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Take Three Steps to Protect Latino Voting Rights
 

As the Latino community continues to make progress towards full participation and fair representation in our nation’s democracy, we still encounter obstacles to achieving equal access to the polls.  For more than 100 years, Latino voters have been actively fighting discriminatory practices that prevent us from making our voices heard in the political process.  These practices have included English fluency and literacy requirements, and the use of tactics like manipulation of electoral district boundaries to limit our influence on election outcomes.
 
Latino Voting Rights – Still Under Threat:  Latino voting opportunities are once again under threat in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby Co. v. Holder.  The decision suspended one of the most powerful provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA), which had protected Latino voting rights through a proactive review process which prevented implementation of discriminatory voting laws and policies adopted in several jurisdictions throughout the nation.  The review process had applied to states including Texas and Arizona, as well as to counties in Florida, New York, California.
 
The Work of the VRA Is Not Yet Done:  Supreme Court justices, Members of Congress, and experts agree that discrimination in voting persists, and the work of the VRA is not yet done.  Our nation has made progress since the VRA was first enacted in 1965, but without a fully-functioning VRA, this progress can be, and has already begun to be, reversed.  For example, although a federal district court found under the VRA that the Texas legislature had intended to discriminate against Latinos and African Americans when it adopted redistricting plans after the 2010 Census, the state is now attempting to move forward with these same discriminatory maps.
 
TAKE THREE STEPS TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
 
Along with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors, the NALEO Educational Fund endorses the long-term solutions contained in the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).  As a Latino elected or appointed leader, it is critical that you make your voice heard in support of the bill and the cause of equal voting rights.
 


We urge you to take the following actions to promote the VRAA:

 

 You can use this fact sheet [click here] and these talking points [click here] to educate your constituents and colleagues about the VRA.  We would also be happy to provide you with suggested language for communications with Members of Congress upon request. 

Please contact Erin Hustings, Senior Policy Analyst, for additional materials or with questions, at ehustings@naleo.org or (202) 360-4154.

The NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.


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El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla ofrece anuncio sobre entrega de equipo especializado para el cuerpo de la Policía de Puerto Rico.


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A continuación, les presentamos

el resumen de la pasada semana 6 al 12 de abril en la
 
Cámara de Representantes - La Casa Grande de Nuestra Gente:
 
 
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Presidente de la Cámara garantiza presupuesto de la policía no sufrirá recortes

El presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Jaime R. Perelló Borrás,
se reunió con el designado Superintendente de la Policía,
José Caldero López, para discutir el Plan de Seguridad 360.
 
 
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Pueblo venezolano conmemoró el rescate de Chávez de abril 2002
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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, lideró este domingo los actos de conmemoración del 13 de abril de 2002; cuando el Comandante Chávez fue rescatado por funcionarios de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana del golpe de Estado que perpetró la derecha en ese país.

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Borikén, una piedra en el zapato de Estados Unidos
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Borikén, nombre indígena del archipiélago cuya principal isla es Puerto Rico, vive en este siglo XXI esclavizado por un Tratado suscrito en 1898 por España y Estados Unidos, una situación rechazada en grandes foros internacionales gracias a la resistencia de los movimientos nacionalistas de la pequeña ínsula del Caribe, que luchan desde hace décadas por obtener la soberanía nacional.

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Rumbo al Paro en la UPR: algunas consideraciones
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Mientras el Magisterio celebra tan merecida victoria, con toda las defensas en alto como así se presenta el momento, no es menos cierto que la situación nacional ha creado luchas variadas en sectores múltiples.

 

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Resolución presentada por el FEEPAC en Asamblea de Estudiantes UPR-RP
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Resolución presentada por el Frente Estudiantil para la Educación Pública, Accesible y de Calidad (FEEPAC) y acogida por la Asamblea de Estudiantes del Recinto de Río Piedras.

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The next Puerto Rican Panorama features Hispanic candidates—very different from each other—vying to replace J.P. Miranda as the State Representative for the 197th Legislative District of Pennsylvania.

Witness the passion, the imperative, the urgency of these community leaders battling each other for the opportunity to selected to run as the Democratic candidate in November—if able to win the Primary election on May 20.

This is a must-see dialogue—not only for residents of the 197th Legislative District of Pennsylvania, but for Hispanics and other minority communities still seeking a place at the tableso to speakwhere their futures and the future of their children are debated and decided.

Tune in to 6abc-TV this Saturday afternoon, April 19, at 1 p.m.  (If not free to watch TV on that day and time, pre-set your DVR to record it; or get someone to record it for you.  It’s worth it.

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El próximo Puerto Rican Panorama presenta candidatos hispanosmuy diferentes uno de otrocompitiendo para reemplazar a J.P. Miranda como el representante estatal para el Distrito Legislativo # 197 de Pensilvania.

Observe la pasión, la imperativa, la urgencia de estos líderes comunitarios batallando por la oportunidad de poder postularse como el candidato demócrata en noviembresi es que ganan en el 20 de mayo.

Tienen que ver este diálogo; es importante, no solo para los residentes del Distrito Legislativo 197 de Pensilvania, pero también para otros hispanos y otras minorías que todavía están luchando por representación donde sus destinos y los destinos de sus hijos son discutidos y decididos.

Sintonice el Canal 6abc este sábado por la tarde, 19 de abril, a la 1 p.m.  (Si no cree que podrá ver televisión en ese día a esa hora, programe su DVR para grabarloo pídale a alguien que se lo grabe.  Vale la pena verlo.

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Pierluisi cuestiona enfoque separatista y proteccionista del informe de la Mesa de Acción.

 

El presidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), Pedro Pierluisi, cuestionó el enfoque separatista y proteccionista de algunas de las recomendaciones del informe de la Mesa de Acción para la Competitividad y el Crecimiento de Puerto Rico, pues no atienden el mal de fondo, que es el estatus territorial.

La semana pasada Pierluisi presentó al grupo de trabajo las soluciones que propone el PNP para atender los problemas que aquejan a Puerto Rico:
1.) Luchar por la Igualdad;
2.) Reformar el Sistema de Energía Eléctrica;
3.) Promocionar a Puerto Rico en el exterior;
4.) Desarrollar industrias sofisticadas de manufactura y tecnología;
5.) Ampliar oportunidades ya disponibles en la Isla;
6.) Impulsar el Turismo;
7.) Ajustar los gastos del gobierno y aliviar la carga contributiva de nuestros sectores productivos;
8.) Reformar nuestro Sistema de Educación;
9.) Atender la Edad Dorada y;
10.) Lograr un Puerto Rico Seguro.

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Facebook Public Policy Externship

Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: Full time; Fall 2014

Facebook is seeking highly organized, motivated, and detail-oriented undergraduate and graduate students to join our Public Policy team in Washington, DC as full-time contracted externs. The Facebook DC office helps to inform users, the media, partners, employees and other stakeholders about Facebook's products and business. Working with policymakers at the international, federal, and state levels, the team handles legislative and regulatory matters, participates in domestic and international policy discussions and leads the company’s interactions with consumer and other non-governmental organizations. Alongside Facebook team members responsible for public policy and strategic communications, externs will work on a variety of projects and policy issues with relevance in the US and around the world, ranging from legislative monitoring and policy analysis to content development.
Note: This is a full-time, contract position for the Fall term.

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  • Support Facebook's public policy and communications activities.
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LULAC Condemns Yesterday's Hate Crime

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC laments the lives lost at a Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Kansas City, Kansas. Yesterday, on the day before the Jewish Passover Holiday the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party shot to death 3 people leaving behind a distraught community.

"As a civil rights organization that fights against oppression and acts of injustice, LULAC condemns the hateful acts of violence committed by an individual who has been described as a raging anti-semite," said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. "It is specially tragic that the violence was committed on the eve of Passover, a significant time for the Jewish community."

Last year in Kansas City, LULAC participated in a rally meant to counter a demonstration which was organized by hate groups. These groups were celebrating the hateful acts of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which marked the beginning of the Holocaust. LULAC Vice President of the Midwest, Darryl Morin, participated in the rally.

In reaction to the shootings yesterday, Mr. Morin stated, "LULAC rejects any and all hateful acts of violence that are solely based on race, religion or creed against any community. We call on our elected officials to stop using inflammatory rhetoric that all too often contributes to these extreme views, and we urge that we work together to pass legislation like immigration reform, that will unite us, not divide us. May their memory be a blessing."

LULAC fully appreciates that hate crimes targeted at a given community, is really an affront to all communities and will continue to fight against such ignorance and intolerance.

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 900 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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Sharing stories of community displacement, resistance, and resilience across the Boricua Diaspora.

Help La Respuesta magazine chart our people's experiences with gentrification for its May edition. We are looking to publish news reports, visual art, testimonials, and opinion pieces engaging with this topic in creative and provocative ways. We especially encourage submissions from folks in cities in or around Philadelphia, Hartford, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Miami, and Cleveland. 

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Parade Update

The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (April 13, 2014)

 

CONTENTS

* The Rossana Rosado Interview

* Latest Parade Developments

* " A Child of the Boricua Diaspora - The Makeover of a Cultural Institution" by Louis Maldonado, National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. (April 2014)

 

The Rossana Rosado Interview

 

The newest member of the reconstituted Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc., Rossana Rosado, made an appearance on Friday on NY1 Noticias' Pura Política show hosted by reporter Juan Manuel Benitez, in what many saw as an unusually softball interview by the usually aggressive interviewer. Among the many topics they discussed was her role with the Parade. 

 

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Asked why she joined the Parade Board and whether the event would in fact take place on June 8th as scheduled, she explained that:

 

I love the Parade very much as an entity, that cultural event, but I love Lorraine Cortes Vazquez much more since she is my friend and asked me to help her.  Of course there will be a Parade!

 

To some, it was shocking to hear her reduce her participation with the Parade to her friendship with AARP executive Cortes-Vazquez, who serves as Parade Chair, and not to her commitment to the Parade itself. So, some ask, does this mean that she reluctantly agreed to serve on the Parade Board simply to rubber stamp the agenda of Cortes-Vazquez as differences begin to emerge within the Parade Board over the direction of the event?

 

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Benitez also asked her about the criticism she received from Boricuas for a Positive Image, led by  Lucky Rivera and Ramon Jimenez, and others that she had supported the Parade even last year while it was under investigation by the NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. She masterfully feigned not being aware of such criticism, although she was also publicly criticized on this score by the National Institute for Latino Policy in a June 18, 2013 commentary entitled,  "El Campeon . . . of the Parade?"

 

Rosado also discussed a number of other topics, ranging from NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's performance in her first 100 days, the failure of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal for state funding of  college education for prisoners (Rosado, it should be noted since Benitez did not during the interview, serves as the Governor's representative on the Board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and it is rumored she is currently seeking a high-level appointment from Cuomo), and other issues.

 

She refuted rumors that she was forced out of her position as Publisher of El Diario-La Prensa by its Argentine owners, SA La Nacion, and explained that her retirement from the paper after many years of employment there was something that she publicly announced two years ago. She went on to detail her role in the new position of "Publisher Emeritus," in which she is serving as an advisor to the paper and representing it in public events, adding that, in the Fall, she will be writing a column for El Diario (this is the same figurehead role being played by her mentor, impreMedia CEO Monica Lozado). Her departure had been planned, and she was, she said, very happy with her current relationship with the paper despite informed insiders pointing out that she was unceremoniously forced out as Publisher under much less than desired financial terms, causing her to at one point consider suing the management. 

 

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Sources from within El Diario, who are well informed of her situation indicate that, while Rosado had indeed planned to retire gracefully from the publication after so many years, the paper's new Argentinean management basically shafted her on her severance package, which would have probably amounted to close to $1 million, paying her a very small portion of this amount in both a tiny lump sum and installments over two or three years through their payroll and covering her health and other benefits in this no-show advisory position. What she expected as a well-deserved golden parachute became instead nothing but an overcooked dried up chunk of churrasco! Rosado, after so many years working to build up El Diario's reputation, is now reduced, according to insiders, to being a paid public relations flack to legitimize the paper's new abusive and anti-union Argentine owners and their Spanish compradors (a role, some argue, she shares with Pura Poli­tica's Juan Manuel Benitez, who is apparently doing it for free, as far as we know). The sad part in all this is that she was so poorly treated after such a long and respected tenure as head of El Diario-La Prensa, during which she kept the paper afloat and garnered many journalistic and community awards.

 

But the good news was the announcement of her appointment as a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which she shared on the Benitez show and that made it that day in a page 5 story in El Diario. In this position, which usually pays over $100,000, Rosado will be teaching two sections of a course on Latinas/os in the United States and running the school's Latino Initiative. She has a long history with John Jay, serving as a member of the College's Foundation Board and having used the library of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at John Jay College when they were housed there in the early 1980s, to do research for an independent study course she was taking while an undergraduate. Despite one prominent Latino community leader's reaction upon hearing the news of her appointment that, "Isn't it nice to know somebody," with her long history of involvement with Latino media she brings a unique set of experiences and knowledge to the College's Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. The only problem we see with her new role as college professor is the need to warn her students to expect that she will be late to or frequently absent from class because of her tendency to "get caught in traffic" with uncanny frequency.

 

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Parade Developments

 

On Friday morning, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. held a news conference in the Manhattan offices of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) to report on progress being made with the June 8th and related events. It was covered by El Diario-La Prensa, El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico, Noticias PRTV, KPMR News,  and the EFE news service

 

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It should be noted that the main news conference during which major announcements about the Parade's officials, honorees and final arrangements will be announced is usually held in May. There was the expectation that the Grand Marshal of the Parade might be announced at this Friday's press conference, given the widespread speculation that NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito would be it, but this was neither confirmed nor denied at this point by the Parade Board. Her designation to this role in the Parade would be a departure from the tradition of having an artist in this position. Some also noted the absence of the Parade Board's Chair, Lorraine Cortes-Velazquez, from Friday's news conference, although she was present at an invitation-only Parade Board reception of elected officials held later that same day in the Museo del Barrio.

 

The following Parade activities were announced on Friday:

 

Honoring Guánica. The Mayor of Guánica, Puerto Rico and his wife, Santos "Papichy"  Seda Nazario and Yanissa Seda, were introduced as representing it as one of the two cities being honored by the Parade, the other being Chicago. This year marks the Puerto Rican municipality's centennial, which is known as "El Pueblo de Amistad" (The Town of Friendship), as well as "El Pueblo de las Doce Calles" (The Town of the Twelve Streets). Guánica  has a population of a little of 19,000, covering a little over 53 square miles. The delegation from the town to the Parade will include "La Orquesta de Violines" (The Orchestra of Violins), founded four years ago, made up of 27 low income young people.

 

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Guánica is the point at which the US armed forces first landed in Puerto Rico on July 25, 1898 during the Spanish-American War in what was eventually the American colonization of the Island (this day was originally called "Occupation Day," later renamed "Constitution Day"). Guánica is the hometown of the beloved Puerto Rican musician, the late Yomo Toro. Another interesting fact is that the Mayor of Guánica is from the pro-statehood Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), which some thought might be a problem for the Parade because the Island's Governor is from the opposing party, the Partido Progresista Democratico (PPD), but this was not the case in the end.

 

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Connecting Puerto Rico's Municipios to the Federal Government. In addition to Guánica, representatives from 19 other towns in Puerto Rico were present at the news conference in support of the Parade. These were Aguada, Añasco, Cabo Rojo , Caguas, Cidra, Coamo, Guayanilla, Guayama, Humacao, Loíza, Mayagüez, Moróviz, Peñuelas, Ponce, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Sebastián and Yauco. It was announced that PRFAA has developed access to the federal government to assist the towns of Puerto Rico by organizing a June 6th meeting with federal agencies during their visit to the Parade.

 

Puerto Rican Diaspora Creative Network. It was also announced that PRFAA will be developing the "Red Creativa de la Diaspora Puertorriqueña" (The Creative Network of the Puerto Rican Diaspora) as a vehicle to for the interchange of  projects, ideas and collaborations between Puerto Ricans throughout the world.  This initiative involved 150 leaders n the arts, the majority of whom reside outside of Puerto Rico. The Parade will be working with this network, according to Sandra Garcia Betancourt, who chairs the Parade's Arts, Culture and Education Committee. Brenda Torres, director of PRFAA's New York regional office, explained, "This project proposes to unite and empower the 8.5 million Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States andPuerto Rico in terms of the cultural expressions in the arts and culture." The New York office of PRFAA has been holding meetings with Puerto Ricans in the media and the arts to support the creation of this network, but the effort has been criticized for lack of follow-ups and the failure of the government of Puerto Rico to provide resources to get it off the ground. Perhaps this connection with the Parade might finally get this initiative underway.

 

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Food Donations. The Parade will be working with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York in sponsoring two days of community service of food donations to the community. They will be asking for donations of canned foods to be made on May 31st during their 152nd Street Festival in The Bronx from 11am to 4pm, and during the Annual Mass of the Parade on June 1st at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. Maria Elena Girone, Parade Board member and head of the Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI) and Beatriz Díaz Taveras, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York provided details of this effort at the news conference.

 

While a laudable effort, given the focus of the Parade on Puerto Rican culture and education, some have questioned the appropriateness of this campaign to donate food. Besides being religiously partisan (there is also a large Protestant Puerto Rican population), it emphasizes the deficit model of this community at a time when the Parade is trying to emphasize positive developments in the Puerto Rican experience. This, some point out, should have been a joint project with the Comite Noviembre group following the Parade.  

 

New Parade Board Members. The addition of three new members of the Para's Board was announced. These were: 

  • Rossana Rosado, President and General Director of RORO Solutions, a Westchester company, and ex-editor and CEO of El Diario-La Prensa.
  • Vicente Torres, Director of Positive Work Force and member of Boricuas for a Positive Image, and
  • Myra Santiago, Director of Production and development at MTV Networks. 

These have been widely viewed as very positive additions to the Parade Board. The event will certainly benefit from the contributions of media savvy Myra Santiago. The addition of Rossana Rosado was somewhat controversial as she was seen by community activists as simply a lackey of her friend Board Chair Loraine Cortes-Vazquez, which, given Rosado's past defense of the old disgraced Parade Board, raised a red flag among community activists advocating a more community-based Parade. The addition of Vinnie Torres from Boricuas for a Positive Image was seen as a way to neutralize this bias.  

 

Applications to Participate. Applications to march in the Parade and to obtain press credentials are available on the Parade's official website at www.nprdpinc.org. They can also be picked up at the following office:

  • The Parade's office at the Puerto Rican Family Institute at 145 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY on Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and
  • Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House at 1239 Fifth Avenue, Suite 409, in Manhattan from 1-7pm.

For further information

National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

145 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, New York 10011

Tel: 607-699-9372

Fax: 212-414-7827

Email: info@nprdpinc.org 

Website: http://www.nprdpinc.org/

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The Parade's media contact is Javier E. Gómez, 917-533-1247 or javier@highpitchpr.com.

 

A Child of the Boricua Diaspora 

- The Makeover of a Cultural Institution

by Louis Maldonado

National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. (April 2014)

 

Imagine being tapped to oversee an extreme makeover of a long-standing, cultural institution.  Imagine having one chance to get it right, with no do-overs and extremely high stakes.  Imagine having all eyes in the country's largest city watching your every move ever so closely.  And imagine having to accomplish all this in record time, with vocal skeptics saying "you can't get it done."  This is precisely what was asked of the new Board of Directors for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade when we were tapped to serve and transform the Parade into the iconic celebration of culture, achievement and pride it was originally intended to be.  We have made significant progress during our brief time on the job, and we look forward to hosting a wonderful Parade on June 8. It will be done.

 

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Honestly, we were all a bit crazy for taking this on! Humbly said, I think the fact that we all enthusiastically said "yes!" speaks to the cultural champion and community advocate in each of us, and our commitment to implement the change we all wanted to see with our Parade.  We have fire in our collective belly, and with every move and decision we make, we aim to represent Puerto Ricans everywhere and all Latinos with great dignity, honor, responsibility and pride. We have accomplished a lot in just a few weeks, and we have many ambitious plans ahead to make this the people's parade, again.

 

For me, though, serving on this Board comes with particularly special meaning and responsibility.  Why?  The "new and improved" Parade has specified that recognizing, including and honoring the Puerto Rican Diaspora is one of its charges moving forward.  As a proud Boricua born in Hawaii and raised in Lorain, Ohio, a city just outside of Cleveland, I have become the Board's poster child for the Diaspora.  It is a role that I embrace and take very seriously, and I look forward to engaging Puerto Rican communities all over the country so that they, too, participate in this Parade with pride.

 

When I first moved to New York in the late '90s, I was often asked about my heritage.  I would answer saying my family is from Puerto Rico but I was raised in the Cleveland area; to which I always received the same response:  Boricua from Cleveland?! Yes, there are lots of us there and millions of Puerto Ricans all over the world that make up the Diaspora.  The Parade is our cultural institution and serves as a platform to unite all of us in solidarity to honor our culture and history.

 

This truly is an historic moment, and you can be a part of ushering in the change we have all wanted for so long by giving of your support. Whether through participation in, or sponsorship, of the Parade, volunteering to lend your skills or offering in-kind support, you can contribute and make your mark on the glorious Parade that will march down 5th Avenue on June 8, 2014.  Visit the official Parade website,www.NPRDPinc.org, for more information and to download an application for participation.

 

Louis Maldonado is on the Board of Directors for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. He is Partner and Managing Director at d expósito & Partners, an advertising and marketing communications agency in New York City. He can be reached at lmaldonado@dex-p.com.

 

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Latino Inclusion: 

How far have we come? (Part 1)

by Mike Woitalla

Youth Soccor Insider (April 9th, 2014)

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¡EL PNP FISCALIZANDO!

Semana del 7-13 de abril de 2014

 

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Cámara PNP aplaude decisión del Tribunal Supremo

 

La Delegación del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) en la Cámara de Representantes aplaudió la alegada decisión del Tribunal Supremo de declarar inconstitucional la Ley 160-2013, que reformaría el Sistema de Retiro de Maestros “por no servir su propósito de adelantar la solvencia del Sistema de Retiro”.

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Emplazan al Secretario de Educación ante posible cierre de escuelas públicas

 

"Hay demasiada incertidumbre en las comunidades ante el silencio del Secretario de Educación"

El exvicepresidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló emplazó al secretario del Departamento de Educación, Rafael Román Meléndez para que explique su plan de consolidación de escuelas públicas el cual, ante su silencio para divulgarlo, ha creado una seria incertidumbre en padres, madres y maestros de miles de estudiantes que no saben qué pasará con el plantel escolar de su comunidad.

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2014 LULAC National Convention & Exposition in New York, NY

The League of United Latin American Citizens invites you to participate in the 85th Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in New York, NY from July 8 through July 12, 2014. As the premier Hispanic convention, the LULAC National Convention draws over 20,000 participants each year including the top leaders from government, business, and the Hispanic community.

Summit Location & Headquarters Hotel
LULAC has reserved a block of rooms at the New York Hilton Midtown at special rates. We have a limited number of rooms and we strongly recommend to make your reservation with anticipation.

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
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To make a Reservation by phone, call (800) HILTONS
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Interrogantes ante nuevo súper de la Policía
Escrito por José Rivera Santana / MINH   

 

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La designación y probable nombramiento del exteniente coronel José Caldero López como superintendente de la Policía no debe pasar sin antes apuntar y tener claro su récord.

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El bien público
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Hay unos bienes materiales que son esenciales para la vida digna de un ser humano en las sociedades que hemos organizados: el aire que brinda el oxígeno que respiramos, el agua que hidrata nuestro cuerpo, la energía que alimenta los enseres necesarios para la preparación y mantenimiento de los alimentos que consumimos.

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Jon Marcantonio: Escritor de la diáspora boricua
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Decir diáspora es decir dispersión, lejanía, exilio. Para nosotros, es pensar en ese grupo de boricuas que un día tuvo que abordar ''la guagua aérea'' y echar raíces en países desconocidos, de otros matices, de otro hablar, de olores y sabores quizás ralos, insulsos, sin nuestra substancia.

 

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Puerto Rico in 

Florida and Russia?

 

CONTENTS

* "Lew Oliver, Puerto Rico, and the firestorm over his comments" By Scott Powers," Orlando Sentinel (April 9, 2014)

* "A Modest Proposal: Should Puerto Rico Consider Joining The Russian Federation?" By Ralph Benko,

Canadian Free Press (April 8, 2014)

 

Central Florida Political Pulse

Lew Oliver, Puerto Rico, and the firestorm over his comments

By Scott Powers

Orlando Sentinel (April 9, 2014)

 

A Modest Proposal: 

Should Puerto Rico Consider 

Joining The Russian Federation?

If advocates of Puerto Rican statehood wished to transform their cause into a very high priority matter for Washington, there is a ready way

By Ralph Benko

Canadian Free Press (April 8, 2014)

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¡Llega el Gigante Europeo a nuestra Isla Estrella!

 

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Gracias al liderato del Gobernador Alejandro García Padilla, el Estado Libre Asociado logró una alianza con la compañía Lufthansa Technik para traer empleos y desarrollo a la isla.

  • El acuerdo crea un centro de mantenimiento, reparación y reacondicionamiento (MRO) de aviones en Puerto Rico en el Aeropuerto Internacional Rafael Hernández en Aguadilla

  • Esta importante alianza con Lufthansa Technik creará unos 400 empleos y su desarrollo comenzará en apenas 3 meses.

  • Lufthansa es el líder mundial en reparación y mantenimiento de aviones comerciales, y el centro en Aguadilla será el primero que la empresa establece en todo el continente americano.

EMPLEOS ESPECIALIZADOS, BIEN REMUNERADOS PARA EL TALENTO DE AQUÍ

 

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  • El plan es operar inicialmente dos líneas de reacondicionamiento para Airbus A320 con la capacidad de ampliar a un total de cinco líneas.

  • Lufthansa Technik ya tiene el compromiso de principales clientes americanos para utilizar las nuevas instalaciones para sus reparaciones generales como por ejemplo JetBlue.

 

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  • Puerto Rico cuenta con mecánicos e ingenieros de aviones, motivados y muy bien entrenados, así como una escuela técnica especializada que entrena actualmente a 100 profesionales en estas áreas.

  • Lufthansa Technik también formará personal adicional a través de  Lufthansa Technical Training unido a la UPR y al Departamento de Educación

  • Lufthansa Technik  aprovechará su acuerdo de trabajo para usar la gran cantera de talento de ingenieros y mecánicos de aviación que hay en la isla.

 

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Luego de meses de luchas y trabajos nuestra isla se levanta, crecemos, triunfamos y nos desarrollamos.

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Report Finds Hispanics 

Faring Better Than Blacks

By Tanzina Vega

New York Times (April 2, 2014)

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Reactions to Jeb Bush Immigration Comments from GOP Right

 

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"GOP Latino Strategies Clash: Sen. Ted Cruz Disses Jeb Bush's 'Immigration for Love' Meme" By Juan Cole,Truthdig (April 8, 2014)

"Labrador: Jeb Bush 'Pandering' to Hispanics By Calling Illegal Immigration 'Act of Love'" By Katrina Trinkom. The Foundry (April 8, 2014)

 

GOP Latino Strategies Clash:

Sen. Ted Cruz Disses Jeb Bush's 'Immigration for Love' Meme

By Juan Cole

Truthdig (April 8, 2014)

This post originally ran on Juan Cole's Web page.
 
 

 

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Labrador: Jeb Bush 'Pandering' to Hispanics By Calling Illegal Immigration 'Act of Love'

By Katrina Trinko

The Foundry (April 8, 2014)

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April 11, 2014 

 

 America's Demographic Transformation:

An Interactive Essay 

 

America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. 

 

In 1960, the population of the United States was 85% white; by 2060, it will be only 43% white. Our intricate new racial tapestry is being woven by the more than 40 million immigrants who have arrived since 1965, about half of them Hispanics and nearly three-in-ten Asians. 

 

Explore these shifts and examine America's four generations through animated charts, graphics and videos in a new interactive essay by Paul Taylor that synthesizes findings from the new book, The Next America.   

 

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DHS secretary reevaluating 

deportation priorities

Erica Werner Associated Press

San Jose Mercury News (April 9, 2014)

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On Capitol Hill


Serrano Presses DHS on Deportation Policies

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano, along with other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), met with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to discuss ways to ensure deportation policies are carried out in a fair and humane manner. The CHC provided the Secretary with a series of recommendations on how to fairly limit deportations of undocumented immigrants, as well as how to make the entire removal process more just and humane.

“This was an productive meeting, and I believe Secretary Johnson and President Obama are taking our concerns seriously,” said Congressman Serrano. “House Republicans continue to delay consideration of comprehensive immigration reform, and in the meantime, families continue to get split up and individuals continue to be unfairly detained and deported. Secretary Johnson fully understands the pain that current enforcement policies bring to families. In the face of continued inaction by Congress, the CHC provided these recommendations as a way to ensure a more humane and just enforcement of our immigration laws. It is long past time for comprehensive immigration reform, but because House Republicans refuse to work with us, we need to take these common sense steps through executive action.”

Serrano is the most senior Member of the CHC. The Department of Homeland Security is planning to review their deportation reform recomendations in the coming weeks.


Serrano Denounces Damaging Republican Budget

On Thursday, Congressman Serrano voted against the harmful Republican budget plan that would hurt middle class Americans, seniors, and the most vulnerable by slashing funding for important programs and ending investment in America’s future. Unfortunately, the Republican budget resolution, sponsored by Representative Paul Ryan, passed by a vote of 219-205. The budget resolution is a document that outlines the budget priorities of the majority party in the House of Representatives. Serrano supported the Democratic alternative, which would have increased job growth, invested in America, created opportunity for more Americans to succeed, and protected the promises made to America’s seniors.

