugone join our staff as the organization’s chief representative in the northeast region,” stated Arturo Vargas, executive director of NALEO Educational Fund.  “Roberto’s expertise and years of service in New Jersey and beyond will prove invaluable as we continue to expand our efforts to support elected and appointed officials in the northeast and increase the number of eligible immigrants who take the next step and become citizens.”

    Frugone, a campaign veteran with more than a decade of experience working with elected officials and community leaders, will as the new northeast director of civic engagement work to develop and implement innovative programming and strategies related to Latino civic participation both locally and nationally.  In addition, he will lead programs specific to naturalization, non-partisan voter education and mobilization, and the Census.  These efforts will span multiple states across the northeast region, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

    Frugone joins NALEO Educational Fund after previously serving as the Sustainable Communities Program Director at La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, NJ.  While there he was charged with implementing a sustainable community strategy within the Lower Broadway Neighborhood of Newark, which is a 1.2 square mile neighborhood of 14,000 residents, four schools, and an active commercial district.  Frugone also brings with him extensive get-out-the-vote experience having worked on numerous campaigns over the years - including leading Latino outreach efforts on a statewide basis for two U.S. Senators and a Presidential Candidate.  

    As a government relations consultant, Frugone trained local leaders on strategies to influence policy and create sustainable change in their neighborhood; worked with community groups to identify and develop strategic partnerships; and worked with elected officials and political candidates to develop and/or strengthen community support for projects or initiatives. To support this effort, he developed La Causa Newsletter of NJ.  A resident of New Jersey, Frugone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University.

    “I am honored to have been selected to lead NALEO Educational Fund's efforts in this key region,” Frugone stated.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues to empower the growing Latino community throughout the northeast and to increase the number of Latinos who participate in our nation’s democracy.”
     
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     A record 33.2 million Hispanics in the U.S. speak English proficiently, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.  In 2013, this group made up 68% of all Hispanics ages 5 and older, up from 59% in 2000.
     
    At the same time that the share of Latinos who speak English proficiently is growing, the share that speaks Spanish at home has been declining over the last 13 years. In 2013, 73% of Latinos ages 5 and older said they speak Spanish at home, down from 78% who said the same in 2000. Despite this decline, a record 35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home, a number that has continued to increase as the nation’s Hispanic population has grown.
     
    These shifts coincide with the rise of U.S.-born Hispanics as a share of the nation’s Hispanic population and the slowdown in immigration to the U.S. from Latin America. 
     
    Fully 89% of U.S.-born Latinos spoke English proficiently in 2013, up from 72% in 1980. This gain is due in part to the growing share of U.S.-born Latinos who live in households where only English is spoken. In 2013, 40% of U.S.-born Latinos, or 12 million people, lived in these households, up from 32% who did so in 1980. The gain in English proficiency is also due to the rising share of U.S.-born Latinos who live in households where Spanish (or another non-English language) is spoken, and who say they speak English “very well.” Half (49%) of U.S.-born Latinos say this, numbering 14.7 million, up from 40% who said the same in 1980.
     
    By contrast, the share of foreign-born Latinos who speak English proficiently is little changed since 1980, even though the number that is English-proficient has grown. In 2013, 34% of foreign-born Latinos spoke English proficiently, numbering 6.5 million. In 1980, that share was 31% and numbered 1.3 million.


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    All to Support Oscar and Come Out on Sat., May 30th!
     
    Urgent Fundraising Appeal from May 30 Coalition

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    "One Voice" For Oscar!

    We are 20 days away from our march and rally for Oscar. On almost no money, all volunteer labor, and supporters far and wide who have donated dollars and time to bring this event about we are here. 

     

    With thousands planning on attending and hundreds who have signed on we need one more push. Help us get there! We need to raise $10,000 to take us to the day when we rally with one voice, to let Pres. Obama know: FREE OSCAR LOPEZ NOW! 

     

    Help us bring him one step closer to freedom by donating generously.

    Visit our Paypal link (El Maestro Cultural Center is our fiscal sponsor). OR:
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    Los Cinco reafirman apoyo a la lucha por la libertad de Óscar López Rivera (+Video)
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    Caracas, 5 mayo de 2015.- Fernando González, uno de los Cinco Héroes Cubanos, reafirmó este martes en nombre de sus compañeros el llamado latinoamericano a la solidaridad y la lucha por la libertad de Óscar López Rivera, quien está preso en Estados Unidos desde hace más de tres décadas por su lucha a favor de la independencia de Puerto Rico.

     

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    El llamado es compartido por el presidente de la república, Nicolás Maduro, quien compartió con los antiterroristas en el programa número 28 de En Contacto Con Maduro.

     

    González comentó que en una de las cárceles estadounidenses en donde estuvo recluido tuvo la oportunidad de conocer a López Rivera, quien lleva preso 33 años por luchar por un Puerto Rico independiente, y expresó que compartir cuatro años en el mismo centro de reclusión, incluso en la misma celda, con el puertorriqueño fue "una experiencia extraordinaria".

     

    "No es fácil encontrar en prisión a personas con las que uno de manera cotidiana pueda comentar las realidades de lo que está sucediendo en Cuba, en Puerto Rico, en América Latina", dijo.

     

     
    Reclaman en La Habana fin del bloqueo y libertad para Oscar López Rivera
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    La Habana, 9 may.- Reunidos hoy en el capitalino Pabellón Cuba, integrantes de la comunidad de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, trangéneros e intersex (LGBTI) exigieron el fin del injusto bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto al país por los Estados Unidos, desde hace más de 50 años.

     

    Mariela Castro Espín, directora del Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (Cenesex), expresó que esa cruel política es el principal obstáculo para el pleno desarrollo de la población antillana y para la garantía de sus derechos, incluyendo a las del grupo LGBTI.

    A su vez, con la misma emoción que caracterizó el ambiente, centenares de cubanos y extranjeros reclamaron la liberación de Oscar López Rivera, preso puertorriqueño quien fuera encerrado en cárceles estadounidenses por sus ideas independentistas.

    "Él tuvo la posibilidad de salir de la prisión y decidió permanecer hasta que sus compañeros de lucha no sean absueltos, ya suman 33 años de privación de libertad, una vida entera", señaló.

     

     
    Venezuela hace un llamado a la solidaridad para la liberación del puertorriqueño Óscar López Rivera
    Por Noticias Venezuela
     

    (Caracas, 5 de mayo. Noticias24).- El presidente Nicolás Maduro Moros, durante la transmisión de su programa de televisión número 28, hizo un llamado a la solidaridad y a la lucha por la liberación del nacionalista puertorriqueño Óscar López Rivera.

     

    "Nosotros desde aquí le enviamos un saludo al pueblo de Puerto Rico, a la familia de Oscar López Rivera y a él allá desde la celda de la lucha, de la resistencia, de la independencia de Puerto Rico, de la dignidad de Puerto Rico y hacemos un llamado a la solidaridad y a la lucha por la libertad de este patriota independentista puertorriqueño, nuestro caribeño, nuestro americano", expresó Maduro.

     

    En este sentido, tras conversar con los cinco cubanos liberados por el gobierno norteamericano: René González, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández y Ramón Labañino, el Jefe de Estado reafirmó que los caminos de la unión están trazados para que América Latina y el Caribe sean una potencia.

     

     
    Pendiente el caso de Oscar pese al cambio de mando
    Por José A. Delgado, El Nuevo Día
     

    WASHINGTON.- El cambio de mando en el Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos coloca en manos de la nueva secretaria  Loretta Lynch  el manejo de la solicitud de clemencia del prisionero político Oscar López Rivera, quien en un mes cumple 34 años en cárceles estadounidenses.

     

    Lo que no se altera es que la decisión final la tiene que tomar -lo que puede hacer sin consultar a nadie- el presidente Barack Obama.

     

    Desde hace tres años y medio, el Departamento de Justicia tiene una petición directa de López Rivera a favor de su excarcelación.

     

    Lynch asumió ayer en la tarde oficialmente su nuevo puesto. Es la primera mujer afroamericana en ocupar la secretaría de Justicia y solo la segunda mujer. La primera secretaria de Justicia de Estados Unidos fue Janet Reno. nombrada por el entonces presidente Bill Clinton.

     

     
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    MONTERREY, México - René Perez "Residente", vocalista de Calle 13, instó a mantener viva la lucha de los 43 estudiantes normalistas de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos hace siete meses en el sur de México, e invitó a los latinoamericanos a abrazar y luchar responsablemente por las causas sociales que la región demanda.

     

    El cantante del famoso dúo boricua dijo hoy, durante su participación en el Festival Pa'l Norte, que los músicos deben tomar los escenarios para expresarse, y afirmó que su apoyo a las familias de los 43 jóvenes desaparecidos en el estado sureño de Guerrero, ha sido desde el principio con total sinceridad.

     

    "Voy a ser honesto, cuando me uní a esta causa (la de Ayotzinapa), así como lo han hecho los hermanos de Café Tacvba y otros artistas de acá de México, hubo personas que no entendieron que éste (el escenario) es el espacio de todos. Este es el espacio de ustedes y está para manifestarse cuando quieran o necesiten", expresó Residente, previo a interpretar la canción "El Aguante", durante su intervención en el festival musical que desde el viernes se realiza en la norteña ciudad de Monterrey.

     

    "Yo soy parte de esa labor y lo hago con todo corazón y no hay nada más que el aprecio de ustedes", señaló Pérez que, junto a Eduardo Cabra, dan vida al popular dúo de música urbana, ganador de varios premios Grammy y Latin Grammy.

     

    Residente dijo que espera que sus colegas músicos se unan a otras causas sociales que demanda Latinoamérica, tales como la liberación del independentista puertorriqueño Óscar López, detenido en 1981 por el FBI, considerado el "Mandela latinoamericano".

     

    "Ojalá algún artista de México lo haga, como nosotros lo hemos hecho en Latinoamérica y se pongan la camisa de mi país, de nuestra lucha. ¡Están invitados, no me molesta!", apuntó el cantante de 37 años.

     
     
    Puertorriqueños urgen a EEUU liberar a "Mandela latinoamericano"
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    El pueblo puertorriqueño dio inicio el sábado a una caminata por 40 municipios de Puerto Rico con el fin de solicitar al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, la liberación inmediata del político boricua Oscar López Rivera, encarcelado en EE.UU.

    la única razón para tal ensañamiento contra López Rivera es por el amor a su patria, ya que se trata de un luchador por la independencia de Puerto Rico

    El recorrido se inició en la isla de Culebra hacia la isla hermana de Vieques y tiene planeado llevar el mensaje sobre la injusta prisión de López Rivera, de 72 años de edad, a sus compatriotas.

     

    Los caminantes tienen el objetivo de culminar su programa en San Juan, capital de Puerto Rico, el próximo 29 de mayo, fecha en la que se cumplen 34 años del encarcelamiento de López Rivera, considerado un preso político en la isla.

     

    En ese día, según los organizadores del evento, se celebrará una protesta frente al edificio del Tribunal de Distrito de Estados Unidos en San Juan a favor del "Mandela latinoamericano".

     

     
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    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and National Boricua Human Rights Network wish Mario Torres, brother of Alejandro Torres, a rapid and complete recovery from the stroke he suffered.

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    José López, director ejecutivo del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño en Chicago comenta sobre los últimos intentos para liberar a su hermano además de promover una nueva identidad puertorriqueña.
     
     

    MAY 1st March in NYC-Oscar-Presente!

    By Ana M. Lopez, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera

     

    The May 1st march united thousands of people from all walks of life, nationalities and different economic and social classes and political ideologies in New York. Within this reality, we are living under grave economic times. Latinos workers are hurt at 18% higher rate and tend to lose their lives at the workplace. These are due to dangerous working conditions.  Many organizations gave solidarity messages and Oscars' image was the centerpiece of the day- one can imagine Oscar shouting "que viva la clase obrera" (long live the working class).

     

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    "Oscar en las calles" marched the whole four miles through the different sectors in lower Manhattan.  Over 2,000 palm cards announcing the Free Oscar May 30th March was distributed by the hard working activists 

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    Oscar Presente y Solidario en el 1ro de Mayo en Pittsburgh

    Por Esmirna Matos, Capitulo Pittsburgh, NBHRN

     

    En el día Internacional del Trabajado centenares de activistas en Pittsburgh marcharan a través del puente Smithfield hasta Downtown Pittsburgh para reclamar derechos laborales y derechos para lo inmigrantes bajo la consigna "derecho pleno para los inmigrantes ahora", entre otras.  Esta marcha organizada por Labor Coincil for Latin American Advancement por sus siglas también en inglés LCLAA contó con la participación de grupos pro derechos humanos como: Fight back Pittsburgh, Fight for $15, ANSWER, entre otros. Este año marchamos para: acabar con la detención y deportación de indocumentados, el continuo asesinato de personas de color a manos de la policía y para lograr el aumento de salarios, mejores condiciones de trabajo y defender los derechos de todos los trabajadores.

     
    La imagen de Oscar estuvo presente y conversamos con líderes religiosos, unionados y activistas sobre la campaña para la excarcelación de Oscar.  La respuestas de solidaridad y apoyo fueron la constante mientras distribuimos targetas para invitarlos a la marcha. Los presentes nos hicieron preguntas sobre Oscar y algunos pidieron más información para acompañarnos en la marcha del 30 de mayo. Oscar también nos acompañó enviandonos un comunicado.    En el, nos recordó la escasa participación de los trabajadores en las uniones, el deterioro al pasar del tiempo de las condiciones de trabajo y beneficios laborales, mientras el 1% se enriquece cada vez más.  En su escrito capturamos de Oscar la importancia y la urgencia del activismo.
     
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    Oscar "Marches" in May Day Detroit 2015

    By Raquelle Seda, Detroit National Boricua Human Rights Network
     
    Around 200 people marched throughout downtown Detroit as a show of solidarity with the people of Baltimore. In keeping the theme of state repression there were presenters speaking on Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López-Rivera and the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh and Palestine's struggle for self-determination, and the recent killing of Terrance Killom by a federal agent on Detroit's west side.  There were also speakers on the austerity measures against Detroit's poor and working class.  They spoke of the mass water shut-offs scheduled to start again this summer, the mass tax foreclosures by the county, the Governor's desire to turn Detroit Public Schools into a charter district, and gentrification. MAY DAY Detroit was sponsored by Moratorium NOW Coalition, National Boricua Human Rights Network-Detroit, Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, The People's Tribune, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Workers World Party, and Detroit School Board members in exile.
     
     
    Oscar Letter to the Cuban People and the Cuban 5 Read at 

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    By Alejandro L. Molina, National Boricua Human Rights Network
     
    A letter fromOscar López to the Cuban people and to the Cuban 5, was read from the podium by Alejandro L. Molina, from the May 30th Coalition to Free Oscar López Rivera, the over 400 audience members of the United Anti-War Conference on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 
     

    Download Oscar's message here. View our Flickr album here.
     
     
    Memorial Celebration of Josefina Fifo" Rodriguez
    Translation by Marta Rodríguez
     

    On Thursday May 7, a posthumous memorial and celebration of the life of Josefina Rodríguez Vélez Lamberti was held at the Ramón Frade Auditorium of the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus. Josefina Rodriguez was an activist in the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico, and mother of two of our ex political prisoners, Idaluz and Alicia Rodríguez.

     

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    The event was beautiful. the stage was filled to bursting with artists and activists who had known Josefina, who arrived to offer their art and testimony in recognition of her value and contributions to the Puerto Rican independence movement, as well as the Puerto Rican Community in Chicago.

     

    Roy Brown, the folk music group Mapeyé, Grisél Ramírez, Juan González and the group Alhambre Dulce were among the artists who participated in the event. Ex political prisoners Idaluz and Alicia Rodríguez, as well as their sister Evelyn addressed the audience and thanked those present for the love they had shown their mother. They spoke of the sense of balance that Josefina always managed to maintain in her life; a sense of balance which enabled her to raise and nurture her children, instill in them values of dignity and pride in their culture and nation, as she addressed the needs of the struggle for her country's freedom. Ida Luz observed that Josefina never sought the recognition of others, nor to be looked upon as the main protagonist in any situation, but simply to give whatever her people's struggle required.

     
     

    Idaluz's observation was echoed by everyone else who discussed their experiences with Josefina. Ex-political prisoner Alberto Rodríguez, imprisoned on the charge of "seditious conspiracy" to overthrow the u.s. "government" in Puerto Rico, spoke of Josefina's calm and gentle demeanor, of her humility, and of the nerves of steel she demonstrated as she confronted a group of american racists who tried to attack a demonstration of Puerto Ricans against police brutality.

     

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    Ex-political prisoner Raymond Soto, jailed for his refusal to co-operate with federal grand juries bent on investigating the Puerto Rican independence movement, spoke of Josefina's immense solidarity. He observed that though she had two daughters of her own who were imprisoned and needed her attention, she managed to find time to travel to New York on September 23, 1983 to receive him when he was released from prison.

     

    Many of those present spoke of her travels through Central and South America, where she made others aware of the plight of our political prisoners, as she in tern showed her empathy and solidarity with those who'd been tortured, disappeared and imprisoned in the region.

     

    Excerpts of the book she wrote were read. The book concerned her experiences in Chicago -- her personal experiences, as well as her experiences in the struggle for Puerto Rico's independence.

     

    Rest in peace Josefina. We value you, miss you, and will always remember you

     
     

    Live Art Fundraiser for the Oscar López Rivera mural a Huge Success

    By Marina Ortiz, East Harlem Preservation
     

    East Harlem Preservation, Inc. has commissioned local artists to begin repairs to the 107th Street mural honoring Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. Community-based artists Natalie del Villar, Marthalicia Matarrita, Xen Medina, and Carlito Rovira will revisit the damaged mural, which has served as a cultural landmark for Puerto Ricans throughout New York City who regularly visit the site for public memorials, rallies, musical performances, and poetry recitals. 

     

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    East Harlem Preservation has long showcased the neighborhood's "buildings as canvases" tradition through public awareness and outreach, and worked to preserve and repair endangered community art. The organization was recently rewarded for their efforts with a $1,000 grant from the Historic Districts Council, which will be used to help fund repairs to the mural. EHP then turned to the East Harlem community for additional support during an April 30, 2015 live art fundraiser at the East Harlem Cafe,  thus raising an additional $500 for the artists.

     

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    A US Lawyer Who Defends Puerto Rico's Political Prisoners
    By Firuzeh Shokooh Valle, Global Voices
     

    Jan Susler does not like to talk about herself. She makes it very clear at the beginning of the interview. A civil rights lawyer, Susler says the limelight is reserved for her clients, who are also her friends. "I want this to be about Oscar López Rivera," she explains, referring to the Puerto Rican political prisoner whom she represents.

    But I insist.

     

    Jan Susler has been practicing law for the past 39 years. She specializes in prisoners' rights, police misconduct, and civil rights, and has worked at the firm People's Law Office in Chicago since 1982. She was born in the United States, in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in a small town about three hours south, in a predominantly Jewish community with her mother, father, and siblings.

    She has dedicated most of her professional career to representing Puerto Rican political prisoners: men and women who have fought for the island's independence from the United States.

     

    She may be from Chicago, but many Puerto Ricans claim Susler as one of their own. And now, once again, like during the 1990s, she is at the forefront of a protracted battle, advocating for the immediate release of Oscar López Rivera, a 72-year-old man, who in May will have served 34 years of a 55-year sentence in US prisons, convicted of seditious conspiracy and related offenses.

    These are urgent times, but Susler agreed to give me an interview and talk a little bit about herself, but more about her clients and friends.

     

     
     

    Hostos Student Government Association

    Pass Resolution In Favor Of Oscar López Rivera Freedom 

    By Ana M. Lopez, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera
     
     
    On May 5, 2015, the Hostos Community College Student Government Association representing over 7,000 students passed a resolution calling on President Obama to Free Oscar. Also the resolution encourages students to mobilize to the May 30th March and Rally to Free Oscar in Harlem.  Students quickly sent the resolution to all their friends in Facebook.
     
     

    33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar in in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

    By Marina Ortiz, 33WomenXOscar
     

    On Sunday, April 26, 2015, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar rallied at the entrance to Sunset Park on 44th Street and Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn to create community awareness and help build a movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. The group was joined by visitors from South Africa, NYC Councilman Carlos Menchaca, and a number of Brooklyn activists who all helped gather petition signatures from local residents asking President Obama to grant Oscar clemency.

     

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    The group will next gather in Union Square Park, the site of recent May Day and #BlackLivesMatter rallies.

     
     
    May 30th Mobilization Receives Grant from AJ Muste Foundation
    By Alejandro L. Molina, National Boricua Human Rights Network
     

    The National Boricua Human Rights Network received a grant of $2,000 specifically for efforts to increase awareness of the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, including building participation in a May 30, 2015 mobilization in New York. The Network, as well as the May 30 Coalition, thanks the Foundation.

     

     

    Vieques 12 Years Later: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

    By Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, HuffPost, Latino Voices
     
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    Twelve years ago if you happened to be standing at the top of Monte Carmelo in Vieques, Puerto Rico, you would notice something different. Perhaps you would notice the collective sigh of relief, of hope, of victory. Or that the wave of visitors being arrested and detained in masse had eased after the United States finally decided to close its military base that had been used for bombing practice. However, standing there today you may still see bombs exploding as the result of detonation, or hear that local lands remain in federal hands or notice that the ferries from Vieques to mainland Puerto Rico are full of Viequenses seeking health services, many for complicated and serious illnesses. Over 70 years after the arrival of the Navy in Vieques, some have called the compounded and continuous human rights violations on the island a crime against humanity.
     

     

     
    The Historic Murals in El Barrio Walk Tour Visits Free Oscar & Avelino Mural
    by AFineLyne, Untapped Cities
     

    This past weekend, the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) hosted Jane's Walkweekend with more than 100 free walking tours.  We decided to take the tour given by MAS and East Harlem Preservation, aptly named "Lost and Found Murals of East Harlem - Buildings on Canvas".

     

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    While the East Harlem of the 1930's was predominantly Italian, after the first World War, East Harlem welcomed a vibrant Latino and Puerto Rican community that brought with them a wealth of culture in their art, food and music.  

    Our very knowledgeable Walking Tour Leader, Kathleen Benson Haskins, has been actively involved in the community for over twenty years.  In addition, we were joined by the Founder and President of East Harlem Preservation, Marina Ortiz, who has spearheaded an effort to restore and showcase the East Harlem buildings that have served as a canvas for these works for more than fifty years.

     

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    Unanimous vote by Professional Staff Congress of CUNY on Resolution in favor of Oscar Lopez Rivera freedom

    By Ana M. López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera
     

    On April 16th the Professional Staff Congress, union representing 80,000 professors of the City University of New York passed a resolution calling on President Obama to exercise his constitutional presidential power of pardon and grant Oscar López Rivera immediate and unconditional release.  If further encouraged the faculty of CUNY to mobilized CUNY students to the May 30th march and rally to free Oscar in HArlem. The resolution was introduced by the Hostos Community College chapter and presented by Professor Ana M. López.

     

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    Amnistía Internacional-PR busca campaña global de cartas por Oscar López Rivera
    Por Susanne Nicole López Rodríguez, El Post Antillano
     
    Con el voto unánime de su Asamblea Anual, la Sección de Puerto Rico de Amnistía Internacional (AIPR) se propone pedir a la dirección internacional de esa organización que desarrolle una campaña mundial de cartas pidiendo la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera. El que Amnistía Internacional tome la causa de López Rivera implica la integración a esa lucha por su excarcelación de sobre 3 millones de activistas en 150 países. Amnistía Internacional es una de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro más importante a nivel global que trabaja para el reconocimiento y la preservación de los derechos humanos reconocidos en la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos aprobada en el 1948.
     
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    Oscar, dicen que entre rejas
    Originalmente publicada en el blog del MINH
     

    Nos llega desde Cuba un poema para Oscar López Rivera escrito por Norelys Morales Aguilera, escritora y periodista cubana y sobre todo, solidaria con Puerto Rico y su lucha más que centenaria.

