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Hoy en Tenerias, el abogado y periodista puertorriqeño Nelson Denis, autor del libro " War Against All Puerto Ricans ", iniciará  una serie de presentaciones en Puerto Rico, por invitación del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP).

 

El primer evento en esta gira de Denis, , será hoy  en el parque monumento a Albizu Campos, en el barrio Tenerías de Ponce, a partir de las 7:30 p.m. La presentación  estará a cargo del Lcdo.  Hugo Rodríguez Díaz, subsecretario de Asuntos de Norteamérica del PIP.

 

 

Como parte de la actividad se  estará celebrando el cumpleaños de Don Rafael Cancel Miranda.

 

¡Muchas felicidades, Don Rafa!   Seguimos su ejemplo de constancia en la lucha por la independencia de nuestra Patria. 

 

Todos a la cuna de Don Pedro, Tenerias, a compartir  junto a Don Rafa en  su cumpleaños y con Nelson Denis por su exitoso libro.

 

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Puerto Rico, una colonia en quiebra
Escrito por Richard Canan

 

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Puerto Rico es una Colonia de los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, desde 1952 la jerga oficial asigna a Puerto Rico el estatus de Estado Libre Asociado. Es decir, es un “territorio no incorporado” a los Estados Unidos con un autogobierno limitado (se le permitió la redacción de una constitución para el manejo de sus asuntos internos), pero que está sujeta y subordinada de rodillas a los poderes del Congreso estadounidense mediante la aplicación de la “Cláusula Territorial”.

 

Asistieron Raúl y Los Cinco a inauguración del X Congreso de la UJC
Escrito por Ladyrene Pérez, Oscar Figueredo Reinaldo, Paola Cabrera Rodríguez

 

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El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, primer secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba y presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, asistió en la mañana del viernes 17 a la inauguración del X Congreso de la Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas (UJC) que sesionará durante este fin de semana.

 

Tomar partido contra la indiferencia
Escrito por Enric Llopis / Rebelión

 

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El año 1917 pasó a la Historia por el asalto al Palacio de Invierno, la entrada de Estados Unidos en la primera guerra mundial, la entrada de las tropas del imperio británico en Jerusalén o el comienzo de la última gran epidemia en Europa. Son años de plena conflagración en los que el político comunista, filósofo y periodista italiano Antonio Gramsci se libra de la guerra (por una discapacidad física) y escribe un polémico y brillante texto de juventud, “Odio a los indiferentes” (3 de abril de 1917). En Turín el protagonismo de las fábricas, el proletariado, el hambre y el agotamiento evidencian una dura realidad.

 

Amplia delegación cubana asistirá a la reapertura de la embajada en Washington
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El próximo lunes se escucharán las notas del Himno Nacional y será izada en Washington la bandera cubana para marcar la reapertura oficial de nuestra embajada en Estados Unidos, en una ceremonia “solemne y breve” a la que asistirá una treintena de personalidades de nuestro país y cerca de medio millar de invitados, aseguró ayer una fuente del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Minrex).

 

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July 18, 2015


LULAC Condemns Anti-Immigrant Bigot Donald Trump for Insulting POWs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of United Latin Americans Citizens condemned Donald Trump again today, this time for insulting veterans and prisoners of war, after his slanderous attack against John McCain. The draft-dodging Trump, who received 5 deferments to avoid serving in Vietnam, stated that John McCain is “not a war hero” because “he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

“Today Donald Trump insulted Senator John McCain for being a prisoner of war,” stated LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr.” “This is unacceptable! Not only did he insult Senator John McCain but every veteran that has served or is serving to protect our country.”

LULAC has previously condemned Trump’s remarks in reference to immigrants and Mexicans. The organization has called upon all of Trump’s business partners to sever their ties with the race-baiting Presidential aspirant. The latest outrage makes it absolutely clear that this egotistical bigot is completely unqualified to run for any office let alone be given the opportunity to spread his hateful views through our nation’s media outlets.

“This comes at a time when this country is mourning the four U.S marines and one sailor who were killed during a terrorist attack in Tennessee,” President Rocha further elaborated. “LULAC stands with all of our veterans because if it were not for them and the sacrifices they have made we would not be here enjoying the many freedoms this country provides. God Bless our veterans and God Bless the United States of America!”

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.

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July 15, 2015


LULAC Calls for Civil Rights Investigation into Gardena Police Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National President Roger Rocha issued the following statement regarding the newly released footage showing officers from the Gardena Police Department in California fatally shooting an unarmed Latino man and wounding another.

"Today's released police footage sheds light on an issue that has weighed heavily on the hearts of minority communities around the country. The excessive use of police force and in particular, the unwarranted use of deadly force has diminished the public's faith in law enforcement. In the case of the Gardena Police Department, the young people shot were mistaken for thieves, were unarmed and were in fact attempting to assist in the recovery of stolen property.

Today, LULAC sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting that the Department launch a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Mr. Ricardo Diaz Zeferino, the unarmed Latino man who was gunned down by police officers of the Gardena Police Department. In the letter, LULAC also requested from the Department that all findings resulting from the investigation be duly reported to the families of the victims and to the public.

As a civil rights organization, LULAC champions policies that help improve conditions for Latinos–including the right to live without fear of the police."

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LULAC Opposes Current Senate Version of ESEA Bill - Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

The Bill Lacks Critical Accountability Language Needed to Protect Latino Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - LULAC National President, Roger Rocha, today released the following statement in anticipation of the U.S. Senate’s vote on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the latest version of the Senate rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

“On Thursday, the Senate will vote on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the latest rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

For the past several months LULAC, along with other civil rights partners, has worked to educate Members of Congress on the importance of making critical fixes to this legislation.

At committee and floor consideration, LULAC stressed that without strong subgroup accountability, better data, resource equity and language strengthening the federal role, the ECAA would do a great disservice to our children and nation.

I am disappointed that all these critical issues were not addressed on the Senate floor. Several amendments aimed at improving subgroup accountability and resource equity issues in the bill were all rejected by the Senate.

In fact, the current bill fails Latino children by not including critical language that ensures our students have the support and resources they need to succeed.

Because of this, LULAC urges Senators to vote NO on final passage of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.

Latino students must get the support and resources they need when they fall behind in schools. LULAC will continue to weigh in with Senate and House offices to push for conference language that protects Latino students.

Absent conference adoption of critical language that addresses these issues, LULAC believes the Every Child Achieves of Act of 2015 should not become law and will urge President Obama to veto legislation that falls short.”

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NHMC Applauds White House, HUD Initiative
to Increase Home Broadband Access


 

(PASADENA, Calif. - 7/15/15) -- Today, President Barack Obama and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro rolled out ConnectHome, a federal initiative designed to ensure that more low-income families in the U.S. are able to access an affordable broadband connection. ConnectHome comes on the heels of a complimentary effort from the FCC to modernize Lifeline, which currently provides a modest subsidy to defray the high cost of telephone service for low-income families. 


SEE: FACT SHEET: ConnectHome: Coming Together to Ensure Digital Opportunity for All Americans (WhiteHouse.gov)

The ConnectHome pilot program will launch in 27 cities and one tribal land- reaching more than 275,000 low-income families and 200,000 school-aged children by engaging in public-private partnerships to provide affordable or no-cost broadband connections to residents of low-income housing. The goal of ConnectHome is to ensure that low-income students have high-speed Internet access at home and avoid falling into the "Homework Gap" - or the inability to complete assignments due to lack of home broadband.

The Latino community continues to face significant challenges with home-broadband adoption. According to one recent count, only 53% of American Latinos and 38% of Spanish-dominant American Latinos have home broadband access. Low-income levels are directly correlated to low-broadband adoption.

"Taken together, ConnectHome and Lifeline have the potential to finally make a serious dent in the digital divide," said Michael Scurato, NHMC Policy Director." Both efforts are crucial and, when combined with other actions by the FCC, President Obama and executive branch agencies, indicate the type of new and bold thinking, partnerships and coordination across all levels of governments that are needed to solve the digital divide."

Last month, NHMC filed comments with the President's Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC), urging 25 executive branch agencies to implement recommendations that will spur broadband adoption. Obama created the multi-agency BOC on March 23, 2015, "to develop a framework of recommendations to explore ways to remove unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers, incentivize investment and align funding policies and decisions to support broadband access and adoption."

NHMC recommended the Council support modernization of Lifeline, among other things.
 

The NHMC is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC and Instagram @NHMC_org.

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15th Barrio Arts Fest at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

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

The 15th Edition of Barrio Arts Fest is a historical one; it commemorates the opening of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture after an extensive reconstruction of the former establishment of the Humboldt Park Stables that lasted over a decade. Now the historic building that housed through its transition the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) rejoiced once again with its signature arts festival Barrio Arts Fest during the weekend of July 11 & 12, 2015.

 

The museum had a vast variety of artists/ vendors and new artists presenting their artwork at the courtyard. There were performances by AfriCaribe who delighted the public as always with their master skills of bomba and the public danced to the live performances by Conjunto FUACATA. As part of their educational programming, the museum offered a wonderful Family Mural Workshop with the visiting Puerto Rican artist Edgardo Larregui, where the kids and grownups could be part of the making of the iconic Puerto Rican images. The visitors can appreciate the new murals on the entrance of the museum right on W Division Street. Stay tuned for the next Barrio Arts Fest 2016! It is going to be quite a celebration!

 
 
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Legislador Municipal por el PIP en San Juan emplaza a Alcaldesa de San Juan


14 de julio de 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico- El legislador municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) en San Juan, el Lcdo. Adrián González Costa, emplazó a la Alcaldesa de San Juan a brindar datos correctos a la prensa sobre los proyectos de su administración y sobre la ejecutoria de él como legislador municipal.

"En primer lugar, la Alcaldesa falta a la verdad al manifestar que la corporación privada que arrendará el velódromo 'mejorará las instalaciones'. Quien mejorará las facilidades será el Municipio con una asignación estatal de $100,000 (dinero de todos los contribuyentes). Por eso mi denuncia y condena al cánon de arrendamiento tan bajo", aseveró el portavoz del PIP en la legislatura municipal de San Juan.

Según el borrador de contrato, la corporación será responsable de "darle mantenimiento a la propiedad, incluyendo pero sin limitarse a las áreas verdes, al alumbrado, la pintura y cualquier arreglo menor que requiera la propiedad luego de completados los trabajos de rehabilitación a ser completados[sic] por el Municipio, una vez cuente con la asignación de cien mil dólares ($100,000.00) que le serán asignados para este proyecto por la Asamblea Legislativa."

"Según ese lenguaje, esto no es una alianza, es privatización. Las alianzas son con el Pueblo, no con negocios. Las que son con negocios, se llaman Alianzas Público Privadas", añadió.

Por otra parte, el legislador pipiolo en San Juan emplazó a la Alcaldesa a proveer en un plazo de 24 horas la prueba fehaciente de su récord legislativo que demuestre que se opone a todo.


"Ya que a ella le gustan tanto los emplazamientos y ultimátums, emplazo yo también a la señora alcaldesa a que le desglose a la prensa del País la relación de votos emitidos por este servidor desde enero de 2013 y así los sanjuaneros conozcan si me opongo a todo. Esa acusación es una falsedad producto de su indefensión ante los señalamientos serios con los que la confronté", sentenció González Costa.

 

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July 15, 2015





Roger C. Rocha, Jr. Elected LULAC National President at 86th Annual LULAC National Convention

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Roger C. Rocha, Jr. was elected LULAC National President, Saturday, July 11th at the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention in Salt Lake City. A native of Laredo, Texas, Rocha becomes the 47th president of the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country.

Prior to being elected LULAC National President, Rocha served as the State Director for Texas LULAC as well as LULAC’s National Treasurer. He also presently serves on LULAC’s National Board, the Board of Directors for LULAC’s National Education Service Centers (LNESC), the National Board of Directors for SER Jobs for Progress, and the Board of Directors for the Laredo Next Generation Rotary Club. Rocha graduated from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas with an undergraduate degree in History and a minor in Political Science. He also received his MBA from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected to LULAC's highest office of National President,” said Rocha. “Together with the great team that comprises LULAC's National Board of Directors and staff, we will work tirelessly for the betterment of our entire organization and community. I, along with the National Board of Directors, look forward to meeting and working with members of Congress, the various agencies, our strategic corporate partners and alliance members for the benefit of our community.”

Rocha was elected with 70 percent of the vote from the assembly that represented LULAC councils from across the country and Puerto Rico. Rocha and the Board of Directors were elected via electronic ballots, marking the first time that electronic ballots were used to facilitate LULAC’s election process. The electronic balloting reaffirms LULAC’s commitment to transparent and efficient elections which was part of President Rocha's platform.

Patricia Roybal Caballero from Albuquerque, New Mexico was elected Treasurer, while Jared Hernandez from Galveston, Texas was elected LULAC National Youth President and Abigail Zapote from Dallas, Texas, was elected Vice President for the Young Adults.

Other elected vice presidents include: Lourdes Galvan from San Antonio, Texas, Vice President for Women; Joseph Enriquez Henry from Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President for the Midwest; Gabriel Rosales from San Antonio, Texas, Vice President for the Southwest; David Hernandez from Phoenix, Arizona, Vice President for the Farwest; Juan Lopez from Boston, Massachusetts, Vice President for the Northeast; Lydia Medrano from Tampa, Florida, Vice President of the Southeast; Frank Urteaga from Houston, Texas, Vice President for the Elderly; and Ana Estrada Valenzuela from Tucson, Arizona, Vice President for the Youth.

The LULAC National Convention site in 2016 will be in Washington, D.C. In 2017, the convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas and in 2018 it will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.

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.

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LULAC Responds to New Policies on Family Detention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC National President, Roger Rocha, released the following statement regarding the announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency that it plans to release qualifying mothers and children detained after attempting to cross the U.S border:

"The agency’s decision to reconsider its policy to detain families who are seeking to establish eligibility for asylum is a positive step forward. LULAC supports the agency's commitment to review the cases of those individuals who have been in detention for over 90 days.

LULAC remains concerned by the substandard holding facilities used by ICE for detainees, including mothers and children, whose only crime is to seek a better life. For example, according to recent reports, the Eloy Detention Center outside of Tucson, Arizona has reported 14 detainee deaths since 2003.

LULAC, along with hundreds of lawmakers, has called for an immediate end to family detention and will continue to monitor the agency as it proceeds with the new policies. We welcome an opportunity to work with the agency in establishing more humane, less costly and more productive alternatives to the detention of families in prison facilities."

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July 15, 2015


LULAC Applauds Boston Mayor's Stand Against Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC National President, Roger Rocha, issued the following statement applauding Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his stance in support of Latinos.

"LULAC commends Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for demanding that Trump apologize to the Latino community before trying to develop new hotels in the city of Boston. The disparaging remarks made by Trump of immigrants have been denounced by civil rights organizations, politicians from both sides of the isle and corporations, many of which have severed their business ties with Trump. LULAC commends Mayor Walsh for his courageous stance. As an accomplished advocate for working people and a son of immigrants, Mayor Walsh understands the many challenges faced by immigrants who come to the United States seeking a better life for themselves and their children. The immigrant community certainly does not deserve to be the target of disparaging remarks by a politician pandering to his disconnected base. LULAC appreciates Mayor Walsh for standing up for the Latino community."

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July 15, 2015


LULAC Hails Hispanic Republicans for Denouncing Views Expressed by Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC National President, Roger Rocha issued the following statement in support of the letter sent by members of the Hispanic Republican business and elected community denouncing Donald Trump.

"LULAC appreciates and supports the position taken by Hispanic Republicans in an open letter to Latino Fox which repudiates Donald Trump's views. The disparaging remarks made by Donald Trump have been denounced by politicians from both sides of the isle and we are glad to see the out pour of support continue, including the Hispanic Republicans who singed the open letter to Fox Latino. We know that the road to the White House runs through the heart of the Hispanic community and a candidate running for political office would be well served to refrain from making derogatory remarks of Latino immigrants."

If you would like to read the open letter, please go to latino.foxnews.com/latino/opinion/2015/07/14/open-letter-from-hispanic-republicans-to-donald-trump.

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Carnaval Latino Don't miss the LACC's Open House on Friday, September 4, 2015. The theme will be Carnaval Latino. One thing that various Latino cultures have in common is the tradition of Carnaval. This year's theme represents our diversity and similarities as Latinos. The LACC Open House, Latino Luncheon and Proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month will take place Friday, September 4, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. LACC staff provide the buffet, cooking a dish from their Ancestral country. Location is the LACC, 403 N. Van Buren Street, Wilmington. To RSVP, please contact Sindy Rodriguez at srodriguez@thelatincenter.org

 

46th Annual Grand Ball: A Night in Cuba The LACC's 46th Annual Grand Ball, A Night in Cuba, is set for Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 700 N. King Street, Wilmington. Tickets are $150/person or $2,000/table. Visit www.thelatincenter.org and click on Grand Ball Tickets. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For information about sponsorships, contact swilson@thelatincenter.org

 

Family Immigration Services Immigration Specialist Maria Mesias has joined the LACC's new Family Immigration Services program, which is up and running. The Family Immigration Services (FIS) program provides fee-based legal assistance to individuals seeking to legalize their status in the United States, be reunited with their families, renew their legal documents or obtain other immigration benefits. Ms. Mesias will educate clients and evaluate their eligibility, risks and issues for immigration and citizenship benefits. She will also assist clients in preparing government applications and documentation. Contact Maria Mesias, (302) 655-7338(302) 655-7338, Ext. 7705, Email: mmesias@thelatincenter.org

 

Thank You to the Criminal Justice Council (CJC) for awarding the LACC a Victims of Crime Grant (VOCA) to provide bilingual and culturally sensitive therapy to crime victims. The CJC also supports the Families in Control Program to Prevent Domestic Violence. Program advocate Maria Garcia will be deliver a total of 10 sessions to teens and their families on the topic of healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention. For information, contact Robin Taylor, LCSW, Email: rtaylor@thelatincenter.org

 

Welcome to therapist Julissa Coriano. Ms. Coriano recently graduated with her MSW from Widener University and is working on her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality.

 

STEAM Camp "Repeat after me," said the camp counselor, "Cytoplasm," and 40 little voices shouted "Cytoplasm!" In the LACC STEAM summer camp, more than 190 children in grades K-5 have a biology lesson every morning. In the afternoon, activities reinforce the lessons and include art. For example, during the study of cells, children created drawings and paintings using various cell shapes they observed through a microscope and in picture books. By the way, did you know the Ostrich egg is the largest cell in the world! Many thanks to Teach for America and the Summer Collaborative for their immense support and technical assistance. For more information, contact Edgar Martinez, Email: emartinez@thelatincenter.org or Calixto Vazquez, Email: cvazquez@thelatincenter.org


More STEAM Camp Visit www.thelatincenter.org and scroll down to view videos of STEAM summer camp activities. You can also follow the STEAM Camp on Instagram.

 

Summer Leadership Academythe Summer Leadership Academy for middle school youth is off to a great start, with headquarters at St. Paul RC Church in Hilltop. Youth explore self-identity, cultural heritage, and community issues. To explore self-identity, students worked together to create life-size self-portraits. At Terrapin Adventures in Maryland, youth took on a series of challenges -- a high ropes course, a zip line, and a giant swing. The Leadership Academy Media Team has created a weekly newsletter for parents and the community. If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter or for more information, contact Jason Cohen, Email: jacohen215@gmail.com. Many thanks to Teach for America and the Summer Collaborative for their immense support and technical assistance.

 

Project P.A.C.T TripsMore than 20 Teens from the Project P.A.C.T. program attended a trips to Wilmington Riverfront Stratosphere Trampoline Park on June 19, 2015, and The Philadelphia Zoo on June 30, 2015. These alternative activities provided teens with an outlet to for their energy and creativity without the presence of drugs and alcohol. The trips included a Riverfront paddle boat ride and a camel ride at the Zoo. Teens were asked to choose an animal at the Zoo that would best represent a positive character trait in their lives to promote resiliency in the face of adversity. Prevention Programs at the LACC are made possible by support from the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). For more information about the Project P.A.C.T. program, please contact Marco Ramos at (302) 442-7721(302) 442-7721, Email: mramos@thelatincenter.org

 

The Journey to Freedom from Addiction was the theme of the 7th Annual ArtAddiction exhibition, held at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts on June 18, 2015. A juried art competition, ArtAddiction seeks to explore addiction and recovery through artistic expression. Works by beginners as well as advanced artists were exhibited. Tyelor Farmer, Brett Witte, and Eric Hendrickson won prizes in the Advanced Category, while Monica Lopez, Denise Vasquez Matos, and Gabriela Freites won prizes in the Beginner category. Congratulations to the winners! Prevention Programs at the LACC are made possible by support from the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). For more information, contact Tya Pope, Email: tpope@thelatincenter.org

 

Common Ground on the Hill The Prevention Promoters Program sponsored eight program participants this yearto attend Traditions Week I as a prevention activity and a way of enriching the lives of our community members with the arts. Traditions Weeks I & II are separate weeks of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional, roots-based arts, held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Prevention Programs at the LACC are made possible by support from the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). For more information, contact Tya Pope, Email: tpope@thelatincenter.org

 

Tax Credits for LACC Donors If you pay Delaware state income tax, you may be interested in the Delaware State Housing Authority's Neighborhood Assistance Act Program. This program allows individuals, corporations and businesses to take a tax credit if they make an approved contribution to registered nonprofit agencies like the LACC. For individuals, the minimum contribution amount is $2,500, while for businesses, the minimum contribution amount is $10,000. Maximum contribution amounts for both individuals and businesses is $100,000. Contact Sara Wilson, Email: swilson@thelatincenter.org for more details. Please consult your financial advisor about what best meets your needs.

 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. 14 de julio de 2015. - "No seremos cómplices del inmovilismo colonial ni de las políticas de castigo a los trabajadores y a los sectores más vulnerables". Esta es la respuesta del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) a la invitación para participar con el gobierno en la preparación de un plan fiscal y económico. Así lo informaron en conferencia de prensa Fernando Martín y Juan Dalmau, presidente ejecutivo y secretario general de la colectividad, respectivamente.

 


"En la reunión que Rubén Berríos sostuvo con el Gobernador y su equipo de reestructuración fiscal en Fortaleza, presentó dos condiciones para su participación: que no se adoptaran medidas de corte neoliberal contra la clase asalariada y trabajadora; y dar pasos decisivos para atender la relación política colonial entre Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. La respuesta que recibimos de La Fortaleza tal y como lo sospechábamos, fue una repleta de generalidades, sin ningún plan concreto y sin cumplir con los requerimientos que Rubén planteó", expresó Martín. 


Por su parte, Dalmau puntualizó que es evidente que lo que persigue el Gobernador es crear la falsa impresión de acción consensuada con diversos sectores, mientras la realidad es que pretende imponer su inmovilismo colonial y su política neoliberal, a la que se oponen el movimiento sindical y los sectores más vulnerables del país.


"Nuestro Partido rechaza el desacreditado enfoque neoliberal del Informe Krueger que el Gobernador ya ha abrazado e insistimos que cualquier intento de superar la crisis que no se enfrente a la misma vez a la necesidad de ponerle fin al coloniaje está destinado al fracaso. Del mismo modo repudiamos que el Gobierno continúe negándose a atender el problema de fondo: el problema de un régimen colonial que nos tiene maniatados para enfrentar la crisis", sentenció el también Comisionado Electoral del PIP.


"Mientras el gobierno actual persista en permanecer en negación frente a la apabullante y destructiva realidad del colonialismo, el país continuará por la ruta del deterioro económico y social. No seremos cómplices del inmovilismo colonial ni de las políticas de castigo a los trabajadores y a los sectores más vulnerables", culminó Martín.
 

 

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News Use on Twitter and Facebook Is on the Rise

July 14, 2015 (Washington) Fully 63% of Facebook users and the same share of Twitter users now say each platform serves as source for news about events and issues outside of friends and family—a share that has increased substantially from 2013, when about half of users of each platform (52% of Twitter users, 47% of Facebook users) said they got news there, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The representative survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults finds that, although both Twitter and Facebook have the same portion of users who get news there, the platforms have significant differences in their potential news distribution strengths. Twitter is used more than Facebook for breaking news; nearly six-in-ten Twitter news users (59%), for example, say they follow breaking news on Twitter to keep up with a news event as it is happening, almost double the31% of Facebook users (who say they do so on Facebook.

“As social networking sites recognize and adapt to their role in the news environment, each will offer unique features. These different ways of connecting with news have implications for how Americans learn about the world and their communities, and for how they take part in the democratic process,” said Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Center’s Director of Journalism Research.  

The data show that this increase since 2013 in the share of Twitter and Facebook users getting news from these sites cuts across nearly all demographic groups measured. The use of Twitter as a news source, for example, grew among both users under 35 (55% to 67%) and those 35 and older (47% to 59%); younger users are however still more likely to get news on Facebook. On Facebook, news use grew among both men (44% to 61%) and women (49% to 65%).

“The sizeable increase in news consumption on Twitter and Facebook since 2013 corresponds with new initiatives and features both platforms have introduced to promote access and engagement with media content,” said Jon Sotsky, Knight Foundation director for strategy and assessment. “Exploring how news consumption through social media can shape how people interact with, respond and react to the news will be critical for news providers and others interested in advancing the real-world impact of journalism.”

The analysis suggests that different habits and topics are more suited to different platforms. For instance, following news outlets directly is more common on Twitter, with 46% of Twitter users following news organizations, reporters, or commentators compared with 28% of Facebook users. When it comes to news and information about government and politics, Facebook users are more likely than Twitter users to post and respond to content. About a third (32%) of Facebook users say they post about government and politics on Facebook and 28% comment on these types of posts. In comparison, 25% of Twitter users tweet about this news topic and 13% reply to tweets on this topic posted by others.

Twitter and Facebook users report seeing news about seven of eleven topics asked about in the survey at roughly the same rates:  people and events in your community, local weather and traffic, entertainment, crime, local government, science and technology, and health and medicine. Four remaining topics were seen at higher rates on Twitter: national government and politics (72% vs. 61%), international affairs (63% vs. 51%), business (55% vs. 42%) and sports (70% vs. 55%). On Facebook, women are more likely to regularly see posts about health, entertainment, and people and events in your community, while posts about weather, entertainment, crime, and health are more commonly seen by women on Twitter.

The data in this report are based on a survey of 2,035 U.S. adults, including 331 Twitter users and 1,315 Facebook users. The survey was conducted over two weekends: March 13-15, 2015 (N=1,018) and March 20-22, 2015 (N=1,017). This is the latest report in an ongoing series examining the role of news on social media.

The survey is available at: http://www.journalism.org/2015/07/14/the-evolving-role-of-news-on-twitter-and-facebook


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dana Page at 202.419.4372202.419.4372 or 
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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. The center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This report was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support for the project from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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El desastre de Puerto Rico. La alternativa           

 

Escrito por Nils Castro    

Lunes, 13 de Julio de 2015 

 

 

A mediados del siglo XX, el gobierno de Washington exhibía a Puerto Rico como "la Vitrina del Caribe", el modelo soñado para los países mesoamericanos y unos decenios después igualmente lo hicieron los predicadores neoliberales y los apologistas de los TLC. Sin embargo, hace ya un par de décadas la economía de la isla se congeló y desde hace 10 años constituye una catástrofe cuyas crecientes calamidades atormentan el empleo, la alimentación, la seguridad social, la salud, la criminalidad y la estructura demográfica de la población. Ahora una deuda pública impagable dio pie a que The Economist califique a la isla como "la Grecia del Caribe" y más de la mitad de los puertorriqueños señala que la principal causa del desastre es el estatus político que aquellos pregoneros encomiaban: el Estado Libre Asociado.

 

 

Por una sentencia que la Corte Suprema estadunidense dictó en 1901 (tres años después de que la armada de su país le quitara esa posesión a España), Puerto Rico "pertenece a" pero "no es parte de" Estados Unidos, y su soberanía corresponde al Congreso norteamericano. En otras palabras, no es un Estado de la Unión sino un "territorio" o, como eso se llama en el resto del mundo, una colonia. Aunque en 1952 Washington le concedió a la isla un estatus que les permite a sus pobladores elegir gobierno local, ellos carecen de soberanía y, por consiguiente, no pueden decidir su propia política económica ni aspirar a auxilios del Banco Mundial, el BID, el Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) ni otras agencias multilaterales. Porque Puerto Rico no puede siquiera decidir qué barcos autoriza a atracar en sus muelles.

 

Durante más de medio siglo, la isla tuvo interés geoestratégico y albergó bases de la armada estadunidense. Aunque la ocupación norteamericana implantó un modelo de urbanización y de economía que arrasaron la agricultura que antes la sostuvo, el valor militar de su ubicación geográfica justificaba los subsidios que eso costaba. Pero desde los años 80 del siglo pasado ese valor decayó, mientras la resistencia puertorriqueña a las bases militares crecía, y desde hace más de 10 años en Puerto Rico ya no queda ninguna de ellas.

 

No obstante, el gasto en subsidios prosigue. Dado que el control norteamericano quebró la economía puertorriqueña y la hizo insostenible, ahora el Tesoro federal estadunidense eroga más de US$ 6,000 millones anuales en asistencia a sus pobladores en empleo, nutrición, vivienda, salud y educación. Según el Departamento de Agricultura de EEUU, en 2012 el 37% de los puertorriqueños residentes en la isla recibió asistencia alimentaria, por un total de US$ 2,000 millones. Sin contar que, por efecto del estatus colonial, ellos pueden emigrar libremente a Estados Unidos, lo que disfraza las cifras tanto de los subsidios federales como de las víctimas de la crisis que azota a Puerto Rico.

 

La crisis se acelera

 

¿Por qué en el último decenio esa crisis se agravó con tanta rapidez? A mediados del siglo pasado la ocupación estadunidense implantó el estilo de urbanización típico de las afueras de las ciudades norteamericanas, y dirigió la economía puertorriqueña, mediante subsidios, hacia la industria ligera, la química, la electrónica y los servicios, con ruinosas consecuencias para la agricultura y sus derivados. Pero en los años 70 la crisis petrolera mundial hizo fracasar la refinería construida en la isla y los negocios asociados a ella. Washington apeló entonces a legislar incentivos fiscales que atrajeran industrias farmacéuticas a Puerto Rico.

 

Sin embargo, desde los años 90 Estados Unidos procuró tratados de libre comercio con países del continente, y al cabo México, República Dominicana y Centroamérica pasaron a ser más atractivos para fabricar manufacturas destinadas al mercado norteamericano. Para colmo, en 2006 concluyeron los incentivos para mantener compañías farmacéuticas en la isla y un creciente número de ellas abandonó el país, disparando una mayor crisis del empleo. La cesantía rápidamente sobrepasó el 13%, más del doble que en Estados Unidos.

 

Por ese tipo de motivos miles de centroamericanos y mexicanos intentan cada año migrar al Norte, y Estados Unidos se los obstaculiza por medio de los cuerpos de seguridad de sus propios países y de la "migra" norteamericana, y deporta a gran parte de quienes logran cruzar. Si bien entre los puertorriqueños la crisis provoca la misma tendencia, ellos arriban con pasaporte estadunidense y las autoridades de la potencia colonial no tienen más remedio que dejarlos entrar. Por esa vía, en los últimos años Puerto Rico perdió 144,000 habitantes, una caída cercana al 3% de su gente. El 40% de las familias que sigue en la isla está bajo la línea de la pobreza y el 42% de quienes se van lo hacen en busca de empleo.

 

Esto no implica que esos migrantes consiguen mejor vida. La mayor parte --que ahora va más a la Florida central que a la saturada Nueva York-- pasa a sobrevivir con dramáticas carencias. Entre dificultades para superar la barrera del idioma y los prejuicios raciales, se hacinan en albergues temporales y demoran en retener empleos marginales, en un país agobiado por su propia crisis.

 

Dicha sangría incluye tanto a profesionales y técnicos como a trabajadores no calificados; hace envejecer la edad promedio de la población isleña, reduce la población productiva y agrega daños adicionales a la economía. Al disminuir la población activa, contrae la demanda, achica la oferta trabajo y los salarios, y al cabo más gente se va. Ahora en la isla quedan 3.7 millones de habitantes y en Estados Unidos hay 4.7 millones de puertorriqueños. Se calcula que entre 2006 y 2011 una cuarta parte del PIB se perdió en este éxodo.

 

En el corto plazo, uno de sus efectos es la crisis fiscal y presupuestaria que ya quiebra al gobierno isleño y amenaza la gobernabilidad del país. A cuenta de las facilidades que antes el estatus de "territorio" le permitió a los gobiernos locales, estos se endeudaron mucho más de lo admisible. Y ahora, bajo la presión de los acreedores, al no ser un país independiente Puerto Rico carece de los medios que una nación soberana usaría para enfrentar el problema. Y al tampoco ser un Estado de la Unión, está impedida de solicitar las ayudas que la legislación norteamericana prevé para las entidades que sí forman parte de su federación.

 

Según el Centro para una Nueva Economía (CNE), entidad independiente puertorriqueña, en 2013 la deuda del país ya ascendía a US$ 70,000 millones (unos US$ 19,000 por habitante), lo que representa un 102% del PIB y no se corresponde con lo que la isla produce. En otras palabras, Puerto Rico es estructuralmente insolvente. Su debacle presupuestaria viene de que por más de 20 años nunca generó ingresos suficientes para pagar sus gastos de operación, y en su lugar tomaba préstamos del mercado de bonos, donde multiplicó su endeudamiento hasta llegar al punto donde ya carece de crédito.

 

Amargo fruto de esta acumulación, en febrero pasado la calificadora Standard and Poor's degradó la deuda de Puerto Rico hasta la categoría de bonos basura, decisión que días después fue seguida por su homóloga Moody's. En ambos casos, señalando las dificultades de ese país para financiar un déficit de US$ 2,200 millones, y que todas sus obligaciones están en riesgo.

 

Hoy el gobierno local declara que su deuda es impagable, padece una insuficiencia fiscal que monta US$ 2,400 millones y, a la vez, está impedido de recurrir a nuevos préstamos en términos "normales", puesto que no tiene cómo amortizar una deuda de casi US$ 73,000 millones con los bonistas de Wall Street. Ello, sin contar que esa insuficiencia no incluye los US$ 400 millones que faltan en cuentas atrasadas del Banco Gubernamental de Fomento (BGF), ni los US$ 500 millones que el gobierno adeuda a los contribuyentes que han tributado en exceso.

 

Cuando en marzo pasado el gobierno local intentaba armar su presupuesto de ingresos y gastos para el año 2015-16 ya había un déficit estructural de US$ 651 millones. Como el nuevo presupuesto costará unos US$ 9,800 millones, concretarlo va a imponer dolorosos recortes.

 

En Puerto Rico varios servicios son prestados por empresas estatales y el gobierno intenta armar un presupuesto que minimice el despido de empleados públicos. Pero no es capaz de idear una reforma tributaria aceptable y su única propuesta ha sido aumentar el Impuesto sobre Ventas y Uso (IVU), que buscó elevar del 7 al 16% y extenderlo a servicios que antes no tributaban, opción electoralmente peligrosa que no logró el apoyo ni de los legisladores del partido gobernante. Al cabo transó por un 11.5%, anunciando que buscará añadir un Impuesto al Valor Agregado (IVA), que el Congreso ya antes ha rechazado.

 

La senadora independentista María de Lourdes Santiago denunció que el incremento del IVU es un golpe adicional a los trabajadores y a los pobres, en "uno de los países que exhibe una de las mayores brechas de desigualdad en el planeta". Pero, lejos de ocuparse de mitigarla, el gobierno agota sus pocas facultades buscando "cuadrar" las cuentas entre ingresos fiscales y gastos corrientes, sin siquiera imaginar por sí mismo otra política económica.

 

Sitiados por el estatus

 

Ello agrava un conjunto de consecuencias socioeconómicas y humanitarias. Puerto Rico continúa perdiendo seguridad alimentaria y se encamina a una crisis de la atención sanitaria. Luego de que desde los años 50 relegó la agricultura, importa el 87% de los alimentos de consumo diario. Un reportaje del periódico El Nuevo Día el 24 de septiembre de 2014 informó que el déficit de la seguridad alimentaria se debe a que "no estamos organizados como país", y que "si nos cierran los muelles, nos morimos de hambre". Esto alude a que, desde 1920, el Congreso norteamericano sometió a la isla a las leyes de cabotaje de Estados Unidos, por lo cual ella solo puede utilizar buques de fabricación, propiedad y tripulación norteamericanas, la flota más cara del mundo. Además de las restricciones que eso le impone a la viabilidad de su economía,  le impide a la isla adquirir alimentos frescos.

 

Al propio tiempo, según el mismo diario relató el 20 de mayo de 2015, la situación fiscal hace disminuir el número de pacientes que acuden a los hospitales, por la reducción de los proveedores de servicios e insumos médicos. Se paralizan las cirugías electivas por los problemas económicos del Plan de Salud del Gobierno. Distintos servicios hospitalarios se interrumpen por el despido de empleados y la sobrecarga de los que quedan para atender a los pacientes. Y se reduce la contratación de especialistas, así como las autorizaciones de hospitalización y de cirugías.

 

Como el exgobernador Aníbal Acevedo lo reflejó en unas amargas declaraciones el pasado 24 de junio, mientras Puerto Rico le produjo azúcar y soldados, y mientras ofrecía sus tierras para entrenamiento militar y una economía abierta donde sus empresas prosperaron, Estados Unidos le dijo al mundo que trabajaba junto a la isla; pero ahora que Puerto Rico ha quedado en una profunda crisis que amenaza sus servicios esenciales, Washington se pone a distancia.