"This budget shows the extreme hard-right vision that the Republicans have for America," said Congressman Serrano. "It shows that they care only about tax breaks for the wealthy, while for the rest of us it's just cuts, cuts, cuts. It's a disturbing document, which shows an utter lack of empathy and an about-face from the normal functions of government that Americans have relied on for most of the past 75 years. I was glad to vote against it."

The Ryan proposal would:

• End the Medicare Guarantee. The Republican budget ends the Medicare guarantee – fundamentally transforming Medicare from a guaranteed benefit program into a privatized voucher program. Under this program, rather than having guaranteed coverage of benefits, seniors would receive a voucher and would need to use that voucher to purchase private insurance, or supposedly, traditional Medicare.
• Shower the wealthiest Americans with more tax cuts – averaging at least $200,000 per year for millionaires. It could also raise taxes on middle class families by at least $2,000 per year. 
• Slash college student aid and support by a total of $260 billion below current policy over the next 10 years, making college less affordable for the millions of students who rely on Pell grants, federal student loans, and higher education tax credits. This includes a cut of $145 billion to Pell Grants over the next 10 years.
• Hurt infrastructure investment and jobs by gutting investment in America’s highways, railways, transit systems, and ports despite the serious need to rebuild America and put people back to work – with $52 billion in cuts in the next year alone.
• Hurt the most vulnerable by cutting food stamps by $137 billion over the next 10 years, and by cutting assistance to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The proposal would also slash Medicaid by $732 billion over the next decade. 

 


Serrano Meets With Cardinal Hayes Students 

On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano met with students from Cardinal Hayes High School to talk about how Congress functions and to answer some of their tough questions. “I’m always happy to meet with students who are from the Bronx,” said Serrano. “It is a joy to see these students have an opportunity to come to our nation’s capital to learn more about the federal government. Cardinal Hayes continues to do a great job educating studentsf rom the Bronx and the rest of New York City and it was a pleasure to meet with its bright students.

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Congressman Serrano with the Cardinal Hayes students

 

In the Bronx


 

Serrano Applauds Universal Pre-Kindergarten Funding

Last week, the New York State legislature passed a budget that included $300 million for pre-kindergarten expansion in New York City, and Congressman Serrano lauded Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio as well as the Members of the State Senate and Assembly for their efforts on behalf of New York children.

"Access to pre-kindergarten is something that makes a proven difference in a child’s life,” said Congressman Serrano. “I am happy to see that fair access to early childhood education is an issue that is being prioritized on both the state and local level. This initiative serves as a great example of leaders coming together to make the good decisions that are ultimately beneficial for everyone.”

With hundreds of new seats planned for The Bronx in the 2014-2015 school year, Congressman Serrano also expressed his satisfaction with the prospect of fully-funded expansion.

“I am very pleased to see that this expansion plan is taking into account areas that have the highest need, and working to make sure that this is a fair, equitable process that all families and early childhood educators are involved in.”
 

Grant Announcement


21st Century Conservation Service Corps Program

Deadline: May 30, 2014.

The National Park Service’s Youth Development Programs Division has made funding available for collaborative projects that will offer young people and veterans access to meaningful work in the outdoors. NPS hopes to fund non-profit youth serving organizations that have the experience and expertise necessary to craft programs that will offer various employment, education, and engagement opportunities. All non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.


Please follow this link for the full grant announcement: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253253 . For more information about other federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov.

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Latin American Community Center receives Delaware’s highest quality level award

 

Wilmington, DE – The Latin American Community Center’s Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP) has been awarded a Delaware STARS for Early Success Quality Rating of 5, the highest quality level possible. This is the second LACC program to receive a Delaware STARS Level 5 quality rating this year. The first was the Early Development Center (EDC), which received the designation in January 2014.

 

Recently Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy stated, “Congratulations to the LACC for achieving the top Stars rating. We know how critical quality early education is to our children’s success. We are proud to have such a strong community resource and partner in Wilmington.”

 

“At the LACC, the most treasured members of our community are our children. We believe it is our role to do all we can to see that they succeed from the very onset of their lives,” says Maria Matos, President and CEO. “When the Governor and the state of Delaware received Early Learning challenge money, the LACC was already moving toward receiving a Star 5 rating for our Early Development Center. We have an excellent team in place implementing high quality early education programs, a team led by Melissa Browne, our Vice President for Lifelong Learning, “says Matos.

 

“This is a real accomplishment to have two programs rated a level 5,” says Melissa Browne. “Our programs have grown from a STARS level 2 quality rating to a Level 5 in less than two years. We are thrilled about this and excited about how our programs are being received by the greater community and at the state level,” says Browne.

 

The Delaware STARS for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System for early care and education programs. To reach a STARS 5 rating, an early care program must achieve high Environmental Rating Scale assessments in addition to high quality standard verifications. Quality standard measurement is based on four categories including: Family and Community Partnerships, Qualifications and Professional Development, Management and Administration, and Learning Environment. The Early Development Center is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) and dual language program (Spanish/English).

 

About the Latin American Community Center

The LACC is a multiservice, multicultural non-profit organization headquartered in Wilmington’s Hilltop neighborhood. The LACC provides an array of programs and services for all ages to the New Castle County Latino community and beyond, reaching over 25,000 individuals a year. The Center’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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PIP reacciona a decisión del Supremo sobre Retiro de Maestro

San Juan, Puerto Rico. 11 de abril de 2014. - Para el liderato del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), la determinación del Tribunal Supremo de declarar inconstitucional la Ley 160 sobre la Reforma al Sistema de Retiro de los Maestros, además de ser un triunfo y un acto de justicia para el magisterio, debe servir de lección política para el liderato del Partido Popular para que no continúe aprobando leyes de forma irresponsable, atropellada e insensible, como ésta en pleno periodo navideño, que no resolvía el problema y por el contrario condenaba a una vejez empobrecida a decenas de miles de maestras y maestros.

"Sin entrar en las consideraciones jurídicas de la decisión, lo cierto es que es motivo de júbilo el que se haya detenido una ley que, como planteó el PIP desde un principio, era dramáticamente abusiva contra un sector asalariado históricamente muy mal pago y que tenía expectativas de que el gobierno cumpliera con sus obligaciones contractuales de pagar su retiro", manifestó Juan Dalmau, secretario general del PIP.

"Surge una extraordinaria oportunidad para que se retome el diálogo con las organizaciones magisteriales y en esta ocasión se llegue a un conceso en cuanto a las mediadas que hay que tomar para estabilizar la crisis fiscal y la insuficiencia de fondos en el sistema de retiro sin que la carga recaiga en el magisterio y el pueblo trabajador", puntualizó el también Comisionado Electoral del PIP.
 
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Noche de Música, Poesía y Música

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Pasadía Hostosiano en la playa

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Declaraciones de la Senadora María de Lourdes Santiago ante la determinación sobre Ley 160

San Juan, Puerto Rico. 11 de abril de 2014. - "La determinación del Tribunal Supremo declarando inconstitucional la ley que perseguía desmantelar el Sistema de Retiro de Maestros, es una enorme victoria para los maestros, para nuestras escuelas públicas y para todo el país. Condenar al magisterio a una vejez de pobreza no sólo habría resultado, a largo plazo, en una enorme carga para el país, sino que habría hecho mucho más difícil el que los jóvenes más capaces y con mayor vocación optaran por el magisterio. Hay que felicitar a las organizaciones magisteriales por su extraordinario trabajo como frente amplio, y por su acertada estrategia de luchar en todos los flancos: en la legislatura, en el tribunal, y en la calle. Ha sido para mí un privilegio haber participado junto a las maestras y maestros en ese esfuerzo, votando en contra de la medida y apoyando las demás iniciativas.

La decisión es además, un emplazamiento a la Asamblea Legislativa. La ley de retiro- a pesar de haber sido redactada en el mes de abril de 2013-- fue aprobada de manera descuidada y sospechosa, con un lapso de apenas cinco días desde su radicación a su firma el día de Nochebuena; sin datos que justificaran el enorme sacrificio que se pedía al magisterio; bajo la falsa promesa de que detendría la degradación del crédito del país y sin pensar en el impacto a largo plazo. Hoy la mayoría parlamentaria tiene que asumir las consecuencias de su mala voluntad, su incompetencia y su falta de agallas ante los dictámenes de Wall Street.

En medio de la celebración por este gran triunfo, hay, sin embargo, que lamentar, que la protección que hoy el Tribunal Supremo concede a los maestros, se la negara antes a los empleados de gobierno central, igualmente afectados por los cambios a sus sistema de retiro.¨
 
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El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano, organización en la cual el compañero Marcos Rodríguez Frese militó hasta su inesperado adiós, se une a amigos y familiares en este emotivo momento que conlleva la pérdida de nuestro escritor, poeta y sobre todo, patriota puertorriqueno. El velatorio se realizará en la Funeraria Buxeda de Hato Rey a partir de las 10 de la mañana de hoy miércoles.

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de Venezuela en Puerto Rico

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"Asedio a una embajada"
del cineasta Ángel Palacios

Este trabajo de Panafilms relata el episodio del asalto a la Embajada de Cuba en Caracas el día 12 de abril de 2002, como parte de los acontecimientos sucedidos en Venezuela durante el Golpe de Estado de abril de 2002.

Fecha: Jueves 10 de abril de 2014 Lugar: Salón de Reuniones de la Hermandad de Empleados Exentos No Docentes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (HEEND), calle Andalucía de Puerto Nuevo. Hora: 7:00 p.m.

 

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   Chair
 
Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
   Treasurer
 
Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

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Chirps of Coqui Frogs May Be Getting Shorter and Higher Pitched As Climate Warms

The shift in duration and pitch could impede females' ability to pick up on mating signals, researchers say

By Helen Thompson

Smithsonian Magazine (April 9, 2014

 

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Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
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Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

Hector Figueroa

Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
   President

 

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Jon Stewart Attacks MRC for Claim of Univision's Pro-ObamaCare Bias

By Matt Hadro

News Busters (April 9, 2014)

 

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English Summary: Puerto Rican artist Carlos Gil Rivera has art opening this Thursday at 7 PM at the Fort.  See you there!

Jueves, 10 de abril a las 7pm en el fortin abre la exhibición, EMBELEZADO, del artista boricua radicado en Vieques, Carlos Gil Rivera. como saludo al xxxvii festival cultural viequense - 10 y 11 de abril - la presentacion de Gil Rivera manifiesta la apreciación del artista por la juxtaposición de colores, luz y formas presentes en el paisaje viequense.

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Edgar DeJesus
   Secretary
 
Israel Colon
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Maria Rivera
   Development Chair

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Tanya K. Hernandez
 
 Angelo Falcón
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Aurora Morales Levins 

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Aurora Levins Morales, a Puerto Rican, Jewish, and feminist writer and activist talks about her life experiences.

By Nicole Einbinder

The Daily (University of Washington) (April 8, 2014)

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA


Inconstitucional Ordenanza sobre vendedores ambulantes en San Juan, con o sin enmiendas.


10 de abril de 2014 San Juan, Puerto Rico-El Legislador Municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño en San Juan, Lcdo. Adrián González Costa señaló que la Ordenanza Municipal Número 15, Serie 2013-2014, establece una clasificación sospechosa al discriminar contra aquellas personas que no residen en San Juan al momento de solicitar una licencia de vendedor ambulante.

La ordenanza expresa claramente en la sección tercera que: "El plan de ubicación y reglamentación prospectiva deberá establecer claramente que las licencias de vendedores(as) ambulantes serán otorgadas a residentes bonafide del Municipio de San Juan, para lo cual deberán producir prueba fehaciente. Las personas que en la actualidad tengan licencias que no sean residentes de San Juan, no tendrán derecho a renovación de licencia"

"Decir que el efecto será prospectivo, no subsana la falla de que los vendedores ambulantes no residentes en San Juan, una vez expire su permiso, no será renovado. Tampoco plantear que se enmendará para eliminar la prohibición a no residentes y sólo establecer trato preferente a sanjuaneros, pues esto de todas formas constituye una clasificación sospechosa al darle ventaja a los sanjuaneros sobre los demás puertorriqueños, en una ciudad que se nutre de la actividad económica de todo el país", puntualizó González Costa.


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Senado aprueba Resolución de Senadora PIP sobre exceso de facturación de la AAA en Vieques

  

El Capitolio. 10 de abril de 2014. - El Senado de Puerto Rico aprobó hoy la Resolución del Senado Núm. 716 de la autoría de la Senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, para realizar una investigación sobre las alegaciones de facturación excesiva de la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AAA) en la isla municipio de Vieques.

 

"Algunos de los sectores en los que se informa que existe facturación excesiva son: Barrio Pilón, La Esperanza, Destino, Pozo Prieto, Villa Borinquen, Barrio Florida y La Lima. Los residentes de estas comunidades reclaman que la factura que reciben no es compatible con los patrones históricos de consumo", detalló la Senadora independentista.

 

Por otra parte, la también Vicepresidenta del PIP, denunció  que los residentes de Vieques se han quejado de que, aún cuando han sido puntuales en el pago de sus facturas de agua, no reciben atención adecuada en las oficinas de la AAA cuando van a solicitar revisión o investigación de sus facturas.

  

Por último, la Portavoz senatorial del PIP exhortó a los viequenses a comunicarse con la Comisión de Asuntos Energéticos y del Recursos del Agua para hacer llegar cualquier información, evidencia y documentación sobre la posible facturación excesiva por parte de la AAA. 

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Positive Island Reception
To Centro’s Heritage Poster Series


When Puerto Rico-based reporter Libni Sanjurjo came across Centro’s Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series she said she felt as though she found a “treasure of information.”

A history buff with a nose for news who discovered the series on the Centro website, she pitched the story to her editors at Primera Hora, a major Spanish news source in Puerto Rico, because she wanted to shed some light on this valuable educational resource that teachers on the island could use in the classroom to teach about the migration patterns of Puerto Ricans in the United States.

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    High Schoolers Learn
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  • Kenia Tapia, 17, is working on a research paper for her high school class on hip-hop and Latinos in the United States. She admits she chose the topic because she loves music and finds any excuse to write about music.

    “You hear a lot about African Americans in hip hop,” she said. “But I want to hear more about Latinos. What are the Latino influences in hip hop? How has hip hop influenced Latino society today in the United States.”

    Kenia was among seven students in her class at the Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick, Brooklyn who attended an April 8 workshop at the Centro Library and Archives to learn more about research resources available for students like her and to help prepare them if they choose to participate in a symposium sponsored by the Queens College Latin American and Latino Studies Program.
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    Save the Date
    The AmeRícan Poet:
    Essays on the Work of Tato Laviera

    Tuesday, April 29
    6-8pm
    Hunter College, 68th St. & Lexington Ave.
    Faculty Dining Room, West Building, 8th Floor

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    May 2, 2014
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    Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    85 West Newton Street, Boston, Mass.

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    Desde que comenzamos el año, en la Cámara de Representantes establecimos como prioridad mejorar la seguridad de los puertorriqueños. Con esto en mente, diseñamos el Plan de #Seguridad360°

    Llegó la hora de hacer cambios que nos muevan a un renovado sistema de seguridad.

    Conéctate aquí para que conozcas el plan.

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    ¡Las Soluciones para Puerto Rico!

     


    El pasado lunes presenté ante el comité ejecutivo de la Mesa de Acción para la Competitividad y el Crecimiento de Puerto Rico, las Soluciones para enderezar el rumbo de nuestra Isla.

    La desigualdad económica, social y política que sufrimos no ha permitido que equiparemos nuestro nivel de vida con el de los estados. No hay duda de que nos encontramos en una situación de emergencia socioeconómica, por lo que tenemos que actuar con sentido de urgencia y concentrarnos en la acción y la ejecución.

    Para atender los problemas de Puerto Rico necesitamos un cambio de rumbo drástico, tanto en el modelo estructural como en el operacional. Tenemos que encaminar a Puerto Rico hacia la Igualdad con el resto de los Estados Unidos. Además, tenemos que poner énfasis en resultados, más que en estudios y planes. ¡Es hora de actuar para construir un nuevo Puerto Rico!

    Aquí los 10 principios básicos que tienen que formar parte de las Soluciones a los problemas que aquejan a Puerto Rico:

    1) 
    Luchar por la Igualdad

    2) Reformar el Sistema de Energía Eléctrica

    3) Promocionar de Puerto Rico en el exterior

    4) Desarrollar de industrias sofisticadas de manufactura y tecnología

    5) Ampliar oportunidades ya disponibles en la Isla

    6) Impulsar el Turismo

    7) Ajustar los gastos del gobierno y aliviar la carga contributiva de nuestros sectores productivos

    8) Reformar nuestro Sistema de Educación

    9)Atender la Edad Dorada

    10) Lograr un Puerto Rico Seguro

    No hay que inventar la rueda. Hay que enrollarse las mangas y ponerse a trabajar.

    Podemos maximizar nuestros recursos existentes y hacer que crezcan sectores como el turismo. Podemos darle a nuestros niños una educación de excelencia que los prepare para los retos del futuro y de la globalización. Podemos garantizarle una mejor calidad de vida a nuestras personas de la edad dorada. Podemos tener una sociedad segura para generar desarrollo económico, atraer inversión y retener capital humano.

    Puerto Rico, ¡Podemos!

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
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    Latino Underrepresentation and

    NYC Mayor de Blasio's Diversity Record

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (April 9, 2014)

     

    Despite the more diverse appointments by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to his Administration compared with the past Mayor, Latinos continue to be the most underrepresented group in the city government's work force. It is clear that the city's Latino leadership needs to give this problem serious attention and find ways t engage the de Blasio Administration, not only on its Latino appointments, but also on this community's underrepresentation in the general municipal work force. This is a critical issue facing the Latino community that gets overlooked with general discussions of "diversity" and "minorities."

     

    These were the messages presented to a group of Latino leaders in a citywide briefing held last night in Manhattan by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP) as the de Blasio Administration approached its first 100 days in office. Those in attendance represented a broad cross-section of Latinos in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

     

    A detailed analysis of the state of Latino appointments made by Mayor de Blasio and of Latino representation in the general city government work force under the previous Administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg was presented by Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy. Falcón presented the latest findings from his 6-month monitoring the de Blasio appointments process that began with the organization of his Transition Team last year.

     

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    On the same day as this briefing, Mayor de Blasio made four appointments, two of which were of Dominicans to commissionerships: Dr. Fenlosky Peña Mora as Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, and Lisette Camilo as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Contract Services. Of the 109 appointments the Institute has identified, this brought the percentage of Latino appointments to date to 16 percent, compared to  52 percent of Whites, 21 percent of Blacks and 11 percent of Asians. Compared to their percentage of the city's population and labor force, this makes Latinos the most underrepresented group among the de Blasio appointments.

     

    Falcón pointed out that while in January, the high profile Latino appointments of Carmen Fariña as Schools Chancellor, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and Gladys Carrion as Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services, gave the impression that Mayor de Blasio would be seriously addressing the persistent problem of Latino underrepresentation at the policymaking level, as the appointments process proceeded this problem resurfaced. The January appointments resulted in about 23 percent being Latino, but by yesterday that percentage dropped to 16 percent. Falcón expressed the concern that unless the Latino community forcefully engages the de Blasio Administration on this issue, Latino representation could decline even further as his appointments process comes to an end.

     

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    Citing the latest Siena College-NY1 News-New York Times Poll, Falcón noted the greater support that Mayor de Blasio appears to have at the moment from Latino and Black voters, in contrast to Whites. He pointed out that the purpose of this citywide community briefing was not so much to criticize Mayor de Blasio on his Latino appointments record to date but to mobilize the Latino community leadership to more actively engage the Administration on the issue of representation and policy directions than has been the case until now.

     

    Falcón discussed the need to urge the de Blasio Administration to reassess the role and effectiveness of the city's diversity programs involving the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Fair Employment Practices Commission and the Human Rights Commission in promoting the increased employment of Latinos. One important starting point would be making the city's equal employment opportunity data breaking down the racial-ethnic and gender make-up of the city's work force by city agency publicly accessible at least annually on its website. He discussed the 2013 NYC Government Work Force Profile Report of the Bloomberg Administration that contains important EEO information, which was released on the very last day of the Administration and not made available to the public (which was done instead by an independent government agency, the Independent Budget Office, and not the Mayor's Office).

     

    Falcón also presented data that revealed that employment in the city's agencies is racially segregated. He found that while, of the 40 agencies for which he had data, 23 had predominantly White workers, 17 had predominantly Black workers, and none had predominantly Latino or Asian employees. He also found a high negative correlation between the concentration of Latino and Black employees and the median annual salary of the agencies, while the relationship was positive for Whites and Asians. So that besides the general levels of representation of Latinos in the city government work force, where those Latinos were concentrated within that work force was also important to understand. This level of racial-ethnic segregation raises questions about the meaning of "diversity" within municipal employment.

     

    Suggesting part of a strategy to address the problem of Latino underrepresentation, Falcón singled out the ten city agencies with the worse records of Latino hiring as agencies that Latino leaders needs to focus on. These are: 

     

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    Following Falcón's presentation, NiLP's Board Chair, José R. Sánchez, a Professor of Political Science at Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, led a discussion of strategies that the Latino community needs to consider to address this problem. These ranged from meeting with the Mayor and his top advisors to having meeting with individual city agency heads to using the media to raise the issue publicly. As a result of this discussion, an independent working group was established to develop an agenda for change. This working group includes Hector Cotto, Louis Hernandez, Aurea A. Mangual, Julio Muñoz, Jeannette Rodriguez, Onias Pacheco, John Rojas, José R. Sánchez, Sylvia Quiñones and Fatima Velasquez.

     

    Other participants at the briefing included, among others: Tom Acosta, Grace Asenjo, Heriberto Barbot, Vilma Belan, Joe Bello, Vick Bello, Marlene Brito, Adrian Cabreja, Elbert Garcia, Marta Garcia, Wendy Garcia, Lucelys Gonzalez, Horacio Gutierrez, Joanna Hernandez, Carlos Manzano, Miguel Maldonado, Sammy Naranjo, Javier A. Nieves, Saul Nieves, Nicholas Pelzer, Leonides Reyes, Vanessa Ramos, Margarita Rosa, John Rojas, Diana Roman, Christina Rosado, Andy Torres, Emmanuel Torres, and Juan Vides

     

    Falcón's PowerPoint presentation made at the briefing is available on NiLP's website, www.latinopolicy.org, on its home page. Individuals are encouraged to share it widely and use it for presentations to their colleagues and institutions.

     

    NiLP gave special thanks to David Jones and the Community Service Society (CSS) for making their conference room available for this citywide briefing. This meeting was made possible by individual contributions by The Friends of NiLP.

     

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues is an online information service provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visit our website at www.latinopolic.org or write to info@atinopolicy.org.

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    April 9, 2014    
     
    CONTACT:  
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    Latino Policymakers to Prepare for Election 2014 and Address Nation’s
    Most Pressing Issues at NALEO 31st Annual Conference in San Diego
     

    Three-day event to feature the largest gathering of Latino policymakers in the country;
    Notable speakers to include Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora
     
    Washington, D.C. – Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and less than five months before the upcoming midterm elections, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will assemble the largest gathering of Latino policymakers in the country for the NALEO 31st Annual Conference.  Considered the nation’s annual Latino political convention, the event will take place June 26-28 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California.
     
    This year’s conference will feature more than 1,000 Latino public officials and supporters from communities across the country.  Conference participants will join policy leaders for panel discussions on various issues on the national agenda, including immigration reform, education (with an emphasis on STEM), healthcare, voting rights, Latina political leadership, U.S.-Mexico bi-national issues, water, pensions and an in-depth overview of the influence of Latinos in the upcoming midterm elections.  The program will also include a track specifically designed for newly elected officials.
     
    In addition, national leaders will join NALEO for a special plenary on June 26 that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by addressing the evolution and future of the civil rights movement for Latinos and all Americans.  This year, the three-day event will also include special tributes to active members and veterans of the U.S. military throughout the conference.  Two sessions will be dedicated to addressing issues affecting veterans and their families as they reintegrate into their communities after active service.
     
    The conference takes place as Latino voters are expected to increase their decisive influence on national elections this year, with issues like immigration reform and the economy serving as a driving force for the Latino electorate.  The NALEO Educational Fund projects that the eligible Latino electorate will reach 25.5 million in 2014, an increase of nearly 20 percent from 2010.  This growth will continue in 2016, when the eligible Latino electorate is estimated to reach 28.2 million.
     
    The NALEO conference has emerged as the preeminent forum for our nation’s leadership to engage Latino officials and the millions of constituents NALEO members represent. Notable speakers who will join our nation’s Latino policymakers this year already include the Governor of California Jerry Brown, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora.
     
    The NALEO 31st Annual Conference is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors, Southwest Airlines, Official Airline Sponsor of NALEO Educational Fund, and Toyota.  For information about the conference and registration, please visit the NALEO website at
     http://www.naleo.org/sandiego2014/.

    What:             NALEO 31st Annual Conference
     
    Who:              NALEO, the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected
                            and appointed officials.
     
    When:            June 26 – 28, 2014
     
    Where:           Loews Coronado Bay Resort
                             4000 Coronado Bay Rd
                             San Diego, CA
     
    Media:             Advance registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact
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    abosquez@naleo.org; 202-546-2536) and Paula Valle Castanon
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    The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.
     

     

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    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
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    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
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    American Community Survey (ACS)

    Data Users Conference

     

    May 29-30, 2014

    The Holiday Inn Capitol

    550 C Street, SW, Washington, DC.

     

    To register, click here

    To join the ACS Data Users Group (it's free), click here

    For information on the American Community Survey, click here

     

    Register Now for the inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, to be held May 29-30 2014, at the Holiday Inn Capitol, in Washington, D.C. Space at the conference is limited and registration is on a first come/first served basis.  The deadline for registration is Thursday May 22, 2014.

     

    We have put together an exciting program that brings together more than 40 contributed presentations by ACS data users, an invited Plenary session by top Census Bureau staff, and a lunch presentation by John H. Thompson, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications and to promote networking. The conference will also increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data. Please visit www.acsdatausers.org to see the preliminary program for the conference.

     

    The conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. (continental breakfast at 7:45) on Thursday May 29 and will end on Friday May 30 at noon. There is a $200 registration fee ($195 plus a $5 processing fee) to attend the two-day conference. The registration fee includes the cost of a continental breakfast and boxed lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday, as well as refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks.

     

    Conference Sessions

    • Plenary Session featuring presentations by top U.S. Census Bureau staff
    • Aggregating ACS Estimates and Calculating Margins of Error
    • Using ACS in GIS and Data Visualization Applications
    • Lunch Presentation by John H. Thompson, director of U.S. Census Bureau
    • Applications of ACS Data for Income and Poverty
    • Applications of ACS Data for Employment and Commuting
    • Applications of ACS data for Migration Patterns and Trends
    • Housing Applications Using ACS Data
    • Using the ACS to Look at Small Population Groups and Trends Over Time
    • Using ACS Data from NHGIS, Summary Files, IPUMS, PUMS, and Custom Tabulations
    • Issues and Limitations in Using Small-Area ACS Data
    • Applications of ACS Data for Health Insurance and Disability

    The Holiday Inn Capitol is located at 550 C Street, SW, Washington, DC. For hotel reservations, visit www.hicapitoldc.com and provide your assigned Group Code (SS4). We have blocked a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate of $224 so please book early to ensure your reservation. The group rate is valid for booking through Monday, April 14, 2014.

     

    Further information

    Linda Jacobsen

    Vice President of U.S. Programs

    Population Reference Bureau

    ljacobsen@prb.org

    202-939-5414

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
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    Fifty years later, Latinos 

    still fighting for civil rights

    By Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

    MSNBC (April 8, 2014)

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    This week, the Nuyo premieres new plays and music by  

    John Guare, reg e gaines,

    Neil LaBute, Caridad Svich,  

    Hector Martignon and more!

     

    Join us this week at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe for new plays by renowned playwrights Neil LaBute, John Guare, Caridad Svich and Halley Feiffer; a performance by Tony winner and Grand Slam Champion reg e gaines; and vibrant salsa by Hector Martignon! Also, check out our new  LivingSocial deal for discounted tix and memberships!

     

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    This weekend: April 11-13 theater festival features new plays by John Guare, Neil LaBute and Caridad Svich

     

    New dramatic works by Tony-winning playwright John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and dramatist/film director Neil LaBute (Reasons to be Pretty) highlight a festival of new short plays at the Nuyo. Performances take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 7PM (all plays will be performed each night). Proceeds from the festival will benefit our literacy and afterschool programs, which serve thousands of students from disadvantaged communities. The festival also features new work by Caridad Svich, Clay McLeod Chapman, Halley Feiffer, Quincy Long, Laura Shaine, Daniel F. Levin and Daniel Gallant. Check out Broadway World's article about the festival, visit the Facebook event page or buy tickets here

     

    Salsa by Hector Martignon's Bandagrande tonight!  

     

    Every Tuesday in April, Grammy nominee Hector Martignon brings you new and classic works of Latin Jazz and salsa with his dynamic ensemble Bandagrande! Hector's work has been featured on over 100 albums across a range of genres; he has also scored five feature films and three Broadway musicals. Performances: April 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 9:30PM each night.   

     

    reg e gaines performs new work tomorrow (4/9)@7PM

      

    The Tony- and Grammy-nominated author of Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk performs his new poetic and musical works The Last Celebrity and Abstract Sax at the Nuyo in celebration of National Poetry Month! A former Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion, reg e has performed his poetry on The Arsenio Hall Show, the Daily Show, MTV, MSNBC and HBO's Def Jam Poetry. Catch reg e tomorrow@7PM; for tickets, click here.

      

    LivingSocial deal on Nuyo slam tix and memberships!    