     

    Oscar, dicen que entre rejas

    Otro de nosotros y nosotras anda por ahí, dicen que entre rejas.

    Sí, este que mientras enjuga un pan que extrañas manos le llevan
    entra y sale del espacio que creen le depararon torpes jueces:
    Borinquén es un aire, un susurro, un beso de mujer, un lugar 
    en la mesa, un calor en la cama que jamás estará vacía, 
    una identidad, y ahí está, es Oscar López Rivera.
    Lo único es que él no llega cuando el nervio colonial seduce
    para que ande como quiso aquel Ponce de León, el vallisoletano,
    sobre los de ayer y de hoy, de la Isla excelsa y sustantiva.
    Lo único es que la hidalguía salta todos los embates
    y su traje de prisionero parece para festejar en San Sebastián
    con sonrisa de victoria anunciada por sobre los años o el dolor.
    Todos los días hay alguien otro que le conoce o manda bendiciones,
    y sabiéndolo o no, no importa, él le va levantado  la estatura
    hasta el más fino verso o arpegio de guitarra meciéndose 
    en la pleamar tranquila que ofrenda el Caribe a mano llena.
    No lo saben los guardianes y no pueden sostenerle la mirada.
    Venga ahora usted, maestro don León Felipe, y cuéntele 
    a las Mujeres en el Puente leyendo sus mejores versos
    que para encerrar a un hombre libre cualquiera sirve,
    cualquiera,  menos un carcelero del Norte que lo oprime.   

    Norelys Morales Aguilera
    Cuba, 28 de abril de 2015

     

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    Por Oscar: 33 Mujeres poetas
    Por Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano 
     
     
    El domingo 26 de abril de 2015, 33 mujeres poetas pidieron la libertad para Oscar López Rivera, prisionero político del  gobierno estadounidense. La actividad se realizó, como todos los meses, en el Puente Dos Hermanos, en San Juan. ¡Hasta su regreso! Fotos: Luis López /MINH
     
     
    Caminata por excarcelación de Oscar llega a Salinas
    Por Primerahora.com
     
    Desde que la caminata partió el 25 de abril desde la isla municipio de Culebra, los participantes han recorrido Vieques, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo, Humacao, Yabucoa y Maunabo, entre otros.
     

    La Segunda Caminata Nacional por Oscar llega hoy, domingo, a Salinas, en reclamo por la excarcelación del preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera.

    Desde que la caminata partió el 25 de abril desde la isla municipio de Culebra, los participantes han recorrido Vieques, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo, Humacao, Yabucoa, Maunabo, Patillas, Arroyo y Guayama.

     

    Durante el trayecto, se han unido grupos representativos de diversos sectores de la sociedad, con pancartas que exigen la liberación inmediata del pepiniano López Rivera, que este mes cumplirá 34 años confinado en cárceles estadounidenses por conspiración sediciosa, sin vínculos a hechos violentos.

     

     
     
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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

        Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024

       Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943

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     * Envíenos una imagen, un titulo y 2 párrafos sobre su evento a favor de la liberación de Oscar. Incluya su información de contacto.

     

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    National Boricua Human Rights Network
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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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    Se reúnen Raúl y el Papa Francisco en histórico encuentro
    Escrito por CubaDebate

     

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    Durante 55 minutos –todo un récord para este tipo de encuentros–, el papa Francisco y Raúl Castro han permanecido reunidos en el Vaticano. Se ha tratado de una visita “estrictamente privada” en la que el presidente cubano ha agradecido en persona –ya lo hizo públicamente el pasado 17 de diciembre— la labor de Jorge Mario Bergoglio en el acercamiento entre Cuba y Estados Unidos.

     

    Derrota del fascismo en Europa: 70 años después
    Escrito por Atilio A. Boron

     

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    El 70ª aniversario de la caída de Berlín a manos del Ejército Rojo es una ocasión propicia para someter a revisión algunos lugares comunes acerca de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y su desenlace. Especialmente uno, ampliamente difundido por el mundo académico y las usinas mediáticas del pensamiento dominante según el cual la derrota del Tercer Reich comenzó a consumarse cuando Londres y Washington abrieron el frente occidental con el desembarco de Normandía, arrojando un pesado manto de olvido sobre la decisiva e irreemplazable contribución hecha por la Unión Soviética para destruir al régimen nazi y poner punto final a la guerra en Europa.

     

    Congreso de Guatemala acepta renuncia de vicepresidenta Baldetti
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    Guatemala, 9 may (PL) El Congreso de la República de Guatemala aceptó hoy la renuncia de vicepresidenta Roxana Baldetti, mientras miles de ciudadanos se manifestaron por tercer sábado consecutivo en la Plaza de la Constitución para exigir su dimisión.

     

    Recortes a agricultores y el mantengo ilegal a Monsanto
    Escrito por Jessica Rodríguez Martín / Noticel

     

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    La ley de Biotecnología de Puerto Rico de 2009 dispone en su Artículo 8 que: “Los empleos contratados para operaciones de campo en las compañías de biotecnología agrícola estarán cobijados bajo la Ley Núm. 46 de 5 de agosto de 1989, según enmendada, con relación a los beneficios del Subsidio Salarial que administra el Departamento de Agricultura para los agricultores bonafide.” (Sic) Es decir, los empleados de estas compañías, entre las cuales se encuentra Monsanto, una de las corporaciones más ricas y poderosas del planeta, reciben subsidios salariales pagados con fondos públicos, esos que nos cobran a usted y a mí en impuestos.

     

    Conversatorio con Blanca Flor Bonilla del FMLN en el MINH

     

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    En la sede del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano de Puerto Rico (MINH), la compañera Blanca Flor Bonilla, diputada del Frente Farabundo Martí de El Salvador, sostuvo un conversatorio en ánimo de dar a conocer la trayectoria del FMLN como partido de gobierno y fortalecer los vínculos entre su país y Puerto Rico. Bonilla fue invitada por el MINH y permaneció en Puerto Rico del 3 al 9 de mayo. Fotos: Víctor Birriel / MINH

     

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    Por Silvia Alberti / En Rojo
    El 2 de julio se encuentra Julia en Trinidad desde donde afirma: “Seré mensajera de la entraña de mi tierra indo hispánica”. Es uno de los primeros lugares que visita –antes ha estado en Santa Clara- en su peregrinación de carácter político por la Isla.
     
     
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    Mientras la Isla es arropada por la incertidumbre económica, política y social, un joven cineasta propone mirar al pasado, imitar al Padre de la Patria y luchar por el país.

     

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    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 11 de mayo de 2015. -El liderato del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) hizo un llamado hoy a la militancia de su colectividad y al pueblo en general a participar de la convocatoria hecha por la comunidad universitaria para marchar este miércoles, 13 de mayo a partir de las 10:00 am desde el Capitolio hacia La Fortaleza en contra de los recortes del gobierno que amenazan el presupuesto de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR).


    "Esta administración propone mutilar a la UPR por partida doble: reduciendo aún más su ya menguado presupuesto y confiscando los fondos de su Sistema de Retiro para entregarlos al Banco Gubernamental de Fomento. Estaremos participando con nuestra militancia en la actividad convocada por la comunidad universitaria, en apoyo al reclamo de respeto al primer centro docente del país."
     

    Por su parte, el secretario general del PIP, Juan Dalmau, puntualizó "que los universitarios, sean producto o no de la UPR, así como la ciudadanía en general y los otros sectores a quienes el gobierno de García Padilla los ha amenazado con quitarle fondos y recursos deben hacer un esfuerzo para manifestar contundentemente su rechazo a estos recortes, muchos de ellos arbitrarios e insensibles, que terminarán perjudicando significativamente a todo el país en renglones de vital importancia".
     
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    LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes Comments on Latino Support for Senator Robert Menendez

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes commented on support for Senator Bob Menendez among members of the Latino community in POLITICO:

    Bob Menendez Finds Unconditional Love from Latinos

    By Seung Min Kim May 10, 2015

    Just days before Robert Menendez was hit with federal corruption charges, Bill Richardson reached out to his longtime friend with a simple question: How can I help?

    Details of the Justice Department’s case against Menendez — that he had improperly used his Senate office to aid a wealthy donor — had been leaking out for weeks. So Richardson, who’s known Menendez since their days together as back-bench Latino members of the House, pledged over breakfast in the Senate Dining Room that he would defend the senator.

    “I told him I wanted to stand behind him,” the former New Mexico governor and Energy secretary said in a recent interview. “I stand behind Bob Menendez’s integrity, his word, his values.” Since then, Richardson said he has donated $5,000 to Menendez’s legal defense fund and plans to raise more to aid his friend.

    Richardson’s unwavering allegiance mirrors how the larger Latino community has rallied behind Menendez — and remained by his side in the weeks since the indictment — as he faces 14 federal corruption charges spanning bribery accusations to making false statements. As he fights to keep alive a four-decade political career, Menendez is relying on support from Latino politicians, advocacy groups and voters to bolster his public image, raise money and give counsel behind the scenes.

    The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talked with New Jersey’s other Democratic senator, Cory Booker, about efforts to show public support for Menendez, according to officials at the group. Menendez has been asked to be the grand marshal at the Elizabeth, New Jersey, Cuban Day Parade later this month, and he’s scheduled to be honored as the distinguished Cuban-American of the year at another Cuban Day Parade in North Bergen, New Jersey.

    About two weeks after Menendez was indicted, La Casa de Don Pedro — a community development and social services organization based in Newark — bestowed the group’s annual award on Menendez to honor him for his work on immigration reform. On Thursday, Menendez rushed for the train home to New Jersey as one of two dozen honorees by the newspaper El Cambio, a Spanish-language publication that covers northern New Jersey, for work on behalf of the Latino community.

    Even in Latino-heavy West New York — adjacent to Union City, where Menendez grew up — school officials have fielded just a “couple” of phone calls about whether the name of the Robert Menendez Elementary School should be changed, according to the Bergen Record.

    “When he was the only … Hispanic senator, he would get issues from California to Texas that had very little to do with New Jersey. And he would repeatedly step up for the Latino community,” said Javier Palomarez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Because of that record, we are stepping up and saying, ‘Listen. We can talk about the Bob Menendez we know.’”

    Aides and groups say Menendez is not directly soliciting support from outside groups, as emissaries like Richardson have worked behind the scenes to marshal support for the senator.

    If Menendez were to be found guilty, it would lead to the loss of the only Latino Democrat currently serving in the Senate — and so the broader Hispanic community is rallying behind Menendez not just because of their histories with the senator, but to prevent losing their core of influence in the chamber.

    “I can tell you that back home, he has very strong support,” said Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), who represents the House seat Menendez once held. “I think people are concerned that we’re gonna lose our voice … so everybody’s nervous that this could hurt him.”

    Sires added: “A lot of people feel that this may not be right, what they’re doing to him.”

    The accusations laid out by federal prosecutors in a 68-page indictment are serious: Menendez allegedly took nearly $1 million worth of gifts and contributions from a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, and then used the resources of his Senate office to bolster the eye doctor’s business interests, while supporting visa applications for three of Melgen’s girlfriends. Melgen was also charged in the Menendez indictment.

    Menendez has pleaded not guilty and defiantly proclaimed he will be vindicated. Meanwhile, Melgen is facing 76 additional federal charges, separate from the Menendez case, in Florida, where he is accused of engaging in an elaborate Medicare scheme that included falsely diagnosing patients for eye conditions and then profiting off them.

    A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll last month found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents believe Menendez is likely guilty of the charges. Over the last year, his favorability ratings have dropped from 30 percent to 23 percent, the poll said — although Latino officials say their view of Menendez hasn’t changed.

    “What’s in the best interest of the Latino community, the best interest is for Sen. Menendez to stay in the Senate,” said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. In terms of defending him publicly, Wilkes added: “No question it is the right thing for us to do.”

    If Menendez were to be forced out of the Senate, “the little access that we would have would be gone,” Wilkes added. “We would not have someone we could go to be the champion for our issues.”

    In a brief interview, Menendez called the support of Latinos “very meaningful.”

    “It’s a lifetime of work that I’ve had with the community, and I think they know who I am and what I stand for,” he said. “And so I’m very blessed to have their support.”

    In the few weeks he’s spent in Washington since the April 1 indictment, Menendez has kept up a business-as-usual appearance as he’s shuffled between committee hearings and floor votes. The one major difference is that Menendez has been sidelined as the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with the mild-mannered Ben Cardin of Maryland replacing him as the top Democrat and playing a key role during the floor machinations over the Iran review bill, which passed the Senate last week. Menendez was the first Latino chairman of the influential Senate committee.

    As the Senate wrapped up work on the Iran legislation, Cardin praised Menendez for his work on the legislation as the Democratic Caucus gave him an ovation, one source said — a recognition that occurred as new Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a guest at the Democratic lunch, watched. Her department is overseeing the investigation into Menendez.

    He remains a point person for Democrats on immigration; Menendez was among the lawmakers who strategized with Senate Democratic leadership as well as key members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in mid-April, when Menendez said Democrats need to keep pushing for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, according to an aide. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is in the middle of drafting legislation on that end.

    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a longtime Menendez friend, waited for hours on April 1 until the indictment was made public. Once he saw the charges were official, Gutiérrez dialed Menendez on his iPhone and left him a voicemail: “I want you to know that when you pick up tomorrow’s clips, my statement should be in there, and I’m with you.” In a recent interview, Gutiérrez said he is also willing to help beef up Menendez’s legal defense fund, although the Illinois Democrat acknowledges he’s not a prolific fundraiser.

    Gutiérrez and Menendez have been close allies since they met in 1992, when Gutiérrez was dispatched to New Jersey by then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s campaign to rally the Puerto Rican community. Both men are proud liberals who like to spend as little time in Washington as possible and have a track record of irking their own party on policies such as immigration and Cuba. They’ve even shared immigration staffers — Alice Lugo left Gutiérrez’s office last year to be Menendez’s chief counsel.

    During dinner with President Barack Obama last November, the night before the president announced his executive actions on immigration, Gutiérrez and Menendez — sitting at opposite ends of the oval dining table — would shoot glances and signals to each other as Obama laid out his plan. Gutiérrez recalled: “I wasn’t going to say something positive until I made sure he liked it.”

    Gutiérrez stressed that he was fully behind Menendez during his legal fight.

    “Everybody hides [when lawmakers face trouble]. I don’t understand it. I really don’t,” Gutiérrez said. “He was my friend. I believed in him then, I believe in him today, and I’m gonna stand with him.”

    *This article was originally published by POLITICO on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Click here to view this article on POLITICO's website.

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    Edgar will discuss his music and prizes; and, of course, will perform some of his songs (including one he performs in front of The Bulls Eye in Dorado, P.R.)

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    El legendario músico Edgar JOEL será presentado en PuertoRican PANORAMA por el Canal 6 este fin de semana (ambos días) el sábado, 16 de mayo, a la una de la tarde y el domingo, 17 de mayo, a las 5 de la mañana.

    Edgar hablará de su música y los honores que ha recibido como artista; y, desde luego, tocará algunas de sus interpretaciones (incluyendo una en la cual él canta frente al Ojo del Buey en Dorado, P.R.)

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    San Juan, Puerto Rico-11 de mayo de 2015. El Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico está atravesando una crisis fiscal debido a que el sistema contributivo históricamente ha dependido en gran medida de las contribuciones sobre ingreso de los ciudadanos, pequeñas y medianas empresas y el Impuesto sobre  Venta y Uso que se aprobó en el verano del 2006. La Ley 154 del 2010 según enmendada estableció un impuesto de 4% a las corporaciones foráneas con ganancias ascendentes de $75 millones de dólares; este impuesto vence en el 2017. A consecuencia de la incapacidad de la economía de Puerto Rico y el fracaso de las políticas económicas del Estado en crear las condiciones propicias para fomentar un crecimiento económico que se traduzca en una fuente estable de recaudos, la insolvencia y el incumplimiento con las obligaciones acecha al gobierno. Por esta razón el gobierno amenaza la UPR con un 20% de reducción a la fórmula del 9.6% y eliminación de asignaciones legislativas.

    "Para atender la crisis fiscal hay que reestructurar la deuda, implementar un sistema contributivo justo que recaude de aquellos sectores que más pueden y desmantelar los confines estructurales que fomentan la fuga de riquezas e imposibilitan que nuestro capital local sea competitivo nacional e internacionalmente" sentenció el Secretario de Organización, Marcus J. Ramos Cintrón.


    La UPR actualmente se encuentra en una situación fiscal precaria a consecuencia de la congelación de la fórmula por virtud de la Ley de 66 del 2014. El cierre y reducción de secciones, disminución en contratación docente, congelación de plazas, infraestructura en deterioro ya son una realidad para el sistema universitario. La Universidad no tiene la capacidad de absorber un recorte adicional indistintamente de la magnitud. La Juventud del Partido Independentistas Puertorriqueño se opone a una reducción a la fórmula del 9.6% por ciento, la eliminación de asignaciones legislativas y cualquier otra proposición que atente contra la financiación de la UPR. La Universidad de Puerto Rico tiene una responsabilidad con el país de proveer los recursoshumanos, la investigación y las propuestas que han de contribuir a la solución de los retos que enfrenta el país. Una reducción en la financiación retarda el potencial de la UPR, imposibilitando que la institución transcienda, crezca e innove para mantenerse competitiva en el ámbito nacional e internacional. Además, un recorte de esta dimensión podría afectar la acreditación de la UPR, "Middle States" podría determinar que la institución no cumple con el Estándar 3 que le exige a la institución tener los recursos financieros disponibles para cumplir con su visión y misión. 


    "La Juventud del PIP exhorta a toda la comunidad universitaria, a la ciudadanía, la sociedad civil del país a defender el proyecto emancipador que es la Universidad de Puerto Rico con todos los recursos y rutas de acción que tienen a su disposición" expresó el Secretario Nacional, Francisco Cabrera. El miércoles, 13 de mayo de 2015 estaremos en el Capitolio manifestándonos en contra de los recortes y cualquier intención de revivir el IVA. No tan solo tenemos que defender la Universidad sino también impulsar un proyecto de país que garantice una educación accesible y de calidad para todos los estratos socioeconómicos

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    Es darlo todo sin esperar nada a cambio, y servir de modelo e inspiración en la vida.

    Por eso, este Día de las Madres, deseo que tu hogar esté lleno de abrazos, besos y alegrías, y que puedas valorar el más puro de los amores: el amor de Madre.


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    Centro mourns the loss of Louis Núñez

    The Puerto Rican community and Centro have lost a dear friend and an important voice with the passing of Louis Núñez. He had a long and very distinguished career in public service and not-for-profit organizations, focused particularly on the Puerto Rican and Latino communities.

    Born in East Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Núñez rose to become national executive director of Aspira, an organization devoted to developing education and leadership opportunities for Puerto Rican youth. During his time at Aspira, the organization transformed from a small neighborhood agency to a national institution and gained a reputation as one of the most effective and professional Latino institutions in the United States.

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    El 7 de mayo la diputada salvadoreña Blanca Flor Bonilla cruzó la mar y llegó a Vieques, célebre por su batalla contra la marina estadounidense. Fue acompañada por el compañero Juan Luis Gómez, miembro de la Dirección Nacional del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano. En la Isla Nena fueron recibidos por Robert Rabin quien se ha destacado en la defensa de Vieques. La jornada incluyó una visita a Ismael Guadalupe, reconocido líder viequense, además de encuentros con miembros de Nuestra Escuela y otras organizaciones. Se proyectó un documental sobre la tenaz lucha de la isla municipio contra la marina de EEUU y se llevó a la dirigente del Farabundo Martí a un recorrido por lugares emblemáticos, como el Fortín Conde de Mirasol. Fotos: Juan Luis Gómez / MINH

     

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    El líder histórico de la Revolución al conmemorarse el 70 aniversario de la Gran Guerra Patria, expresa su profunda admiración por el heroico pueblo soviético que prestó a la humanidad un colosal servicio.

     

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    Los universitarios protestaron poco antes del mediodía en una manifestación convocada por el Consejo General de Estudiantes.

     

    MINH: Sobre la situación del País
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    El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), une su voz a quienes reclaman diálogo y soluciones viables, y no castigos, recortes y revanchismo, ante la situación económica que enfrenta el País.

     

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    El pasado sábado, 2 de mayo, Educadores Hostosianos auspició el Foro/taller Pertinencia de las Ciencias Sociales en la educación en Puerto Rico. Partiendo de la Carta Circular 24 2014-2015 del Departemento de Educación, en la cual se establece la integración de las materias de Español y Estudios Sociales desde Kinder hasta tercer grado, comenzamos lo que entendemos es una reflexión necesaria sobre las Ciencias Sociales como elemento indispensable para la construcción de un mejor país. En un ambiente de respeto y profundidad intelectual, salieron a relucir puntos convergentes, divergentes y otros en los cuales necesitamos más reflexión. Pronto nos encontraremos nuevamente para darle seguimiento a este importante debate. Presentamos aquí una de las ponencias presentadas, por el Profesor Jesús Delgado.

     

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    EL MUS RECHAZA EL ANUNCIO DE RECORTES AL PRESUPUESTO
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    8 de mayo de 2015
     
    San Juan, PR  "El Movimiento Unión Soberanista (MUS), por voz de su presidenta, Lcda. María de Lourdes Guzmán, censuró el recorte de $1,500 millones de dólares, anunciado como parte de la política pública del gobernador Alejando García Padilla, para paliar la crisis fiscal que vive el país. “Es realmente inaudito que el Gobernador anuncie el recorte de servicios públicos esenciales que recibe la ciudadanía, que ya ha sido objeto de duros golpes con las medidas económicas que se han tomado en los pasados dos años. El gobierno de García Padilla, continúa con la doctrina del shock, atropellando al pueblo y amenazándole con privarle de más servicios, lo que tendrá el efecto perjudicial de afectar su cada vez más atribulada existencia. La inversión social afectada por esos recortes, va dirigida a áreas como la educación superior, la cultura, la agricultura, el acceso a la justicia y los servicios que prestan organizaciones sin fines de lucro, tan necesarias para nuestra vida como País. La clase trabajadora, los servidores públicos, nuestros comerciantes, los estudiantes y el pueblo en general, no pueden seguir soportando las políticas de austeridad de esta administración, que están llevando al país a una situación desesperante. Lo más lamentable es que con los recortes drásticos propuestos, entidades públicas como la Universidad de Puerto Rico y la Oficina de Administración de Tribunales, podrían quedar inoperantes al afectarse los servicios que ofrecen”, indicó la Lcda. Guzmán.

    “Ante este cuadro, resulta imperativo cambiar las políticas fiscales, para evitar que sea el pueblo quien asuma la carga del enorme endeudamiento en el que políticos irresponsables han sometido al país. Es hora de atender seriamente el problema de la deuda pública, mediante un proceso de auditoría, renegociación y reestructuración de la deuda y dejar la pelea chiquita con los legisladores populares que votaron en contra de la mal llamada reforma contributiva. Es indispensable considerar aumentar los impuestos a las ganancias de las megatiendas y las grandes corporaciones foráneas, que parecen intocables. Es hora de atender el problema de fondo, el agotamiento del sistema político económico del ELA colonial diseñado para beneficiar a los grandes intereses que controlan la política fiscal del gobierno. Es hora de articular un plan de desarrollo socioeconómico que proteja el comercio puertorriqueño, que genere más riquezas, trabajo digno y bien remunerado para todos los que lo necesitan. Esto permitiría la inversión en los servicios sociales para garantizar una mejor calidad de vida para todos en nuestra sociedad", concluyó diciendo la Lcda. Guzmán.

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    Now 38 years strong, the Playwrights Unit is currently co-directed by Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz. The annunal Festival combines full readings of new works by established playwrights; readings of scenes from works in progress by emerging playwrights; and public discussions moderated by writers and other theater professionals.

    SUNDAY, MAY 10 at 7 PM
    Last Train to San Francisco by George E. Joshua
    When is a missed train gone? The lives of two travelers, a former girlfriend, and a bartender collide at a local bar in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina advances.