 

Todo eso descarta al viejo cliché de la ideología colonialista según la cual "si no fuera por los americanos aquí estaríamos como en Santo Domingo". De hecho, pese a sus conocidas dificultades, hoy la economía dominicana anda mejor que la puertorriqueña.

 

En otras palabras, el gobierno de Puerto Rico está atrapado sin salida, en tanto tiene las manos atadas por el mismo problema que paraliza y agobia a las demás instancias de la economía y la sociedad del país: el dominio colonial que Washington ejerce en la isla desde 1898. Aunque el Estado Libre Asociado --el ELA-- le permite una limitada administración interna, el gobierno puertorriqueño no está autorizado ni para declararse en bancarrota.

 

Sin capacidad para concebir otra cosa, el gobierno contrató a una ex jefa de economistas del Banco Mundial, Anne Krugger, para que establezca la hoja de ruta que saque al país del atascadero. El informe Krugger empezó por reconocer que el problema no viene del flujo de efectivo sino del largo atasco del crecimiento, pero de allí derivó el conocido paquete neoliberal de recomendaciones, que enseguida despertó el rechazo de sus víctimas. Entre otras cosas demandó rebajar el salario mínimo, exigir más horas de labor para pagar horas extras, eliminar el Bono de Navidad, disminuir a la mitad las vacaciones pagadas, alargar el período de prueba de nuevos trabajadores (hasta ahora de seis meses) a dos años, facilitar el despido de trabajadores sin consecuencias para el patrono, elevar diversos impuestos, eliminar las amnistías contributivas, cesar parte de los maestros de la enseñanza pública y reducir el salario de los restantes (ya que al disminuir la población bajó la matricula), recortarle el subsidio a la Universidad de Puerto Rico, etc.

 

Inmediatamente la Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) denunció que tales políticas no figuran en el plan de gobierno por el que se votó en las pasadas elecciones, ni en el plan de ningún otro partido, y reclamó que las medidas que el grupo de trabajo designado por el gobierno decida adoptar se sometan a referendo, para que el pueblo decida si las avala o repudia. Con lo cual crece una perspectiva similar a la de Grecia, ya no por el volumen de la deuda sino por el rechazo de la población a los nuevos sacrificios que el gobierno pretenda imponerle para apaciguar a los acreedores.

 

Por lo contrario ¿qqué alternativas pudieran implementarse si Puerto Rico no estuviera sometida al estatus colonial, para poder volverse una economía sostenible y con adecuadas perspectivas de crecimiento y desarrollo? De hecho, la isla dispone de buenas infraestructuras --carreteras, tendido eléctrico y de comunicaciones, acueductos y drenajes, instalaciones escolares y hospitalarias, puerto y aeropuerto--, pero carece de permiso para gestionarlas en su propio interés. Como hemos dicho, para financiar un mejor aprovechamiento de esas facilidades, bajo esa camisa de fuerza el país no puede negociar apoyos de la banca multilateral de desarrollo, como las demás naciones latinoamericanas y caribeñas.

 

Tampoco puede solicitar la colaboración de los organismos internacionales apropiados para reanimar la actividad agropecuaria y agroindustrial, y mejorar la producción alimentaria, o para reanimar la industria ligera y el turismo, como la FAO, el PNUD, la ONUDI y la OMT. Ni de los organismos regionales de integración y cooperación, ya que en las condiciones de ese estatus Puerto Rico no pude ser miembro pleno ni asociado del Caricom, de la Asociación de Estados del Caribe, ni de Petrocaribe, como sus vecinas Jamaica y República Dominicana. Como tampoco serlo de la Celac y ni aun de la OEA. 

 

Pese a estar en medio del Caribe la isla no ha podido desarrollarse como centro de enlaces y servicios marítimos regionales, al encontrarse reducida a ser cliente menor de la marina norteamericana de cabotaje.

 

Sitiada por el ELA, tampoco puede reorganizar en su propio interés sus relaciones económicas, comerciales y financieras con Estados Unidos a través de la negociación de un tratado comercial, como los países centroamericanos y la mayor parte de los estados ribereños de la cuenca del Caribe. Ni decidir su esquema de relaciones con los países europeos o del Pacífico asiático.

 

En resumen, Puerto Rico es una nación aislada e inmovilizada por su estatus territorial, que la mantiene al margen tanto de los flujos de la cooperación y la solidaridad regionales como de la competitividad global.

 

¿Necesita Washington otro dolor de cabeza?

 

El ELA constituye, pues, el peor obstáculo al desarrollo de la isla y de esa parte de Hispanoamérica y el Caribe, a la vez que se ha vuelto un foco de dolores de cabeza --y de costos sin retribución-- para Estados Unidos; hecho que, al cabo, también empieza a percibirse desde el punto de vista de la metrópoli colonial.

 

Así, el 7 de noviembre de 2013 el Washington Post reconoció que la crisis económica puertorriqueña está fundamentada en la estructura de sus estatus político. "Los problemas económicos y financieros de Puerto Rico son estructurales -trazables, en última instancia, a su confusa condición política", la cual no se ha resuelto a pesar "de décadas de tediosas disputas políticas". El periódico descartó cualquier posibilidad de que el Congreso apruebe darle asistencia económica especial a la isla y advirtió que eso no va a ocurrir, dado que "el Congreso es hostil a los rescates [...] y no se tiene claro cómo esa solución puede encajar en el marco legal y constitucional único que vincula a Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos".

 

El Post observó que desde 2004 la economía puertorriqueña ha decrecido un 16% y atribuyó la recesión iniciada en 2006 a la finalización de la normativa que le otorgaba privilegios fiscales a las corporaciones estadunidenses que se establecieran en la Isla. Con lo cual concluyó que son muchos los villanos culpables de la crisis económica de la isla, recalcando la ironía de que Puerto Rico solo llama la atención de Estados Unidos cuando está en serios problemas.

 

Esos comentarios del principal diario de Washington DC reflejaron dos cambios que la cuestión puertorriqueña últimamente ha experimentado. El primero, que el estatus colonial ya no es solo un problema de los puertorriqueños, sino que se ha vuelto un incómodo fastidio norteamericano. Mientras una parte del establishment no sabe cómo afrontarlo o se hace la zonza, otra busca la forma y la coyuntura políticamente más airosas para resolverlo o, dicho más crudamente, para deshacerse del mismo.

 

El segundo, que la cuestión puertorriqueña finalmente se ha liberado de la irradiación de los antiguos temas de la Guerra Fría, que por más de medio siglo la complicaron. Vale recordar que hasta los años 40 del siglo pasado las andanzas nacionalistas de don Pedro Albizu Campos eran seguidas con simpatía por los pueblos hispánicos y hasta algunas autoridades latinoamericanas, sin que se calificase de comunista a ese apasionado patriota progresista. Pero más tarde, cogido entre el fragor del antimperialismo y la histeria macartista, el fondo del asunto resultó desfigurado, dando pretextos a una pertinaz persecución a los independentistas puertorriqueños, a la tergiversación de sus razones, y al arbitrario encarcelamiento que sepultó en vida a Don Pedro.

 

Pero ahora los ciudadanos y políticos estadunidenses pueden ver el problema a la luz de su propia lógica, sin las distorsiones de aquel talón de fondo. Y lo primero que salta a la vista es lo más obvio: que los puertorriqueños son un pueblo y una cultura diferentes, y que la isla --hoy sin valor militar y turísticamente superada por varios competidores-- ya nada le aporta a Estados Unidos, mientras que subsidiar el estatus le cuesta cada vez más a los contribuyentes norteamericanos. Y que ella, además, es una fuente imparable de inmigrantes latinos, que para gran parte de los anglosajones no son más simpáticos que los llegan de México, Centroamérica y otros orígenes.

 

Con el inconveniente adicional de que tan pronto arriban pueden ejercer derechos ciudadanos y engrosan un grupo que acumula creciente peso electoral, sin que se los pueda descartar como inmigrantes deportables.

 

Al propio tiempo, el ELA --la extraña relación que aún persiste entre Estados Unidos y "su" territorio de Puerto Rico-- hace mucho dejó de encajar entre las criaturas políticas, jurídicas y morales que nuestra época halla admisibles. Circunstancia que año tras año da lugar a que el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU ponga a Washington en el incómodo banquillo de las potencias colonialistas y le dé tribuna a una larga lista de voceros latinoamericanos --tanto gubernamentales como de organizaciones sociales-- que reivindican los derechos del pueblo puertorriqueño a su independencia y soberanía.

 

Así, una y otra vez Naciones Unidas declara que Puerto Rico constituye una nación latinoamericana y caribeña, y confirma el derecho de su pueblo a la soberanía e independencia. Y cada año reitera que la cuestión del estatus de la isla debe discutirse en la Asamblea General de la ONU, donde Estados Unidos difícilmente podrá encontrar unas pocas voces que lo secunden, ninguna gratuitamente.

 

Desde el punto de vista norteamericano ¿a quién sirve prolongar tantos inconvenientes? Solo los clichés de una trasnochada inercia, o una retrasada concepción del orgullo nacional demoran su finalización. La legislación estadunidense asigna las determinaciones sobre Puerto Rico al Congreso y, periódicamente, algún Subcomité de la Cámara de Representantes le da mantenimiento a esa potestad citando a hablar sobre el asunto, sin por eso tomar decisiones al respecto, y elude que más querellas le complique la agenda. Este año, enseguida de que el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU examinó el caso, en Washington dos subcomités de la Cámara le echaron una ojeada al tema: el de Recursos Naturales y el de Asuntos Insulares.

 

La oportunidad le permitió al gobernador García Padilla exponer el catastrófico estado financiero de la isla y rogar, otra vez, que se le permita a las empresas públicas puertorriqueñas declararse en bancarrota al cobijo de la Ley federal de Quiebras, y así lapidar la posibilidad de independencia de su nación. Y, a su turno, que el portavoz anexionista Pedro Pierluise repitiera la solicitud de celebrar un refrendo que consulte si los ciudadanos de la isla quieren o no que esta se vuelva un estado de la federación norteamericana.

 

Por su parte el líder del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Rubén Berríos, tras recordarles que la quiebra de la economía de la isla es un hecho innegable, y que una clara mayoría de los puertorriqueños repudia el ELA, emplazó a los congresistas norteamericanos: "Por años se ha discutido el asunto en el Congreso --dijo--, y muchos nos preguntamos si estas vistas de este Subcomité sirven algún propósito legítimo o son meramente un quid pro quo partidista". A lo que luego agregó: "Decir que Puerto Rico debe decidir lo que quiere antes de enfrentar el problema, como ha propuesto el Presidente [Obama] es una excusa de Estados Unidos para no cumplir sus obligaciones legales como país colonial", pues si "el colonialismo es el problema, no puede ser la solución".

 

Cultura vigorosa atrapada en callejón sin salida

 

Ahora bien, ¿cuál es la opinión de los puertorriqueños y qué alternativas tiene? La propaganda colonialista escabulle la realidad consolándose con el cansino argumento de que en los comicios puertorriqueños la mayoría de los votos se reparten entre las dos organizaciones electorales del status quo, el anexionista Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), que aboga por una ilusoria conversión de Puerto Rico en Estado de la Unión, y el autonomista Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) que pese a la catástrofe en curso aún justifica el modelo colonial del ELA.

 

La superficialidad de esa interpretación oculta varias cosas. Para empezar, que en las elecciones puertorriqueñas no se dirime el estatus político ni la soberanía de la isla, sino a quiénes se elige para administrar los asuntos corrientes: limpieza y ornato, bacheo, mantenimiento de las instalaciones escolares, seguridad policial, etc. La elección de gobernador, legisladores y alcaldes poco tiene que ver con las preferencias ciudadanas sobre el colonialismo o la independencia, que en esos eventos no se dirimen.

 

La discusión del estatus pasa por consideraciones ajenas a esas preferencias. El régimen del ELA le concede a cada nativo de la isla pasaporte estadunidense y la posibilidad de emigrar legalmente a Estados Unidos. Igualmente, acceso a subsidios federales con los cuales mitigar sus carencias de empleo o alimentos, y algunos servicios de salud y educación. No son pocos los latinoamericanos pobres y de clase media que desearían tener prerrogativas similares, lo que no significa que ellos renunciarían a su identidad nacional. Y bajo la crisis en curso ningún puertorriqueño desearía perder estas prerrogativas, por mucho que le desagrade el régimen colonial.

 

Pero eso no debilita la cultura puertorriqueña ni el fuerte sentimiento nacional que caracteriza a su pueblo. Lo demuestra a diario su obstinado apego al idioma castellano con su distintiva modalidad dialectal y gesticular, a las costumbres y formas cotidianas de convivencia y confraternización, asociadas a sus propios gustos culinarios, musicales y artísticos --afines a los de toda la familia hispano-caribeña-- tan característicos de quienes viven en la isla como de los millones de emigrados nostálgicos que comparten la añoranza de su sol y su mar nativos entre los rigores del invierno norteamericano.

 

A contrapelo de esta clara evidencia, "durante décadas los proyectos de perpetuación de la colonia del PPD, y de promoción de la anexión del PNP, se han fundado en el principio perverso de promover la dependencia y la pobreza", acusa María de Lourdes Santiago. La senadora independentista recuerda que, precisamente, ambos partidos del sistema imperante coinciden en fomentar que la gente no trabaje, no produzca, a la vez que "abonan el cultivo rastrero al culto a los intereses extranjeros con la entronización de la mediocridad en las posiciones más altas del gobierno" local.

 

En lo que se refiere al PPD, justificador del estatus vigente, los resultados de la última década desnudan el callejón sin salida que ha entrampado a la isla. Pero sobre el PNP --el otro lado de la mancuerna política reinante-- no cabe decir menos, pues sus pasadas estadías en el gobierno han sido parte del mismo proceso destructor de la viabilidad del país. A lo que se agrega que su propuesta se basa en una falacia, ya que la opción de convertir la isla en un Estado adicional a los 50 que integran Estados Unidos es palmariamente irrealizable. No apenas porque falten puertorriqueños enajenados por la cultura colonial que puedan votar por ella, sino porque no hay estadunidenses dispuestos a aceptarlo.

 

"Sin duda existen poderosas razones económicas, sociales, políticas y culturales para estar contra la estadidad desde las perspectivas tanto de Puerto Rico como de Estados Unidos", advierte Rubén Berríos. Por lo que toca a la parte norteamericana, recuerda Berríos, tras el fracaso del ELA el impacto económico de la llegada de un nuevo Estado mucho más pobre que el Estado más pobre de la Unión --y por añadidura racialmente mixto y hablador de otro idioma-- con un número de representantes en el Congreso superior al de muchos de los demás Estados, no sería poca cosa al disputar la repartición del pastel presupuestario federal.

 

Por lo tanto, concluye Berríos, "la opción estadista es el beso de la muerte de cualquier plebiscito auspiciado por el gobierno federal sencillamente porque la estadidad va contra los intereses nacionales de Estados Unidos". Y su criterio es compartido por los senadores norteamericanos que se han ocupado del tema.

 

Las uvas están más maduras de lo que parece

 

En lo que toca al pueblo residente en Puerto Rico, las opiniones volvieron a medirse el 6 de noviembre de 2012, en un plebiscito sobre el estatus reinante. El evento, por supuesto, se realizó según condiciones determinadas por las autoridades estadunidenses y conforme a su legislación, estableciéndose de antemano que sus resultados no serían vinculantes para esas autoridades. Tuvo la forma de dos consultas sucesivas votadas en el mismo acto plebiscitario y poco más del 78 por ciento de los ciudadanos de la isla acudió a sufragar.

 

La primera de esas dos consultas preguntó: "¿Está de acuerdo con mantener la condición política territorial actual (Estado Libre Asociado)?" El rechazo al estatus vigente fue evidente: el 54 por ciento de los electores votó contra la continuación del ELA.

 

La segunda consulta tuvo un resultado menos claro. Pidió a los electores contestar, al margen de sus respuestas a la pregunta anterior, cuál opción preferían: ser un Estado Libre Asociado, ser un Estado de Estados Unidos o ser un país independiente. A simple vista, pasar a ser un Estado de Estados Unidos alcanzó el 61.13 por ciento de los votos; mantener el ELA obtuvo un 33.32 por ciento, y la independencia un 5.54 por ciento. No obstante, en el plebiscito intervino un factor que exige mejor análisis de ese resultado.

 

Ciertamente, la opción de ser un estado prácticamente duplicó a la de mantener el ELA, el cual así quedó rotundamente rechazado. Sin embargo, durante la campaña previa el PPD, así como algunos grupos independentistas, llamaron a no contestar la segunda pregunta --la relativa a cuál de las tres opciones escoger--, con el efecto de que esta registró un 26.4 por ciento de votos en blanco. Si se descuenta esa fracción, el voto favorable a la estadidad se reduce a un 43.6 por ciento. Esto es, la anexión a Estados Unidos supera al ELA pero no llega al 50 por ciento de la votación emitida.

 

Por lo que toca a la votación independentista, ese 5.54 --que continúa un gradual crecimiento respecto a anteriores plebiscitos-- deja de reflejar el hecho de que una parte significativa de quienes votan por el ELA lo hacen para rechazar la anexión, no para mantener el estatus. Si la estadidad es descartada preferirán la independencia, al aclararse que los poderes políticos y mediáticos estadunidenses no estarán dispuestos a aceptar a Puerto Rico como Estado de la Unión. Tras el desastre desatado en la isla, no faltan indicios de que en la disyuntiva de escoger entre las opciones restantes, muchos de quienes aceptaban el ELA se sumarán al independentismo.

 

Esto depende del modo de entender la opción independentista. ¿Cómo se explica que esta alternativa debe construirse en las presentes condiciones del siglo XXI? ¿Cómo conflicto o cómo proceso? Esto envuelve dos modos de asumirlo. Desde el punto de vista de las tradiciones antimperialistas latinoamericanas --intensificadas al fragor de la Guerra Fría y de los empeños revolucionarios que caracterizaron a la región-- en el tratamiento del tema puertorriqueño lo principal era desenmascarar al imperialismo denunciando la dimensión colonialista de la política norteamericana.

 

En ese contexto la cuestión práctica de cómo lograr la independencia de la isla quedó indeterminada, tras el brío del discurso acusatorio y la falta de opciones que pudieran realizarse a corto o mediano plazos. Sin embargo, desde el punto de vista de la busca de alternativas prácticas para que esta generación pueda lograr la independencia, en los últimos lustros la situación cambió. Ante el hecho de que el ELA es un irremediable fiasco generador de problemas adicionales, y de que el establishment estadunidense en ningún caso estará dispuestos a aceptar a Puerto Rico como estado de la Unión --a la vez que Latinoamérica y el Caribe asumen el tema como un importante issue de las relaciones interamericanas--, la cuestión ha entrado en otra etapa.

 

Esto hace visible que una importante porción del asunto deberá madurarse en el campo subjetivo, donde hay importantes condiciones ideológico-culturales y políticas por esclarecer. Ni la parte norteamericana puede desprenderse inmediatamente de los estereotipos y pretextos con que por más de un siglo ella vistió su política colonial, ni nuestras izquierdas pueden rápidamente superar con nuevas propuestas su curtido discurso de la pasada etapa. Ahora, lograr la conversión de Puerto Rico en una república independiente y soberana es una meta alcanzable para esta generación, pero implementarla requiere una toma de conciencia y un sentido práctico cuya inmediatez no estaba prevista en el pasado discurso independentista.

 

Una situación parecida se vivió en Panamá a mediados de los años 70 al abrirse la posibilidad de avanzar de la brava arenga denunciadora del enclave colonial usurpado por Estados Unidos, a la negociación de opciones factibles para recuperar ese territorio nacional, desmantelar las bases militares extranjeras y asumir la propiedad y control efectivo del canal interoceánico. Incluso una fracción de la izquierda que por medio siglo fue parte de la lucha patriótica por la integridad nacional tuvo dificultades subjetivas para asimilar la nueva situación, que permitía saltar de la resistencia heroica al proceso conducente a concretar la victoria.

 

Omar Torrijos supo combinar, en el momento oportuno, la suma de una amplia movilización nacional y una creciente solidaridad internacional para negociar un proceso de transición. En este sentido la experiencia panameña es un ejemplo de referencia para repensar esta oportunidad puertorriqueña e idear métodos encaminados a construir sus propias soluciones. Pero, como veremos, eso exige que las partes definan sus respectivas posiciones.

 

Es hora de movilizar la emancipación

 

Puerto Rico reúne las principales condiciones materiales necesarias para convertirse en una exitosa república independiente: buena ubicación geográfica, infraestructura física apropiada, disponibilidad de tierras fértiles, población capacitada, fuerte cultura nacional. No obstante, por demasiado tiempo ha padecido un régimen político ineficiente, descapitalizador y orientado al parasitismo, por lo cual constituir la república independiente demanda una refundación del Estado. Esto es, demanda un proceso de transición.

 

Hoy está claro que el problema fundamental de Puerto Rico es depender de los subsidios norteamericanos hasta caer en el estancamiento y retracción económica. El régimen establecido resultó perjudicial para la subsistencia de su pueblo y la gobernabilidad del país. En cambio, como dice Rubén Berríos, la independencia "liberaría completamente la energía de un país cuya autoestima ha sido pisoteada [y] abriría el camino hacia una sociedad moderna, con visión de futuro, receptiva a todas las influencias culturales sin someterse a ninguna y orgullosa de la propia".

 

En estos momentos, en el contexto latinoamericano y caribeño, eso puede conseguirse mejor si se logra a los menores costos posibles. En la América hispánica del siglo XIX ello se obtuvo gloriosamente, aunque al precio de grandes y prolongados sacrificios humanos y daños materiales. En las Antillas eso no pudo conseguirse en aquel entonces y, dos siglos después ese tampoco tiene que ser el modo de lograrlo. Más que el relámpago de un grito de independencia con inmediata ruptura de todo vínculo con la metrópoli, hoy existe la posibilidad de concertar con ella un programa de descolonización. Esto es, de negociar un cronograma de sucesivas transferencias de atribuciones, responsabilidades y recursos de las autoridades coloniales a las instancias republicanas.

 

La cuestión no es destacarse como enemigo de la superpotencia norteamericana, sino que a Puerto Rico se le haga justicia y se respeten la soberanía, la autodeterminación y los derechos de la nueva república. Y al mismo tiempo, constituir una república sostenible, capaz de construir su propio desarrollo y asegurar el bienestar de su pueblo. Esto exige disponer de recursos y formar cuadros, y será menos difícil lograrlo con la cooperación que con la hostilidad de dicha superpotencia. Al cabo, la cuestión no es erizar el problema sino resolverlo.

 

En su época, un equivalente a eso fue lo resuelto en el caso del Canal de Panamá y de sus instalaciones y áreas aledañas, para alcanzar el objetivo de establecer allí un sistema no solo nacional sino eficaz y sostenible. Los plazos del cronograma descolonizador permitieron no solo prever las acciones legislativas adecuadas y las nuevas estructuras administrativas del Canal, sino formar al personal técnico requerido y una nueva cultura organizacional. Y eso también facilitó reconvertir los empleados panameños antes formados para servir al enclave colonial en funcionarios con propósito de servicio a la nación. Con lo cual en poco tiempo la vía acuática pasó a ser más eficiente, segura y rentable de lo que era bajo administración estadunidense.

 

En Puerto Rico, esa transición no tiene que ser tan prolongada como en Panamá donde, en tiempos de la Guerra Fría, Washington tuvo que reacomodar grandes medios de su sistema estratégico. Esas complicaciones ya no existen respecto a la isla.

 

Por otra parte, como en el caso de las naciones europeas que Hace algunos años concertaron acuerdos de cooperación con varias de sus antiguas colonias del Caribe, lo concertado en las negociaciones entre Panamá y Estados Unidos no se enfiló a enfrentar a ambos países sino a cambiar su género de relaciones al resolver las anteriores causas de conflicto.

 

Esto no supone que la naturaleza del imperialismo ha cambiado ni que negociar esa alternativa pueda ser fácil. Pero sí implica entender que la coyuntura varió y la cuestión de Puerto Rico ya no puede tratarse como expresión local de una contienda global entre las superpotencias que rivalizaban por el predominio planetario, como en la Guerra Fría, o en los tiempos cuando controlar la isla aseguraba una ventaja estratégica. En el actual contexto aquellas circunstancias pasaron y esto exige volver a preguntarse cuál debe ser el objetivo del pueblo puertorriqueño ante la metrópoli imperial: ¿confrontar indefinidamente o independizarse ya? Y, en consecuencia, cuál es el método para lograrlo. En otros casos sostener una guerra prolongada finalmente permitió negociar un acuerdo, pero ¿es aplicable ese ejemplo a una isla pequeña?

 

Para resolver el problema de fondo el gobierno de Washington debe dejar claro qué opciones estará dispuesto a considerar y bajo qué condiciones. En Puerto Rico se plantean tres alternativas: mantener el régimen del ELA, anexionarse a Estados Unidos o emanciparse como una república independiente. El Partido Independentista propone convocar una Asamblea de Estatus en la que cada alternativa esté proporcionalmente representada y formule su respectiva propuesta. Al final, solo opciones realistas, no coloniales ni territoriales, y susceptibles de negociarse con Washington, serían sometidas a los electores puertorriqueños.

 

Una iniciativa similar debe tener lugar en el Congreso norteamericano, en coordinación con la Casa Blanca, para que los representantes de las diferentes visiones presenten sus opciones descolonizadoras y las condiciones en que estarían dispuestos a admitirlas. Con esto el pueblo de Puerto Rico quedaría debidamente informado para escoger entre las alternativas no coloniales ni territoriales efectivamente disponibles.

 

Si el Congreso no hace lo que debe y el ELA continúa exasperando al país eso atizará al voto anexionista y un aciago día Washington podrá toparse con una petición de estadidad salida de un referendo basado en la ficción de que esto solucionaría todas las necesidades de la isla. Esa opción inadmisible metería al gobierno de Estados Unidos en un embrollo político de consecuencias harto indeseables. El modo de evitarlo a tiempo sería emprender lo que el PIP propone como un proceso colaborativo de libre determinación para Puerto Rico. Y el tiempo para hacerlo ya llegó.

 

Como hace más de 35 años ocurrió en Panamá, el objetivo de la emancipación de Puerto Rico --donde una vez más un país chico deberá negociar frente a una gran potencia-- solo podrá alcanzarse concitando una continua movilización nacional y una poderosa solidaridad continental y mundial. Sobre todo, en América Latina, en el Caribe y en sectores significativos de la opinión pública estadunidense. En difíciles tiempos de la Guerra Fría, Omar Torrijos demostró que esto es factible. Y al construir esa conjunción de fuerzas, coronó con éxito aquel objetivo nacional.

 

 

 Nils Castro es un reconocido y respetado escritor y catedrático panameño. Además,  fue consejero y asesor de los ex presidentes de Panamá, comandante Omar Torrijos y Martín Torrijos.

 

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La hora de la ruptura
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¿Cómo llamar al sacrificio, como hizo en su discurso in extremis el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla, cuando no se toma en cuenta la responsabilidad de los que han llevado al país hasta este trance? ¿Cómo puede haber un llamado al sacrificio sin responsabilidades? ¿Cómo se puede invocar el sacrificio a la vez que se obsequia la impunidad? ¿Cómo pedir el sacrificio cuando éste se entiende como selectivo, cuando no cesan los privilegios?

 

Cuba: Los Moncadistas del siglo XXI
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Los Cinco luchadores antiterroristas cubanos son hoy considerados por su pueblo “los Moncadistas del Siglo XXI”, como lo fueron aquellos jóvenes encabezados por Fidel Castro que el 26 de julio de 1953 reiniciaron las luchas libertarias en la mayor de las Antillas con el ataque al Cuartel Moncada, preámbulo del triunfo de la Revolución del 1 de enero de 1959.

 

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El Papa Francisco pronunció un extenso discurso en el encuentro con los movimientos populares reunidos en esta ciudad boliviana. A continuación el texto completo del mismo.

 

Calle 13 sobre Puerto Rico: con la independencia tienes más posibilidades de crecimiento 

 

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El vocalista de Calle 13, René Pérez, más conocido como ‘Residente’, concedió una entrevista al canal de televisión ruso RT, en la cual habló sobre la política colonial de Estados Unidos sobre Puerto Rico y las consencuencias nefastas que trae para la nación caribeña esa subordinación.

 

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Salsa has been spicing up the dance scene for years; thus, that musical genre is being declared a permanent part and parcel sound of life in our city.  The siempre salsa (salsa always) initiative was inaugurated officially at a recent City Hall ceremony; and will be explained by Jesse Bermúdez and Rob Bernberg on the next PuertoRican PANORAMA on 6abc-TV this coming weekend (at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18; and 5 a.m. on Sunday, July 19).  And, of course, there will be a big band to demonstrate salsain case youd like to try it out.

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La música de Salsa ha estado estremeciendo los salones de baile por muchos años.  Por lo tanto, ese género musical ha sido declarado como sonido oficial del medio ambiente de la Ciudad.  La iniciativa deSiempre Salsase estableció recientemente en una ceremonia en la alcaldía de Filadelfia.  Y será explicada por Jesse Bermúdez y Rob Bernberg en el próximo PuertoRican PANORAMA por el Canal 6 este fin de semana (sábado, 18 de julio, a la 1 p.m.; y domingo, 19 de julio, a las 5 a.m.).  Y, desde luego, habrá música de salsa en el show interpretada por Sonora Los Fantásticos.

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La Coordinadora de las actividades del Cerro Maravilla dedicará los actos del sábado 25 de julio de 2015  a los presos políticos , al Lcdo. Rubén Berríos Martínez y a la Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela. Las actividades de conmemoración del Día de los Mártires se llevarán  a cabo en el Cerro Maravilla, en Villalba.


 

A las 8:00 a.m. Antonio Ramos Robles, dirigirá la ceremonia íntima ante las cruces de Carlos Soto Arriví y Arnaldo Darió Rosado, asesinados por la policía en 1978, durante la administración del entonces gobernador Carlos Romero Barceló. Los actos continuarán  a las 9:30 am con la entonación del himno Revolucionario  por Flora Santiago, seguido de  un mensaje especial a cargo del  Lcdo. Rubén Berríos Martínez. El mensaje principal lo hará el  Padre Pedro Ortiz.

 

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El Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño y sus Comités de Ponce, Caguas, Mayagüez y San Sebastián junto a el Comité Pro Conmemoración Natalicio Don Pedro Albizu Campos y la Librería El Candil invitan a Presentaciones de Nelson A. Denis en Puerto Rico a realizarse desde el 18 hasta el 25 de julio en distintos pueblos de la Isla.
Calendario:

18 de julio de 2015
Parque Monumento a Don Pedro Albizu Campos
Bo. Tenerías en Ponce.
Hora 7:30 PM
Presentará el libro el Lic. Hugo Rodríguez Díaz,
Secretario de Programa y Sub-secretario Asuntos con Norteamérica del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño.
Conversatorio con Nelson A. Denis
Acto Artístico con Francisco Javier Quiñones Santiago 
Ese día cumple años Don Rafael Cancel Miranda y lo estaremos celebrando.
Organiza el Comité PIP de Ponce en colaboración con el Comité Pro Conmemoración Natalicio Don Pedro Albizu Campos

19 de julio de 2015
Hora 3:00 PM

Presentador del libro: Juan Dalmau 
Secretario General PIP
Tertulia con Nelson A. Denis
Salón Eugenio Ma. de Hostos,
EDP College,
San Sebastián, Puerto Rico
Organiza Comité PIP San Sebastián

20 de julio de 2015
Hora 7:30 PM
Centro Recreativo, Urb. Villa Criollos de Caguas.
Ave. Luis Muñoz Marín,
Al lado Casa del Ajedrez de Caguas.
Presentación a cargo del Profesor Luis Domenech
Conversatorio con el autor, Nelson A. Denis
Acto Artístico con el cantautor O. Decrem,
Organiza Comité PIP de Caguas

21 de julio de 2015
El local de la UTIER
Boulevard Eudaldo Báez García. 
A las 7:00 pm
Organiza Comité PIP de Mayagüez

23 de julio de 2015
Hora: 7:30 PM
Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico, 
Miramar
Auspiciada por el Colegio de Abogados

24 de julio de 2015
Hora 3:00 PM
Tertulia con Nelson Denis en El Candil
Librería El Candil,
Plaza Vilariño en Ponce

25 de julio de 2015
Hora: 9:00 AM hasta 12:30 PM
Cerro Maravilla, Villalba,
Ese día Nelson estará como espectador y compartiendo con los participantes en los Actos del Cerro de Los Mártires .
Durante la tarde Nelson estará compartiendo con los jóvenes participantes del Campamento J PIP en casa de Cro. Aníbal Díaz. 

En todas las actividades personal de la librería El Candil tendrá libros para la venta y el autor estará firmándolos.


 


 

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Hundreds Gather to Amplify Voices in Hollywood
at NHMC's 4th Annual MediaCon

More than 200 people gathered on Thursday, June 9, for the National Hispanic Media Coalition's successful 4th Annual MediaCon at the Hilton Universal. With a robust lineup of speakers including Hollywood insiders, executives, producers and managers, the half-day conference explored the impact of Latinos on the entertainment industry as content producers and consumers and the need for continued diversity. 


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In a room filled with VIP guests and attendees, the day began with a frank conversation between Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, and NHMC President/CEO Alex Nogales. The duo touched on how to succeed in Hollywood, the need for more mentorship and the powerful work Greenblatt has done to bring diversity to the small screen. 

 

"This past year on TV was the year of Latina women," Greenblatt said. "More and more shows are having minority characters and are based on the Latino community. The more you engage in the shows, the better it will be for the show to stay on air." 


Greenblatt touched upon his childhood and what brought him to Hollywood, and how he has made it a mission to bring diversity to the forefront. 


"We are at the moment where diverse cast and stories can become really big hits. The world has started to come alive, and we have started to see diversity. Industry leaders all woke up at the same moment and the opportunities are endless," he said.


Following the keynote address and lunch, attendees separated into workshops that explored working with literary managers, agents, executive producers and connecting with the burgeoning Latino digital audience. 


A theme emerged from the workshop speakers of encouraging writers to hustle, network and be more that just their writing. 


"Be a rock star on paper and in person," said Geoff Silverman of Cartel Management. "Show people that there is more to you and that you are a well-rounded and interesting person." 


This sentiment was repeated many times over, with speaker after speaker encouraging attendees to embrace their passion and work toward making it come to life as they have done with their own careers. 
 

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"We can share our own experience of being Americans. I wanted to help the voice that wasn't being really heard," said Ruth Livier, an actress/writer/producer with Livier Productions, Inc., and who starred in the groundbreaking, award-winning TV series "Resurrection Blvd." 
 

NHMC thanks all of its sponsors for their help in creating a magical day that celebrated Latino culture and is part of the process of making Latino stories and characters come to life.

 
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Una puerta de salida con dignidad
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Desde que el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla admitió que la actual deuda pública de Puerto Rico es impagable, se han multiplicado las voces que claman por algún tipo de “intervención salvadora” del Gobierno de Estados Unidos (EEUU).

 

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«Hoy nuevamente América Latina, sufre los efectos del expansionismo de EEUU en la región, no solo esta nueva aventura de la EXXON, con la anuencia del gobierno de Guyana, los efectos de la doctrina Obama, con sus acciones supra nacionales, haciendo de árbitro internacional por un lado, y ejecutor militar de sus tropas, en las decenas de bases militares en el Continente.»

 

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«El pasado 2 de julio fui felicitado efusivamente por mis queridos compañeros de labores del Consulado General de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, pues casi sin darme cuenta ya tengo 5 años de haber llegado a esta querida isla de Puerto Rico: nuestra hermana caribeña, nuestra hermana suramericana, nuestra hermana latinoamericana.»

 

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Senator Orrin Hatch Addresses Full House at the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention Presidential Awards Banquet

Salt Lake City, Utah– After four days of workshops and lectures addressing key areas of concern for the Latino community, an estimated 1,000 Latino community leaders heard from Utah’s senior senator. Orrin Hatch delivered his speech to a full house tonight at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 86th Annual Convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Founded in 1929, the League of United Latin American Citizens is the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic organization. The non-partisan organization is comprised of more than 1,000 LULAC councils representing citizens across the U.S. and Puerto Rico that advocate for civil rights, education, economic development, immigration and equal opportunity.

The keynote speaker was Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) who spoke about family values, and immigration.

“As the longest serving Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have worked for many years to improve our nation’s immigration system and increase security along our borders. I would be surprised if there is anyone who thinks that we do not need to reform our immigration laws. Unfortunately, building support to enact the immigration reforms our country needs has not been easy. To overcome a challenging political environment, it will require trust that the difficult compromises we must make in Congress will be honored and enforced when they are enacted into law. I am committed to working on this issue and hope you will continue to work with me and others to advance long-overdue reforms.”

Now in his seventh term, Sen. Hatch is the most senior Republican in the Senate. Among his many initiatives are the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, the Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act.

“Our convention traditionally welcomes leading public officials who address those issues that are most at stake for Latinos, and minorities in general,” said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “It was refreshing and inspiring to hear Sen. Hatch tackle some of those hot buttons.”

After LULAC President Margaret Moran bestowed a number of awards to community leaders, she invited John David Arnold, PhD on stage to present him with a humanitarian and community service award. Dr. Arnold is a long standing advocate of farmworkers and immigrants rights. In 1967, he founded a non-profit Dedicated to Improving the Quality of Rural Life. Today, it employs 550 people in Arizona.

Dr. Ricardo Rosselló, president of the political advocacy group, Borícua ¡Ahora Es!, was a featured speaker earlier at the event. Rosselló is the son of the former governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Rosselló.