     

    Back by popular demand: LivingSocial offers deep discounts on VIP tickets to our Friday Night Poetry Slams as well as annual memberships to the Nuyo! Follow this link to snag a voucher! (And make sure to RSVP early if you buy VIP tix - our Friday Night Slams sell out fast!)  

      

    Salome: The Voodoo Princess of New Orleans premieres in May!

     

    Coming in May: Rebel Theater Company presents Salome: The Voodoo Princess of New Orleans, adapted from Oscar Wilde's play by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. This contemporary version of Salome is gritty, funny, dark and sexy, infused with negro spirituals, hip hop dance and Louisiana Voodoo folk traditions. The play runs Thurs-Sun, May 2-25.

     

    And tickets are going fast for our upcoming events with Tony winner Sarah Jones (5/28), Nat and Alex Wolff (4/ 19) and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (5/1)! Get 'em while you can! 

     

    Make a tax-deductible donation

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a charitable non-profit organization. Help us continue to provide affordable cultural programming and to serve students from low-income communities by making a tax-deductible donation.

     
     
     
     
        

    Tickets and information for most shows are available at www.nuyorican.org or by calling 212-780-9386. 
     
    Our programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, the Fund for the City of New York, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Manhattan Borough President.

     

     
     
     
    Need the perfect present for a poet or a fan of the downtown arts scene? A year-long
    Nuyorican Poets Cafe membership is only $60 (or $30 for students). Nuyo members receive discounts on admission to all events, as well as several free tickets and invites to special members-only events!

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    Don't miss our regular weekly events: Open Mic Mondays (every Monday at 9pm, all art forms welcome); the Slam Open (a competitive poetry open mic, every Wednesday at 9pm except the first Wednesday of the month); the Thursday Night Latin Jazz Jam (every Thursday at 9pm) and our Friday Night Poetry Slam (10pm every Friday).

    Follow the Nuyo on Facebook or Twitter for event updates, news about our artists, submission opportunities and more. Further information about all of our shows can be found at www.nuyorican.org.
     
    Contact Information

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe

    236 E 3rd Street

    between Avenue B and C

    New York, NY 10009

    www.nuyorican.org

    Info 212.505.8183

    Fax 212.475.6541

     

     
     
     

    The Cafe serves beer, wine, coffee, tea  and soft drinks but no food. All ages are welcome at events, but you must be over 21 w/ valid ID to drink.

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    Out of respect for our artists, there is NO video or audio recording of events without prior written permission from Cafe management.

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    The Cafe is wheelchair accessible, but we recommend that persons needing assistance call in advance so that we can be ready to assist you when you arrive

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    Escuche hoy a las 3:00 de la tarde por  WPAB 550 a Juan Dalmau en entrevista  con José Elías Torres en Enfoque Internacional.

     

    PIP | Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt 963 | San Juan | Puerto Rico | 00920-2901

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    A continuación, les presentamos

    el resumen de la pasada semana 30 al 5 de abril en la
     
    Cámara de Representantes - La Casa Grande de Nuestra Gente:
     
     
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    Exsecretarios de Justicia se reúnen con el Presidente de la Cámara
    para discutir el Plan de Seguridad 360

    Con el propósito de buscar estrategias para reforzar el Plan de Seguridad 360,
    el presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Jaime R. Perelló Borrás,
    y el presidente de la Comisión de Seguridad Pública, José Báez Rivera,
    se reunieron con varios exsecretarios del Departamento de Justicia.
     
     
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    Cárcel de Vega Alta para el disfrute entre confinadas y sus hijos
     
     
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    Representante José "Pito" Torres
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    para una Nueva Política Energética
     
     
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    oportunidades académicas para
    Policías estatales y municipales
     
     
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    El espía global
    Escrito por Juan Manuel Karg

     

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    En los últimos días, el exagente Edward Snowden filtró nuevos documentos referidos al estudio que la NSA -Agencia Nacional de Seguridad de Estados Unidos- realizó sobre un total de 122 jefes de Estado de todo el mundo.

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    Linchamientos en Argentina y guarimbas en Venezuela: barbarie a control remoto
    Escrito por Mónica Saiz / Correo del Orinoco

     

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    El miedo ha sido uno los principales instrumentos de dominación en todas las épocas. Una persona con miedo reacciona, no piensa, no analiza, no reflexiona. El miedo bestializa.

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    Caminata por 33 pueblos en 33 días por la excarcelación de Oscar
    Escrito por Eduardo Villanueva Muñoz / Portavoz Comité Pro Derechos Humanos  

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    El próximo 29 de mayo se cumplirán treinta y tres años de encarcelamiento del patriota puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera y el Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico se ha unido como coauspiciador a la Caminata Nacional 33 en 33 x Oscar que se llevará a cabo por treinta y tres pueblos del interior de la isla durante treinta y tres días.

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    Maduro: A Call for Peace (English and Spanish)      
    Escrito por Nicolás Maduro / Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela   

     

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    The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.

     


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    Guarimbasura
    Contra la violencia callejera en Venezuela.

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    Entrevista al Dr. Félix Ojeda Reyes, catedrático puertorriqueño; investigador de la vida del Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances, Padre de la Patria. http://bit.ly/1jmWFED

     

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    Tel. (787) 774-8585

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    The next Puerto Rican Panorama will be a Latin musical variety showfeaturing local musicians from the Delaware Valley area.  It airs on 6abc-TV this coming Saturday afternoon, April 12, at 1 p.m.

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    El próximo Puerto Rican Panorama presentará una variedad de música latina interpretada por músicos de por aquí en el Valle Delaware.  Esto sale por el Canal 6 este sábado por la tarde, 12 de abril, a la 1 p.m.

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    Durante la semana del 1 al 6 de abril, el Gobernador anunció la expansión en la producción de ron por parte de la Destilería Serrallés y la Primera Dama compartió con estudiantes de Humacao como parte del 'Tour: Por una Juventud sin Miedo'.

    Haga clic aquí para ver el video:
     
     
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    25 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    'Mexican,' 'Hispanic,' 'Latin American' top list of race write-ins on the 2010 census

    By Mark Hugo Lopez and Jens Manuel Krogstad

    Pew Research Center  (April 4, 2014)

     

    U.S. Census Bureau asks this question of every U.S. household, but the menu of options offered may feel limiting to some.

     

    On the 2010 census form, in addition to boxes marked "white," "black or African Am. Or Negro" or "American Indian or Native Alaskan" or one of several Asian options, respondents have the option to select a box called "some other race"-and to write in a response in a box below.

     

    According to a   released last week, about one-third of the 47.4 million self-identified Hispanics chose "some other race" when describing their racial identity. Among them, 44.3% wrote in Mexican, Mexican American or Mexico in the box provided. An additional 22.7% wrote in Hispanic or Hispano or Hispana as their race and another 10.0% wrote in Latin American or Latino or Latin. 


    Latinos are not the only group of Americans who utilize the "some other race" category on the census form-but they are the most likely to do so. In 2010, 6.2% of Americans selected "some other race," up from 5.5% in 2000. Among all those who answered the race question this way in 2010, 96.8% were Hispanic, little changed from 2000. In addition to the race question, the 2010 census included a separate question about Hispanic origin. It is currently the only ethnic category included in the census and has been asked of all households on census forms since 1980. 

     

    The new Census Bureau report also detailed "some other race" responses by Hispanic origin groups. About 43.4% of Guatemalan origin Hispanics selected the category, as did 42.9% of Salvadorans and 37.7% of Hondurans, the three highest shares among Hispanic origin groups. By contrast, just 5.2% of Cubans, 8.1% of Argentineans and  8.9% of Uruguayans selected "some other race."

     

    These findings are consistent with Pew Research Center surveys on Latinos and their views of their identity. Most prefer to be identified by their country of origin, such as Mexican, Dominican or Guatemalan. When it comes to reporting their race, about half of Latinos in our surveys choose "some other race" or volunteer "Hispanic or Latino" as their race. Latinos also largely express no preference for the pan-ethnic terms "Hispanic" or  "Latino."  But among those with a preference, "Hispanic" is preferred over "Latino" by a two-to-one margin.

     

    The "some other race" option in the census form's race question was never intended to be a category selected by so many respondents. The category was added to the 1980 census form to capture the small numbers of people who did not select one of the official race categories. But since then, it has grown to become the third-largest race category in the census.

     

    The Census Bureau is currently researching how to reverse the growing percentage of Americans who choose "some other race," including options combining all race and ethnic options into a single question. In focus groups, Americans have said they're unsure of how to identify themselves on census forms, which has partly led to growth in the use of the "some other race" category. Census racial and ethnic data help determine how congressional districts are drawn, how $400 billion in federal aid is distributed and enforcement of civil rights laws.

     

    The National Institute for Latino Policy and many scholars have raised the possibility that the use of the "some other race" category by Hispanics is a "legitimate response to U.S. definitions of race that do not apply to the experience (of) many Latinos," rather than a sign that Hispanics are struggling to answer the question.

     

    Mark Hugo Lopez  is Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center; Jens Manuel Krogstad is a Writer/Editor at the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project.

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Don't Be Fooled: 

    Latino = Indigenous

    By Santy Quinde Baidal

    Indian Country Today (April 5, 2014)

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    1era Edición del Boletín del Area Oeste "Por la Descolonización"

    Los compañeros del área oeste se han dado a la tarea de preparar un boletín informativo. Aquí está el primer fruto de ese trabajo. 

    Para accesar versión imprimible, ir a la página oficial de la Región Oeste .

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Affirmative action debate create rifts in ethnic communities

    By David E. Early and Katy Murphy

    San Jose Mercury News (April 5, 2014)

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    New York, NY 10011
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    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Embattled Supplement Provider Herbalife Enlists All-Star Hispanic Lobbying Lineup

    by Tina Williams

    Business for Home (April 5, 2014)

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    ¡EL PNP FISCALIZANDO!

    Semana del 31 de marzo - 6 de abril de 2014

     

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    Reclamando la #Estadidad en todos los frentes

     

    Durante esta semana, Pierluisi solicitó que se lleven a cabo vistas congresionales sobre el Informe del GAO y reta al Gobernador a celebrar referéndum sobre la admisión de Puerto Rico como estado.

    #PRPodemos

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    PNP endosa hallazgos del informe del GAO

     

    Aquí no hay miedo. Aquí sabemos la verdad...que la #Estadidad es la única opción para sacar a Puerto Rico de esta crisis. En el PNP estamos listos para debatir con quien sea esto...la #Estadidad es la respuesta.

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    ¡Gran Mentira energética del Partido Popular!

     

    El Secretario General del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), José Aponte Hernández, junto al portavoz de la delegación estadista en la Comisión Especial para una Nueva Política Energética,  Ángel ‘Gary’ Rodríguez Miranda, acusaron a la administración del Partido Popular Democrático de continuar mintiéndole al pueblo referente al costo energético y causando la pérdida de más de $900 millones en ahorros directos a los abonados.

    #Fiscalización

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    "Nuestro pueblo sigue pagando los platos rotos”, asegura Pierluisi

     

    La seguridad pública es lo más importante para nuestro pueblo. El pasado superintendente, Héctor Pesquera, tuvo que dejar su silla por la falta de apoyo y cinco meses más tarde, ni siquiera pueden lograr la confirmación de su nuevo nominado, James Tuller.

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    Radican medida para investigar discrimen por video sexual

     

    El representante Luis “Junior” Pérez Ortiz junto a la expresidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Jenniffer González Colón, radicaron una resolución para investigar “el aparente trato discriminatorio contra la mujer policía que estuvo involucrada en conducta indecorosa con otro agente varón asignado a la Fortaleza”.

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    "Para este Gobierno la seguridad no es prioridad", expresa Itzamar Peña Ramírez

     

    La Senadora por Acumulación Itzamar Peña Ramírez, tildó al gobernador, Alejandro García Padilla de tener un gobierno donde la improvisación, la falta de liderato y la incapacidad son la orden del día. El episodio más reciente es el retiro del nombramiento del superintendente de la Policía, James Tuller, en momentos en que la criminalidad en Puerto Rico es una de las causantes del éxodo masivo de puertorriqueños hacia otros estados. "Esta acción demuestra que para el gobernador, la seguridad no es prioridad", expresó la Legisladora novoprogresista.

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    National Puerto Rican

    Parade Update

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (April 5, 2014)

     

    The Jordan Journal

    Journalist Gerson Borrero 

    Discusses Latest 

    Puerto Rican Parade Developments

    WBAI-99.5FM (originally aired on April 4, 2014)

     

    To listen to the show, click here
     

    With only 64 days left, a little more than 9 weeks, for the marching to start on June 8th  for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, the organizing of this mammoth event is still experiencing serious challenges. This was the message being sent by NY1 News/Noticias Political Commentator Gerson Borrero in a guest appearance on WBAI-FM's The Jordan Journal, hosted by Hostos Community College Professor Howard Jordan on yesterday.

     

    Borrero, who has been single-handedly monitoring the gongs-on related to the organizing of the Parade, reported on new developments with the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in a lively one hour long conversation on the radio show. His updates included the following:

     

    Gerson Borrero as a "Naysayer"? Borrero explained that he wanted to report aboutthe "Good, the Bad and the Ugly" about the planning of the Parade. He explained that he wants the Parade to succeed but needed to speak the truth about what has been going on with it. He expressed concern that members of the Parade Board have been instructed not to speak to him, but he has nonetheless been in constant touch with Board members and others connected with the event. He feels that most of the people involved are well-intentioned but that some are "full of themselves."

     

    Parade Honorees. Although many community activists have been advocating that the Parade this year honor Puerto Rican patriot and political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, it appears that the Parade Board has relegated his role to only allowing a contingent to honor him as simply an "activist" to be led by Oscar's brother, José Lopez, from Chicago. The Parade will be dedicated to the poet Julia de Burgos and the 65th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed "The Borinqueneers," as well as the cities of Guanica and Chicago.

     

    New Board Members. Three new members will be added to the Parade Board of Directors: Rossana Rosado, the "Publisher Emeritus"/former Publisher of El Diario-La Prensa; Vinnie Torres of Boricuas for a Positive Image; and Myra Santiago, Executive Producer/Senior Director of Production at MTV Tr3s. Borrero pointed out that these new members still need to be approved by the Board, but have already been vetted by NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Some have commented that the Parade seems now to be dominated by a small clique of NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito that includes Parade Board Chair Lorraine Cortes Vazquez (whom Borrero refers to as "Lola") and Rossana Rosado, who is co-chair of Mark-Viverito's Transition Committee.

     

    New Parade Logo. Borrero pointed out that the new Parade logo looked more like that of a festival rather than a Parade. Both Jordan and Borrero agreed that the new logo is "really bad" (not in the positive sense), while others think it is amateurish and have noted its similarity to the Al-Jazeer logo.

     

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    Parade Mass. The Sunday before the Parade, June 1st, the Archdiocese of New York holds a Mass dedicated to the Parade, but arrangements have yet to be made this year for this event and the Parade apparently owes $2,000 to the Catholic Church. The planning of this Mass is still up in the air.

     

    Carlos Velazquez and the Galos Corporation. Borrero reported that he spoke personally with Velazquez, who was found guilty by the Attorney General of misappropriating Parade funds. He found that he has closed his offices in New York, but has opened a new office in the Dominican Republic and was still doing business in Puerto Rico..

     

    The Grand Marshal. It is rumored that the choice for Grand Marshal of the Parade was between Associate Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, with the word being the Mark-Viverito will most likely play this role.

     

    Internal Board Conflicts. There are reportedly internal tensions in the Parade Board, with disagreements emerging, as Borrero explained after the interview, between such heavy hitters as Board Chair Lorraine (aka "Lola") Cortes Vazquez and Board Development Committee Chair Maria Elena Girone of the Puerto Rican Family Institute. Other conflicts have bubbled up over the Board policy pushed by "Lola" to hold their meetings only in English, and her actually unsuccessfully floating the idea of changing the focus of the Parade reaching out to "Hispanics" as opposed to just "Puerto Ricans" (which Board member Orlando Plaza vehemently opposed).

     

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    FOX News Coverage? Although the Parade has announced that the event will be televised by Fox Television, at this late date no contract has actually been signed to do so.

     

    Puerto Rico Participation. An important component of the Parade is the contingent of officials and others that participate from Puerto Rico, which is traditionally launched with the convening of a press conference on the Island, something that has yet to be scheduled. Puerto Rico would have been the ideal place to make the first announcements about the event.

     

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    Parade Banquet. The Parade still hasn't signed a contract for the June 6th Parade Banquet with the Marriot Marquis Hotel.

     

    Press Conference. The Parade will be holding a press conference on April 11th at the offices of the Puerto  Rican Federal Affairs Administration in Manhattan where they will be announcing who will be the Grand Marshal and other honorees, among other Parade news.

     

    Call or Write the Parade. Borrero ended the interview by asking the community to call the Parade and let them know what they think about what's happening with the planning of the event. You can call them at 607-699-9372 or email at nprdpinc.org.

     

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    Desde el año anterior al estallido del Grito de Lares del 23 de septiembre de 1868, entre otros esfuerzos patrióticos el doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances procuró sumar a la causa revolucionaria a algunas figuras prominentes del liberalismo puertorriqueño. Entre ellos, el médico Calixto Romero Togores.

     

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    En el marco de la pugna entre la Central de Inteligencia de Estados Unidos (CIA) y el Congreso de ese país por la pesquisa de un comité legislativo que investiga los métodos empleados por el espionaje civil del gobierno estadunidense, The Washington Post  reveló ayer algunos aspectos del programa de torturas  desarrollado por esa  dependencia en la década pasada para interrogar a [...]

     

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    La nueva ley sobre Inversiones Extranjeras en Cuba
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    El 18 de abril de 2011 fue aprobado por el Sexto Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba el documento tituladoLineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolución. Una consecuencia del Congreso fue la celebración el 28 de enero de 2012 de la Primera Conferencia Nacional del Partido Comunista de Cuba.

     

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    El 26 de octubre de 1965 el querido compañero Juan Mari Brás ofreció una conferencia en la Casa Alcaldía de Río Piedras, que posteriormente fue publicada por la Editorial Claridad, bajo el título de Bases para la Unidad Anticolonial. Casi medio siglo después, aquellos planteamientos sobre la unidad mantienen gran vigencia:

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    «La mayoría de los pueblos que aún enfrentan el colonialismo en el planeta se localizan precisamente en Nuestra América. Estamos convencidos: no es pura casualidad de que dos de las colonias existentes, el país-archipiélago de Puerto Rico y las Islas Malvinas, sean islas localizadas en posiciones geográficas estratégicas que son utilizadas diariamente como bastiones militares, amenazando constantemente la soberanía de la Patria Grande.»


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    On Capitol Hill


    Serrano Questions FCC Chair on Smartphone Theft, Media Diversity 

    Last week, Congressman Serrano took part in an oversight hearing for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the primary regulator of our nation's airwaves, telecommunications systems, and internet. Serrano is the senior Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the FCC.  Serrano discussed a number of issues with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, including ways to reduce smartphone theft, and issues of media diversity.

    "Smartphone theft is one of our nation's fastest growing crimes, and one that can have tragic consequences," said Congressman Serrano. "That is why I sponsored legislation to reduce smartphone theft by requiring all smartphones to have a 'kill-switch,' which will allow consumers to render the smartphones useless if taken from them.  I believe that manufacturers and service providers need to do much more to safeguard their customers, and the FCC has an important role to play in ensuring these companies work in the best interest of the American people."

    Chairman Wheeler said that he is talking to companies involved in this issue about implementing technology to better safeguard consumers from theft.

    Congressman Serrano also discussed several important issues surrounding media diversity, including a recent FCC proposal to close loopholes that allowed de facto ownership of more than one television station in a media market, and a recently cancelled study that would have helped Americans better understand how news stories are chosen.


    Serrano Stresses Importance of Small Business Administration Programs to the Bronx

    On Thursday, Congressman Serrano discussed the importance of small business with the Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Marianne O’Brien Markowitz.  As Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Serrano expressed particular concern about funding for the Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME) program, which targets its grants to low-income entrepreneurs who need help accessing capital.  “These grants fund technical assistance, capacity building, and research & development for organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs," said Serrano. "This program is crucial to helping small businesses get off the ground and it is an integral part of the Small Business Administration’s important work."

    Congressman Serrano also expressed support for robust SBA disaster loan assistance, which is of particular concern in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.   “Maintaining sufficient disaster loan assistance is a critical part of SBA’s mission.  Even though the SBA is a small agency, it is on the front lines of helping individuals and small business after natural disasters.  I am committed to supporting levels of funding that allow the SBA to support our nation’s economic drivers,”Congressman Serrano said.  “I witnessed the effects of Hurricane Sandy first hand in my district.  Luckily, my colleagues and I were able to secure funds for recovery.  I hope that we can move forward and adequately equip our federal agencies, such as the SBA, with adequate levels of disaster assistance so that we can properly prepare and mitigate whatever natural disasters lie ahead.”  


    Serrano Meets With South Bronx Job Corps Center

    On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Congressman Serrano met with staff and trainees from the South Bronx Job Corps Center (JCC).   The South Bronx JCC staff and trainees discussed the importance of Job Corps funding, the impact of the South Bronx JCC in the community,  and the projects that they have been working with over the past year. 

    Job Corps is an education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training.   Congressman Serrano has been a vocal advocate of the Job Corps program.

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    In The Bronx


    Serrano Attends Successful “Rebuild by Design” and Slam Bake Event

    Recently, Congressman José E. Serrano was a guest at an innovative event designed to showcase local culinary talent and resources, and also to bring awareness to the post-Hurricane Sandy “Rebuild by Design” competition. The Rebuild by Design competition is an initiative  started by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the Department of Housing and Urban Development focused on creating solutions to problems exposed by Hurricane in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.  Hunts Point is one of 10 finalists in a process that  will  “identify and develop viable infrastructure strategies for protecting Hunts Point from extreme weather events.” The “Slam Bake” cooking competition highlighted local talent and the food supplies that come through the vital food markets at Hunts Point, which could be devastated by a future storm.

    “The Slam Bake and Rebuild by Design competitions showed a local community that is engaged, active, and aware,” said Congressman Serrano. “The Slam Bake was a huge success—it showed off the skills of our local chefs, and the great produce, fish, and meats available through the Hunts Point markets. I was very impressed by the great food these folks produced.

    “Meanwhile the other focus of the evening was on the competition that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsored, where teams developed plans to address weaknesses in infrastructure that could become a problem in future storms like Hurricane Sandy. One team focused on Hunts Point and presented their findings and their plans on the vulnerabilities of the neighborhood and potential fixes that could and should be made.

    “As we dealt with allocation of Hurricane Sandy recovery funding, I fought to ensure that this money made its way to our community, and had a defined local impact. This program is a direct result of that process. We have so much critical infrastructure here in Hunts Point, like the meat, fish, and produce markets, and we must begin to seriously consider plans that will protect us, our food sources, and our community at large in the future.”

    The Rebuild by Design process draws together experts from various field including planning, design, engineering, and science to study the environmental and structural vulnerabilities that were exposed through Hurricane Sandy, and challenges them to develop tangible, fundable solutions to these problems so that impacted areas can be protected from future catastrophe.http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/


    Serrano Mourns Loss of Local Hero Sister Thomas

    On March 20, Congressman Serrano mourned the passing of legendary Bronx community leader Sister Thomas, S.C. 

    “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Sister Thomas, one of the most beloved members of our Bronx community. As a Catholic nun her faith in God and in our community could move mountains. She was involved in every aspect of community life, serving on boards, feeding the hungry, helping to build and find housing for the homeless and giving of herself to all members of our community. To me, she was a special friend of many years. Whenever she saw me there was that warm hug and wonderful smile. Some of our greatest conversations took place as we walked together in many Good Friday processions in the South Bronx. After Mass on Sundays she was always there to ask me about my work and about my family. During the year, she would send me 4 or 5 notes to tell me that she was always praying for me and never to lose hope. She was a special person that I will miss dearly. Our community has lost a great person and we will miss her forever. Rest in Peace my dear friend.”


    Farm-to-Faith: Congressman Serrano connects local faith-based food providers with access to affordable produce

    Last week, Congressman Serrano and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City came together to share information about the ”Farm-to-Faith: Food Hubs Program” initiative, which is intended to improve health food access for the faith-based community in New York City. The event, hosted by Congressman Serrano, provided local leaders with information on how to become food hub leaders, and how to have fresh produced delivered regularly at attractive prices.

    “Access to fresh, quality produce can have a tremendous impact on the overall health and lifestyle of an individual,” said Congressman Serrano. “We need to continue to support and share information about great programs like this one that focus on the importance of keeping quality products affordable for everyone.”

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    Deadline: May 8, 2014. Please refer to the announcement for additional submission information.

    The National Endowment for the Arts has made funding available for projects that aim to expand access to the arts for currently underserved populations whose current ability to experience the arts may be limited by geography, economics, ethnicity, or disability. NEA hopes to fund projects that will prioritize public engagement and the strengthening of communities through the arts. County government, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education, are all encouraged to apply.

    Please follow this link for the full grant announcement: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249759. For more information about other federal grants please visit http://www.grants.gov.

     

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    Adiós a la estadidad
    Escrito por Noel Colón Martínez / Dirección Nacional MINH

     

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    Hasta ahora el debate sobre la posible concesión de la estadidad para Puerto Rico se montaba principalmente sobre el problema de los seis o siete congresistas Demócratas que Puerto Rico elegiría al Congreso de Estados Unidos. En segundo lugar aparecía como un impedimento trascendental el problema cultural, sobre todo el problema del idioma español como idioma oficial y de uso en el gobierno de Puerto Rico.

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    El Antillano regresa a su Patria 

     

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    El rescate de la figura del revolucionario, del médico comprometido con los pobres, es el propósito del documental sobre el Padre de la Patria Puertorriqueña, Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances, el Antillano, del joven cineasta Tito Román Rivera. Leer más...
     
     
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    Centro Infantil Receives Another Visit from Casa Norte!

     

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    Another visit from Casa Norte, the kids were very excited to see their friends Mike Mike and Eggplant. Olivia is spinning the wheel to see what fruit or vegetable it lands on. It landed on their friend eggplant. Learning with Mike Mike, the kids know and understand why fruits and vegetables are an important part of growing up and expanding their brain. Thank you Casa Norte! 

     

    El Rescate Encourages Its Residents to 

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    In keeping with the community and promoting the PRCC's healthy eating and exercise programs, El Rescate is encouraging its residents to make use of the available bikes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. On Monday, March 31st it was gorgeous day and the sun was shinning. A group of residents took advantage of the excellent weather and went bike riding. It was good to see everyone smiling and creating a sense of camaraderie. A big thank you to Michael Reyes who runs Esteelo Apparel & Silk Screen Co in the community for donating all the bikes! 

     

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    David Potash President of Wilbur Wright College, visits Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and Paseo Boricua

     

    On Monday March 24th, Mr. David Potash President of Wilbur Wright College and Maureen Fitzpatrick Community liaison visited Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School (PACHS). Joining the meeting were two seniors of PACHS who are dually enrolled at Wright College earning college credit while still completing their high school diploma along with assistant principal Danette Sokacich, principal Matthew Rodríguez and Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center José López.

     

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    The meeting was organized to further the partnership between both educational institutions as they align themselves to support the students and their families in finding their college and career paths in life. Several exciting ideas were born in the dialogue, all focusing on the potential of more students and their families earning college credit and career credentials while engaged with Albizu Campos and the Community as a Campus framework developed by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

     

    All participants in the meeting were excited to outline next steps and set up a follow up outline for the future. We hope for the continued success of all participating institutions as they continue to innovate new ways of engaging students in culture, community, college and career.

     

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    By Sarah Long, Lincoln Park Zoo


    To help the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, I recently took my everyday scientific advising of animal populations from my Chicago office to the dense, green rainforests of Puerto Rico. My colleagues at Lincoln Park Zoo and I have been 
    working with the dedicated staff at two aviaries in on the island since 2006, making a perfect match of our population management expertise and their husbandry skills. Keep reading.

     

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    This quarter seniors are reading The Sunflower, by Simon Wiesenthal. The book is about Simon, a Jewish man imprisoned in a concentration camp, who is taken one day to the bedside of a dying Nazi soldier who asks Simon for forgiveness. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Simon is challenged with the moral dilemma to forgive or not to forgive the Nazi soldier. As part of the unit, and to help connect with the character in the novel, students were placed in groups to compose modern dilemma scenarios along with discussion questions to present to class. 

     

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    This unit promoted the IB Learner Profile attribute of being an "inquirer" since students generated their own discussion questions and focused on the concept of thinking independently rather than accepting information without question.  While the class was reading The Sunflower, Alice Herz, the oldest known Holocaust survivor, died in London.  This created an opportunity for the class to research Alice's experiences living in a concentration camp and compare them with Simon's experiences in the text.  Many students asked to pursue this comparison in their research paper for the unit, rather than writing on the prompts originally provided.

     

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    INTER-GOVERNMENTAL TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A PILOT PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT HIGH RISK DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

    Pilot Program in Chicago's 14th Police District Aims to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence

     

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and the Department of Family and Support Service (DFSS), partnering as an inter-governmental task force, announced today the launch of a pilot program to identify households at high risk for domestic violence incidents. CPD and service providers will elevate the response and support to those victims to offer additional assistance. The pilot will launch in Chicago's 14th police district. Also present at the Association House for the press conference was Ald. Roberto Maldonado, (26th).

     

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    "For the first time, this program will give us the ability to more easily identify and offer assistance to the most vulnerable domestic violence victims in the city," said Mayor Emanuel. "Everyone on the task force has a role to play in responding to domestic violence, but by working together to respond to our highest risk cases, we can all be more effective." 