    Directed by Mario Golden. Discussion to follow.


    MONDAY, MAY 11 at 7 PM
    Vault by Troy Diana
    In the Fall of 1939, four men from very different walks of life device a plan to better their lives by robbing Sausalito Savings and Loans’ state-of-the-art vault. What they never counted on was being locked inside it with a limited amount of air and bags full of their future staring at them. Will any of them survive to see a new day? 
Directed by Jennifer M. Ortega. Discussion to follow.

    Sunday, May 17 at 7 PM
    Unfair Winds by Celia Kapsomera

    A contemporary American tragedy of financial risk-taking gone awry told in ancient Greek style. Directed by David Ledoux. Discussion to follow.

    Monday, May 18 at 7 PM
    Dealing the Odds by Carlos Jerome
    A neighborhood and a street gang conditioned by poverty and racism struggle against the odds. Directed by Gloria Zelaya. Discussion to follow.

    Wednesday, May 20 at 7 PM
    A special presentation from the Beginners/Intermediate Unit:
 Scenes from works in progress. Directed by Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden.

    Sunday, May 24 at 7 PM
    Movie Love and Last Tea by C. Abeydeera
    Movie Love: Two geeky brothers only know about romance from what they have seen in old movies. One rainy night, a single woman who has had a bicycle injury arrives needing help.
    Last Tea: A married woman responds to the personal ad of a widower. They meet for one night that is a sinfully nefarious rendezvous. NOTE: Adult themes. This reading is not suitable for children. Discussion to Follow. Both plays directed by Christine Zagrobelny.

    Monday, May 25 at 7 PM
    St. Lazarus in Prison by Wilemina Olivia-García
    A journey about a young girl growing up between Hell’s Kitchen NYC and Jackson Heights Queens with an anti-social matriarchal Cuban mother, and the environment she creates around herself to deal with this world.
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    Residents, Business, Organizations and Stakeholders form Humboldt Park Citizens Against Riot Fest in an organized effort to remove Riot Fest from Humboldt Park
     

    WHO: Humboldt Park Citizens Against Riot Fest (HPCARF), a committee of Humboldt Park residents, Humboldt Park businesses, Non-Profits, Cultural / Civic groups in Humboldt Park, sports leagues who operate out of Humboldt Park,  and other community stakeholders.


    WHAT: HPCARF seeks the removal of Riot Fest from Humboldt Park. HPCARF will discuss how the Riot Fest festival has caused unacceptable damage, denied lengthy access to the community, created many negative issues for surrounding residents, and produced ecological destruction to the park.


    WHERE: Humboldt Park Field House - 1440 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL


    WHEN: Friday, May 8th, 2015,  11:00am

    Friday, May 7th, 2015 (CHICAGO) -- Humboldt Park Citizens Against Riot Fest (HPCARF) is a committee of Humboldt Park residents, Humboldt Park businesses, Non-Profits, Cultural / Civic groups in Humboldt Park, sports leagues who operate out of Humboldt Park, and other community stakeholders all whom reside, work and operate in Humboldt Park. They formed as a direct action against the private venue event now in Humboldt Park known as Riot Fest. HPCARF is supported by thousands of community residents and over 100 business and organizations.


    HPCARF seeks the removal of Riot Fest from Humboldt Park as the festival is no longer sustainable here. The Riot Fest festival has caused unacceptable damage, denied lengthy access to the community, created many negative issues for surrounding residents, and produced ecological destruction to the park. 


     

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    Community Confronts Riot Fest

    By Brayan Contreras, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     

    Monday May 4th, 2015 saw a large group of Humboldt Park residents/activists gather together in front of 2617 W. Division, office of the alderman of the 26th ward, Alderman Roberto Maldonado. This group of engaged and concerned citizens gathered to confront the petition to rescind the Alderman's opposition to Riot Fest. Alderman Maldonado very graciously answered concerns from both sides, turning the discussion into a town hall meeting. Somewhat fittingly, none of the main Riot Fest organizers were present to participate in the discussion. Many newcomers who have recently moved to the area were present, although they made no real effort to embrace or listen to the community's concerns. Some activists/residents voiced an objection to the total disregard of respect shown to the community by Riot Fest, citing mass public urination and public intoxication as well as a clear demonstration of arrogance and disdainfulness Riot Fest has shown for long time community residents. 

     

    Some community residents had signs depicting the disrespect Riot Fest showed to the community last year, including photos of the park after the intense damage. In addition, many residents were making the point that Riot Fest made no effort to engage businesses in the community. 

     

    Finally, if Riot Fest were to have their way, they would be taking two weeks of prime summer park time away from already scheduled park activities for residents. 

     

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    Located in the heart of Chicago's  Puerto Rican community, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School is proud to engage students in learning about the importance of culture, heritage and community. A part of our school's mission is to ensure that students from all ethnic backgrounds not only learn about their own culture and history but also to find the similarities and connections they share with the Puerto Rican reality.

     

    Every year, as a part of our curriculum, students engage in major community events and activities, including the following: Three Kings Day parade; Puerto Rican People's Day Parade; Fiesta Boricua; Haunted Paseo Boricua; and the Division Street Parranda. In addition, we have State Standard and Common Core connected courses that focus on, for example: Puerto Rican Studies; Black and Latino Literature; Ethnic Studies and more! JOIN US for a learning experience relevant to you!

     

    Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Pedro Albizu Campos High School Beautify Paseo Boricua

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    On April 30, 2015, a group of students from different grade levels of Roberto Clemente met up with students from Albizu Campos and planted beautiful plants and flowers along the store fronts of Division Street. Bringing beauty to our neighborhood shows we are proud of what we have and willing to defend our neighborhood from gentrification. This project was not only to bring beauty to our infamous Division Street, but to also form a connection between Roberto Clemente and Pedro Albizu Campos. Bringing together different schools will help us build a better community with stronger and healthier relationships. Today we have achieved two goals; we have brought color to our community and formed new friendships with students from Campos. No time will ever be regretted.

     

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    "This experience planting flowers in the planters down Division shows that hard work pays off because you're helping the community look better"

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    "This experience planting flowers on Division was good because I was helping to better the environment."

    -Brandon Garcia

     

    "The trip overall was a great experience, and also a time for me to learn, to show people that we care about our community and to walk down Division with my peers and make it beautiful."

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    "During this experience I realized all the little things count toward the community."                    -Alexander Ramirez

     

    "Today allowed me to bring beauty to our community and build friendships with people outside of Clemente. This experience was great."

    -Kayla Triche

     

    "Our trip today overall was a great experience, and a really great time. It allowed us to bring beauty to our community and I was able to actually spend time in our community. It also allowed us to meet new people and get along with them."

    -Jocelyn Llamas

     

    "This experience was exciting. Being able to plant flowers for our community was a great feeling, and being able to make our community beautiful also was a great feeling. Getting to meet new people, interact with them and work with them is an unforgettable experience.

    -Destiny Andino

     

    "This trip was a really fun experience and it was nice to see two schools come together to make our community a better place to live in"

    -Edgar Feliciano

     

    "I felt like I was helping the community. I can't wait until the summer because I am very curious to see how our plants grow!"

    -Nakylla Lowe

     

    "Planting the plants, helping organize the flowers, and socializing with students from another school allowed me to really feel like I was truly benefiting the community and changing if for the better."

    -Rosaly Gonzalez

     

    "It is great to see our schools (Roberto Clemente and Pedro Albizu Campos) working together to beautify our neighborhood. I cannot wait to see these flowers in the summer."

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    CPS Rolls Out Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum at the  National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
    By Brayan Contreras, PRCC
     

    The Chicago Public Schools introduced its new Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture on Thursday April 30th, 2015. This robust curriculum provides innovative content, in grades Kindergarten through 10, and it is designed to enable students of all ethnicities to explore their own identities and cultures through the study of Latinos and Latin Americans from all walks of life, geographies and historical periods.

     

    Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School students and their principal participated actively in the logistics for this program, as catering was provided with selections from Borinquen by the schools culinary arts program. A musical interlude was performed by the steel drum ensemble, and a video production program on the curriculum was prepared and presented by Clemente students including Alfredo Albieter, Ayerial Harris, Kyle Rodriguez, Adonijah Scarlett, Ivan Vasquez and Natalie Vasquez.

     

    The evenings' program began with greetings by Annette Gurley, Chief Officer of Teaching and Learning for Chicago Public Schools. The participants were welcomed by Billy Ocasio, Chief Exective Officer of NMPRAC. The overall presentation of the curriculum included comments by Jesse H. Ruiz, Interim Chief Executive Officer for CPS, Gary McNaney Social Science Specialist for CPS, and Mario Rossero, Chief of Core Curriculum for CPS.

     

    In his comments, Jesse H. Ruiz noted the importance of historical memory in relationship to his own lived experience, recounting his father's life as a Bracero and noting the presence of his son that evening and how important it is to be able to promote the history and culture of all ethnic and racial groups in the Chicago Public Schools.

     

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    LULAC’s Latinos Living Healthy: Feria de Salud in Ponce, Puerto Rico is a Great Success with Over 10,000 People in Attendance


    Ponce, Puerto Rico – Over this past weekend, more than 10,000 people attended LULAC’s Latinos Living Healthy: Feria de Salud where participants benefited from a variety of health related activities. In collaboration with the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, the health fair focused on ensuring that the Latino community has access to healthy food options and understands the importance of physical activity.

    The three day festival started with a donation of 35,000 pounds of protein to the Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico, a local area food bank. The donation was made possible through the generosity of Tyson Foods, Walmart and Sea Star Lines LLC.

    The health fair activities included health services such as blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid disease screenings. HIV testing was also made available. In addition, the Department of Health and Wellness of Ponce distributed information about Psoriasis, Hepatitis and Crohn’s disease. Well-known celebrity chef, Chef Piñeiro provided healthy cooking tips during live cooking demonstrations. Other highlights included food exhibitors, arts and crafts, and a farmers market.

    “Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are prevalent within the Latino community primarily because there is a lack of understanding regarding healthy food choices and a lack of access to such foods,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “These health fairs help to ensure that the Latino community has the information they need in order to live healthy lives.”

    Along with health related activities, the LULAC health fair ensured there was fun for the whole family. These activities included a special presentation from Disney characters who sang along to health themed songs. The fair also included live performances throughout the day featuring Ballet Salsa Sur, Orquesta Concierto Yauco, Son Panderos, and Mariachi Nuevo Jaliscience. Teatro Escolar of Ponce, a local theater school, presented a live theatrical performance. The day’s activities closed with the crowning of the Reina de Carnaval and a special presentation by legendary salsa band, La Sonora Ponceña, which has been active for more than 55 years.

    Finally, this year’s festival integrated LULAC’s Federal Training Institute (FTI) to address one of the most important social determinants of health; access to educational, economic, and job opportunities. Through the FTI, attendees were empowered with the knowledge and resources necessary to find and apply for employment in the federal government. More than 500 individuals participated in the three workshops entitled, “Working for Uncle Sam: Opportunities in the Federal Government.” With nearly 50% of Puerto Ricans living under the poverty level, resources for job acquisition are badly needed. It is indisputable, that a family’s income is directly related to what a family can afford to buy.

    Since the inception of the program, the health fairs have reached over 85,000 people and have partnered with universities, sports clubs, health practices, public sector organizations, among others, in the effort to encourage Latinos to live healthy.


    For more information on LULAC's other health opportunities, including the upcoming fairs in Utah, California, and Washington, DC, visit www.lulac.org/feria.

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    "Almost 50% of Puerto Rican families struggle to put a plate of healthy food on their table," said Elsie Valdes Ramos, LULAC National Vice President of Women, at the press conference announcing the donation.

    La Sonora Ponceña closed a successful Feria de Salud attended by over 10,000 people.

    The Feria de Salud included many health-oriented group activities like Zumba and sports tournaments.

    Attendees took advantage of free blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid disease screenings.

    The goal of the Feria de Salud is to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices in a fun, family-oriented environment.

    We are thankful to our Bronze Sponsors Pfizer Prescription Pathways and Walmart for their generous sponsorship of the Feria de Salud.

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    LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes Comments on Hillary Clinton and the Latino Vote

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes commented on Hillary Clinton and the Latino vote in The Washington Post:

    Can Hillary Clinton win over Latino voters?

    By Anne Gearan May 4, 2015

    Cesar Vargas has a message for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she blames Republicans for a broken immigration system and seeks Hispanic support: We’ve heard it all before.

    President Obama promised an immigration overhaul that hasn’t come, said Vargas, co-director of Dream Action Coalition, an advocacy group for young Latinos. And while Obama has made some progress on slowing deportations and other issues, he said, Clinton will have to show how she will get farther.

    “That type of rhetoric is already stale, especially to the Latino community,” Vargas said. “It’s like a piece of stale bread.”

    Clinton, who will travel to Nevada on Tuesday for a campaign appearance aimed at Hispanics, faces politically tricky terrain on immigration and citizenship issues. She will be under pressure to declare much of the Obama immigration agenda a failure, and she also faces a Republican field with more potential appeal to Hispanic voters than in the past.

    Clinton’s early and frequent attention to immigration issues in her three weeks as a 2016 candidate suggests that she has an eye on former Florida governor Jeb Bush in particular. Bush had generally good relations with Hispanic leaders as governor, is married to a Mexican-born woman and speaks fluent Spanish. Unlike some of his likely Republican primary opponents, Bush has also avoided taking positions that many Hispanics see as anti-immigration.

    Vargas was among several activists and Hispanic leaders who spoke to Clinton political director Amanda Renteria ahead of Clinton’s trip to Nevada. His organization was also included on a conference call that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta held with Hispanic leaders shortly after she announced her campaign last month.

    “We saw President Obama, who promised the world to us and had a record number of deportations — more than any other president in history,” Vargas said. “If a timid President Obama won’t do it, what would a bold Hillary Clinton do?”

    Clinton will meet with young immigrants who, like Vargas, are among the estimated 1.7 million undocumented immigrants eligible for conditional temporary or permanent residency under an Obama executive order.

    The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, brushed aside years of congressional stalemate to grant de facto residency to qualified immigrants who were brought to the country as children. It could be undone by a future president, however, so Hispanic leaders are urging both Democratic and Republican candidates to promise to extend the protection.

    For Vargas, who came to the United States at age 5 from Mexico, DACA meant he could live and work openly in New York City without fear of deportation. But the law school graduate may not be able to gain admission to the New York State Bar or serve in the military unless he gains full legal residency or citizenship.

    Clinton has already indicated her support for DACA and has said comprehensive immigration reform is needed. But she has not articulated a full set of immigration proposals or said how she would get around staunch Republican opposition in Congress.

    Comprehensive immigration reform could open a path to legal status or potential citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States, the majority of them Hispanic.

    Clinton’s session Tuesday at a Las Vegas high school is meant to showcase Clinton’s commitment to Latino young people, part of the unique demographic coalition that supported Obama over her in 2008.

    “Clinton will focus on reforming the broken immigration system so we can keep families together,” her campaign said in announcing the visit, her third campaign trip since announcing her candidacy last month.

    “She will join a roundtable of young Nevadans who are personally affected by our broken immigration system,” the campaign statement said. “She will discuss how reform could strengthen families and community.”

    Like Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada holds one of the first presidential selection contests. The Nevada primary in 2016 will pose the first test of Clinton’s strength among Hispanic voters and her ability to re-create the winning Obama coalition of young people and minorities. About 1 in 4 Nevada residents is Hispanic.

    Hispanics have voted largely Democratic for years, but concern that Clinton could be vulnerable to Bush among Hispanics may be part of the reason for Clinton’s early focus on immigration and citizenship. She has talked about immigration in her public speeches to a degree unusual for previous Democratic candidates, including herself.

    “If he’s the nominee he will present the most compelling alternative to Hillary Clinton, and that could be a serious threat to her” among Hispanic voters, said Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC.

    Two other GOP candidates, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), are both of Cuban descent.

    So far, Clinton’s policy positions and remarks on immigration have mostly served to draw a sharp divide between her and the more conservative Republicans seeking to oppose her next year.

    “There are those who offer themselves as leaders who would deport mothers working to give their children a better life, rather than risk the ire of talk radio,” Clinton said at a women’s policy conference last month.

    Clinton has also shifted her position to support the granting of driving licenses to undocumented people — an issue that hurt her during the 2008 election after she seemed intentionally vague.

    “Hillary supports state policies to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. This is consistent with her support for the president’s executive action,” the Clinton campaign said last month.

    In Nevada, undocumented residents can get a “driver’s authorization card” if they pass the regular driver’s test, a measure designed to make the roads safer because drivers know the laws and get insurance. But many have been flunking the test, and an initiative funded by the conservative Koch brothers is offering free tutorials along with conservative political evangelism.

    The 2016 GOP field is split over immigration policy. Bush has suggested that he might support a path to citizenship for undocumented people, while Cruz has taken the firmest stance against easing any rules for those here illegally.

    Two years ago, Rubio was at the forefront of efforts in the Senate to pass legislation that would have opened a path to citizenship. He has since disowned that proposal.

    *This article was originally published by The Washington Post on Monday, May 4, 2015. Click here to view this article on The Washington Post website.

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    Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund is pleased to announce Erica Bernal-Martinez as the organization’s new Deputy Executive Director.  Bernal-Martinez, a 16-year veteran of the organization, will carry out this new role from the NALEO Educational Fund national office in Los Angeles, California.

    “For more than 16 years, Erica has been an integral part of our organization’s efforts to work towards the full political participation of Latinos in the United States,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director.  “She has played a critical role in moving the goals of each and every department forward throughout her time at NALEO Educational Fund.  As we prepare to celebrate our organization’s 35th anniversary by continuing to increase the number of eligible legal permanent residents who become citizens and prepare the nation’s Latino electorate for the race for the White House in 2016, Erica’s expertise and wealth of knowledge will prove invaluable for our organization and the Latino community as a whole.”

    Bernal-Martinez assumes this role after previously serving as Senior Director of Constituency Services, a position where she grew the organization’s membership and program services.  In her new capacity, Bernal-Martinez will work directly with Executive Director Arturo Vargas to develop the strategy, vision, processes and structures to move the organization’s mission and work forward.  She will serve as the internal leader of the organization, where she will be responsible for setting priorities, coordinating the annual operations plan and budget, and overseeing the constituency services, civic engagement and communications departments.

    Since joining NALEO Educational Fund in 1999, Bernal-Martinez has over the course of her career also led the organization’s civic engagement, development and communications departments.  She is an alumna of California State University at Long Beach.

    “NALEO Educational Fund and the Latino community have made tremendous strides since we were established in 1981.  In the coming years, our organization will continue to promote the full civic engagement of the nation’s second largest population group, and ensure Latino elected and appointed officials have the information and skills needed to be effective advocates for their constituents and America’s best public servants,” stated Erica Bernal-Martinez, NALEO Educational Fund Deputy Executive Director.  “I am honored to have been selected to help lead these important efforts as the NALEO Educational Fund's new Deputy Executive Director, and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to help strengthen the fabric of our nation’s democracy as we near our organization’s 35th anniversary.”
     
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    LULAC National President Margaret Moran Op-Ed in Support of the Texas DREAM Act Published in San Antonio Express-News

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, LULAC National President Margaret Moran penned the following Op-Ed in support of the Texas DREAM Act that was published in the San Antonio Express-News:

    Keep Texas DREAM Act

    Under the guise of putting Texas kids first, lawmakers are proposing legislation that would reverse the state’s landmark DREAM Act.

    Currently, the law allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to receive in-state college tuition benefits. Those who support repealing the law claim that undocumented students are a burden on the Texas economy and that the law encourages illegal immigration.

    These arguments have no basis in fact and only serve to justify the discrimination of undocumented students. Thus it is not surprising that supporters of the bill have not been able to convince key stakeholders to support these arguments.

    During the initial committee hearing, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, who is charged with preventing illegal immigration, could not link increased illegal immigration to the Texas DREAM Act or any other Texas statute. In addition, Raymund Paredes, a commissioner on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, contested the claim that the law is an incentive for illegal crossings.

    The economic argument for repealing the law has also been refuted. According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Texas DREAM Act has benefited nearly 25,000 students, only 1.9 percent of all Texas students who paid in-state tuition in 2013. The economic burden claimed by those who would repeal the law is in actuality a $51.6 million gain. That represents the tuition and fees paid by undocumented students in 2013.

    In the minds of supporters of the law, denying undocumented Texas kids the benefit of a college education is somehow putting Texas kids first.

    Although these kids may have been born elsewhere, they have lived the majority of their lives in Texas and claim Texas as their home. They consider themselves every bit as Texan as any other Texas child. They have attended the same public schools and have dedicated the same time to their studies. The notion that they are not Texan because of their immigration status is absurd and makes a mockery of everything Texas stands for. The only thing that the legislation would create is a class of noneducated people whose talents would go wasted and their potential unrealized.

    How is this putting Texas kids first?

    *This article was originally published on April 28, 2015 in the San Antonio Express-News. Click here to view the article on the San Antonio Express-News website.

    If you live in Texas, click here to send a letter to your Texas Representative stating your support for the Texas DREAM Act.

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    Capitolio, San Juan. 5 de mayo de 2015. - La portavoz senatorial del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, levantó hoy su voz de alerta y advirtió que la arbitrariedad no puede ser lo que guíe al gobierno al momento de reducir gastos. Las expresiones surgen ante notas de prensa que informan que el Gobierno pretende recortar $1500 millones al presupuesto, impactando dramáticamente a entidades públicas y privadas sensitivas del país.

    "La arbitrariedad no puede guiar las determinaciones de reducción de gastos. Algunas de esas entidades realizan, de hecho, el trabajo que le corresponde al gobierno. Ese es el caso de SER, que da servicios de primera a niños de educación especial, mientras el Estado tiene que pagar miles de dólares al día por no poder hacer lo propio", puntualizó la Senadora independentista.
     
    Para la Portavoz del PIP en el Senado la lista de recortes propuesta por el equipo fiscal del gobierno -bajo las condiciones socio económicas en que vive el País- levanta serios cuestionamientos sobre su efecto detrimental en sectores como la Universidad de Puerto Rico, la Oficina de Administración de Tribunales, organizaciones sin fines de lucro como Ser de Puerto Rico, entidades cívicas, culturales y artísticas, entre otras.

    "Nosotros hemos denunciado en innumerables ocasiones -tanto desde la Asamblea Legislativa como en diversidad de foros públicos- la obstinación, tanto de esta administración como de las pasadas de pretender cuadrar siempre los desmadres fiscales del gobierno -provocado por sus acciones irresponsables- metiendo sus manos en el bolsillo del sector asalariado y la clase media puertorriqueña, y privando de recursos a sectores que brindan servicios importantes a la sociedad, para no tener que tocar de manera significativa los intereses económicos de las grandes empresas y de la clase adinerada del país", indico la senadora Santiago.

    "Le hemos reclamado, tanto el PPD como el PNP, que dirijan sus esfuerzos a garantizar una aportación contributiva más justa de parte de las grandes corporaciones norteamericanas exentas y los sectores de más alto ingreso en el país que hasta hoy disfrutan de privilegios carentes de toda justificación o evaden el pago de contribuciones, y se han hecho los sordos y de la vista larga", expresó la líder independentista.
     
     
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    LULAC Mourns the Passing of Ernest Eguia, A Member of LULAC for 67 Years

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement following the death of Ernest Eguia:

    “The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is saddened over the passing of Ernest Eguia, an active and well respected member of LULAC for 67 years. A dedicated member of the community, Mr. Eguia worked to help bring diversity to local government, including being instrumental in helping to ensure that the Houston Fire Department and the Houston Police Department recruited Hispanics. In addition, Mr. Eguia helped to create important national programs which included the Service, Employment and Redevelopment (SER) and the Little School of 400. The latter was used as the model for the establishment of Head Start. Mr. Eguia was also a driving force behind bringing President John F. Kennedy and then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to the Houston Rice Hotel on November 21, 1963 to address LULAC members. With his passing, LULAC has lost a beloved member whose commitment to his community, country and family set a standard we should all work towards.”