“It was a great honor to address the members of LULAC at the Presidential Awards Banquet. Being a life long member of the organization, I can recall many speakers that were very influential in critical issues to the Latino community and the nation as a whole. It is my hope that I conveyed a similar message of a unique opportunity of growth for our community."

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.

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Municipio de San Juan arrendará Velódromo de la Capital por $10 dólares al mes sin celebrar subasta

11 de julio de 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico.- El legislador municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño(PIP) en San Juan, el Lcdo. Adrián González Costa, denunció la aprobación de una ordenanza municipal que autoriza a la alcaldesa a celebrar un contrato de arrendamiento sin el requisito de subasta con una corporación privada para la administración del Velódromo William Padró por el precio nominal de $10 dólares mensuales.

El Proyecto de Ordenanza Número 2, Serie 2015-2016 tiene como propósito autorizar a la Alcaldesa a celebrar dicho contrato de arrendamiento para que la corporación Competitive Cycling Group, Inc. administre el Velódromo, sujeto a que el gobierno estatal otorgue la cantidad de $100,000 para la restauración del inmueble, el cual lleva cerca de 15 años en estado de abandono. Según se desprende de la medida, la Representante Popular por el Distrito 003 gestionará la asignación de dichos fondos. El contrato sería por diez años y el canon revisable al cabo de seis.

"Este proyecto carece de todos los requisitos legales para que sea viable. El Municipio está arrendando por un 'valor nominal', a pesar de que la ley expresamente ordena a que cuando los arrendamientos son sin la celebración de subasta, el canon debe ser uno razonable. El interés público que debe justificar el obviar la celebración de la subasta no existe; al contrario, una vez el Municipio reciba la asignación del gobierno estatal remodelará las facilidades para que la corporación comience una escuela de ciclismo allí. El utilizar dinero del erario-ya no de las arcas municipales-para que un ente privado pueda establecer su negocio, va en contra del interés público", señaló el legislador municipal del PIP.

"Resulta ofensivo que justo en la semana que la Alcaldesa anuncia un súperavit en relación al presupuesto de este año fiscal, el Municipio no esté dispuesto a administrar sus propios bienes en beneficio de la ciudadanía. Con un superavit de $17 millones y una asignación de $100 mil, ¿por qué se delega la responsabilidad de administrar la propiedad pública a un privado?", cuestionó el portavoz del PIP en la Legislatura Municipal de San Juan.

El borrador de contrato distribuido a las y los legisladores municipales establece que la corporación se "comprometerá a mantener un costo acequible a la comunidad en general", por lo que podrá cobrar por el uso. "Aunque la corporación sea sin fines de lucro, es imposible que los ingresos que genere sólo le permita pagar un canon de $10 al mes", sentenció el legislador pipiolo.

"Por último, este Proyecto se radicó el jueves a las 4:45pm y se aprobó en la noche de ayer en sesión extraordinaria. A pesar de la comparecencia de funcionarios municipales para contestar preguntas, el ejercicio fue inútil debido al desconocimiento sobre todos los aspectos de la transacción. No saben por qué $10 de renta, ni de dónde provendrán los $100 mil. Un acto irresponsable ante la magnitud de la transacción, actuando a la ligera y sin los datos", puntualizó González Costa.


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Ambientalistas protestan contra incineradora de Arecibo
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La oposición a la firma del contrato que obligaría a los municipios a disponer de la basura en la incineradora propuesta para el municipio de Arecibo llevó a un grupo de ambientalistas a protestar hoy (9 de julio) cerca de los portones de la Fortaleza.

 

Manifestación en Fortaleza contra contrato a Energy Answers

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San Juan, 9 de julio, 2015 - Manifestación frente a la Fortaleza, residencia del gobernador colonial de Puerto Rico. ¡Fuera Energy Answers! ¡No a los cuartos oscuros! Con la firma de un contrato asegurándole los desperdicios sólidos de los municipios a Energy Answers, el gobierno de Alejandro García Padilla demostró que está aliado con los buitres que amenazan nuestra salud y nuestro ambiente, además de nuestros bolsillos. García Padilla cayó en las mismas actuaciones que sus predecesores, al favorecer a los buitres de Energy Answers. Fotos: Luis López / MINH

 

Segundo vuelo histórico San Juan-Habana 
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«Durante un intercambio en la Misión de Puerto Rio en Cuba, sitio de interés solidario entre los visitantes, los viajeros de este segundo vuelo histórico, mostraron gran alegría al sentirse identificados plenamente con Cuba, su cultura y tradiciones, mientras eran acogidos con un refrescante mojito cubano.»

 

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San Juan, 9 de julio, 2015 - La vista de hoy para la radicación de cargos contra el ambientalista Alberto de Jesús "Tito Kayak", por entrar sin autorización a una escuela para confirmar la toma de electricidad ilegal por una compañía desarrolladora, se suspendió después de que no compareciera la parte querellante ni el agente que investiga el caso.

 

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July 10, 2015


Latin Stars Fill Stage at 86th Annual LULAC National Convention

Salt Lake City, Utah – Music is frequently a unifying factor, and people from all geographies, all ages, all ethnicities and all political preferences moved to different Latin rhythms at the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention. Last night’s free concert at the Salt Palace Convention Center featured Michael Salgado, Little Joe y la Familia, Taboo from Black Eyed Peas. Actress/singer/comedienne, Angelica Vale, was bestowed the Latina Trailblazer Award.

Vale, who moved to the United States eight years ago, spoke about the derogatory remarks made by Donald Trump. “We Hispanics are so important in this country, that he wanted to attract attention. It’s better not to even mention him.” On a more positive note, she said, “Dreams can be fulfilled. Nothing is handed out in this world. But if you fight, you get what you want, especially in this country.”

Salgado conferred with Vale on Trump. “You shouldn’t pay attention to those negative commentaries, the ignorant things,” he said.

Salgado is a Tejano favorite. Born in Texas, he picked up the conjunto style from his father, who had his own band. In the 80s Michael, his brother and other relatives formed Los Salgados Del Norte. Together, they recorded four CDs. Michael later branched out on his own, recording top selling Tejano albums. In 2007, he won the Latin Grammy for best Norteno Album for “En Vivo.”

Also on stage was Taboo, a founding member of the six-time Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. A Mexican-American with Shoshone blood on his mother’s side, Jaime Luis Gomez defied expectations early on—first by rejecting the limitations imposed on him by society, then by staying true to his dream of becoming a star. He wrote FALLIN’ UP: My Story. In 2013, he wrote the song “One Heart, One Beat” that addressed Arizona’s SB1070.

Taboo celebrated his 40th birthday at the LULAC Convention. He said his purpose being there was to make a difference for the youth, to connect to the young people. Before speaking on stage to several hundred youth at the Salt Palace Convention Center, he said, “We have a lot of teenagers here. Tonight I’m going to focus on celebrating the youth.”

Little Joe y la Familia is a big Tejano icon with a huge heart. LULAC Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, told Little Joe, “You immediately came to mind when we were planning this event. You’ve been a longstanding friend of LULAC and the Latino community.” Little Joe has been performing for more than 50 years, and has recorded more than 50 albums, helping to define the Tex-Mex music genre. One of his first gigs paid $5.00 in Cameron, Texas. That’s when he decided he could make a living picking his guitar instead of picking produce in the fields.

“The LULAC Convention is about addressing key issues affecting the Latino community, such as employment and educational opportunities, immigration reform and human rights,” said LULAC President, Margaret Moran. “We wanted to unite though the power of music as offer LULAC attendees and the community at large, a free concert featuring top name Latino talent.”

The concert was free and open to the public for those holding tickets. This is the eighth year that LULAC partners with David Chavez and LatinPointe to produce the free concert using music as a unifying theme in rallying support around issues and causes from Latin entertainment. The free concert was sponsored by MillerCoors and Walmart.

About LULAC 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.

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For many U.S. Latinos, mixed-race identity takes on a meaning tied to Latin America’s colonial history and commonly includes having a white and indigenous, or “mestizo,” background somewhere in their ancestry. When asked if they identify as “mestizo,” “mulatto” or some other mixed-race combination, one-third of U.S. Hispanics say they do. READ MORE >>
 
Puerto Rico is not just dealing with an economic crisis. In a trend that is both a consequence of and contributor to its financial woes, the island’s population is also declining at a clip not seen in more than 60 years. READ MORE >>
 
 
The nation’s Hispanic population has powered the increase in majority-minority counties. The single biggest Hispanic-majority county is Miami-Dade in Florida, where two-thirds of its 2.7 million people are Hispanic. However, most Hispanic-majority counties are concentrated in the Southwest: 60 are in Texas, 12 are in New Mexico and 11 are in California. READ MORE >>

 

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July 10, 2015


LULAC Launches Expansion of Education Initiative at 86th National Convention Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah– The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) unveiled today a critical education initiative to help reduce the nation’s high school dropout crisis among Latinos. Through the partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, eight model LULAC councils will be awarded grants to help them continue their efforts to encourage students to graduate high school. The councils selected to receive the grants have programs with proven results in their community.

The Latino population is Utah's largest minority group, comprising 15.5 percent of all Utah students. Over the past five years, Utah’s overall high school graduation rate has increased eight percent from 75 to 83 percent. Utah public schools are graduating more students, and more minority students.

“LULAC has always placed great emphasis on education and leadership development of our youth,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Although we have seen a decrease in the nation’s dropout rate, we must continue our efforts to ensure all students graduate from high school. Today, we congratulate the grant recipients for helping Latino students graduate and thank the Ford Motor Company Fund for their continued help in this effort.”

Eight LULAC councils will each receive a $20,000 grant over two school years to implement a high school dropout prevention program in partnership with an educational entity. The eight grant recipients are: LULAC Council #313 Chicago, IL; (#1); LULAC Council #1, Corpus Christi, TX; :LULAC Council #756, Little Rock, AR; LULAC Council #319, Milwaukee, WI; LULAC Council #5285, Moline, IL; LULAC Council #2862, Sacramento, CA; LULAC Council #2060, Stockton, CA; and LULAC Council #47013, Vancouver, WA.

“Education will always be a priority for Ford and we continue to demonstrate our impact and through Ford Driving Dreams Through Education,” said Joe Avila, manager of community outreach, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “For six consecutive years, Ford is providing Latino students with access to tools and resources to help them succeed making a life-changing impact on our young people and ensuring that they have the education necessary to compete in our global economy.”

The councils will continue programs that promote on-time high school graduation using student engagement activities that include mentoring and academic support focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts).

About LULAC 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 1000 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.


About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and American heritage and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in dozens of countries.

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Congressman Sends Letter Urging President Obama to Take More Federal Action to Address Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis

This Wednesday, Congressman José E. Serrano, the most senior member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent, sent a letter to President Obama asking him for more action by the federal government to help Puerto Rico address their ongoing debt crisis.

“This is a multi-faceted crisis that demands multi-faceted solutions. One piece of that puzzle is the need for congressional action to expand Chapter 9 bankruptcy availability to Puerto Rico. Just yesterday, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Puerto Rico cannot issue its own municipal bankruptcy law absent federal authorization.  While we in Congress will continue our efforts to enact H.R. 870 into law, this will not solve all of the fiscal problems on the island.  Puerto Rico needs to implement structural reforms that will enhance job creation, increase economic growth, and attract investment to the island.The federal government can provide sound advice and expertise into how to carry out these reforms without increasing the financial burden on the residents of Puerto Rico, particularly poor and middle class residents. Further federal action is necessary to help address all of these issues,” wrote Congressman Serrano in the letter.

Last week, Congressman Serrano issued a statement after Governor Garcia Padilla announced that the island can’t pay its debts: http://serrano.house.gov/press-release/congressman-serrano-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-economic-situation-and-inability-pay-its-debt


Serrano Legislation to Rename Bronx Morrisania Post Office in honor of Herman Badillo, First Puerto Rican Congressman

This week, the U.S. Senate approved Congressman's Serrano legislation (H.R. 1350) to rename the Bronx Morrisania Post Office in honor of former Bronx Congressman and Borough President Herman Badillo. Now that the bill has been approved by both chambers of Congress, it awaits the President's signature to become law.

“I am thrilled to see this legislation, so important for the Bronx and all of us who want to see Herman Badillo’s life and legacy honored, cleared in the Senate and moving on to the President’s desk for his signature. I thank all of my colleagues in Congress who supported our efforts to ensure Herman Badillo’s legacy lives on,  especially Senator Schumer for his leadership and support of this important legislation in the Senate,” said Congressman Serrano.

Badillo was born in Puerto Rico in 1929. At 11 years old, Badillo moved to the United States. In 1951, Badillo graduated with honors from City College and in 1954, was the valedictorian of his class at Brooklyn Law School. He became the first Puerto-Rican city commissioner and borough president, and was the first Congressman to be born in Puerto Rico. The bill has been sent to President Obama for his signature.

Congressman Serrano Helps Secure $700,000 in Federal Funding for Union Community Health Center

On Tuesday, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that Union Community Health Center (UCHC) has been awarded $704,167 in federal grants to expand its primary care programs and open a new center at 2016 Bronxdale Avenue. The funds were awarded through the Heath Resources and Services and Administration under the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Congressman Serrano supported the organization’s application for funding in a letter sent to HHS in September 2014. Union Community Health Center currently provides care to 37,000 local residents at five sites in the Bronx. The new site will allow UCHC to serve more community residents with a full range of services including pediatrics, adult primary care, and integrative behavioral health services. 

“For more than a century, Union Community Health Center has proved its dedication to providing quality health care to Bronx residents regardless of their ability to pay. Taking in consideration the community’s unique needs, UCHC has enacted effective health strategies and delivery models that have brought down existing barriers and expanded access to quality health care. This funding will help them reach more underserved Bronxites, improving their quality of life,” said Congressman Serrano.


Serrano Applauds U.S.- Cuba Agreement to Reopen Embassies and Officially Reestablish Diplomatic Relations

Last week, Congressman Serrano applauded the U.S.-Cuba agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s respective capitals. For more than two decades, Congressman Serrano has advocated for the end to the Cuba embargo and a change in Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terror. He has also introduced various pieces of legislation and amendments with respect to Cuba, including the Cuba Reconciliation Act, which repeals the U.S. embargo, and the Baseball Diplomacy Act. Serrano released the following statement on the historic agreement:

“I once again want to commend President Obama for his leadership on this issue. After more than five decades of broken diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, today is certainly a historic day. As a long time advocate of changing our foreign policy towards Cuba, I am glad both nations were able to find enough common ground to move forward with this important step. I hope the negotiations continue bearing fruit as we move forward with restored diplomatic relations.  Our previous Cuba policy has failed – for too long, it resulted in the isolation of the United States and damaged our standing in the region.  Today’s announcement changes all that.”


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Congressman Serrano Kicks off Community Conversations at Patterson House Senior Center

Last Monday, Congressman Serrano kicked-off his “Conversations with the Congressman” series at Patterson House Senior Center. This series of community conversations will give community members the opportunity to discuss national issues and how they affect the Bronx with Representative Serrano. Those who attended had many questions about immigration, social security, developing a local competitive workforce, and much more. Congressman Serrano will be announcing the dates and locations of upcoming events for these series soon.

“As a member of Congress, it is essential to know what is important to my constituents and their families. These series will give me the opportunity to talk to my constituents on a regular basis and understand Bronxites' needs and concerns. We have made a lot of progress on many issues during the last eight years, but we all know that there is more to do to make America more prosperous and stronger. This series will help me make sure your voice is heard in Congress,” said Congressman Serrano.

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Congressman Serrano kicks-off his "Conversations with the Congressman" series at Patterson House Senior Center. (6/29/2015)


Congressman Serrano Walks NYC Pride Parade


Last week, Congressman Serrano attended the annual New York City Pride Parade. Serrano walked along an enthusiastic crowd that celebrated the recent ruling from the Supreme Court on Marriage Equality in all 50 states and the territories.

“This is an important victory for equality, and I was glad to celebrate it with the Bronx LGBT and progressive community,” said Congressman Serrano, “Although there is still more work to do in the fight for equal rights, we celebrated the fact that everyone will be able to marry and live a more full life with the person they love.”

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Congressman Serrano at the 2015 New York City Pride Parade. (6/28/2015)


Congressman Serrano Joins Highbridge Advisory Council Head Start Graduation

Last Tuesday, Congressman Serrano attended the Highbridge Advisory Council’s annual Head Start graduation where family members, teachers, and members of the community celebrated the accomplishments of the kids that completed the Head Start this year in the Bronx.

As a strong supporter of Head Start and early education in general, Congressman Serrano has always fought for adequate levels of funding for Head Start programs nationwide. He believes that attaining a good education from a young age impacts the overall opportunities available to these children and their families later on in life.

“Nothing is more important to a child’s healthy development than quality early education,” said Congressman Serrano. “Today we celebrate an important milestone in your child’s career, and I am glad to be here to celebrate with all of you.”

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Grants


BJA FY 15 Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program

Deadline: July 30, 2015

The Department of Justice has made funding available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance that will support the efforts of state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies to adopt innovative justice information sharing solutions through the provision of TTA services. Initiatives supported under this solicitation must adopt strategies consistent with the DOJ Global Standards Package (GSP) and support criminal justice policies, practices, and programs that are data-driven and evidence-based. Specific tasks and deliverables are unique to each category, and prospective applicants are encouraged to fully research and understand the scope of the underlying criminal justice challenges prior to applying. All public agencies that perform criminal justice functions and private entities that support, on a national level, initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277224. For more information about federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov.

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July 10, 2015


The LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC) Announces the Recipient of the Margaret Moran Presidential Scholarship

Salt Lake City, Utah– Today, at the Women’s Luncheon held during the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention, LULAC National President Margaret Moran announced the recipient of the Margaret Moran Presidential Scholarship. With the generosity of Target Corporation, and with the support of LNESC, the Margaret Moran Presidential Scholarship was presented to Gabriela Barrera of San Antonio, Texas.

Barrera’s scholarship will be used to pursue a degree in International Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.

The recipient was selected based on her academic performance, leadership skills, and civic engagement activities. While attending Tom C. Clark High School, in San Antonio, Texas, Barrera was involved in the Red Cross Club of Clark, Spanish National Honor’s Society, and was involved in the Model United Nations. In addition, Barrera maintained a 3.94 GPA.

LULAC National President Margaret Moran explained, “Since LULAC’s early days, we have strived to support the educational opportunities of Latino students. Scholarships are critical to making college a reality for countless young people. We are confident that Gabriela will be successful in her future with her studies at Georgetown University.”

About LNESC
Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students.More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at www.lnesc.org.

About Target Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,795 stores and at Target.com. Supporting communities through giving has always been a cornerstone of Target’s business, which is why since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profits to communities, which equals more than $4 million a week. In addition to donating profits, Target is committed to giving time, talent and business strengths. For more information about Target’s commitment to communities, visit Target.com/CorporateResponsibility.

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LULAC Disappointed Over Archuleta Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Katherine Archuleta from her position as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

"We were disappointed with the resignation of Katherine Archuleta as Director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management(OPM). Archuleta was hand picked to head OPM based on her experience, having previously held senior positions in local and federal government. During her tenure, LULAC worked with Archuleta to help ensure more Latinos had access to federal government jobs. This has been a top priority of Hispanic organizations like LULAC because OPM is responsible for securing a talented and diverse federal workforce.

During the congressional hearings, LULAC remained a supporter of Archuleta's ability to lead OPM. Following today’s resignation, LULAC reiterates its support of Archuleta citing that the resignation will not solve the problems of cyber-attacks on the U.S. government. The issue of ensuring our government is safe from cyber espionage will take concerted efforts across all levels of government which includes increased funding to ensure we have the best security expertise protecting U.S. systems from future attacks."

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July 8, 2015


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LULAC National Convention Featured Speakers Highlight Immigration, Education And Health Disparities

Salt Lake City, Utah – Health and education disparities and immigration reform continue to be challenges for the Latino community. At today’s LULAC National Partnership Luncheon, featured speakers addressed these issues.

The luncheon included United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy; Leon Rodriguez, director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); and John King, senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary, US Department of Education.

For more than five years, the agency of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been an important component of the annual LULAC convention. Leon Rodriguez of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services put a face to the green card.

“Every single immigration file is the story of some family’s hopes and dreams. And in many cases, the story of some family’s sufferings. This choice to become Americans is a family choice of pursuing liberty. There are nine million people who are legal permanent residents, eligible to be citizens. They are fully established in our society. Civic empowerment comes with the right to vote.”

Talking about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for youth age 16-24, Rodriguez said, “While we wait for the court process to sort itself out, the initial DACA program is still fully in effect. More importantly, every year...90,000 young people age into the DACA program. The long term goal is ... to have comprehensive immigration reform. Anybody that is telling the truth, knows that these individuals are here to stay.”

John King acknowledged that after 25 years of the White House’s initiative of educational advancements for Hispanics, there are still challenges.

“For the first time, we see a closing in the achievement gap. We are seeing ever increasing numbers of Latinos succeeding in college. And, yet, despite 25 years of progress, we have much left to achieve. There are too many communities where our students of color don’t get the same quality of education. How we treat education is an indicator of how we are as a country; How we move forward as a country. We know there are huge returns on investment.”

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the son of immigrants addressed the group in Spanish before he spoke about his immigrant family growing up in Miami.

“My father grew up in a small farming village in India. My parents overcame great financial barriers to come to the United States. They believed that America was a place where you were not limited by the color of your skin. That faith in the American Dream is often tested. We (immigrants) are the force that makes America reinvent ourselves time after time. We are a nation of dreamers and doers.”

Dr. Murthy, like King, acknowledged challenges to overcome.

“As much progress as we have made, we have alarming rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Obesity and many of the leading causes of death disproportionally affect Latinos and other minorities. This disparity is even greater among women. We must build a culture of prevention. We have to ensure that the benefit of treatment and prevention are available to all people in America. We can create a healthier and more secure future for the next generation of global citizens.”

About LULAC
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.

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Holiday Harvest
By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center Garden Team
 

This weekend, as many gathered in parks and prepared to go to the lake, the PRCC's Farmers' Market remained open. Getting ready for the grill, garlic flew off the shelves and the last of our strawberries were a delight to those who, after one bite, bought what we were able to harvest this week. On Sunday, one of our garden team members learned more about how to cook beets from a resident debating with another on the best way to cook them and the differences between the red and orange varieties. On getting a whiff of sofrito, community residents braved investment in the Puerto Rican cooking paste with others, preordering for next week and assuring us they will remind their friends.

Community residents, when aiming to buy local, remember Conuco and Mural Farmer's Market- food from your neighborhood getting to your table!

For more information on what is in season this week, reach Garden Team Member Erika at erikaa@prcc-chgo.org or (773) 850-2467(773) 850-2467.
 

 

Interested in urban gardening, 
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Interested in learning more about urban gardening and farmers' markets? Have some free time to help your community? Looking for urban farming service learning opportunity? Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center has gardens throughout Humboldt Park and we are looking for volunteers. Whether you are a people person, a gardening person or a community member eager to learn something new, please contact, Urban Garden Team Members, Erika G Abad at either erikaa@prcc-chgo.org or (773) 850-2467(773) 850-2467 (text or call) for more information.  

 

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HIV Care and Treatment Saves Lives
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Across the nation, many in the healthcare field are discussing how to decrease new HIV infections. One key to controlling HIV in Illinois is early medical care and treatment for those living with the virus. In Illinois, there were 36,064 people living with HIV at the end of 2013, with males comprising the majority. This is a 4.8% increase in the number of people living with HIV since 2012. This increase reflects HIV positive individuals living longer, as well as new diagnoses of HIV.

 

In 2013, IDPH reported 1,804 new HIV diagnoses and 860 AIDS diagnoses, of which 339 occurred after a previous diagnosis of HIV and 521 were concurrent HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Compared to a year earlier (2012), there was a 1.8% decrease in new HIV cases, a 7.5% decrease in AIDS cases, and 6.5% decrease in concurrent diagnoses.

 

Studies show that only 3 out of 10 Americans living with HIV were documented to have their infections controlled. And, most remarkably, two thirds of those with uncontrolled infections had been diagnosed but were still not in care.

 

This highlights the urgent need to both reach more people with HIV testing and help ensure that those who test positive get prompt, sensitive, ongoing comprehensive care and treatment.

 

Once enrolled in medical care, individuals living with HIV have access to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).  Depending upon eligibility in ADAP, treatment with antiretroviral medication can keep HIV controlled in the body resulting in an undetectable viral load. This allows people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives and greatly reduces the chance that they will transmit HIV to others.

 

U.S.  guidelines now recommend that everyone with HIV should receive treatment, regardless of their CD4 count or viral load.

Here's what you can do to help stop HIV and help those living with HIV:

 

First, include HIV testing as a routine, regular part of your medical care. Far too many people with HIV don't know that they are infected. Knowing your status is a critical step to protect your own health and avoid transmission to others.

 

Second, if you are living with HIV, do everything you can to be sure that you stay in care and take your medications as prescribed.  This may include getting supportive services, such as housing, care for addiction, or help for mental health problems. Staying on HIV medications can give you a normal or nearly normal lifespan, and can reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others by 96%.

 

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NYC City Council Speaker: Washington must help Puerto Rico
By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Yahoo News
 

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is arguably becoming one of the nation's most influential Puerto Rican politicians, is urging Congress and the Obama administration to step in and help the island commonwealth struggling under the weight of its debt.

Mark-Viverito, who was born in Puerto Rico, said Wednesday that the situation in her native land was "a fiscal crisis" that required help from the superpower that sits 1,000 miles from its shores.

 

"My mother still lives there, my family still lives there. I hope to retire there someday," Mark-Viverito told The Associated Press in her first comments on the matter. "This is very personal to me to see Puerto Rico in this situation."

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said last month the island's $72 billion public debt is unpayable given the current level of economic growth. He is seeking a payment moratorium from bondholders - including the United States - as the commonwealth attempts to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump.

 

 
No More Delays in Honoring Veteran & Community Leader Rico Piccard
By Mike Cantone, ilikemike.com
 

It's been two years since the Florida legislature passed a law to put an honorary plaque along Semoran Boulevard, between the 408 and the 528, in recognition of veteran and local Hispanic civil rights leader Elias "Rico" Piccard.

 

But Mayor Buddy Dyer still refuses to hold a vote on a simple ordinance to enact state law and allow the Florida Department of Transportation to install the honorary plaques because of Dyer's allegiance to Commissioner Tony Ortiz, who opposes the honorary recognition.

 

It would be extremely disappointing and sad if Dyer and Ortiz were playing politics because Rico often stood up to the powers of City Hall and the Orange County Commission when many in the community would remain silent. But other than politics, it makes no sense why the City Council would not pass a very simple procedural ordinance to allow FDOT to implement state law.

 

There must be no more delays in honoring Rico Piccard, who was "one of the loudest voices for the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Central Florida" according to the Orlando Sentinel in their obituary.

 

 

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Demandar la libertad de Oscar López Rivera, prisionero político boricua que lleva más de tres décadas en prisiones de EE.UU; Apoyar la justa lucha por la independencia de Puerto Rico.

 

Mirando al Sur: Grecia: triunfo de los pueblos
Escrito por Wilma E. Reverón Collazo / Copresidenta del MINH

 

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«Grecia ha demostrado lo que es posible hacer cuando se ejerce el poder soberano en defensa de los intereses fundamentales del pueblo.»

 

Radican querella contra empresa de torre de antenas
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Vecinos de Arenas de Guánica y Susúa de Sabana Grande formalizaron una querella en la Oficina de Gerencia de Permisos solicitando que “se revoque el permiso otorgado” a la empresa Wise Towers (antes Soluwise) para la construcción de una torre de antenas en la colindancia de sus comunidades.

 

El triunfo del pueblo griego: primera gran derrota a la propuesta neoliberal en Europa en el Siglo 21
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«Grecia, a pesar de sus similitudes económicas con Puerto Rico, tiene una gran diferencia: Grecia es un Estado soberano. Allí las decisiones políticas del país las toma el pueblo sin la injerencia de un Tribunal Federal o sin la injerencia política de un poder extranjero como es el caso de Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico. Grecia no tiene un problema de estatus político colonial, sujeto sus poderes políticos a la soberanía de otro país.»

 

Manifestación el jueves 9 de julio, 11:00 AM Frente a la Fortaleza. ¡Fuera Energy Answers!

 

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Con la firma de un contrato asegurándole los desperdicios sólidos de los municipios a Energy Answers, el Gobierno de García Padilla se quito la máscara. Está aliado con esta máquina que amenaza nuestra salud y nuestro ambiente además de nuestros bolsillos.

 

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LULAC Recognizes Leaders for their Outstanding Service to the Hispanic Community

Salt Lake City, Utah – For the first time in the League of United Latin Americans Citizens’ 86-year history, LULAC National will bestow awards recognizing corporate responsibility and positive action within the federal government. Longstanding LULAC partners will be recognized for their instrumental role in furthering LULAC’s mission to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, health and civil rights of the Latino community.

LULAC will honor Univision Communications Inc. as the 2015 recipient of the LULAC National Corporation of the Year. The award will be presented to Univision Communications for its dedication to increasing opportunities for Latinos with programs on early childhood, education, health and voter engagement. Most recently, Univision led the business community in severing ties with Donald Trump following his disparaging remarks of Mexican immigrants.

The LULAC Corporate Champion of the Year Award will be awarded to Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director for Strategic Alliances, Verizon Communications Inc. In his position, Emilio is responsible for public policy development and outreach to civil rights groups, multicultural and education organizations, and many other critical segments of American society. In the near future, LULAC will unveil the new LULAC Opportunity app designed under his direction that will allow users to access citizenship and immigration services, find affordable health resources, and learn about government agencies that protect their rights.

The United States Army will receive an award for its leadership development program and college access program, March to Success Initiative. Additionally, the U.S. Army supported a LULAC National Education Service Centers (LNESC) educational endeavor. High school students in seven cities will be meeting with university admissions and financial aid representatives, as well as, U.S. Army instructors to learn about ROTC scholarships and how to prepare for and apply for college.

During the Fall of 2015, the college tours will take place in Boston, Orlando, Dallas, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and San Diego.

The LULAC Federal Representative of the Year Award will be bestowed to Noemi Perez based on her efforts to motivate the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agency to ensure a diverse multicultural Federal government that accurately represents the people it serves. As a tireless advocate, Perez has helped develop a national wildlife conservation initiative that will cement LULAC as the first national Latino partner for the agency.

About LULAC 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.

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


In anticipation of the centennial (1917-2017) of the enactment of the 1917 Jones Act, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) is holding a symposium examining the history and legacy of the collective naturalization of Puerto Ricans as United States citizens. The collective naturalization provision of the Jones Act not only departed from all prior precedents, but also established a new precedent for the extension of citizenship to annexed territories. The symposium will be held October 15-16, 2015 at Hunter College.

The goal of this symposium is to examine the complexities surrounding the collective naturalization of the inhabitants of an unincorporated territory. Confirmed invitees include Silvia Álvarez Curbelo (UPR), Linda Bosniak (Rutgers), Pedro Cabán (SUNY-Albany), Christina Duffy Ponsa (Columbia), Samuel Erman (USC), Sanford Levinson (UT-Austin), Efrén Rivera Ramos (UPR), Susan K. Serrano (University of Hawai’i), Rogers Smith (Penn), Bartholomew Sparrow (UT-Austin), Lorrin Thomas (Rutgers), Hon. Juan Torruella (U.S. Court of Appeals), and Neil Weare (We The People).



 

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After 10 years of envisioning, planning and fundraising, we will officially break ground on our new building, El Corazón Cultural Center! We will hold a groundbreaking ceremony sponsored by PECO on September 18th from 4-6 pm at the building site at 2600-2624 N. 5th St. (5th and Huntingdon).

Once completed, this building will be the largest Puerto Rican/Latino-based arts and cultural facility in Pennsylvania and the region. This is 
huge for Taller, our community, and the City of Philadelphia.

The building will consolidate all our staff and activities under one roof, enable program expansion, and so much more, allowing us to serve more people and further our mission. It will also serve as a beautiful new entrance to El Centro de Oro.

Please take a moment to learn more about El Corazón Cultural Center, as well as what this means for our community. Click
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July 9, 2015


LULAC National Convention Unity Luncheon Highlights Young Immigrants

Salt Lake City, Utah – Two stories of youth were at the forefront of today’s LULAC Unity Luncheon at the 86th Annual National Convention.

Salt Lake City Interim Police Chief, Mike Brown, told a story about a man that grew up here. Jerry spent 32 years as a police officer with the Salt Lake City police department. He was officer of the year in 1982, and throughout his career as a detective, participated in 100 homicide investigations. Yet, when Jerry was just three days old, he and his mother were deported, tearing up the family. Several years later, his father an American citizen, was deported because he could not prove his citizenship.

Brown spoke about the role of the police and the relationship with the community it is meant to protect, racial profiling and excessive use of force, along with police officers’ role in enforcement of immigration laws.

“His mother was afraid of the police,” said Brown about Jerry.

“In a nation swelling with social unrest, this city isn’t as diverse as many. We work to minimize conflicts. We humanize policing and ensure officers do their job without bias. Criminal activity thrives on the weak, the scared, the marginalized. I believe we can only do our jobs effectively when we have the trust and respect of the community we serve. Immigration is not a criminal issue. Requiring police to enforce federal immigration law undermines (that trust). In police work, every second matters. Every relationship matters.”

“Jerry and I want to do it better,” he added. “We want to invest in a diverse police department. Our public service is to all publics. You have my word on that.”

The second story of a young Latino was told by Francisco de la Torre, executive director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad. As a representative of the Mexican Government, Department of Education and the Mexican Embassy, de la Torre presented the Ohtli Award to Manuel Rendon, LULAC national vice president for young adults, the youngest ever to be an Ohtli honoree.

“Hispanic and immigrant youth continue to face challenges,” said de la Torre. “At only 17 years old, Manuel founded a LULAC council... working to expand opportunities for Latino youth...opening the way for Hispanic and other immigrants in this country.”

Born in Oklahoma City and currently living in Frisco, Texas, Rendon began working on immigration reform with LULAC in 2006. Rendon acknowledged, that “serving is a supreme art. I’m just a messenger.”

He humbly says his success is because he belongs to “a golden generation of Hispanic youth in America... a testament of the caliber of young Hispanic youth who have done much to transcend generational and cultural gaps. He believes “developing a culture of voting among Hispanic youth will be key. Recently, a lot of derogatory remarks have been made about our community, and even though we have shown our economic impact, if we truly want to make a difference we have to make it at the voting booth.”

The ‘Ohtli Award’ is bestowed upon Latino leaders who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the advancement of Mexican communities abroad. In the Nahuatl language, the word Ohtli means “path” and it is presented to distinguished individuals who have worked to promote the prosperity and empowerment of Mexicans and Latinos in the United States.

All convention activities, except meal events, are free and open to the public. For more information on the concert call 877-LULAC-01877-LULAC-01 FREE or log onto www.LULAC.Org/Convention.

About LULAC 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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De San Juan a Caguas

 

En el expreso Luis A. Ferre (52), después que pases el primer peaje de Caguas sigues directo como si fueras para Cayey, te vas a salir en la número 20, cuando llegues al semáforo, a mano derecha vas a ver otro semáforo y le vas a dar a mano izquierda, vas a pasar un shopping center pequeño a mano derecha luego hay un residencial público la segunda entrada a tu mano izquierda. La primera entrada hace esquina un garaje y la segunda hace esquina una tapicería  vas a entrar a esa urbanización sigues esa calle hasta el final y vas a encontrar el parque.

 

 

De Ponce a Caguas

 

En el expreso Luis A. Ferre (52), después que pases el primer peaje de Caguas sigues directo como si fueras para San Juan, te vas a salir en la número 20, cuando llegues al semáforo, a mano izquierda cruzas el puente vas a ver otro semáforo sigues directo el próximo semáforo le vas a dar a mano izquierda, vas a pasar un shopping center pequeño a mano derecha luego hay un residencial público la segunda entrada a tu mano izquierda. La primera entrada hace esquina un garaje y la segunda hace esquina una tapicería  vas a entrar a esa urbanización sigues esa calle hasta el final y vas a encontrar el parque.

 

 

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July 7, 2015


Action Alert: Show Your Support for Companies Severing Business Ties with
Donald Trump

Last month, Republican billionaire Donald J. Trump, kicked off his candidacy for President by going on a racist tirade against Latino immigrants.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” – Donald J. Trump

These comments were immediately denounced by the nation’s Latino civil rights organizations and LULAC called on companies to stop doing business with the billionaire presidential candidate.

As a result, Univision Communications Inc. took immediate action to terminate its business ties with Donald Trump, including refusing to air the Miss USA pageant, produced by the Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization. In addition, NBCUniversal severed their business relationships with Donald Trump noting that it was standing by its core values. Recent companies have included Macy's Inc., who halted the sale of Trump merchandise, stating it will not tolerate remarks that threaten its values of diversity and inclusion.

By severing their business association with Donald Trump, these companies have sent a clear message – the Latino community will not be used as a punching bag to pander to a disconnected anti-Latino base.

ACTION ALERT: Please take a minute to send a thank you note to Univision Communications, NBCUniversal, and Macy’s who have shown great leadership in standing by the Latino community. Help us show these companies our appreciation for taking decisive action against anti Latino comments.

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July 8, 2015


LULAC Convention & Expo Opens Opportunities for Thousands

Salt Lake City, Utah– The 86th Annual LULAC National Convention opened its doors to a free Expo today at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. This is the first time ever for the national convention to take place in Utah. Organizers anticipate 20,000 will attend the Expo which is free and open to people of all ethnicities, today through Saturday, July 11.

The LULAC Expo is always one of the main attractions for convention goers. The Expo will feature a multitude of private and government agencies, colleges and universities, labor unions, armed forces, non-profit organizations, free entertainment and health care screenings.