     

    CPD responds to approximately 200,000 domestic related calls for service annually or nearly 500 domestic calls each day. In 2013, there were more than 1,500 instances of aggravated domestic battery with a knife, gun or other dangerous weapon. Providing the best possible services for domestic violence victims and stopping this cycle of violence are major priorities for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

    It is essential that every Chicagoan actively seek to end domestic abuse of all types in the city. To report domestic abuse, call 9-1-1. For more information and support, anyone can call the domestic violence help line at 877-863-6338.

     

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    Presentación oficial del documental "El Antillano" sobre la vida del Padre de la Patria puertorriqueña: Ramón E. Betances. Dirección de Tito Román Rivera. Su estreno será el lunes, 7 de abril de 2014, a las 7pm en el Teatro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. Vealo aqui.

     

    Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera

     

    Massive Online Campaign to Free Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

     

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    The international campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is asking people from all over the world to contribute in making the hashtag #freeOscarLopez a trending topic tomorrow, April 1st. Tweets should also include U.S. president Barack Obama's handle @BarackObama. Keep reading.

     

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    The Colonization of Puerto Rico & The History of African-Americans: 

    Same Struggle, Same Fight

    and the Imperative to Free Oscar López Rivera

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    . Jose López, Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL., 

    brother of political prisoner, 70-year-old Oscar  López Rivera

    . Dr. Cornel West, America's most renowned public intellectual, 

    author of over 20 books and activist 

    . Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist of religion, race, Latino studies,

    sexuality and gender, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church.   

     

    Cornel West and Samuel Cruz are joined by Jose López to continue the 

    groundbreaking 'Common Ground and Common Hope: Black & Latino 

    Dialogue' of 2012 and in the aftermath of their historic trip to Puerto Rico 

    discuss the impact of their recent talks and  connect many of the most 

    pressing moral, spiritual and political issues raised to the ongoing

    struggle to liberate Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner

    who has been incarcerated for over 32 years.  They draw on Dr. King's

    'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' written in April 1963, where he defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.  Oscar  López Rivera has been imprisoned since 1981 for seditious conspiracy, directly related to his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico.  He was not accused of causing harm or taking a life.  He is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; a brilliant thinker whose imprisonment constitutes an ongoing human rights violation.

     

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    En el marco de la conmemoración de la abolición de la esclavitud el próximo domingo en 6 plazas de distintos municipios se estará realizando simultáneamente una nueva iniciativa de apoyo por la excarcelación del preso político más antiguo el pepiniano Oscar López Rivera.

     

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    La campaña cibernética para reclamar al presidente Barack Obama la liberación del independentista Oscar López Rivera, considerado un preso político en Puerto Rico, se convirtió hoy en "trending topic" de Twitter en su isla natal. Siga leendo.

     

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    El movimiento en pro de la excarcelación del prisionero político Oscar López Rivera, que inició esta mañana en la red social Twitter, cuenta con el aval de algunas figuras locales, tanto del espectáculo como de la política.

    El objetivo de la iniciativa "32 X Oscar" es crear un "trending topic mundial" con la etiqueta #freeOscarLopez y así exigirle al presidente de EE.UU., Barack Obama, la liberación de López Rivera, quien lleva 32 años tras las rejas años por conspiración sediciosa en su aspiración de que Puerto Rico sea independiente.

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    Recordar la ilegalización de la esclavitud, honrar las víctimas del holocausto del Atlántico, así como solicitar la excarcelación de Oscar López, fueron los motivos de un grupo de ponceños se reuniera en el Monumento a la Abolición de esa Ciudad.

     

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    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
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    Maria Rivera
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    Hector Figueroa

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    The National Institute 

    for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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    Citywide Briefing on

    NYC Mayor de Blasio's 

    Diversity Record:

    The Continuing 

    Latino Underrepresentation 

    in Municipal Employment

     

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    6:00-8:00pm

    Community Service Society

    105 West 22nd Street, 4th Floor

    New York, NY 10010

     

    Space is limited!

    To RSVP and Register, click here
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    For more details, click here

     

    You're invited to our Citywide Briefing on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's diversity record of appointments and city employment issues as he approaches his first hundred days in office. NiLP has been monitoring this new Administration's Latino and other appointments since its transition began and we found that despite the progress that has been made, Latinos continue to be the most underrepresented group in the city government workforce.

     

    On the evening of Tuesday, April 8th, we will be presenting the de Blasio track record on Latino appointments to date as well as reviewing former Mayor Bloomberg's record in this regard. This will involve a discussion of possible strategies the Latino community can pursue to promote our full participation in this Administration at all levels. The Mayor needs to hear from our community about this!

     

    Un abrazo,


      

    Angelo Falcón

     

    President

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Latino groups nationwide have launched the Obama Legacy Project to force the President to improve his immigration track record

    The groups involved in the project believe Obama can save his legacy by ending dportations, meeting with families of deportation victims, and abolishing the Secure Communities program

    By Albor Ruiz | albor.ruiz@aol.com 

    New York Daily News (March 30, 2014)

    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

     

    Dalmau llama a desafiar opinión del Supremo Federal que elimina

     límites a la cantidad de candidatos a los que se puede aportar económicamente

     

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 3 de abril de 2014. - El comisionado electoral del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Lic. Juan Dalmau Ramírez, alertó sobre el peligro de la reciente opinión emitida por el Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos que elimina los límites establecidos por ley, en cuanto a la cantidad de candidatos a los cuales se les puede hacer una contribución económica en campañas políticas.

     

    "La limitación que fue declarada inconstitucional establecía, al menos, un control parcial al dañino inversionismo político que siempre ha pretendido controlar con sus tentáculos el proceso político electoral. Antes de la determinación existía un tope a la cantidad de candidatos a los que usted podía aportar dinero en una campaña. Ahora se elimina la posibilidad de imponer ese tipo de tope. Y aunque es una determinación sobre una ley federal, por tratarse de un asunto de la Constitución Federal, la misma tiene repercusiones en Puerto Rico. Esa es la consecuencia de ser colonia", señaló el Comisionado Electoral pipiolo.

     

    La aplicación de esta opinión judicial en Puerto Rico es peligrosísima, ya que envía el mensaje: mientras más dinero tengas, a más candidatos podrás aportarle en su campaña y más control ejercerás posteriormente sobre las determinaciones de política pública y gubernamental. Es un paso más hacia la peligrosa privatización del proceso político electoral", sentenció el también Secretario General del PIP.

     

    Por otra parte, Dalmau Ramírez indicó que ante dicha determinación no se debe asumir una actitud de sumisión. "Ante la opinión del Supremo de los Estados Unidos, los organismos electorales en Puerto Rico debemos asumir una actitud de desafío. Se debe continuar imponiendo las limitaciones existentes en nuestra Ley Electoral para garantizar, aunque sea de manera parcial, que no se continúe generando un régimen electoral en el que, de facto, gobiernen aquellos que tengan poder económico para sufragar a las campañas electorales sin limitación a cuántos candidatos se les puede aportar", puntualizó.

     

    El líder independentista indicó que su colectividad continuará insistiendo en que el proceso electoral debe ser tratado como un bien público, en donde se mida en igualdad de condiciones a todos los candidatos, y estos salgan electos por virtud de los votos emitidos, y no por los cheques que le son emitidos.

     

    "Confío que próximamente, cuando se discutan los asuntos de enmiendas electorales, el análisis se efectúe en el marco del principio de consenso electoral y de la defensa de un sistema electoral que responda a todos y no a unos pocos privilegiados", concluyó Juan Dalmau.

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    La prevención es asunto de todos. Se trata de una visión de País.

    Por eso es importante que facilitemos los espacios que permiten un diálogo directo con nuestros niños y jóvenes acerca de las herramientas que están al alcance de sus manos para enfrentar cualquier situación de riesgo. De igual forma queremos presentarle las oportunidades de seguridad y éxito que pueden alcanzar en el presente y futuro.

    Te invito a compartir en el Video Chat junto a la Oficina de Asuntos de la Juventud para hablar sobre el proyecto Prevención es Vida.

    Conéctate a www.fortaleza.pr.gov a partir de las 2:00 p.m. y envía tus preguntas o comentarios utilizando la etiqueta #PrevenciónesVida. También puedes seguir nuestra conversación a través de Facebook y Twitter.

    Será un placer compartir contigo.

    Un abrazo,

    Wilma Pastrana Jiménez
    Primera Dama de Puerto Rico


     

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    Are you a Latino artist eager to take your career to a new level by taking charge of your own professional growth?

    This one-day workshop provides an intensive introduction to strategic planning, fundraising, and promotion for Spanish-speaking professional artists. The workshop seeks to introduce artists of all disciplines to a variety of skills that will enhance their satisfaction with their art practice and enable greater self-sufficiency.

    Workshop Leaders:
    Ela Troyano 
    César Cornejo 
    Angela Reginato

    To learn more about the workshop visit:
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    Presented by:
    Creative Capital Professional Development Program Taller Puertorriqueño and support of John S. & James L. Knight Foundation

    Registration: $15 (Refunded at workshop) Application form and registration fee due on April 7th by 5pm. All Day Workshop: 9:30am- 5pm Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch

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    Seminario Internacional:
    "Nuevos Desafíos en el Desarrollo para América Latina y el Caribe"

    Invitamos a todos al Seminario Internacional: "Nuevos Desafíos en el Desarrollo para América Latina y el Caribe" organizado por Sociedad Sinergía a celebrarse la semana que viene del 9 al 11 de abril de 2014 a celebrarse en el Departamento de Estado de Puerto Rico y en el Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, ambos en el Viejo San Juan.

    El Seminario se concentrará en brindar nuevas visiones sobre el desarrollo en general, como igual muchas nuevas ideas pertinentes a nuestra organización. El Seminario contará con la participación de figuras reconocidas internacionalmente, como otras muchas locales. Adjunto le estamos colocando el afiche promocional de la actividad y el programa para que lo puedan tener y compartir.

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  • Orlando’s HOLA Celebrates 10 Years
    And Its Leader Alicia Ramírez



    Centro congratulates the Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA) of Orlando, Florida, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary serving the Puerto Ricans of this fast-growing community.

    HOLA has provided valuable information and referral services to hundreds of residents and families in its multicultural community, connecting them with government and community organizations to find jobs, housing, healthcare services, educational opportunities and many other resources. And for 8 of its 10 years, this vital organization has been led by Alicia Ramírez, one of Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our History.
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  • A new suite of prints by the Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the United States.

    April 4 - May 1 0, 2014
    Opening Reception:
    Friday, April 4, 6-9 pm

    The body of work developed for this exhibition includes woodcuts, linocuts, dry points, stencils, chine colle, mixed media and installations.
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    La 33ra. Jornada a Betances que conmemora la vida y obra del Doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances se llevará a cabo en Cabo Rojo del 4 al 8 de abril. Este año la Jornada es dedicada a los maestros de Puerto Rico.

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    El 26 de abril de 2014 estaremos celebrando la actividad, como acostumbrado de distribución de artículos de primera necesidad (higiénicios, ropa, zapatos, etc.) y comida a personas sin hogar en la Plaza Rafael Cordero ubicada en Avenida Fernández Juncos, esquina Calle Hoare (frente a Viera Records). Ya hemos recibido varias donaciones, sin embargo, nunca son suficientes para saciar las necesidades durante la actividad. Agradeceríamos sus aportaciones. Es importante que las mismas se hagan previo a la actividad, para poder organizarla y para saber con que contamos previo a salir a la actividad. Las pueden llevar al Comité Central cualquier martes desde las 5pm en adelante o coordinar con su Coordinador de Región o con David Carrasquillo al (787) 410-5418.

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    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
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    Maria Rivera
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    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    DREAM Acting? 

    The Failure of the DREAM Act and 

    the Future of Latino Politics in New York State

    by Angelo Falcón (April 2, 2014)

     

    The failure of the New York State government to approve the DREAM Act,this year,was stunning. Some pointed to the lack of real support by Governor Andrew Cuomo, whom they felt was more consumed about his reelection this year than anything else, while others pointed to the political machinations of Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein and his Independent Democratic Conference. Still others blamed the opposition of the Republicans in the State Senate for the defeat. Then there was the recent Siena Poll that showed little overall support for the legislation. Even the Dreamers, the young people and their allies in the community and labor promoting this bill, were blamed by some for not mounting an effective enough campaign. The unfortunate part of all this is that this "blame game" mechanism for avoiding accountability is something that has been raised to the level of an art form in Albany.

     

    But what hasn't received enough attention as the main cause for this failure to adopt a bill that its sponsor, Queens State Assemblyman Francisco Moya, repeatedly termed a "no brainer" has been the role of the Latino state legislators themselves in this process. Had they, as a group, been seriously strategizing to pass this legislation or were they just "DREAM Acting" like they were? The DREAM Act issue, they argue, has brought them together like never before and they saw as a victory the fact that they were able to get a couple of audiences with the Governor to discuss the issue and to get him to in the end mumble something about this issue being a priority for him. The fact that, although its program was not set up this way, the recent Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany of these state legislators became focused on the need to pass the DREAM Act was also spun as some sort of victory by the legislators and even the community advocates themselves. But, in the end, the DREAM Act did not pass in the State Senate and was not included in the final state budget proposal.

     

    There are currently 16 Latinos elected to the State Assembly and 6 to the State Senate; in the Senate, all are NYC Democrats, and in the Assembly, all but one are Democrats and all but three represent New York City.  They make up 11 percent of the total Assembly members and 10 percent of total members of the Senate; of the influential New York City delegation, they make up 20 percent of the Assembly and 23 percent of the Senate. They have developed mechanisms to promote joint action, including the Assembly's Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Task Force, the Senate's Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, and the joint Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. There is also an Unidad Latina initiative of the NYS Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos that holds an annual conference on Latino concerns.

     

    The Latino state legislators, as a group, failed the DREAMers on this issue and the general Latino community in general. It is clear that despite all the assignment of blame to other political actors that the bottom line is that the Governor and the legislative leaders in Albany simply have no respect for our Latino representatives. A good indication of this is the Governor's absence from both the Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany and Puerto Rico. And this was reinforced by their continually issuing wolf tickets on pressuring the Governor, ultimately refusing to challenge him on his state budget by collectively voting against it, whether or not I would pass. The fact that they felt that simply getting a meeting with the Governor that led nowhere was some sort of victory is just plain pathetic.

     

    Another problem is the role of some of our Latino nonprofits and community leaders who have collaborated with the State Senate Republican leadership in co-sponsoring an annual Unidad Latina Conference in September. According to State Senator Dean Skelos, "A principal goal of this two-day gathering will be to highlight and address issues of concern for Hispanic New Yorkers." As the Republicans intransigence in opposing the DREAM Act, does it make sense for leaders in the Latino community to continue to support this hypocritical outreach by the state Republicans? I don't think so.

     

    It is clear that the DREAM Act debacle is occasion for serious rethinking of the role of the Latino state legislators as a group, as well as community leaders. They are a fragmented lot, consumed in petty political gamesmanship with no coherent Latino legislative agenda. The state of the Latino community, however, can no longer afford the luxury of such an ineffective political class.

     

    The Latino state legislators need to begin working more collectively and create internal mechanisms for developing a coherent statewide Latino policy agenda. Among the things they need to do:

    • Work together to reestablish a relationship to the Latino community by holding public hearings throughout the state to document community needs that would serve as a new Latino policy agenda for the state;
    • Reassess the purpose and timing of the Somos El Futuro Conferences and Latino task forces in the Assembly and the Senate to develop approaches that would be more effective in promoting a statewide Latino agenda. The timing of the Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany needs to be held earlier than late March in order to allow it to be a real forum for the Latino community to advocate for a state budget more relevant to Latino community needs. It is now held at a point when the budget has basically already been negotiated by the Governor and the legislative leaders in their back room. The California Latino Legislative Caucus might be a better model to emulate, especially its public policy work;
    • The state Latino legislators need to make the fair representation of Latinos in state government positions a major priority. According to the last report available, despite being 17 percent f the state's population, Latinos make up a miniscule 4 percent of the state government work force. In addition, Governor Andrew Cuomo's record of Latino appointments has been a disgrace --- of the 89 state agencies, only 3 (or just 3 percent) are headed by Latinos: Cesar Perales as Secretary of State;  Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner, Office of Alcohol and  Substance Abuse; and Peter M. Rivera, Commissioner, Department of Labor (who is rumored to be leaving soon). There is no significant presence of Latinos in policymaking positions in the Andrew Cuomo Administration (a legacy from the time his father was Governor). What has been the role of our Latino state legislators in addressing this long-term problem?
    • The Latino state legislators need to press for a mechanism in the Executive branch to compensate for the near absence of Latinos in policymaking positions appointed by the Governor. Perhaps this Governor Cuomo needs to reconstitute a mechanism his father created when he was Governor, the NYS Governor's Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs. These advisory bodies focused on Latino affairs exist in a number of other states.

     

    These are but some initial steps that New York State's Latino legislators need to take to reconnect to the communities they serve and to maximize their collective influence. But to do so, they would have to put the best interests of the Latino community first and in the process grow a pair. The disappointment of the children of the undocumented that they failed because of the DREAM Act debacle is shared by far too many other Latinos in this state. The Latino state legislators now need to restore whatever faith our community has in them and stop blaming others for their collective ineffectiveness and lack of accountability. Well, maybe I'm just dreaming that this could happen.

     

    Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visit our website at www.latinopolicy.org. He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
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    National Puerto Rican Day Parade

    Refreshes Image With New Logo

    Goya Foods to join in commemoration of 65th Infantry Regiment

    National Puerto Rican Day Parade (April 1, 2014)

     

    New York City - The National Puerto Rican Day Parade unveils a fresh, new logo, with the aim of visually capturing the meaning and spirit of this one-of-a-kind, cultural celebration.  The logo leverages iconic symbols - the turrets from the Castillo San Felipe del Morro fortress in Puerto Rico and The Empire State Building - and includes a child waving a flag in celebratory pride, representing the passing down of culture and tradition; all are embraced by the Puerto Rican flag, signifying solidarity in honoring our culture and history.

     

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    "We are very excited about our new logo and the image it portrays for this new era for the Parade", says Louis Maldonado, a marketing and advertising executive, and Parade board member.  "It is a testament to the Board's commitment to making this the parade for the people, uniting Puerto Ricans from the Island and mainland U.S. to pay homage to our heritage and recognize our achievement."

     

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    As a long-standing supporter of the parade, Goya Foods will include an additional float in honor and dedication of the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as The Borinqueneers.  Goya has also pledged to match donations collected during the official events leading up to the Parade and donate up to 5,000 pounds of Goya products to Catholic Charities. 

     

     "Goya has been a part of the Puerto Rican Day parade since 1958 and has always supported the advancement of the Latino community in New York City," says Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations at Goya Foods.  "We are excited to celebrate and honor the contributions of the communities that we serve and to pay tribute to The Borinqueneers this year, who dedicated their lives in fighting for the freedom of our country."

     

    Authorized by Congress in 1899, the 65th Infantry Regiment was comprised primarily of soldiers from Puerto Rico that fought for the U.S. in prominent battles and military conflicts in World War I and World War II, with their most notable victories taking place during the Korean War.  The House of Representatives approved a bill to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to The Borinqueneers.  The companion Senate bill is still pending approval, with 49 of the 67 co-sponsors needed to pass.  The NPRDP Board expresses it gratitude to Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez for all her efforts in moving this forward and, in recognition, honors her at this year's Parade.

     

    Applications for 2014 Parade participation and press credentials are available online at the official Parade website, www.NPRDPinc.org, or they can be picked up and Parade offices, located at 145 W. 15th Street, 3rd floor, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  Applications can be submitted via email at application@nprdpinc.org or dropped off at the Parade office.

     

    For further information
     

    National Puerto Rican Day Parade

    145 West 15th Street, 3rd Floor

    New York, New York 10011

    Tel: 607-699-9372

    Fax: 212-414-7827

    Email: info@nprdpinc.org 

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    Ending A Discriminatory 
    Property-Tax Structure

     

    By Lucas A. Ferrara, Esq. and Randolph M. McLaughlin, Esq. (April 2, 2014)

    Mr. Ferrara and Mr. McLaughlin are co-counsel in the 

    Robinson  v. The City of New York case, discussed in this Guest Commentary.

     

    At the end of February, Latino and African-American renters in the City of New York filed a class action lawsuit, Robinson v. The City of New York, in State Supreme Court. It  alleges that our municipality's property-tax classification system is inherently discriminatory, benefitting those buildings where whites predominately reside and unfairly burdening the homes of Latino and African-American families. 

     

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    The complaint tracks some of the facts cited in a number of studies, including a report entitled Shifting the Burden, published in 2013 by New York University's Furman Center For Real Estate & Urban Policy. According to the Furman Center's analysis, two practices result in a disproportionate share of the City's property tax falling on Latino and African-American shoulders: first, the City chronically under assesses houses, co-ops, and condos; and second, among rental housing, the City's tax rates favor buildings with less than 11 units. Most of the City's Latino and African-American residents live in buildings with 11 or more apartments.

     

    Many experts and organizations (including the City's Rent Guidelines Board) have opined that real-estate taxes comprise about 30 percent of a tenant's rent, and their calculations (along with their review of extensive demographic data) support the view that minority communities are paying a disproportionately higher sum -- particularly when compared to the mostly white owners of homes, co-ops and condos, and the predominantly white renters of buildings with less than 11 units.  According to the Furman Center's data, this unilateral and misdirected application of the tax has adversely impacted the Big Apple for some three decades -- slowly, but surely, chipping away at the very fabric of the "gorgeous mosaic" that is New York and dramatically altering the landscape of once affordable communities.

     

    Federal law, specifically the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"), bans "practices, laws or regulations" that have a disparate impact on minority groups. On behalf of Latino and African-American residents of buildings with more than 11 units, Newman Ferrara LLP is seeking an injunction stopping the continued application of a property-tax classification system that has proven to be grossly unfair and unbalanced. Under the FHA, if a system is found to place a greater burden on minority group members, the court has the power to issue a sweeping order compelling the City and State to make significant adjustments to how properties are classified and valued and how a tax system is structured.  Should the court agree with our position, the State Legislature and City Council would have the first opportunity to address this inequity; any changes that are proposed would then be subject to court approval, and the affected members of the class would have an opportunity to offer their insights and recommendations.

     

    Although New York offers a particularly egregious example, property-tax burden-shifting is not restricted to Gotham, and we hope to spark a nationwide debate by calling attention to this local dysfunction. Typically, when property taxes are implemented by state and local governments, lobbyists from the real-estate industry and other special interest groups gather to influence the process by which those fees will be calculated and applied.  All too often, minority communities are given little voice and less consideration in these discussions.  

     

    But this lawsuit has the potential of closing that "gap" and sends a warning signal to all concerned to afford everyone representation in the fact-finding and tax-implementation process because the inability or refusal to create an equitable system would likely violate federal law and would trigger litigation seeking to secure similar remedies. We urge communities across the nation to work collaboratively to ensure that the concerns of all constituencies, including minority communities, are given more than mere platitudes at election time, and that their rights and interests are truly safeguarded.

     

    Lucas A. Ferrara is a named partner at Newman Ferrara LLP - a civil rights, class actions, and real-estate litigation firm.  In addition to serving as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate at New York University, Mr. Ferrara is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School. He can be reached at LFerrara@nfllp.com.

     

    Randolph M. McLaughlin is co-chair of the Civil Rights Practice Group at Newman Ferrara LLP, and is a tenured professor at Pace University School of Law. He can be reached at RMcLaughlin@nfllp.com.

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    En medio de la recesión más seria que ha atravesado Puerto Rico desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial, el comisionado residente gestiona ante el Congreso de los Estados Unidos el reconocimiento del plebiscito celebrado en la última elección, el cual según su versión favorece la estadidad. El presidente de la Comisión que atiende el tema en la Cámara de Representantes hizo muy bien al solicitar a la Oficina de Contabilidad del Gobierno federal (GAO por sus siglas en ingles) que le remitiera un informe sobre los efectos que tendría la estadidad sobre los programas federales y los ingresos que derivaría el gobierno federal procedentes de Puerto Rico. No debemos olvidar lo que nos dicen los informes de los comités que recomendaron la estadidad para Alaska y Hawaii: la capacidad de asumir el pago de los impuestos federales es un requisito para admitir a un nuevo estado a la unión.

    El informe del GAO estima que bajo la estadidad las transferencias federales adicionales para Puerto Rico podrían sumar a un máximo de $5.2 billones. El grueso de estos fondos vendrían para el Medicare, el Medicaid, los Cupones de Alimentos, que sustituirían los cheques del PAN, y el programa de Seguro Social Suplementario para los pobres, los ciegos y los discapacitados. Por otra parte Puerto Rico tendría que pagar al tesoro federal $5.7 billones en contribuciones sobre ingresos de corporaciones e individuos. Estos $5.7 billones reducirían la base contributiva del Gobierno de Puerto Rico, la cual se vería también reducida por la pérdida de $1.7 billones en recaudos de corporaciones como las farmacéuticas que para no pagar las contribuciones federales trasladarían sus operaciones a países extranjeros. En total estos señalamientos del GAO representan una pérdida de $7.4 billones para la base contributiva que hoy día nutre nuestro presupuesto de $8.5 billones. Con esa pérdida de ingresos el gobierno de Puerto Rio no puede funcionar.

    Claramente Puerto Rico no puede llevar la carga de los impuestos federales y a la vez operar su gobierno estatal. No es posible que el Congreso considere seriamente la gestión estadista en estos tiempos en que en Puerto Rico estamos desesperadamente tratando de reducir nuestro presupuesto porque la economía no está generando suficientes recursos. Una vista proforma es lo más a que puede aspirar el comisionado residente.

    La aritmética de una pérdida neta de $7.3 billones de nuestra base contributiva contrastando con la transferencia de $5.2 billones para los programas sociales no nos provee lo que constituye el precio real que los puertorriqueños tendríamos que pagar por la estadidad. Esto es así aun cuando le sumáramos a los $5.2 billones los $3 billones que sostiene el Comisionado Residente que necesitan sumarse para generar un flujo neto de fondos a favor de Puerto Rico como consecuencia de la estadidad. El verdadero precio de la estadidad tiene que medirse en términos del tipo de sociedad que se crearía en Puerto Rico como consecuencia de que perdamos tres cuartas partes de nuestra base contributiva, recursos que irían a parar al tesoro federal y a países extranjeros.

    Tiene que medirse a base de la imperativa necesidad del pueblo de Puerto Rico de recibir los servicios que hoy presta nuestro gobierno. Estos servicios pueden presentarse más eficientemente y reducir el gasto público un tanto, pero nunca en la medida necesaria para absorber la pérdida de tres cuartas partes de nuestra base contributiva. Para esto se tendría que reducir esos servicios drásticamente y a la vez mantener un nivel de las contribuciones que ahora pagamos lo suficientemente alto para sufragar los insuficientes servicios reducidos que nuestro gobierno podría prestar a la vez que se pagan las contribuciones al gobierno federal.

    La dura realidad que revelan los números del informe del GAO es que nuestra economía no puede sostener la carga contributiva de la estadidad, y que si fuéramos admitidos como un estado de la unión este sería un pueblo permanentemente dependiente de las ayudas sociales del gobierno federal. Este sería el precio moral y de nivel y calidad de vida que la mayoría de este pueblo tendría que pagar por la estadidad. Gestionar este estatus es todo lo contrario a lo que se debe hacer para superar la recesión económica que abate al país. ¿Cómo es posible que los negocios y los individuos puedan pagar tanto las contribuciones federales más una parte sustancial de las pagan ahora a nuestro gobierno, si los contribuyentes estamos desesperados por las imposiciones que necesariamente tenemos que pagar para sostener nuestro gobierno que a su vez está apremiado por las casas acreditadoras para cortar el presupuesto?

    Los líderes estadistas contestan que será suficiente con reducir el tamaño de nuestro gobierno y llevar a cabo una reforma contributiva. Esto es pura retórica hueca, carente de hechos o datos que fundamenten la misma. La magnitud de la reducción de nuestra base contributiva –tres cuartas partes– niega esa afirmación. ¿Cómo es que con la situación fiscal que estamos atravesando y los esfuerzos para cortar el presupuesto, se puedan cortar dos o tres billones de dólares del mismo? ¿Qué le pasaría a la educación secundaria y universitaria? ¿Qué le pasaría a la protección que necesitamos de la policía, al sistema de justicia? ¿Qué le pasaría a la inversión en infraestructura? ¿Qué le pasaría al crecimiento económico? Nada de eso se resuelve con los fondos que recibiríamos del gobierno federal que irían a ayudas sociales a puertorriqueños necesitados.

    Más allá del desastre fiscal para el gobierno y de la crítica reducción de servicios, más la carga económica de las contribuciones federales, el precio de la estadidad incluye la supresión del crecimiento económico que debe ser la prioridad número uno del país. ¿Si con meramente subir las contribuciones se afecta el crecimiento económico, como dicen muchos economistas, que podemos esperar que le pase al crecimiento de nuestra economía si le imponemos toda la carga contributiva que tendríamos que soportar bajo la estadidad? Uno no tiene que ser un economista o un conservador en política, para entender que esa carga contributiva quebraría el espinazo de la economía puertorriqueña.

    Un corto periodo de transición no resolvería este problema, como alega el comisionado residente. Primero, nuestra economía no tiene la capacidad de crecer en un corto periodo bajo la imposición escalonada de las contribuciones federales para llegar a un nivel que pueda reanudar y sostener el crecimiento que necesitamos. Segundo, es altamente dudoso que la Constitución de los Estados Unidos permita esa transición debido al requisito de que las contribuciones federales tienen que imponerse uniformemente en todos los estados. Ya el Comité de Finanzas del Senado federal se expresó sobre esto cuando consideraba un proyecto para la celebración de un plebiscito en Puerto Rico. El Informe 101-481 al Senado en la segunda sección del Congreso número 101 analizó los argumentos en favor y en contra de permitir esa transición y concluyó que no debía recomendarla para cuando Puerto Rico se convirtiera en estado por las dudas constitucionales que presenta. Ninguna jurisprudencia ha surgido del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos con posterioridad a ese informe que disipe esas dudas. Debido a las dudas constitucionales el Comité de Finanzas recomendó que la transición debía ocurrir antes de que Puerto Rico fuera estado. Esto requeriría convertirnos en territorio incorporado.