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    Tune in to msnbc.com/shift to watch Voto Latino Co-Founder and Executive Director, Maria Teresa Kumar, and our Executive Director discuss the need for this long overdue museum and the power it will have to address representation of American Latinos in our American social consciousness.

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    Muchas gracias Sr. Presidente.

    Quisiera comentar en este turno oficial la determinación del primer ejecutivo de viabilizar la utilización del cannabis para fines medicinales. Me parece que es una determinación justa, adecuada, moderna, pero que amerita varios señalamientos. En primer lugar, la forma en que se ha estructurado la orden ejecutiva, que es básicamente lo que hace, es poner en manos del Departamento de Salud la toma de las decisiones fundamentales que podrían resultar en la concesión de privilegios a una sola compañía para la producción de lo que es, después de todo, un producto reconocido como medicinal y necesario para personas con condiciones muy graves. Si este fuera el caso, parecería entonces que en lugar de tomarse una decisión solidaria y compasiva, se estaría viendo una oportunidad mejor de negocio para un ente comercial en particular, y creo que es un punto importante que no debe pasa desapercibido.

    Pienso, además, que aquí hay que delimitar asuntos. La firma de esa orden ejecutiva en nada atiende el grave problema de la utilización de substancias ilegales en Puerto Rico. Sigue todavía pendiente la despenalización de la mariguana para uso personal, que al día de hoy permite que alguien que sea arrestado con un cigarrillo de mariguana pase tres años en la cárcel; y nadie ha demostrado que tres años en la cárcel de Bayamón hagan a alguien un mejor ciudadano. Sigue este asunto pendiente y sigue pendiente el asunto aún más profundo de que los graves problemas de la drogodependencia en Puerto Rico no son los vinculados al cannabis. El problema real en Puerto Rico, el que no tiene ningún ángulo que se pueda poner de moda, el que realmente le duele al país - la utilización de sustancias fuertes, como heroína, como cocaína, como crack- no ha habido una sola iniciativa de esta administración para atender el problema con el que nos enfrentamos literalmente todos los días en la calle. Cuando vemos a hombres y mujeres pidiendo dinero para comprar un deck de heroína, ¡todos los días lo tenemos al frente!, me parece que es una profunda injusticia, un grave problema de la administración publica, el que mientras aquí hay algunas organizaciones que no pueden necesariamente ocultar sus logros, que piden millones y piden flotas de vehículos a todo lujo, hay organizaciones modestas, como 'Intercambios Puerto Rico', que dependen de los vehículos privados de voluntarios o de empleados a muy bajo sueldo para promover el intercambio de jeringuillas entre los usuarios de heroína, que se ha demostrado que es una forma más efectiva y económica de detener grandes males de salud, grandes males sociales como la transmisión de VIH y Hepatitis por el uso compartido de jeringuillas infectadas.

    Pero eso nadie lo quiere tocar. ¿Qué vamos a hacer con lo que realmente presenta un problema poderoso para el país? Por eso mi llamado es a que las personas interesadas, de alguna forma convocadas por el asunto de la desreglamentación o liberalización de las medidas de las sustancias que actualmente son ilegales, no se dejen seducir por los cantos de sirena. Esta es una medida importante, traída en un momento tremendamente conveniente que le trae buena prensa al Gobernador. Hay que ser más que inocente para no darse cuenta que se trata de una estrategia publicitaria. Pero aparte de eso, creo que lo más importante es que no permitamos que se oculten problemas que han sido sistemática y dolorosamente ignorados por esta administración.
     
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    En la Farmacia San Francisco de Aguada, Evangelista González (Yelin) vendía medicinas para curar el cuerpo y recetaba anticolonialismo y amor a la Patria.

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    Evangelista (Yelin) González (5 de diciembre de 1924 - 1ro de mayo de 2015)

    El cuerpo de nuestro compañero de lucha, Yelin, estará desde hoy la la 1:00 PM, en la Funeraria San Francisco en la entrada del pueblo de Aguada (calle Paz).  El entierro será mañana a las 2:00 PM.

     

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    El 24 de abril, la Zona de Trujillo Alto - Carolina del MINH conmemoró en la sede del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), el cincuentenario de la Revolución de la República Dominicana y la posterior invasión y ocupación estadounidense. Fotos: Víctor Birriel / MINH

     

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    El pasado 28 de abril, amigos y familiares de Carlos Muñiz Varela nos reunimos en el Cementerio de la Capital para recordar la vida del nuestro compañero Carlos. Como ha ocurrido a lo largo de los pasados 36 años, la reunión nos convoca a la indignación conocedores de que los asesinos materiales e intelectuales de este vil asesinato permanecen en la impunidad, ocultos tras el velo cómplice del gobierno de Estados Unidos, en particular, el Negociado Federal de Investigaciones, y a base de un conocimiento más reciente luego de la desclasificación de importantes documentos, de la Agencia Central de Inteligencia de Estados Unidos.

     

    La Cancillería venezolana conmemoró los 50 años de la invasión contra República Dominicana
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    Historiador advierte: “No podemos confiarnos en una supuesta normalización de relaciones con EEUU.” Marcos Fuenmayor señaló que la intervención de EEUU en el Caribe “buscaba terminar con las intenciones de instaurar gobiernos progresistas de izquierda en la zona.”

     

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    Los Presidentes de Cuba y Venezuela, Raúl Castro y Nicolás Maduro, respectivamente, están en la Plaza de la Revolución, encabezando el desfile del Primero de Mayo por el Día internacional de los Trabajadores. "La clase obrera cubana tiene contundente razones y argumentos para festejar unida el día de los trabajadores... trasladando al mundo el mensaje de unidad en torno a su revolución, a Fidel y a Raúl", dijo el líder de la Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, al abrir el desfile.

     

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    Con un salón lleno a capacidad de líderes y seguidores del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) celebramos el cumpleaños de nuestro Presidente, Pedro R. Pierluisi. Los recaudos de la actividad serán utilizados destinados a subsanar deudas acumuladas en cuatrienios previos y gastos operacionales del PNP.


    Agradecemos a todos los que de una forma u otra colaboraron con el éxito de esta actividad; en especila a nuestros Alcaldes, Senadores, Representantes y Presidentes Municipales. 

    ¡Definitivamente se siente la sed de triunfo!

    En la actividad contamos con la presencia de:

    Alcaldes:
    Chabelo Molina
    “Bin” Cruz Manzano
    Carlos Molina
    Carlos Méndez
    Gardy Colón
    Orlando Ortiz
    Noé Marcano
    Anibal Meléndez

    Representantes
    Jenniffer González
    Jorge Navarro
    Tony Soto
    Junior Pérez
    Gary Rodríguez
    Gabriel Rodríguez
    Waldemar Quiles

    Senadores:
    Larry Seilhamer
    Carmelo Ríos
    Migdalia Padilla

    Presidentes Municipales No Alcaldes:
    José Galán (Vega Baja)
    Berty Echevarría (Aguada)
    Roberto Feliciano (Rincón)
    Jorge Morales (Cabo Rojo)
    Virgilio Olivera (San Germán)
    Jonathan Tosas (Utuado)
    Maritza Sánchez (Patillas)
    Javier García (Aguas Buenas)
    Omar Galarza (San Lorenzo)

    Otros líderes de la colectividad como Pickie Díaz y Papo García (Yabucoa), Miriam Ramírez y Tiody De Jesús viuda Ferré, Jackie Rodríguez (Ponce 62), Jerry Marrero (Toa Alta) y Carlos "Junior Cidrita" Aponte (Aguas Buenas).

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    Lograr una jornada de ocho horas demandó largas luchas de los trabajadores. Fueron los obreros estadounidenses quienes pagaron con su vida el derecho a ser respetados como seres humanos.

     

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    Lalo Guerrero -The Original Chicano
    FREE! FREE! |WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 | 7PM at Pregones Theater in The Bronx!
    Don't miss the screening of Lalo Guerrero - The Original Chicano on Wednesday, May 6 @ 7PM - followed by conversation with Dan Guerrero.

    The career and songbook of the legendary “Father of Chicano Music” guide the viewer through seven decades of Mexican-American/Chicano history, from Repatriation, the Zoot Suit riots and the UFW to the minifalda/mini-skirt and Chicano pride and prejudice. Guerrero captured it all in a dazzling array of musical genres including ranchers, boogie, tropical, norteño, cha-chas, mambos and beautiful boleros. Rare photographs, historic footage and music performances bring this eclectic tapestry to life.

    Lalo Guerrero tells his own story on a camera as no one else could, with warmth and humor. Artists and activists influenced by the late Chicano icon share personal stories. RY COODER, CULTURE CLASH’s RICHARD MONTOYA, RIC SALINAS, and HERBERT SIGUENZA, UFW co-founder DOLORES HUERTA, LOS LOBOS’ LOUIE PEREZ AND DAVID HIDALGO, CHEECH MARIN, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, PAUL RODRIGUEZ, LINDA RONSTADT and LUIS VALDEZ provide unique insight about the music pioneer.

    Produced by Dan Guerrero & Nancy de Los Santos
    Written by Nancy De los Santos & Dan Guerrero
    Original Score Joseph Julian González
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    Edited by Daniel Martínez & Adrian Salinas

    This documentary was made possible by the generous support of The Material World Charitable Foundation, Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation, Castellano Family Foundation and Latino Public Broadcasting. Original Chicano Productions. All rights reserved 2006.

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    El presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Jaime R. Perelló Borrás, te invita a la presentación del Estudio sobre Clasificación, Retribución y Reclutamiento en la Rama Ejecutiva, realizado por las profesoras de la Escuela Graduada de Administración Pública de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), la doctora Yolanda Cordero y la licenciada Alba Caballero.


    El análisis es producto de un acuerdo colaborativo entre la
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    El estudio se realizó con el objetivo de evaluar los principales sistemas y procesos de reclutamiento, clasificación y retribución de recursos humanos con miras a determinar las prácticas que requieren ser modificadas. El informe final con sus conclusiones y recomendaciones servirá como base para presentar legislación que permita implantar un sistema de clasificación y retribución uniforme.


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    CONVERSATORIO Strikes Key Discussions, Inspires Future Common Work on Future Issues
    By Erika Abad, National Boricua Human Rights Network
     
     
    On Saturday, April 25th, at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, NY, Puerto Ricans from New England and Chicago gathered to discuss the status of Puerto Ricans in the United States. Lawyers, activists, scholars each spoke on the United States' historic and current policies that affect how Puerto Ricans live, work and politically engage. The conversatorio indirectly asked the audience, given where Puerto Ricans are in the new millennium, what are the struggles that our communities still face; where will we take our political power and possibility given the historic policies that shape where we can live well and work?

     

     
    Lawyer, former New York Assemblyman and former editor for New York's El Diario, Nelson Denis presented a summary of his book, War Against All Puerto Ricans. He summarized US policies implemented on their arrival in Puerto Rico such as the devaluing of the Puerto Rican peso (1900) and the Hollander Act (1901) shaped Puerto Ricans' disempowerment under US intervention and rule. Coupled with the hurricane of 1899, Puerto Ricans' relationship with capital, over a short period of time, was taken from them. Since then, according to Denis, Puerto Ricans' situation only grew worse.

     

    Denis connected the details of key figures, such as Colonel Riggs, whose disregard and disrespect for Puerto Ricans' self-determination had undermined Puerto Ricans' determination to find avenues of resistance. Over time, when the nationalist power had grown to critical influence in Puerto Rico, Riggs used media to further construct narratives of their brutality against the state. The examples he used show the extent to which US selected leaders wanted nothing more than to repress Puerto Ricans political possibility to be self-determinant. The title of his book was born out of Riggs' response to Albizu's efforts to organize sugarcane workers against the repressive and exploitative conditions in which they worked. Riggs said, "Well if Albizu Campos continues organizing sugarcane workers, there will be a war to the death against all Puerto Ricans." A war, many will argue, continues in current economic policies in Puerto Rico as well as in the continued brutality Puerto Ricans face in prison.

    Chicago activists with the National Boricua Human Rights Network used historic footage and personal narrative to engage the audience on how Puerto Rican political prisoners' struggles. Michelle Morales, involved in the organization since 2002, discussed the history of the Puerto Rican political prisoner campaign. She explains why the sedition sentence Puerto Rican political prisoners has been as weighted by the years they had and Oscar Lopez Rivera still suffers. She integrated how her own sense of self and her more critical understanding of US influence over Puerto Ricans was grounded in the years of mobilization, advocacy and education in which she participated since getting involved with the Network. She pulled from interviews done on prisoners' family members and supporters to show us how their example sparked dedication in human rights beyond Puerto Ricans. The work has been very personal for her, both in providing a deeper understanding of Puerto Ricans' resiliency and also in giving her a stronger relationship to Puerto Rican history, politics and community.

     

     
    Katia Aviles, an activist from Proyecto ENLACE, talked about the black waters of Cano Martin Pena. Her presentation was as much about educating the audience regarding the harsh conditions in which those living in Cano Martin Pena endure as much as it was about informing us of the ways they are collectively organizing to address it. During her presentation, she showed us Agua Mala, a short documentary which reviews the historical development of communities around Caño Martin Pena and the neglect that shaped harsh living conditions of those residing there. The community living there formed in response to the higher cost of living and development of factory work in the 1950's. Since then, residents have struggled with living in an area poorly prepared for density and in an area whose pollution has been neglected by city and greater commonwealth government.

     

    Activists, however, are refusing to accept governmental neglect. They are working in resistance to the neglect by working to build a land trust and by organizing environmentalist tours to continue to raise awareness of the environmental abuses people, wild life and fish suffer as a result of the neglect. Puerto Rican activists living and working the area are working in response to governmental neglect by pooling together their assets of time and commitment to address their needs and bring attention to their regions' plight using their own means.

     
    These presentations, along with discussion by Luis O. Reyes from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, on Puerto Ricans in the New Millenium, were summarized by respondent Jonathan Rosa, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who quoted Juan Flores' claim that diasporization needs to happen from below- how are we creating and sustain grassroots endeavors to work together to better address our communities' needs and bring ourselves justice.

     

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    At Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, students LEARN TO LEAD! In this picture, Junior classman Efren Morales addresses the entire school at our weekly assembly called Unity for Social Analysis. He is practicing his public speaking skills as he describes why he thinks he was nominated for the Definite Dozen Award. 

     

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    Captivating the student body with his well articulated speech, Mr. Morales described not only why he thinks he was nominated, but shared a little about his struggles, his background and made a call to action, "...if I can do it, with all that I struggle with, SO CAN YOU!" Every month, Albizu Campos recognizes a group of 12 students for embodying an important characteristic that is tied to the school's mission and vision. The school would like to congratulate this month's Definite Dozen and challenge any and all other students to RISE TO THE CHALLENGE!

     

    Sagrada Familia: A Poetry Celebration of Mother's Day

    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) presents, SAGRADA FAMILIA, the newest book by author Johanny Vázquez Paz

     

    CHICAGO, Illinois (Humboldt Park) - The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is pleased to present the book, Sagrada Familia, by author Johanny Vázquez Paz on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6 pm. The meet and greet will include the reading of various poems by the Puerto Rican Poet who resides in Chicago.Sagrada Familia is a finalist in the International Latino Book Awards.

     

    This captivating poetry book celebrates the Puerto Rican family, especially the mother and woman as the matriarchs of the family and guides of spiritual and moral lessons inside the household. The book was published by the Puerto Rican publisher, Isla Negra Editores, and was selected by the Puerto Rican newspaper, El Nuevo Día, among the most memorable books of the year 2014. José Borges, literary critic of El Nuevo Día, wrote: "Sagrada Familia, written by Johanny Vázquez Paz, is a poetry book in which the author pays tribute to her familyin an honest and touching way, and where she criticizes, analyzes and even praises ... two of the most sacred institutions, the family and religion, from a Puerto Rican point of view." A selection of poems included in Sagrada Familia received the first prize of the Consenso Short Story and Poetry Contest of Northeastern Illinois University in 2012. The book is divided in six sections, the first five with original poems written in Spanish, and the last one with two original poems written in Spanglish and ten poems from the book that were translated into English by the author.

     

    "As the only Puerto Rican museum outside of Puerto Rico, we are very excited to present a poetry book written by one of our own. Don't miss Johanny as she pays tribute to the Puerto Rican Family as only she can, an expression full of deep thoughts and emotions", stated Billy Ocasio, CEO of NMPRAC.

     

    Given the proximity of Mother's Day, we invite everyone to join us with your family. The museum doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the reading will start at 7:00 p.m. This event is free of charge.

     

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    TIME:  6pm

    Location: The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

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    DEVELOPING NEW SKILLS AND CELEBRATING IN THE COMMUNITY!

    THAT'S WHAT WILDCATS JROTC CADETS DO!!!

     

    Roberto Clemente JROTC Cadets had a very busy weekend March 28-29.

    By Captain Barbara Jimenez-Soriano, Communications Officer

     

    On Saturday morning, 24 JROTC Cadets awoke before the sunrise on a cool and crisp morning to participate in the first Orienteering Meet of the Spring season. Orienteering is a team event that combines map-reading skills, land navigation, and cross-country running. Competitors make their way through unfamiliar terrain using a compass and a topographical map, to locate pre-determined points.

    Our formation was at 7 a.m, with 24 cadets. Battalion Commander Niambi Smith and Orienteering Team Captain Victor Fuentes ensured participants were properly dressed for the chilly weather and that all of our equipment was ready to load on the bus.   Shortly after 7:30 we loaded the school bus for the 20 mile trip south of the city, to the Arie Crown Forest Preserve. Since Clemente is the hosting school for CPS JROTC Orienteering events, we arrived early to set up the start and finish lines, registration points and lane assignments. 150 cadets from 9 schools participated in a very successful land navigation training.   SFC Lewis had spent Friday afternoon setting up multiple points throughout the orienteering field. He arrived about 6:00am Saturday morning, to make final checks, that all of the points were in place, and ensure the training area was safe.  The meet began right on time, at 9:00am. After all the teams returned from searching for their points, at about 12:00am, we celebrated with a picnic. Niambi and 3rd year cadet Jorge Salgado made sure the hot dogs were grilled, chips, snacks and drinks were prepared and served.   New friends from other schools were made. Friendly competitions involving spades, foot races, Frisbee and "Ninja" were enjoyed by all.

     

    The following morning 30 cadets, about half of whom had participated in the Orienteering meet, returned to the school, to prepare for the Annual Chicago Greek Day Parade. Dressed in their cadet blue uniforms, gray berets and black overcoats they proudly and professionally braved 40 mile per hour gusty winds and chilly 40 degree temperatures, over the 2 mile route parade route through Greektown.   The first year cadet color guard led their first parade "standing tall and looking good, marching through the neighborhood!" Chief Silver ensured the cadets had a good meal before the parade, hosting lunch at Lou Malnati's Pizza!

     

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    Dr. Raquel Ortiz, Author, "Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural" Keynote Speaker at 20th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference
    By Brayan Contreras
     

    The 20th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference held at Lorain County Community College was a two-day event (April 25th and 26th) attended by over 500 people. The theme, "Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors" was a call to action about issues that affect the Hispanic community.

     

    The key note talk by Dr. Ortiz, The Power of Our Stories, explored narratives such as songs, oral storytelling traditions, movies, T.V. programs, dance, performances and works of art that, when we listen to or look at them, they can also share with us a story. She explained how stories are very important in the process of enculturation and that the stories we read, tell, hear or watch shape what we believe or accept as our culture.

     

    She highlighted that some of the dangers of us not telling our own stories may be misinformation being disseminated, stereotypes being reinforced, loosing our true, real stories to be replaced by 'white-washed' versions of our stories and that distorted or negative images about us may be perpetuated.

     

    Based on data is from the Cooperative Children's Book Center School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison (CCBC), as of February, 2015

    in 2014 approximately 5,000 children's books were published in the U.S.. Out of the 5,000 only 125 were either by Latinos or about Latinos. There were only 59 children's books written by and about Latinos and 66 children's books written about Latinos. This means the number of books that other people wrote about us beat the number of books Latinos wrote about themselves.

     

    Also in 2014 of the 5,000 books only 264 were either by or about African Americans. 84 of these children's books were written by and about African Americans and 180 were about African Americans. There were 96 more books written about African Americans than by and about African Americans.

     

    Dr. Ortiz presented her children's book Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural/ Sofi y el mágico

    mural musical and shared information about her upcoming children's book, Planting Flags, a story set in Chicago's Humbolt Park neighborhood.

     

    Also, at the conference the artist Maria Dominguez worked with local high school students to create a mural of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It was an intergenerational project where young adults, working with an elder, created art to commemorate and celebrate a Latino story.

     

     

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    Expresiones de la senadora María de Lourdes Santiago ante la derrota del proyecto de "reforma contributiva" en la Cámara

     

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 30 de abril de 2015.- La portavoz senatorial del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago,  emitió las siguientes expresiones ante la derrota en horas de la madrugada de hoy en la Cámara de Representantes del mal llamado proyecto de reforma contributiva:

     

    "La derrota del proyecto de "reforma contributiva" demuestra tres cosas:

    Primero, marca el colapso del liderato de Alejandro García Padilla. El voto en contra de seis representantes señala la diferencia más importante entre ejecutivo y legislativo en la política reciente y acusa la incapacidad del Gobernador de poner en marcha su agenda aun con su partido controlando la Cámara y el Senado.

    En segundo lugar, demuestra el poder de movilización y cambio de la opinión pública: el rechazo al IVA provocó que los sectores más diversos, con distintos argumentos y estrategias, se lanzaran a la calle con un mismo reclamo.



    Y finalmente, esta importante coyuntura abre la puerta para superar el debate pequeño entre porcientos y exclusiones. Al gobernador - que antes había hecho un llamado a los legisladores para que se comportaran como adultos- le llegó la hora de ponerse los pantalones largos e iniciar una nueva conversación, en la que no se excluya, como hasta ahora, el problema de fondo en esta crisis económica. Aún la reforma contributiva mejor diseñada, no atiende el hecho principal de que Puerto Rico es un país empobrecido por la dependencia, y que no podemos aspirar a progreso material con las manos atadas por un sistema de inferioridad política que no nos permite aprobar leyes que protejan nuestra producción, determinar cómo entran o salen mercancías al país, o negociar libremente con otras naciones.

     

    Mal estaremos si la respuesta a esta situación se queda en poner par de parchos, como aumentar el IVU o modificar algún que otro elemento de la "reforma".

     

    Hay que atender lo urgente -la necesidad de más recaudos- con medidas como el aumento y extensión de la contribución especial de las foráneas, pero también tiene que ser prioridad el examen honesto de la realidad del país, y del vínculo indisoluble entre economía y condición política".

     

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    NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director to Brief
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    Vargas urges Members of Congress to make investments now that could save up to five billion
    dollars and ensure better count of Latinos and all communities of color in Census 2020

    Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund announced that Executive Director Arturo Vargas today will brief Members of Congress from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Native American Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the importance of a fair and accurate count of Latinos (including their ethnic, racial and national origin identification) and all communities of color.  

    Our nation’s future prosperity is shaped in part by the accuracy of the data collected by the United States Census Bureau on the nation’s population, and on its racial, ethnic and national origin groups.  These data help ensure fair and representative reapportionment and redistricting, and guide a wide range of decisions made in the public and private sectors that affect the lives of all Americans.  Census data also play an indispensable role in the monitoring and implementation of civil rights policies, and they are used to ensure the effective allocation of billions of dollars in federal, state and local funding.  
     
    “With Latinos now the nation’s second largest population group and one out of every six Americans, full and accurate data about the Latino community are critical for our country’s economic, social and civic well-being,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director.  “An undercount of the nation’s Latino population in 2020 would mean a failed census.  The time is now for Congress to ensure that the Census Bureau has the necessary funding to carry out research and testing that will enable our nation to capture an accurate and cost-efficient portrait of the Latino community and all communities of color in Census 2020.” 