The Expo, along with most of the events at the LULAC Convention, is free and open to the public. LULAC National President Margaret Moran, at the ribbon cutting ceremony, extended an invitation to residents and tourists to tap into free opportunities and resources at the Expo.

“Studies suggest that lack of health insurance, language, and citizenship are key barriers that prevent many Hispanics from accessing health services and from receiving quality health care,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “With more than one in four Salt Lake residents being Latino, we wanted to offer a broad assortment of free health screenings.”

The expo also features experts available to talk about college financial aid and employment opportunities, with many recruiters being on site.

Beyond the free resources, many of the exhibitors at the LULAC Expo offer free giveaways or raffles. This year, visitors can register to win Apple watches and car seats at the Toyota exhibit. Caesar’s Entertainment will raffle three-day/two-night accommodations and MasterCard will give away a $1,000 gift card.

Expo attendees will also want to pick up free tickets for a convention concert Thursday July 9 featuring Latin Grammy award winner Michael Salgado, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, and Little Joe Y La Familia.

Francisco de la Torre, executive director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, presided at the Ribbon Cutting. He said, “The Government of Mexico has a longstanding relationship with LULAC. We share common objectives, such as the empowerment of the immigrant community and their successful integration into the United States. We look forward to the discussions at this conference and to continuing to work hand in hand with LULAC through our Embassy and 50 consulates in this country”.

The Salt Lake City Real Monarchs’ mascot was also at the ribbon cutting, and will be at the expo on opening day, available for meet and greets, autograph signings and photos.

Serving as presenting sponsor, Toyota highlighted the need to emphasize new ideas in important political discussions in Latino discourse. In addition, PepsiCo who also served as presenting sponsor, was in attendance at the organization’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

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.

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July 8, 2015


LULAC Recognizes Corporate Sponsors of the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention

Thank you to all the corporate sponsors for their help in making the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention a success. A special thank you goes to Presenting Sponsors Toyota and PepsiCo, Inc. for their generosity. The corporate sponsors listed below will provide remarks at various events during the convention.

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July 7, 2015


Community Resources Announced At 86th Annual LULAC National Convention

Nutrition, Employment and Technology Crucial for Latinos, Today and Tomorrow

Salt Lake City, Utah– Mayor Ralph Becker welcomed residents and visitors to the opening day of the 86th Annual LULAC National Convention, at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

“In the words of Cesar Chavez, ‘When you have people together who believe in something very strongly - whether it's religion or politics or unions - things happen.’ In the past 86 years, things have happened that many would never have dreamed possible,” said Mayor Becker. “Many of those advancements are thanks to LULAC, and they continue to advocate for advancing the well-being of minorities and immigrants in this great city, and everywhere.”

As the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization, prepared to receive 20,000 convention attendees, its leadership extolled the values of the contributions to the community that the organization, its sponsors, partners and supporters are bringing to pave the way to a brighter tomorrow for the nation’s largest minority segment, which now accounts for more than one quarter of Salt Lake residents.

“Latinos are no longer drawn to just the largest of the nation’s cities,” said Brent A. Wilkes, National Executive Director of LULAC. “Immigrants, and minorities in general, migrate to where they can find the best employment and educational opportunities, and many say that’s the state of Utah.”

More than one in five Salt Lake City residents speak a language other than English at home, and 15.5 percent of all Utah students are Latino.

As part of the festivities and LULAC’s commitment to sustainable communities, LULAC kicked off the convention announcing its partnerships supporting Utah’s workforce, technology and community nutrition.

LULAC and AT&T are committed to ensuring that the Latino community has access to dependable and useful technology. As part of this effort, five LULAC technology centers across the state are scheduled to be upgraded and are part of 60 such centers around the country. This year, AT&T has supported LULAC and provided updated equipment and curriculum for seven of their Empower Hispanic America with Technology centers across the U.S., including the one here in Salt Lake City.

In LULAC’s partnership with Tyson Foods in the nation’s fight against hunger, Tyson Foods, the nation’s second-largest food production company, donated an entire truckload of chicken to a local food bank. LULAC and Tyson Foods have jointly donated more than 1 million pounds of protein to food banks across the country and Puerto Rico since 2009.

To respond to the need for employment opportunities, LULAC is offering a free Federal Training Institute workshop during the convention designed to help minorities tap into the many government jobs across the country.

Director of Federal Affairs for LULAC, Sara Clemente, “We bring these services and information to federal employees and also to individuals interested in pursuing a career in the federal government. This year we are proud to once again feature the Federal Training Institute Partnership in Washington D.C. which will be hosted and held at the National Institute of Health from September 22nd through the 23rd.”

About LULAC
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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Llamado a enfrentar el problema de estatus ante determinación  en Boston sobre quiebra criolla

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico. 7 de julio de 2015. - Ante la determinación del Tribunal de Circuito de Boston sobre la ley de quiebra criolla el liderato del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) reiteró hoy su exigencia de que el gobierno de Puerto Rico deje de seguir dándole vueltas a la noria y enfrente de una vez y por todas el tema del estatus.

 

"La casa se nos está cayendo encima y el gobierno de Puerto Rico sigue insistiendo que lo que hay que hacer es cambiar de lugar los muebles de la sala. Luego de la decisión de Boston, ¿qué más espera el gobierno de Puerto Rico para darse cuenta de que no se le puede seguir dando vueltas a la noria y que hay que enfrentar el problema del estatus para comenzar a resolver los graves problemas que tiene Puerto Rico?", cuestionó el presidente del PIP, Rubén Berríos Martínez.

 

 "Al ratificar la decisión del Tribunal Federal en San Juan que declaraba inconstitucional la ley de quiebra criolla la mayoría del Tribunal de Circuito en Boston afirma que el fundamento principal para sostener dicha decisión es precisamente que los poderes del Congreso de Estado Unidos sobre Puerto Rico son poderes plenarios", añadió por su parte, el presidente ejecutivo de la colectividad, Fernando Martín.

 

Para Martín, con esta determinación, queda el colonialismo una vez más al descubierto. "Y queda igualmente retratada la impotencia del estatus colonial para poder enfrentar el colapso económico de Puerto Rico".

 

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On the next Puerto Rican Panorama, former N.J. elected official Ángel Fuentes says goodbye to public life, and reviews some of his public service accomplishments related to both: city and state.  (Out of office, but not out of service.)  He discusses his future endeavors to monitor the progress of our community and continue to make a difference whenever and whatever needed.

In addition, the unique music of guitarist Ben Muñoz.  Dont miss it this coming Saturday afternoon, July 11, at 1 p.m. on 6abc-TV.

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En el próximo Puerto Rican Panorama, el bien conocido Ángel Fuentes se despide de la política y habla de sus contribuciones al progreso de nuestra comunidad latina.  Habla también de sus futuros planes de continuar poniéndole atención al bienestar de la comunidad.

Además, el guitarrista Ben Muñoz nos regala un par de canciones del ayer.  Todo esto este próximo sábado, 11 de julio, a la una de la tarde por el Canal 6.

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July 6, 2015


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The 86th LULAC National Convention Familia: The Building Blocks of our Society

Salt Lake City, Utah – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will host its 86th LULAC National Convention from July 7 to July 11 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Annual LULAC Convention includes members of Congress, local elected officials, celebrities, academic experts, and seminars and workshops with expert panelists addressing the issues that affect our communities most. With the recent Supreme Court decisions involving healthcare and marriage equality, Latinos are increasingly seeing their issues take center stage. With the King v. Burwell decision, over 2.6 million Latinos kept the federal subsidies allowing them to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, Latino members of the LGBT community now have the right to marry in all fifty states.

The Latino community is rapidly gaining momentum, and these past few weeks have demonstrated the potency of Latino political power. The public outcry over the comments of Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and the business fallout in their aftermath, illustrate that Latino political power is increasing, and politicians must pay attention to this critical segment of the population.

The LULAC National Convention in Salt Lake City is expected to attract more than 20,000 participants committed to addressing these issues through participation in a variety of programs.

One of the most popular components of the 2015 LULAC Convention is the Expo which will feature dozens of corporate partners, government agencies, colleges and universities, labor unions, armed forces and non-profit organizations displaying their products and services while recruiting Latino employees at the LULAC Career Fair. Families will not want to miss the excellent free entertainment provided at the LULAC stage, free screenings at the health fair, housing counseling and financial workshops. Tickets will be available at the expo for a free concert featuring Norteño artist Michael Salgado, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Little Joe y La Familia, and hosted by Angelica Vale.

The LULAC National Convention hosts the Federal Training Institute (FTI) —an intensive and structured career development program for government employees which will take place from July 8-10. This year the FTI will also host workshops for job seekers looking for opportunities in the Federal Government.

The general public is invited to join members of the largest and oldest Hispanic organization as they gather to address critical issues impacting our community and our country. All events, except meal functions, are free and open to the public.

ABOUT LULAC
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 1000 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.

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Conmemoración del Natalicio de Don Gilberto Concepción de Gracia
jueves, 9 de julio de 2015


10:00 a.m. - Ofrenda floral en el Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis, en el Viejo San Juan

                     Oradores: Lcdo. Adrián González Costa y
                      Lcdo. Hugo Rodríguez Díaz

6:00 p.m. -  Actividad del Comité PIP de Vega Alta en la Plaza Pública Gilberto Concepción de Gracia

                    Orador: Lcdo. Hugo Rodríguez Díaz

7:00 p.m. -   Entrega póstuma de la Medalla Gilberto Concepción de Gracia al
                    Lcdo. Gilberto Manuel Concepción Suárez
 
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                                       Oradores:  Jacobo Morales
                                        Senadora María de Lourdes Santiago

 

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Conmemoración del Natalicio de Don Gilberto Concepción de Gracia

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7:00 p.m. -   Entrega póstuma de la Medalla Gilberto Concepción de Gracia al

                    Lcdo. Gilberto Manuel Concepción Suárez

 

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                    Oradores:     Jacobo Morales

                                        Senadora María de Lourdes Santiago

 

 

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Los presidentes de la Asociación de Alcaldes, Hon. Rolando Ortiz, y Federación de Alcaldes, Hon. Héctor O'Neill, a su salida de reunión con el Gobernador. Se lograron importantes acuerdos.
 
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El Gobernador comenzó el día con una reunión con el Gabinete Constitucional y Jefes de Agencias, donde se les instruyó a realizar cambios profundos en el funcionamiento del gobierno.
 

Segundo día de trabajo

El Gobernador continuó recibiendo a diversos sectores del País para trabajar juntos para resolver la crisis fiscal. Durante el día se reunió con su Gabinete, con el liderato de los alcaldes de ambos partidos, con el exgobernador Carlos Romero Barceló y con el liderato legislativo. Las reuniones continúan mañana. 

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Congratulations to Johanny!

 

Johanny Vazquez Paz's book,
Sagrada Familia, a finalist at the 2015 International Latino Book Awards, has won First Prize in the Best Poetry Book, Single Author category.

 

View the list of winners here.

 

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Coronation of Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen 2015

By Ricardo Jiménez, Vida/SIDA
 

On Friday, June 19, 2015 The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and the Trans Latin@ Coalition of Chicago sponsored the Annual Coronation of the Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen.  In a pack audience with hundreds of attendance and only standing room only available, this year's Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen 2015 is from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico who gives life to "Yeveah Altieri". Since a very early age, the newly crowned Queen of 2015, Yeveah, was devoted to health sciences and mathematics and its benefits to society. Currently,  Yeveah Altieri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences, a Master's Degree in Public Health Administration and is pursuing a Doctorate's Degree in Epidemiology at Ponce School of Medicine. In addition Yeveah Altieri has created doll pageants and sold them where all the funds collected are used for domestic violence victims recovery and educate communities to understand the plight of how domestic violence affect the nation of Puerto Rico.  Yeveah Altieri will be one brilliant and beautiful ambassador to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Trans Latin@ Coalition of Chicago

Lastly, Janet Namer affectingly know, as "Madrina" was crown Honorary Queen of Paseo Boricua 2015  Madrina has been a vocal advocate of Trans Latin@ in Chicago.

 

PRCC Pride Parade Contingent Celebrates Latin America, Same Sex Marriage Decision

By Pedro Mercado, VidaSIDA
 

On Sunday, June 28th, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center participated in the 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade. An estimated, 1 million people attended for Sunday's celebrations, and The PRCC was one of the Latin@ frontrunners of the parade. The city's celebrations come as the Supreme Court made its landmark same sex marriage decision earlier in the week, striking down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The PRCC's float featured a Latin American themed contingent that showcased flags and cultural attire from different Latin American countries. Over 100 people joined the PRCC to march.

 

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2nd Week of El Conuco and Mural Garden Farmer's Market Marked by Excellent Growth
By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
 
This past Sunday, at the Mural Garden Farmer's Market, PRCC garden team member Christian Roldán asked a resident what he would like to see at the market. After listing asparagus, and mushrooms among other vegetables, the man also said he wanted cilantro. Christian walked him over to the Mural Garden's beds and picked a bunch for him. Our commitment to providing quality products from the state, as well as from our own community, keeps us growing.

 

This weekend, between the start of the Conuco's Farmer's Market on the corner of California and Division and our second weekend at the Mural Garden, profits tripled.  The more the market earns, the more vendors will be able to provide to local residents. Improving access to locally grown produce that are seen in our homes, the garden team hopes to be able to continue to fulfill the requests of local residents. But, like any farmer entrusting our bounty to the elements, what we provide each week will be based on what the season and weather permits.

 

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Given increasing demand for diversity as well as for the quality non-GMO, untreated produce our greenhouses, and local gardens continue to produce, volunteers will be needed to harvest our greens, berries and herbs.  For more information, please contact erikaa@prcc-chgo.org.

 

Chicago: Boricuas quieren desplegar banderas en su vecindario

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Instalarían banderas de otros países latinoamericanos en el Paseo Boricua para promover la unidad.

Chicago.- La comunidad puertorriqueña de Chicago quiere "abrir los brazos" al resto de los latinos de la ciudad y desplegar las banderas de sus países en el llamado Paseo Boricua, corazón del barrio de Humboldt Park.

 

"Queremos promover la unidad y al mismo tiempo que se instalen en la calle Division restaurantes latinoamericanos con sus platillos tradicionales y su cultura", declaró hoy a Efe el concejal Roberto Maldonado, del Distrito 26.

El Paseo Boricua es demarcado por dos banderas metálicas gigantes de Puerto Rico de 18 metros de altura que se inauguraron hace 20 años en el vecindario del noroeste, donde abundan los restaurantes, cafés, galerías y murales que celebran la cultura boricua.

 

Las banderas latinoamericanas también serían metálicas, aunque más pequeñas y se instalarían en las columnas del alumbrado público de la calle Division, entre Western y California.

 

 

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Muévete is celebrating its 10th!
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 Muévete is celebrating its 10th anniversary (Aug. 2005- Aug. 2015). What started as a walking group twice a week around Humboldt Park has evolved into a community based physical activity program. Muevete provides classes of Dance-aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, seasonal walking and biking and the once a year Move for Life! season kick-off event.  Classes are held Monday through Saturday, free of charge and open to adults 18 and over. All classes are accessible to all fitness levels, encouraging movement for all.  

 

On August 8th 2015 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary with a 10,000 steps around Humboldt Park.  Free of charge and for the entire family. There will be prizes for every 5,000 steps you take. Music, heart screenings, snacks and refreshment will be provided. Please call to register, 773-342-0855773-342-0855.

 

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A book for all ages: Así Somos | Who We Are arrives to Chicago
By Deborah López
 

Chicago, IL (June 27, 2015) - The presentation and signing of the acclaimed book

Así Somos | Who We Are, hosted by the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Chicago Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women was a reaffirmation that our core values, namely our "Puerto Ricaness" transcends life styles and changing times.

 

A capacity audience came to hear author and educator Ada Nivia López, share specific occurrences that gave rise to her concept and the need to publish Así Somos | Who We Are; a unique collection of photographic essays with bilingual narratives designed by master artist Antonio Martorell, highlighting the diversity and cultural richness of the Puerto Rican people on the island and its diaspora. 50 copies of the book were signed by the author and photographer in theprincipal gallery of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Deborah López served as MC and Alejandro Molina, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the PRCC, introduced Ada, speaking of her family's legacy of struggle in our community's history, and more specifically of Ada's postive role throughout the struggles we have faced.

 

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, Ada gave a heartfelt presentation.  Many thanked her for giving us a book that illuminates the heart and soul of the Puerto Rican people and for having included Puerto Ricans in Hawaii. The images taken by award winning photographer Mark Joseph evoke deep feelings connecting the reader with Puerto Rican core values including hospitality, compassion, generosity, joy and resilience.  Based on the expression of guests who represented multi-generations and ethnicities, Así Somos | Who We Are begins to bridge the gap between the ages, the eras and across the diaspora.  

 

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Wounded Warrior Project Honored by Presence Health
 
On Tuesday, June 30, Presence Saints Marys and Elizabeths Medical Center honored the Wounded Warrior Project by presenting it with the Presence Health Inspire Award for Community Service at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, downtown Chicago.

After MC Michelle Perez recognized the Presence area awards winners present and then, Sandra Bruce, President & CEO Presence Health presented the award to SSG (Ret.) Dan Nevins - Honoree - Warrior Speak Director, Wounded Warrior Project, who spoke about his personal journey and then the organizations work. The Presence Health Inspire Award is presented annually to a community leader or organization who exemplifies the values that inspire Presence Health's outreach to the community. The Award recognizes inspirational leadership from an individual or organization who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the well-being of the communities throughout Chicagoland and Illinois.

 

New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat Rolls into Chicago

On Saturday, July 11, for a Day of Bikes, Beer and Bemusement

 

CHICAGO, IL June 24, 2015 - Fun times, fun friends, fun bikes and fun beers!  If dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to bands and drinking beer are things you like, then don't miss the most FUN fundraiser around ... Tour de Fat is coming back to Chicago and is better than ever this year!  New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers, is bringing the 16th annual Tour de Fat to Chicago on Saturday, July 11, in Palmer Square.  Bring a smile and your best costume, because we're about to have a good time!

 

Gather up your friends, family and neighbors to join us and enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer to help raise funds for local Chicago bicycle nonprofits. The daylong festivities are free, with all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales, along with parade donations, going towards making Chicago a better place to ride a bike.  Despite last year's torrential rain and storms, over 5,000 people came to the festival and raised more than $32,000 benefitting West Town Bikes. 

 

Tour de Fat will be kicking off the daylong festivities with a giant bicycle parade in celebration of the power of the bike, encouraging everyone to embrace their inner-cyclist while riding through the city streets as a rolling carnival of creativity.  This bike route is designed for people of all skills levels, and everyone is welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged.  After the group ride, the stages will heat up with world-class acts, transforming the Palmer Square festival grounds into a celebration unlike any other!  The festival also features a celebration of the inspirational car-for-bike swapper series in which brave souls hand over their car keys as a commitment to commute by bike.

 

"Tour de Fat is a celebration of arguable man's greatest creations: beer, and the bike.  Put those two things together, sprinkle in some costumes, live music, eclectic entertainment, and folks wanting to improve their local community - you've got the makings for a great time.  And for a great cause, helping West Town Bikes have an immediate impact of bike advocacy efforts with youth education in underserved populations right here in Chicago," said John Clarke, New Belgium Beer's Field Brander and 'Great Lakes Gadabout'.

 

Adults and kids alike can ride funky bikes, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a "Thousand Person Dance Contest", which will determine the winner of a 2015 New Belgium Cruiser Bike.  Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery's flagship brew, Fat Tire, this summer's seasonal, Snapshot, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.  Lips Lounge tappings this year will include La Folie, Hop Tart, Pear Ginger Beer and Carnie's Blood.

 

Follow Tour de Fat's Windy City adventure here: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/chicago.aspx

 

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Let us never underestimate the power of children!

Legislators moved the agenda from #24 to  #3 to vote  the SB 59 Driving Privilege Card legislation as they realized that parents and their children had been waiting in the balcony since 1:00pm.

The life-changing SH 59 bill was signed on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:05 by Governor Jack Markell --also as a courtesy to the Latino families. He spoke in Spanish.

And I will never underestimate the power of YOU.

Each of you made phone calls, had appointments with legislators in their districts, expressed and shared concerns, or signed the petition.

All those efforts counted!

THANK YOU, GRACIAS DESDE MI CORAZON!

More tomorrow,

Charito

Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, J.D./M.A.C.T.
 
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El Gobernador dialoga con Pedro Pierluisi y Rubén Berríos. 

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Reunión con el Gobernador

El día de hoy, el Gobernador ha recibido a varios sectores y representantes del País para trabajar con nuestra situación fiscal y económica. El Gobernador hizo un llamado a pensar fuera de líneas partidistas para transformar radicalmente la manera en que funciona nuestro gobierno y nuestra economía. Estamos seguros que si trabajamos juntos, Puerto Rico vencerá.

 

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Summer Block Party with LA CASITA! | Sunday, August 2 @ Pregones! FREE!

Pregones Theater & The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in collaboration with Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ present LA CASITA. One of our most popular free outdoor events, this dynamic celebration provides a fun summer afternoon of performances, a live preview of Pregones/PRTT’s upcoming season and much more!

This year’s gathering honors African American poets Sonia Sánchez and Ntozake Shange, central figures in the Black Arts movement. Activists and powerful voices come together and channel the streams that influenced these pioneering poets in an entertaining summer gathering full of music and celebration. Chronicling the joys and struggles of identity and history, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians from the diaspora in this thought-provoking tribute.


Sunday August 2, 2015 • 12noon to 7pm
Walton Avenue, between 149th & 150th Streets, Bronx, NY 10451

FREE! GRATIS!

CLICK HERE to see the full line-up of artists and samples of their work.


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El Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño se solidariza con el Comité Pro Salud y Ambiente de Tallaboa, y demás organizaciones ambientales, y estará PRESENTE en la MANIFESTACIÓN EN CONTRA DE LAS CENIZAS DE CARBÓN mañana miércoles, 1 de julio a las 10:00 a.m. frente a la entrada del vertedero EC Waste en el barrio Seboruco de PEÑUELAS. ¡ACOMPÁÑANOS!
 

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LULAC Urges More Companies to End Business Associations with Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) press conference held today regarding the remarks made by Donald Trump of Latinos and immigrants in general, LULAC National President and Immediate Past Chair of the HACR Board, Margaret Moran, issued the following statement -

"Donald Trump's reference to Latino immigrants as drug dealers, rapists, and murderers was hateful and racist rhetoric meant to pander to a disconnected political base. Politicians who engage in such hate mongering and political pandering must know that there is a price to pay for such conduct. LULAC is gratified that the business community serving Latinos has responded with swift action and in doing so, has stood up for the Latino community.

Specifically, LULAC praises the leadership of Univision Communications Inc. for taking immediate action to terminate their business ties with Donald Trump, including refusing to air the Miss USA pageant, produced by the Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization. We also congratulate Comcast-NBCUniversal, for severing their business relationships with Donald Trump noting that it was standing by its core values. Finally, we applaud this morning's decision by Macy's Inc. to halt the sale of Trump merchandise, stating it will not tolerate remarks that threaten its values of diversity and inclusion. By severing their business association with Donald Trump, these companies have sent a clear message - hateful and disparaging remarks made of immigrants will not be tolerated.

LULAC calls upon other corporations with business ties to Donald Trump to follow suit. There is no room in our society for politicians to make ignorant remarks of any minority community. Our society has benefited from the unique contributions made by immigrants and we should celebrate not denigrate such contributions."

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Relaciones Cuba-EEUU: Declaración del Gobierno Revolucionario

 

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Restablecidos los vínculos diplomáticos con Estados Unidos, será imprescindible el levantamiento del bloqueo, entre otros aspectos, para la normalización de las relaciones.

 

Se abrirán embajadas en Washington y La Habana a partir del 20 de julio

 

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El ministro interino de Relaciones Exteriores, Marcelino Medina González, recibió en horas de la mañana de hoy en la sede de la Cancillería al jefe de la Sección de Intereses de los Estados Unidos en La Habana, Sr. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, quien le entregó una carta del presidente Barack Obama dirigida al General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, en la que confirma la decisión de restablecer las relaciones diplomáticas entre los dos países y abrir misiones diplomáticas permanentes en las respectivas capitales, a partir del 20 de julio de 2015.

 

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Puertorriqueño y puertorriqueña,

Hace unos minutos le comuniqué al País nuestra situación fiscal y económica. Los problemas heredados que enfrentamos son el resultado de décadas de malas decisiones. La deuda acumulada es impagable y surge de problemas estructurales de nuestra economía.

Las razones de esta situación son múltiples. Tú las conoces.

Un análisis independiente, realizado por prestigiosos expertos internacionales, concluyó que la falta de continuidad entre gobiernos, la falta de estimados y estadísticas confiables, así como el alto costo de hacer negocios en Puerto Rico son algunos de los factores que nos han llevado hasta aquí.

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Y que quede claro, no se trata de no pagar, sino de extender términos de algunos préstamos y replantear otros; con el fin de que el dinero que se iba a destinar para pagar deudas se pueda usar para crecer la economía.

¿Cómo lo haremos? De aquí al 30 de agosto, convocaré a todos los sectores del País a preparar un plan, fuera de líneas partidistas para encaminar la recuperación. El plan debe ser considerado y aprobado por la Legislatura durante la próxima Sesión Ordinaria.

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Te invito a que leas en detalle mi mensaje en fortaleza.pr.gov. Hoy comienza el proceso para transformar radicalmente a Puerto Rico y tienes que ser parte integral del mismo.

Para prevalecer, tenemos que unirnos. Superar de una vez y por todas las divisiones partidistas y las agendas individuales. No son tiempos fáciles los que nos tocaron vivir, pero unidos, contra cualquier enemigo, contra cualquier crisis, Puerto Rico vencerá.

Que Dios te bendiga y que Dios bendiga a Puerto Rico.

Un abrazo,

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"After my family, what I miss most is the sea" Oscar López Rivera
 
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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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Puerto Rican Miracle
By

Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

June 26, 2015

 

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

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Since the beginning of June, in both Manhattan and San Juan, thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets raising two key demands: independence for Puerto Rico and the release of Oscar López Rivera who has been in prison for more than 34 years, and is the longest-serving political prisoner in Our America.

All political and social sectors of Puerto Rico, without exception, have been involved in these demonstrations. They were convened by all patriotic organizations which have fought against colonialism in different ways but now came together for this action. They were joined by others who, in one way or another, have shown increasing dissatisfaction with a regime that, lacking sovereignty, is also experiencing a deep economic and social crisis.

The Puerto Rican cause has been particularly complex and difficult. Having confronted the most powerful empire on earth for more than a century, the small island has suffered a very harsh isolation. Under pressure from Washington, its drama was largely ignored by most of its Latin American and Caribbean sister nations and silenced by the big international media.

Its struggle has been, above all, solitary. It was left out of the great liberation movement of the nineteenth century, to which it nonetheless made an important contribution of fighters and sacrifices. It was then ceded as a possession by the Spanish crown to the rising US empire which exerts absolute control over Puerto Rico. The tremendous challenge to a large extent explains the internal disagreements that have hindered the necessary unity of the people.

The situation, however, is changing. The engine that drives the change has a name: Oscar López Rivera. The brutal sentence he endures has generated the unanimous rejection of all Puerto Ricans without exception.

Oscar did not kill or cause harm to anyone. He did not practice violence or transgressed the law. His only armed experience was in the Vietnam War -to which he was dragged into as so many young people of his generation- and he returned decorated by the US Army.

He was sentenced, in 1981, to 55 years in prison for the alleged crime of "seditious conspiracy", specifically for being a militant in a Chicago-based organization that seeks independence for Puerto Rico.

He was subjected to particularly cruel prison conditions, including 13 years in solitary confinement and severe restrictions on his communication with the outside world. His first contact with the press took place two years ago when, by the way, he said: "I'm ready for whatever comes; I will always be ready for whatever comes."

Oscar's case is grossly unfair and it was so recognized at the highest level by the US authorities.

In 1999, sixteen years ago, President Clinton decided that he and other Puerto Ricans then imprisoned had received excessively long sentences and therefore they should be immediately released. Oscar refused to accept this because that presidential action did not include two other prisoners. These two served their punishment and were released, while successive petitions filed by Oscar's defense have been denied.

This petition was presented to President Obama in 2013 by the convention of the AFL-CIO, the US union organization, after a unanimous vote. Similar requests have been made by all political, religious, academic and social institutions of Puerto Rico, including the governor-who, in an unprecedented gesture, visited Oscar in the federal prison- as well as colonial parties and all media of the island and the Boricua emigration. Never before had such an expression of unity been reached among Puerto Ricans.

It is a miracle of love and solidarity. It was made possible by a man who sacrificed his entire life for others and suffered the worst torments for the unredeemed homeland he embodies today in an exemplary manner.
 
Before the end of the month the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations will reaffirm the right of Puerto Rico to independence and will join the demand for Oscar's freedom. The UN committee has been active in this respect since 1972, always recognizing the inalienable rights of the Puerto Rican nation.

But Washington turns a deaf ear to a claim that -despite US's efforts to stop it- continues to grow. Over the years, only Cuba promoted the issue in the UN; today it is accompanied by a group of Latin American countries. Actions must be multiplied in the General Assembly and every international forum, and beyond, until the case of Puerto Rico becomes what it should be: a real priority for all.

It is a battle in which Latin America, now moving along the roads of a new era, has an inescapable obligation; and it will be waged with the same determination of the indomitable patriot who, from the solitude of his cell, has managed to overcome the atrocious captivity.

 

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Panamá se une a esfuerzos pro liberación Oscar López Rivera

Por Carlos Pérez Morales, El Post Antillano
 

Para muchos panameños el nombre de Oscar López Rivera le es desconocido. Pero ¿quién es Oscar y que importancia tiene para el mundo entero? Oscar López Rivera es un puertorriqueño que como la mayoría de nosotros emigró hacia Estados Unidos a la ciudad de Chicago en el estado de Illinois. Viendo las injusticias que allí se cometían contra los "hispanos", Oscar se convirtió en un destacado líder comunitario. En su comunidad, Oscar luchó contra el racismo, la xenofobia, el discrimen, la marginación y todos los males que tenían que enfrentar los habitantes latinoamericanos en ese estado. Cuando Estados Unidos intervino en el conflicto de Vietnam, Oscar fue llamado a luchar con armas contra este pueblo. Allí, viendo las injusticias cometidas por ejército "americano" fue formando una conciencia antiimperialista. A su regreso a EE. UU., se activó como un gran luchador por la independencia de Puerto Rico, una nación caribeña que desde 1898 está sometida al colonialismo estadounidense.

 

Oscar fue víctima de persecución y represión por parte de las autoridades estadounidenses. A él se le relacionó con las "Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional" (FALN), grupo puertorriqueño que creía en la lucha armada para lograr la independencia de Puerto Rico. Estados Unidos nunca pudo probar su vinculación con este grupo. Por luchar por la independencia de Puerto Rico, Oscar es arrestado junto a miembros de la FALN. Luego de su arresto, Oscar es acusado de sedición. ¡Qué grande es Oscar, imagínese, un solo hombre tratando de derrocar el Gobierno del imperio más poderoso del mundo!

 

 

ONU ratifica derecho de Puerto Rico a su autodeterminación

Por Prensa Latina (PL) 
 

NACIONES UNIDAS.-El Comité de Des­colonización de la ONU adoptó este lunes por consenso una nueva resolución que ratifica el derecho de Puerto Rico a la libre autodeterminación e independencia.

 

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Por trigésima cuarta ocasión, ese órgano aprueba un documento sobre el caso de Puerto Rico, nación sometida a cinco siglos de colonialismo, los últimos 117 años bajo el dominio de Estados Unidos.

 

La iniciativa presentada por Cuba, con el pa­­tro­cinio de Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecua­dor, Bolivia, Rusia y Siria demanda a Wa­shing­ton asumir su responsabilidad y permitir que el pueblo boricua ejerza plenamente esas prerrogativas, en sintonía con la proclama lanzada en 1960 por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas de poner fin al colonialismo en el planeta.

Además, insiste en el carácter latinoamericano y caribeño del pueblo de Puerto Rico, "que tiene su propia e inconfundible identidad nacional", cita PL.

 

 

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 EE. UU. amplía su presencia militar en Centroamérica mientras se refuerza el impulso latinoamericano para crear su propia doctrina de defensa. El independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera pasó más de 34 años preso en EE. UU., pero hay activistas de todo el mundo que no se cansan de reclamar su excarcelación. Y se ha revelado que una unidad secreta de la inteligencia británica ha ejecutado operaciones encubiertas en contra de Argentina para influir en la disputa sobre las Islas Malvinas.
 
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Swedish personalities ask Obama to free Oscar López Rivera!

Stockholm, June 8, 2015

 

To the President of the United States of America

Mr. Barack Obama

 

We the undersigned have previously written to you about the case of The Cuban Five. Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and René González who are now reunited with their families in Cuba.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your decision that resulted in the release of Guerrero, Hernández, and Labañino from U.S. prisons on December 17, 2014, as well as the release on humanitarian grounds of Alan Gross detained in Cuba.

 

We now turn to you again, this time with a plea regarding Oscar López Rivera, imprisoned in the U.S. for 34 years. He was convicted and imprisoned because he worked for his country's right to self-determination. An overwhelming majority of Puerto Ricans want Oscar López Rivera released from prison. Puerto Rico was conquered, like the Philippines, by the United States in 1898. It is known that there is in Puerto Rico a movement for the island's independence.

 

Oscar López Rivera could have been a free man today if he had accepted the "premature" release that he was offered by your predecessor, Bill Clinton. He did not accept that offer since two fellow prisoners were not considered for release at that time. They are now free, while Oscar López Rivera, age 72, will remain in prison until 2023.

 

Mr. President you have the opportunity now to give Oscar López Rivera, a man who pushed for abolishing what he perceived as a colonial repression of his homeland, the opportunity to live out the final part of his life in his homeland, Puerto Rico, whose sovereignty Oscar López Rivera has devoted his life to.

 

We believe that you, Mr. President, have the ability to understand the basis for Oscar López Rivera's commitment and perspective. And we therefore hope that in his case you will make the decision to immediately release him.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thage G. Peterson, former Speaker of the Swedish parliament; former member of the Swedish government (Minister for Justice, Minister for Defense) (Social Democratic Party)

 

Hillevi Larsson, Member of Parliament (Social Democratic Party)

 

Amineh Kakabaveh, Member of Parliament (Left Party)

 

Torbjörn Björlund, Member of Parliament (Left Party)

 

Marco Venegas, Member of Parliament (Green Party)

 

Jeannette Escanilla, member of the Executive Board, Left Party

 

Ann-Margarethe Livh, Vice Mayor, Stockholm Municipality (Left Party)

 

Kenneth Lewis, lawyer, former president of Lawyers without Borders (Sweden)

 

Sven Wollter, actor

 

Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss, set- and costume designer, sculptress

 

Mikael Wiehe, musician, singer, composer

 

Jan Hammarlund, singer songwriter

 

Maria Sandblad, freelance journalist/writer

 

Kristina Hillgren, psychologist

 

 

Copies of this letter have been sent to:

 

Embassy of the United States of America, Stockholm

Committee of 24 (Special Committee on Decolonization, United Nations Office at Geneva

Amnesty International, International Secretariat, London

 

8 REASONS THE U.S. SHOULD FREE OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA
BY RAQUEL REICHARD, LATINA
 

In 1981, Oscar López Rivera, 72, was convicted of seditious conspiracy. The Puerto Ricanhas since spent 34 years in U.S. federal prisons, with more than a decade of his time spent languishing in solitary confinement. He neither killed nor assaulted anyone. In fact, the crime that put him behind bars for a 75-year sentence was non-violent. López Rivera, one of the longest-held political prisoners on the globe, sought independence for his beloved island.

 

As the Puerto Rican independentista continues to sit in a prison cell in Terre Haute, Indiana, a growing number of supporters, crossing nationalities, races, ages and political ideologies, are fighting for his release. Here are just eight reasons why the Boricua should be freed.

 

Calls to free jailed Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera getting louder in NY

By Julie Schwietert Collazo, Fox News Latino
 

As a United Nations committee held hearings on the status of Puerto Rico in Manhattan, N.Y., outside a group of protesters rallied Monday in support of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist whose imprisonment for 34 years now is getting increasing attention.

 

López, 72, is serving time in Indiana on charges of "seditious conspiracy" for his alleged collaboration with the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, an organization that sought the island's independence from the United States back in the 70s.

"We believe that the reason why the U.S. government has kept Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera incarcerated (...) is because the U.S. government wants to maintain Puerto Rico as its colony forever," say his supporters from Compañeros Unidos para la Descolonización de Puerto Rico ("Brothers United for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico") on their website. 

A week ago, at the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was born in Puerto Rico, was one of a number of politicians wearing T-shirts or carrying posters calling for López's release.

 

 

Pictures of May 30th March and Rally
Edwin Vargas, Perla de León, Marina Ortiz
 
Various photographers took pictures of the May 30th March and Rally for Oscar López Rivera and have made a selection available to the May 30th Coalition. Please view them on our Flickr site or their own site. Contact the photographers directly for prints or any licensing questions.
 
 
Perla de Leon (perlafotografica@aol.com)
 
 
 
We are grateful for their solidarity and collaboration. We will highlight others as they become available.