    Nuestro gobierno está luchando para que podamos reemprender el crecimiento económico. El movimiento estratégico para que alcancemos un mejor nivel y calidad de vida en Puerto Rico consiste en eso, en impulsar el crecimiento de nuestra economía. Necesitamos empleos, empleos, empleos. Cuando creemos los empleos que necesita el 15% de nuestra fuerza trabajadora desempleada y aquellos del 60% de esa fuerza que han dejado de buscar empleo porque no lo encuentran, Puerto Rico sufrirá una transformación dramática que se sentirá en todos los órdenes de nuestras vidas al crearse una sociedad justa y sana que nos brindará seguridad, prosperidad, y una mayor calidad de vida.

    Nada de eso va a ocurrir bajo la estadidad. Sí, vamos a recibir más fondos para el Medicare, Medicaid, Cupones de Alimentos y el Seguro Social Complementario para los pobres, los ciegos y los discapacitados. Pero estos dineros no vendrán para invertirse en desarrollo económico y conjuntamente con esas ayudas federales vendrán las contribuciones federales insostenibles para nuestra economía, para los negocios y para los individuos.

    El país ya está pagando un precio por las políticas pro-estadidad impuestas por los gobiernos estadistas. El salario mínimo federal y la entrega de la 936 nos han costado docenas de miles de empleos y el informe del GAO nos dice que “probablemente” la estadidad nos costará decenas de miles más porque el pago de contribuciones federales ocasionará el traslado de farmacéuticas y plantas de dispositivos médicos a otros países. La recesión que estamos atravesando sustentada por la falta de una 936 ya ha motivado la emigración de más de 100 mil puertorriqueños de la clase media hacia los Estados Unidos, donde tienen las oportunidades de que aquí carecen. La estadidad potenciaría esta emigración de nuestra clase media al suprimir el crecimiento económico.

    La erosión de la clase media que nutre nuestras empresas, fortalece nuestra sociedad y vigoriza nuestro gobierno trastornará los delicados balances poblacionales que sustentan nuestra economía. La estructura de la sociedad que quedaría en la Isla luego de la emigración que provocaría la estadidad sería de unos pocos ricos, algunos profesionales y trabajadores, un buen número de pensionados y una masa enorme de ex hombres de negocios, ex agricultores, y ex trabajadores incorporada a la larga línea de puertorriqueños que ya dependen de la asistencia federal. Sí, podríamos sobrevivir de esa asistencia, pero sería un Puerto Rico muy distinto al que queremos y al que merecemos. Un Puerto Rico muy diferente del que queremos dejarles a nuestros hijos y a nuestros nietos. Ese sería el precio de la estadidad cuando reflexionamos sobre lo que nos dice el informe del GAO.

    To: President Barack Obama & Vice-President Joe Biden

    Attn.: http://www.whitehouse.gov/

    For many years Boricuas on the mainland & in Puerto Rico have dealt w/ the struggle to free La Isla from U.S. dominance.

    In the meantime &/or during these difficult times of Puerto Rican history several countrymen & women have been
    institutionalize throughout the U.S.A.

    One of these individuals is Sr. Oscar López Rivera who like others was charge w/ seditious conspiracy to say the least.

    The record will show that during the time of his incarceration Sr. Oscar López Rivera has manage to stay out of trouble w/ the DOJ.

    As a grown man myself I fully understand the phrase "don't do the crime if you can't do the time".

    The only crime that this fellow Boricua has committed is standing up against colonialism & the oppressor.

    I would like to state that I myself like others would like for Sr. Oscar López Rivera to be released & allowed to be w/ his
    relatives which include his sister & niece(es) back home @ Puerto Rico.

    I hope dearly that you too can find within your mind & heart to see to his immediate release, since all of Puerto Rico too wishes the same.

    Please direct yourself @
    http://home.comcast.net/~elborincanodenyc/site/?/page/The_ProLibertad_Freedom_Campaign./&PHPSESSID=0a87ee0e14d6ac98720fa3c8f425e026 for more information on Sr. Oscar López Rivera & the struggle for Puerto Rican identity.

    Sincerely,

    Registered Voter!

    !cid_ii_140f96b6ad86e5fc

     

    http://minhpuertorico.org

    http://www.otropuertoricoesposible.org/

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    A aclarar dos crímenes que es urgente resolver

    Editorial / El Nuevo Día

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    Carlos Muñiz Varela

    El compromiso contraído por el secretario de Justicia, César Miranda, de reclamar la evidencia que tiene el Gobierno de Estados Unidos sobre asesinatos políticos como el de Carlos Muñiz Varela y Santiago Mari Pesquera es fundamental para cerrar las heridas que se le infligieron a la democracia y que todavía laceran la confianza en nuestro sistema judicial.
     
     
    Mujica rechaza amenazas de EE.UU. contra Venezuela y exige respeto
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    El presidente de Uruguay, José “Pepe” Mujica rechazó este lunes las intenciones de Estados Unidos (EE.UU.) de sancionar al gobierno de Venezuela por los hechos violentos iniciados el pasado 12 de febrero tras un llamado a las calles hecho por la extrema derecha de esa nación suramericana con el fin de derrocar al gobierno electo de Nicolás Maduro; al tiempo que exigió “respeto y cariño” para Venezuela y su gente.

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    SAVE THE DATE!  MAY 29, 2014 AT 5PM
    WE NEED ALL FREEDOM AND JUSTICE LOVING PEOPLE TO COME OUT
    AND DEMAND THE RELEASE OF OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA ON THURSDAY MAY 29, 2014!  THE 33RD ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ARREST.  WE CANNOT LET IT CONTINUE ONE MORE DAY!


    Endorsers:
    Endorsers (Individuals and organizations): Father Luis Barrios, Activist/Author;  Esperanza Martell, Activist; PIP de Nueva York; The Committee for Puerto Rico at the United Nations; Not4Prophet, AGIT Army; Xen Medina, Artist/Muralist; NBHRN-NYC Chapter; Rev. Sam Cruz and David Galarza, Trinity Lutheran Church; Andrés Torres, Author; Jose "Che" Velazquez,    Educator; Casa de las Americas; Cuba   Solidarity New York; The July 26 Coalition; May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights; International   Action Center; Workers World Party; Peoples Power Assembly Movement; NYC Jericho Movement;   Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, NYC Chapter; International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition (NYC), Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, The Malcolm X Commemorative Commttee.

    NOW WE NEED YOU TO COME!

     

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    The Worsening Problem 

    of School Segregation 

    in New York

     

    CONTENTS

    * "Espaillat urges U.S. senators to desegregate NY City schools," Dominican Today (March 28, 2014)

    * "New York leads nation in number of segregated schools: report" By the Associated Press, New York Daily News (March 26, 2014)

     

    Espaillat urges U.S. senators to desegregate NY City schools

    Dominican Today (March 28, 2014)

     

    New York leads nation in number of segregated schools: report

    New York state is worse than the South when it comes to diverse schools, according to a Civil Rights Project study, which suggests housing patterns are to blame.

    By the Associated Press

    New York Daily News (March 26, 2014)

    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

    Intrascendente para el PIP el paso y la salida de Tuller de la Policía

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1 de abril de 2014. - Para el Secretario General del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Juan Dalmau Ramírez, el anuncio del retiro del nombramiento como Superintendente de la Policía de James Tuller Cintrón no debe sorprender a nadie ya que desde el principio advirtieron que no estaba cualificado para el puesto. "Al fin y al cabo su paso por la Superintendencia de la Policía fue uno intrascendente y en la práctica pudiéramos argumentar que nunca estuvo".

     

    Para Dalmau, mucho más allá de las razones contributivas que se aluden motivaron su salida, lo cierto es que el problema de fondo era su total desconocimiento de la realidad y de la idiosincrasia del país y del cuerpo policíaco que el Gobernador insistió que dirigiera, a pesar de las advertencias de que no estaba cualificado. 

     

    "Solo espero que quienes ostentan el poder político en nuestro país superen los complejos de inferioridad que los ha caracterizado al insistir en seguir nombrando a personas de afuera. Esta práctica, además de quedar constatada como ineficaz constituye un insulto a muchos oficiales capaces, con experiencia, que están en la Policía y que estoy seguro podrían desempañar más eficientemente las funciones de Superintendente. Ante la ausencia de liderato del Gobernador y en momentos en que el cuerpo de la Policía está descabezado, nos toca a todos los puertorriqueños solidarizarnos con los miles de miembros de la uniformada que día a día ponen en riesgo sus vidas y apoyarlos en su gestión", concluyó Dalmau.

     

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    Hector Figueroa

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    Note: As part of its research on possible future changes in the Hispanic and race questions for the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau has just released a working paper, "Race Reporting by Hispanics: 2010." In it, they explore the effects on question response for variations of the current separate race and Hispanic questions format, versus one that combines both questions into one.

     

    One goal of this work is to bring Hispanic responses more in line with the established race categories defined by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), especially ways to minimize the responses to the "Some Other Race" (SOR) category on the race questions. They point out that, "One concern, largely stemming from the Latino community, is the potential negative impact on race reporting among the Hispanic or Latino population (e.g., the undercounting of 'Afro-Latinos') if a new combined question is approved for the 2020 Census." They go on to conclude that "If improvements to the current race question are not implemented in the near future, it is likely Latinos will continue to struggle in reporting their race in Census Bureau surveys."

     

    One question this raises is whether in proposing a combined question conflating ethnic and racial dimensions the Census Bureau would be artificially forcing Latinos to selected U.S.-based racial identifications. Another issue is whether the extensive use by Latinos of the "Some Other Race" category really represents Latinos continuing to "struggle in reporting their race in Census Bureau surveys" or is it a legitimate response to U.S. definitions of race that do not apply to the experience many Latinos. This working paper and the Census Bureau has ignored these questions that should be an important part of the discussion on the future of the race and Hispanic questions as they affect the counting of an increasingly diverse population.

     

    ---Angelo Falcón 


    Shedding Light on 

    Race Reporting Among Hispanics

    By Merarys Ríos-Vargas and Fabián Romero

    US Census Bureau (March 28, 2014)

     

    Over the last few decades, many Census Bureau studies have examined race reporting among Hispanics on the census questionnaire, but these studies did not specifically look at those who self-reported being of Hispanic origin.

     

    A new working paper, "Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2010," examines this topic and found that more than 40 percent of Hispanics who self-reported their origin did not report belonging to any federally recognized race group as defined by the Office of Management and Budget.

     

    During the 2010 Census, questions on race and Hispanic origin were asked of everyone living in the United States. The standards of the Office of Management and Budget define "Hispanic or Latino"  as a person of  Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

     

    In 2010, the vast majority of the Hispanic population self-reported their origin (94.2 percent) and 5.8 percent were imputed (i.e., assigned, allocated or substituted during data editing), see table below. 

     

    Self-reported Hispanics are defined as those respondents who reported being of Hispanic origin. In other words, their Hispanic origin was not imputed (imputation is the process used to estimate missing data). If the question was left blank the origin was imputed by one of the following three imputation types: assigned, allocated or substituted.

     

    The table below shows the racial classification of Hispanics who self-reported their Hispanic origin in the 2010 Census.

     

    It is interesting that more than two-fifths (43.5 percent) of self-reported Hispanics did not report belonging to any federally recognized race group. This includes 30.5 percent who reported or were classified as "Some Other Race" (SOR) only. Respondents are classified this way when they only check and/or write-in responses not categorized as any of the OMB race groups. An additional 13.0 percent of self-reported Hispanics did not provide a response to the race question.   

    Hispanic or Latino Population by Type of Response to the Question on Race: 2010The top three SOR write-in codes reported in the 2010 Census shown in the table below- Mexican, Hispanic, and Latin American-constituted about three-fourths (77.0 percent) of all the SOR responses among Hispanics in 2010. The write-in codes Puerto Rican (3.7 percent), and Multiple SOR (3.6 percent) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

     

    The SOR write-in codes displayed in the last table represent edited SOR responses, and each code consists of multiple equivalent write-in responses. For example, write-in responses such as "Mexican American," "Mexicana" and "Mexico" were coded as "Mexican."

     

    Top 5 Some Other Race Write-in Codes for the Hispanic or Latino Population: 2010The Census Bureau plans to examine race reporting among Hispanics throughout the decade through a series of regional and national census tests in order to provide more insights on Hispanic race reporting.

     

    The findings from this study are intended to supplement the results presented in the "2010 Race and Hispanic Origin Alternative Questionnaire Experiment (AQE)" report.

     

    For more detailed information, the working paper "Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2010" also provides an overall demographic description of the self-reported Latino population and examines different types of responses to the race question by selected demographic characteristics and geographies.

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    The Jordan Journal

    The Failure of the NY DREAM Act, Diversity in NYC Government, African-American and Latino Historical Links, and Racism in the Lutheran Church

    WBAI-99.5FM (oringally aired on March 28, 2014)

     

    To listen to the 1st hour, press this link: http://bit.ly/Pbqux4

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    On the first hour of the Friday, March 28th edition of The Jordan Journal, host Howard Jordan interviews NYS Assemblyman Francisco Moya on the Dream Act that failed to pass the NYS Senate by two votes. He also spoe to Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) on his upcoming April 8th city-wide briefing on diversity in the NYC government workforce. 

     

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    In our second hour, Prof. Paul Ortiz discusses his article,

    ReVisioning Black History Month: Linking African American and Latino histories. We close the show with an interview with Rev. Sam Cruz,

    Senior Pastor of the Trinity Lutheran  Church in the Heart of Sunset Park, on
    the "racist" practices of the Lutheran Church (as reported by David Gonzalez in the March 16th  NY Times).
     
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    You Can Still Enroll in Health Care!

     

    The deadline for enrolling for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) ended yesterday at midnight. However, in order to facilitate the completion of enrollment for people who missed the deadline, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has instated a Special Enrollment Period, which will run from today, April 1, 2014 through Saturday, April 15, 2014. Click here to submit your application.

    What does that mean?

    If you have not completed the application process, you will be able to choose a plan by April 15, 2014. You qualify for the special enrollment period if you:

    • Faced exceptional circumstances, such as a serious medical condition or natural disaster.
    • Experienced an enrollment error such as the marketplace being unable to verify your identity, unable to make a profile, website errors or you were enrolled into a plan you did not want or select.
    • Display error on the Healthcare.gov website, including display of incorrect plan data regarding premiums and benefits, and a variety of other system errors or error messages.
    • You were found ineligible for Medicaid but your applications wasn’t transferred from the state Medicaid agency to the marketplace.
    • Experienced domestic abuse – you can apply for a plan through May 31.

     

    Applicants using the Internet to enroll will see a pop-up box which will prompt them to indicate that they tried to enroll and, by “no fault of their own,” were unable to. You will have to provide information on what exemption your situation falls into.

    If you need help determining your eligibility, please review the full listing of exemptions, with examples, which can be found on healthcare.gov. If you need further assistance, please call the LULAC National Office at 202.833.6130.

    Sign up today!
    Margaret Moran
    LULAC National President

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

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    CONTACT: 
    Amanda Bosquez
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    (202) 546-2536 ext. 12, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

    Paula Valle Castanon,
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    (213) 747-7606 ext.4414, (323) 253-6431 (cell)
     

    NALEO Educational Fund Campaign to Assist Thousands of
    Potential New Citizens in April


    Organization and partners aim to help nearly 3700 legal permanent residents at more than 75 naturalization events; Efforts will save potential new citizens nearly $2.7 million in legal fees

    Washington, D.C. – This April, NALEO Educational Fund and its partners will launch a U.S. citizenship campaign that will include more than 75 naturalization assistance events to reach the estimated 8.7 million Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are currently eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.
     
    The workshop events will aim to serve more than 3700 potential new citizens in 30 cities nationwide, saving attendees nearly $2.7 million in legal fees.  Legal permanent resident participants will also have the opportunity to fill out the naturalization application (N-400 form) before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires applicants to use a new longer version starting May 5, 2014.
     
    “Millions of legal permanent residents across the country are ready to take the next step and become U.S. citizens,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director. “Unfortunately, the cost and concerns about the process can be a very real barrier for many potential new citizens and their families. Our goal is to help eliminate these burdens and provide comprehensive assistance to legal permanent residents as they navigate a process that can be complicated or daunting.”
     
    NALEO Educational Fund will continue to operate the toll-free bilingual hotline 1-888-839-8682 from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday to provide potential new citizens with vital information on every aspect of the naturalization process.  Individuals can call the hotline to speak with a live operator regarding any questions they may have about the requirements for obtaining U.S. citizenship or where to find assistance in their area.
     
    In addition, NALEO Educational Fund will also be assisting for the first time with the annual CUNY/ Daily News Citizenship NOW! Call-In from April 26 to May 2, 2014. Our organization will be on hand throughout the week to help answer any questions Spanish-language callers may have.  Last year, the call-in assisted more than 13,000 individuals.
     
    To complement our workshop and hotline efforts, NALEO Educational Fund will promote the citizenship campaign through a Twitter party on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  The event will be led by our organization, with support from Univision, the New Americans Campaign, and several other partners. Utilizing the hashtags #hazteciudadano and #newamericans, the Twitter party will highlight the value of citizenship.  NALEO Educational Fund is also launching a photography campaign that will allow individuals to share their story and showcase what citizenship means to them via social media and events.
     
    NALEO Educational Fund’s efforts in April are made possible through partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders and naturalization advocates, including the New Americans Campaign (NAC), the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and American Lawyer’s Immigration Association (AILA).  For more information about our organization’s naturalization work, please visit our website at
    www.naleo.org or the ya es hora campaign website awww.yaeshora.info
     

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    Media Note: Experts and spokespersons are available to discuss the organization’s citizenship efforts.  For media interview requests, please contact Amanda Bosquez (abosquez@naleo.org, 202-546-2536 ext. 12) or Paula Valle Castanon (pvalle@naleo.org, 213-747-7606 ext. 4414).
     

     
    About NALEO Educational Fund
    NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

     

    Our mailing address is:

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    1122 W. Washington Blvd., Third Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    Reacciona el PIP a Informe del GAO sobre estadidad

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 31 de marzo de 2014. - El secretario de Asuntos con Norteamérica del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Manuel Rodríguez Orellana, expresó que el Informe de la Oficina de Contraloría General (GAO) sobre el escenario de un Puerto Rico estado 51, en su esencia  es un "re-run" de un análisis de hace dos décadas, en el que intentan tratar al absurdo económico de la estadidad con cariño. "Y ni aun así pueden tapar el cielo con la mano", puntualizó el líder independentista en relación al panorama incierto en términos económicos para la isla que el propio Informe también detalla.

     

    Por otro lado, Rodríguez Orellana se manifestó en torno a la insistencia del Comisionado Residente en argumentar que la estadidad significaría más fondos federales para Puerto Rico. "Cada vez le proveen más razones al Congreso para oponerse a la estadidad. Y sobre cuál es el plan de crecimiento y producción para nuestro desarrollo económico con más dependencia y ninguna libertad de comercio internacional, hay Un silencio ensordecedor de parte de los líderes estadistas. Se parece cada vez más al callejón sin salida del ELA colonial, pero con más dependencia", sentenció.

     

    "El PIP ya ha presentado la salida que para beneficio de ambos países representa la independencia y estaremos ampliando esto en las próximas semanas", concluyó el dirigente pipiolo.

     

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    ¡Con la Estadidad TODOS ganamos!

    El informe del GAO demuestra que la Estadidad para Puerto Rico será beneficiosa, tanto para nosotros como para los Estados Unidos.

    Además, confirma que recibiremos anualmente alrededor de $10 mil millones adicionales en fondos federales, con grandes aumentos para tu salud, asistencia nutricional, infraestructura, así como la inclusión de Puerto Rico en el programa de Seguro Social Suplementario.

    ¿Qué significa? ¡Mejor calidad de vida para TODOS!

    Como si fuera poco, cuando Puerto Rico sea estado y reciba trato igual en los programas federales, se reducirán sustancialmente las contribuciones estatales. Con las contribuciones federales NO pagaremos más de lo que pagamos actualmente.

    Sólo hay una opción y hoy queda más que claro:

    ¡La Estadidad es la Solución!

     

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    ¡Que se sienta la fuerza estadista!

    ¡Postea esta foto en tu perfil y compártela con tus amigos!

    Visita la galería de Beneficios de la Estadidad en FaceBook y comparte las imágenes con tus amigos.

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
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    Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos 

    Reject the Ballot Box Altogether

    By Jackie Calmes

    New York Times (March 30, 2014)

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    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    Xavier Becerra and Luis Gutierrez on Deportations and the Search for the Next DREAMers

    Both leaders believe deportations are breaking up families, that a review will bear fruit, and that the House GOP needs to vote. But they continue to call for the use of prosecutorial discretion by the administration.

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    Board of Directors
     
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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
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    Israel Colon
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    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
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    Latina political power must grow, Milwaukee conference told

    By Georgia Pabst

    Journal Sentinel (March 30, 2014)

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    Dear Sr. Conde Velez

     

    Thank you for contacting me to express your support for Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the Small Business Administration. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. You will be pleased to know that Ms. Contreras-Sweet was confirmed in the Senate by a voice vote on March 27, 2014. 

     

    As you know, President Barack Obama nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet to succeed Karen Mills as Administrator of the Small Business Administration on January 15, 2014. Ms. Contreras-Sweet previously served as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, in addition to serving on the board of the California Blue Cross. She also founded ProAmerica Bank, a Latino-owned community bank, and Fortius Holdings, a private-equity and venture fund. After the nomination, she was considered by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and was approved by a unanimous voice vote. 

     

    As a former governor and chief executive of Delaware, I respect the right, in most instances, of our nation's current Chief Executive to surround themselves with a team of cabinet members who they believe will enable them to best serve our country. As a United States Senator, I have continued to use criteria similar to that which I used in nominating people to serve in leadership positions within the State of Delaware. When considering nominees, I look for the following attributes:

     

    · sound moral character and a strong work ethic;

    · proven leadership skills;

    · the ability to build consensus and work with members of both parties;

    · the ability to surround themselves with the talent needed to manage the department in question;

    · at least some knowledge and experience in the area of appointment; and,

    · a proven commitment to doing what he or she believes is the right thing to do.

     

    Maria Contreras-Sweet has proven to be a strong leader, both during her tenure in public service as well as in small business, and I was proud to support her confirmation to become the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Once again, thank you for contacting me, and please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other matters of importance to you.

     

    With best personal regards, I am,


    Sincerely,

    Tom Carper
    United States Senator

    To send another message please visit my website at http://carper.senate.gov/contact and fill out the webform for a prompt response. Thank you.

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    ¡NO TE DEJES ENGAÑAR!

    ¡CON LA ESTADIDAD TODOS GANAMOS!

     

    Con la #Estadidad ganamos más
    de $10,000 Millones Anuales POR SIEMPRE.

    ¡Con el ELA no los tendremos NUNCA!

    Aquí la realidad sobre el informe del GAO.

     

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    Beneficiosa la #Estadidad para Puerto Rico

     

    Lo que hay que tener claro es que el modelo de estar dependiendo de beneficios contributivos ya no pare más… ya no funciona”, señaló Pierluisi.

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    Confirma trato desigual para Puerto Rico

    La estadidad conlleva un aumento entre 9mil millones a 10mil millones anuales de fondos federales para la isla. - Pierluisi

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    Pierluisi defiende la Estadidad

    El análisis rompe con el mito de lo que costaría la estadidad - Pierluisi

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    El GAO elimina mitos sobre la #Estadidad

     

    El presidente del PNP, Pedro Pierluisi, dejó claro que el informe de la Oficina de Contraloría General de Estados Unidos (GAO) eliminó "el mito" de que la estadidad para Puerto Rico tendría un impacto económico negativo en el Gobierno federal.

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    Satisfecho Instituto de Misión Estadista con informe del GAO sobre beneficios de la Estadidad para Puerto Rico

     

    La Junta de Directores del Instituto de Misión Estadista (IME) expresó en la mañana de hoy su satisfacción con las conclusiones del informe sobre la Estadidad realizado por la Oficina de la Contraloría General Federal (GAO, en sus siglas en inglés), cuyo contenido fue divulgado un medio de circulación general.

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    La verdad sobre lo que dice el informe del GAO:

    • El Informe de la Oficina de Contabilidad del Gobierno Federal (GAO) confirma que la Estadidad representa billones en fondos federales adicionales anuales para Puerto Rico.

    • El Informe también refuta que la Estadidad tendría efectos fiscales adversos para el gobierno federal.

    • El informe, además, confirma que existe el trato desigual al territorio de Puerto Rico en los programas federales, y estima que la igualdad a través de la Estadidad se traduciría en billones de dólares adicionales en asignaciones federales anualmente.

    • El informe dice que la Estadidad NO tendría un efecto fiscal adverso en el gobierno federal, porque el aumento anual en los desembolsos federales se compensan con un aumento en los ingresos, que aumentarán más cuando Puerto Rico crezca y prospere con la Estadidad, y expanda su base contributiva corporativa e individual.

    • Este informe ayudará en la discusión y debate que se están dando sobre la admisión de Puerto Rico como estado de la Unión americana, tanto en la Isla como en la Capital federal. 

    • El informe valida que la Estadidad es mutuamente beneficiosa para Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos en su totalidad… Para aquellos que continúan apoyando el status quo -que ha probado ser un fracaso- el informe es otra instancia más en la larga cadena de malas noticias que tendrán desesperadamente que tergiversar”. - Pierluisi

    Pasos que se han realizado:
    1) En el Plebiscito de noviembre de 2012, una mayoría de los electores en Puerto Rico rechazaron el estatus territorial actual y más electores favorecieron la Estadidad por encima de cualquier otra opción de estatus.

    2) Como resultado de las gestiones de Pierluisi, recientemente se aprobó legislación a nivel federal que asigna fondos para la primera votación en la historia de Puerto Rico, sancionada federalmente, entre una o más opciones viables que resuelvan el estatus político de la Isla.

    3) 132 miembros del Congreso ya se han hecho coautores, en la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado de Estados Unidos, de proyectos de ley que proveen el esquema para estructurar el voto avalado en la asignación federal, entiéndase, el voto directo sobre la admisión del territorio como estado de la Unión.

    4)  Ahora, el Informe del GAO confirma que la igualdad con la Estadidad representa billones en fondos federales adicionales anuales para Puerto Rico y refuta que tendría efectos fiscales adversos para el gobierno federal.

    El Informe concluye que -en tan sólo 5 programas- la Estadidad hubiese aumentado las asignaciones federales anuales para Puerto Rico en más de $5,465 millones adicionales anualmente:
    1) hasta $1,500 millones adicionales en Medicare;

    2)  hasta $1,400 millones adicionales en Medicaid (a la que vez que hubiese reducido la cantidad que adeuda el Gobierno de Puerto Rico en $358 millones);

    3) hasta $1,750 millones adicionales bajo el Seguro Social Suplementario (SSI, por sus siglas en inglés);

    4)  hasta $700 millones adicionales en asistencia nutricional bajo el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional; y

    5) hasta $115 millones adicionales en fondos para carreteras.

    • Esa suma NO incluye el aumento en fondos que recibiría Puerto Rico si fuese estado los demás programas federales en los que hoy también se nos discrimina.

    • Además, el GAO admite que el estimado de $1,400 millones anuales adicionales en Medicaid, no incluye el costo de cuido a largo plazo que estaría provisto a los beneficiarios de Medicaid bajo la Estadidad, y que el Gobierno de Puerto Rico no puede costear actualmente.  El desembolso federal en Medicaid a Puerto Rico para el cuido a largo plazo sería de $1,500 millones anuales adicionales.

    • El estimado tampoco incluye muchos de los nuevos programas de asistencia creados al amparo del Obamacare (Affordable Care Act del 2010), incluyendo los subsidios federales que no están disponibles en el territorio de Puerto Rico, pero sí estarían disponibles en el Estado de Puerto Rico.  Bajo este apartado, Puerto Rico recibiría otros $1,500 millones anuales.

    • Por tanto, la Estadidad representaría de $9,000 a $10,000 millones anuales adicionales en fondos federales para Puerto Rico.

    • El GAO destruye el argumento del Partido Popular Democrático de que la Estadidad impondría una carga fiscal irrazonable en el gobierno federal.

    •  De hecho, el  informe demuestra que bajo la Estadidad, los gastos federales adicionales serían significativamente compensados (“counter-balanced”) mediante ingresos federales adicionales.

    • El GAO estima que si Puerto Rico hubiera sido un estado en el año fiscal 2009, el gobierno federal hubiese recibido de $700 a $5,000 millones adicionales en impuestos sobre ingresos de corporaciones en la Isla y $2,000 millones adicionales de individuos, debido a que:

    1) la Estadidad fomenta un clima de negocios caracterizado por seguridad y estabilidad;

    2)  Bajo el estatus actual, las corporaciones que invierten o piensan invertir en Puerto Rico, no saben si el gobierno federal fuese a cambiar las leyes contributivas corporativas en el territorio, ni cómo; y

    3) Bajo la Estadidad, las corporaciones estarán en una posición más segura.

    • Cabe señalar que la inversión directa, tanto de Estados Unidos como la extranjera, aumentó dramáticamente en Alaska y Hawai, al convertirse en estados ambos territorios.