    In a letter to the Subcommittee on Justice, Science and Related Agencies Chairman John Culberson and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah, NALEO Educational Fund has urged Congress to allocate $1.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2016 to the United States Census Bureau.  This level of funding is necessary if the Bureau is to develop and test innovations that could save up to $5 billion on the cost of conducting the decennial Census in 2020.  These approaches include changes to the questions on Hispanic origin and race; language and telephone assistance infrastructures and materials; a communications campaign; outreach and promotion; testing of internet response options; the use of administrative records to reduce non-response follow-up; and innovations in address canvassing.  This funding level will also ensure that the Census Bureau can effectively conduct the American Community Survey (ACS), the annual survey that produces data that are critically important to the business, non-profit and public sectors alike.
     
    Among the new approaches adequate funding would support is the assessment of new approaches to obtain greater participation in and more accurate responses to the decennial Census, like changes to the Hispanic race and ethnicity questions.  Ultimately, the format of the Census questions on race and ethnicity will have a critical impact on the accuracy of the Census Bureau’s data on racial, ethnic and national origin population groups.  Any changes in those questions must maintain or improve the historical response rates to these questions and the accuracy of the data collected.
     
    As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service, NALEO Educational Fund is committed to ensuring that the Census provides the most accurate portrayal possible of the Latino community and the entire population.  Our organization’s constituency encompasses the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials, and includes Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

    The letter sent to the leadership of the Subcommittee on Justice, Science and Related Agencies can be found at 
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    LULAC Denounces Birthright Citizenship Hearing in U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, released the following statement in response to yesterday's hearing on ending birthright citizenship in the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

    “The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security's hearing on ending birthright citizenship was a cynical move by anti-immigrant members of Congress to garner support from their political base and reflects their xenophobic attitudes towards the immigrant community.

    LULAC condemns any attempts by members of Congress to utilize scare tactics and false statements to galvanize the support of radical anti-immigrant voters at the expense of immigrant families. Last week, LULAC helped defeat anti-immigrant amendments in the Senate. This week we will work to fight against attempts in the House of Representatives to pass anti-immigrant legislation and repeal birthright citizenship.”

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    Directly from Los Angeles, Dan Guerrero in his acclaimed solo performance!

    ¡GAYTINO! is a remarkable life journey from 1950s East LA to New York's Great White Way in the 60s and 70's and back to Hollywood. A gay Chicano moves from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture in this autobiographical play with music.

    The solo piece is driven by Dan Guerrero's lifelong friendship with Mexican-born artist and Chicano street arts pioneer Carlos Almaraz, and by the story of his father, Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero, the singer and activist widely recognized as The Father of Chicano Music.

    The show captures truly vibrant decades in Mexican-American history and the gay experience from a unique and delightfully personal perspective. Directed by Diane Rodríguez.

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    Puerto Ricans in Social Media: the New Barrio


    Join the first panel about Puerto Ricans in Social Media, where we will discuss how Puerto Ricans are creating, sharing, and preserving culture, community, and identity in the new online barrio.


    Panelists:
    Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 from Futuro Media Group and Latino Rebels
    George Torres @urbanjibaro from Capicu Culture and Sofrito for your Soul
    Nuria Net @nuriapuntonet from Fusion
    Lynn Ponder @webcitygirls from Web City Girls
    Lejuan James @lejuan_james from, well, Lejuan James.

    The panel will take place on May 12, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and will be also live streamed through Centro TV. http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/tv/

    Join our discussion on how #Boricuasonline are using social media to create community, identity and social consciousness.



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    Expresiones de la Senadora María de Lourdes Santiago sobre el Mensaje de AGP

     

    El Capitolio. 30 de abril de 2015.- "El mensaje del gobernador se ha limitado al esperado regaño a los legisladores que votaron en contra al proyecto de reforma contributiva, la adjudicación de culpas a la pasada administración y la propuesta de crear dos grupos de trabajo, uno a cargo de expertos en finanzas y otro a cargo de 'la reorganización del gobierno'.

     

    De 19 páginas, apenas 4 se refieren a lo que se piensa hacer para enderezar el país. No hay una sola propuesta concreta, ni siquiera en cuanto a los temas más angustiosos, como la educación especial y los servicios de salud. ¡Nada! La imprecisión del mensaje delata que a pesar de la oposición evidente al IVA, el gobernador no le había dedicado ni 25 minutos a pensar en un plan B. La falta de conexión del gobernador con el país se ha exhibido como nunca, con una defensa férrea, irracional, de su derrotado proyecto del IVA.

     

    Tampoco hay en el mensaje mención alguna sobre la urgente revisión de las políticas de privilegios contributivos, o alternativas específicas para aumentar recaudos, más allá de una vaga promesa de 'reestructurar radicalmente el Departamento de Hacienda'.

     

    Sí dijo algo de las foráneas: 'continuaremos esfuerzos de cabildeo en Washington para la extensión del crédito a las empresas a las que les aplica la Ley 154'. Al fin parece dispuesto a aceptar la idea que originó el PIP, y que tímida y parcialmente se ha puesto en vigor.

     

    Una verdadera lástima que en tiempos de retos tan complejos, el país sólo reciba una colección de expresiones recalentadas, generalidades y vaguedades".

     

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    State of the News Media 2015

    Mobile Drives Online Traffic, Yet Desktop Visitors Spend More Time with Content

    Local and Network News Viewership Grow While Newspaper Circulation Falls Another 3% and Cable News Sees a Second Year of Declines

     

    April 29, 2015 (Washington, DC)– At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers. However, for half of these 50 sites, desktop visitors stay longer than mobile.

     

    Even as mobile and social habits evolve, legacy platforms have not been abandoned.  Some, though, are faring better than others, according to the State of the News Media 2015 report, which tracks the diversifying newsgathering industry over time and across a variety of indicators. This year’s report includes 13 data-filled fact sheets, each of which paints the portrait of one segment of the industry, an overview that weaves together trends across the industry and an updated Media & News Indicators database. 

     

    Among the key findings on how the news industry fared in the past year:

     

    ·         The newspaper industry continues to be hard hit. Newspaper ad revenue declined another 4% year over year to $19.9 billion – less than half of what it was a decade ago.  The slight 1% growth in circulation revenue among publicly traded newspaper companies with publicly released data suggests gains there are far from making up for losses in advertising.  And after an unusual year of small gains in 2013, newspapers saw both daily and Sunday circulation fall another 3% in 2014, declines that were felt across papers of all sizes. Newspaper weekday circulation has now fallen 19% since 2004.

     

    ·         Local TV continues to capture viewers, grows ad revenue. Local TV saw slight viewership increases for evening (3%) and morning (2%) newscasts in 2014 and larger ones in early morning and mid-day. And it grew its on-air ad revenue to $19.7 billion in 2014, according to BIA/Kelsey—up 7% from 2013 and 2% compared with 2010, (the next most recent non-presidential election year). News-producing stations, about two-thirds of all local TV stations, account for a disproportionate amount of this revenue. Retransmissions fees, also on the rise, added another roughly $5 billion for the year, SNL Kagan estimates.  

     

    ·         Cable news had another rough year. Prime time median viewership was down 8% across the three channels. Fox News fared the best but still saw a 1% decline year over year. MSNBC fared the worst with total revenue down 1% for the year, due mainly to a 5% decline in ad revenue, according to projections from SNL Kagan. CNN’s revenue was projected to rise 3% while Fox News revenue was projected to rise 6%, and was the only one of the three channels to report profit growth (10%). 

     

    ·         Network television news saw a second straight year of audience growth. Overall, network news grew 5% in evening and 2% in morning, for a combined average evening viewership of roughly 24 million. At the network level, ABC and CBS produced revenue growth while NBC’s revenue declined. ABC Evening News revenues, based on data from Kantar Media, have now nearly caught up to NBC’s.

     

    ·         For all of these legacy news sectors, significant digital revenues remain largely on the wish list.  None get more than a small share of their total revenue from digital, even though digital ad revenue across all media grew 18% in 2014 to $50.7 billion, according to eMarketer. Mobile ad spending alone increased 78%, though that is a slow-down from the two years prior. Mobile ad spending now accounts for 37% of all digital ad spending, up from 25% in 2013. While new relationships have been struck between news organizations and tech companies like Facebook, the tech companies still control more of the arrangement and reap most of the financial benefit. Facebook now pulls in roughly a quarter, 24%, of all display ad revenue and more than a third, 37% of mobile display.

     

    ·         Several digital news start-ups had a bumpy year while others made journalistic strides.  First Look Media, which launched in January 2014 with an infusion of $50 million from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, closed one of its signature news products, The Racket, before publishing a single story after editor-in-chief Matt Taibbi walked out in October 2014 citing conflicts with management. Tech news outlet Giagom closed with no warning even to staff, announcing it could not pay its creditors. On the other hand, Vice News, launched in March 2014, cites 1.1 million subscribers and 175 million video views as of early 2015 and in March aired an interview with President Obama. And Vox.com, the news site of Vox Media launched in April 2014, met its revenue goals and surpassed its traffic goals in the first six months, according to co-founder Melissa Bell.  According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data from January 2015, Vice.com ranks 31st in the list of top 50 news sites with 15.6 million unique visitors to its site and associated apps and Vox.com ranks 35th with almost 14 million visits. 

     

    ·         Podcast listening is on the rise, which could breathe new life into audio journalism.  NPR’s podcast downloads alone grew 41% year over year, according to the company’s internal data.  The percentage listening to online radio via mobile devices continues to rise, while the percentage listening on a desktop is falling. That means online radio listening can occur nearly anywhere—including inside cars, a traditional stronghold for AM/FM radio.  As of January 2015, 35% of cellphone owning adults have listened to online radio in the car, up from 21% in 2013 and nearly six times that of 2010 (6%). 

     

    ·         Hispanic-oriented news media meanwhile are struggling to reach a complex audience. Print circulation declined at the three longstanding Hispanic daily papers, and Univision, the leading Hispanic-oriented television network, saw audience declines for its signature national news programs after record highs in 2013. At the same time, a handful of digital, English-language Hispanic outlets such as Latin Post are trying to find a place in the market.     

     

    ·         African American-oriented news media maintains a presence in print, broadcast and now the Web. Weekly newspapers aimed at this population are still the most prevalent, but most of those with data that the Pew Research Center can track lost audience in 2014. In broadcast, a few new African American-oriented television news programs emerged in 2014 and at least one new syndicated radio program emerged.  Online, NBC launched a new vertical in early 2015 aimed at its African-American audience.  In U.S. newsrooms more broadly, the portion of full-time daily newspaper jobs filled by African Americans has remained relatively steady while the portion inside television newsrooms has increased slightly. And seven full power TV stations came under black ownership in 2014 – up from zero in 2013.


    Full report available at: http://www.journalism.org/2015/04/29/state-of-the-news-media-2015/

     

    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dana Page at 202.419.4372202.419.4372 or dpage@pewresearch.org.

     

    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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    Arranca la 3ra Expo de la Oficina de Participación Ciudadana en Mayagüez


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    Cámara celebra su 4ta Feria de Salud en el Capitolio


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    Rep. Sonia Pacheco celebra Feria de Servicios en la Urb. Park Court


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    Mañana jueves el Gobernador presenta Mensaje al Pueblo

    Mañana jueves, 30 de abril de 2015, el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla ofrecerá un mensaje al pueblo ante el contexto de la crisis económica.

    Invitamos a todas y todos a darse cita en la Plaza de la Democracia en el lado norte del Capitolio mañana jueves a las 4:30pm como acto de expresión de solidaridad y movilización en lo que es la víspera de un día tan especial internacionalmente, como lo es el Día de los Trabajadores.

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    A 40 años de la reunificación: Vietnam, el nombre de la victoria
    Escrito por Carlos Aznárez / Resumen Latinoamericano

     

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    El 30 de abril de 1975, Saigón era definitivamente liberada por parte de los combatientes vietnamitas. El anhelado sueño de Ho Chi Minh, de Giap y tantos otros patriotas revolucionarios y comunistas se convertía en realidad: Vietnam se reunificaba en una sola y victoriosa Nación.

     

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    En ocasión de conmemorarse el Aniversario 50 de la segunda invasión militar de Estados Unidos a República Dominicana, un grupo de 50 jóvenes de diferentes organizaciones y sectores sociales envió una carta al presidente Barack Obama y al Congreso estadounidense para exigir una disculpa pública por los daños causados al pueblo dominicano y a su derecho a la libre determinación en 1965.

     

    Walmart: ¿cómo piensa el gigante egoísta?
    Escrito por Germán Segura Nuñez / Rebelión

     

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    La empresa Walmart (WM) fue fundada en 1962 por Sam Y Bud Walton en la ciudad de Bentonville, ubicada en el Estado de Arkansas, EEUU. Ha logrado posicionarse durante la primera década del Siglo XXI, como la empresa multinacional (EMN) que más genera volúmenes de venta en el rubro del retail supermercadista, a nivel mundial.

     

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    PIP se une a convocatoria en contra del Mensaje de Situación de Estado de AGP

     

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 29 de abril de 2015.- La Senadora y Vicepresidenta del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, anunció hoy en su cuenta electrónica de Facebook que su colectividad se une a la convocatoria hecha por la organización "Todos Somos Pueblo' para oponerse a la aprobación del IVA.  


     

    "En el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño nos unimos a la Convocatoria de 'Todos Somos Pueblo' y hacemos un llamado a nuestra militancia para que participen de la protesta citada para mañana jueves a las 3:30 pm en el lado Sur del Capitolio, con motivo del Mensaje de Situación de Estado que ofrecerá al país el gobernador, Alejandro García Padilla", manifestó Santiago Negrón.


     

    El PIP se ha opuesto a esta medida desde el principio por considerar que mucho más que solucionar la grave crisis fiscal y económica del país, lo que hará es empeorarla. 


     

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    You are cordially invited to El Museo's upcoming spring Gala, happening on May 14th at The Plaza Hotel.

     

    Inspired in the aesthetic of our current exhibition, Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa-Art and Film, this year's Gala has already been garnering 

    press and is shaping up to be a fantastic evening. As Holland Cotter of The New York Times noted in his recent review of the exhibition "El Museo del Barrio...with its cultural smarts and expansive vision, brings us what no one else can or will."

     

    Please find the invitation below. You may RSVP online or download the RSVP form here, or contact us at DCaranicas@elmuseo.org.

     

    We hope that you will join us for this extraordinary event!

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    From: Kathy Gannett <kbg00765@gmail.com>
    Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2015 at 9:26 AM
    Subject: Urge you to promote the complete cleanup of Vieques
    To: whitehousecounsel@who.eop.gov, Jerry_E_Abramson@who.eop.gov, James_Albino@ondcp.eop.gov, Stuart.F.Delery@usdoj.gov, Cecilia_Munoz@who.eop.gov

    Hello to the White House Task Force on P.R. from Vieques:

    Below please read my detailed comments on the Vieques cleanup. I am also attaching a letter I sent to the US Navy. Embedded within that letter you will find the Navy's response. The Navy claims they are finishing up the cleanup and it appears they have no intention to leave our lands clean. I would like to know what actions the White House is taking on this matter. Here is a photo of me reminding you what President Obama promised Vieques in 2008.

    Some Thoughts on the Cleanup

    By Kathy Gannett, resident of Vieques. April 23, 2015

    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Adolph Hitler

    1. THE CLEANUP IS NOT DONE! - We reject the Navy's lies and propaganda that the "most of the munitions have been removed" and that, if Viequenses don't pick up "funny-looking things, you are 99.9% of the way to being safe". This disregard for the safety of the population is insulting and represents a clear case of environmental racism. (Statements made by Vieques Restoration Branch Head Dan Waddill in RAB meeting on February 25, 2015.)

    2. THE CLEANUP MUST BE A COMPLETE CLEANUP. The federal law that requires decontamination of the land based only on its current use as a refuge must be changed. We demand a thorough cleanup. This problem is clearly reflected in Dan Waddill's recent comment, "And so the goal is that we make the area safe for people to use as FWS plans for that use." The goal should be making the area safe for Viequenses to return to their land.

    3. SIGNS ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR DECONTAMINATION. Signs warning against explosive dangers have been placed on the road to Faro Puerto Ferro, Playa La Chiva and they will be used in Puntas Arenas when the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) soon opens a new recreation area. Waddill states, "Munitions are cleared to a depth of 4 feet on beaches and a depth of 2 feet on roads. Also, in areas that will be used for parking, construction projects, trails, or other activities, munitions are cleared to a depth that will support the land use. " Once again it is clear that the Navy is cleaning only a small portion of the lands and only to a minimum standard - mostly for FWS purposes.

    4. THE CLEANUP MUST BE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. Waddill says, "The money is not going to run out." Yet in a recent letter he admits, "Since 2005, the Navy has spent an average of approximately $20 million per year on the cleanup of Vieques. Due to the federal budget situation during the past few years, Vieques cleanup funding has been somewhat less than $20 million per year."

    5. THE DETONATION MUST STOP. It places our people and our environment in danger. Waddill states, "The records show that over 90,000 munitions items have been identified and removed from the former Navy areas on Vieques. More than 40,000 munitions items have been destroyed through demolition. We know these numbers represent most of the munitions on the land portions of Vieques because the clearance work has already been carried out on the most heavily impacted areas." We reject that most of the munitions have been removed. Blowing up munitions is not decontamination - it is poisoning our people. Appropriate technology must be used for a safe cleanup. (Waddill makes the dubious claim, "When munitions explode, the explosive chemicals are converted to gases that normally exist in the atmosphere.")

    6. THE COMMUNITY MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP. The Restoration Advisory Board, although it has a few dedicated members, does not represent the Vieques community.

    7. THE COMMUNITY MUST HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION. The Navy has failed to provide information in a timely manner to the community either through its totally deficient web site http://www.navfac.navy.mil/) or through other methods of communication. The Navy has failed to respond to a Congressional request made in March, 2014, for information withheld for decades on the types and amounts of ordinance used in Vieques.

    8. DEVOLUTION (RETURN OF THE LANDS) - All of the land currently controlled by the federal government must be returned in the condition in which it was found. It is a crime against humanity that half of the island continues to be off limits to the its people.

    An archive of Navy and community documents can be found on this web site:

    http://www.casadekathy.com/vieques/vieques-history

    Kathy Gannett

    Casa de Kathy
    Calle Bromelias #367
    Vieques, P.R. 00765
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    Dan Waddill
    Vieques Restoration Branch Head
    NAVFAC Atlantic
    6506 Hampton Blvd.
    Norfolk, VA 23508


    March 6, 2015


    Dear Mr. Waddill:


    I would like to follow up on the information requested by the community at the RAB meeting on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in the RAB meeting in Vieques. I also have several questions in response to some of the things you stated in the meeting. I have consulted with some leaders in the community who are also eager to hear the response to these questions.


    When I visit the web site address published in your Bulletin dated Feb 2015, the web site says it is undergoing maintenance (http://www.navfac.navy.mil/vieques). Can you make the following information available on the Navy's web site? If not now, when? I am interested in obtaining all documents in both Spanish and English. If they are not on the web site, please email me
    whatever you can.

     

    The new community involvement plan and the date when the community will be asked to comment on that.

     

    Navy Response: The Navy is preparing the Community Involvement Plan in cooperation with our regulatory partners, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB), the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The Navy is currently revising the Community Involvement Plan to address comments from these agencies. We expect to reach consensus within the next few weeks. Therefore, we are targeting the middle of April as the time when the community will be asked to comment on the plan.

     

    All the PowerPoint presentations made at the RAB meeting on Feb 25, 2015

     

    Navy Response: All of the Navy PowerPoint presentations (English and Spanish versions) from the February 25 RAB meeting have been emailed to you as requested. In addition, the presentations will uploaded to the public website with the meeting minutes as soon as the minutes are prepared and reviewed by the agencies involved in the RAB meeting.

     

    The map titled, "Actividades Planificadas para el 2015

     

    Navy Response: The map has been emailed to you as requested. In addition, the map will be posted to the public website with the meeting minutes as soon as the minutes are prepared and reviewed by the agencies involved in the RAB meeting.

     

    The brochure entitled, "Status of Vieques Cleanup Program Sites under CERCLA" Navy Response: The brochure has been emailed to you as requested. In addition, the map will be posted to the public website with the meeting minutes as soon as the minutes are prepared and reviewed by the agencies involved in the RAB meeting.

     

    Copy of the findings of the archeological studies done on Cayo La Chiva Navy Response: Please contact the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which is in charge of archaeological information.

     

    Access to Information

     

    You acknowledged that the Navy is not keeping their site updated with information to which the community should have access. To whom can I write to protest this lack of public access and request that it be updated contemporaneously with clean-up activities? It was also acknowledged in the meeting that there is NO public repository of the cleanup documents in Vieques. I understood that federal legislation was passed in 2013 asking the Navy to do just that. What is being done to create one, and when can we expect to have a site accessible to the public with all the relevant documents?

     

    Navy Response: The Navy does keep the public website updated with all information to which the community should have access. In addition, as stated at the meeting by the local EPA representative (Mr. Daniel Rodriguez), the EPA office on Vieques maintains documents related to cleanup activities, and these are available to the public during normal working hours. In the past, the Navy had maintained the administrative record in a physical repository located in the building of Asuntos de la Juventud, Benítez Guzmán Street in Vieques. However, during the update of the Community Involvement Plan, it was determined from the interviews with the public that the physical repository location was not being used. The interviewees indicated that the public website would be an improved method of making the administrative record available for the public. The website was temporarily down for maintenance when you checked it in February, but Navy Information Technology specialists continuously work to minimize downtime associated with maintenance.

     

    Was there a representative of the Municipality of Vieques at Feberuary 25 the meeting, and if so, who?

     

    Navy Response: Yes, the Vieques Mayor and the Mayor’s legal assistant were in attendance at the February 25 meeting.

     

    RAB

     

    In regards to the RAB, who are the current members of the RAB and who maintains that list?

     

    Navy Response: We have contacted the RAB members by email or regular mail, asking them to provide you their names if they are comfortable doing so.

     

    How are community members solicited to become involved as community representatives?


    Navy Response: The Navy regularly solicits community members to join the RAB as community representatives. The requests are made at RAB meetings, other public meetings, in newsletters, flyers, mass mailings to all postal addresses on Vieques, and the personal interviews conducted during the update of the Community Involvement Plan. During the past year, RAB membership has increased, as two community members have joined the RAB.

     

    What is the residence of each member?

     

    Navy Response: We have contacted the RAB members by email or regular mail, asking them to provide you their residences if they are comfortable doing so.

     

    What was the basis for your statement made at the February 25 meeting that the Vieques RAB was one of the most successful RABs in existence? What criteria are used to determine the success of a RAB?

     

    Navy Response: The meeting on February 25 was the 44th RAB meeting during the past 11 years. One of the RAB members let me know that she has been to 41 or 42 of those meetings. Other RAB members have attended just about as many meetings. Thus, these Vieques community RAB members have demonstrated exceptional long term commitment. During the past year, 2 new members have joined the RAB, showing continued community interest in RAB participation. Over the years, RAB community members have participated in numerous site visits, outreach events, and training sessions. This level of commitment and participation is exceptional and extremely valuable to the cleanup efforts. The community RAB members provide insightful comments on cleanup documents; they ask useful questions during meetings; and they give candid criticism when they disagree with the direction that has been proposed by consensus agreement among Navy, EQB, DNER, EPA, and FWS. It is clear that RAB members have spent countless hours reviewing and commenting on documents. Navy, EQB, DNER, EPA, and FWS pay careful attention to RAB comments, and input from the RAB has led to changes in the direction of the cleanup at SWMU 4 in West Vieques and the Eastern Conservation Area (ECA) in East Vieques. During my Navy career, I have worked with many RABs across the county, and in my experience, the Vieques RAB community members are second to none in
    providing thoughtful, long term, and productive input. Overall, their service has been invaluable.