 

Caras en la Parada Puertorriqueña en Nueva York

Varias figuran del patio asistieron al evento que también se usó para reclamar trato igual a los puertorriqueños en los programas federales de salud
 

 

From the/desde la Diaspora
 

 

Concejo Municipal Nueva York pide la excarcelación de Oscar López
Por ELNUEVODIA.COM
 

WASHINGTON - El Concejo Municipal de Nueva York aprobó hoy (41-8, con dos abstenciones) una resolución que reclama al presidente Barack Obama la inmediata excarcelación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera. En la medida, el organismo municipal, que preside la puertorriqueña Melissa Mark Viverito, mantuvo que su encarcelación en estos momentos "es injusta y no sirve ningún propósito legítimo".

 

La resolución destaca el reciente respaldo a la liberación de López Rivera que dio el Caucus Hispano del Congreso.

Convicto por sedición y otros delitos relacionados, López Rivera cumple una sentencia de 70 años de cárcel, debido a sus vínculos con las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN). La sentencia original fue de 55 años, pero se le agregaron 15 por un intento de fuga, lo que el Concejo Municipal también consideró un castigo desproporcionado.

El organismo municipal recordó que el presidente Bill Clinton, cuando le ofreció clemencia en 1999 a López Rivera, concluyó que la sentencia en su contra y la de otros colegas era desproporcionada, tomando en cuenta que nunca fue acusado de herir o matar a nadie.

 

Condecorado con la medalla de Bronce por su participación en la guerra de Vietnam, López Rivera, en una entrevista con El Nuevo Día en 2014, afirmó que "no tengo sangre en mis manos".

 

El gobernador de Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, la Legislatura, alcaldes, asambleas municipales, líderes políticos, religiosos y sindicales han abogado por la liberación sin condiciones de López Rivera, quien cumplió el mes pasado 34 años en prisiones estadounidenses.

 

De 72 años, López Rivera solicitó clemencia del presidente Barack Obama en 2011, tras haber rechazado la oferta del presidente Clinton debido a que no se le conmutó la sentencia a dos de sus colegas de la FALN, Carlos Alberto Torres y Haydee Beltrán, ya liberados.

 

Si hubiese aceptado la oferta de Clinton, López Rivera llevaría ya casi seis años fuera de la cárcel.

Pese a la presión de las autoridades de Puerto Rico, los congresistas boricuas y sectores de la diáspora, el Departamento de Justicia federal sigue sin decidir la solicitud de López Rivera.

 

Si el presidente Obama no le libera, López Rivera puede tener que estar otros ocho años en prisión. Para entonces tendrá 80 años y habrá cumplido unos 42 años de cárcel.

 

 

Natl Puerto Rican Day Parade: 'Boricuas' Celebrate, Raise Issues

by KELLY CARRION, NBC News
 

NEW YORK, NY -- A sea of red, white and blue flags, salsa music, colorful floats, dancers and hundreds of thousands of spectators filled New York's 5th Avenue for the 2015 National Puerto Rican Day parade.

 

The parade is an annual tradition for New York's large Puerto Rican community and for those who come from near and far to attend the event. It has a long history; the first parade took place in 1958 along El Barrio before its route changed to Fifth Avenue.

 

The parade unites the "boricuas" (named for the Indian name for the island, which was Borikén, later referred to as Borinquen) in New York and across the rest of the continental U.S. with those in the island.

 

Every year the parade honors a region of Puerto Rico, this year they are honoring Añasco, a municipality located on the west coast of the island.

 

The parade, which is known to bring out stars like Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Daddy Yankee, brought out Roselyn Sanchez, Ivy Queen, acclaimed orchestra composer Angel 'Cucco' Peña (who composed a theme song for the parade), Andres Jimenez, Rosie Perez, Martina Arroyo, Alex Sensation, Tito El Bambino, Toby Love, Frankie Negron and Raquel Sofia this year.

 

 

Pacifica Foundation Radio, at a face-to-face meeting of its national board in Los Angeles, CA over the weekend of June 12-15, adopted the following resolution favoring the excarceration of the Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera:


Whereas:  Puerto Rican Independentista and Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera has been in Federal Prisons since 1981, charged with "seditious conspiracy" to overthrow the Government of the United States in Puerto Rico and convicted thereof;

 

Whereas:  Religious, labor, community, student and political leaders in Puerto Rico and in Puerto Rican communities in the US, without regard to their positions on the status of Puerto Rico, broadly have called on President Obama to release López Rivera;

 

Whereas:   Pacifica Foundation is based upon a philosophy of solidarity with social and political movements that work for social justice and human rights;

 

Be it thereby resolved:  that the Pacifica Foundation National Board calls for the release of Oscar López Rivera and, further calls for broadcasts on this topic to be aired on its five stations, and that this resolution be shared with the Pacifica affiliates, in support of national and local campaigns in favor of Oscar's liberation.

 

Pacifica has five listener-sponsored free speech radio stations, WBAI in New York, WPFW in Washington DC, KPFT in Houston, KPFK in Los Angeles, and KPFA in Berkeley, and over 100 affiliates around the US and elsewhere, including WVQR in Vieques.


 

The resolution passed without opposition, reflecting the growing support for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera in progressive sectors in the US. Several members of the public present commented favorably about the motion.

 

Commentary

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

In the last eight months the Oscar Freedom Campaign in the eastern corridor of the Puerto Rican diaspora has changed the narrative with respect to Oscar López Rivera campaign for freedom. This has been accomplished with the theme of "ONE VOICE FOR OSCAR".  People of different backgrounds and ideologies have united in a humanitarian effort to free Oscar. Now is the time for this unity in one voice because of the small window of opportunity before us. President Obama is the only one that can free Oscar with 'a stroke of his pen'.

 

The passage of several resolutions in New York City supporting this theme "ONE VOICE FOR OSCAR" follow: The Professional Staff Congress (PSC- CUNY) representing university professors and staff passed a resolution calling on President Obama to exercise his constitutional powers of pardon to grant immediate and unconditional release to Oscar on April 16, 2015. Subsequently, the CUNY Student Government Association passed a similar resolution on May 5, 2015, and finally the New York City Municipal Council passed its resolution on June 10, 2015 by an overwhelming majority of city council members of diverse backgrounds (41 votes for approval, 8 opposed, 2 abstained) became the icing on the cake to our May 30th March and Rally. It was the second time in our struggle to free Puerto Rican political prisoners that the NYC Council had passed a resolution, the first time being in 1991 under the leadership of José Rivera.

 

The 5,000 person May 30th march through Harlem and El Barrio was a historical landmark for Oscar as he began his 34th year of imprisonment the day before.  The narrative of "who is Oscar López Rivera" has forever been changed.  He is recognized as the longest held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, called the "Mandela of Latin America", an "icon" "a national hero", "freedom fighter" "independentista" and "nationalist leader". Today, it is believed that the 70 year sentence Oscar received had to do more with his political ideas and that the sentence imposed was grossly disproportionate.

 

Lessons we have learned. Eight months ago, no one thought it was possible to accomplish these turn of events. This attests to the belief that everything is possible when you have the will to win. Let us do the possible, Free Oscar Now!

 

"Se siente, se siente, Oscar esta presente" in Bronx,

NY Puerto Rican Parade

 

On Sunday, May 31st (after its participation in the successful march in Harlem the previous day), the NY Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera also participated in the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade. We lined-up in the Grand Concourse and marched until Van Courtland Park chanting "Free Oscar Now".  Various elected officials joined us to show solidarity for Oscar's release among them were Speaker of the NYC Municipal Council, Melissa Mark Viverito, and Assemblyman José Rivera.  

 

Oscar Freedom Campaign goes to Bentwood, Long Island Celebrates Festival on Puerto Rican Heritage

NY Coordinator tabled and collected petitions to President Obama to Free Oscar in the Main Street of the town of Brentwood, Long Island. Assemblyman José Rivera was recognized and spoke a few words on stage also mentioning the campaign for the freedom of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. The reception was very positive. On the other side of the festival, children's activities, including painting, were held. In the canvas that lay across the street was evident the painted words #FreeOscarLopez.

 

PETITION DRIVE AT 116th ST FESTIVAL IN EL BARRIO, NY

 

On June 13, sixteen compañeros y compañeras took turns in the set up table to do petition drive at the million people festival that is held every year in East Harlem. This petition drive has become a ritual for us and we see it as a necessity to keep in the minds and hearts the struggle to free Oscar. Under the sun, at 91 degrees, the "Oscar en la Calles" became the main attraction as hundreds stopped to sign the petition and get a photo with Oscar. Over 500 fans with Oscar's image and words printed "Libertad para Oscar" were distributed like hotcakes. Over 1,500 petitions were collected in 6 hours. Thanks to the effort of the compañeros/as.

 

National Puerto Rican Parade on Fifth Avenue in NY

Clamors to Free Oscar López Rivera Now!

 

Hundreds of parade goers holding a yellow neon banner that read "ONE VOICE FOR OSCAR" marched in a spirited contingent to free Oscar through the streets of 5th Avenue organized by the NY Coordinator to free Oscar López Rivera.  On June 14th, 2015 in a sunny Sunday, the many people of different backgrounds with one voice enunciated chants like "New York City is the key, to set Oscar López Free!" "OBAMA BETTER LISTEN, GET OSCAR OUT OF PRISON!  And "34-NO MORE!" revealing the number of years Oscar (at age 72) has been in prison, 12 of those he spent in solitary confinement. There were the forceful repetition of "Free Oscar, Free Oscar" and "Libertad, Libertad, para Oscar" prompting spectators of the parade to echo the chants. 

 

This year's parade was marked with spectator's overwhelming recognition of Oscar's Freedom Campaign and of his daughter Clarisa López Ramos. Multiple media and photographers directed themselves to Clarisa without asking.

 

Two important factors occurred.  As we approached the Saint Patrick Cathedral, Cardinal Timothy Nolan stood on the side watching the parade goers and at the precise moment that the Oscar Freedom contingent was passing.  Clarisa López Ramos, Oscar's daughter, was able to speak to the Cardinal Timothy Nolan about her father's 34 years of imprisonment and in return, he gave her a hug and a blessing.

 

Massive solidarity was evident through the one million parade spectators as it was obvious the many additional banners that were displayed calling for Oscar's freedom.  Upon arriving to 66th street where the stage was located, the Free Oscar contingent was received with a one hundred people holding placards "Libertad para Oscar" sponsored by the National Puerto Rican Parade Board. Camera crews and photographers took the opportunity for "Kodak moments" with the president of the PR parade, Loraine Vázquez and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also holding similar placards.

 

The theme "ONE VOICE FOR OSCAR" represents what has been accomplished in New York City: People of different backgrounds can unite with one purpose, that is, Free Oscar López Rivera Now!

 

Law and Disorder Radio Interview with Jan Susler

The Campaign To Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

 

There's been a long struggle by Puerto Ricans here in the United States for the independence of their native land Puerto Rico. Oscar Lopez Riviera was one of these people. He was framed up on the political charge of seditious conspiracy and has been in prison since the 1980s. All his co-defendants in the original trial have now been freed but he remains locked up and there is a campaign going on in the United States right now to free Oscar Lopez Riviera.

 

Guest - Attorney Jan Susler joined People's Law Office in 1982 after working for six years as a Clinical Law Professor at the legal clinic at Southern Illinois University's School of Law, Prison Legal Aid. At the People's Law Office she continued her litigation and advocacy work on prisoners' rights issues and also took on representing people wrongfully imprisoned, falsely arrested, strip searched, or subjected to excessive force by police officers.

 

Her long history of work on behalf of political prisoners and prisoners' rights includes litigation, advocacy and educational work around federal and state control unit prisons in the U.S. Her work with the Puerto Rican Independence Movement and with progressive movements challenging U.S. foreign and domestic policies has been a constant throughout her 36 years as a lawyer. She was an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Northeastern Illinois University, and taught constitutional law at the University of Puerto Rico.  For over three decades she has represented Puerto Rican political prisoners, and she served as lead counsel in the efforts culminating in the 1999 presidential commutation of their sentences. She continues to represent those who remain imprisoned.

 

 

Óscar López y salud pública presentes en desfile boricua

Por Juan Garnham, El Diario
 
El desfile no sólo fue un colorido evento, sino también la oportunidad de apoyar las causas boricuas

Nueva York - "Free Óscar López Rivera now!" decía la camiseta negra que usó durante todo el desfile puertorriqueño la presidenta del Concejo Municipal, Melissa Mark-Viverito. "El desfile puertorriqueño es sobre nuestro orgullo, pero también queremos mostrar los temas importantes de nuestra agenda", explicó Mark-Viverito mientras caminó por la Quinta Avenida.

 

Junto a ellos, varias de las agrupaciones presentes también enarbolaron letreros y pancartas con el rostro del líder independentista puertorriqueño que lleva desde 1981 en la cárcel y que pidió clemencia en 1999 al presidente Clinton.

También muchos solicitaron un trato más igualitario respecto a los beneficios que tienen los estadounidenses. "Estamos pidiendo un mejor sistema de salud", dijo Miguel Hernández, un residente de Brooklyn que abogó para que el Medicaid cubra también a la isla. Además, agrupaciones protestaron por la crisis medioambiental que está viviendo el Caño Martín Peña, uno de los principales recursos hídricos del país.
 

 

34 Mujeres NYC x Oscar in Harlem

By Marina Ortiz, Virtual Boricua
 
 
 
On Sunday, June 28th, 34 Mujeres NYC x Oscar gathered on 110th Street and Fifth Avenue in Harlem to engage local residents and visitors to Central Park and help build a movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

 

34 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 34 minutes on the last Sunday of every month from 4:00 - 4:34pm to signify the 34 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.

 

Chicago: The Abayarde News,

The Student Newspaper of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

Support Oscar López Rivera!

 

By Angela Hernandez, Member of the Mobile Journalism Unit,

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, Paseo Boricua, Chicago

 

On Saturday May 23rd ,  supporters and the family of Oscar López Rivera gathered at "La Casita de Don Pedro" on Division Street to get petitions signed to send to President Obama, asking him to release Oscar López Rivera from jail. On May 29th, Oscar, now 72 years old, will have been in jail for 34 years.  He was not charged with any violent crime. He was charged with "seditious conspiracy." Oscar was put in prison for thinking that Puerto Rico should be independent. Jan Susler, an attorney who started working with the Puerto Rican political prisoners in 1980, explained, "Conspiracy is something you do with other people. An example of sedition would be trying to force the United States to leave Puerto Rico." Oscar is a founder of our amazing high school which is now over forty years old.

 

At this event, I also interviewed Ricardo Jimenez, another political prisoner, who was arrested in 1980. With Oscar, Ricardo was also part of the committee that founded Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School! He explained that he was released because an international campaign began the day he was arrested.  "We said, 'We are political prisoners, not criminals," Ricardo explained. He was released by President William Clinton in 1999. Now, Ricardo is working full time for the Puerto Rican community. He works with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Vida Sida and El Rescate. He is also part of the National Boricua Human Rights Network and coordinator of the campaign to free Oscar López Rivera.

 

After hearing from speakers, supporters went to talk about Oscar with people in Humboldt Park, outside grocery stores, and at the train station. Neighbors were very interested. Most had heard of Oscar and couldn't believe he was still in jail. The petitions from Chicago will be carried on the bus going to New York City to join the big march on May 30th. The Chicago petitions will be added to petitions from around the United States and from forty cities in Puerto Rico. Finally, the petitions will be given to President Obama in the winter. Everyone is hoping that, before he finishes his term, President Obama will release Oscar López Rivera.

 

Report from the Left Forum: Clemency for Oscar López

By Linda Perry (WBAI)
 
Oscar López Rivera, a name unfamiliar to some who attended the Left Forum in New York City, but more familiar as the conference went on. 
 
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At the opening plenary, a fan with Lopez's face was on each seat, with a sheet explaining the plight of the Puerto Rican Nationalist, a 72 year old decorated Vietnam veteran who has been in prison now for 34 years. 

 

Alejandro Molina is with the May 30 Coalition to Free Oscar López. "He's also a Puerto Rican Revolutionary who on May 29, 1981 was arrested and charged and convicted of seditious conspiracy, which is conspiracy to overthrow.the U.S., government by force of arms in Puerto Rico."  

 

On May 30th, Congressmember Nydia Velázquez joined with other López supporters for a march and rally. Addressing Barack Obama she said, "Mr. President, do the right thing. Free Oscar López!" 

 

 
 
From/Desde Puerto Rico
 
 

Oscar López Rivera está listo "para lo que venga"

Por José A. Delgado, El Nuevo Dia
 

WASHINGTON - Pensar en lograr tener la oportunidad de estar con su familia inmediata, por vez primera fuera de prisión, hace a Oscar López Rivera sonreír.

 

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"Para mí la familia es sagrada", explicó López Rivera, en una entrevista el jueves, la quinta ocasión en dos años que el Negociado de Prisiones autoriza una entrevista telefónica del prisionero político puertorriqueño con El Nuevo Día pero se  niega a permitirla en persona "por razones de seguridad".

El pasado fin de semana le fue a ver su nieta Karina. Hoy - Día de los Padres -, se levantaría temprano en la mañana para esperar la visita de su hija Clarisa a la cárcel de Terre Haute, Indiana, donde está preso desde 1998. "Es un día en el que uno quiere compartir con hijos y la familia... si se puede", sostuvo.

 

 

De San Juan a Nueva York: los boricuas dijeron wepa
Por Daniel Nina, El Post Antillano
 

Ayer fue un buen día para las empresas que manufacturan banderas puertorriqueñas. Desde San Juan de Puerto Rico hasta la ciudad de Nueva York, en EE. UU., los boricuas tomaron las calles ondeando la bandera nacional, la monoestrellada. Un grupo de apenas mil personas lo hicieron en San Juan, reclamando la independencia de Puerto Rico y la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera. Mientras que otro grupo en la ciudad de Nueva York, con poco más de un millón de personas, lo hacían para afirmar la puertorriqueñidad, valorar la cultura de la Isla y pedir la excarcelacíón de Oscar López.

 

Así las cosas, los unos como los otros, por razones distintas, afirmaban ser puertorriqueños. Curioso, los políticos de turno en la Isla, en particular el gobernador de Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, asistido por los presidentes de los cuerpos legislativos, Eduardo Bhatia (Senado) y Jaime Perelló (Cámara de Representantes), también participaron de las actividades patrias, en particular marchando en las calles de la gran urbe americana.

¿Qué celebrábamos ayer? Posiblemente el punto unitario entre lo que pasó en la Isla y lo que sucedió en la metrópoli es la puertorriqueñidad. Ese concepto que define una identidad nacional de forma tan confusa hoy, y donde la gente, dependiendo de dónde esté viviendo, se afirma como puertorriqueño. Ahora bien, la forma de establecer ese puente identitario es lo que se afirma como la cultura en común que entrelaza a 3.7 millones de boricuas que aún viven en la Isla, frente a 4.4. millones de boricuas que se reclaman como tal a pesar de que viven en EE. UU.

 

 

Marchan por la independencia y liberación de Oscar López

Por Nydia Bauzá, El Nuevo Día
 

Con llamados de unidad, cientos de independentistas de diversas organizaciones se juntaron hoy domingo en una marcha que recorrió la principal avenida del Condado, en San Juan, en reclamo de la independencia de Puerto Rico y de la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera.


La manifestación se llevó a cabo por segundo año consecutivo, como preludio a las vistas del Comité de Descolonización de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) en las que se discute el caso político de Puerto Rico, pautadas para el lunes 22 de junio.

"Este año se ha duplicado la asistencia. La marcha ha sido todo un éxito. Es en reclamo a la independencia y este año además, el reclamo es por la excarcelación de Oscar López. Se ha inundado la avenida Ashford en demostración de patriotismo y compromiso con la independencia", dijo el presidente del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Juan Dalmau.

"Hacía mucho tiempo que el independentismo no se convocaba en una actividad unitaria como la de hoy. La necesidad nos obliga a actuar de manera concertada. Es la única salida que tiene el país ante el colapso colonial", subrayó por su parte, Héctor Pesquera, uno de los portavoces del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH).

 

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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National Boricua Human Rights Network
info@boricuahumanrights.org
http://boricuahumanrights.org
 
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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El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano repudia decididamente las medidas propuestas por el grupo de ex economistas del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) contratado por el Gobierno de Puerto Rico a un costo de cientos de miles de dólares, las cuales constituyen un atentado contra las ya precarias condiciones económicas y sociales del pueblo puertorriqueño.

 

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LA REALIDAD ACTUAL

  • La deuda acumulada del País es impagable. Aumentar impuestos o recortar gastos no solucionarían el problema. Los problemas son estructurales, no cíclicos.
  • La única solución es cambiar el rumbo de los últimos 25 años y crecer la economía.
  • La única manera de hacerlo es reestructurar la deuda.
  • No se trata de no pagar, sino de replantear los términos de la deuda excesiva, extender las fechas de pago y permitir que la economía se recupere y crezca.
  • Para hacerlo, los puertorriqueños tienen que unirse, fuera de líneas partidistas, y transformar radicalmente la manera en que funciona nuestro gobierno y nuestra economía.
  • La crisis es un problema puertorriqueño y necesita una solución puertorriqueña

¿QUÉ ENCONTRÓ EL INFORME?

  • Décadas de pobre gestión gubernamental nos han traído hasta aquí. Las soluciones temporeras de los últimos años sólo alargaron la agonía.
  • Al calcularse utilizando métricas del Fondo Monetario Internacional, el déficit proyectado es mayor al que se pensaba hasta el momento.
  • De continuar el actual ritmo de funcionamiento del gobierno, en 10 años duplicaríamos la deuda actual
  • Entre los causantes principales de la crisis, se señala:
           ◦estimados inflados de recaudos por los últimos 20 años.
           ◦falta de transparencia en datos gubernamentales
           ◦falta de continuidad por alto nivel de partidismo
           ◦alto costo de la electricidad
           ◦corporaciones públicas sin fuentes de ingreso que drenan las finanzas 
           ◦alto costo de hacer negocios en puerto rico
           ◦las Leyes de Cabotaje incrementan considerablemente el costo de vida

 
OTROS FACTORES QUE AGUDIZAN LA CRISIS
  • La AEE le ha fallado al pueblo de Puerto Rico. Hace patente la necesidad de reformarla.
  • Puerto Rico necesita un mecanismo ordenado de reestructuración. Recomienda que todos los puertorriqueños apoyen proyecto de quiebra ante el Congreso.

¿QUÉ PROPONEMOS?

  • Cambiar radicalmente la operación del gobierno y reactivar la economía.

¿CÓMO LO HAREMOS?

El plan tiene 7 componentes principales:

  • Un plan fiscal a cinco años
  • Reducciones adicionales al gasto gubernamental
  • Aumentar la captación de recaudos
  • Promover alianzas público privadas
  • Cambios radicales en la forma en que se trabajan las finanzas del gobierno y las estadísticas sobre la economía con transparencia y confiabilidad.
  • Garantizar los servicios esenciales de salud, seguridad y educación; y un sustento digno a nuestros pensionados
  •  Crear una Junta Fiscal, fuera de líneas partidistas, que garantizará la continuidad y cumplimiento del plan fiscal.

PRÓXIMOS PASOS:

  • Crear un grupo de trabajo, que incluya a todos los sectores que expresen interés, un plan dirigido a transformar radicalmente la manera que funciona el gobierno.
  • Los pasos a tomarse, en consenso, deberán tener como norte:
  1. Velar principalmente por los intereses de la gente y de sus familias
  2. Que el sacrificio sea compartido por todos, incluyendo a los bonistas
  3. Todas las partes sean tratadas justa y equitativamente bajo la ley
  • El plan deberá ser presentando el 30 de agosto, de manera que pueda ser discutido en la Legislatura durante la sesión que comienza a mediados de agosto

PARTES DEL INFORME QUE NO SE AVALAN

  • No se le dará paso a la reducción en el salario mínimo.
  • No se aceptarán acciones que traten la educación como un gasto.
SOBRE EL INFORME
  • BGF comisionó informe para, por primera vez, analizar de manera histórica y prospectiva el panorama económico y fiscal de Puerto Rico y las posibles soluciones a la crisis actual.
  • El informe es público en su totalidad. Está disponible en la página del BGF.
  • La Dra. Krueger fue economista principal del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) del 2001 al 2006. El informe que nos presenta hoy utiliza métricas del FMI para analizar y proyectar el crecimiento económico y la sostenibilidad fiscal del país

 

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La lucha por la independencia de Puerto Rico: antecedentes históricos y vigencia
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Ponencia presentada el 22 de junio en el Ateneo de Cádiz, España, por Alejandro Torres Rivera, abogado, Presidente de la Comisión para el Estudio del Desarrollo Constitucional del Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico y miembro de la Comisión Ejecutiva del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano. El letrado fue invitado a Cádiz por el Colectivo Internacional Ojos para la Paz, organización con la cual colabora estrechamente.

 

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Caracas, 28 jun. AVN.- Este 28 de junio se celebran en Venezuela las elecciones primarias del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (Psuv), en las que el pueblo elegirá entre 1.162 aspirantes a los candidatos de la Revolución a la Asamblea Nacional.

 

Leonardo Boff: “La encíclica es la Carta Magna de la ecología”
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Desde que comenzó el mes de junio tanto en Manhattan como en San Juan miles de puertorriqueños han salido a las calles levantando dos demandas fundamentales: la independencia de Puerto Rico y la liberación de Oscar López Rivera quien cumple más de 34 años de prisión y es el preso político por más tiempo encarcelado en Nuestra América.

 

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Declaraciones de la senadora María de Lourdes Santiago ante el Informe Krueger

 

Capitolio. 29 de junio de 2015. - "El Informe comisionado por la administración de Alejandro García Padilla al trío de analistas extranjeros, por un lado, sólo confirma lo que durante décadas se ha estado advirtiendo: el modelo económico del Estado Libre Asociado ha tocado fondo y la monstruosa deuda pública es impagable.  La mayoría de las propuestas que contiene, sin embargo, insisten en preservar las estructuras responsables del fracaso.  Es insostenible que la receta para sacar al país de la crisis económica, comience con la recomendación de empobrecer aún más a l@s trabajador@s, reduciendo el salario mínimo, alterando la jornada semanal y limitando derechos.  Poco faltó para que sugirieran volver a los tiempos de la libreta de jornal de los latifundios de principios del siglo pasado. 


 

Resulta ofensivo además, que tres extranjeros a sueldo del gobierno PPD, se atrevan a sugerir como fórmula para el progreso de los puertorriqueños el encarecimiento de la universidad del Estado, la privación de recursos a la escuela pública y el recorte de $150 millones al sistema de salud.


 

Con respecto al tema urgente de reestructuración de la deuda, el Informe no identifica los mecanismos para encaminarnos por esa vía, como no sea el de suplicar clemencia  a los poderes económicos y políticos de los Estados Unidos.  A pesar de una referencia pasajera al tema del estatus, los analistas evitan señalar de frente la imposibilidad de contar con herramientas indispensables en el sistema de inferioridad política que es el ELA.


 

Durante décadas, el PIP ha estado planteando recomendaciones específicas, como establecer una tasa fija contributiva para el sector corporativo (de lo que se hace eco tímidamente el Informe),  procurar que de ese aumento en recaudos se destine una porción importante para un proyecto de financiamiento de desarrollo, dar énfasis al área de bienes duraderos de consumo y el sector agroindustrial, y priorizar la producción de energía renovable.  Pero, es fundamental señalar que lo que en el Informe se identifican como "problemas estructurales que han impedido el crecimiento" no se subsanan sólo con una lista de medidas fiscales.  De lo que se trata, en esta particular coyuntura, es de definir cuál es la función del Estado, del lado de quién van a estar los recursos comunes.  La respuesta que propone el Informe es la de seguir privilegiando a los sectores que desde siempre se han beneficiado del favor gubernamental; las vacas sagradas ante las cuales se han arrodillado las administraciones PPD y PNP para ofrendarles el sacrificio, cada vez mayor, de los que menos tienen. 


 

Sólo un dramático cambio de visión, una disposición real para formular un nuevo modelo de desarrollo y de gestión pública, y un reconocimiento genuino de que el problema de fondo son los grandes males del ELA - la ausencia de poderes políticos y el cultivo de la dependencia-nos permitirán plantearnos una salida para la angustiosa situación económica de Puerto Rico". 



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TODAY IS THE JUNE 29TH NATIONAL CALL IN DAY FOR
OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA!


Take 5 minutes to call and leave a message to President Obama


This month's guest endorser is former Political Prisoner
Ricardo Jimenez:



Oscar Lopez Rivera the longest held political prisoner in the History of Puerto Rico and Latin America, is still incarcerated after 34 years. The broad support Oscar enjoys was reflected in the march held for his freedom on May 30, 2015 in New York in Harlem where over 5,000 persons demand that Obama release Oscar.  Everyday that Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera is held in prison, the United States is committing a human rights violation. History and the world is on Oscar side. Lets continue and double our forces to make sure that Oscar does not spend a single more day in prison. Call on June 29 to voice and demand that Oscar Lopez Rivera be freed from prison.  Make your phone call on Monday June 29 and let President Obama know that we want Oscar Lopez Rivera free!

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

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

Call President Obama at 202-456-1111202-456-1111 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!
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Centro is pleased to share a new publication with you, a timeline of the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States. This timeline, in a booklet format, is adapted from our popular Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series. The resulting publication is a fantastically detailed history of Puerto Ricans’ experiences and contributions in the US.

The timeline draws on the pioneering work done by Centro researchers and historians in the 1970s and 80s to reclaim once-forgotten parts of our history, and is an excellent resource for the celebration of our heritage, and the education of our future generations about those who came before them.

To Thank all of you – Centro’s supporters – we are offering the digital version of this timeline to you for free. You can download it here.

If you’re interested in using this timeline as a classroom tool please contact Surey Miranda, as we offer free classroom sets to educators.

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    June 25, 2015


    LULAC Denounces Donald Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Campaign Speech

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement regarding disparaging remarks made by Donald Trump of the Mexican immigrant population during a campaign speech.

    “The remarks made by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign kick-off speech not only show his contempt and ignorance of the Latino community, but clearly demonstrate that Trump has no real intention to run a serious campaign. As any real candidate knows, the road to the White House runs through the heart of the Latino community. Thus, any serious candidate works to understand the Latino community and their issues of concern.

    By referring to Latino immigrants as drug dealers, rapists, and murderers, Trump blatantly ignored the critical role hard-working immigrants play in this country. His absurd reasoning fails to comprehend the complex reasons why people migrate to the U.S. and ignores the positive contributions Latinos have made to the cultural fabric of our nation.

    As the nation’s oldest and largest Latino organization, we applaud Univision for their decision to terminate their business ties with Donald Trump, including refusing to air the Miss USA pageant, produced by the Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization. Trump must realize that such hateful and ignorant remarks have consequences. In this instance, it will result in lost revenue and more importantly the respect of the Latino community. We hope that in the future Donald Trump will choose fact-based policy debate over cheap political pandering.”

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    Inició vuelo directo San Juan de Puerto Rico – La Habana
    Escrito por Delicia Leyva Morales / Invasor, Ciego de Ávila

     

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    El primer vuelo charter directo entre San Juan, Puerto Rico y La Habana, arribó al aeropuerto internacional José Martí de la capital cubana, con 150 pasajeros a bordo de un avión de la aerolínea suiza Swissair, en su mayoría, personas que acuden al IX Festival Internacional Danzón Habana.

     

    Quito defiende en la ONU la necesidad de abolir colonialismo en pleno siglo XXI
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    Al apoyar una nueva resolución sobre la independencia de Puerto Rico, el representante ecuatoriano sostuvo que era "una vergonzosa lacra que todavía la humanidad tenga que hablar de colonialismo".

     

    Como la miel, atrae a los medios estadounidenses la crisis de Puerto Rico
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    “Todo el mundo está pendiente a cualquier pieza de información que aparezca” sobre la deuda del gobierno de Puerto Rico, dijo Cezary Podkul, periodista financiero de ProPublica, en alusión a la importancia que tiene la crisis financiera y económica de la isla para los medios de comunicación en Estados Unidos.

     

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    The U.S. Hispanic population has been a key driver of the country’s population growth since at least 2000. But the group’s growth has slowed in recent years, and that trend continued in 2014. READ MORE >>
     
    In the 2010 census, 63% of Latinos selected at least one of the five standard racial categories – white, black, Asian, American Indian or Pacific Islander. Another 37%  instead selected "some other race," with many writing in responses such as "Mexican," "Hispanic" or "Latin American." By comparison, 94% of the U.S. population selected one of the standard race categories.
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    Gay marriage advocates have gained ground in some parts of Latin America. Most recently, the Mexican Supreme Court  issued a ruling making it much easier for gay and lesbian couples to wed. The ruling is a major step toward full legalization, which would mean same-sex marriage would be legal in three of Latin America’s four most populous countries – Brazil, Mexico and Argentina – in addition to tiny Uruguay. READ MORE >>
     

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    Long-Sought Victory for the Equal Rights Movement Achieved Today in Historic Supreme Court Decision

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement in response to the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry in all fifty states.

    “In today’s landmark decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that same-sex marriage is a right protected under the U.S. Constitution. LULAC celebrates this long-sought victory with our brothers and sisters from the civil rights and LGBT community as well as religious leaders who have been calling for marriage equality for a generation. As part of the changing tide of public opinion regarding marriage equality in this country, 52% of Latinos now favor same sex marriage.

    As an organization committed to justice and equality for all, LULAC knows that the road to full equality is long and arduous, and obstacles still remain for the LGBT community. In particular, we will continue to fight to ensure that LGBT Latinos have equal access to the American Dream, especially those caught up in legal limbo due to their immigration status or held up in detention.

    The fight is not over, but this win reinvigorates LULAC's commitment to fight for anti-discrimination legislation so that full equality can be enjoyed by all Americans.”

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    Congressman Serrano Applauds Supreme Court Ruling States’ Prohibition of Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

    Today, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), a longtime supporter of LGBT equal rights and member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which advocates for LGBT equal rights, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that under the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, states can’t prohibit same-sex marriage. The verdict follows another recent Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage where the Court let stand circuit court rulings in favor of marriage equality.

    “This is a major victory for the LGBT community, and the positive effect on the lives of millions of LGBT individuals and families cannot be overstated. Here in New York and 36 other states, LGBT couples already enjoy the right to marry, but unfortunately, millions nationwide are still prevented from marrying someone from their same sex simply due to uneven local laws and a lack of federal intervention on this matter. They end up suffering unfair emotional, legal, and financial consequences.  Today’s Supreme Court decision finally prevents states across-the-board from banning gay marriage, thus ensuring marriage equality in all 50 states. There is still more to be done in the fight for LGBT equal rights and against discrimination, but today’s ruling will allow thousands of individuals to marry and live a more full life with the person they love.  This is an important victory for equality.”


    Congressman Serrano Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision on the Affordable Care Act

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of keeping major provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) available to millions of Americans.  The ruling is essential to ensuring that millions of Americans will be able to keep or obtain affordable health insurance. 

    “The Supreme Court’s decision in King vs. Burwell means that millions of Americans will continue to enjoy the benefits of dependable, life saving, and affordable health insurance by receiving access to tax credits, no matter where they live.. Having now lost twice in the Supreme Court, opponents should stop their efforts to undo the historic law and realize it is here to stay. In Congress, Republicans should stop their efforts to repeal the law after 60 unsuccessful attempts, and instead join Democrats to strengthen the law and ensure more people can benefit from it. Today is a good day for health care in America.”


    Congressman Serrano and Senator Schumer Welcome Extension of TPS Registration Deadline for Individuals from Ebola-Affected Nations

    This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) registration deadline for eligible individuals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – the three ebola-affected nations.  

    In a letter sent in May this year, Congressman Serrano and Senator Schumer, along with 9 other Members of the New York delegation, urged Secretary Jeh Johnson to extend the May 20, 2015 deadline to ensure everyone eligible was able to apply and take advantage of the policy. Members of the community had expressed concerns over the DHS’s lack of outreach to let people know about their eligibility and the still fragile situation in the region. With this announcement, the deadline has been extended from May 20, 2015, to Aug. 18, 2015.

    “This is great news for the people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone currently living in New York City and the rest of the United States who were not able to learn about and submit their applications for Temporary Protected Status previously. TPS is an important humanitarian tool, and this announcement will help provide relief for many individuals from ebola-affected nations who won’t be forced to return to a still fragile region. I am glad Secretary Johnson has heeded our call and extended the deadline, so that more people can take advantage of it. For those who qualify, make sure to submit your application by August 18,” said Congressman Serrano.

    More information on eligibility, how to register and costs of applying for the program from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announcement:

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for TPS, you must demonstrate that you meet all eligibility criteria, including that you have been “continuously residing” in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014, and “continuously physically present” in the United States since Nov. 21, 2014. You must also undergo thorough security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS.


    Additionally, you may apply for TPS even if you are a Liberian national currently covered under the two-year extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) based on President Obama’s Sept. 26, 2014 memorandum. If you are a DED-covered Liberian national and you have an EAD or have applied for an EAD, you do not need to apply for another EAD related to this TPS designation. However, if you are granted TPS, you may request a TPS-related EAD at a later date as long as the TPS designation for Liberia remains in effect.

    Registering

    To register, you must submit:
    • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status.
    • The Form I-821 application fee (or a fee-waiver request).
    • The biometrics services fee (or a fee-waiver request) if you are 14 years old or older.
    • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether you want an EAD.
    • The Form I-765 application fee (or a fee-waiver request), but only if you want an EAD. If you do not want an EAD, no application fee is required. There is no Form I-765 fee for initial applicants under the age of 14, or 66 and over; these applicants may receive their initial EAD cards for free.

    Fees and Fee Waivers

    If you cannot pay the fee, you may request that we waive the Form I-821 application fee, Form I-765 application fee and biometrics services fee. However, you must file Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or submit a written request. You must also send in supporting documentation with your fee-waiver request. We will reject your TPS application if you do not submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.

    Additional information about TPS for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone – including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file – is available at uscis.gov/tps.
     