    • El GAO indica que los individuos en Puerto Rico pagan actualmente al territorio impuestos sobre ingresos mucho mayores que los que pagan los residentes de cualquier estado a sus gobiernos estatales, como consecuencia directa del trato desigual a Puerto Rico bajo los programas federales.

    • En otras palabras, el territorio de Puerto Rico tiene que imponer mayores impuestos y tomar prestado excesivamente para pagar por los servicios que da, porque no recibe la misma cantidad de fondos federales que los estados.  Esto incidió en que las tres casas acreditadoras degradaran a chatarra recientemente los bonos del gobierno.

    • Bajo la Estadidad, la combinación de impuestos federales y estatales que pagarían muchos residentes de Puerto Rico sería similar a lo que pagan ahora.

    •  Es más, si Puerto Rico fuese estado, 7 de cada 10 hogares no pagaría impuestos federales, y cientos de miles de individuos de ingresos moderados recibirían reembolsos en créditos por impuestos (“refundable tax credits”):

    1) $525 millones a individuos bajo el Programa de Crédito Fiscal por el Ingreso Devengado (“Earned income Tax Credit program”, EITC), que no aplica actualmente en Puerto Rico, o

    2) $137 millones bajo el Programa de Créditos de Impuestos por Hijos (“Child Tax Credit program”, CTC), que aplica ahora solo parcialmente.

    • Los detractores de la Estadidad usarán el miedo y los números acomodaticiamente para seguir en contra de la voluntad de nuestro pueblo.

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    WE CAN FREE OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA

    Alejandro Luis Molina
    alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org
    Skype: alejandromann

    Coordinating Committee
    National Boricua Human Rights Network
    2739 W. Division Street
    Chicago IL 60622
    www.boricuahumanrights.org
    Follow us on Twitter: free_olr

    Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos
    www.presospoliticospuertorriquenos.org

    The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera is asking everyone to contribute in making the hashtag #freeOscarLopez a trending topic tomorrow, April 1st. Tweets should also include U.S. president Barack Obama's handle @BarackObama.



    This year, López Rivera will have been imprisoned in the United States for 33 years on charges of “seditious conspiracy.” Politicians, artists, and many people of different ideologies have united to ask President Barack Obama to pardon López Rivera, who is the longest held political prisoner in Puerto Rico's history. For more information on Oscar López Rivera, visit us at http://boricuahumanrights.org and facebook.com/chi.nbhrn.



    WE CAN FREE OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA

    Alejandro Luis Molina
    alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org
    Skype: alejandromann

    Coordinating Committee
    National Boricua Human Rights Network
    2739 W. Division Street
    Chicago IL 60622
    www.boricuahumanrights.org
    Follow us on Twitter: free_olr

    Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos
    www.presospoliticospuertorriquenos.org

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    TODAY, March 31st is the deadline to enroll for affordable health insurance.

    If you start the enrollment process by midnight tonight —either online or over the phone – you will have time to complete it. Just like Election Day, if you are in line when the polls close, you get to vote. The doors won’t be closed on those who tried to get covered before midnight tonight and were unable to do so through no fault of their own.

    Enroll for health insurance today -- and contact your friends and family to be sure they enroll today too.

    Enroll now!

    Online: Go to HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

    If you went online before and were discouraged because the website didn’t work well, go back again. Healthcare.gov and CuidadeDeSalud.gov are working much better now.

    By Phone: Call 1-800-318-2596 the 24/7 bilingual consumer hotline.

    In Person: Speak with a Navigator – trained specialists in the community – to get face-to-face help with the application process. Find the one nearest you at localhelp.healthcare.gov.

    Not sure how the immigration status of family members might impact your eligibility to enroll? Find the answers at healthcare.gov/help/immigration-status-questions.

    For more information about what the Affordable Care Act means for Latinos, please visit latinosunited.org/healthcare, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s campaign to promote health coverage for Latinos and close the health disparity gap.


    Connect with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, our coalition of 37 preeminent national Latino organizations: nationalhispanicleadership.org | Facebook | Twitter: @NHLAgenda | LinkedIn

     

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    Colegas,

    At our recent SXSW panel, “What Would Cesar Chavez Tweet?” we reflected on the organizing strategies Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and farmworkers used in their movement to empower and protect the rights of those working in our nation’s fields. The conversation was especially meaningful because we were joined by Paul Chavez, Cesar's son, and Rosario Dawson, who plays Dolores Huerta in a powerful, much anticipated movie that is now playing nationwide -- "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero."

    This Monday marks Cesar Chavez’s birthday -- will you join us in honoring his legacy?

    1. Help sell out the movie theaters this weekend. The success of this film depends in great part on how it performs at the box office on opening weekend. Whether you are familiar with Cesar’s story or curious to learn more about this American hero, you’re bound to connect with the moving story line. The film produced by Diego Luna also features a star-studded cast of Latino actors including America Ferrara and Rosario Dawson

    >> Find a theater where your family and friends can watch the movie this weekend here.

    2. Ask Your Senators to Support the Resolution Honoring Cesar Chavez introduced this past week by New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez. Read the resolution here. We need your help encouraging a Republican Senator to co-sponsor the resolution – and encouraging all Senators to support it. Take action to support the resolution before 5pm ET this Monday if possible.

    >> Email and tweet your Senators asking them to support the Cesar Chavez resolution.

    >> If your organization wants to sign on in support of the Senate’s Cesar Chavez Resolution, click here.

    3. Urge the President to declare March 31 as the Cesar Chavez National Day of Service by signing the petition here.

    The efforts of Cesa­r Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the farmworkers continue to inspire the organizing efforts our National Hispanic Leadership Agenda engages in today.

    As we continue in our fight for immigration reform, a fair economy, health care, voting rights and representation in government, I hope you'll take some time to honor Cesar's memory with the actions above.

    Sincerely,

    Hector E. Sanchez

    Chair, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

    Executive Director, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Fact Tank

    Support for Obama, health care law 

    has eroded among Hispanics

    By Jens Manuel Krogstad and Seth Motel

    Pew Research Center (March 27, 2014)

     

    Support of President Obama and his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, has declined among Hispanics over the past six months, even though the popularity of both is nearly unchanged among the public overall, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data.Hispanic support for affordable care act Obamacare has declined

     

    Today, as many Hispanics approve as disapprove (47%-47%) of the new health care law. That's down markedly compared with the 61% approval just six months ago.

     

    During the same time period, Obama's job approval rating has slipped 15 points among Hispanics. About half of Hispanics (48%) approve of Obama's job performance today, down from 63% in September 2013. (Among the general public today, 44% approve of Obama and 41% approve of the new law, neither significantly changed from September.)Hispanics' Support for Obama has declined

     

    Since the troubled launch of the online health care exchange on Oct. 1, news coverage has noted low Hispanic enrollment and included criticism that the Spanish-language version of the website contained poor translations. Others have disputed that claim, arguing a major hurdle in enrolling more Hispanics in health insurance has been that many don't understand the law. Another cause of low enrollment may be fear of federal authorities among U.S. citizens and residents with family members who are unauthorized immigrants.

     

    In some respects, Hispanics might seem to be natural supporters of the president's health care law. Most Hispanics (61%) say it is the government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have health coverage, compared with 47% of the public overall who say this. Some 29% of Hispanics don't have health insurance, according to the 2012 American Community Survey.

     

    Then there's the issue of immigration. In a Pew Research survey in November, 51% of Hispanics disapproved of the way Obama was handling immigration. Meanwhile, 72% of Hispanics last month said it was "extremely" or "very" important this year to have new immigration legislation, which has stalled in Congress. In recent weeks, Democrats and Hispanic leaders have stepped up criticism of Obama's immigration policies as the number of unauthorized immigrants deported nears two million under the president's administration. Obama has responded by meeting with Hispanic leaders and ordering a review of immigration enforcement policies.

     

    This is not the first time that Obama's support among Hispanics has fallen. At the end of 2011, a time when the rising number of deportations also received public attention, the president's approval fell to 49% among Hispanics. It bounced back during the 2012 presidential campaign, and Obama captured 71% of the Hispanic vote.

     

    Whether the shrinking support for Obama and the health care law among Hispanics translates into consequences for Democrats during this year's midterm elections remains unclear. Among registered voters, Hispanic support of Democratic candidates remained strong in our February survey. In a generic congressional ballot, Hispanics would favor the Democrat candidates for Congress in their district over Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin (63%-31%).

     

    That margin is roughly the same as in 2010, when the split on Election Day was 60% to 38%, in favor of Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives, according to National Election Pool exit polls.

     

    But it's worth noting that Hispanic turnout has lagged behind the rest of the public in past elections. Despite a fast-growing population that makes up 11% of the nation's eligible voters (U.S. citizen adults), Hispanics made up just 8% of the electorate in 2012 and 7% in 2010.

     

    See our general public questionnaire results and methodology.

     

    Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the percentage of eligible voters (U.S. citizen adults) that Hispanics comprise. It is 11%.

     

    Jens Manuel Krogstad is a Writer/Editor at the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project.

    Seth Motel is a Research Assistant at the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    La Respuesta: The Magazine 
    of the Puerto Rican Diaspora

    By Andre Lee Muñiz (March 30, 2014)

     

    When I first heard about La Respuesta ("The Response") magazine last year, during its first stages of development, I immediately gravitated towards its mission of building bridges between our communities in the Puerto Rican Diaspora. In the short time since then, with solid footholds in cities across the United States, I can boldly state that La Respuesta is becoming a major voice of and for the Boricua Diaspora in the world wide web.

     

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    Since our official launch in August 2013, La Respuesta has gained thousands of readers across what our Editor-in-Chief terms the "Boricuascape" - Puerto Rican communities living and experiencing Diaspora.

     

    We have interviewed important figures shaping our political and cultural landscape, including Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes. We have been on the frontlines of breaking news, covering the East Harlem building explosions, which Al Jazeera America's The Stream used as a source in their report. We were also one of the first publications to ask important questions about neglect and accountability in this deadly event.

     

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    Alongside such high quality reporting and leader spotlights, we have also published compelling original content from poetry to photography, creative essay and short story. With more Boricuas living in the United States than on the island, it is crucial, now more than ever, for there to be a voice for and by our people. La Respuesta is just that.

     

    How far we've come in such short time

     

    While creating a platform for provocative Boricua thought and expression, La Respuesta has also directly engaged its readership, most notably through its "Living Diaspora" poster series. We began the series with a campaign calling for family pictures that depict "living in Diaspora." The selected submissions were then turned into original internet posters with the slogans "The Joy and Beauty of Being Boricua" and "All Hail the Boricua Diaspora" - our way of combating internalized hate and to remind our people that being Puerto Rican transcends political borders.

     

    Another mission is to claim our histories, often hidden or ignored in mainstream media and institutions. So, in honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, La Respuesta published a list of "20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know." Receiving more than 16,000 "likes" on Facebook, the list proved that there is an insatiable hunger for unique, Boricua-specific media.

     

    As La Respuesta works to highlight the distinctiveness of the Boricua Diaspora, it also supports the process of "cultivating points of connection among all Boricua people," which includes the relationship between Puerto Rico and U.S. communities. In this respect, we have published a proposal for Puerto Rico's public university system by an island legislator, commentaries on the colonial economy, and creative initiatives bringing young minds together to improve the island's economy.

     

    Looking forward

     

    In February 2014, La Respuesta's Editorial Core elected me its first Regional Editor, marking its growth outside its Chicago headquarters. Born and raised in New York City, I have the honor of helping coordinate the publication's efforts to engage and feature one of the oldest communities in the Diaspora - in a fresh and provocative way. We are working towards doing the same in other cities with historic and growing Puerto Rican communities.

     

    Approaching our one-year anniversary, we will continue to fulfill our mission of offering relevant media and building a virtual bridge between our communities. Moreover, we will continue to provide fresh perspectives on Boricua Diaspora experience(s); serve as a platform for writers, artists, and activists; and engage the issues affecting our communities in meaningful ways that can lead to social and policy changes. In order to do this we are preparing for a massive fundraising campaign. This will allow readers to directly support our growth. You can start helping by signing up to our Newsletter through our website.

     

    As a volunteer-based, grassroots effort, La Respuesta has indeed come a long way in a short time and serves as a testament to the proud and resilient nature of the Puerto Rican people.

     

    Andre Lee Muñiz is NYC Regional Editor of La Respuesta magazine. Born, raised and residing in Brooklyn's public housing, he is a graduate of New York University, B.S. and M.A. He can be reached at andre@larespuestamedia.com.

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    ¡EL PNP FISCALIZANDO!

    Semana del 24-30 de marzo de 2014

     

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    ¡Aquí las Soluciones para bajar el costo de la luz AHORA!

     

    Las Soluciones Urgentes para Puerto Rico que proponemos incluyen el desarrollo de proyectos de energía limpia y económica que alivien el bolsillo de los puertorriqueños y atraigan nueva inversión privada. #PRPodemos

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    Continuaré haciendo todo lo posible para asegurar que el Gobierno federal cumpla con sus responsabilidades para con Vieques y Culebra.

     

    El Presidente del PNP, Pedro Pierluisi, le exigió al Departamento de la Defensa de los Estados Unidos que se adelanten los trabajos de limpieza en Vieques y que se asignen los fondos necesarios para la limpieza de Culebra, para así eliminar el riesgo a la seguridad pública en esta isla municipio.

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    Cerrado el único parque de pelota que quedaba en Isabela

     

    El presidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista en Isabela, Juvencio “Papo” Méndez, denunció que por culpa de la inacción mostrada por la administración municipal, se ha forzado el cierre de la única facilidad disponible en el pueblo para practicar el deporte del beisbol.

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    Promueven beca especial para sufragar posible aumento en matricula de la UPR

     

    Medida ayudaría a costear gastos de estudio a miles de jóvenes puertorriqueños

    Ante un posible anuncio de alza en los costos asociados a la matrícula para estudiantes de nuevo ingreso en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, el senador del Partido Nuevo Progresista, José ‘Joito’ Pérez Rosa, reclamó la aprobación de una medida que establecería un fondo especial para becar a los estudiantes de escasos recursos económicos con el objetivo de sufragar cualquier aumento tarifario.

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    Proponen concientizar en currículo escolar sobre la educación especial

     

    El representante Rafael “June” Rivera radicó el Proyecto de la Cámara 1776 para añadir un nuevo inciso al Artículo 6.03 de la Ley 149-1999, conocida como “Ley Orgánica del Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico”, y para enmendar  el Artículo 7 de la Ley 26-2009, que crea el “Proyecto de Servicio Comunitario Estudiantil”.

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    A continuación, les presentamos

    el resumen de la pasada semana 23 al 29 de marzo en la
     
    Cámara de Representantes - La Casa Grande de Nuestra Gente:
     
     
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    Oficina de Participación Ciudadana de la Cámara de Representantes
    acerca sus servicios a la gente desde Plaza Las Américas

    Con el propósito de continuar con su misión de ayudar a la ciudadanía a integrarse de forma efectiva a los procesos legislativos, la Oficina de Participación Ciudadana de la Cámara de Representantes (OPCCR) estará presente desde hoy en el centro comercial Plaza Las Américas en Hato Rey.
     
     
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    Economistas, comerciantes y empresarios piden
    la aprobación del Proyecto de la Cámara 545
     
     
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    que evaluará proyectos de Reforma Energética
     
     
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    Cámara recibe informe final del Departamento de la Familia
    sobre los 42 mil casos de maltrato
    que no fueron atendidos
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    Rafael "Tatito" Hernández presenta
    medidas para mejorar la planificación
    urbana, rural, económica y
    social de Puerto Rico
     
     
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    Industria Ganadera reconoce el
    esfuerzo del Representante César Hernandez y el alcalde
    de Hatillo, José Rodríguez
     
     
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    Cámara inicia vista públicas que proponen cambios a la “Ley de Descuentos para Personas de Edad Avanzada” en los espectáculos
     
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    MUS en el Oeste.
    03/30/2014

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    MUS en el Oeste

    Mayagüez - domingo 30 de marzo- Un grupo de miembros y simpatizantes del Movimiento Unión Soberanista (MUS) de la zona oeste se reunió en Mayagüez con miras a organizar su distrito. El mensaje de bienvenida estuvo cargo del recién electo miembro del Consejo Directivo Luis Ibrahyn Casiano, quien agradeció por la asistencia y el compromiso expuesto por los participantes, no simplemente ante el llamado del MUS, sino ante el llamado de la Patria en coyunturas históricas. Luego de esto, un grupo de diversas personas dentro de la línea descolonizadora se formaron e intercambiaron opiniones y propuestas para dar forma a un nuevo proceso de organización política del MUS proveniente de las bases. En esta reunión se discutió con los participantes los cambios y decisiones ratificadas en la pasada asamblea de delegados celebrada el 16 de marzo de 2014, como por ejemplo lo son las enmiendas al reglamento y al plan estratégico. También se mencionó la elección de los tres nuevos miembros del Consejo Directivo, quienes fueron electos en esa asamblea. Jesús Danilo Chinea, quien también es miembro del Consejo Directivo del MUS, presidió esa discusión. Además, se habló sobre la posición del MUS conforme a lo decidido por la asamblea en cuanto a la no participación como partido inscrito electoralmente para las elecciones de 2016, dejando claro que está abierta la discusión para cuando se convoque referente a este tema, manteniéndose varias opciones y propuestas sobre posibles actos de presencia electoral fuera de la inscripción como partido nacional por el momento.

    En esta reunión se discutió la creación de un boletín informativo regional el cual se producirá mensualmente y que será enviado a la militancia y simpatizantes a través de los medios cibernéticos. Además, éste se hará llegar también a quienes no tengan aún los servicios de Internet.

    Los participantes decidieron formarse interinamente como grupo directivo que organizará y fortalecer la base en la región, y para educar y atraer a nuevos miembros. Se decidió que en un futuro cercano a través de una reunión y/o asamblea de área se elija el componente directivo de la región en todas sus disposiciones reglamentarias. Por el momento Luis Ibrahyn Casiano Rodríguez fungirá como Coordinador de Área, quien mantendrá la comunicación con diversos compañeros(as) para desarrollar juntos un trabajo de seguimiento a la militancia y a las tareas asumidas en sus respectivos pueblos, además de servir de enlace con el Consejo Directivo. Como tareas inmediatas se acordó hacer un banco de información de los militantes, simpatizantes y posibles simpatizantes por los pueblos representados por los presentes con el fin de enviarles comunicación escrita y un cuestionario que sirva para el indagar sobre sus posturas con respecto al MUS, y vislumbre la posibilidad de su participación continua. Por último, muy entusiasmados los(as) participantes acordaron comenzar la repartición del boletín la semana entrante y reunirse nuevamente durante el mes de abril para desarrollar nuevas tareas, discutir las acordadas y evaluar su efectividad.

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    A propósito de la quema intencional de 150 cuerdas del Bosque del Pueblo, en la zona minera de Adjuntas/Utuado.

    Por Rafael Bernabe

    Cinco preguntas: ¿Debe Puerto Rico seguir dependiendo del capital externo para su desarrollo económico? ¿Debe ser la exención contributiva el medio para atraer el capital externo? ¿Necesita Puerto Rico una estructura productiva más integrada, con eslabonamientos internos? ¿Debe aceptar cualquier proyecto y cualquier “desarrollo” con tal de que genere empleo y aumento de la producción? ¿Puede o debe perpetuarse la relación actual entre la actividad económica y el entorno natural? ¿Cuáles serán las consecuencias si se perpetúa el desarrollo urbano prevaleciente?


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    Tel. (787) 774-8585

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    http://www.otropuertoricoesposible.org/

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    Artículo de Fidel: ¿Eres o no eres?
    Escrito por Cdte. Fidel Castro Ruz

     

    ''…Padre, le dije, ¿eres o no eres o quién eres? Y mirando el Cuartel de la Montaña, dijo: ‘Despierto cada cien años cuando despierta el pueblo’.''

     

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    Esa fue la respuesta del Libertador de América a la atrevida pregunta de Pablo Neruda tras el estallido de la Guerra Civil Española, cuando los propios obreros españoles lograron impedir que los fascistas se apoderaran del Cuartel de la Montaña de Madrid.


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    EEUU y los DDHH en América Latina

     

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    Por Juan Manuel Karg
    Investigador del Centro Cultural de la Cooperación - Buenos Aires

    Tiempo atrás apareció el informe anual que, sobre derechos humanos en el mundo, realiza el Departamento de Estado norteamericano. En América Latina, Ecuador se sumó a la “lista negra” de DDHH, donde hace diez años están Venezuela y Cuba de forma ininterrumpida. ¿Qué países del continente no aparecen en el informe y cuál es el motivo? ¿Por qué Honduras, país con creciente persecución a periodistas y campesinos desde el golpe de 2009, ha sido retirado de los casos “preocupantes” para EEUU? El caso paradigmático de Colombia.

     
     

    El capitalismo salvaje y las luchas globales por la dignidad

     

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    Si bien los orígenes del capitalismo se remontan a las primeras formas de mercantilismo en la Edad Media, fue con la Revolución Industrial y su compleja organización de la producción, así como de la división del trabajo,  que se estableció el predominio del modo de producción capitalista.

     
     

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    Census Reveals Population 

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    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (March 29, 2014)

    To add to the recent attention Puerto Rico's economic woes and population decline have attracted, a week ago the Bureau of Labor Statistics released additional statistics on "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment --- January 2014." They estimated the unemployment for the Island at 14.4 percent in January 2014, about double that of the United States as a whole, nt much chahged from 14.8 percent a year earlier.

    But even more troubling was the decline in the size of Puerto Rico's civilian labor force from 1,212.900 to 1,185,100 between January 2013 and 2014, a drop that occured in all of the Island's metropolitan areas. This is also reflected in a decrease of 5,500 in the number of employees in nonfar payrolls between January 2013 and 2014. The number of employees increased in two metro areas (Fajardo and Yauco) but dropped in all others.
     
     
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    No a los proyectos de reforma de la AEE
    Escrito por Cándida Cotto / Claridad

     

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    La desregulación del mercado, un alza en las tarifas y la privatización de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) serán los resultados de la reforma energética que impulsan tanto el Presidente del Senado como varios proyectos de la Cámara de Representantes. La advertencia la lanzó la Alianza de Empleados Activos y Jubilados de la AEE (AEAJ-AEE), en conferencia de prensa.


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    Prensa PSUV.- “Desde ya invito (al I Congreso Ordinario del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela) a los presidentes, primeros ministros, líderes políticos de los partidos progresistas, socialistas, comunistas, patrióticos que gobiernan en nuestros hermanos países del Caribe y del mundo”, expresó este miércoles el presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, durante la conmemoración de los 20 años de la salida del Comandante Hugo Chávez de la cárcel de Yare.


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    Coalición rechaza decisión de la Junta de Apelación Ambiental de la EPA: “el permiso de EPA no protege la salud de los arecibeños”
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    La Coalición de Organizaciones Anti-Incineración rechazó la decisión de la Junta de Apelación Ambiental favoreciendo el permiso de contaminación de aire de la incineradora de Arecibo.

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    Actividad de Servicio Comunitario

    Les escribimos para inicialmente dejarles sabes que la actividad de servicio comunitario pautada para este próximo domingo 30 de marzo, la estamos cambiando de fecha indefinidamente por el momento. Aprovechamos la comunicación para recordarles a todos y todas que estamos recolectando artículos de primera necesidad, en especial, artículos de higiene personal y ropa.

    Para entregar donaciones lo pueden hacer llamando a David Carrasquillo al (787) 410-5418 para coordinar entrega o pueden pasar por nuestro Comité Central los martes de las 4:00pm en adelante para dejarlos allí.

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    Milwaukee Area Food Banks Receive Nearly 32,000 Pounds of Food Donated by Tyson Foods and LULAC

     

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Today, Tyson Foods and LULAC donated nearly 32,000 pounds of food to food banks in Milwaukee in order to help address hunger disparities in the area. Attending the donation event, were representatives from Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, UMOS Inc., Racine County Food Bank, Waukesha Food Pantry, and the Shalom Center. UMOS hosted the donation event at their corporate office in Milwaukee.

    Wisconsin area food banks have been dramatically impacted by the economic downturn and cuts in funding. According to a study released by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin entitled, Hunger in Wisconsin, in 2010 72% of pantries, 60% of soup kitchens and 64% of shelters say they are serving more clients than they did in 2006. The same study revealed that 71% of households with children seeking food assistance are food insecure, meaning they don’t have adequate access to nutritious food.

    Meat and poultry are high quality sources of complete protein, and according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, protein is considered the most important macronutrient in the human diet. It provides essential amino acids, is a source of energy and is critical during growth and development. Meat and poultry are excellent sources of iron, which is especially important for women, children and adolescent girls, who are often deficient in iron.

    LULAC, the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in America, among its goals, works to advance health disparities in the Hispanic community.

    “Through LULAC programs, services and advocacy, we tackle important issues such as hunger and malnutrition by making information and resources available to the community,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. That is why we are so pleased to partner with Tyson Foods which has made this very generous food donation in Milwaukee possible.”

    “This generous donation will add protein to the table for many children, families and seniors struggling with hunger. We are thankful for partners like LULAC and Tyson for remembering those at-risk of hunger in our community,” said Bonnie Bellehumeur, President of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

    UMOS operates the largest and most comprehensive job center in Wisconsin helping job seekers to find employment. However, in order to help people find jobs, it’s critical to remove barriers to employment, like domestic violence issues, alcohol and drug abuse, transportation, child care and hunger.

    “It is difficult for job seekers to focus on getting a job during the day, if they are worried about feeding their children at night,” said Lupe Martinez, President and CEO of UMOS Inc. “In 2013, the UMOS food pantry distributed over 515,000 pounds of food to 11,250 families, including 14,800 children – that’s a 47% increase over 2012.”

    “While our hungry neighbors are at the forefront during the holiday season when we all counting our blessings, we often forget that hunger does not end with the holidays,” said Dan Taivalkoski, Executive Director of Racine County Food Bank. “Thanks to generous contributions like the one Racine County received from Tyson Foods today, many of our less fortunate friends and neighbors in Racine County will not know hunger in the months ahead. Hunger is 100% Curable!”

    “This healthy and generous donation from LULAC and Tyson Foods will feed literally thousands of the people who come to the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County each month,” said Karen Tredwell, Executive Director of Waukesha Food Pantry. “We are grateful for caring and compassionate donors who show their concern for our neighbors in need.”

    “Thank you Tyson Foods and LULAC for this wonderful donation,” said Barb Madrigrano, Food Pantry Manager, Shalom Center. “The donation will help feed many Kenosha families in need. Shalom Center is grateful for the opportunity to provide our clients with Tyson chicken.

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    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 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.

    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

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    Network Chiefs Talk Diversity at National Hispanic Media Coalition Confab

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    Latinos Live Longer But Struggle To Save Enough For Retirement

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    LULAC Contributes to Women's History Month by Hosting its 2014 National Women's Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

     

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin – From Thursday, March 27 through Saturday, March 29 the
    Women’s Commission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is hosting its annual National Women’s Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    This year’s conference focuses on bringing awareness to key issues which impact women’s lives. The conference includes workshops and seminars that cover issues such as retirement, the Affordable Care Act, domestic violence, human trafficking, and women in government.

    “The women’s conference has not always been part of the organization’s 85 year history,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Throughout the years, the role of women in LULAC has changed to reflect the changing role of women throughout the country. Today, the women’s conference is a critical component of LULAC which offers a woman’s perspective on critical issues.”

    Women continue to face a variety of challenges that limit their ability to realize their dreams. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2012 women earned 84 cents for every $1 made by men. Women also face health challenges. Although women make up a little over half of the world's population, they are more likely to go hungry than men. In addition, domestic violence continues to pose a real threat to women. In the U.S., nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) have been victims of rape, physical violence and/or stalking. However, women understand the power of civic participation for effecting change. During the 2012 Presidential elections, 63.7% of women voted to change the social conditions that impact their lives.

    Another important issue for women is affordable health insurance. As of Thursday, more than 6 million Americans have enrolled in quality affordable health insurance. LULAC wants to help the Latino community continue to take advantage of this great opportunity. That is why this Saturday, at the exposition hall of the Women’s Conference, Milwaukee area residents can have their questions answered or start the application process with the help of a navigator. Particularly for the Latino community, navigators are an important part of the enrollment process because they provide personalized assistance.

    Finally, as part of the 2014 LULAC National Women’s Conference, LULAC and Sherwin Williams will be brightening up the community by painting the UMOS Latina Resource Center. Sherwin Williams has donated their time, manpower, and supplies to help restore a critical asset to the Milwaukee community which brings importance resources for victims of domestic violence.

    LULAC is grateful for the support of its Ruby and Pearl sponsors which include the Ford Motor Company, Sherwin Williams, P&G/Orgullosa, Clear Channel, McDonald’s, the National Education Association, Southwest Airlines and Walmart. Their assistance and support are critical to making this conference a success.

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    About LULAC: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest volunteer-based civil rights organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 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. www.facebook.com/lulac.national.dc. www.twitter.com/lulac.

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    LULAC and Sherwin-Williams Partner to Provide Facelift to UMOS Latina Resource Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

     

     

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin – As part of the 2014 LULAC National Women's Conference, LULAC and Sherwin-Williams will be brightening up the community by painting the United Migrant Opportunities Services (UMOS) Latina Resource Center. Sherwin-Williams has donated their time, manpower, and supplies to help restore a critical asset to the Milwaukee community. The UMOS Latina Resource Center provides domestic violence support services that are specifically geared to Hispanic women.

    "We welcome the partnership with Sherwin-Williams to revitalize the UMOS Latina Resource Center which provides critical support services for those who are victims of domestic abuse," said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. "The partnership not only serves to create awareness of the issue of domestic abuse, but also revitalizes a safe haven where women can access the resources they need."