     

    Munitions

     

    What data do you have to support your statement at the meeting that "There are tens of thousands of munitions items that we have recovered already. And we've gotten most of them by now. There are going to be some that we don't find. The goal is that we get enough of it and get enough controls in place. And a lot of it is just making people aware that if you see a funny looking item, don't pick it up"?

     

    Navy Response: As part of our cleanup efforts, the Navy uses an electronic database which allows us to track the number of munitions items that have been removed. The records show that over 90,000 munitions items have been identified and removed from the former Navy areas on Vieques. More than 40,000 munitions items have been destroyed through demolition. We know these numbers represent most of the munitions on the land portions of Vieques because the clearance work has already been carried out on the most heavily impacted areas. In the munitions cleanup industry, it is standard practice to assume that not all munitions items can be found, regardless of the level of cleanup. Therefore, it is also standard practice to monitor former munitions sites, post warning signs, and teach people what to do if they encounter a munition. All of these activities are standard practice at former munitions sites across the United States. A standard safety message for the public is the 3 R’s, which stands for Recognize, Retreat, and Report. In general, it is easy to recognize new munitions, but over time, munitions may become corroded, start to fall apart, and become less recognizable. Thus, we tell people not to pick up anything that looks suspicious, out of place, funny, unnatural, etc.

     

    This idea is extremely important, and it is critical that people understand it.

     

    Additionally,

     

    1. When you say you have gotten most of the munitions, what percentage do you mean? In order to say that you would have to have an estimate of how many there are in total, what is that estimate? In what areas are you referring to when you make that statement? Only the land, or underwater as well? You said about 3000 acres have been part of the removal
    actions so far.

     

    Navy Response: We do not have enough information to calculate a percentage. However, we know we have removed most of the munitions because the clearance work has already been performed on the most heavily impacted areas. This statement
    refers to the land areas. As stated at the RAB meeting, the underwater work is just beginning.

     

    2. To what depth in the ground are you referring when you say you have gotten most of the munitions? How far under the surface are you conducting the clean-up? Is it just to extract or remove munitions, or are you treating the toxic soil as well? If so, at what depth? (I assume that you are not including the munitions below the level covered in your removal actions - in which case, you may not have gotten most of the munitions deeper down in the ground.)

     

    Navy Response: Munitions are cleared to a depth of 4 feet on beaches and a depth of 2 feet on roads. Also, in areas that will be used for parking, construction projects, trails, or other activities, munitions are cleared to a depth that will support the land use. As part of the cleanup process, soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater are all being investigated for the potential presence of contaminants. The Navy, EQB, DNER, EPA, and FWS will work together to complete the investigation and come up with treatment approaches. During RAB meetings and other public meetings, the RAB and the general public will be informed and have the chance to comment on this process

     

    3. When you made the statement mentioned above, you did not refer to the toxic waste left by the munitions that continue to leach from those munitions, so I wonder why teaching residents and visitors not to pick-up munitions is so key when you would also have to teach them how not to get exposed to toxins that are in the environment. It sounds like you are placing the burden of avoidance of visible (munitions) and invisible (toxins) on the user of the land and sea when genuine cleaning would mean removal and elimination of exposure to these dangers. What efforts is the Navy taking to eliminate airborne toxins that permeate the air and surrounding waters, particularly as a result of the on-going open-air detonations and burning of vegetation?

     

    Navy Response: When munitions explode, the explosive chemicals are converted to gases that normally exist in the atmosphere. These gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrogen gas, and nitrogen oxides. Thus the explosive compounds are not left behind in the environment because they are consumed in the explosion. During many years of clearance efforts, the Navy has performed extensive air monitoring and completed air modeling which demonstrate that the air is not an environmental or a health concern. Members of the public should never pick up munitions or any item that they suspect may be a munition. This is a critically important safety message.

     

    4. SWMU4 - I am left puzzled as to why people will soon be allowed to enter into a new Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recreation area adjacent to SWMU4 when the entire area will not have been cleaned. The new recreation area will include a picnic area, observation tower, and crabbing. It sounds to me like the Navy is still assuming that the public can be kept out of contaminated areas by using signs and fences instead of conducting adequate and responsible clean-up to appropriately decontaminate all areas previously utilized by the Navy for military practices. You also mentioned that FWS will be informing the community of the guidelines/permits for using the new recreation area. I suggest that the cleanup of the entire area be given more a priority so as not to put the public at risk.

     

    Navy Response: The approach to SWMU 4 has been developed by consensus among the Navy, EQB, DNER, EPA, and FWS. Public input has also been considered, and the public will continue to have opportunities to comment. The approach does not include fences, and signs will be used only to mark the boundary of the area, rather than keep people out. The Navy, EQB, and EPA employ leading experts in munitions cleanup and safety, and these experts have been thoroughly involved in designing the approach to SWMU 4 to ensure that it is appropriate to allow public access. Since SWMU 4 is part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, FWS manages the area and will set the guidelines for its use.

     

    I see in your chart that the SWMU4 is in the "Feasibility Study" stage – what does that mean in terms of status of clean-up activities, standard for removal of all toxic waste and chemicals, and public use?

     

    Navy Response: The cleanup work on Vieques is being performed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), often called “Superfund.” The Feasibility Study is required by CERCLA, and it serves to identify and describe potential alternatives for cleanup. Following the Feasibility Study, a final cleanup approach will be selected by consensus among the Navy, EQB, DNER, EPA, and FWS. Additional public input on the proposed approach will also be considered.

     

    5. Regarding the Underwater Munitions Removal Action adjacent to Cayo La Chiva: what type of and quantity of munitions were found there? Will the community be consulted before any further action is taken? You said this is a priority - when do you expect to take action, and what type of action is being contemplated?

     

    Navy Response: There were nine munitions items found near Cayo La Chiva. Five items were identified as 5‐inch rockets. Four items could not be identified during the investigation, but they will be identified during the removal action. In accordance with the CERCLA process, a public meeting will be held to allow for public input on the proposed cleanup approach. Currently, the RAB is reviewing the report on the Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS). It is expected that cleanup actions will take place in early 2016, once the approach for addressing each item, including protection of any endangered marine life, has been agreed upon by the Navy and regulatory agencies. Cleanup alternatives that have been described in the Feasibility Study include removal to land followed by detonation, detonation in place underwater, and encapsulation
    underwater.

     

    6. Regarding your statement in the meeting, please inform us as to what areas and the size of those areas in the East end you are expecting to need to burn vegetation?

     

    Navy Response: The statement referred to the 75 acre submunitions area, located
    within the former Live Impact Area (LIA).


    Funding

     

    You stated more than once in the meeting that the funds for the Vieques cleanup were sufficient and that the Navy continues to give the Vieques cleanup priority. Could you please send a chart showing the yearly funding of the cleanup since its inception and what you project for the next 10 years. For each year, I would like to see what amount was paid to the contractor CH2m Hill.

     

    Navy Response: Since 2005, the Navy has spent an average of approximately $20 million per year on the cleanup of Vieques. Due to the federal budget situation during the past few years, Vieques cleanup funding has been somewhat less than $20 million per year. Nevertheless, Vieques remains the highest priority in the Navy Munitions Response Program, and the Navy spends significantly more money on the Vieques cleanup than any other site.

     

    Thanking you in advance for your attention,

     

    Kathy Gannett
    Calle Bromelias #367
    Vieques, PR 00765
    787-565-2717

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    Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today announced the submission of written testimony on birthright citizenship from Executive Director Arturo Vargas to the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.  The Subcommittee will hold a hearing focused on “Birthright Citizenship: Is it the Right Policy for America?” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. EDT in Room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
     
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    The testimony submitted to the Subcommittee expresses support for upholding our values as a nation by maintaining our Constitution’s grant of citizenship to all who are born within the United States.  It also outlines concerns over the creation of a permanent underclass and the financial and administrative burdens that would be placed on our nation if recognition of birthright citizenship ended.  Highlights from NALEO Educational Fund testimony include:
     
    “Because many immigrants to the United States today are Latino, this proposal, if adopted, would send an unwelcome message to the Latino community that Members of Congress do not value our contributions to the security and success of the United States.  Birthright citizenship reflects deeply-rooted American values that must be preserved.
     
    “An attempt to amend the meaning of the Citizenship Clause would betray fundamental American principles, and undermine peace and prosperity within our borders as well.  Preventing the children of undocumented and temporary legal immigrants from receiving citizenship would create a permanent underclass of Americans who share our culture, language, and aspirations, but are unable to contribute fully to our economy and democracy.  Some of these members of our society would, through no fault of their own, suffer lifelong stigma and exclusion as stateless individuals.  As a result, our nation would experience the serious and dangerous problems which have beset the nations that have pursued similar policies to restrict or end birthright citizenship – the presence of a significant segment of the population with immigrant origins who can never be fully integrated into American society.
     
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    As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service, NALEO Educational Fund is uniquely positioned to comment on the issue of birthright citizenship.  Our constituency encompass the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials, and include Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Recognized nationally as a civic engagement pioneer and leader with more than 30 years of experience, the NALEO Educational Fund has guided hundreds of thousands of eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) through the naturalization process, and helped hundreds of thousands of Latino U.S. citizens register to vote and take part in elections.
     
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    Mujeres conmemoran con poesía dos años de exigir excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera
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    Con un homenaje a los versos y las letras, las Mujeres en el Puente conmemoraron hoy dos años de ir los últimos domingos de mes al puente Dos Hermanos a exigir la excarcelación del preso político más antiguo del hemisferio, Oscar López Rivera, quien lleva 33 años en prisiones de Estados Unidos.

     

    Por Oscar: 33 Mujeres poetas 

     

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    El domingo 26 de abril de 2015, 33 mujeres poetas pidieron la libertad para Oscar López Rivera, prisionero político del  gobierno estadounidense. La actividad se realizó, como todos los meses, en el Puente Dos Hermanos, en San Juan. ¡Hasta su regreso! Fotos: Luis López / MINH

     

    Asesinato de Filiberto Ojeda Ríos sigue impune
    Escrito por Inter News Service

     

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    Naguabo, 26 abr (INS).- Decenas de simpatizantes de la independencia de Puerto Rico se congregaron en el cementerio municipal de Naguabo para conmemorar hoy el natalicio hace 82 años de Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, responsable general del clandestino Ejército Popular Boricua-Macheteros (EPB-Macheteros), cuyo asesinato por el Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI), dijeron, permanece impune.

     

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    ACTION ALERT:
    Tell the U.S. House of Representatives that Stripping Citizenship from U.S.-born Children of Immigrants is Unacceptable!


    On Wednesday, April 29, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing regarding the repeal of birthright citizenship. Last week, with your help, LULAC helped defeat radical anti-immigrant amendments in the U.S. Senate that sought to strip away citizenship from U.S.-born children of immigrants. We need your help again.

    The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” are citizens. In an effort to galvanize support of radical anti-immigrant voters, some members of Congress want to strip U.S. children of their citizenship rights.

    Click here and help LULAC tell the U.S. House of Representatives that stripping citizenship from U.S.-born children is unacceptable!

    Want to do more? - You can call the offices of members in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and tell them that repealing birthright citizenship is an assault on the U.S. Constitution and American values. Call the U.S. Capitol today at (202) 224-3121(202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to any of the following offices. Below is a sample script for your reference.

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte
    Rep. Ted Poe
    Rep. Steve King
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz
    Rep. Lamar Smith
    Rep. Tom Marino
    Rep. Steve Chabot
    Rep. Trey Gowdy
    Rep. Darrell Issa
    Rep. Raul Labrador
    Rep. John Ratcliffe
    Rep. Mike Bishop
    Rep. Randy Forbes
    Rep. Blake Farenthold
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr.
    Rep. Doug Collins
    Rep. Trent Franks
    Rep. Ron DeSantis
    Rep. Louie Gohmert
    Rep. Mimi Walters
    Rep. Jim Jordan
    Rep. Ken Buck
    Rep. Dave Trott

    Sample Script: “Hello, my name is XXXXXX. I am calling to urge Representative XXXXX to oppose any attempts to repeal the 14th amendment. Ending birthright citizenship is a terrible idea, and an assault on American values. I am disappointed that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is wasting taxpayer money and time entertaining extremist ideas like ending birthright citizenship. Last week, the U.S. Senate killed attempts to repeal birthright citizenship, and this week the U.S. House of Representatives needs to do the same. Thank you.”

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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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    Join 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar in Sunset Park, Brooklyn!

    By Marina Ortiz, 33 Mujeres NYC X Oscar

     

    This month, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar will gather at the entrance to Sunset Park on 44th Street and Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn.

     

    Please join us at 4:00 pm to create awareness among our communities here and help build a 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. We hold 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. Our 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. 

     

    EVERY LAST SUNDAY AT 4:00 PM

     

    Sunday, April 26th

    4:00 pm to 4:33 pm

    in front of the entrance to Sunset Park

    at 44th Street & Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn

     

    Directions: N train to 36th St. or #R train to 45th St.

     

     
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    Presidente de Nicaragua aboga por la liberación de Oscar López Rivera

    Por el equipo de TeleSur
     

    El mandatario nicaragüense, Daniel Ortega, también abogó por Óscar López Rivera, que se encuentra preso en Estados Unidos desde hace 34 años debido a su lucha para lograr la independencia de su país.

    Ortega resaltó además, que si bien ya se logró la presencia de Cuba en la Cumbre de las Américas, aún falta Puerto Rico.

     

    El presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, abogó en la segunda plenaria del VII Cumbre de las Américas en Panamá, por la liberación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, próximo a cumplir 34 años en cárceles de Estados Unidos por su lucha para lograr la independencia de Puerto Rico.

     

    "Nosotros queremos desde esta tribuna plantear una vez más ante los Estados Unidos que liberen a López Rivera", reclamó este sábado el mandatario nicaragüense.

     

    Ortega resaltó además, al intervenir en la segunda plenaria del encuentro hemisférico auspiciado por la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), que si bien ya se logró la presencia de Cuba, aún falta Puerto Rico.

     

    Recordó que en la V Cumbre, realizada en Trinidad y Tobago en 2009, le manifestó al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama "que en esa ocasión había dos grandes ausentes, Cuba y Puerto Rico".

    "Son las dos alas de un mismo pájaro, dijo una poeta puertorriqueña, Cuba y Puerto Rico", indicó el mandatario nicaragüense en su reclamo.

     

    Ortega refirió que desde 1898 Puerto Rico tiene un estatus colonial por lo que "es una nación con derechos restringidos".

     

    En este sentido, instó al presidente Obama a establecer un diálogo abierto con los luchadores independentistas puertorriqueños, tal como dijo que lo haría en la V Cumbre de Las Américas.

    "Yo le dije al presidente Obama si Hawái hubiese mantenido el estatus de Puerto Rico usted no sería presidente de Estados Unidos", apuntó Ortega al rememorar la conversación que tuvo en 2006 con el mandatario norteamericano en Trinidad y Tobago.

     

    El presidente de Nicaragua recordó, además, que en la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac) se ha recogido la lucha de Puerto Rico por su independencia, al igual que en la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, donde el tema está instalado en el comité de descolonización.

    Ortega dijo que en esta ocasión le acompañaba como parte de la delegación nicaragüense el presidente del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, Rubén Berríos, a quien nombrase asesor para Asuntos Internacionales y de Descolonización.

     

    Reveló que el presidente norteamericano coincidió con Berríos en la noche del viernes, y este le manifestó estar dispuesto a conversar, algo también positivo.

     

     
    Una audiencia histórica
    Por Julio Fontanet, columnas, El Nuevo Dia
     

    El 16 de marzo pasado constituye una fecha histórica para Puerto Rico. Ese día se celebró ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), en su sede en Washington, D. C, una audiencia sobre la situación general de los derechos humanos en Puerto Rico. La función ministerial de esa comisión, es, precisamente, monitorear los derechos humanos en las naciones integrantes de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), de la cual Estados Unidos es miembro.

     

    La crisis económica tiene repercusiones sobre todos los aspectos esenciales de nuestra vida, pero ello no puede implicar que, desde el punto de vista gubernamental o ciudadano, exista una total indolencia hacia otros temas, particularmente como los traídos a la atención de la CIDH. Sería lamentable no otorgarle la relevancia histórica que tiene a partir de este año el 16 de marzo por estar más atentos a sucesos totalmente inconsecuentes, como la apertura de otro centro comercial de lujo.

     

    Una mirada panorámica a los temas presentados a la CIDH refleja la importancia capital de la audiencia. Tuvo relevancia la situación de más de 100,000 niños de educación especial que no reciben los servicios a los cuales tienen derecho y cuyos padres reciben represalias al hacer las querellas y cuestionamientos correspondientes al gobierno; el discrimen por sexo y por género fue otro de los temas abordados debido a la obligación constitucional que tiene el Gobierno de proveerle trato igualitario a todas la personas en el país, tanto en el ejercicio de sus derechos y de su desarrollo profesional e individual como en la protección de su integridad corporal.

     

     

     
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    Si así definen "radical" pues lo admito

    Por Juan Cartagena, El Diario-La Prensa
     

    Acabamos de recibir noticias de un artículo auspiciado por un centro que aboga por las libertades del consumidor y patrocinador de restaurantes que acusa a LatinoJustice de ser una organización radical porque demandamos la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera.

     

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    ¿Qué qué?Bueno, para empezar este cuento tenemos que elaborar sobre el papel que toman las organizaciones de derechos civiles en este país. LatinoJustice PRLDEF nació en los  70s justamente cuando los logros del movimiento de derechos civiles cobraron atención y señalaron la necesidad de aumentar el número de abogados listos para implementar las promesas de la Constitución en cuanto al trato igual.Pues si un radical se define por ser un abogado que lucha contra la discriminación, soy radical. Al conseguir éxito tras éxito en las cortes para proteger el pueblo puertorriqueño y latino, PRLDEF empezó analizar la marginalización que existía en esas comunidades con una perspectiva económica.  Es decir, los casos originales enfocaron en atributos exclusivos que tenían nuestros clientes porque hablaban español, o tenían una estatura física no muy alta, o porque nacieron en Puerto Rico en vez de los 50 estados.  Al expandir el análisis para combatir la discriminación basada en pobreza realizamos que muchos latinos se beneficiarán igual. Pues si me atrevo incluir un punto clasista en el debate de discriminación racial y eso me arriesga ser radical, soy radical.

     

     

    Help Us Bring Oscar Home/Como puede ayudar
     

     

         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

        Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024

       Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943

       FCI Terre Haute, P.O. Box 33
       Terre Haute, IN 47808

     

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    Submission guidelines/Directrices de presentación
     

    * Send us a picture, a headline and 2 paragraphs about your event supporting Oscar's release. Include contact information.

     

     * Envíenos una imagen, un titulo y 2 párrafos sobre su evento a favor de la liberación de Oscar. Incluya su información de contacto.

     

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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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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516800-590-2516 FREE

     

    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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    Hispanic Leadership Conference 

    Opens Doors to Issues

    By Richard Payerchin

    The Morning Journal (April 25, 2015)

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516800-590-2516 FREE

     

    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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    Hispanic Voters Need More

    Than Just Hispanic Candidates

    By Claudia Tristán | ctristan@ramarcom.com

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    In Manhattan: THE ONE FESTIVAL
    In The Bronx: HAGIOGRAFÍAS
    THE ONE FESTIVAL celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

    New York City’s premier solo theater festival moves from the downtown avant garde scene to the Off-Broadway midtown theater district by joining the roster of events at Pregones/PRTT.

    In collaboration with Caicedo Productions, Pregones/PRTT and Teatro Círculo, The ONE Festival reaches this milestone with great vitality; a decade of presenting the most innovative and dynamic solo artists!

    PROGRAM

    Tuesday, April 28th @ 6pm
    The Horror At Red Hook – Written by Dan Bianchi and H.P. Lovecraft, Performed by Frank Zilinyi

    Downtown Mermaid – Written and Performed by Cathie Boruch
    Someday a Father Be – Written and Performed by Indio Melendez

    Tuesday, April 28th @ 8pm
    Temporarily Yours – Written and Performed by Claudine Bryant

    Red Flags – Written and Performed by Susan Gordon-Clark

    Wednesday, April 29th @ 6pm
    Buena Noche – Written and Performed by Mimi Davila

    The Broken Bachelor – Written and Performed by AR Garcia

    Wednesday, April 29th @ 8pm
    The Naked Truth – Written and Performed by Rick Herrera

    Manchild Machismo – Written and Performed by A.B. Lugo

    Thursday, April 30th @ 6pm
    Kid Maravilla: Sex, Drugs, Politics, Love, Bachata, Washington Heights, and Maybe More… – Written and Performed by Christian Morales

    Freestyle Friday – Written by Andres Chulisi Rodriguez and Rhina Valentin, Performed by Rhina Valentin

    Thursday, April 30th @ 8pm
    A Championship Life – Written and Performed by Stephen Bastien

    Butoh Medea – Written by Sean Michael Welch and Yokko, Performed by Yokko

    Friday, May 1st @ 6pm
    Temporarily Yours – Written and Performed by Claudine Bryant

    The Horror At Red Hook – Written by Dan Bianchi and H.P. Lovecraft, Performed by Frank Zilinyi

    Friday, May 1st @ 8pm
    The Naked Truth – Written and Performed by Rick Herrera

    Red Flags – Written and Performed by Susan Gordon-Clark

    Saturday, May 2nd @ 2pm
    Butoh Medea – Written by Sean Michael Welch and Yokko, Performed by Yokko

    Tangled In The Reins – Written and Performed by Rocky Vega

    Saturday, May 2nd @ 5pm
    A Championship Life – Written and Performed by Stephen Bastien

    The Broken Bachelor – Written and Performed by AR Garcia

    Saturday, May 2nd @ 8pm
    Kid Maravilla: Sex, Drugs, Politics, Love, Bachata, Washington Heights, and Maybe More… – Written and Performed by Christian Morales

    Buena Noche – Written and Performed by Mimi Davila

    Sunday, May 3rd @ 2pm
    Manchild Machismo – Written and Performed by A.B. Lugo

    Tangled In The Reins – Written and Performed by Rocky Vega

    Sunday, May 3rd @ 5pm
    Someday a Father Be – Written and Performed by Indio Melendez

    Freestyle Friday – Written by Andres Chulisi Rodriguez and Rhina Valentin, Performed by Rhina Valentin
    
Downtown Mermaid – Written and Performed by Cathie Boruch

    Get Tickets at www.smarttix.com
    $20 Advance • $30 Door

    All Performances of The ONE Festival
    will take place in MANHATTAN
    Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

    304 West, 47th Street

    for more information visit us at

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    Get On The Bronx-Manhattan Theater Express!™

    718-585-1202718-585-1202 or 212-265-1086212-265-1086/PRTT Box Office

    Directly from Puerto Rico - HAGIOGRAFÍAS in The Bronx!

    Saturday, May 2: 8:00 PM & Sunday, May 3: 3:00 PM
    A production of CASA CRUZ DE LA LUNA
    directly from Puerto Rico

    Hagiografías (Hagiographies) is a collage of theatrical vignettes which interculturally explores notions of sainthood. In the Puerto Rico of the 1940´s, two pilgrims (peregrinos) wait for a train in a ghost station. In New York, a vampire in a barbershop turns out to be a graffitero that kills and resurrects images of saints on the streets by painting over them. Chalk drawings and live computerized transcription materialize the story of Bhasmasura, the demon in India who aspired to reach a god. In a final episode, stories of saints´ lives, the meaning of names and the sense of an always disappearing home come together in the desert.

    Hagiografías moves between English and Spanish (as well as other real languages and invented ones). Amid this aural panorama, the play is intended to be experienced and understood in different ways, depending on your relationship with these tongues.

    With the collaboration of the actors-technicians: Alejandra Maldonado, Christopher Cancel Pomales and Suácer Marmolejos. Text and stage direction by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya.
    Hagiografías / Hagiographies is a workshop production of Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre Company as part of Pregones Theater ASAP program.