     

    In New York


    Congressman Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Announcement on Funding for WIC

    On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced that $658 million in funding has been awarded to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) providers throughout the state of New York. These funds will help over 92 providers, including Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, expand their nutrition assistance programs for low-income families, and families who are hunger insecure. Click here to read the Governor’s press release.

    In response to the announcement, Congressman Serrano said:

    “Few things are as important to families’ health and children’s healthy development as a good nutrition. Thanks to this funding, more families in the Bronx and New York City will have access to nutritious food through New York’s WIC program. I applaud Governor Cuomo for once again choosing to invest in our families and future generations.”

    Congressman Serrano Joins NYCEDC in Request for Proposals for Spofford Ave Development Project in Hunts Point

    On Tuesday, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released a Request for Expression of Interest (REI) on a proposal to develop City-owned mixed-use affordable housing project in Bronx. The site is expected to contain mixed-income housing along with commercial and non-commercial businesses located on Spofford Avenue in the Hunts Points section of the Bronx.

    “This innovative development project aims to serve our community’s two main needs at once—access to affordable housing and job opportunities—in a way that takes in consideration local residents’ input and wishes,” said Congressman José Serrano. “This is an important first step in the redevelopment of an underutilized area, and it has the potential to improve the lives of Hunts Point residents.  As our borough continues experiencing economic growth, this project will help ensure all residents can take advantage of it.”

    More details on the REI can be found here.

    Congressman Serrano Attends Community Events in the Bronx
     
    On Saturday, June 20, Congressman Serrano attended two community events in the 15th congressional district.  First, he joined the 12th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade and Summer Festival for a mile-long procession through the streets of Hunts Point. The processional included a caravan of marchers and colorful floats created by visual and performance artists from the South Bronx. This parade focuses on incorporating issues of environmental awareness and community advocacy.

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    Congressman Serrano at the Hunts Point Fish Parade (June 20, 2015).

    Later in the day he joined the Annual Family Day Celebration at Crotona Park, where he partook in recognizing the community and the volunteers who help to organize the annual event.

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    Congressman Serrano with members of the community at the Crotona Park Family Day celebration. (June 20, 2015)

    “I was glad to get the chance to spend time with so many members of our community and to celebrate with them the importance of family," said Congressman Serrano. "It is wonderful to see everyone take pride in what they do in our community, and it gives me great pleasure to support them here in the Bronx and through my work in Congress."

     

    Grants


    NEA Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Program Solicitation

    Deadline: August 4, 2015 

    The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has made a program solicitation for a cooperative agreement, in which the NEA will select an organization (Cooperator) to administer the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national coalition of more than 100 organizations representing the arts and education fields as well as the government and private sectors. As the AEP enters into its third decade, the NEA seeks a new Cooperator to build on the significant achievements of the AEP and its national coalition. In undertaking this work, the NEA encourages proposals in which the Cooperator partners with another national organization that can help enhance and fulfill the mission of the AEP.  Local and state government, all institutions of higher education, and non-profits are encouraged to apply.
    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277399.

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    Expresiones de la Senadora del PIP ante determinación del Supremo de EEUU sobre matrimonio entre personas del mismo genero

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 26 de junio de 2015.- Luego de que el Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos resolvió hoy que la constitución de ese país garantiza el derecho al matrimonio entre personas del mismo género, y que sólo así se reconoce a tod@s l@s ciudadan@s igualdignidad ante la ley, la Portavoz del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) en el Senado, María de Lourdes Santiago, hizo las siguientes expresiones :

    "Como independentista, naturalmente hubiera preferido que esa determinación hubiera sido nuestra, no impuesta por un tribunal extranjero. Pero aún nos queda mucho por hacer aquí: debido a la mutilación de que fue objeto el P del
    S 238, aún son legales en Puerto Rico muchas formas de discrimen por identidad de género y orientación sexual. Desaparecida ya la prohibición del matrimonio, esa es la tarea pendiente.

    Mi reconocimiento y felicitaciones a l@s much@s puertorriqueños que durante décadas se han enfrentado al discrimen y a la marginación, exigiendo de parte del Estado un trato igual para todas las relaciones afectivas. Ojalá y la determinación judicial, más allá de marcar un hito jurídico, contribuya a abrir caminos de respeto y solidaridad".

     

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    We will be chatting with Alejandro Luis Molina member of the coordinating commite for the National Boricua Human Rights Network. Our interview will focus on the efforts to gain the freedom of Political Prisioner Oscar Lopez Rivera who has been in prison for 33 years and was convicted of Seditious Conspiracy. Please tune in tonight at 11 PM on Boricuas of the World Social Club Talk Show. Recuerda, para saber de donde vamos, Debemos saber de donde venimos..

     

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    37th Puerto Rican Peoples Parade:
     
    Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Steel Flags, the Baseball Leagues and Cocineros Unidos de Humboldt Park
    By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     

    Saturday's heat and mugginess did not keep Puerto Ricans from standing in line to show their support. As early as 11:30 AM, despite the parade starting at 2 PM, residents and other Puerto Ricans were setting out their lawn chairs and coolers to get front row seating for the parade. By the time the parade would start at 2:10, from storefront to gate Puerto Ricans, Latinos and community residents stood watching floats from community organizations like the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, AfriCaribe and ASPIRA to political contingents like 1st ward alderman, Joe Moreno, 26th ward Alderman, Roberto Maldonado, and the National Boricua Human Rights Network- Chicago chapter. Toddlers walked hand in hand with their parents  or, from their strollers perched on floats, watched the crowd cheer them on. When a Pedro Albizu Campos High School alum stood on a float in the middle of California and Division Street's intersection to sing "Despierta Boricua," the crowd either stood silent or joined in, many with fists raised in the air.

     

    The Parade this year was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the erection of the amazing Paseo Boricua Flags- the world's largest monuments the Puerto Rican flags- as well as the big and minor Baseball Leagues of Humboldt Park and Cocineros Unidos (United Cooks) of Humboldt Park.

     

    Puerto Ricans in Humboldt Park continue to rally to demonstrate the significance of Humboldt Park to their sense of culture, history and politics.

     

    Congested gatherings like the 37th People's Parade on Division show us that no matter where we go, where or how we live, Humboldt Park and Paseo Boricua are still Boricuas' pedacito de patria away from la isla.

     

    1995. First time I participated in Chicago's downtown Puerto Rican Parade, pushing my cousin's youngest daughter in a stroller. Also the year Chicago placed two Puerto Rican flags of steel in the ground of the mile-strip between Western and California known now as Paseo Boricua. Talking about 1995 frames the parade that took place on the Saturday before 2015's Father's Day because of what has changed and what, despite those changes remain the same.

     

    Puerto Rican pride was not the only sentiment waving through the air, though, as the sight of rainbow flags demonstrate. Whether on LGBT-centered initiatives' floats like El Rescate and Vida SIDA or in the crowd, queer, trans and LGBT Puerto Ricans were waving both flags during the parade. Youth spearheaded that visibility, paving the way for the growth of Chicago's Puerto Rican community to serve the ever-increasing diversity of their community.

     

    View the collaborative Flickr set here.

     

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    El Conuco Farmer's Market Off to Healthy Start
    By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     

    On Sunday, June 21st, PRCC held its first Farmer's Market of the season. Given that it was the first of the season, not much success was expected. We started out small given that little publicity had been possible. Luckily, Father's Day and the great weather and we made a small profit on that first day. A local musical performance drew neighbors who engaged with management about our goals; they were invited to participate if they had food to sell/donate.

     

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    Staff handed out fliers to passersby in cars as well. In that way, the sample sofrito jars made were all sold to one person. Within an hour, those who had preordered arrived and pre-requested sofrito--the day ended with over 20 pre-ordered Sofrito jars, a promising start for next Sunday. New residents who explored the neighborhood were excited about the possibility of a farmer's market down their house. Those on their way to the gym appreciated the proximity of locally grown food so close to home.

     

    Many Puerto Ricans here have a grandparent or another ancestor work land. The jibarito songs from earlier generations stress the significance of harvesting food to feed families.

     

    DSBDA is working with local growers so our market could supply all varieties of fruits and vegetables. This is the year we want to make the Farmer's Market self-sustaining, as we expand the variety of food we provide as well as the critical lessons of growing our culturally specific foods for ourselves.

     

    Join us next week as local artists display their work while we sell in season locally grown, all natural food.

     

    Alderman Maldonado Announces: 

     

    Paseo Boricua to Welcome Permanent Installations of Flags of Latin America

    By Michael Emmer, PRCC
     

    During a press conference on Friday, June 19th, 2015, Alderman Roberto Maldonado announced a new initiative on Paseo Boricua which would include the placement, along the strip on Division between Western and Mozart, of the flags of Latin America.

     

    Alderman Maldonado highlighted the fact that since the 37th annual People's Parade was dedicated to the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Installation of the Flags of Steel, which now demarcate the commercially and culturally vibrant Puerto Rican focused Paseo Boricua, it was most appropriate that he would make this announcement to coincide with this occasion.

     


     

    A banner which read, "Paseo Boricua Welcomes the Flags of Latin America", served as the backdrop for the press conference at Nellies restaurant. Consul generals of several countries of Latin America were present including those of Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. Also in attendance were a group of students from Chicago's Urban Life Center.

     

    At the press conference as well, José E. Lopez, executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center presented this year's Puerto Rican People's Day Parade Grand Marshals. He pointed out that the selection of these Grand Marshals was different than previous years because the 2015 Grand Marshals were three community organizations, rather than individuals: the United Leagues of Humboldt Park, the Roberto Clemente Little Leagues and the Cocineros Unidos de Humboldt Park. Mike "Mikey" Sanchez represented the United Leagues of Humboldt Park, Eliud Medina Jr. represented the Roberto Clemente Minor Leagues of Humboldt Park, Jesus "Jessie" Sierra and Juan Sanchez represented the Cocineros Unidos.

     

    The press conference received widespread coverage in Chicago's media including Univision, Telemundo, NBC, WBEZ, Hoy Newspaper, Extra Newspaper, as well as various social medias.

     

    Arte Público Press Author Of The Month:
    Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz
     

    A girl with a runaway imagination and a mural that comes to life. What could go wrong?

    By: Eric Ladau, Arte Público Press

     

     
    This month's Arte Público Press featured author is Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz who's new bilingual illustrated book for children is titled Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural. More information available at https://artepublicopress.com. Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Dr. Ortiz.

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    Residents: New Logan Square development is "Transit-Oriented Displacement"

     

    Hundreds of new luxury apartments are coming to Logan Square, a neighborhood where both longtime residents and newcomers are already struggling with housing stability. Residents say that two proposed developments will drive up rent and create thousands more homeless families.

     

    What: In a press conference to launch a new campaign for "Development Without Displacement," community residents and prominent leaders will gather at the construction site of a proposed 120-unit luxury apartment complex.

     

    Residents will hang banners and posters proclaiming that "Logan Square is a community -- not a Property Market." They will voice their concerns over the lack of affordable housing in the new developments, and the displacement of longtime residents.

     

    When & Where: 6pm Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 2211 N Milwaukee Ave.

    Why:  In the new developments slated for 2211 and 2293 N. Milwaukee, rent will be as high as $3,200 a month. The developers of both sites -- Property Markets Group (PMG) and Robert Buono -- are not creating enough affordable units in these new buildings. Residents are asking them to change course.

     

    How: By signing a community benefits agreement, Buono and PMG could dramatically increase the amount and depth of affordable housing in their projects.  As of 2014, PMG had assets valued at $6 billion in New York and Miami alone. Clearly, the company can do more to preserve Logan Square's diversity.

     

    Who: Families who have experienced displacement will share the results they've seen from new developments such as these. Speakers will include longtime residents Joe Kopera, Lynda Lopez, Narciso Padillo, and Jesse Mumm. Members of We Are/ Somos Logan Square, other residents, and representatives from local businesses and churches will also be present.

     

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    El jueves 25 de junio arribará a Cuba el vuelo chárter San Juan-Habana que da inicio a una comunicación directa entre ambas islas hermanas.

     

    Calls to free jailed Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera getting louder in NY      
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    As a United Nations committee held hearings on the status of Puerto Rico in Manhattan, N.Y., outside a group of protesters rallied Monday in support of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist whose imprisonment for 34 years now is getting increasing attention.

     

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    La voz de “Yo protesto”, “Revolución” y “Mujer de sociedad”, entre muchísimas otras composiciones, festejará su cumpleaños con un concierto el 10 de julio, a partir de las 4:00 de la tarde, en el Centro de Bellas Artes de Guaynabo.

     

    Nuestras Raíces: La “Noche Triste”
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    Entre el 30 de junio y el 1ro. de julio de 1520 se produjo la llamada “Noche Triste”, la huida de los conquistadores de la ciudad de Tenochtitlan. Por parte de los españoles las bajas, según el cronista Bernal Díaz del Castillo, ascendieron a 600. Los tlaxcaltecas, aliados de los ibéricos fueron todos prácticamente masacrados, más de mil indígenas.

     

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    Minority Communities Remain Easy Mark for Voter Suppression
    LULAC Joins Civil Rights Advocates in Rally for Shelby Anniversary

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC joins civil and voting rights advocates in Roanoke, Virginia to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The demonstration calls for Congressional action to reinstate the key provisions which guarantee all Americans equal voting rights.

    LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement:

    “Two years ago, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated the enforcement provision of Section 4 of the VRA which required eight states along with regions of seven others to get pre-approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for any new election laws or redistricting plans.

    According to a report released by NALEO, the Shelby decision has impacted the voter eligibility of 7 million Latinos, a group who has been a consistent target of unlawful voter suppression initiatives through a variety of discriminatory state statutes. As expected, the Supreme Court ruling has only resulted in increased voting suppression efforts.

    LULAC calls for Congress to take action necessary to restore Section 4 of the VRA and protect voters who remain vulnerable to discrimination. Specifically, the legislation must address known practices that have been used to disenfranchise voters, as well as provide voter rights protections for emerging populations.

    Today, we proudly stand with the following organizations in this effort; the Leadership Conference, Democracy Initiative, NAACP, NAACP Voter Fund, Communications Workers of America, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Human Rights Campaign, Common Cause, Sierra Club, Asian Americans Advancing Justice—AAJC, the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, Japanese American Citizens League, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, League of Women Voters, NALEO, AFT, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Black Justice Coalition, National Action Network, People for the American Way, AFL-CIO, National LGBTQ Task Force, and SEIU."

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    Y la aventura Compass 2015 continúa en julio, con más diversión, exploración y conocimiento de los tesoros de nuestra isla. Ven a hacer camping bajo las estrellas, a adentrarte en un fascinante trayecto por la bahía bio-luminisente, y atrévete a ver el mar como nunca antes en nuestra buceada nocturna. Nuevas actividades, una experiencia para toda la vida. Llama al 787-509-2267 y móntate en el Compass HOY!!!

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    LULAC Applauds King v. Burwell Decision Protecting Healthcare Coverage for Millions of Americans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement in response to the 6-3 Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, which upheld the subsidies of the Affordable Care Act.

    “Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than six million low-income Americans in 34 states have relied on federal subsidies to purchase insurance plans in the federal marketplace. The Supreme Court decision today ensures that those Americans will continue to receive those subsidies and thus, will be able to afford health coverage.

    The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision cements the Affordable Care Act for generations to come, thus guaranteeing access to quality, affordable care to millions of Americans. Specific to the Latino community, the decision means that the 2.6 million Latinos who have gained coverage since 2013 will be able to keep their subsidies.

    Moving forward we urge members of Congress and state and community leaders to cease their attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, we urge all Americans to take advantage of the opportunity for quality affordable health care coverage and enroll for health insurance.”

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    Venezuela reivindica el derecho a la autodeterminación e independencia de Puerto Rico
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    Caracas, 22 jun. AVN.- El representante permanente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Rafael Ramírez, expresó este lunes que Venezuela reivindica el derecho a la autodeterminación e independencia del pueblo de Puerto Rico, país caribeño que ha sido sometido al tutelaje colonial por parte de Estados Unidos por más de un siglo.

     

    Cuba exige en ONU fin del estatus colonial de Puerto Rico
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    Naciones Unidas, 22 jun (PL) Cuba reclamó en Naciones Unidas el cese del estatus colonial de Puerto Rico, lo cual se traduce en la materialización del derecho de ese pueblo a la independencia y la autodeterminación.

     

    Video: Venezuela respalda derecho a la autodeterminación de Puerto Rico
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    El gobierno bolivariano de Venezuela se encuentra entre las naciones que apoyan el derecho de Puerto Rico a su autodeterminación. El lunes 22 de junio de 2015, durante la sesión del Comité de Descolonización de la ONU, el representante permanente de Venezuela, Rafael Ramírez, rechazó el estado colonial que Estados Unidos mantiene sobre esta nación caribeña. Ver video.

     

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    Hillary Clinton Just Hired 

    Julian Castro's Senior Advisor

    The latest high-profile Latina hire by Clinton is Betsaida Alcantara, who is leaving the communications department at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to join the Clinton campaign as director of media planning.

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    La guerra racial de Dylann Storm Roof
    Escrito por Noel Colón Martínez / MINH

     

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    Dylann Storm Roof, un joven de apenas 21 años, desató la pasada semana la ira de todo el mundo cuando penetró armado al sótano de la Iglesia Emanuel de Charleston, Carolina del Sur, de feligresía predominantemente afroamericana, atacando con una pistola Glock calibre 45 a un grupo que se dedicaba pacíficamente a estudios bíblicos, matando a nueve personas. Roof es un fanático blanco atemorizado ante el ascenso de la comunidad afroamericana en la sociedad norteamericana. Su sitio en Internet se denomina “The Last Rhodesian”, evocando la nefasta memoria de aquella minoría blanca que tanta represión y muerte ocasionó en lo que desde 1980 vino a ser Zimbabue.

     

    Ponencias de Puerto Rico ante el Comité de Descolonización de la ONU

     

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    «El coloniaje es un sistema mediante el cual un país poderoso interviene en otro país por la fuerza militar y luego, con su poder económico y geopolítico, busca sojuzgarlo y explotarlo. Este Comité existe para terminar con esas relaciones entre países, siendo que el coloniaje es un crimen contra la humanidad y es contrario a la ley internacional que rige las naciones civilizadas.» Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico

     

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    LULAC Stands with Director Katherine Archuleta During Congressional Hearings on Chinese Cyber Attacks

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, Katherine Archuleta, will testify before three Congressional committees regarding the federal civilian data breach which enabled Chinese hackers to access U.S. systems. In response, Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, issued the following statement:

    “Director Archuleta is the 10th Director and first Latina to head the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This has been a top priority of Hispanic organizations like LULAC because OPM is responsible for securing a talented and diverse federal workforce.

    Director Archuleta was President Obama’s pick to head OPM based on her experience, having previously held senior positions in local and federal government. We are confident that the Congressional inquiries will conclude that Director Archuleta was not responsible for the breach and that she is uniquely qualified to develop systemic long term solutions that will ensure U.S. systems are protected from cyber attacks. The President’s trust in Director Archuleta is well founded and the Office of Personnel Management will become a more secure agency under her leadership.

    Attempts to scapegoat Director Archuleta will not solve the problem. The issue of ensuring our government is safe from cyber espionage is much bigger than one agency. It requires a government-wide response which includes increased funding to ensure we have the best security expertise protecting U.S. systems from future attacks."

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    The American Dream is fading for many Latino families today and for their children tomorrow.  This is especially true in Texas where many Latinos face significant barriers to building wealth and future opportunities for their children.  As a result, over half (2.3 million) of Latino children is at risk of facing the same disadvantaged position or worse than their parents when they are adults.  Wealth means making a living wage or better, and having assets (home, saving, retirement fund, etc.) that create more choices and resources for one's children.

     

    The reasons for this grim future for Latino children stems from the continuing lack of upward social and economic upward mobility among Latino families.  In fact, compared to other Latino groups across the country, Latinos in Texas are worse off based on an analysis of 16 measures encompassing educational attainment, employment, poverty, earnings, the prevalence of disabilities, and insurance (Table 1). 

    Overall, Latinos in Texas ranked 30th in their socioeconomic well-being compared to Latinos in other states.  Texas Latinos were particularly worse off in educational attainment, earnings among workers with low levels of education, disabilities among persons 25 to 44 years of age, and insurance coverage.  Moreover, being born in the United States did not improve the standing of Latinos, as among U.S.-born Latinos they ranked nearly dead last in insurance coverage and the lack of a high school diploma.

     

    In contrast to Latinos, Texas Whites and Blacks fare comparatively better relative to people from their own race in other states.  For example, while Latinos had an average rank of 30 on the basis of the 16 socioeconomic indicators across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Whites and Blacks each ranked 21st.

     

    For Latinos in Texas, the results translate into:

    • Weekly wages which are 46% lower on average than wages of Whites.
    • A poverty rate of 25% which has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s.
    • The majority being considered low-income since 54% are below 200% of the federal poverty level.
    • Home ownership of 57% compared to 71% of Whites; and home values at 21% and 71% under $49,999 and $124,999 compared to 10% and 43% for Whites.
    • The highest percent of individuals with less than a high school education at 39% while 18% have an Associate or higher degree  compared to 7% and 43% for Whites, respectively.
    • Highest (48%) employment in lower-paying service, and sales and office occupations.
    • State's highest high school drop-out rates (31%) with an annual loss of 62,690 students.
    • Latino businesses, while significantly growing in number, not being anywhere comparable to White enterprises in size or wealth (profits). 

    Indeed, the future is not promising for Latino families, particularly their children.  The causes are:

    1. historical discrimination and inequitable state/local policy and regulatory practices,
    2. state response to economic globalization and corrosive federal relationships over policy and program decisions,
    3. state's conservative philosophy that minimizes human capital investments, and
    4. weak Latino political voting power and policy influence.

    Latinos are involved in advocacy and policy efforts to address many of these issues, plus recurring voter suppression and immigration issues. Unlike before, they are occurring under an era of globalization and corrosive federalism. Globalization is the worldwide movement of goods, ideas, capital and people which has impacted the state economy, labor, jobs, and wages. Corrosive federalism is the current politically partisan federal and state conflicts over who should have policy authority regarding social welfare programs, education, healthcare, immigration, and environmental protection. 

     

    Important questions emerge from these issues. Are Latinos in an organized pro-active or reactive position in their policy involvement?  Does their involvement address structural problems that underlie most issues; e.g., conservative policy-making limiting human capital investments, regressive tax laws, or revenue and budget approaches that undercut equity and prosperity? Is there a statewide Latino policy strategy that builds 'capacity' to influence policy making, and involves on-going assessment of progress?

     

    In summary, Latino's in Texas are a proud working-class people; unfortunately, hard-working is not enough since many are far from achieving the wealth and prosperity that realize the American Dream.  It's ironic that most of nation's largest Latino advocacy organizations began in Texas, yet the state Latino bienestar is near the worst in the country. Without the necessary 'political power' to achieve meaningful policy changes Latino labor will continue to be 'On the Cheap', and another generation of children will not achieve economic prosperity.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives:
     
    “NALEO Educational Fund applauds U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-DE), and U.S. Representatives John Lewis (D GA-5), Linda Sanchez (D CA-38), Terri Sewell (D AL-7) and Judy Chu (D CA-32), for working together to strengthen the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives one day before the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder
     
    “By proposing bicameral legislation that could restore the ability of the Voting Rights Act to once again serve as a set of strong protections that guarantee the rights of voters, these legislators are helping ensure that our nation’s democracy remains responsive to Latinos and all Americans following the blow dealt by the Supreme Court in its 2013 Shelby County decision.  A significant step forward that takes into account the needs of all diverse communities, passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) would ensure our nation does not hold its first presidential election in 50 years without crucial protections in federal law to combat racial discrimination in voting.
     
    “In the 2013 ruling in Shelby County, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that discrimination and persistent threats to the fair and equal treatment of the nation’s fastest growing electorate still exist.  According to NALEO Educational Fund analysis, nearly seven million Latinos eligible to vote residing in jurisdictions that were previously subject to preclearance pre-Shelby County have lost proactive protections under the VRA.  With the VRA now missing this crucial tool in combatting discriminatory practices across the country, it is more important than ever that Members of Congress act swiftly on a legislation solution that will protect the ability of Latinos and all voters to exercise their right to vote.
     
    “In addition to restoring the heart of the VRA, the VRAA would ensure our democracy is able to remain responsive to future demographic and geographic changes in this country.  Through the inclusion of a strong and forward-looking preclearance provision that effectively responds to highly-suspect voting changes by diverse jurisdictions, the VRAA would provide much needed protections for new and increasingly visible communities of Latino voters and other language minority citizens.  This is especially critical given that many of the attempts to restrict Latino voters’ access before and after the Shelby County decision have taken place in states with emerging or rapidly growing Latino populations, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
     
    “We look forward to working with members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to move this modernized post-Shelby County Voting Rights Act forward on behalf of the Latino electorate and those voters most vulnerable to uneven treatment.  Together, we can modernize the Voting Rights Act in a manner that upholds our values as a country and ensures that the nation’s second largest population group and all Americans have equal access to our political system in Election 2016 and beyond.”
     
    To view NALEO Educational Fund’s research paper on the impact of voting law changes on the Latino electorate, please visit http://latinosunited.org/votingrights/latinovraareport.pdf.

     
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    Senadora PIP solidaria con peñolanos en contra de las cenizas de carbón


    El Capitolio. 21 de junio de 2015.- La Senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, expresó su solidaridad con los ciudadanos que desde horas de la madrugada se encuentran en Peñuelas procurando hacer valer la Ordenanza Municipal #13, Serie 2012-2013 de ese Municipio que prohíbe el depósito de cenizas de carbón que deshecha la generadora de electricidad AES ubicada en Guayama.


     

    "Desde hace más de una década la planta generadora de energía 'Applied Energy Systems' (AES) en  Guayama, produce alrededor 250 mil toneladas del materia conocido como cenizas de carbón. A partir de 2006 AES comenzó a depositar sus cenizas en nuestro país utilizando vertederos municipales como el de Salinas, caminos y como relleno en proyectos de construcción. Eventualmente, se creó la marca AGREMAX bajo la cual se mercadea ahora las cenizas", señaló la Senadora mediante comunicado de prensa.


     

    La ordenanza fue presentada por el Legislador Municipal del PIP, José Hernández Rivera en Peñuelas y se ha aprobado legislación municipal similar en 44 municipios.

    La también Vicepresidenta del PIP, deploró los intentos de los encargados del vertedero de interferir con los miembros de la prensa que están allí para cubrir el incidente.


     

    Por último, la líder pipiola hizo un llamado a los ejecutivos municipales y a las autoridades policíacas a hacer valer las ordenanzas aprobadas para que no sean los ciudadanos los que se vean en la obligación de defenderlas. 

     

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    Paralizan depósito de cenizas radioactivas y tóxicas  en los vertederos EC Waste y Eco Systems

     

    Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. 22 de junio de 2015- En la madrugada de hoy lunes 22 de junio de 2015, residentes del Barrio Tallaboa Encarnación, Seboruco y seguidores del movimiento en contra del depósito de cenizas de carbón provenientes de AES en Guayama, paralizaron las labores de los vertederos EC Waste y Eco Systems en Peñuelas.

     

     Los residentes se han visto forzados a hacer desobediencia civil y bloquear el acceso hacia ambos vertederos ante el continuo depósito de cenizas, también llamadas comercialmente "Agremax", en total incumplimiento con la Ordenanza Municipal Núm. 13 Serie 2012-13 del 10 de abril de 2013 que prohíben el uso de cenizas procedentes de la quema de carbón en plantas generadoras de energía como material de relleno y su depósito sobre terrenos en los límites territoriales del municipio de Peñuelas.


    Los camiones que trasportan las cenizas radioactivas y tóxicas de carbón recorren un trayecto que cubre desde la planta generatriz de energía con Carbón AES en Guayama hacia los municipios de Salinas, Coamo, Santa Isabel, Juana Díaz, Ponce y culminando el depósito en los vertederos de Peñuelas.

     

    Los residentes informaron que camiones con dichas cenizas se han estado viendo entrar a los vertederos en horas de la madrugada durante el pasado fin de semana de padres.  La policía estatal y municipal de Peñuelas atendió el llamado de los residentes que han mantenido el intento de dialogo con los gerenciales de EC Waste  para que su compañía desista el proceso de depósito hasta que los tribunales validen la ordenanza municipal.   

     

    Al filo del mediodía de hoy los manifestantes se mantienen en espera del dialogo, y mantendrán el bloqueo al único acceso hacia los vertederos.  Tanto el Comité Pro Salud, Desarrollo y Ambiente de Tallaboa, Inc. como los residentes y seguidores del movimiento, reclaman el cese y desista de inmediato del depósito de cenizas de carbón en terrenos de Peñuelas o en otros municipios del país.  También reclaman la acción de la Junta de Calidad Ambiental y el municipio de Peñuelas para detener el depósito de cenizas mientras se concluyen las decisiones de los tribunales Federal y Superior con respecto a estos asuntos.  


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    Esa honra se brinda con el respeto más cabal, por la sabiduría y las experiencias con las que enriquecen nuestras vidas. Esa honra se manifiesta con la comprensión de que, aunque no son perfectos, y que a veces el trabajo los mantiene alejados de la familia, cada segundo de sus días lo han dedicado a proveernos un mejor porvenir.

    Esa honra se expresa con palabras de amor y agradecimiento por los sacrificios, materiales y personales, que han hecho para que nuestro camino sea más fácil.

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    The Potential of the

    New York Puerto Rican Parade

    By Angelo Falcón (June 21, 2015)

     

    It seems like the National Puerto Rican Day Parade has been having trouble lately avoiding controversy. This year's parade was widely applauded for taking on serious themes, respectfully presenting Puerto Rican culture and serious personalities, and for being well-organized. The television coverage of the parade on local Fox channels was well-produced and informative. As one news article reported, it appears like the parade Board of Directors had learned a lesson from last year's investigation of its finances and operations. The new Board's performance this year put to rest many of the questions raised last year about the parade's future.

     

    Then, one the day after the parade, the New York Daily News, one of the parade's co-sponsors, really stepped in it by summarizing its coverage of the parade with an offensive photo of two scantily-dressed big-butted women with the title of "Rear View of the Parade." The problem was that these women were not part of the parade, were photographed panhandling in the Times Square area and weren't even Puerto Rican --- one was Venezuelan and the other Colombian! The Parade's Board Chair, former AARP Executive Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez immediately issued a letter to the Daily News calling for a front-page apology. After meeting with the Parade Board, the Daily News refused to this demand prompting picketing and the Parade Board's publicly severing ties with the newspaper.

     

    On Saturday, June 20th, 5 days later, the paper published a half-hearted apology
    (they didn't screw up it seems, it was all just a "misstep" . . . no jodas!), which the Parade Board accepted. The Parade Board's quick and firm response to the Daily News' insulting photograph was further evidence that the Parade, in the past the focus of such critcisms itself, was now moving in a more community-focused direction. Many more Puerto Ricans were again proud of their Parade than has been the case in many years.

     

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    While the Parade Board has apparently come to terms with the Daily News over this incident, it is clear that the Puerto Rican community hasn't and shouldn't. The Daily News' use of this particular photo was not only incompetent and out and out racist, but their so-called apology was based on a lie. According to the original Reuters news service photo used by the Daily News that was tweeted out by journalist Gerson Borrero last night, it turns out that the information provided by the news service was not what appeared in the Daily News. The caption by Reuters photographer Eduardo Muñoz with his June 14th photo read instead: "Women have their bodies painted with the words 'Puerto Rico and Boricua' at Times Square during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York." How this translates into the Daily News's headline "Rear View on Parade" doesn't follow. Why would the News' President and CEO, Bill Holiber, sign off on the following baseless excuse in yesterday's paper: "Due to misleading information provided to our editors by a wire photo service, we described these women as paradegoers"?

     

    Richard Prince, in his influential Journal-isms blog, reported that:

     

    Mekahlo Medina, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, told members via the NAHJ website, "We are starting the #BastaNYDN hashtag. Let the Daily News know that respecting our culture, our ethnicity and good journalism is [a] must if they want Latinos to consume their content. Let them know that you not only want an apology, but you want more Latinos in the editorial decision making roles so this doesn't happen again."

     

    While in their not-so-apologetic statement they falsely blame "misleading information" about the photo from the Reuter news service, they are unable to explain how a newspaper of professional journalists that calls itself New York's hometown paper and that has been covering New York  for some many years could in any way justify its use of such a stereotypical and biased move. They need to understand that the damage they have done was not limited to the Parade but to the entire Puerto Rican community. Now, some might argue that I am making too much of this, after o all, it was just one photo in otherwise generally positive coverage by the Daily News of the Parade, But, as we all know, it is sometimes the small things that provide the most insight into one's true values and motives. In this case, there is apparently an element in the Daily News that is racist. It would appear that the right thing to do would be to discipline whoever was responsible and not simply paper the problem over with a misleading explanation.

     

    In terms of the Parade's positive rebound after so many years of controversy, however, it is important not to forget what brought this institution to its current positive development. This required, after many years of criticisms, an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into the finances and operations of this nonprofit institution. This was after a wide range of community activists aggressively raised issues about the corruption of the Parade and its over commercialization of Puerto Rican culture. There was the controversial issue of the Miller-Coors Light beer can use of the Puerto Rican flag as a logo as part of sponsorship of the Parade, as well as the misuse of Parade finances and resources. The result was the extraordinary order by the Attorny General for the reorganization of the Parade Board, the fining and removal of the Parade's business agent, Carlos Velasquez and his Galos Corporation (who stole over $1 million of the Parade's funds over the years), and other measures.

     

    As the Parade hopefully continues to move in the right direction, it still has some unfinished business with the Puerto Rican community stemming from the results of the Attorney General's investigation and the concerns of community activists like Boricuas for a Positive Image and others. These include the at least the following:

     

    1. Financial Transparency. In order to avoid the financial mismanagement of the past and promote trust in its operations, the Parade Board needs to develop a mechanism by which to make available its audited financial statements (not simply the unhelpful IRS 990 reports) to the public annually.

     

    2. Open Board Membership Process. One comment insiders keep making is that while the current Parade Board membership is an improvement over the last, all we've done is replace one clique with a new one. While under current nonprofit corporation rules the Parade Board is self-perpetuating, this does not preclude them from developing a more open and public system of nominating members. This is a process where they could generate objective criteria on Board needs that could be made public calling for nominations from the Puerto Rican community. This would insure an open process and the ongoing recruitment of new blood.

     

    3. Community Feedback on New By-Laws. Aspart of the Parade' settlement with the Attonry General they agreed to draft new organizational by-laws that reflect best nonprofit practices. This was supposed to have been done some time ago, but has yet to be completed. Once these are drafted, the Parade Board should convene a open community meeting to receive comments on the new by-law before adopting them.

     

    4. Recover Lost Funding. As part of the agreement with the Attorney General, Carlos Velasquez agreed to replay $100,000 to the Parade in installments. As far as we know, these payments have not be made and the Parade and Attorney General's office have not aggressively secured them. It is important to assure the integrity of the agreement with the Attorney General and as a deterrent to possible future corruption in tehe Parade, that the pursuit of these payments become a priority for the Parade.

     

    5. Significantly Increased Scholarship Goal. Given the Parade's overall budget of close to $1 million, it should be a priority of the Parade Board to significantly raise it scholarship goal of $30,000 to at least 10 percent of its budget or about $100,000. This more than anything else they do would represent their best investiment in the future of the Puerto Rican community.

     

    Much progress has been made after many decades-old community struggles about the integrity of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade as one of the most important and definitely most visible Puerto Rican community institution. Its potential to do good in a community that is facing so many challenges is a powerful one if it continues increasingly to be the type of community-based event it is meant to be.

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    Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For furtherinformation, visit www.latinopolicy.org. He can be contacted at afalcon@latinopollicy.org.
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    Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis

    Is America's Colonial Crisis

    By Angelo Falcón

    City and State (June 20, 2015)

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    A mi Padre:
    Ningún ejemplo como el tuyo. Siempre quise ser como tú.

     

    A mis hijos:

    Muchos creen que mi mayor logro en la vida es haber alcanzado las posiciones que he alcanzado en la vida pública. Nada más lejos de la verdad. Verlos a ustedes cuatro bien encaminados y saber que son seres de bien: ese es mi mayor orgullo.

     

    A mis nietos:

    Estar con ustedes me permite revivir la infancia de su padre. Le pido a Dios que les dé mucha salud y sabiduría y a su padre que me dé mucho permiso para consentirlos infinitamente. Los quiero mucho.

     

    A los padres puertorriqueños:
    FELIZ DÍA y grandes bendiciones.

     

     

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    Esta próxima semana Pedro Pierluisi lleva nuevamente ante el Mundo y ante el Congreso nuestro reclamo de Igualdad.  Ya basta de vivir como ciudadanos menospreciados, ya basta con conformarnos.  Los puertorriqueños merecemos vivir en Prosperidad, Seguridad y sobre todo en Igualdad de Derechos ante los demás estados de la Gran Nación Americana.

    Este próximo lunes 22 de junio a las #10am Pedro Pierluisi depondrá ante el Comité de Descolonización de las Naciones Unidas donde reclamará por tercera ocasión nuestra Igualdad de Derechos. El miércoles 24 de junio a las #10am comenzará la vista pública en el Congreso Federal sobre el Acta de Admisión de Puerto Rico como Estado presentada por Pierluisi a principios de este año.

     

     

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    El FMLN expresa su solidaridad con el Presidente Rafael Correa y su Gobierno, con el Pueblo ecuatoriano y con el Movimiento Alianza PAIS, ante los intentos de desestabilización de sectores violentos de la oposición en contra de la Revolución Ciudadana.