    The UMOS Latina Resource Center provides comprehensive, culturally and linguistically supportive services and advocacy to adults, youth and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. The culturally and linguistically specific intervention and prevention programs, outreach efforts, and community presentations have impacted the lives of adults, youth and children.

    "The UMOS Latina Resource Center is here for our families and for our community and the new paint will provide the warm environment which our clients need and deserve as they start their journey of healing. We are grateful to Sherwin-Williams and to LULAC for this contribution because we know the positive effects that the face-lift will have on our clients," said Mariana Rodriguez, Program Manager of the UMOS Latina Resource Center.

    "We are proud to participate in revitalization projects for nonprofit organizations like the Latina Resource Center which provides comfortable, safe environments for its clients and staff. As part of National Painting Week, more than 1,400 Sherwin-Williams stores are recruiting employees and volunteers to work with organizations across the United States to brighten up their communities by undertaking revitalization projects," said Jason Riveiro, multicultural manager at Sherwin-Williams.

    Domestic violence is a serious issue that effects all women. In addition to working with Sherwin-Williams on the UMOS Latina Resource Center project, the LULAC Women's Conference is hosting workshops that specifically focus on this critical issue. By providing greater awareness on this issue, LULAC hopes to improve the lives of individuals who are victims of domestic violence.

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    Con la firma del Tratado Constitutivo de la UNASUR, los doce países que la integran dieron un paso de dimensiones históricas. Se trata, nada más y nada menos, que de hacer efectiva la decisión de reunir las partes, hoy separadas, de una gran nación.

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    33 HNO (33 Hombres Negros por Oscar) en Aguadilla
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    33 HNO se celebró el pasado domingo 23 de marzo en la Plaza de Aguadilla, y simultáneamente en plazas de Humacao, Loiza, Mayagüez, San Juan y Ponce. Doña Mercedes López Rivera, hermana de Oscar, dirigió un bello y emotivo mensaje a nombre de su hermano, agradeció la actividad a nombre suyo, de Oscar y su familia y exhortó a continuar la lucha por la excarcelación de Oscar.

     

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    A 46 años del martirio de "Fefel" Varona
    Escrito por Patricia Alegría / Especial para CLARIDAD

     

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    El pasado 24 de marzo de 2014 una delegación de la Federación Universitaria Pro Independencia (FUPI) llevó a cabo un acto de recordación del compañero José Rafael (Fefel) Varona, mártir de la lucha estudiantil y por la independencia de Puerto Rico, ante su tumba en el Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis del Viejo San Juan.

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    La 33ra. Jornada a Betances que conmemora la vida y obra del Doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances se llevará a cabo en Cabo Rojo del 4 al 8 de abril. Este año la Jornada es dedicada a los maestros de Puerto Rico.

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    Cubainformación TV -- Basado en un texto de Ángel Guerra Cabrera -- Blog "La pupila insomne" (Cuba).- El militante independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera es el preso político más antiguo de América Latina.
     
     
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    Recordamos el asesinato de la estudiante universitaria puertorriqueña Antonia Martínez Lagares, ocurrido en Río Piedras el 4 de marzo de 1970, como parte de la represión política a estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.
     
     
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    Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez to read from his memoirs at UPRS 20th Anniversary Pa'lante Conference 


    The Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) at UIC is proud to announce its 20th annual Pa'lante conference. With the theme "We have made the path by walking --Promoting our culture and building bridges to our community," the UPRS seeks to focus on the legacy of Puerto Rican student activism on UIC's campus.

     

    During the 1970's, Latino activists from the predominantly Mexican community of Pilsen and the predominantly Puerto Rican community of Humboldt Park, along with a small number of Latino students at UIC came together to demand changes on UIC campus. Today Latino students can celebrate that legacy through the existing programs such as the Latino-Latin American Studies program, the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES), the Rafael Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, and soon the transformation of UIC into a Hispanic Serving Institution. It is in the spirit of that struggle and in celebration of those achievements on this campus that UPRS rejoices in inviting all to participate in the 20th annual Pa'Lante Conference to be held during the week of April 7th through the 11th.

     

    Pa'Lante is the Puerto Rican expression for the word "Forward." This year's conference is dedicated to the centennial of two towering Puerto Rican figures: the legendary Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos and the Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Collazo.

     

    The highlight of the conference will be the presence of Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez who will read from his memoirs: Still Dreaming from the Barrio to Capitol Hill. His presentation will be held in Student Center East (SCE), East Terrace room from 3:30 to 4:30 on Monday, April the 7th.

     

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    2nd Annual Unified Puerto Rican People's Parade to Honor 40th Anniversary of Clemente Community Academy and Borinqueneers
     

    On Sat June 14th at 2pm, the 2nd annual Puerto Rican Peoples Parade will start on Division and Western motivated by the huge success of last years unified efforts, the organizers from Casa Puertorriqueña and the PRCC are extremely excited about this years upcoming celebration. They have decided that the parade will highlight the historic Puerto Rican Borinqueneers/ 65th Puerto Rican Infantry Regiment of the US Army- whose valor and courage is being memorialized by a major housing and health project for Latino veterans at Norwegian American Hospital, sponsored by Hispanic Housing Corporation.  

    The Parade will also showcase the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Roberto Clemente Community Academy. And, particularly, its new focus as an International Baccalaurate (IB) school, which will transform it into the jewel of the crown of the community's quest for creating a culture of educational excellence. The parade organizers are inviting Clemente students to submit their artwork for a poster competition for this years parade poster, which will integrate the themes of education, the 40th anniversary of RCCA and the celebration of the community's cultural expressions.

     

    El Rescate contributes to community

     

    On March 18th, for the primary elections, El Rescate residents were given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the community by partaking in participatory democracy. Six El Rescate residents served as election Judges in the 26th ward, and 2 other residents participated in the GOTV campaign. By getting involved in the electoral process the residents experienced the first stage of the political process. There are many ways of getting involved and through the participatory democracy process the residents became part of the decision making political matters that will hopefully teach them how the world around them works.

     

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     Paseo Boricua welcomes back Elvira Arellano

     

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    On Sunday, March 23, 2014, members of the Humboldt Park community welcomed back Elvira Arellano at Alberto Church. The church was packed with supporters. Community members made reflections on Elvira's behalf. Elvira spoke about her activism in support of undocumented people in the US but also her work with Central American undocumented people in Mexico. Elvira, Emma Lozano and others made a call to continue fighting for immigration reform and encouraged people to participate in an action at ICE headquarters on Thursday, March 27. They demanded that President Obama extend deferred action to all undocumented people in the US. The event was widely covered by the media including live transmission on Channel 5 and Telemundo and the Chicago Tribune and Hoy Newspapers.

     

    Elvira stated at the rally: *I have come back to the struggle here to stop the deportations and separation of families...

     

    *I have come back to tell President Obama to extend the deferments he gave the dreamers to their parents and the parents of U.S. Citizen Children...

     

    *I truly believe that God has made it possible for me to return because WE CAN and WE WILL END THE DEPORTATIONS THIS YEAR;  WE CAN and WE WILL REUNITE OUR FAMILIES FROM ACROSS THE BORDER THIS YEAR!

     

    Download the leaflet for the Thursday rally.

     

    David Potash President of Wilbur Wright College, visits Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and Paseo Boricua
     

    On Monday March 24th, Mr. David Potash President of Wilbur Wright College and Maureen Fitzpatrick Community liaison visited Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School (PACHS). Joining the meeting were two seniors of PACHS who are dually enrolled at Wright College earning college credit while still completing their high school diploma along with assistant principal Danette Sokacich, principal Matthew Rodríguez and Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center José López.

     

    The meeting was organized to further the partnership between both educational institutions as they align themselves to support the students and their families in finding their college and career paths in life. Several exciting ideas were born in the dialogue, all focusing on the potential of more students and their families earning college credit and career credentials while engaged with Albizu Campos and the Community as a Campus framework developed by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

     

    All participants in the meeting were excited to outline next steps and set up a follow up outline for the future. We hope for the continued success of all participating institutions as they continue to innovate new ways of engaging students in culture, community, college and career.

     

    University Volunteers Help Clean Paseo Boricua

     

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    by Eduardo Arocho, DSBDA

    Students from the University of Missouri took time from their Spring Break to join Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward) and the DSBDA (Division Street Business Development Association) to clean Paseo Boricua (Division ST). The volunteers were provided brooms, rakes and shovels and the swept the street and several of the empty lots. The record snowfall kept layers of litter and dirt stuck to the pavement. Volunteers were able to help clean up the street. DSBDA is planning another clean up day on April 10th.  For more information please visit www.dsbda.org.

     

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    Join US at MOSAIC on May 8th!
     
     

    José E. López to be honored as Outstanding Community Leaders!  Please join us on Thursday, May 8 for the fifth annual MOSAIC: A Celebration of Chicago's Communities, and celebrate the many diverse voices that comprise our one unique Chicago! 

     

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    This year, MOSAIC will be held at the Zhou B Art Center, which is leading a new artistic renaissance in the Bridgeport neighborhood. 

    At MOSAIC, you'll be able to experience the cuisine and music from several different countries, meet and mingle with people from all over the world who support Chicago's cultural diversity, and participate in a truly one-of-a-kind silent auction with items provided by Chicago's ethnic museums and their supporters. The Chicago Cultural Alliance will honor its Chicago Cultural Champion and two Outstanding Community Leaders. MOSAIC attendees are encouraged to wear business attire or their national dress.   

     

    DATE: Thursday, May 8, 2014

     

    TIME:  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

                 VIP Reception begins at 5:45 p.m.

     

    LOCATION: Zhou B Art Center 

                          1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago

     

    TICKETS:  $75 Core Member ticket

                        $150 single ticket

                $200 VIP ticket,

                        includes pre-event VIP reception

     

    Clemente Students Paint New Mural
     

    During this quarter, Art II students investigated public and street art. We studied mural artists such as Jack Ramsdale and Keith Haring along with the street artists Banksy and Faith 47.  During this research, we observed and analyzed what made a mural effective. Are the murals telling stories, persuading the public, or beautifying a public space?

    Murals are prominent in Humboldt Park. When students walk down the Paseo Boricua they can see the rich culture and history of neighborhood. Humboldt Park's murals highlight the importance of political statements, expressions of cultural pride, and a shared history.  After researching different artists each student created a sketch for a mural design. The class then voted on one mural to paint in the school.

     

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    Our mural design has no clear subject. It is an abstract painting that explores shape, color, balance, and movement. This painting allows the students to express themselves and work collaboratively. Each student had a part to play to complete the design. We all worked together toward a common, artistic goal.

     

    Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Students Learning at Unprecedented Rates
     

    Our beautiful students are THRIVING! Amidst three polar vortex', ongoing trauma, obstacles to learning and challenges in life, Albizu Campos Students showed that they have what it takes to RISE TO THE CHALLENGE!

     

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    At the mid-year point in our school year, similar to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our students are assessed using the Renaissance Learning Star Assessment. Over the years, our students have struggled with this exam. In fact, coming into this school year, the average performance level of students was at the sixth grade level in mathematics and the seventh grade level for reading.

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    Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera
     
    CENA/CHARLA

    "Un Homenaje al Patricio Oscar Collazo López"

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    Orador principal: 

    Lic. José Enrique Ayoroa Santaliz

     

    Invitado especial: Cesar Hernández Colon

     

    presentacion musical con canto-autor:

    Emanuel Cruz

     

    Viernes, 11 de abril de 2014, 6-8pm

    donativo $10-$25

     

    Casa Puertorriqueña

    1237 N. California Ave.

     

     auspicia: Red Boricua Nacional Pro-Derechos Humanos

     

    Support Documentary on Oscar Lopez Rivera, "The Last Prisoner", and get free complimentary ticket for dinner forum April 11th!

     

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    The Last Prisoner

     

    We are urging everyone to support the fundraising effort by Producer Esau Melendez and together we can make his dream of a documentary on OLR a reality. The goal is $42,500 and we only have 24 days left. Donate $25 or more and you will receive a complimentary ticket for April 11th honoring the centennial event of Oscar Collazo to be held at Casa Puertorriqueña at 6pm featuring a musical presentation by Emanuel Cruz, directly from Puerto Rico.

     

    The Last Prisoner  tells the story of Oscar López Rivera, the sole remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner. The decorated Vietnam veteran and community organizer who would subsequently work for the independence of Puerto Rico is now at the center of a struggle to set him free from a long and difficult imprisonment. He has been in prison since May 29, 1981. Twelve of those years were spent in solitary confinement despite the fact that Oscar was never convicted of crimes that resulted in deaths or injuries or ever accused of any act of violence.

     

    The fight for Oscar's freedom has united Puerto Ricans and many others from across the United States, Puerto Rico and around the world. In 2013, artists, politicians, famous athletes and ordinary people went to symbolic prison cells on the anniversary of Oscar's incarceration. And the cries for freedom are growing louder: Five Nobel Peace Prize winners including Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa have all joined the call for his pardon and release.

     

    Click here to contribute to this exciting effort!

     

    33 HNO (33 Hombres Negros por Oscar) en Aguadilla

    por Carlos Delgado Lasalle

     

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    HNO se celebró el pasado domingo 23 de marzo en la Plaza de Aguadilla, y simultáneamente en plazas de Humacao, Loiza, Mayagüez, San Juan y Ponce. Doña Mercedes López Rivera, hermana de Oscar, dirigió un bello y emotivo mensaje a nombre de su hermano, agradeció la actividad a nombre suyo, de Oscar y su familia y exhortó a continuar la lucha por la excarcelación de Oscar.

     

    De momento desde la esquina de la Farmacia Ferrari, un negro grande, muy grande, de 6' 6" para ser exactos, entró a la plaza, amarrado con cadenas en sus manos y una cadena triple que le cubría su frente y parte de su cabeza. A cada paso de Ángel Carlos Parrilla, que es como se llama, los barriles sonaron en mensaje de lloro, el negro circunvaló el interior del círculo de los manifestantes, acompañado de dos jóvenes que tenían sus manos amarradas. Se detuvieron en el centro de la plaza, donde en un gesto veloz y sincronizado, soltaron sus cadenas, lanzando un grito estruendoso de ¡Libertad, Libertad, Libertad! y lanzaron las cadenas al "zafacón de la historia" un zafacón previsto que por los cuatro lados tenía el mismo mensaje. Los manifestantes contestaron ¡Libertad, igualdad, Justicia, Dignidad! mientras Tati Quiñones, lanzaba las 33 palomas al aire. La manifestación fue silente, todo el tiempo, sólo al final hubo los gritos contenidos en las consignas. Luego el grupo "Bomba Pa' Ti" se quedó con el canto.

     

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    La actividad comenzó con los manifestantes divididos en cuatro columnas, desde los cuatro puntos cardinales, formando una cruz. Mientras Raymond Gómez, mantenedor, presentaba la actividad, y el Rev. Cesar González Grajales, ministro protestante, hacia la invocación. La iglesia Católica sonó los 33 campanazos, previamente, el Padre Delroy Thomas Scott, en su homilía había exhortado a los feligreses a solidarizarse con la actividad y la excarcelación de Oscar López. Conjuntamente con las campanadas, comenzó, la marcha circular, la columna de la derecha comenzó a marchar contrario a las manecillas del reloj, mientras las restantes tres columnas, marcharon hacia el frente, siguiendo la ruta de la primera columna hasta formar un círculo.

    El Hon. Alcalde Carlos Méndez dio la bienvenida y en su mensaje exhortó a los presentes a luchar por sus derechos. Entre mensaje y mensaje un bombazo. Carlos J. Delgado Hernández, leyó la carta dirigida al Presidente Obama y exhortó a que todos la firmaran. Luego el señor Edwin Matos Cardona, asambleísta Municipal y gloria del deporte aguadillano (500 hits en la FBSAAPR) leyó la proclama, aprobada por unanimidad por la Asamblea. El joven obrero de AEE, Javier Nieves Pellot, tuvo a su cargo la lectura del mensaje central, el cual se leyó en las seis actividades. Mientras en cada pausa se hacía el culto a nuestro ancestros, " Reclamamos presencia y guía" y se leían los nombres de negros destacados, ya muertos, en todas las áreas del diario vivir. "Celebramos vida eficiente" se leyó los nombres de los vivos destacados, en todas las aéreas, la cultura, creación, arte, política, deportes.

     

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    El Padre Delroy se integró, dio un mensaje a los allí presentes y procedió a firmar la carta que se le entregará al Presidente Obama. Igual hizo el representante por Aguadilla- Moca Armando Franco, de quien hay que resaltar que marchó con su camiseta y su pancarta durante toda la actividad. El mensaje de bendición final, estuvo a cargo del diácono Herminio (Pucho) Blas. Lo demás, bomba por un tubo y siete llaves. Originalmente publicado en Claridad.

     

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    Centro Video Records Over 60 Oral Histories

    Centro’s oral history team has video recorded the stories of more than 60 of the over 100 leaders who participated in Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our Heritage Campaign.

    “The campaign’s goal is to collect oral histories from 100 Puerto Rican nominees that capture the collective story of the Puerto Rican diaspora,” said Cynthia Tobar, Centro’s library archivist who the oral historian coordinating the project. “We are still doing interviews,” she said. The project is designed to collect the memories of those have made a positive impact on the Puerto Rican community in the United States. All these contributions will further enrich Centro’s already renowned repository of history and heritage.

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    Centro Offers Online Educational Products

  • Centro has several valuable educational resources, including complete courses and other teaching material, that are available online to provide low-cost or free creative resources that enliven teaching and learning experiences. They are fingertip-accessible to educators, students, researchers and the general public.

    Centro’s goal is for website visitors to use these as educational tools in their own classrooms and communities to engage young students in everything from Puerto Rican U.S. history to understanding and promoting cultural competence in various professions.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 27, 2014
     
    CONTACT:
    Amanda Bosquez,
    abosquez@naleo.org
    (202) 546-2536 ext. 12, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

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    NALEO Congratulates Maria Contreras-Sweet on Confirmation 
    to Serve as Head of Small Business Administration

     
    Contreras-Sweet joins Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez as the second Latino and 
    only Latina to hold a cabinet position in President Obama’s second term

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement congratulating Maria Contreras-Sweet on her confirmation to serve as the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA):

    "We congratulate Maria Contreras-Sweet on her confirmation to serve as the next leader of the Small Business Administration.  A dedicated public servant with a wealth of experience working in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors, Contreras-Sweet will be a strong asset to the agency and our nation’s small businesses from her first day on the job. 

    “The current Executive Chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank, a Los Angeles-based community bank focused on lending to small and medium-size enterprises, Contreras-Sweet has a firsthand understanding of the unique needs of the small business community.  Contreras-Sweet also brings significant administration experience to the position, having previously overseen a $14 billion budget and workforce of 42,000 employees as California’s Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for five years. 

    “We applaud the U.S. Senate for confirming this accomplished nominee to lead the SBA and join Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez as the second Latino and only Latina member of the President’s cabinet.  We look forward to continuing to work with Contreras-Sweet in her new position on issues of importance to the Latino community and the country as a whole.”

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

     

     

    Our mailing address is:

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

    To make a donation,
    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
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    Save-This-Date!

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6pm, NYC

    for a

    NiLP Citywide Briefing

     

    Details to follow . . .

     

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    El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla anuncia la construcción de tres nuevos proyectos importantes para el desarrollo económico y la creación de empleos.
     

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    March 26, 2014

    Apply Today for an LNESC College Scholarship

    Submissions Deadline is May 1

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

    • Colorado Springs, CO
    • Pueblo, CO
    • Miami, FL
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Albuquerque NM
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Bayamon, PR
    • Corpus Christi, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Dallas, TX
    • El Paso, TX
    • San Antonio, TX

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a graduating high school senior.
    • Must be a Hispanic student accepted into and planning to attend a full-time program in engineering leading to a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
    • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
    • Must have scored 29 or higher on the ACT test, or 1350 or higher on the SAT test (sum of critical reading and mathematics scores).
    • 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.

    The application period for the ExxonMobil / LNESC Scholarship is from March 14, 2014 to May 1, 2014.

    For more information, please click here.

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

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Where did "Hispanics" come from?

    By Claude Fischer, professor of sociology

    Berkeley Blog (March 24, 2014)

    Cross-posted from Claude Fischer's blog, Made in America: 

    Notes on American life from American history.

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    The Herbalife 

    Controversy Continues

     

    CONTENTS

    * "Taking on Herbalife, featuring LULAC's Brent Wilkes" WNYC-FM (originally aired on March 24, 2014)

    * "Herbalife Appoints former Senator Reid Senior Advisor as Vice President, Community Engagement and Health Policy," Market Watch (March 24, 2014)

     

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Taking on Herbalife

    WNYC-FM (originally aired on March 24, 2014)

     

    To listen to the show, click here

     

    GUEST: Alexandra Stevenson

    Alexandra Stevenson, reporter for The New York Times, discusses hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman's quest to bring down the nutritional supplement company Herbalife, which he calls a pyramid scheme. Stevenson explains his questionable methods and how Latino advocacy groups got involved, FEATURING Brent Wilkes, Executive Director of LULAC

     

    Herbalife Appoints former Senator Reid Senior Advisor as Vice President, Community Engagement and Health Policy

    Market Watch (March 24, 2014)

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    Spring = new work by top-notch artists

     

    The Nuyo rings in the spring with brand-new work by Broadway luminaries, rising stars and our own illustrious alumni! Renowned playwrights Neil LaBute, John Guare, Caridad Svich and Halley Feiffer; Grand Slam Champs and Tony honorees Sarah Jones and reg e gaines; U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; Broadway stars John Bolton and Jessica McRoberts; and pop sensations Nat and Alex Wolff highlight the Nuyo's springtime lineup!


    April 11-13 theater festival features new plays by 

    John Guare and Neil LaBute

     

    New dramatic works by Tony-winning playwright John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and dramatist/film director Neil LaBute (Reasons to be Pretty) highlight a three-night festival of new short plays and monologues at the Nuyo. Proceeds from the festival will benefit our literacy and afterschool programs, which serve thousands of students from disadvantaged communities. The festival also features new work by Clay McLeod Chapman, Halley Feiffer, Caridad Svich, Quincy Long, Laura Shaine, Daniel F. Levin and Daniel Gallant. Check out Broadway World's article about the festival, visit the Facebook event page or buy tickets here

     

    reg e gaines performs new work: 4/9@7PM

     

    The Tony- and Grammy-nominated author of Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk performs his new poetic and musical works The Last Celebrity and Abstract Sax at the Nuyo in celebration of National Poetry Month! A former Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion, reg e has performed his poetry on The Arsenio Hall Show, the Daily Show, MTV, MSNBC and HBO's Def Jam Poetry. Catch reg e on 4/9@7PM; for tickets, click here.

     

    Tony winner Sarah Jones premieres her new show on 5/28

     

    Tony-Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones will present her new one-woman show (featuring brand-new characters!) at the Nuyo on May 28. Called "a master of the genre" by The New York Times, Jones has written and performed four multi-character solo shows, including Bridge & Tunnel, which was produced by Meryl Streep and for which Sarah received a Special Tony Award in 2006. For tickets to Sarah's 5/28 show, click here.

     

    Broadway artists perform at the Nuyo on 4/6 

     

    Broadway performers sing their favorite songs at the Broadway Artists Connection Open Mic on Sunday, April 6! Hosted by John Bolton and featuring performances by Jessica McRoberts of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, reg e gaines, Happy McPartlin, Matt Dotzman and more! An open mic follows the featured performances (accompanist provided). To secure a performance slot, email Tamlyn@broadwayconnects.org. For tix, click here.
     

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey headlines 

    PEN World Voices Event at the Nuyo on 5/1

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the PEN World Voices Festival present a May Day literary celebration that features U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, Kenyan political cartoonist Gado, participants from the Domestic Workers Union writing workshops and other international artists who advocate for social change. For tickets, click here.

     

    Nat & Alex Wolff: advance tix sold out! 

     

    Nat and Alex Wolff (stars of the Nickelodeon TV show The Naked Brothers Band) perform live at the Nuyo this Friday, March 28! Advance tickets are sold out, but rumor has it they'll be back for another show very soon... For details about the 3/28 show, click here (and if you follow us on Facebook, you'll find out about their next show as soon as it's announced).


    Salome: The Voodoo Princess of New Orleans

     

    Coming in May: Rebel Theater Company presents Salome: The Voodoo Princess of New Orleans, adapted from Oscar Wilde's play by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. This contemporary version of Salome is gritty, funny, dark and sexy, infused with negro spirituals, hip hop dance and Louisiana Voodoo folk traditions. The play runs Thurs-Sun, May 2-25.

     

    Celebrate National Poetry Month with PARTNERS FOR POETS!
      

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Gander.tv present PARTNERS FOR POETS, a program that helps schools celebrate Poetry Month with online resources and classroom visits! Spice up your syllabus with live HD video of our world-renowned Friday Night Poetry Slam! Participating schools receive access to our streaming and on-demand events online plus discounted rates for school visits by our poets. For further details, click here.

     

    Make a tax-deductible donation

     

    The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a charitable non-profit organization. Help us continue to provide affordable cultural programming and to serve students from low-income communities by making a tax-deductible donation.

     
     
     
     
        

    Tickets and information for most shows are available at www.nuyorican.org or by calling 212-780-9386. 
     
    Our programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, the Fund for the City of New York, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Manhattan Borough President.

     

     
     
     
    Need the perfect present for a poet or a fan of the downtown arts scene? A year-long
    Nuyorican Poets Cafe membership is only $60 (or $30 for students). Nuyo members receive discounts on admission to all events, as well as several free tickets and invites to special members-only events!

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    Don't miss our regular weekly events: Open Mic Mondays (every Monday at 9pm, all art forms welcome); the Slam Open (a competitive poetry open mic, every Wednesday at 9pm except the first Wednesday of the month); the Thursday Night Latin Jazz Jam (every Thursday at 9pm) and our Friday Night Poetry Slam (10pm every Friday).

    Follow the Nuyo on Facebook or Twitter for event updates, news about our artists, submission opportunities and more. Further information about all of our shows can be found at www.nuyorican.org.
     
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    New York, NY 10009

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                    Please see the attached flyer in Spanish and English invitation for a “Pink Tea” hosted by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.  Great opportunity to learn about healthier lifestyles and preventive care check-ups.   Please pass along to your network, thanks.

     

    Javier G. Torrijos, Chair

    Phone No. 302-894-6329

    DHC_Chair@state.de.us

     

    From: Nancy Lopez [mailto:nlopez@debreastcancer.org]

    Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:33 PM

    To: DHC_Chair (Governor); 

    Subject: RE: Mommy and Me, Abuela Makes Three

     

    Please pass this wonderful educational event flyer to interested people.  The event is to help Grand moms, granddaughters, moms, daughters, Aunts, nieces, Sisters, little sisters, mentee and mentor learn together about the importance to live a healthier lifestyle and to get proper preventative care check-ups.

     

    The English Flyer

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    Hi,

    For any human being to be incarcerated in United States jails for more than 32 years, for his political convictions is a big injustice.

    That's why I signed a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:

    "Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican patriot who has been in United States jails for more than 32 years, for the only reason of being an independentist and working for his country (Puerto Rico) independence. He is also a Vietnam veteran awarded a medal of valor, and he never killed or harmed anybody. "

    Will you sign this petition? Click here:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/presidente-obama-free?source=s.em.mt&r_by=10253342

    Thanks!

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    Puerto Rico será el país homenajeado en la FILVEN 2015
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    Caracas, 23 marzo AVN.- El presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, anunció este domingo que la onceava edición de la Feria Internacional de Libro de Venezuela 2015 (Filven) se realizará en homenaje a Puerto Rico. Ver vídeo

     

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    Monseñor Romero: En nombre de Dios

    Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdames; Ciudad Barrios, 1915 - San Salvador, 1980. Arzobispo salvadoreño. El 23 de marzo, Domingo de Ramos, pronunció en la catedral una valiente homilía dirigida al Ejército y la Policía. Al día siguiente, hacia las seis y media de la tarde, durante la celebración de una misa en la capilla del Hospital de la Divina Providencia, fue asesinado en el mismo altar por un francotirador. Se atribuyó el crimen a grupos de ultraderecha, afirmándose que la orden de disparar habría sido dada por el antiguo Mayor Roberto D'Aubuisson (uno de los fundadores, posteriormente, del partido Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, ARENA); sin embargo, no se detuvo a nadie y todavía en la actualidad permanecen sin identificación y castigo los culpables.
     
     
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    Monseñor Romero, su vida

    Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdames; Ciudad Barrios, 1915 - San Salvador, 1980. Arzobispo salvadoreño. El 23 de marzo, Domingo de Ramos, pronunció en la catedral una valiente homilía dirigida al Ejército y la Policía. Al día siguiente, hacia las seis y media de la tarde, durante la celebración de una misa en la capilla del Hospital de la Divina Providencia, fue asesinado en el mismo altar por un francotirador.
     
     

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    ¡Aquí las Soluciones para bajar el costo de la luz AHORA!

     

    Mientras en el Partido Popular no se ponen de acuerdo y le MIENTEN al Pueblo, en el Partido Nuevo Progresista estamos claros….¡Hay que bajar el costo de la luz de forma permanente y AHORA!

    Por eso, Pierluisi presentó hace meses las Soluciones Urgentes para Puerto Rico sobre el tema de energía. Este esfuerzo es gracias al trabajo de un grupo de expertos en la materia que colaboran en el Instituto de Política Pública Luis A. Ferré.

    Las Soluciones Urgentes en el área de energía son las siguientes:

    • La culminación del proyecto de construcción del nuevo terminal de gas natural y conversión del complejo generatriz en Aguirre. Se estima que esto producirá ahorros inmediatos de hasta $300 millones anuales.

    • Alianzas Público Privadas para producir energía más barata y limpia.