    Suggested donation $10
    Reserve your tickets by emailing
    casacruzdelaluna@yahoo.com

    or just come by on the day of the show.

    All Performances of HAGIOGRAFÍAS
    will take place in THE BRONX

    Pregones Theater - 575 Walton Avenue
    The Bronx, NY. 10451

    WWW.PREGONESPRTT.ORG

    Get On The Bronx-Manhattan Theater Express!™

    718-585-1202718-585-1202 or 212-265-1086212-265-1086/PRTT Box Office

    Pregones Al Día, Volume 16, Issue no. 44, 04-26-2015
    Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx, N.Y. 10451
    Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 304 W 47th St., New York, N.Y. 10036

    For more information about our programs please call: 718-585-1202
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    25 de abril de 2015, Lcdo. Rubén Berrios Martínez por WPAB 550 AM en el programa Análisis Radial, con el Profesor José Elias Torres. 

     

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

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    Diabetes Empowerment Center Thanks Jade Dell

    By Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     
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    On Friday, April 17, the Diabetes Empowerment Center and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center held a luncheon to honor Jade Dell for her lifelong community and human rights activism. Jade worked with Dr. Steve Whitman for decades, particularly at the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI). Jaime Delgado and José E. López acknowledged her often her many behind the scenes contribution to Chicago's Puerto Rican community.

     

    Jade has been a soldier who really is the mover and shaker but often is not recognized. The luncheon was a way for the community to acknowledge her greatness.

     

    "Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium" Sparks Discussion
    By Erika Abad, PhD, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     
    Edwin Melendez's book presentation "Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium" discussed where Puerto Ricans live and where we are moving. He used tables analyzing the history of state to state migration and our education rates to articulate how the job market affects where we move and what jobs we take.
    The presentation gave the audience a clearer understanding of why Puerto Ricans are not staying in New York or Chicago; because of the jobs that can be found in other areas like communities in Florida and Ohio. This is important because where we are as what we are doing is shifting. Part of the shift is that Puerto Rico's economy makes it difficult to stay in Puerto Rico. Southern states are recruiting Puerto Ricans to work with their growing bilingual and Spanish speaking populations. More importantly, these numbers and flows demonstrate the why Puerto Ricans are nomads because they will do whatever it takes to find work. Melendez concluded with the critical reality that more Boricuas are in US, according to census, than in Puerto Rico. These numbers beg the question, what does this mean regarding not only the economic but political status of Puerto Rico?

     

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    Parent University Continues to Provide Parent Participants With Opportunities
    By Michael Emmer, Safe Passage program, PRCC
     
    Living the ideal that tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,
    parent participants of Parent University in the Humboldt Park neighborhood continue on the path towards their own self-actualization.

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    Parent University participants study blueprint reading in a pre-bridge manufacturing course at Clemente High School

    Since February 2015, Parent University has been holding classes at Clemente high school, with parents participating in pre-bridge programming in manufacturing, as well as tutoring in computer skills, math, writing, typing, resume building, and cultural classes such as African drumming.

    In addition, registration for English as a Second Language classes began today for a proposed start date of May 18th, 2015. For more information on ESL class registration please contact: urbinamichele201@gmail.com

     

    SUHI Dedicates Conference Room to Late Founder and Director

    By 

    Julie A. Kuhn, M.S.W., 

    Sinai Urban Health Institute

     

    The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), founded in 2000 by Dr. Steve Whitman as part of Sinai Health System, is a unique, nationally recognized research center on the west side of Chicago. Dr. Whitman served as its long-time director until his untimely death in July 2014, which left the SUHI community bereaved.  Grieving the loss of the heart and soul of SUHI, staff dedicated themselves to continuing the organization's work and commitment to communities and to keeping Steve's legacy alive.  In addition, staff wanted a way to memorialize his unique role in the organization and unrelenting passion for health equity and social justice.  Dedicating SUHI's conference room to Steve amidst planned renovations seemed a fitting tribute.

     

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    A fundamental aspect of SUHI's mission is working with the community to improve the health and well-being of its members.   For the conference room dedication to Steve, SUHI included his framed picture with a plaque and a display of SUHI's media coverage over the years.  However, the main showcase of the room are the large canvas photographs of the four neighborhoods that SUHI serves and Steve loved so dearly - North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Chicago Lawn and Humboldt Park.  A special thanks to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center for donating the photograph of the Puerto Rican flag which stands on Division Street, a bustling corridor of activity in Humboldt Park.

     

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    As the founder and long-time director of SUHI, Steve helped the institute become a national model for eliminating health disparities through data-driven research and community engagement. The collective impact of his intellect, compassion and activism was immeasurable. Everyone at SUHI, past and present, misses Steve tremendously and will always remember him for his humor, mentorship and passion for justice.

     

    Batey Urbano After School Program help youth improve their academic performance
    By Christian Roldán, BACCA Program Director
     

    Batey Urbano After School Program has been working with the youth to improve their academic performance. The purpose of this program is to create a safe and educational space in our community to create a culture of excellence and emphasize the importance of knowledge for the youth in our neighborhood. Tutors engage students helping them to develop their homework, scholarship essays, as well to develop their own personal projects and provide mentoring.

     

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    Batey Urbano is also collaborating with the Pipeline Program at Roberto Clemente High School and local Restaurants Nelly's and Café Colao. This way we engage the students from the community to come to Batey Urbano and enjoy the benefits of the program

     

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    On Friday, April 17th, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School was recognized as an organization that aspires to implement the vision of Brazilian visionary Paulo Freire. As such, our school was awarded the "Paulo Freire Democratic Project" award by Chapman University. Being one of two awardees, our school was humbled and honored to share the stage with none other than Henry Giroux and Peter Mclaren.

     

    In his comments, Dr. Henry Giroux referred to Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School as an "oasis", a thriving entity working to implement an educational practice of liberation where students and staff alike work toward self and social transformation in the Greater Humboldt Park area.

     
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    War Against All Puerto Ricans: Inside the U.S. Crackdown on Pedro Albizu Campos & Nationalist Party
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    Commemorations are being held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Pedro Albizu Campos, popularly known to many as Don Pedro, the former head of the Nationalist Party and leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Albizu Campos spent some 26 years in prison for organizing against U.S. colonial rule. He was born in 1891, seven years before the U.S. invaded the island. He would go on to become the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School. Once he returned to Puerto Rico, he dedicated the rest of his life to the independence movement, becoming president of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party in 1930. It was a position he held until his death in 1965. Continue reading.

     

    Blue Bash fundraiser Benefits El Rescate
    By Jackie Gonzalez, El Rescate Program Director
     
    The Alliance for Student Social Workers (ASSW), which is a student led organization at Northeastern Illinois University that functions collaboratively with the Social Work department,coordinated the wonderful and successful Blue Bash fundraiser event in benefit of El Rescate this Past Saturday, April 18th, 2015. With the directive and vision of the president of this group: Alfonso Trevino and his colleagues. The objective of the event was to generate living necessities, raise possible funds,establish collaborative organizational Allies in the community for future philanthropic endeavors and to raise awareness in the community and /or other agencies about El Rescate's services for the disinfranchised youth. Various business and entertainers donated or sponsored the event such as: Miller Coors Inc, Blue 1637, El Milagro Inc, Parrilla Express Restaurant, Khalo Hair Studio Salon,DJ Xtasy, Modern Clave Salsa Dancers, Two Men & a Lady Latin Group and many more.The evening was full of fun, food, refreshments, cash bar, entertainment, raffles (for seven awesome prizes),ect.
     
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    It was nice to see some of the residents of El Rescate have the opportunity to showcase their talent and share their experiences and life in living at El Rescate. It was nice to see all the youth happy, dancing and having fun. That evening it was all about El Rescate and it's residents. On behalf of El Rescate it's residents and staff, I would like to express publicly our gratitud to the Alliance for Student Social Workers (ASSW), especially to it's president, Alfonso Trevino and his colleagues for the coordination of such great event and for the accumulated donations worth about $300 to $400.00 in toilet treats.

     

    CTE shows us LP's

    By Mr. Murillo, Allied Health Science, Roberto Clemente Community Academy

     

    Collaborative effort has been key for our CTE Programme at Roberto Clemente Community IB World School this week as our Allied Health and Broadcasting Technology classes merged their knowledge and created a power-packed scene to film Health-Related Public Service Announcements! For Allied Health Sciences, this was a major undertaking, which called for all of our Learner Profile traits to be in full splendor. With guidance from Broadcasting Technology, our future Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedics from RCCA-IB became A-list actors with a wealth of real-world knowledge to announce and spread to our Barrio. Keeping Clemente Healthy will be our first-annual Health promotion event during which these public service announcements will be the platforms for our youngCommunicationicators.

     

    Students researched ailments & negative trends that undoubtedly cause an impact and affect our community's health. Their data is based on findings from various sources including Center for Disease Control, The World Health Organization, and other local entities. They became Knowledgeable & Reflective, and took this wealth of information and synthesized alternative ways to disseminate what they have learned to their peers, family and community. Some let their creative-self take charge; writing scripts, and acting out short dramas to be recorded and edited by the Broadcast and Technology crew. Our final projects will be on display at our first annual Health Fair, coming soon so be sure to be on the lookout!

     

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    Our Wildcats are active Inquirers engaged in tons of research. This was not always easy but theirCARING attitudes fueled their thirst to create a more healthy and BALANCED community in which physical and emotional health will be highly regarded.

     

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    Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Vex Robotics team competes in 2015 NEIU Upward Bound Vex Robotics Competition

    By Diamond Montana, Science Teacher, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School
     

    Please congratulate our Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Vex Robotics team for competing in this year's 2015 NEIU Upward Bound Vex Robotics Competition! After twenty-two weeks of hard work in our Instituto Abayarde after school program, eighteen students created and coded three fully functional robots to compete in the annual 2015 NEIU Upward Bound Vex Robotics Competition. 

     

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    The first Saturday of Spring break our Robotics Team, adorned with their new Robotics Team t-shirts, traveled to Northeastern Illinois University Center for College Access and Success to test their robots against 7 other schools in the Chicago area. Our team did very well in our second competition this year but hope to do better in the coming '15-'16 school year.  We will be having a summer program that will introduce new students to programing as well as mechanical engineering for next year's round of competitions.  If you are interested please be sure to ask about the VEX Robotics Team when you apply at PACHS and leave your name and number. 

     

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    (English summary: Prof. Jorge Colon urges supporters of Vieques to write to the following federal officials at their email addresses to press for the federal government to clean up and decontaminate Vieques fully and promptly, and to provide resources to address the health crisis in Vieques):

    Jorge L. Colón:
    Contento con el éxito del Foro de hoy sobre descontaminación de Vieques. Daniel A. Colón-Ramos nos exhortó a que todos escribamos a las siguientes personas para presionar a que se limpie prontamente a Vieques y se ofrezcan los servicios de salud aye necesita la comunidad viequense:

    1) Mr. Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel
    email: whitehousecounsel@who.eop.gov

    2) Mr. Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico
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    3) Mr. Stuart Delery, Associate General Counsel, US Department of Justice, and Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico
    email: Stuart.F.Delery@usdoj.gov


    4) Ms. Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
    email: Cecilia_Munoz@who.eop.gov


    5) Mr. James Albino, Executive Director, President's Task Force on Puerto Rico
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    Cuomo Becomes First Governor to

    Visit Cuba After Obama Lifts Restrictions

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    NiLP Note: The National Institute for Latino Policy is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates for public office. We post the article below because of its insightful analysis of the Latino electorate in California.

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    Loretta Sanchez and the Growth

    of Latino Political Power in California

    By Adrian Pantoja

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    The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.

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    April 24, 2015


    LULAC Applauds the Historic Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the confirmation of Loretta E. Lynch as the first African-American woman U.S. Attorney General, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes issued the following statement:

    “Yesterday, the Senate, in a 56 to 43 vote, confirmed Loretta E. Lynch as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. Her experience in serving two terms as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York makes her uniquely qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Our country is currently experiencing challenges including increased racial tensions between law enforcement and minority communities and attacks on immigration reform. LULAC is confident that Loretta E. Lynch will aggressively enforce existing law to protect minority communities and will fight for full implementation of President Obama's executive orders on immigration reform.

    LULAC looks forward to working with U.S. Attorney General Lynch on these critical issues that impact the Latino community."

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    Recientemente, la Agencia Internacional para la Investigación sobre el Cáncer (IARC, en sus siglas en inglés) dependiente de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), anunció que el glifosato (herbicida más vendido del mundo y el principio activo de varias marcas, entre ellas el Round Up) fue clasificado como "probablemente es cancerígeno para humanos", introduciéndolo en los productos y acciones de riesgo 2A (probablemente cancerígeno).

    En Puerto Rico se utiliza el glisofato en la agricultura y en la limpieza de caminos municipales y estatales. Uno de estos pueblos es Aibonito. Allí compañeros y compañeras del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), junto a otros residentes de Aibonito, han dado la batalla contra el uso del glisofato, fundando la organización "Aibonito Sin Yerbicida".

    Este próximo Lunes 27 de abril de 2015, la organización "Aibonito Sin Yerbicida" va a estar realizando una marcha frente a la alcaldía de Aibonito, a las 8 de la mañana

    Es importante nuestro apoyo a esta gestión, ya que se está proliferando el uso del glifosato en otros municipios. Cualquier información pueden comunicarse con la Dra. Graciela Rosario Ramos, legisladora municipal del PIP en Aibonito y miembro de "Aibonito Sin Yerbicida" , al (787) 613-8709 

     

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    In Washington, DC


    Congressman Serrano Receives the Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Legislative Leadership Award

    On April14, Congressman Serrano met with some of the grandchildren of highly-esteemed Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor and a group of HIV/AIDS advocates to discuss the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Taylor’s grandchildren came to Capitol Hill to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of her work to advance HIV/AIDS awareness nationally and globally. Quinn Tivey, Naomi Wilding, Tarquin Wilding, Eliza Carson, and Laela Wilding presented the Congressman with the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Legislative Leadership Award at the AIDSWatch 2015 Reception.

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    Serrano with Elizabeth Taylor’s Grandchildren and HIV/AIDS Advocates

     

    “I enjoyed learning about how Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren are carrying out their grandmother’s legacy  of HIV/AIDS advocacy through The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. I am honored to have had the opportunity to meet with them, and to be the first recipient of the Elizabeth Taylor Legislative Leadership Award,” said Congressman Serrano.
     
    Serrano was honored for his efforts to remove federal funding bans on syringe exchange programs.  Serrano successfully removed these restrictions both for the District of Columbia and nationally, although Republicans have partially reinstated some of these bans.  Scientific evidence shows that needle exchange programs are an effective way to reduce HIV/AIDS and connect people with drug treatment programs.

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    Congressman Serrano and Fellow Lawmakers Introduce Reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
     
    On April 14, Congressman Serrano and fellow lawmakers introduced the  James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bill will extend funding for the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively. These two programs provide health care and financial compensation to 9/11 first responders who were wounded or became ill. 
     

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    Congressman Serrano with Fellow Lawmakers 

    “Fourteen years after the 9/11 attacks, there are still thousands of first responders suffering the effects of the attacks that need our help,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “We have a moral obligation to them for the service they paid our nation, and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act will help ensure they continue to have access to the health care and financial support they deserve.   I am proud to join colleagues from both sides of the aisle and all parts of the nation to introduce this important legislation in support of our 9/11 heroes.”
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    Serrano Questions Chair White About the SEC Budget
     
    On April 15, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing to evaluate the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) fiscal year 2016 budget request. As the subcommittee’s Ranking Member, Congressman Serrano questioned SEC Chair Mary Jo White on the challenges the SEC is facing in overseeing the nation’s financial market, due to budget constraints.
     
    “This year's request asks for further targeted investments that will help the SEC protect consumers and investors," said Congressman Serrano. "I always like to say that the SEC is the 'cop on the beat' for Wall Street.  But if I may extend the analogy, the amount of territory the SEC is required to cover grows each year, and the agency needs more cops to enforce the law properly.  Chair White, I fully support your request to significantly increase the number of personnel in enforcement and compliance, as well as in other key areas.  Your proposed budget is key to ensuring the safety and security of America's financial markets and the economy as a whole, and I hope that this subcommittee takes your requests seriously."
     
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    Congressman Serrano Questions U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on Cuba
     
    On April 15, Congressman Serrano attended an Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee hearing with the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power.  The Congressman expressed his strong support of President Obama’s efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, and asked Ambassador Power about the impact this policy change was having at the United Nations.  He also mentioned the likelihood that there will be monetary compensation claims on both the American and Cuban sides for the loss of property such as homes, business, and land, as well as intellectual property such as music.  In addition, Ambassador Power alluded to the fact that seeking the normalization of relations with Cuba has improved our standing in the United Nations.  
     
    While there may be disagreements on various areas between the United States and Cuba, Congressman Serrano believes that having a dialogue is the first step in improving our relations with Cuba.  He continues to advocate for the U.S.  to end its embargo on Cuba.  
     
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    Congressman Serrano Joins House Democrats in Support of Executive Action
     
    On April 6th, Congressman Serrano joined 180 House Democrats in filing an Amicus Brief in support of President Obama’s appeal of the Fifth Circuit case Texas v. United States. Previously, a federal district court  in Texas sought blocked the Secretary of Homeland Security from implementing the President’s Executive Action on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The brief asks that the injunction be lifted, so that these programs can move forward.  It is estimated that these programs could help thousands of Bronx residents.

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    Serrano Participates in the Bronx River Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    On April 10th, Congressman Serrano participated in a ribbon cutting at the Bronx River with the Bronx River Alliance and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. The event celebrated opening of the Bronx River Fish Passage, another accomplishment in the cleanup and restoration of the river. Congressman Serrano provided $1.8 million in earmarks for this project.

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    Congressman Serrano with the Bronx River Alliance and Borough President Ruben Diaz

    Grant Announcement

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    Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRAP) 
     
    Deadline:  May 12, 2015  
     
    Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP)

    Deadline: May 12, 2015 

     The Department of Labor has made funding available through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration Management (OASAM) for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration program. This grant provides that the Secretary of Labor shall conduct, directly or through grant or contract, such programs as the Secretary determines appropriate to provide job training, counseling, and placement services (including job readiness and literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force. Grants awarded under this solicitation will have a twelve (12) month period of performance and may be considered for additional years of funding depending upon funding availability and satisfactory performance. All State and Local workforce investment boards (SWIB/LWIB), public agencies, state agencies, Native American tribal organizations, for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.


    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275845. For more information about federal grants please visit: http://www.grants.gov


    Internship Announcement
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    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Fall Congressional Internship Program. The deadline to apply is April 24th by 11:59pm EST. For more information about the program and to apply, please visit: http://www.chci.org/internships/.

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    Report: Latino Kids in

    New York City Have it the Hardest

    By Cindy Rodriguez

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    Television's 'Sabado Gigante' Problem

     

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    But Our Focus Should be on Issues 

    Facing the Community

    By Israel Colón

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    Two Views on Solving

    Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis

     

    CONTENTS

    * "In support of Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Act" By Luis G. Fortuño, The Hill (April 21, 2015)\

    * "U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, Congress should consider alternatives to Puerto Rico bankruptcy" By Mario H. Lopez, The Patriot News (April 20, 2015)

     

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    In support of Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Act

    By Luis G. Fortuño

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    Op-Ed

    U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, Congress should consider alternatives to Puerto Rico bankruptcy

    By Mario H. Lopez

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    April 23, 2015


    LULAC Partners with the Movement Advancement Project to Release Report on LGBT People of Color

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to help address discrimination against the LGBT community, LULAC partnered with the Movement Advancement Project on a new report entitled, Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color

    The report documents how systemic failures to protect people from discrimination trap LGBT people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty. In addition, the report details the ways in which a wide array of legal failures, combined with the disparities faced by people of color, result in higher poverty rates and increased economic insecurity for the LGBT community.

    The report presents the latest demographic information about LGBT people of color, including:

    • One in three LGBT people identify as a person of color.

    • All communities of color have higher poverty rates than their white counterparts. Of white people, 9.6% were in poverty in 2013 compared to 28.9% of Native Americans, 27.2% of black people, 23.5% of Hispanic people, and 10.5% of Asian people.

    • Transgender people of color are more likely to live in extreme poverty. Asian and Pacific Islander (API) transgender people are six times more likely to report extreme poverty compared to non-transgender API people, while 34% of black transgender people have incomes at this level, compared to 9% of non-transgender black people.

    LULAC hopes that the report will help bring much needed awareness to the damage that discrimination can cause and in doing so help individual's in the LGBT Community avoid such cycles of poverty.

    The report, Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color, is co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and the Center for American Progress (CAP), in partnership with Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), National Association of Social Workers, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC,) the National Education Association, and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA).

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    Exhibit Opening and Roundtable Discussion

    Panelists: Arcadio Díaz, Quiñones, Antonio Martorell, Lena Burgos-Lafuente, Cristina Pérez Jiménez

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    La Cumbre de las Américas y el Alba de los Pueblos
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    En días pasados, del 8 al 11 de abril, sesionaron en Ciudad de Panamá varios eventos relacionados a la VII Cumbre de Las Américas: la oficialista Cumbre de las Américas patrocinada por la Organización de Estados Americanos, (OEA) donde participaron los gobiernos representados por sus Jefes de Estado; la Cumbre Social de la OEA, cuyos participantes fueron escogidos o rechazados por una llamada Red Panameña de Derechos Humanos con cuatro foros, el social, el empresarial, el de los rectores y el  de la juventud;  y paralelamente la Cumbre Sindical y Social de los Pueblos. Hay que señalar que estas cumbres marcan un antes y después por las razones que explico a continuación.

     

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    La Jornada en Cuba por el aniversario 50 de la desaparición física del líder independentista puertorriqueño Pedro Albizu Campos (Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1893 - San Juan, 1965) comenzó este lunes con un intercambio de la prensa cubana con Rosa Meneses, nieta de Don Pedro, y Heriberto Marín, expreso político, quien compartiera prisión con el relevante luchador. Este martes 21 de abril, día de la muerte del prócer independentista en 1965, tendrá lugar en la Casa del ALBA Cultural el acto central.

     

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    (Caracas, 21 de abril de 2015) - Con el fin de desplegar una labor divulgativa sobre la problemática colonial de Puerto Rico, se ha constituido en esta capital el Comité Venezolano de Solidaridad con Puerto Rico "Ligia Rojas".

     

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    Hoy 21 de abril se cumplen cincuenta años de la muerte de Don Pedro Albizu Campos, una de las figuras más importantes de la historia de Puerto Rico.

     

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    Hoy estamos de fiesta con el anuncio de cinco nuevos vuelos directos semanales a Europa a través de Norwegian Airlines.

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    En noviembre y durante toda la temporada alta de invierno, Norwegian tendrá rutas aéreas sin escalas semanales de San Juan a Londres, Reino Unido (con dos frecuencias); Estocolmo, Suecia; Oslo, Noruega; y Copenhague, Dinamarca

    Estos nuevos vuelos se suman además a los ya existentes desde Madrid y Frankfurt de Air Europa y Condor, para un total de 7 vuelos semanales a Europa en temporada alta.

    Con estas nuevas rutas, Puerto Rico tiene la oportunidad de tomar vuelo como un destino turístico de excelencia en Europa. Miles de nuevos visitantes tendrán la oportunidad de descubrir nuestras playas, nuestra increíble gastronomía y el calor humano que nos distingue a los puertorriqueños y puertorriqueñas. 


    Nuestra Isla se convierte nuevamente en la puerta al Caribe para turistas y empresarios. Contamos con tu apoyo para que Puerto Rico brille. 

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    They say key battleground states with huge Latino populations, necessitate a boost in funding for Hispanic groups. Democracy Alliance says Latino funding will now be under a newly created "New American Majority" umbrella.