     

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    Cuando el golpe de 2002, 15 naves de guerra estadounidenses habían llegado a la base de Manta, Ecuador. Desde allí operaron aviones de patrullaje sobre Venezuela y se habría dado información de inteligencia a los golpistas, de acuerdo a la revista de inteligencia Intel Briefing.

     

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    Latin American Community Center Launches STEAM Summer Camp

    Wilmington, DE - Latin American Community Center (LACC) kicks off a summer filled with fun, learning, and adventure with the launch of the 2015 Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Summer Camp. The K-5 STEAM Summer Camp began on June 15, 2015 and will run until August 14, 2015. Throughout the summer, from Monday to Thursday, students will be engaged through lessons and activities that include reading, writing, swimming, and gardening. Fridays will be utilized as interactive field trip days. To date, field trips have been planned for the Natural History Museum, Philadelphia Zoo, Longwood Gardens, Dorney Park, Baltimore Aquarium, and other exciting locations. Each field trip is designed to relate to and reinforce subject materials being taught and learned throughout the week. Subjects outlined for this year's STEAM Summer Camp cover a wide variety of topics, including Biology, Microorganisms, Plants, Animals, Humans, as well Evolution and Ecology. Throughout the summer, students will gain "hands on" experience working with microscopes, dissection tools, and other fun equipment.


     

    While LACC plans for the STEAM Summer Camp to be fun and engaging, it also serves to reduce impacts of Summer Learning Loss prevalent in our community. LACC's STEAM Summer Camp curriculum developer, Carlos J. Pasiche, M.S., is currently enrolled as a Biology Ph.D. student at University of Manitoba in Canada. Mr. Pasiche says, "Our team will make sure the kids stay on track for the fall by learning and reading about biology. This will be done by experiencing biology in different and unique ways where they will want to continue learning. Imagine a kid learning through a snake or turtle dissection, knowing where vanilla comes from and how it really tastes, eating crickets and pickled fiddlehead fern, extracting DNA, as well as using a microscope to see small animals and plants living in a pond. They will learn and read for sure, since that is our goal, but will have fun while doing so."For more info on LACC's STEAM Summer Camp, please contact Carlos J. Pasiche, M.S..


     


     
     

    LACC STEAM Summer Camp kids engaged with an educational art activity outlining the anatomy of an insect

     

    About Latin American Community Center (LACC):

     

    LACC is a nonprofit organization, located in Wilmington's Hilltop neighborhood, in the middle of it all. Each year, LACC's 100+ bilingual and bicultural employees provide a continuum of care approach to service that touches the lives of more than 25,000 individuals. LACC's Adult Basic Education programs are offered in the Adult Education Building which serves participants 18+. Programs cover an array of topics from Adult Digital Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to GED prep and EL Civics. LACC's mission is, "to advocate for and assist the Latino Community by offering services in a continuum of care that promotes empowerment and an enhanced quality of life while celebrating our diverse cultures."

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    Buenas tardes,

    Comparto contigo los datos de empleo y desempleo para el mes de mayo. 

    Los números, reflejan que el empleo total tuvo un aumento de 10 mil personas, comparado con mayo de 2014 (987,000 vs. 997,000).

    La tasa de desempleo se redujo a 12.4%, la más baja para el mes de mayo desde el 2008

    Mes tras mes, hemos visto como los sectores relacionados al turismo y los servicios educativos se han mantenido reflejando aumentos significativos en la creación de empleos. En adición, el empleo en el renglón de servicios profesionales, científicos y técnicos, siendo la economía del conocimiento uno de los renglones propulsores del desarrollo económico del País.

    Mira el crecimiento del empleo por sector aquí

    Esta Administración tiene como norte seguir ampliando las estrategias de creación de empleo en el sector privado para que más puertorriqueños gocen de una mejor calidad de vida al colocarse en un empleo.

    Síguenos en Twitter y Facebook para que te enteres de las ofertas de empleo disponibles para ti.

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    NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Program Application Opens

    The LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) would like to invite you to apply to the 2015 NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship program. Sponsored by NBCUniversal, LNESC will award ten (10) national scholarships of $5,000 to qualified Latino high school seniors and undergraduate students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree at U. S. post-secondary institutions. Students majoring in business, film, journalism, graphic design, human resources, information technology, marketing, music programming, television, or web design are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline is July 31, 2015.

    Eligibility requirements:

    · Must be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student.

    · Must be a Latino student accepted into or pursuing full-time studies leading to a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

    · Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.

    · Must have scored 26 or higher on the ACT test, or 1770 or higher on the SAT test (mathematics, reading, and writing) – high school seniors only

    · Must be a U. S. Citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.



    Submit complete application and all required documentation by July 31st, including:

    · Transcript with proof of cumulative GPA

    · ACT or SAT score report (high school seniors only)

    · Admittance verification (high school seniors only)

    · Three letters of recommendation, including a complete telephone number and email address for each person

    To apply, please click here.

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    Serrano Bill to Rename Morrisania Post Office after Herman Badillo Passes House of Representatives

    This week, legislation to rename the Morrisania Post Office in the Bronx in honor of Puerto Rican trailblazer Herman Badillo (H.R. 1350) was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote.

    Herman Badillo was the first Puerto Rican city commissioner and borough president, and the first Congressman to have been born in Puerto Rico. The legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Serrano, Rangel and Crowley, and was eventually cosponsored by the entire New York delegation. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand introduced identical legislation in the Senate. At the local level, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was instrumental in the process, especially in identifying an appropriate location for the recognition.

    “As the sponsor of this legislation in the House of Representatives, I am immensely proud and excited to see this bill one step closer to becoming law.  Herman Badillo was a trailblazer in every sense of the word, and many of us in Bronx politics would not be where we are today if it weren’t for his leadership and support. His work was instrumental in Puerto Ricans’ civic participation both at the local and national level, and helped bring attention to issues of concern to the community. Renaming the Morrisana Post Office, a historic building in the Bronx, is a fitting tribute that will help ensure his legacy and memory live on,” said Congressman Serrano.

    Click here for a video of Congressman Serrano speaking on the House floor on H.R. 1350 and Herman Badillo.


    Congressman Serrano Defends Net Neutrality in Appropriations Financial Services Full Committee Markup

    On Wednesday, the the House Appropriations committee considered and marked up the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill approved at the subcommittee level last week.

    Republicans are attempting to block net neutrality by limiting funding for the FCC and inserting riders in this bill for FY2016. During the full committee markup of the bill, Ranking Member Serrano introduced an amendment to strike several riders related to net neutrality, including one rider that prohibits the FCC from implementing its recent net neutrality order until all pending court cases are resolved. This Republican rider would indefinitely postpone the implementation of these important net neutrality rules by encouraging plaintiffs in ongoing lawsuits to delay the resolution of these cases.

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    “The appropriations process is not the place for this debate. Most importantly, Republicans’ efforts to block net neutrality do not reflect the wishes of the majority of the American people- who want an open, free and democratic internet. Delaying the implementation of net neutrality is also bad for innovation and for our nation’s economy. Once again, Republicans are putting corporate greed ahead of our national interest. Net neutrality is here to stay, it is what the American people want, and I will continue fighting for it in the Appropriations process,” said Ranking Member Serrano.

    Serrano opposed the entire Financial Services appropriations bill because it underfunds many important priorities, and contains numerous partisan riders that harm important priorities of the President.  Unfortunately, the bill passed out of committee on a party line vote, with all Democrats opposed.


    Serrano, Crowley, Curbelo Amendment to Provide National Security Training Grants to Hispanic Serving Institutions Approved in the House of Representatives


    On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the FY2016 Intelligence Authorization Act to provide national security training grants to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) of higher education to prepare students for careers in national security. The amendment was offered by Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, José E. Serrano (D-the Bronx), and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

    “The number of Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities in the national security and intelligence fields is too small. As the job opportunities and the importance of this field increase, we have to make sure that future generations of Hispanics are well prepared to compete for these opportunities. This amendment will help facilitate Hispanics’ access to a well-rounded education in national security matters through foreign language education and study abroad programs. Oftentimes, Hispanics don’t pursue these types of opportunities not for lack of interest, but rather simply because they don’t have the resources and support to do so. With this amendment, we are helping ensure that one of our government’s less diverse career tracks accurately reflects the ‘face’ of America in the future,” said Serrano.


    Congressman Serrano Votes Once Again Against Trade Fast Track Legislation

    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives considered again legislation to grant the President authority to negotiate a trade agreement without the input of Congress during the process.

    “Past trade agreements made without congressional input have not lived up to the promises made to protect American workers, our economy and the environment,” said Congressman Serrano. “That is why I voted against granting the President authority once again this week. A fast track agreement will mainly benefit large corporations and special interests. We need fair trade agreements that helps level the playing field and don’t contribute to further income inequality and job displacement.”

    Click here to read to read Congressman Serrano’s statement after voting against TPA last week: http://serrano.house.gov/press-release/congressman-serrano-votes-against-trade-bill-grant-president-fast-track-authority-and

     
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    Baseball Cares

    Deadline: July 27, 2015 

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic, in partnership with the Major League Baseball (MLB) and MLB Players Association has made funding available through the Agency for International Development for the Baseball Cares program, which aims to implement a two year program “Baseball Cares” in the Dominican Republic. This program will work to promote education for youth, address the educational needs of children with disadvantages, and combat domestic abuse. Qualified nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profit and for profit entities (including NGO’s, business associations, and universities and academic institutions) are encouraged to apply.

    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277243. For more information about federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov.

     

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    Puerto Rico necesita ser libre e independiente
    Escrito por Yailé Balloqui Bonzón / Juventud Rebelde

     

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    Está en marcha en Ecuador desde el 8 de julio otro intento del imperialismo y la oligarquía por derrocar al presidente Rafael Correa.  Aprovechando la desfavorable coyuntura creada por los bajos precios del petróleo, la próxima visita del papa Francisco y el sistemático ataque de los medios corporativos locales e internacionales contra Quito, inician una guerra de desgaste con vista a las elecciones de 2017 ante el hecho palmario de la alta popularidad de Correa. Para ello han organizado protestas de calle entintadas por la violencia y llamados al derrocamiento del gobierno legítimo.

     

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    Puerto Rico atraviesa por una crisis hidrológica que tiene diferentes matices: calidad, disponibilidad, infraestructura deficiente, mal manejo del recurso y la burocracia gubernamental.

     

    Con Oscar en un día de lluvia
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    «“El arte de vencer se aprende de las derrotas”, fue la sublime frase de Simón Bolivar que se escuchó quince minutos después de llegar la caminata por Oscar bajo la lluvia. Al micrófono iba Clarisa López. “Tu nieta tiene 24 años de edad. Tú llevas preso 34 años”, le dijo a su papá.»

     

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    Borinqueneers Not Sufficiently Engaged During Congressional Gold Medal Design Process
     

     

    Hola Borinqueneers Support Community,

    This past Tuesday, June 16, the US Mint Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) convened in Washington D.C. to unveil and discuss the candidate designs for the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal. A teleconference bridge was made available for those that could not physically attend the meeting.
     
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    Below are photos of the front/back candidate design voted by the CCAC and photos of the complete selection of all of the front/back candidate designs.
     
    All of the candidate designs were elegant and visually appealing. I personally think that the US Mint artists did a superb job in drafting the designs.
     
    However, in my best judgment, the preferred candidate design could have been more reflective of what the 65th Infantry veterans around the nation desired for the most part. In all, the whole medal survey process needed to be more inclusive of the Borinqueneers’ design feedback comments on the medal design. Not enough was done to achieve this intent. This is very unfortunate and it defeats the original purpose of the gold medal.
     
    Our volunteer group submitted 91 out of 130+ design surveys, all from 65th Infantry veterans. It remains to be seen how much of the veterans’ comments are reflected in the selected medal design, which is still subject to approval by the Secretary of the Treasury.  
     
    Furthermore, Tuesday’s teleconference hardly allowed for the 65th Infantry veterans to voice their remarks on the candidate designs or the medal itself. I was appalled by the intransigence of the CCAC to allow Borinqueneer veterans to speak.  The absence of this courtesy is completely unacceptable.
     
    I was sitting next to a 65th Infantry veteran, 96 yrs-old, who was the last Regimental Sergeant Major (highest enlisted ranking soldier) during the racial integration of the 65th Infantry. He wrote notes for the remarks he wanted to express. Apparently when he tried to speak on the teleconference, his voice seem to be muted because no one from the CCAC could hear him. He was extremely frustrated. I received similar complaints from other veterans’ family members who tried to speak on the teleconference.
     
    There were several detractors which hindered the veterans from expressing themselves. The teleconference had too much preamble from the Borinqueneers CGM Design Liaison Team, the “10-minute” recess extended more to like “20 minutes”, and when the moderator allowed “10 minutes” for a veteran family member to interpret for her grandfather, those were the fastest 10 minutes I have ever seen in my life.
     
    It was after dogged persistence, that the family member was eventually able to interpret her grandfather’s comments on the gold medal only to have her dialogue diverted by the moderator.
     
    It is with much displeasure to say that I am extremely disappointed with Tuesday’s teleconference. I understand that there are protocols, procedures and set schedule in place. But when you have an honoree group of 500-600 still LIVING Borinqueneers, and a military unit spanning from 1899-1956, I think judicious discretion needs to be more effectively exercised to adjust these protocols and procedures.
     
    Furthermore, as a tax-payer, I think that the design survey process needs to be reviewed and refined in order to better accommodate/address an honoree group this large size or for any honoree group in general.  This will make for a more equitable, inclusive process.
     
    After the gold medal was signed into law, June 10, 2014, our national volunteer group, the Borinqueneers CGM Alliance, WAS NOT SELECTED by the bill Congressional sponsors to be the CGM design liaisons for reasons based on this article link:
     
    http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/politica/nota/gobernadorestaraenfirmadelproyectoquereconoceal65deinfanteria-1789895/
     
    While many groups, individuals, organizations advocated for Borinqueneers CGM legislation, there is overwhelming evidence which indicates that the Borinqueneers CGM Alliance was the LEADING advocacy group and workhorse which drove the Borinqueneers CGM legislation to success.
     
    As quoted by a Congressional staffer, “you and your volunteer advocates are at the heart of it.”
     
    Please check out the ABC News Interview which features me:
     
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/06/a-soldiers-mission-to-honor-segregated-65th-regiment-borinqueneers/
     
    Moreover, this is even after being recognized by the Resident Commissioner various times in speeches, press releases, etc…In fact, it should be noted that my name was mentioned by four members of Congress at the House Bill approval on May 19, 2014.
     
    Check out:  http://pierluisi.house.gov/sites/pierluisi.house.gov/files/5.19.14%20Rep.%20Pierluisi%20Five-Minute%20Floor%20Speech%20on%20H.R.%201726_0.pdf
     
    Check out House CGM Bill HR 1726 House Floor Debate video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWzNRb9bqoo
     
    At least our national volunteer group was recognized in this fashion. Since our volunteer group possessed a lot resident knowledge on the veterans and organizations, I felt that our volunteer group not being selected as CGM Design liaison was a HUGE disservice to the Borinqueneers veterans community.
     
    Instead, the Congressional bill sponsors chose two other individuals. One of these individuals is Samuel Rodriguez. Samuel was a former member of our national volunteer group.
     
    Samuel Rodriguez even lauded the work of the volunteer group and my leadership role in this radio interview link at the 10:30 the minute-mark of the audio recording:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zaeypO0GeA
     
    Samuel Rodriguez expressed during Tuesday’s teleconference that the candidate design was selected based off feedback consensus from 65th Infantry supporters and stakeholders around the nation. I adamantly stated in the teleconference call that I nor any member from our volunteer group was ever consulted on any candidate design to make such an endorsement on any design candidate.
     
    Throughout the open comment period, I found myself having to deal directly with the US Mint representative to transmit survey forms from the veterans. I never received email bulletins, communications from the design liaison team. Even though I requested Samuel to include me in all communications related to the design process. I always received his information bulletins from second-hand sources.
     
    Overall, I and the Borinqueneers CGM Alliance volunteer group were never consulted by Sam Rodriguez/Borinqueneers CGM Design Liaison Team for any involvement during the design process nor design selection since the liaison’s team inception.
     
    It was not until Monday, the day before the teleconference, that Sam Rodriguez calls me to invite me to be an Honorary Member of the Borinqueneers CGM Planning Committee. Really? Are you kidding me? The Borinqueneers CGM Alliance, the national volunteer group which PRIMARILY spearheaded the CGM movement from beginning to end? The volunteer group who was responsible for bringing 7 out of the 11 veterans to D.C. for the CGM Bill ceremony? Invited to be an Honorary member? Is it a coincidence that he called me the day before the teleconference? I explicitly told Samuel in our phone conversation to allow the veterans to express themselves. Evidently, did this not happen.
     
    What is so sad about all of this is that the originating inspiration and guiding spirit behind the Borinqueneers CGM movement, Raul Reyes Castañeira, was never consulted for his comments on the candidate designs. This is deplorable.
     
    See web link for Univision’s Jorge Ramos interview with Raul Reyes:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9PKy0Qor5s

     
    In looking ahead, it is my sincerest appeal that the Borinqueneers CGM bronze replicas be fabricated AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It has been more than one year that the CGM was approved into law. These 65th Infantry veterans are passing off to glory very fast and they cannot wait any longer!
     
    A four person “Borinqueneers CGM Planning Committee” has been stood up with Samuel included in this committee. A list of Honorary members is also displayed. Here is their website.
     
    http://www.nprcinc.org/borinqueneers-cgm.html
     
    It is really unfortunate that while one of the CGM ceremony planning committee members is an Army Full-Bird Colonel who has been charged with knowingly exposing a woman to HIV in an extramarital affair, the Borinqueneers CGM Alliance has not even been remotely considered for the planning committee.
     
    This is according to the Army Times article on January 22, 2015:
     
    http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/crime/2015/01/20/colonel-court-martial-hiv/22047147/

     
    Yet, our volunteer group has been deemed worthy to be an “Honorary Member” of the planning committee.
     
    So, my Borinqueneers community and supporters, if your 65th Infantry veteran father, grandfather, uncle, brother, family member is in the hospital, hospice, medical center, etc…waiting for their Bronze replica of the gold medal,
     
    you can contact the following personnel and ask them about the whereabouts of your loved one’s CGM bronze replica and why it has taken over a year to be formally presented (in no particular order):
     
    George Laws, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi staffer:
    Email: George.Laws@mail.house.gov
    Phone: 202-226-9804202-226-9804/9928
     
    Robert Carter, Rep. Bill Posey staffer:
    Email: Robert.Carter@mail.house.gov
    Phone: 202-225-3671202-225-3671
     
    William Norton, US Mint Legislative Liaison
    Email: William.Norton@usmint.treas.gov
    Phone: 202-354-7458202-354-7458

     
    Hopefully, the bronze replicas will be expedited for public ordering, instead of veterans waiting for them to be presented at honor ceremonies around the nation. It is my understanding that the gold medal presentation may be waiting to achieve its fundraising goals in order to conduct presentation honor ceremonies around the nation. A year has passed for fundraising already. By the time a presentation ceremony arrives at your state, it may be too late for your loved ones to experience the Borinqueneers Gold Medal bronze replica.
     
    In summary, the preferred candidate design could have been more reflective of what the 65th Infantry veterans around the nation desired for the most part. In all, the whole medal survey process needed to be more inclusive of the Borinqueneers’ design feedback comments on the medal design. Not enough was done to achieve this intent. This is very unfortunate and it defeats the original purpose of the gold medal.
     
    In closing, we will continue to support the best interest of the 65th Infantry Regiment legacy and its veterans.
     
    Let this note serve as a historical archive for posterity. The thoughts and opinions in this missive are solely my own and no one else’s…I would be remiss if I do not voice these concerns.
     
    Please feel free to contact me below for further dialogue.

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    LULAC Mourns Lives Lost as Hate Crime Shatters Community

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, issued the following statement following the killing of nine people at one of the nation’s oldest African-American churches, the Historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina:

    “LULAC is shocked over the mass shooting that took place during a Bible study session at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church located in Charleston, South Carolina. Reports indicate that a gunman shot and killed nine people, including a former state senator and pastor, Clementa Pinckney. LULAC offers prayers of support to the Charleston community as they struggle to understand the heinous act of violence that took the lives of their friends and family. Pastor Clementa Pinckney was an outstanding leader in the community and a strong advocate for the poor and disenfranchised, and his loss will be felt throughout the community.

    As a civil rights organization working to help the interests of the Latino community, we know first-hand the impact that a hate crime can have on the community. Today we must stand as one community and call upon our nation’s leaders to come together and address the root causes of race based acts of extreme violence.”

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    TRES, The explosive Marques/Stinson/O’Farrill jazz trio returns to Pregones! Two Concerts only! Friday July 10 & Saturday July 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Pregones welcomes back Marques/Stinson/O'Farrill jazz trio to join the roster of Artists featured in our Artist Space at Pregones (ASAP) Program.

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    Brave, political and radical, these talented musicians are pushing jazz forward.
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    On Sunday May 17th, we had our Spring Cultivation event! This fun-filled event and our spring membership drive have raised $12,466 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, touch thousands of lives every year. Teachers and artists guide our students in exploring their creativity while helping them feel safe and nurtured in a kind, positive atmosphere during the critical out of school time. 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.
     
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    Escrito para El Otro País de Este Mundo
    El pasado 24 de abril se celebró en el Salón de Grados de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Granada, convocado por el Seminario "Otro pensamiento es posible", un acto en solidaridad con la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Tomo prestadas unas palabras dichas por el profesor Aron Cohen quien inició su intervención recordando una frase que su maestro Pierre Vilar citaba de Ernest Labrousse, "recuerden ustedes que cuando hay una Revolución de verdad, siempre hay alguien que no está contento".

     

    Los migrantes que infestan
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    Los migrantes que infestan son los que no  tienen una visa respaldada por una jugosa cuenta bancaria. Una casa en zona exclusiva. Un trabajo  o un negocio rentable. Ni los contactos ni los privilegios. Los migrantes que infestan cualquier frontera en su tránsito de peregrinos, son esos seres que hacen de los caminos su destino sin conclusión. Una tumba sin lápida. Son la letra de una canción desgarradora, una realidad a la que llaman impostora, el dolor que llora en soledad, la amargura del agravio, son los que no tienen salario, son la precariedad.

     

    Cuba reitera su firme e irrestricta solidaridad con Ecuador: Declaración oficial
    Escrito por Gobierno Revolucionario de Cuba

     

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    Desde el pasado 8 de junio, el gobierno de la República del Ecuador, que encabeza el Presidente Rafael Correa Delgado, enfrenta en diversas ciudades de ese país hechos de violencia y llamados al derrocamiento del gobierno de la Revolución Ciudadana.

     

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    Senadora PIP alerta dramático recortes en Educación Especial

     

    El Capitolio. 16 de junio de 2015.-La Senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, alertó hoy durante las vistas de presupuesto llevadas a cabo en el Senado del dramático recorte en servicios para niños de educación especial que se prevé para el presupuesto del próximo año fiscal.


     

    "De acuerdo a la información proporcionada por la Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto (OGP), en el último año fiscal auditado, 2013-2014 el Estado invirtió $566 millones en servicios para aproximadamente 162,000 niños y  niñas registrados en el Programa de Educación Especial. Para el próximo año fiscal, aun cuando se anticipa un aumento de 20,000 niños y niñas de educación especial, esta administración solo destinará $518 millones para atenderlos", destacó la Senadora independentista.


     

    Algunas de las partidas más afectadas son los de asistencia tecnológica y remedio provisional, que en el pasado habían ascendido a $25 millones y que serán reducidas a menos de la mitad, para una asignación de menos de $11 millones. De la misma manera, el dinero invertido en servicios relacionados que incluye evaluaciones y terapias, sufrirá una importante merma de $108 millones a $72 millones.


     

    El recorte de asignaciones para servicios se da en momentos en que el Departamento de Educación ya paga una multa diaria de $8,000 por su incumplimiento con la sentencia del pleito Rosa Lydia vs. Departamento de Educación.


     

    A preguntas de la Senadora, el Secretario solo pudo responder que la limitación de recursos a educación especial responde a la nueva política de recortes de la administración. 


     

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    La administración García Padilla facilita nueva inversión en la zona portuaria

    En un recorrido por la zona portuaria, el Gobernador visitó las facilidades de la compañía de carga marítima Sea Star Line. Con una inversión de $400 millones, esta empresa naviera integrará dos nuevos buques de carga y realizará mejoras al terminal portuario Puerto Nuevo.

    “Gracias al compromiso de la compañía naviera Sea Star Line, Puerto Rico da un paso fundamental hacia la plena recuperación de los disloques al comercio marítimo causados por el cese de operaciones de Horizon Lines. En todo este proceso, las empresas y los importadores han contado con el más absoluto apoyo de nuestro gobierno. Mi administración cree en el diálogo y en forjar alianzas. La unidad de voluntades es más poderosa que los retos que tengamos por delante” dijo el Gobernador.

    Los nuevos barcos son los primeros totalmente nuevos en ser comisionados a Puerto Rico en 40 años y tienen una capacidad para acomodar hasta 350 contenedores refrigerados. El primer buque, Isla Bella, se espera llegue a Puerto Rico el 17 de octubre de 2015.

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    Marchan por la independencia y liberación de Oscar López
    Escrito por Nydia Bauzá / El Nuevo Día

     

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    Con llamados de unidad, cientos de independentistas de diversas organizaciones se juntaron hoy domingo en una marcha que recorrió la principal avenida del Condado, en San Juan, en reclamo de la independencia de Puerto Rico y de la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera.

     

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    San Juan, 14 de junio de 2014.- Representantes del movimiento partriótico de Puerto Rico marcharon hoy domingo por el Condado para exigir la Independencia del país y la excarcelación del patriota Oscar López Rivera.

     

    Ernesto Che Guevara y la esencia martiana en la redención americana hoy
    Escrito por Ma. del Carmen Ariet García, Coordinadora del Centro de Estudios Che Guevara

     

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    En un 14 de junio, fecha del natalicio de Ernesto Che Guevara, relacionar su pensamiento al ideario de José Martí, encuentra presencia plena en el presente del devenir latinoamericano hoy.

     

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    Expresiones del Gobernador Alejandro García Padilla sobre unión de sectores en busca de trato justo para los puertorriqueños, emitidas durante la celebración de la Parada Puertorriqueña en Nueva York:  

    “El que esta celebración anual de nuestra cultura sea dedicada a enviar un mensaje de unidad - un mensaje para reclamar trato justo para todos los puertorriqueños - es vivo ejemplo de que aún tenemos la capacidad de unirnos. Que a pesar de nuestras diferencias, podemos unir fuerzas para luchar por aquello que es correcto. Esa unidad de propósito, que personas como Dennis Rivera, y muchos otros de diversos sectores, han logrado, comprueba que podemos llevar un mensaje con una sola voz cuando personas como nosotros, a quienes se nos ha confiado la oportunidad de ser líderes, damos el ejemplo. 

    Ahora hagamos que nuestras voces unidas se oigan desde las calles de Nueva York hasta los pasillos del poder en Washington. Que se oiga nuestro reclamo para que nos den los servicios médicos por los que pagamos. La igualdad en los servicios de Salud no es un tema político, ni es un tema de status, ni trata sobre el juego electoral. Se trata de unir a los puertorriqueños - los que viven en los cincuenta estados y los que viven en la isla - para reclamar acción para proveer el derecho básico de la salud en igualdad de condiciones para todo boricua.    

    Puerto Rico tiene aún muchos retos por enfrentar, pero si aprendemos del ejemplo que nos ha dado esta Coalición, si logramos unirnos de manera bipartita para trabajar con nuestros problemas y retos fiscales a largo plazo, como lo hemos hecho con el tema de la salud, estoy convencido de que lograremos sobrepasarlos. Esta pasada semana logramos mucho en Washington, a pesar del reto que representa la decisión del CMS. En reunión tras reunión, llevé el mismo mensaje. Ese mensaje resonó, y aunque aún no podemos cantar victoria, tenemos un compromiso del gobierno federal de establecer un grupo de trabajo con funcionarios del gobierno del ELA y de la administración Obama, para revaluar la decisión del CMS. 

    Estamos progresando precisamente porque nos unimos. Igual que todos los años los puertorriqueños nos unimos aquí en Nueva York, para recordarle a la nación y a nosotros mismos, que a pesar de la distancia que nos separa, seguimos siendo un mismo pueblo. Sigamos convocando ese espíritu de unidad para enfrentar los retos que aún nos quedan en el camino.

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    Wednesday July 1st, 2015
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    Labor Center 310 W. 43rd St.

    6:00 pm-Reception     7:00 pm-Film, Panel, Q&A

    Suggested Donation: $5-10 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds)



    New York Solidarity with Vieques cordially invites you to the New York premiere of,

    “Vieques: Una batalla inconclusa/an inconclusive battle.”

    Film Synopsis:
    After decades of struggle and opposition, the U.S. Navy ended their military maneuvers on the Puerto Rican  island municipality of Vieques in May 2003.

    Twelve years later,  the residents of Vieques continue to
    demand the complete de-contamination and devolution of the Viequense land occupied by the U.S. Navy.

    Unsatisfied with the lack of change, the residents of Vieques face new struggles for justice on the island.  This film explores these new struggles and brings to light the current political reality of Vieques.

    This film was produced by Frutos Filmicos.

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    Natasha Ora Lycia Bannan,
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    Frank Velgara,
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    CREATING CONNECTIONS: Latina Artists on The Move!
    A Pepatián Dance Concert | JUNE 26 @ 8PM @ Pregones

    One Night Only! Friday, JUNE 26 at 8PM in The Bronx!

    Sita Frederick, Ana “Rokafella” García and Marion Ramírez, joined by up-&-coming artists: Beatrice Capote, Odylle “Bgirl Mantis”Beder and Jadele McPherson. It's a dance concert!

    Following a collaborative process, this multi-media event pays tribute to the original troupe of dancers/choreographers who crafted the dance/theater piece Out of La Negrura in 2004, while folding in a new generation of dance artists into the project.

    The dance concert features a 40-minute documentary film of interviews and clips from the original collaborative dance theater work. Presented in collaboration with PEPATIAN.

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    "A Midsummer Night's Dream"| FREE OUTDOOR THEATER through June 28!

    The Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (Teatro SEA) in collaboration with The Clemente and Teatro LATEA proudly presents the World Premiere of Sueño: A Latino take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The event is scheduled to take place in the parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, referred to as The Clemente. Performances will be completely FREE to the public. Teatro SEA is “Latinizing” a theatrical classic with the aim of inspiring interest in Shakespeare to young and underserved audiences.

    Sueño will feature a diverse group of 20 actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and puppeteers. The show includes over 50 carnival puppets, stilts walkers and masks including “Vejigantes and Cabezudos”… folkloric characters from Puerto Rico, used in festival celebrations. Shakespeare’s works in Latin America dates back to the 1800’s, but rarely do New Yorkers get a chance to see revised Latino versions of the master’s plays.

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    Quito, 15 junio (PL) El presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, exhortó hoy al pueblo a estar muy atento con perfecta paz y calma a los intentos desestabilizadores de la oposición.

     

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    Congressman Serrano Votes Against Trade Bill to Grant the President Fast-Track Authority and to Extend Adjustment Program

    Today, U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano voted against the Trade Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) in a series of votes on the House floor.  The Trade Act of 2015 authorizes trade promotion authority (TPA), giving the President the power to negotiate a free trade agreement with little input from Congress. It also includes trade adjustment legislation (TAA), which Serrano opposed in a separate vote due to concerns with the low amount of funding allocated for the program and cuts to Medicare used to pay for it, as well as the exclusion of public sector workers from it. 

    “As our government negotiates the largest trade agreement in history, we must take into consideration the needs of those who will be affected by a bad free trade agreement. Granting the President authority to negotiate a trade agreement of this magnitude, with equally enormous implications, will take away from Congress, and the people we represent, the ability to shape the final product.  Past free trade agreements negotiated under fast track powers have not lived up to the promises made to protect workers, our economy, and the environment.  We have witnessed the devastating effects that agreements like NAFTA have had on local communities– leaving many out of work and hurting consumers and the environment. We need to ensure any trade agreement that is negotiated helps level the playing field and don’t contribute to further income inequality and job displacement, and for that Congress’ input is vital. 

    “We also must ensure the trade adjustment program has the funds needed to adequately help displaced workers suffering the effects of free trade and globalization. While I support the program, I couldn’t vote in favor of legislation that actually reduces overall funding for TAA and pays for it by taking funds from Medicare – a double whammy for hard working Americans. Trade is important for our economic growth and prosperity, but we need to have a full debate in Congress about the TPP to ensure it is a fair trade agreement that represents economic opportunity for everyone, not just a few large corporations and special interests,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.

    Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee Markup

    Yesterday, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations subcommittee considered and passed legislation to fund numerous branches of government. The bill contains major cuts to the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission proposed by Republicans.

    “Numerous agencies are severely underfunded, and this subcommittee has been unable to allocate adequate funding for the areas that are critical to taxpayers, consumers, investors, and federal employees. The IRS is cut almost $900 million from last year's funding levels. The Securities and Exchange Commission is also funded at $222 million below the President's request and the Federal Communications Commission is cut by $25 million,” said House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Ranking Member Serrano. “Democrats will try to fix this legislation as it moves through the process. As it is, this is not a bill that our side will support."
     

    In the Bronx


    Historic High Bridge Re-Opens to the Public

    On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano joined local state officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen the renovated High Bridge. The oldest standing bridge in New York, the  45 years has been able to be revived due to major renovations.

    “After years of hard work at the local level to bring this project to fruition, it is exciting to see the High Bridge completely renovated and open again to the public,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “This project will help connect the Bronx to Manhattan, expand access to green space and outdoor recreational opportunities. I am incredibly proud to have been able to get this project started with $5 million in federal earmark funding, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the Bronx's quality of life and health. This opening is a testament to the hard work of local community groups, and their perseverance in working to reopen one of the real historic treasures in our city.”


    Congressman Serrano cutting the commemorative ribbon at the High Bridge, now open for non-vehicular transportation. (June 9, 2015)

    The bridge required major renovations. It will now serve as an alternative transportation route for pedestrians and bicyclists. The $61.8 million dollar renovation project was made possible thanks to $5 million dollars in earmark funding secured by Serrano, in addition to funding from the NYC Parks Department. High Bridge will help encourage a healthy lifestyle and will be enjoyed by current residents, tourists and future generations to come.

    Congressman Serrano offering remarks thanking those who supported and help push the bridge renovation project forward. (June 9, 2015)

     

    Congressman Serrano crosses the High Bridge with Bronx local officials and community leaders. (June 9, 2015)

     

    Grants


    Skills for Success Program

    Deadline: July 29, 2015 

    The Department of Education has made funding available through the Office of Innovation and Improvement for the Skills for Success program, which aims to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and their partners in implementing, evaluating, and refining tools and approaches for developing the non-cognitive skills of middle-grade students in order to increase student success. These grants will provide funding for the implementation, evaluation, and refinement of existing tools and approaches (e.g. digital games, growth mindset classroom activities, experimental learning opportunities) that integrate the development of non-cognitive skills into classroom level activities and existing strategies designed to improve schools. Eligible applicants are local educational agencies in partnerships with a nonprofit, an institution of higher education, or other local education agencies. These local education agencies are encouraged to apply.

    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277103. For more information about federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov

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    Nosotros, los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de la Unión Europea (UE) y de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), y los Presidentes del Consejo Europeo y de la Comisión Europea, nos hemos reunido en Bruselas los días 10 y 11 de junio de 2015, con motivo de la II Cumbre UE-CELAC, nuestra octava reunión birregional, con el tema «Modelar nuestro futuro común: trabajar por unas sociedades prósperas, cohesionadas y sostenibles para nuestros ciudadanos».

     

    Vicepresidente Arreaza: “Es con socialismo que Venezuela seguirá adelante”
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    El pueblo venezolano, de la mano con la Revolución Bolivariana, saldrá airoso de las pretensiones desestabilizadoras de la derecha y ultraderecha reforzando el socialismo y luchando contra el capitalismo, destacó este jueves el vicepresidente de la República, Jorge Arreaza.

     

    Cuba aboga por un mundo mejor en Cumbre de los Pueblos
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    «Asimismo expresó el invariable compromiso de su país con la independencia de Puerto Rico y el respaldo a las naciones caribeñas en sus justas reivindicaciones de tratos preferenciales y compensación por los daños de la colonización y la esclavitud.»

     

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    Senadora PIP vota en contra a medida que da inmunidad a funcionarios del BGF

     

    El Capitolio. 11 de junio de 2015.- La Portavoz senatorial del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, votó hoy en contra del Proyecto del Senado 1431, que le dará absoluta inmunidad en lo civil a los miembros de la Junta de Directores, los oficiales y empleados del Banco Gubernamental de Fomento (BGF).

     

     

    "En momentos en el que país, azotado por la crisis económica, reclama más que nunca transparencia y rendición de cuentas, se aprueba hoy el PS 1431, decretando que los miembros de la Junta de Directores, los oficiales y los empleados del BGF disfrutarán de virtual inmunidad ante reclamaciones civiles radicadas en su contra por las acciones que tomen o las omisiones en las que incurran en el ejercicio de sus funciones. En caso de reclamación judicial, el Banco -o sea, el pueblo de Puerto Rico- deberá indemnizarlos", expresó la Senadora independentista durante su turno en oposición a la medida.


     

    La medida se radicó antes de empezar la Sesión, y consideró mediante descargue a lo que la Portavoz del PIP se opuso. "Sobre el efecto de malas determinaciones financieras, vale la pena recordar la debacle generada por las inversiones realizadas -que todo el mundo anticipó que fracasarían- en condiciones cuestionables por el Sistema de Retiro de Empleados del ELA dos cuatrienios atrás", puntualizó la también Vicepresidenta.

     

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    La importancia de fortalecer la unidad, la integración y la solidaridad en América Latina y el Caribe resultó punto de coincidencia en la Cumbre de los Pueblos que tuvo lugar en Bruselas, reporta Prensa Latina.

     

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    El proverbio del título, lo haya dicho o no Thales de Mileto cuando justificó su medición de la altura de la pirámide de Keops, es un adagio que EE.UU. utiliza en sentido inverso del que se le dio en un principio. Cuando Pitágoras afirmaba en el mismo sentido que “todas las cosas son números” estaba alegando que para conocer, hay que cuantificar.

     

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    La exvitrina de la democracia
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    «El objetivo del gobierno estadounidense de transformar a mediados del siglo veinte la economía de monocultivo de caña de azúcar de Puerto Rico y convertir al País en un enclave industrial, perseguía objetivos geopolíticos que iban más allá de consideraciones económicas. Se quería convencer a los pueblos de la región así como a los pueblos de África y Asia que transitaban entonces por el camino de la independencia nacional, de que la alternativa ideal para alcanzar el progreso, el desarrollo y la modernidad similar a los países del “primer mundo”, era entregándose a los intereses económicos y políticos de Estados Unidos.»

     

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    Bruselas, 10 jun (PL) El primer vicepresidente cubano, Miguel Díaz-Canel, denunció hoy que el bloqueo de Estados Unidos contra su país se mantiene con toda la intensidad y llamó a Europa a abogar por su eliminación total.

     

    ¡5,000 mil! en “Una Sola Voz por Oscar
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    La “Coalición 30 de mayo, 2015” se lanzó a las calles de la ciudad de los rascacielos con 5,000 personas con la consigna de “Una sola voz por Oscar”. Esta es la primera vez  que se lanza una marcha de esta magnitud por las calles de Nueva York exigiendo la libertad de un prisionero político puertorriqueño la cual dejó una huella histórica en Harlem.

     

    Intelectuales en Bruselas reiteran defensa de América Latina como territorio libre y de paz
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    Bruselas, 10 jun. AVN.- Los intelectuales y parlamentarios presentes en la Cumbre de los Pueblos que tiene lugar en Bruselas, Bélgica, ratificaron este miércoles su apoyo a la defensa de América Latina como un territorio de paz y libre de colonialismo.

     

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    Roberto Clemente Community Academy Graduation
    "Dig Deep into your history of struggle"
    By Matt McCanna, Roberto Clemente Community Academy
     

    On June 8th more than 1,000 people gathered in Moody Bible Church to celebrate Roberto Clemente Community Academy's graduating class of 2015. The atmosphere was electric, showcasing the young talent in Humboldt Park from Jasha Jackson performing an outstanding rendition of the 'Star Spangled Banner' to the steel drum band playing Guajina to graduate Matthew Young reciting an original poem. The first and loudest to applaud the talent and distinguished speakers were the graduates, so Principal Marcey Sorenson was honest to say the one word to describe class of 2015 was "alive".

     

    The defining moment during the ceremony came when Keynote speaker Dr. Jose Lopez took the podium. As a graduate of Tuley High School (before it became Roberto Clemente High School) he addressed the graduates on an intellectual level and spoke to the importance of digging deep into you culture, and history to discover who you really are. Asking African Americans to dig deep into their history, defining them as "the most resilient people in this country". Asking Puerto Ricans to dig deep into their history of struggle. Mexicans to dig deep into their rich cultural history, and many more. He then asked the graduates to look critically at gentrification in Humboldt Park. "The newcomers believe they are bringing prosperity into this community, but it is you who will bring prosperity into this community." It was a powerful moment that neither the graduates nor audience will forget. 

     

    As the ceremony concluded the graduates walked back down the aisle with their tassels indicating they have completed high school, there was happy yet somber atmosphere. Many hugging teachers, mentors, and friends for the last time. While proud family members cheer them on. Roberto Clemente Community Academy has competed another year under International Baccalaureate instruction and standards, growing the next leaders in the Humboldt Park community.

     

    Clemente Community Academy Honors Community Partners with Luncheon

    By Michael Emmer, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
     

    On Wednesday, June 10, 2015 nearly 40 community partners of Roberto Clemente Community Academy came together during a special luncheon prepared by the Schools Culinary Arts Program.

     

    The luncheon presented a progress report-back by Principal Marcey Sorenson on the incredible achievements the school has made during this past year, including becoming a full fledge wall to wall International Baccalaureate Program (IB Diploma Program).

     

    Principal Sorenson highlighted how the school had made progress in terms of daily attendance, freshman on track for graduation, as well as graduation acceptance for the graduating 2015 class.  Through videos and power point presentations the essence of this School's enormous transformation was captured, and the audience was able to get in depth reality check of these changes.

     

    The visitors were also treated to individual student project presentations framed within the precepts of IB Programs.  The Schools Culinary Arts Program not only prepared a most delicious lunch, but they also served each table.  It was indeed a true community celebration of Clemente's Achievement and Progress.

     

    Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition will Celebrate the Coronation of the 2015 Paseo Boricua Cacica Queens Yeveah Altieri and Janet Namer.

    By Jorge Cestou, Vida/SIDA
     

    On Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:00 P.M. CST, at Circuit Night Club located at 3641 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and the Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition will crown the 2015 Paseo Boricua Cacica Queens.

     

    Founded in 1972, the PRCC is a non-profit, community-based umbrella institution that seeks to serve the social and cultural needs of Chicago's Latino community. Located in the Humboldt Park community, in the North West Side of Chicago, the PRCC's programs are based on the principles of self-determination, self-actualization and critical thought, and an ethic of self-reliance best expressed in the motto, "To live and help to live."

     

    The Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition, a project of the PRCC, was founded in January of 2015 to address issues affecting the trans community in Chicago.

     

    2015 Cacica Queen

    Jesús Hernández Burgos aka Yeveah Altieri will be crowned as the 2015 Cacica Queen. Jesús was born in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico and she's also known as Yeveah Altieri, a drag queen performer.  Jesús is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology (DrPH) at Ponce Health Sciences University.

     

    2015 Honorary Cacica Queen

    Janet Namer will be crowned as the 2015 Honorary Cacica Queen.  Janet Namer is known as Madrina and also as La Dama de Cuba (The Lady of Cuba).  Janet was born in Cuba and through the Mariel Boatlift in May 16, 1980 exited Cuba.  She settled in Miami, FL, and in New York City before making Chicago her home. Janet is the promoter of Miss Latina Continental and the radio host of El Show de Madrina at 1450 AM and at www.planetaXLive.com.

     

    The coronation of the 2015 Paseo Boricua Cacica Queens event is a fundraising event. All funds raised will benefit the Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition.

     

    Tickets to the event are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door.  To purchase tickets you may contact Pedro Mercado at (773) 278-6737(773) 278-6737 or via email at pedrom@prcc-chgo.org.

     

    To sponsor the event, you may fill out the attached sponsorship form and make your check to Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The completed form and check need to be mailed or delivered to Juan Calderon at 2546 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622.

     

    From Our Community Partners

     

    Heritage cooking at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School

    By Brenda Torres-Figueroa, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

     

    There are probably few things more exciting to a high school student than to learn about history (or any subject) through food. In that sense, the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School curriculum allows students to explore and develop critical thinking skills through concepts of food history, food sourcing, and food justice through their work around urban agriculture and sustainability.

     

    On June 4, 2015, a group of students took over the kitchen of San Lucas United Church for a unique culinary hands-on experience with cooking guru, Roberto Pérez Pérez. As Roberto stated at the beginning of the workshop, "The focus will be the utilization of fresh ingredients, to make something delicious, to talk about the history of these foods, and to go old school: No flavor enhancers, no fake food coloring - just real food."

     

    Roberto has dedicated years to craft and research recipes and flavors using ingredients that are not only common in Puerto Rico, but throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Through Urban Pilón, he progressed in the creation of culinary experiences in an attempt to diversify and expose the rich and complex culinary history that is a staple of our people. Earlier in the year, he visited the school's Puerto Rican History and Culture class to demonstrate the making of cassava bread, the main source of sustenance for Taíno people. Last Thursday, our students had the opportunity to create a four-course meal that included: salmon and pear ceviche, Caribbean collard greens, fricasé de pollo, mofongo, and finally - toasted coconut and almond fruit salad.

     

    Jeremiah Castro, a junior at the school, whose cooking experience comes from learning at a very young age to feed his eight brothers and sisters, expressed that he was thankful for the opportunity. He shared that this learning experience allowed for new skills to develop, "How to pace myself, how to multitask when I cook, and how to work as a team to make a meal. I also learned about the culture in Caribbean recipes and where they come from. The cooking workshop inspired me more to become a chef."

     

    About the experience, Roberto concluded, "They were eager to get their hands dirty, to cut, chop, taste, blend, and do all the hard work it would take to feed about 40 of us. I was really surprised by the knowledge many of them had -  more knowledge than I had at their age. Although there are more and more TV cooking shows, there are less people cooking today - but not at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. The kids can cook!!! And it showed as we made a delicious meal." 

     

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    For the past 43 years Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School has served as a beacon of hope and possibilities for the diverse communities in the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Chicago. This small, alternative school has truly become what Latin American educational philosopher Paulo Freire called " a critical space for the development of cultural workers" where students are encouraged to engage with the issues of the day, particularly the generative themes of their own lives and the experiences of their community.

     

    Though the school has faced many challenges it has become a sound academic institution serving 180 students a year, graduating 95% of its seniors and ranked as a 1+ school, the highest tier on the CPS school rankings. Our school offers an Urban Agriculture program with three different community gardens and a beautiful green house. Young mothers have an opportunity to finish their high school diploma through the Family Learning Center, which offers their children on-site pre-school services. When students enroll, the school provides them with a counselor to help ease their transition and prepares them for their post-secondary lives.

     

    Recently, steep budget cuts have jeopardized the fiscal future of the school. The School has not been able to find sufficient revenue to meet these gaps. We will need to address a $130,000 shortfall by June 1, or we will be forced to cut services. 

     

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    Tax Credits for LACC Donors. If you pay Delaware state income tax, you may be interested in the Delaware State Housing Authority's Neighborhood Assistance Act Program. This program allows individuals, corporations and businesses to take a tax credit if they make an approved contribution to registered nonprofit agencies like the LACC. For individuals, the minimum contribution amount is $2,500, while for businesses, the minimum contribution amount is $10,000. Maximum contribution amounts for both individuals and businesses is $100,000. Contact Sara Wilson, Email: swilson@thelatincenter.org for more details. Please consult your financial advisor about what best meets your needs.

     

    ¡Felicitaciones! Rosa Colon-Kolacko, Chair of the LACC's Board of Directors, was recently named one of the recipients of this year's Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards from Girls, Inc. The award honors women who are leaders in the community and inspiring role models for young women. The other 2015 Strong, Smart, and Bold honorees are Claudia Peña Porretti and Lourdes L. Puig. Congratulations to all!

     

    LACC names New VP of Development. Coincidentally, another Strong, Smart and Bold Award recipient has joined the LACC team. Claudia Peña Porretti, J.D., CFRE, has been appointed Vice President of Development and will be responsible for implementing a development strategy to ensure LACC has the financial resources to meet its goals. A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Claudia comes to LACC from La Esperanza in Georgetown, where she was the Executive Director. Her work experience also includes serving as the Director of Development for People's Place. Claudia will coordinate LACC's agency-wide development activities, such as annual giving, donor appeals, public relations, and events. Welcome, Claudia!

     

    Mil Gracias to Artisans' Bank for its generous support. Artisans' has been a faithful community partner and has provided ongoing support to sustain programs and services at the LACC.

     

    The Journey to Freedom from Addiction is the theme of this year's ArtAddiction exhibition. A juried art competition, ArtAddiction seeks to explore addiction and recovery through artistic expression. Works by beginners as well as advanced artists will be exhibited. The show will open at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison Street, on June 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

     

    Delaware Senate Bill 59. The advocacy task force will be participating in a press conference/rally on June 10, 2015 regarding Senate Bill 59, focused on obtaining driving privileges for undocumented individuals.  Undocumented individuals are currently not able to obtain a driver's license and some still choose to drive, creating the potential for unsafe roads and driving conditions.  This legislation will provide an opportunity for individuals to complete a road and written test and after passing, provide them with a driving privilege card and the right to purchase car insurance.  The press conference/rally will take place at 2:00 pm with the Senate committee hearing taking place at 3:00 pm.

     

    Anyone who wishes to sign a petition in support of providing Driving Privilege Cards to all eligible individuals can do so at MoveOn.org: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/driving-privilege-cards-1.

     

    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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    More than 1200 Latino policymakers and leaders are expected to attend the 
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    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) announced that two members of the President’s cabinet will address the country’s largest gathering of Latino policymakers during the NALEO 32nd Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  
     
    The three-day event, which will be held from June 17-19, 2015 at the Aria Resort and Casino, is expected to draw more than 1200 Latino elected officials and national leaders from across the country.  As part of the Annual Conference, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro will address Latino policymakers on Wednesday, June 17 at 1:15 p.m. PDT during the National Leadership Luncheon.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will also join NALEO participants in Las Vegas, where he will provide keynote remarks on Thursday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
     
    “Latinos are shaping the nation’s political landscape as both voters and leaders,” said Arturo Vargas, NALEO executive director.  “We look forward to having U.S. Secretaries Castro and Perez join us in Las Vegas as we come together to tackle many of the pressing issues facing our communities and nation today.”
     
    The NALEO Annual Conference is the preeminent forum for our nation’s leadership to engage Latino officials and the millions of constituents NALEO members represent.  Leading presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle will join NALEO conference participants in Las Vegas this year, including Dr. Ben Carson (June 17 at 2 p.m. PDT), Secretary Hillary Clinton (June 18 at noon PDT) and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (June 19 at 11:30 a.m. PDT).
     
    The NALEO 32nd Annual Conference is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors, Toyota and Walmart.  This event is open to media.  More information can be found on the NALEO website at http://www.naleo.org/lasvegas2015/.
            
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    Each one of you made it happened yesterday!
     
    SB59 & SB60 passed to the full Senate.
     
    I am sending this message in behalf of Darlene Battle the Coalition United for Safer Roads for All Delawareans, and I made also mine her gratitude to all.
     
    As each day its effort, let us reflect on how grateful we are to each of those who participated.
     
    We got a new sponsor of the bill. Please, see Republican Senator Davis McBride, in the photo. He came personally to express his sponsorship of the bills. He included in his comments his most gracious appreciation of our musical culture: “Besame mucho” which has been one of his favorite songs since his youth. Bravo, Senator McBride!
     
    If you see the photos, one of the best contributions that made our presence in the East side of Legislative Hall visible came from the poster and very beautiful sings offered by Givvel Marrero.  Givvel, thanks for showing what we can do with the power of being united for the same cause!
     
    Casa de Maryland (currently called Casa), La Esperanza and Latin American Community Center and Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement’s staff and volunteers were present with their visible t-shirts. With their experience, a Casa representative was critical in organizing the hearing testimonies. They also provided insights in the unintended consequences of the fingerprint requirement.
     
    The testimonials that came from the people invited by these above mentioned organizations delivered the most compelling narrative: “I represent the courageous Latina mothers,” said one speaker. “I teach my children that they should obey and respect the law. And what could I have answered to my child when he posed this question: ‘Mom, and how is it them that you drive without a driver’s license?’”
     
    Another owner of a concrete company expressed his company hires at least 12 people and have been in business for 15 years, yet he do not have a driver’s license when his son, due to serious illness needs to go to the hospital.
     
    Hoy en Delaware, El Tiempo Hispano as well as representatives of La Exitosa joined us for the Rally and Hearing. The effect of the radio was expressed in the most effective way: a group of landscape workers heard on La Exitosa Radio in Milford about the Rally just few minutes before it started. They jumped on the truck and managed to get to attend the hearing and testify: “I got a good job in landscaping with a good boss. I am ready to be promoted, but my boss cannot allow me to drive the truck for the lack of driver’s license. So we are stack and cannot grow, even though we are ready for it. The Driving Privilege Card will help our business to grow, and therefore the economy of the state to benefit by it.”
     
    As the Delaware Hispanic Commission is concerned, our appreciation goes to Javier Torrijos, Maria Matos and Claudia Porretti for their presence and their support in the detail organization of this event.  What they did in preparation to this event by meeting with Senators and State Representatives has brought tangible support for the legislation.
     
    At the Rally, Senator Brian Townsend, Senator Robert I. Marshall, Rep. Helene Keeley, Representative Joe Miro and Senator David McBride stressed the need for safer roads and a boost to the economy that will come as a result of these bills passed. A sponsor no present was Senator Gary Simpson. We are grateful to him. His support made this effort a stronger bi-partisan one. Other speakers such as Darlene Battle, Pastor Bruce Gillette, Miguel Tapia and Javier Torrijos mentioned that the community is ready to pass the tests and fulfill the requirements.
     
    Many other organizations sent their representatives. Among them: the League of Women Voters with Charlotte King; COPAD with Rev. Sandra Fontanez; the Catholic Church with Father Chris Posch, and the City of Wilmington with Councilwoman Maria Cabrera and Hispanic Liaison Chico Rodriguez. There is the possibility that the City of Wilmington support this legislation.
     
    The former and current Secretary of the Division of Motor Vehicle, Jennifer Cohen and Scott Vien attended the hearing.
     
    Where do we go from here? The discussion of the bill has started. We need that we, as a community, unite efforts to meet with our own Senators and State Representatives. Each of them needs to hear from their own constituencies. Please, make a phone call or visit them requesting an appointment. And let me know so I can keep track of it. Use the Talking Point attached and suggest that they look into fingerprinting exclusion.
     
    But let us not take our sponsors for granted. Write to them today to thank them and made known, discretely, your concerns about fingerprints: Bryan.Townsend@state.de.us, robert.marshall@state.de.us, David.McBride@state.de.us, gsimpson@udel.edu, repmiro@aol.com, helene.keeley@state.de.us.
     
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    Hola Borinqueneers Support Community,

    Yesterday, June 10 2014, marked the one year anniversary of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal legislation approval !!!

    One year ago yesterday, history was made for our 65th Infantry Regiment and ALL of our Hispanic veterans.

    Currently, the Borinqueneers gold medal is in the process of being designed by the U.S. Mint artists.

    • Next Tuesday, June 16th, the US Mint will convene a second public meeting in D.C. for the Borinqueneeer gold medal design in which they will unveil the CANDIDATE gold medal design sketches for open discussion/comments.

    There will be a public teleconference call for this meeting. We highly encourage LIVING 65th Infantry Veterans to dial-in and voice their comments/opinions. If interested, please contact me for more information.

    Overall, Borinqueneeers supporters around the country continue to spread the 65th Infantry legacy in many ways. Many thanks for your noble efforts in further weaving the 65th Infantry into the fabric of our American culture.

    Read the following articles on some of these several events/activities (In chronological order):

    1) Chicago 65th Infantry Regiment Veterans Housing Development Dedication

    http://www.lawndalenews.com/2015/02/veterans-get-new-home-in-humboldt-park/

    2) Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)’s 65th Infantry Regiment Article, “Successful BVA Advocacy for Congressional Gold Medal Efforts”

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69614265/BVA-65th%20Infantry%20CGM%20Article.pdf

    3) Kissimmee, FL 65th Infantry Veterans Avenue Renaming

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/elsentinel/comunidad/os-osceola-borinqueneers-calle-20150222-story.html

    4) Congressman Alan Grayson (Orlando/Kissimmee) Borinqueneers Honor Ceremony

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/elsentinel/os-fotos-congresista-alan-grayson-borinqueneers-20150307-photogallery.html

    5) Hartford, CT Senator Richard Blumenthal Borinqueneers CGM Bill Parchment Presentation

    http://ctlatinonews.com/2015/05/31/the-borinqueneers-a-story-that-had-to-be-told/#comment-61661

    See event/activity pictures below.

    I am sure there have been many other activities and events honoring the Borinqueneers around the nation. We apologize if we did not mention these.

    Please send us information and pictures of any events/activities honoring the Borinqueneers in your area.

    We challenge you to spread the great legacy of the 65th Infantry Regiment in your areas !!!

    Thanks for your support.

    En Solidaridad,

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    El Doctor Héctor L. Pesquera Sevillano, copresidente del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH) y Médico de Familia, expresó que “en Puerto Rico no existe un sistema de salud; lo que tenemos es un sistema de enfermedad, en el que se espera a que la gente se enferme para intervenir y actuar. Proponemos la creación de un verdadero sistema de salud fundamentado en la salud como un derecho humano de todos y todas, centrado en el paciente; un modelo de salud integrado para todo Puerto Rico, con énfasis en el cuidado primario y la prevención”.

     

    ¡Que viva el mal tiempo!
    Escrito por Julio A. Muriente Pérez / Copresidente del MINH

     

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    Los informantes del tiempo se obstinan en aplicar los criterios del bien y el mal a los fenómenos atmosféricos. Si llueve hay mal tiempo; si hace sol hay buen tiempo. Si el cielo se nubla, es un día feo. Si el cielo está azul y sin nubes, es un día maravilloso. Según esa lógica determinista, la vida funciona si no cae una gota de agua. Pero todo se paraliza si le da con llover. A ese bombardeo mediático-ideológico estamos sometidos diariamente.

     

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    El 29 de mayo, el patriota Oscar López Rivera cumplió treinta y cuatro años preso por defender el derecho de los puertorriqueños a su autodeterminación e independencia. No hay duda de que si hubiese sido condenado por cometer alguno de los llamados “crímenes comunes”, Oscar ya hubiese sido excarcelado.

     

    Mirando al Sur: Crisis alimentaria
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    En el ensayo de Vicente Boix, Ocho mitos sobre la crisis alimentaria actual, el autor indica que la cadena alimentaria comercial debemos dividirla en tres eslabones donde el primero lo ocupan los países exportadores, que comercian sus cosechas en el segundo eslabón, es decir, en los mercados internacionales; y un tercer escalón que lo conforman los países importadores, es decir, aquellos que como ocurre en Puerto Rico (PR), no producimos y por el contrario traemos del exterior la mayor parte de lo que consumimos. En el caso de PR, entre producción agrícola y no agrícola, el país importa el 80% de lo que consume.

     

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    Nissan and LULAC National Scholarship Fund Award More Than $95,000 in Scholarships

    More than 130 scholarships awarded to high-performing Latino high school students to support educational costs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nissan partnered with LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC), the educational arm of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), to donate more than $95,000 to the LULAC National Scholarship Fund, which helps high-performing high school students attend college.

    In its commitment to supporting the Latino community and promoting education initiatives, Nissan awarded 137 scholarships to help make the dream of college enrollment a reality for students.

    “Nissan, with the most diverse consumer base of any automotive manufacturer, is a top car brand among U.S. Hispanics, and we want our community outreach efforts to reflect that level of diversity,” said Fred Diaz, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America. “We understand the importance of engaging diverse consumers in a relevant and authentic way, which is why we partner with organizations such as LNESC to inspire students to enroll in college and use their education to effect positive change in underserved and underrepresented Latino communities.”

    Nissan actively partners with organizations such as LULAC’s National Educational Services Centers (LNESC) to encourage Latino students to pursue STEM careers, and in 2014 the company donated more than $180,000 to LNESC to fund their STEM programs. The automaker has also hosted students at its own manufacturing facilities and various universities across the U.S., where they were able to interact with Nissan engineers and learn about career opportunities in the automotive industry.

    “The Hispanic population is a critical component for the success of next generation’s workforce,” said Richard Roybal, Executive Director of LNESC. “Nissan understands that by investing in our youth’s education, we’re also alleviating financial stress and allowing students to focus on what matters: their success in school. Ultimately, this will help the future of our economy through access to top-tier talent in many industries.”

    About Nissan North America
    In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

    About Nissan Motor Co.
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

    For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

    LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) was established in 1973 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to provide educational programming to high-need students throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Throughout 14 education and technology centers, LNESC has served over 500,000 students, sent 150,000 students on to college, and awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships. LNESC’s results are made possible by a network of dedicated field staff, top-notch teachers, over 90 school partners, and the support of LULAC - the nation’s largest membership based Latino organization. LNESC works to change lives and build Latino communities, one student at a time. More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at www.LNESC.org.

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    ICYMI: Watch the Chicago University Town Hall Discussion, Now Available on YouTube!

    Did you miss our University Town Hall, which took place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center? You can watch the entire panel discussion on our YouTube page!

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    Listen to the introductory remarks by Dr. Ramón Gutierrez of the University of Chicago, and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia talk about the much "needed and essential presence of Latinos in the nation's capital" here.

    The first panel, moderated by Enrique Rodriguez (Univision Chicago) and featuring Dr. Ramón Gutierrez of the University of Chicago Bibiana Suarez of DePaul University, and Dr. Nena Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses the rich Latino history of the Chicago area. Watch it here.

    The second panel, moderated by Estuardo Rodriguez (FRIENDS) and featuring Dr. Rosa Cabrera of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Angel Ysaguirre of the Illinois Humanities Council, and Billy Ocasio of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, discusses the economic and political challenges facing the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino Museum. Watch it here.

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    Break out of the winter doldrums!  Spring is upon us, to be followed by a wonderful summer. And you know that can only mean one thing… The ELEVENTH Annual Sugar Cane Festival hosted by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM).  You are invited to celebrate with us at this year’s Festival, the Official Start of Summer in Latino Philadelphia! 

    The 11th Annual Sugar Cane Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Fifth Street between Berks and Norris Streets, and also along Hewson Street.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful event again this year as it continues to grow, and hope that you can join us.

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    Eduardo Lalo: “Si algo prueba a Puerto Rico es la extraordinaria resistencia de su pueblo”
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    «La tragedia puertorriqueña es que, en 116 años, cualquier demanda del pueblo puertorriqueño no tiene respuesta. Nadie contesta al teléfono en Washington.»

     

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    Cuba llamó este lunes a fortalecer la cooperación entre universidades de los países de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac) y de la Unión Europea (UE), durante la II Cumbre Académica que desarrollan ambos bloques regionales en Bruselas, la capital belga.

     

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    Roy Brown tiene vivo el recuerdo de la opresión policiaca
    Escrito por Mariela Fullana Acosta

     

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    El artista se armó de su poesía para luchar contra las injusticias y abogar por la independencia de Puerto Rico. Algunas de las canciones de Roy Brown, como “Pa’l viejo y que adivine”, “Monón”, “Míster con macana”, nacieron cuando el artista tenía 20 años. (Nelson Reyes Faria / Para GFR Media)

     

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    Bruselas, 7 jun (PL) La embajadora de Cuba en Bélgica, Norma Goicochea, declaró hoy aquí que el proceso preparatorio de la II Cumbre Celac-Unión Europea (UE) "no ha sido todo lo inclusivo que nosotros consideramos que debiera ser".

     

    “En América Latina hay bases militares y bases mediáticas”
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    Entrevista a Fernando Buen Abad. El filósofo mexicano analiza la actualidad de los medios en la región. Afirma que las bases mediáticas son más peligrosas y efectivas que las bases militares. América Latina frente a un “Plan Cóndor Comunicacional”.

     

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    Bruselas, 7 jun (PL) Los pueblos de América Latina y Europa proyectarán sus voces en una Cumbre que se realizará aquí paralela a la de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac) y la Unión Europea (UE).

     

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    AN EVENING OF PUERTO RICAN PRIDE DEDICATED TO OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA!

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    Sponsored by National Boricua Human Rights Network New York Chapter and 34 NYC Mujeres x Oscar

    Door Open at 6:30pm
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    34 Mujeres to support the Campaign efforts to free Oscar Lopez Rivera

     

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    Turno en oposición al PS 1256 ("Ley para la Reforma de Subsidios de Servicio Eléctrico y Pago de Atrasos de Energía Eléctrica por Agencias y Corporaciones Públicas)

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    Voy a votar en contra de esta medida por las siguientes razones: El Proyecto habla de desigualdad social. Desigualdad es lo que hay en la forma en que esta Asamblea Legislativa y esta administración en general, perciben el tema de los subsidios y de los privilegios. Es fácil hacer blanco en algunos sectores pero, qué difícil ha sido tratar de comunicar la idea de que los enormes privilegios en este país no están en el subsidio de ciertos servicios, sino en la legislación contributiva que permite que el Gobierno, haciendo el papel del negociante tonto, reciba  unas cantidades ínfimas por concepto de contribuciones de empresas que generan miles de millones de dólares en este país y que tributan a una tasa absolutamente invisible; pero que fácil es hacer blanco de otros sectores.


     

    Hay un tema particular que me preocupa de la propuesta contenida en este proyecto y es el tema de los residenciales públicos, un sector con el que algunas personas en Puerto Rico están particularmente ensañados. Según la propuesta de este Proyecto la tarifa subsidiada que regirá a partir del momento en que la medida -si es que ese es el caso- se convierta en Ley será eventualmente determinada por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE). Nosotros no tenemos ni un parámetro mínimo para pasar juicio sobre cuál será esa tarifa subsidiada. Pero, además, concede unas amplísimas facultades a la  AEE para gestionar los planes de pago de las personas que al presente no han estado respondiendo adecuadamente por el pago de su consumo de energía eléctrica. Yo también visité el Residencial Llorens Torres y conversé con muchas de las personas allí que me hacían la historia de que llegaban a la AEE con cantidades significativas de dinero y la AEE decía "si no me traes la mitad...", la mitad del dinero que la AEE había optado por no cobrar.


     

    También asumamos la realidad de la responsabilidad de cada cual. De pronto, la AEE ha querido hacer lo que no ha hecho en años. Entendamos la naturaleza humana, ¿ustedes creen que si la Autoridad no le cobra ni un mes ni otro -es que pasaban años y la AEE no iba a cobrar y no cortaba la luz- y de pronto asume este celo absoluto con la deuda que tiene la gente en los residenciales,  podrá resolver en dos meses lo que no han resulto en años? La realidad económica del país nos dice que  la inmensa mayoría de las personas que viven en un residencial público, la inmensa mayoría no tienen los $1,000 que la AEE quiere que pague de aquí a la semana que viene, no los tiene. Uno puede querer elaborar el discurso más complicado de la diferencia entre los pobres de un sitio y los pobres de otro... pero la realidad se impone; la realidad es un concepto terrible; la realidad hoy.


     

    Les voy a dar un ejemplo. La noche que yo fui a reunirme con los residentes de Llorens Torres, al otro día había ocho vistas de desahucio. Fue solamente gracias a la generosidad del Colegio de Abogados y a su Presidente, el Lcdo. Mark Bimbela, que atendió mi llamado en el momento y me dijo que a las 6:00 de la tarde iba a haber un grupo de abogados y para al otro día aparecieron a representar a esas ocho familias; así fue que esas ocho familias se salvaron del desahucio. Entonces, la pregunta que nos tenemos que hacer, porque el Proyecto dice: "...se les podrá dar un plan de pago en que finalmente será un 15% del total...", pero es que también le concede las facultades a la Autoridad de cambiar a su único arbitrio las condiciones de pago si la persona tiene caudal de incumplimiento, claro que tiene caudal de incumplimiento por eso es que se les está cobrando. La pregunta entonces es: ¿Si como país estamos dispuestos a sumir el efecto práctico, real de allá afuera, no del mármol, de lo que pasaría si esto se pone en vigor?


     

    Se presentan las demandas de cobro, se impone un plan de pago, las personas no pueden cumplir con ese plan de pago, la administradora va a llevar la gente al tribunal y los van a desahuciar y ¿qué hacemos? Digo, estamos en el país en que las cosas están tan malas que el Departamento de Hacienda tranquilamente ha dicho que no le va a entregar a la gente el reintegro, los chavos de la gente, lo que es de uno. El Departamento de Hacienda tranquilamente le ha dicho al país "yo tengo tus chavos y no te los voy a dar, hasta que caiga algo". El concepto paracaídas aplicado a la política contributiva del país. Así que, independientemente del parecer que uno pueda tener sobre ciertos sectores, sobre el origen social, sobre las condiciones de los residenciales que fueron creados, ustedes saben sobre que las premisas para aislar a ciertos sectores sociales han generado unas dinámicas que en muchos casos han sido perniciosas. Pero la situación que tenemos hoy es que, me temo que no importa cuán generosas puedan ser las intenciones de esta medida, si es que en efecto lo son, no importa cuánto interés haya en nivelar las finanzas de la AEE; yo les aseguro a ustedes que la vía no es esta y que nos va a generar un problema social de dimensiones considerables que como país no estamos en condiciones de atender.

     

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    Pierluisi and Serrano Achieve Another Success Related to the Federal Cleanup of Culebra and Vieques

    Yesterday, Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi and Congressman José E. Serrano of New York announced that the House Appropriations Committee has approved language that the two representatives proposed to accelerate the pace of the federal government’s cleanup of the island municipalities of Culebra and Vieques.  The language is included in the Committee report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations Act.

    “Despite significant progress in recent years, the extent and pace of cleanup on the islands of Vieques and Culebra is concerning.  This language will help speed up the cleanup by requiring the Department of Defense to establish and report back to the Appropriations Committee with a clear timeline to fully decontaminate the islands.  Its successful inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill report is an important victory in our efforts to help restore Vieques and Culebra to all their natural beauty and splendor,” said Congressman Serrano, a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee.

    The language included in the report is as follows:

    VIEQUES AND CULEBRA ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION

    The Committee recently received a report from the Secretary of the Navy that detailed a plan for completing clean-up of contaminated areas of Vieques and Culebra. The report included the types of weapons that were deployed on these islands and the estimated amount of ordnance used at both sites. After reviewing the report, the Committee remains skeptical about the pace of environmental remediation on the islands.  The Committee directs the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) to brief the Committee not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act on the timeline associated with the completion of surface clearance removal actions, site investigations, and subsequent remedial actions to address hazards not previously addressed by the initial removal actions.

    Congressman Serrano Applauds Removal of Cuba from State Department’s List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    Last week, Congressman José E. Serrano released a statement in strong support of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement removing Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism:

    “Today’s removal of Cuba from the State’s Department list of state sponsors of terrorism removes one more obstacle in the normalization of relations with our neighbors in the Caribbean.  Countless State Department reports have established that Cuba does not belong on a list of terrorist states and its designation as such has only hindered our ability to engage fruitfully with the Cuban government and the Cuban people, while hurting our relations with our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere and with the rest of the world. During his 25 years in Congress, Congressman Serrano has consistently advocated for a change in U.S.-Cuba relations and an end to the Cuba embargo, including changing Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terror.

     

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    Serrano Joins March for Oscar Lopez' Rivera's Release in New York City

    Last Saturday, Congressman Serrano joined the march that took place in New York City to call for the unconditional release of Oscar Lopez Rivera on the 34th Anniversary of his arrest:

    "Oscar Lopez poses no threat to society and deserves Executive clemency. All political sectors of the island support his release. It is time for the President and the Department of Justice to hear our call and unconditionally release Oscar. That is why on Saturday May 30, in honor of the 34th anniversary of his arrest, I joined others in New York City to demand the release of Oscar once again with one voice. And this is also why, as a member of the United States House of Representatives, I will continue fighting for his liberation along with my colleagues in Congress. Thirty-four years in prison is long enough," said Congressman Serrano, who has advocated for Oscar Lopez Rivera's release both in person and through letters with Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez and Nydia Velázquez, as well as Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi.

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    Congressman Serrano at the New York City march and rally in support of Oscar Lopez Rivera's release. (5/30/2015)


    Congressman Serrano Attends Community Board Meetings

     
    Throughout the last week Congressman Serrano joined community boards 1, 2, 4, & 9 to give community residents an update on issues before Congress. "The issues before Congress impact the lives of Bronxites in many ways,” said Congressman Serrano. “I was glad to get the chance to talk with so many committed members of our community, and to discuss how I am fighting for our congressional district and borough in Washington, and to talk about what priorities there need to be moving forward.”

    Serrano discussed various topics including; the ongoing fight for immigration reform, the threats of ISIS to the U.S. and the world, and the political climate in Washington.

    Congressman Serrano speaks before members of Bronx Community Board 9. (5/21/2015)

     
    Congressman Serrano joins Bronx Community College 55th Annual Commencement
     
    On Friday, Congressman Serrano joined administrators, guests, and graduates at the 55th annual commencement at Bronx Community College. This year about 2,000 students graduated, amongst them numerous veterans. "70 countries are represented here, that is incredible, that is a testament to us, to Bronx Community College and to our community.  We are getting better and your presence here makes this country stronger every single day" said Congressman Serrano.

    Congressman Serrano addresses graduates at Bronx Community College's 2015 Commencement. (5/29/2015)

     

    Congressman Serrano Attends Annual Children’s Citizenship Ceremony at Bronx Zoo

    Last week, Congressman Serrano joined US Citizenship and Immigration Service and 25 children for the Bronx Zoo annual children’s citizenship event.

    “I was thrilled to be able join once again one of my favorite events of the year--the Children's Citizenship Ceremony at the Bronx Zoo. These children are the future generations of our nation, and I was glad to join them and their families for this important moment,” said Congressman Serrano. 

    Congressman Serrano with the group of children sworn in as American citizens this year at the Bronx Zoo's Annual Children's Citizenship Ceremony. (5/26/2015)

     
    Congressman Serrano Presents Bernie Williams with Message of Appreciation

    Last Monday, Congressman Serrano presented Bernie Williams with a message of appreciation at a Yankees ceremony to retire his number (#51) and honor his  career.

    Congressman Serrano at Yankees Stadium during the ceremony in honor of Bernie Williams life and career. (5/25/2015)
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