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    More than 1200 Latino policymakers and leaders are expected to attend the NALEO presidential candidate forums that will be held during their annual conference from June 17-19, 2015

    Washington, D.C.  - Less than 18 months before the Latino electorate is expected to exercise its critical influence in the outcome of Election 2016, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will assemble the largest gathering of Latino policymakers in the country for the NALEO 32nd Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
     
    The three-day event, which is expected to draw more than 1200 Latino elected officials and national leaders, will be held from June 17-19, 2015 at the Aria Resort and Casino.  As part of the Annual Conference, NALEO has invited candidates vying for the White House to address the nation’s Latino elected and appointed officials during the organization’s Republican (June 17) and Democratic (June 18) Presidential candidate forums.
     
    “The road to the White House in 2016 runs through the Latino community,” said Arturo Vargas, NALEO Executive Director.  “We expect the nation’s presidential candidates to join us in Las Vegas to address the nation’s Latino officials and the most pressing issues facing the Latino community today.”
     
    The NALEO Annual Conference has emerged as the preeminent forum for our nation’s leadership to engage Latino officials and the millions of constituents NALEO members represent.  Previous conferences have featured President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor Jeb Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator John McCain and others.
     
    In addition to the Presidential candidate forums, conference attendees will also participate in panel discussions on various issues on the national agenda, including immigration reform and Administrative Relief, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, improving Latino student outcomes, community policing post-Ferguson, human trafficking, and an overview of Nevada political leadership and the role of Latinos in Election 2016.  
     
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    Un grupo de patriotas ponceños, encabezados por la compañera Noemilda Vélez y otros amigos y compañeros de Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, conmemorarán su natalicio el 23 de abril de 2015, en el Parque Pedro Albizu Campos, de Tenerías, Ponce, a partir de las 7:00 de la noche.

     

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    Guiado por la curiosidad y el deber llegué al pueblo de Arroyo al sur de Puerto Rico, en búsqueda de los murales de la Juventud Hostosiana (JH). Estos se encuentran en la verja del parque Rubén Gómez -el divino loco- una de las leyendas del béisbol boricua. Los murales son un saludo de la comunidad Mínima y la JH a nuestros pueblos hermanos. Fotos y texto: Juan Luis Gómez Rosa / MINH

     

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    Guest Commentary

    War Against All Puerto Ricans

    by Nelson A. Denis (April 21, 2015)

                  

    Within thirty years of occupying Puerto Rico in 1898, the US had devalued the Puerto Rican currency by 40% and owned 80% of all the island's farms . . . as well as the insular postal system, the entire coastal railroad, and the San Juan International Airport.

     

    The US military controlled another 13% of the island.

     

    In addition, U.S. federal agencies controlled Puerto Rico's foreign relations, banking system, currency, customs, tariffs, import/export quotas, radio waves, commerce, transportation, military service, maritime laws, and cabotage rights.

     

    Although Puerto Ricans were declared US citizens in 1917, just in time for World War I, these same "citizens" were found ineligible for minimum wage legislation in 1922, when the US Supreme Court ruled that the US constitution did not apply to Puerto Rico. This did not sit well with the macheteros - the sugarcane workers - who worked 50 and 60 hours a week for starvation wages.

     

    In 1934, the macheteros went on strike, and asked Pedro Albizu Campos to lead them.

                  

    The "war against all Puerto Ricans" was declared by the Puerto Rico Police Chief in 1935.  After murdering four Puerto Ricans in the Rio Piedras Massacre, Police Chief E. Francis Riggs announced that, if Albizu Campos continued to "agitate" the macheteros, there would be "war to the death against all Puerto Ricans."

     

    Eighty years later, just three weeks ago, Nation Books published my book. War Against All Puerto Ricans. It documents how and why this war was waged. I knew this history had to be told. What I didn't know, was the response it would receive.

     

    An Instant Audience

     

    Two weeks before it was published, the book was a #1 Amazon Best Seller. By the date of release, excerpts from the book received nearly 500,000 views on the Latino Rebels website. Two days after the book's release, the Independence Party of Puerto Rico called me to ask how they could promote it on the island. Within one week, I made nine TV and radio appearances, with further bookings scheduled for C-SPAN, New York 1, and Democracy Now.                                                                                                                                                                     

    Print journalists found the book quickly. Robert Dominguez of the New York Daily News wrote "Prepare to be outraged . . . meticulously researched . . . a timely, eye-opening must-read."  In Latino Rebels, Julio Varela wrote that "War Against All Puerto Ricans earns 'instant classic' status . . . anyone who wants to understand U.S. imperial history from the time of Manifest Destiny needs to read this book." In Respuesta, Andre Lee Muñiz praised "the book's historical value . . . a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about Puerto Rico." In Gozamos, Hector Luis Alamo wrote, "Nelson Denis doesn't just give us history. He gives us history on fire . . . a thoroughly researched indictment of over a century of U.S. policy toward one small island .a full-throated eulogy of brave heroes, men and women of conviction, who devoted every drop of their blood to a people and a principle."

                  

    From Washington, D.C., Congressman José Serrano wrote that "It is a book that every student of the US-Puerto Rico relationship should read."

     

    In Chicago, José López Rivera - the brother of Oscar López Rivera - invited me to Division Street for a four-day book tour.  

     

    Down on the island, Mr. Luis Gonzalez-Argueso, owner of the Arguezo & Garzon Editores publishing company, offered to write a Spanish translation for free. Don Luis is now writing it.

                  

    This overwhelming response, within a week of the book's publication, made me stop and think.I am not a celebrity.I am not a famous writer. There was something going on, that had nothing to do with me.

     

    It was the subject matter.

     

    A Hidden History

     

    The story of Puerto Rico, under the tutelage of the United States, had not been fully told. No one knew that Charles Herbert Allen, the first civilian governor from the US, stuffed the Puerto Rican economy into his pocket by stealing thousands of farms, running up to Wall Street, and making himself the president of Domino Sugar.

     

    No one knew that Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín was an opium addict, and that J. Edgar Hoover used this information to control the island's politics.

     

    No one knew that Police Chief Riggs, who declared "war to the death against all Puerto Ricans," was the heir to the Riggs National Bank, which had colonial investments all over South and Central America.

     

    No one knew that, right after the Ponce Massacre, the Police Chief re-arranged the corpses in the street, and then took photos of them, to make it look like the murdering policemen had acted in "self-defense."

     

    No one knew that an OSS/CIA operative named Waller Booth opened a nightclub near Camp Las Casas in Santurce, where he spied on nearly every Nationalist on the island.        

     

    No one knew that Albizu Campos was being subjected to TBI (Total Body Irradiation) while in La Princesa prison and everyone - from the FBI to Luis Muñoz Marín to the prison guards themselves - knew all about it.

     

    No one knew that the US kept a torture facility in Aguadilla, near the Ramey Air Force Base - where hundreds of Puerto Rican prisoners were interrogated, tortured, and killed.

     

    The reason that no one knew, is because all the information was buried in police files, hospital records, newspaper archives, US congressional transcripts, and 1.8 million pages of secret FBI files, known today as carpetas.

     

    The Heroes of this History

     

    The final confirmation of all this history came from the people who lived it: the Nationalists themselves. I interviewed dozens of them over a period of forty years, starting from 1974.

     

    They had lived in a world where selfishness was a great asset, a world owned by strangers and governed by corruption, a world so threatening and capricious that to tell the truth was to risk one's livelihood, one's freedom, and sometimes one's life. It took a long time (in some cases years) to earn their trust, but it was worth every moment. Their personal recollections - with respect to the Ponce Massacre, the Rio Piedras Massacre, the trial of Albizu Campos, the Gag Law arrests, the 1934 sugarcane strike, the police terror of Governor Blanton Winship, the haplessness of Moncho Reyes, the bombing of Jayuya and Utuado, the conditions at La Princesa and El Oso Blanco prisons - all closely parallel the newspaper accounts, congressional testimony, and FBI files from 1930 to 1965.

     

    The Nationalists fought a brave battle against the most powerful empire in history. As the years progressed, and I earned their trust, these brave men and women opened up to me. They told me things I'd never seen in any history book, or heard in any lecture hall: not at Harvard, not at Yale, or anywhere. In exchange for sharing this information, all they asked was that I tell the story straight: with no embellishment or undue drama. It wasn't much to ask...but no one had ever done this for them.

     

    The Facts

     

    On October 30, 1950, a violent revolution swept through Puerto Rico: Nationalists tried to kill President Harry S. Truman; gunfights roared in eight towns; revolutionaries burned police stations, post offices, and selective service centers.

                  

    To suppress this revolution, the US Army deployed 5,000 troops and bombarded the towns of Jayuya and Utuado - the only time in history that the United States government has bombed its own citizens. They also arrested 3,000 Puerto Ricans and imprisoned Pedro Albizu Campos. While Albizu was in prison, evidence strongly indicates, the US subjected Albizu to TBI (Total Body Irradiation) until it killed him.

     

    The Outlook

     

    War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of this revolution. The book occupies the same cultural space as Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, in 1971. It challenges us to re-set our moral compass. It awakens the public conscience to America's plundering of an entire island, whose residents have been US citizens for nearly a century.

     

    It also arrives at a critical time.

     

    April 21, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Albizu Campos.

     

    The island is in economic malaise with a $73 billion debt, two gasoline tax hikes in the past year, soaring electrical and water costs, government pension rollbacks, layoffs, a proposed 16% VAT (value-added tax), and even a proposed "obesity" tax.

     

    At the same time that working class and middle-income Puerto Ricans are being squeezed off the island, the government extends a 20-year tax exemption on interest, dividends, and capital gains, for foreign (i.e., US) investors in the same island. This latest corporate welfare, called Act 22, was passed in 2012 and applauded by the New York Times and the US business press.

     

    The moment that its debt was downgraded to "Junk Bond" status, Puerto Rico became a target for corporate raiders and hedge fund managers, who are now using Act 22 to buy "distressed properties" in every corner of the island. The latest raider is John Paulson, whose hedge fund made $15 billion by betting againstthe US economy in 2007, during its national mortgage crisis.

     

    Paulson is using Act 22 to buy and build two $500 million beachfront hotels in San Juan. A herd of hedge funders is following right behind him. The entire stampede is being trumpeted by the New York Times("Puerto Rico Luring Buyers with Tax Breaks," Sept. 5, 2014), Bloomberg Business ("Puerto Rico: Tax Haven for America's Super-Rich," June 6, 2014), and New Yorker Magazine ("The Puerto Rico Problem," April 6, 2015).

     

    What does this have to do with War Against All Puerto Ricans

     

    Everything. 

     

    Albizu Campos was correct, when he observed that "owning a person makes you a scoundrel, but owning a nation makes you a colonial benefactor." The conditions are now mounting, for the gentrification of Puerto Rico. Within one more generation, the entire island will become a playground for America's super rich.

     

    Unless we recognize this, and confront it together, the war against all Puerto Ricans will soon be over. Our island will be gone. Our people will have been evicted. It all reminds me of something my grandmother once told me: "Puerto Rican eyes are all dark, with lots of yesterdays in them."

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    Nelson A. Denis served in 1997-2001 as a New York State Assemblyman representing East Harlem in Manhatttan. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, he wrote over 300 editorials for El Diario/La Prensa, and received the Best Editorial Writing award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). For more information on Denis, visit his blog. He can be reached at nelsondenis248@aol.com.

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    Taino History, Revive Culture

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    The 36th Annual Hispanic Student Recognition Program. This year's nominees for the Hispanic Student Recognition Program are indeed outstanding and should be very proud of their accomplishments. Please join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Latin American Community Center, 403 North Van Buren Street, to celebrate the achievements of all of our students. Awards will be presented to high school students in the areas of Academics, the Arts, Athletics, STEM, and Community Service. Additionally, two middle school and two high school students will be named Outstanding Hispanic Students of the Year.

     

    Special Thanks. LACC would like to give a "special thanks" to the 2015 Hispanic Student Recognition Program (HSRP) Selection Committee, who volunteered their time on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The Selection Committee spent six hours at LACC reviewing and scoring HSRP nominations for the following categories: Student of the Year, Academics, STEM + Art, and Athletics + Community Service. This year's Selection Committee was comprised of individuals from our board of directors and both the private and public sectors, including: Wells Fargo, Dow Chemical, AstraZeneca, DuPont, Arsht Cannon Fund, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Arts Alliance, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Law Offices of Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya, and a private practice attorney. Thank you all for your dedication to Delaware's Hispanic students and LACC!    

     

    LACC Job Fair. Mark your calendar for a Job Fair to be held at the LACC on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and be prepared to answer questions. The Job Fair will be held in the LACC's gymnasium. Enter using the Harrison Street entrance just off of Fourth Street. For more information, contact Lydia Lopez at (302) 442-7694(302) 442-7694, Email: LLopez@thelatincenter.org. Employers interested in making contact with motivated job seekers should also contact Lydia to learn how to participate in the Job Fair.

     

    Mil Gracias. Women from the Domestic Violence Support Group received free haircuts and styling on March 31, 2015. A special thank you to beauty salon Extasis in Wilmington for donating this wonderful service. The salon owner, Guadalupe Mandujano, will be returning on May 5, 2015 to do more haircuts and makeup as a Mother's Day treat for DV victims and survivors. If DV survivors would like to come, please RSVP by calling Maria Garcia at (302) 295-2173(302) 295-2173.

     

    Un Grupo de Apoyo Para Hombres.The Advocate for Victims of Crime Program will be offering a support group for men who have been victims of crime. The group is looking for men who want to participate in a group setting with other male victims. If you would be interested in participating, or would like more information, contact Pedro Torres at (302) 655-7338(302) 655-7338, ext. 7725. Register in advance or simply come to the meeting at 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2015 at 301 North Harrison Street. The group will be in Spanish and is completely free.

     

    Financial Coaching. Mirna Jenkins, a Financial Coach for the $tand By Me® Child Care Initiative, is bringing Mind Over Money workshops directly to early development centers and child care programs. A bilingual, bicultural professional, Mirna is able to meet parents where they are-literally! By offering the financial empowerment program at a place and time convenient for families with children, more people have an opportunity to attend workshops on topics including budgeting, building credit, and establishing financial goals. Personal financial coaching is also offered to child care staff as an employee benefit.For information, contact Mirna Jenkins, Email: mjenkins@thelatincenter.org.

     

    School Lunch Hero Day is celebrated on Friday, May 1, 2015. There's no better time to recognize the hard work and dedicated service of LACC's Raquel Melendez, who provides nutritious meals to over 250 children every day of the week. Raquel's meals are delicious and well balanced. Equally important, she never fails to serve the children with love and a smile. Thank you, Raquel, for all you do to keep our children healthy and ready to learn.

     

    LACC's Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 1st.  Enjoy a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration in the LACC gym on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A piñata for the kids at 5:30 p.m. plus games, raffles, food and lots of free fun for the entire family!

     

    Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program has two upcoming events at LACC in May. A breastfeeding class will be held on May 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On May 23, 2015, a support group will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Marlene Aguinaga, Email: maguinaga@thelatincenter.org for details.

     

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    • Opening Day - Roberto Clemente Little League -  April 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Hickman Park, 4th and Ferris Streets, Wilmington, Delaware
    • LACC Open House - Friday, September 4, 2015 at the LACC
    • 46th Annual Grand Ball "A Night in Cuba" - Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel

     

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    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Joins EDF & LULAC for Earth Day Twitter Town Hall

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, in honor of Earth Day, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to host a Twitter Town Hall regarding environmental impacts on Latino health.

    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be answering questions regarding how the Latino community is disproportionately impacted by climate change, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

    Tomorrow’s Twitter Town Hall kicks off a series of events planned by EDF and LULAC as part of their 2015 partnership on Latino health and the environment. The groups are working together to provide information to the Latino community regarding health risks caused by toxic chemicals and climate change pollution.

    This event will include tweets in both English and Spanish, and, in addition to getting vital health information, participants have a chance to win prizes and will have access to new fact sheets – in English and Spanish – about air pollution and health.

    RSVP here to join the conversation.

    Members of the media are welcome to join the twitter event tomorrow. For more information, contact EDF or LULAC.

    WHAT: Twitter Town Hall focused on Latino health and the environment

    WHEN: Earth Day -- Tomorrow, April 22 3:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

    WHO: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other experts from EDF and LULAC

    WHERE: Follow @EnvDefenseFund and @LULAC using Twitter hashtag #LatinoHealth.

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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) 833-6130, (202) 833-6135 FAX 

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    ACTION ALERT:
    Help LULAC stop anti-immigrant amendments on the Senate floor today!

    Click here to send a letter to your Senator.


    Today, an agreement was reached in the U.S. Senate which puts the immigration community at risk. As a condition to moving forward on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General and moving forward on Senate Bill 178, The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 the following amendments will be allowed to be submitted for vote. The amendments, which represent extreme anti-immigrant sentiments, are not viable solutions to fix our country’s broken immigration system. To read the letter LULAC sent to the U.S. Senate regarding this matter please click here.

    Senators Vitter, Inhofe, Sessions, and Tillis are spearheading the push to pass amendments that would:

    • Require unnecessary and excessive spending on indefinite detention of immigrants.
    • Strip critical protections for refugee children from Latin America making it easier to deport these innocent children who left their native country to escape violence, poverty, and drugs.
    • Deny countless U.S.-born Latino children of immigrant parents their citizenship rights afforded to them under the U.S. Constitution

    ACTION ALERT: You can help. Click here to send a letter to your Senator.
    In addition, you can call the following Senators and tell them to vote NO on all of the anti-immigrant amendments.

    Sen. Manchin (WV) 202-224-3954202-224-3954
    Sen. King (ME) 202-224-5344202-224-5344
    Sen. Donnelly (IN) 202-224-4814202-224-4814
    Sen. Tester (MT) 202-224-2644202-224-2644
    Sen. McCaskill (MO) 202-224-6154202-224-6154
    Sen. Rubio (FL) 202-224-3041202-224-3041
    Sen. Kirk (IL) 202-224-2854202-224-2854
    Sen. Ayotte (NH) 202-224-3324202-224-3324
    Sen. Heller (NV) 202-224-6244202-224-6244

    SAMPLE SCRIPT: “Hello, my name is XXXXXX. I am calling to urge Senator XXXXX to vote against any anti-immigrant amendments that may be proposed to S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 – including Vitter #284, Inhofe #275, Inhofe #276, Sessions #298, and Tillis #319. I am counting on Senator XXXXX to help do the right thing and ensure that these amendments do not get including in an otherwise commendable human trafficking bill. Thank you.”

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    NALEO Educational Fund Urges U.S. Senators to Oppose Vitter Amendment 
     
    Birthright to citizenship should be protected and upheld for all Americans, including
    those born to parents who do not have legal immigration status
     
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund called on members of the U.S. Senate to oppose the amendment (274) proposed by U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Bill (S.178).
     
    The Vitter amendment, which has also been introduced as S.45, The Birthright Citizenship Act, would attempt to rewrite the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, overturning long-established U.S. Supreme Court precedent and a crucial protection of equal civil rights in the United States. 
     
    The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment clearly states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”  A cornerstone of our nation’s civil liberties, the 14th amendment has played an integral role in striking down laws that once aimed to prevent African Americans and Latinos born in the United States from voting, owning or leasing land, accessing public accommodations, and much more.
     
    “By preventing the children of undocumented and temporary legal immigrants from receiving citizenship, the Vitter amendment aims to fundamentally and dangerously redefine the 14th Amendment to create a permanent underclass of American residents,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director.  “Because many immigrants to the United States today are Latino, this amendment, if adopted, would send an unwelcome message to the Latino community that Congress does not value our contributions to the strength and prosperity of the United States.”
     
    Vargas went on to say, “Birthright citizenship reflects deeply-rooted American values that must be preserved.  We strongly oppose the Vitter Amendment and will be watching closely to see how U.S. Senators proceed on this controversial amendment.”
     
    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Bill (S.178) this afternoon.  A copy of U.S. Senator Vitter’s bill text can be found here.
     
    Media Note: Spokespersons are available to discuss the Vitter amendment.  For interview requests, please contact Amanda Bosquez (abosquez@naleo.org, 202-546-2536202-546-2536) or Paula Valle Castanon (pvalle@naleo.org, 213-747-7606213-747-7606 ext. 4414).
     
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    BETSY!... "is a highly entertaining, musically rich performance that honors storytelling’s role in preserving our connection to the people and places from which we come". - Casey Hayes-Deats-THE INDYPENDENT

    SYNOPSIS: A Nuyorican singer and performer uncovers secrets of her maternal family's history and twin Spanish-Caribbean/Scots-Irish roots. Her dilemma stirs up the ghosts of six generations of American women, and a musical current spanning four continents.

    BETSY! is alive with the fire of Jazz, Bluegrass, and Latin music compositions
    delivered by three powerful vocalists:

    poet/performer Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja"
    Broadway veteran Elise Santora
    big voiced Pat D. Robinson

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    Determinación de la Junta de Planificación en torno a los permisos del Paseo Lineal, convierten en inútiles las negociaciones entre la alcaldesa de San Juan y el gobernador.

    21 de abril 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 determinación de la Junta de Planificación (JP) en torno a la consulta realizada sobre la jurisdicción del Municipio de San Juan para emitir los permisos de Construcción a la Autoridad de Financiamiento e Infraestructura (AFI) para dar paso al proyecto "Paseo Lineal", confirma la nulidad del pacto entre la alcaldesa y el gobernador, tras la reunión sostenida el viernes por ambos en torno al controversial proyecto.

    "La Resolución de la JP ratifica los señalamientos de nulidad de los permisos de construcción en las 4 fases que contempla el proyecto (Paseo Lineal), lo que significa que el Municipio de San Juan emitió los permisos sin jurisdicción para ello y por lo tanto, cualquier negociación habida entre el Municipio y el Gobierno central sobre este particular es nula e inútil", señaló el portavoz del PIP en la legislatura municipal de San Juan.

    La Resolución JP-2015-311 emitida por la Junta de Planificación con fecha del 6 de abril del corriente, interpreta las disposiciones de los reglamentos conjuntos, las facultades conferidas al Municipio de San Juan y define lo que es una "mejor pública". En las conclusiones, el documento lee de la siguiente manera: "... En la situación de hechos que nos ocupa, asumiendo argüendo [sic] que dicha Oficina estuviera correcta en su interpretación, el Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra, por ser una mejora pública no contemplada en el Plan Territorial, no se encuentra dentro del ámbito jurisdiccional del Municipio Autónomo de San Juan. Es decir, la Oficina de Permisos del Municipio Autónomo de San Juan carece de facultad para autorizar permisos de naturaleza alguna relacionada al Paseo Lineal Puerta de Tiera".

    "Si la oficina de Permisos del Municipio carecía de facultad para autorizar permisos, la alcaldesa en estos momentos-y desde que advino o debió haber advenido en conocimiento de ello- está impedida de llegar a algún tipo de acuerdo sobre la construcción del Paseo Lineal, en cualquiera de las fases de construcción", subrayó González Costa.

    "Lo que es más, surge una gran interrogante sobre si al momento de reunirse los ejecutivos la Resolución había sido recibida en el Municipio y la alcaldesa tenía o debió tener conocimiento sobre la nulidad de los permisos. Si es así, ¿por qué la férrea defensa a la construcción de la 'Terraza al Mar'"?, cuestionó el legislador pipiolo.

    La Resolución de la JP tiene fecha del 6 de abril de 20156 y la reunión entre la alcaldesa de San Juan y el gobernador se dio el pasado viernes 17 de abril en horas de la noche.

    "Frente a todo este asunto, hay que hacer un llamado a la transparencia y a la honestidad política. No es aceptable que se estén celebrando reuniones entre mandatorios, o incluso con residentes, cuando existen controversias reales que ninguna de las partes puede negociar o, como en este caso, cuando el Municipio está legalmente impedido de revocar algún permiso. No se puede negociar sobre algo que es nulo de su faz", sentenció el legislador pipiolo.

    La mencionada resolución dispone que los permisos de este proyecto correspondiera emitirlos a la Oficina de Gerencia de Permisos (OgPE) y ordena al Municipio a elevar el expediente a dicha agencia. En lo pertinente la Resolución reza: "El Paseo Lineal de Puerta