    • Creación de una Junta que supervise que lo que pagan los abonados de la AEE sea justo y que se implante un sistema tarifario razonable, sin el ajuste por combustible.

    • Eliminar los obstáculos que esta administración a puesto para el desarrollo de proyectos de energía renovable.

    Detener la diversificación de energía pone en riesgo los empleos y el retiro de miles de empleados de la AEE, así como de los empleados de los sectores privados y públicos, y nos condena a continuar con el actual desastre económico, altas tarifas de electricidad así como la inevitable quiebra de múltiples comercios e industrias.

    No hay tiempo que perder. ¡El momento de actuar es AHORA! El futuro de transformar el sector energético depende de todos nosotros. ¡Puerto Rico, Podemos!

     

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    National Puerto Rican 

    Parade Update

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (March 25, 2014)

     

    Note: Yesterday's El Diario-La Prensa carried one of those rare public communications by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade to its community, an opinion piece by its new Chair, Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez. Athough she asks for support and feedback from the community, she doesn't explain how one can reach them so we thought we would share their contact information with you (BTW, we just found out that our good friend, Teresa Santiago of Comité Noviembre fame, is now manning the Parade office):

     

    National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

    145 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor

    New York, New York 10011

    Tel: 607-699-9372

    Fax: 212-414-7827

    Email: info@nprdpinc.org 

    Website: http://www.nprdpinc.org/

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    We hope this little trip down memory lane by Lorraine (the Chair one) is only the beginning of the Parade more regularly informing the community about the progress they are making and how people can help. This would be a good sign that this year's the Desfile will return to its roots as a People Parade.

     

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    Opinion

    "I was that girl on the train 

    from Pelham Bay"

    By Lorraine Cortés -Vázquez

    El Diario-La Prensa (March 24, 2014)

    translation from Spanish by NiLP

     

    Last month, when I was asked to assume the leadership of the National Puerto Rican Parade of the City of New York, my first reaction was, "God, that's not what I do, My job is to empower and defend the community." However, as those words were traveling quickly from my mind to my mouth, something inside me took care to remind me of the importance of this institution tha is the Parade and and Puerto Rico 's Day in New York. Something inside me reminded me what this represents for millions of Puerto Ricans and our diaspora.

     

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    It suddenly came to my mind the pride and joy my grandmother and my mother experienced when each year they brought my sister Ana Maria and me to the Parade. I cannot forget it. We boarded the Pelham Bay line at 110th Street (what is now the #6 train) with a "Bonita Bandera" on hand (many years before I realized it was enough to say "bander" without the adjective ), we got off at the 51st and Lexington Avenue and were looking for the way to la Quinta, near the area ofSt. Patrick;s Cathedral.

     

    Then came three hours of delightful entertainment, clapping and the happy syncopated singing of "que Bonita Bandera," amazed at the marchers . Somehow our younger nieces, nephews, great-nephews will continue that experience, with the only difference being that, in more recent times, we shared a drive from The Bronx to 97th Street, parked out cars and then would take the train on the Pelham Bay line, as I will always call it. Driving by car from the Bronx would add a special touch to the trip because along the way we would watch with emotion as each car had either one or two "Bonita Banderas" on the sides of both mirrors. Some more creative drivers would cover their cars with even larger flags. That was fun. Such are the memories.

     

    Recently my godson and nephew, now an adult, visited us from Tampa. Since he arrived he made me promise that we would go together to "La Parada," as we call it. You can't imagine how good it was as we bought much paraphernalia of "Bonita Bandera" stickers , tote bags , sweatshirts, bracelets, bandanas , necklaces - all of which we put on right away.

     

    They were delicious memories full of pride from answering in the affirmative. The Paraade and Day of Puerto Rico are icona of New York. Pictured with them the enormous contribution of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, the United States and, in particular, to the Big Apple. When I agreed to lead La Parada knew I faced a huge challenge, a challenge that involves rebuilding and restoring confidence in this historic and important entity.

     

    I'm not alone. I feel blessed by the support of a large group of dedicated people moved by the same passion, a board of directors with sensitivity and love for their people, culture and roots. They, like me, are driven by the hope that New York and Boricua diaspora will celebrate with pride.

     

    It's time for you to know them. They are business executives, lawyers , artists, public sector marketing professionals, the culinary world, an actor. For me , they are amazing : Maria Girone , Louis Maldonado, Ululy Martínez , Carmen Pacheco , Orlando Plaza, Rosa J. Gutierrez, Sandra Garcia Betancourt, Anthony Diaz, the "other" wonderful and beautiful Lorraine, Lorraine Reyes (how often two Lorraines of Puerto Rican roots come together?) and Rafael Dominguez.

     

    Anyone can help and be part of this "party." Fifth Avenue is big enough to fit it all in our hearts. You can also help us to make this a beautiful reality. You can give your time, your talent and your money. Ask for help from your company, advertising agencies , clients, suppliers, organizations, civic groups.

     

    Everyone can contribute to La Parada. Let me know and let them know of any other experience of your childhood or your adult life related to this day of La Parada. This is all for you, your family, your community.

     

    Together we can make our stories and memories are seen and heard by everyone using our network. I'm already anxious to see your "posts" and read what you write. As we all know, Latinos --- all! --- dance to marching of La Parada. So I invite you to relive those memories. Remember that this is a day when all New Yorkers alike are Puerto Rican. See you on Fifth Avenue on Sunday, June 8, 2014 .

     

    ¡Wepa !*

     

    Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, former Secretary of State of New York, is a lawyer, civil rights defender and community leader. She is Executive Voce President of Multicultural Markets of AARP in Washington, DC. She has recently assumed the psition of "Chair" of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

     

    *WEPA: NiLP just wants you to know, if you are not Puerto Rican, that according to the Urban Dictionary, it is a word of jubilation that is uttered by mainly Hispanics, especially within the Puerto Rican community. It normally is yelled at high volumes in a nasal manner, especially after something that is celebrated. "Wepa" normally means, "All right! Good job! Congratulations! Yeah!"

     

    When saying, "Wepa!," you must hold the "e" for the longest amount of time, and "a" for just as long. Variations are also acceptable.

     

    Pronounced: Weh - pah; you must say it nasally or there is no true jubilant effect.

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    Hispanics on sidelines: 

    Largest US minority group lags 

    in signing up for health care plans

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

    Star Tribune (March 24, 2014)

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    The Next America | Perspectives / Opinion

    Giving Latino Voters 

    the Protections They Deserve

    In The absence of a modern Voting Rights Act, states and localities are trying to put limits on Latino political power.

    By Arturo Vargas

    National Journal (March 12, 2014)

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    @lastprisoner @free_olr Es hora de hacer un documental para decir la historia de Oscar Lopez. Apoya. bit.ly/1gFS4cz

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    WE CAN FREE OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA

    Alejandro Luis Molina
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    Saludos, 

    Los altos costos energéticos en Puerto Rico te afectan a ti como ciudadano y al propio desarrollo económico que queremos.

    Te invito, a ver el mensaje de esta semana,
    donde conocerás los pasos de la Cámara sobre la Reforma Energética.

    Un abrazo,
    Jaime R. Perelló Borrás

     

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    ¡EL PNP FISCALIZANDO!

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    No hay tiempo que perder. Es momento de actuar. ¡El futuro de la #Educación depende de todos nosotros! 

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    Continúa Pierluisi Fortaleciendo la Palma

     

    “Todas estas actividades del fin de semana han tenido un denominador común. La gente está prácticamente desesperada por la situación actual de Puerto Rico, en particular por la situación económica. En cada una de mis conversaciones con liderato de base y con novoprogresistas en general, me comentan sobre la falta de soluciones que ven de parte de la administración del Partido Popular y la falta de madurez administrativa que enfrenta este gobierno. Yo les digo que Puerto Rico tiene esperanza. Ya nuestro partido está ofreciendo soluciones a los problemas que enfrentamos ahora, porque no creemos en sólo criticar; creemos en aportar desde ya”, expresó Pierluisi.

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    Fiscalizamos al Partido Popular y al mismo tiempo traemos las #SolucionesPR. #PRPodemos

     

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    En peligro puertorriqueños en Arecibo en caso de un tsunami por dejadez del DTOP

     

    "Emplazamos al Secretario del DTOP, Miguel Torres, para que provea acceso de escape apropiado a comunidades costeras"

    Los Senadores del Distrito de Arecibo, Ángel "Chayanne" Martínez y José “Joito” Pérez, emplazaron al Secretario del Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas, Miguel Torres para que tome acción de inmediato y se eviten miles de fatalidades en caso de ocurrir un Tsunami en las comunidades costeras del Bo. Islote, localizada en Arecibo cuyos sectores impactados serian Jarialito, Vigía, Rincón Chiquito y Víbora. En Barceloneta los sectores, Palmas Altas, Punta Palma, Verdúm y la Boca. Bo. Mameyal en Dorado y las Parcelas Puertas del Sol en Vega Alta. Estas comunidades al no tener una vía de escape apropiada sus residentes quedarían atrapados en caso de una emergencia, pereciendo miles de familias por no haber tomando las medidas necesarias a tiempo para evitarlo.

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    The Last Prisoner

    The Last Prisoner is a documentary that tells the story of the campaign to free Oscar López Rivera, the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner.

     

    To contribute through Indiegogo 

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    The Last Prisoner tells the story of Oscar López Rivera, the sole remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner. The decorated Vietnam veteran and community organizer who would subsequently work for the independence of Puerto Rico is now at the center of a struggle to set him free from a long and difficult imprisonment.

     

    He has been in prison since May 29, 1981. Twelve of those years were spent in solitary confinement despite the fact that Oscar was never convicted of crimes that resulted in deaths or injuries or ever accused of any act of violence.

     

    The fight for Oscar's freedom has united Puerto Ricans and many others from across the United States, Puerto Rico and around the world. In 2013, artists, politicians, famous athletes and ordinary people went to symbolic prison cells on the anniversary of Oscar's incarceration. And the cries for freedom are growing louder: Five Nobel Peace Prize winners including Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa have all joined the call for his pardon and release.

     

    The Story. In a cinema-verite style, the film will begin by following the characters that are currently working to free Oscar through marches, sit-ins at mock prisons cells among other forms of protest. Then, the film goes back in time to illustrate the story of Oscar, the challenges he faced in Chicago's poverty-stricken Puerto Rican enclave, his drafting into the military, and how those experiences forged him into an impassioned community organizer, then an Independentista and now a symbol of unity for Puerto Ricans.

     

    We will also shoot reenactments of the prosecutions of the former Puerto Rican political prisoners, which the federal government sought to imprison for most of their lives. The second part of the film will focus on the prison time and how a movement climaxed in 1999 when Clinton granted clemency to most of the prisoners. At the time, Oscar refused the clemency because he did not want to leave the two other prisoners behind. They had not been given clemency, but now they are free. Finally, we touch on the beginning of the current fight to free Oscar by activists, religious and political leaders, and of course his family.

     

    My Filmmaking Experience. I am an independent filmmaker with 15 years of experience, which include shooting music videos, news packages, commercials, short films and the award-winning documentary, Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream. I like to tell stories from the perspective of people who do not have equal voice in the large media. With my last film, we were able to reach a national audience through PBS and the film festival circuit where we won many awards. You can see more of that here: http://www.clandestinofilms.com/projects.html

     

    www.immigrantnationfilm.com

     

    What We Need. This is for a full rough cut. 50% of this funds will go towards production in Puerto Rico, NY and other cities in the US. 30% will post productions and 20% for administration research.

     

     

    MAKE AN IMPACT!

    Films have power and the time to tell this story is now. These stories are usually told from the side of those in power and not from the people. Your support is crucial.

     

    This story is about Oscar López Rivera, but it is also about Puerto Ricans and the larger Latino family and its relationship with the US.

     

    This film will serve as a tool to educate the community as it continues to call for Oscar's freedom.

     

    Other Ways You Can Help

    • Anyone interested in seeing this story in film can help.
    • Please spread the word. Tweet. Email. Post on Facebook. Make phone calls.
    • Don't hesitate. This story must be told. 
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    Durante la semana del 16 a 22 de marzo, el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla continuó impulsando el desarrollo económico, asignó $2.5 millones para CROEM y se inició la nueva fase de los Proyectos de Vida en las escuelas.  

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    Reinventing America

    Meet The Richest Billionaires 

    in Latin America

    By Dan Alexander

    Forbes (March 19, 2014)

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    Presidential Elections 

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    The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
    Website:   http://www.ProLibertadWeb.org
    Email:       ProLibertad@hotmail.com
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    Free Oscar Lopez Rivera and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio!

    The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign congratulates Artist/Activist Cesar Omar Sanchez for winning our Poster/T-Shirt Design Contest!  His amazing piece of art will be featured on our new campaign t-shirt and poster.


    ProLibertad would like to thank all the amazing artists for their incredible submissions.  It was difficult to choose, but only one could be selected.

    The poster and new t-shirt will be available to buy at our 20th anniversary gala in the Fall.  Be on the lookout for that announcement very soon!

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    New York DREAM Act 

    Post-Mortem?

     

    Note: Now that the dust has settled on this weekend's Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany, the fate of the proposed New York DREAM Act seems to be up in the air more than ever. The conference seemed like the last stand for the Latino legislators to decisively confront Governor Andrew Cuomo on the issue, but at a Friday meeting they had with him, it looks like they blinked.

     

    News from that meeting referred to a proposal by State Senator Peralta of Queens to have the Governor fund the DREAM Act from a minimum wage reimbursement fund to meet Republican demands that taxpayer money not be used for this purpose --- as if the Dreamers and their parents didn't pay taxes. There was also supposedly a plan from the Governor to use his executive power to jiggle some money out of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for the program. Then there are others that see moving on this issue through the compromise of promoting a Dream Fund that would rely solely on private donations and not require any legislation and could be set up by the Governor, a move that would effectively kill the DREAM Act. One gets the feeling that thee problem may not be the DREAM Act itself, but the apparent low esteem in which the Governor holds our Latino elected officials. In the end, the Somos conference wound up with the DREAM Act as its theme, but not its result.

     

    Then yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that the Siena New York Poll found that a "Majority Of New Yorkers Oppose DREAM Act But Support College Education For Prison Inmates." This negative result comes at crucial time for the wrap-up of the state budget negotiations in which many saw a last ditch chance to push the inclusion fo the DREAM Act. Here are some of the results:

     

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    If these poll findings are at all accurate, they indicate that support among the Latino respondents for the DREAM Act was not overwhelming, in fact there was much more support among Blacks. There was also opposition from union households, Catholics and those living outside of NYC. If this is the case, no wonder the Governor does not feel any strong motivation to push hard for this legislation, given he is up for reelection this year.

     

    Is this indeed a post-mortem, or is there a chance that the DREAM Act can be resuscitated this year? Well, at least we don't have long to wait to find out.

     

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    CONTENTS

    * "After Dream Act's Narrow Defeat, Focus Is on Timing of the Vote" By Jesse Mckinley, New York Times (March 23, 2014)

    * "Majority Of New Yorkers Oppose DREAM Act But Support College Education For Prison Inmates" By Ken Lovett, Daily News (March 24, 2014)

     

    After Dream Act's Narrow Defeat, 

    Focus Is on Timing of the Vote

    By Jesse Mckinley

    New York Times (March 23, 2014)

     

     

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    Majority Of New Yorkers Oppose 

    DREAM Act But Support 

    College Education For Prison Inmates

    By Ken Lovett

    Daily News (March 24, 2014)

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    "No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow!" - Proverb

    Spring is finally here, and at LatinoJustice we've been busy presenting at panels, protecting voting rights in Florida and immigrant rights in New York. Take a look at what we've been up to in the last month and join us at our upcoming events!


    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Fifth Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast- Thursday, June 19, 2014, 8-10 am
    Yale Club of NYC
    2014 Trailblazers include Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, NYC Council and Ivelisse Clausell, Chief Compliance Officer, Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Additional honorees to be announced.

    For ticket and sponsorship information, contact dmedina@LatinoJustice.org or visit the Trailblazers page! Interested in serving on the Breakfast Committee? Contact dmedina@LatinoJustice.org.

    National Immigration Day of Action-Thursday, April 10, 2014, All Day

    April 10th is an historic day for our movement and represents the power of immigrant communities. This year on April 10th, New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform will join groups around the country for a nationwide mobilization demonstrating the power of our movement and calling on lawmakers at the city, state and federal level to enact policies that promote immigrant rights. But we can’t do it without you. To get involved email jchavez@latinojustice.org.

    Law Day 2014- Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Law Day introduces law schools to a diverse pre-law constituency. This day-long event attracts hundreds of students and over 100 law schools from across the country. Pre-law students will hear from expert panelists what they can expect from the law school admissions process and about pre-law services they can access. For more information, contact spatrick@latinojustice.org.

    LAWBound Summer 2014

    In June of 2005, LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched a new initiative called LAWbound®, a project whose aim was to increase the number of Latinos who successfully stay on the path to law school.

    With the support of the Office of Diversity Initiatives of the Law School Admission Council, LAWbound builds upon our current pre-law programming and identifies Latino students early in their college career. The program provides targeted services that address some of the most common barriers to admission to law school, and helps students effectively navigate the law school admissions process, and, in turn, underwrite their own success. The deadline for LAWBound Summer is right around the corner. To register or for more information, contact spatrick@latinojustice.org.


    Victory for LatinoJustice! Suffolk County DA Increases Charges Against Cop Who Targeted Latinos

    Suffolk County Police Department Sergeant Scott Greene, charged January 31, 2014 with misdemeanor charges for robbing a Latino motorist, was indicted today on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts for targeting and robbing Latinos on seven separate occasions, including seven counts for having committed hate crimes. Three of the seven victims involved are represented by LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

    SCPD Sergeant Greene faces charges for committing grand larceny in the fourth degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree as a hate crime, petit larceny, petit larceny as a hate crime and official misconduct. If convicted, he could face many years in prison. Sgt. Greene previously pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges of petty larceny and official misconduct following his arrest on January 31st. Read more.


    Take Action: Support the New York State DREAM Act!

    Last week, the New York State Senate failed to pass the New York DREAM Act, prompting a last-minute effort to incorporate the legislation into this year’s budget, which is due to be completed by April 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year. The fight is not over and we need you to help us pass the NY DREAM Act!

    We demand that Governor Cuomo include the New York State Dream Act in the state budget by April, 1st, 2014!

    Go here to add your support and sign the petition and send this tweet to the governor!

    Tweet: .@NYGovCuomo #NY is falling behind many other states. It's time to stand up for #NYDREAMact & include it in budget! https://latinojustice.org/r/E/MTMzMDY/ODA3Nw/0/0/ZWxib3JpbmNhbm9kZW55Y0Bjb21jYXN0Lm5ldA/aHR0cDovL2N0dC5lYy8yOE8wUysjISMh/257/1


    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Urges Governor Cuomo to Promptly Order Special Election For 12 Vacant Legislative Seats

    Twelve legislative seats in the New York State Assembly and State Senate are currently vacant, depriving approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers, over 800,000 of whom are people of color, of their fundamental right to representation. This month, the New York Voting Rights Consortium, a group of leading local and national voting rights advocates, urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to order a special election for all twelve of the vacant seats in the State Assembly and State Senate by April 24, 2014. Read more.


    Admissions Figures at NYC's Specialized High Schools Show Persistence of Acute Racial Disparities

    During a time when the racial composition of the student composition in the city’s public schools continues to receive public scrutiny, the number of black and Hispanic students being admitted to NYC’s most selective high schools continues to decrease. The admission numbers to NYC’s elite eight specialized high schools announced today by the NYC Department of Education today represent the continuation of the City’s trend of unfairness and acute racial disparities in admissions to NYC’s eight Specialized High Schools that has been going on for many years. The percentage of African-American test-takers offered admission (only 5%) and the percentage for Hispanic students (7%) is worse than most of the past few years.

    LatinoJustice PRLDEF along with co-counsel the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, has filed a federal civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights alleging that the sole use of test scores for entrance to specialized high schools in New York City disproportionately excludes African-American and Latino students. That complaint is still pending. The DOE opened an investigation of the complaint in November 2012 and we eagerly await the results of its inquiry.


    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Presents at 2014 Caucus Week

    On Saturday, February 15, 2014, LatinoJustice’s senior counsel, Jackson Chin, spoke to 100 community advocates at the 43rd Annual New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus’ Civil Rights Seminar. This annual pilgrimage called “Caucus Weekend” brings thousands of New Yorkers and activists from communities of color who trek to Albany to press the flesh, discuss new developments, and, promote their concerns with members of the State Legislature and their staff.

    Panel guests spoke about a new generational fight in the national civil rights movement to defend voting rights, secure fair redistricting, and to demand fair access to quality education. Chin said, “The unfinished business of civil rights and plight of inequality forces us to focus on fair access to quality education.”


    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Protecting Voting Rights in Florida

    LatinoJustice PRLDEF along with labor, faith, and other civil rights organizations in Florida, have signed on to a letter by The Advancement Project, respectfully requesting Senator Jack Latvala to agenda the Florida Voting Rights Act (SB 1246) and the Florida Right to Vote Act (SB 1132). The Florida Voting Rights Act, sponsored by Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) and Representative Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville), would prohibit any voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, income level, sexual orientation, language, religion or disability. It would also allow the Florida Attorney General to petition the Florida Supreme Court to review changes in voting procedures (including but not limited to changes in redistricting plans, early voting, absentee voting, language access, list maintenance and voter registration) before they go into effect, to determine if they have a discriminatory impact. Read the letter here.


    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Congratulates Natacha Carbajal for Being Named One of NY's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars

    For the fourth year in a row, LatinoJustice lideres are acknowledged as rising influential Latinos in their community. This year, Natacha Carbajal, a member of the Lideres board for LatinoJustice PRLDEF has been recognized as one of New York's 40 under 40 Latinas. Natacha was acknowledged for her commitment to the community and her leadership and vision in all the programs she participates in. Felicidades Natacha, LatinoJustice is very proud of all of your accomplishments and we wish you continued success.


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    The Unbearable Whiteness of CPAC

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    The Koch Brothers Guide To Being 

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    Why More Puerto Ricans Are Living In Mainland U.S. Than In Puerto Rico

    By Cindy Y. Rodriguez | cindy.rodriguez@turner.com  

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    Lack of Access to Pre-School, Greater Suspensions Cited

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    Note: With the Spring 2014 27th Annual "Somos El Futuro" Conference in Albany starting today (March 21-23), we thought we would repost a commentary I wrote last year that discussed this event's history. The theme this year is "Hispanics Empowering the American Landscape: Economic Progress and Social Justice." But the main issue facing the Latino legislators at this gathering is what they plan to do to finally confront Governor Cuomo to push for the adoption of the NYS DREAM Act. Will they finally stand up to him collectively and in public, or will they continue to whine individually? When the Governor speaks at the conference, if he does, will he be interrupted with shouts of "The DREAM Act NOW!" or will he receive the customary polite applause of resignation? Is the American landscape they will be empowering be that of Andrew Cuomo or of the Latino community they supposedly represent?

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    From "Somos Ninguno"

    to "Somos El Futuro":

    Wheeling and Dealing in San Juan

    By Angelo Falcón (November 10, 2013)

     

    The gathering of New York Latino and other politicos in Puerto Rico these past five days at the Somos El Futuro Conference, historically derided by Latino community activists as only an extravagant  junket organized by Latino state legislators, this year revealed its usefulness as a serious political networking opportunity. It gained greatly in significance largely because of all the publicity on the election of Bill de Blasio as the new Mayor of the City of New York and the political negotiations around the selection of a new Speaker for the NYC Council.

     

    Created in 1987 as the Puerto Rican Hispanic Legislative Task Force that organized what was then called the "Somos Uno" Conference in Albany, what is now known as "Somos El Futuro" includes as well the annual conference in Puerto Rico every November and a regional conference on Long Island. It is one of the earliest statewide Latino gatherings in the United States and, from its beginnings, a thoroughly political animal.

     

    The Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force was created in 1987 by then State Assembly Speaker Mel Miller with the support of the late East Harlem Assemblyman Angelo Del Toro as, some argue, a way to divide the growing Black and Puerto Rican legislative presence represented by an increasingly militant and influential Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus that had been established in 1967. The Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force was not only an alternative to the Caucus but also allowed any member of the Legislature who has 15 percent or more of their district population that is Hispanic to join.

     

    Today, NYS legislators of color are represented by two groups and conferences in Albany. What was the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus is now called the Black, Puerto Rican Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, which holds its annual conference in February and is largely Black-led, although Latinos still participate. The Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force holds its annual "Somos El Futuro" Conference in March in Albany and is currently headed by Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz. This coming year there will be 21 Latinos in the  state legislature; all but two are Democrats.

     

    In 1988, the following year the Task Force was established, a dispute between the governor of Puerto Rico and NYS Puerto Rican legislators led to the organization of the Puerto Rico conference of Somos Uno. This was a Presidential election year and the Democratic Party contenders included Michael Dukakis and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The Governor of Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernandez Colon of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), had endorsed Dukakis, while the New York Puerto Rican legislators had endorsed Jackson. The story is that in order to mend fences over this disagreement, Governor Hernandez Colon supported holding the Somos Unos Conference in Puerto Rico, which he underwrote for the next year or two. Since then, this conference has been held there every year, except for 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.

     

    Because of the general ineffectiveness of NYS Latino legislators to translate their numbers and growing seniority into real political clout in Albany as a group, the Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force conference has over the years been derided by Latino community activists as "Somos Ninguno" or "Somos el Fututo," along with other epithets. In its early years, because of its novelty, the Somos Conference in Albany was attended by thousands of Latinos from throughout the state. However, as time went on and it became clear that no clear legislative agenda came from these conferences and that the timing of the conference in March, usually after the state budget was negotiated, made its impact negligible, interest began to wane. Today, its main value is to allow organizations and individuals with or seeking state funding to meet and party with the legislator individually and through receptions and participate on panels that highlight their work and themselves. It also holds a popular Model Legislative Session that introduces young people to the legislative process.

     

    The Somos El Futuro Conference in Puerto Rico, held this year on November 6-10, became a place where those present could hear from NYC Mayor-elect de Blasio and meet with his staff to promote issues and humbly offer their resumes. In addition, four of the five Democratic Party county leaders of the city met during the conference to discuss, among other things, their options for NYC Council Speaker, with possible candidates Melissa Mark Viverito, Annabel Palma, Dan Garodnick, Mark Weprin and James Vacca on hand at the Condado Plaza Hilton to make their case. It was also going to be the site of a meeting between NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio, but the Governor decided at the last minute not to show, representing the one major setback of the gathering.

     

    The question now is, with all the wheeling and dealing that took place in San Juan, what does the Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force have in mind for the upcoming legislative session and the annual conference on their home turf of Albany? Their inability to get Cuomo to back the NYS DREAM Act remains a sore point, and will they develop a strategy with de Blasio to help him get that tax hike on the wealthy to pay for pre-K and early childhood education in New York City? Then there is the persistent pesky problem that Latinos remain by far the most underrepresented group in NYS government employment --- although 18 percent of state's population, Latinos are only 4 percent of the state government work force! This, above anything else, indicates the collective failure of New York's Latino state legislators and raises serious questions about whether or not "somos el future" since, in terms of state government employees and political appointments, it is clear that still "somos muy. muy pocos."

     

    Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information on NiLP, visit our website at www.latinopolicy.org . He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

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    Remember that you will be fined if you fail to get health coverage for yourself or your eligible children by March 31.

    Health insurance is now affordable, in fact, you might even qualify for free coverage.

    Get the peace of mind knowing your children, up until age 26, can stay on your health insurance plan – even if they are married or live away from you.

    Accidents happen. No one plans to get hit by a car, have a sports related injury or fall off a ladder. No one is invincible. Take care of yourself and your family and get health insurance today.

    If you have questions on how the immigration status of family members might impact eligibility to enroll find the answers at HealthCare.gov or take a look at LULAC’s fact sheets here and here.

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    Immigrants Plan Trip To Vatican To Seek Pope's Support For Immigration Reform

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    Latinos become California's largest demographic though political clout lags

    This month Latinos will make up 39% of most populous US state, but group still struggles to convert numbers into results

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    The staff at El Museo is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and the unthinkable destruction that occurred recently in our neighborhood, El Barrio. Our most heartfelt sympathies go to the families and neighbors affected by the explosion.

     

    In response to the destruction, El Museo del Barrio invites fellow New Yorkers to assist affected residents by bringing water, clothing, canned and packed foods, toiletries, and medical and personal supplies to El Museo's Visitor Services/Coat Check drop-off site. Museum hours are 11:00am to 6:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday. We will be accepting donations through Saturday, March 29th. We thank you for your compassionate response.

     

     

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    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Ave at 104th St.

    In response to the destruction, El Museo del Barrio invites fellow New Yorkers to assist affected residents by bringing water, clothing, canned and packed foods, toiletries, and medical and personal supplies to El Museo's 

    Visitor Services/Coat Check drop-off site. Museum hours are 11:00am to 6:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  We will be accepting donations through Saturday, March 29th.

     

    The Mayors Fund 

    The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is enormously grateful for the support of foundations, corporations, and individuals who are committed to improving the lives of New Yorkers. 

    For more info, click here.

     

    The Office of Assemblyman 

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    Donations are now being collected between March 18 - 21 from 9am to 5pm.  Water, canned foods, packed foods and toiletries.  

     

    The District Office of Senator

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    157 East 104th St.

    The victims of this tragedy remain in our thoughts and prayers. We will be accepting donations of clothing and canned goods for the victims and their families from Monday - Friday between 9 - 5pm. For more info, click here.

     

    Operation: East Harlem We Stand

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    309 East 108th St.

    In the wake of the East Harlem Explosion, the community has extended a hand to those in need of assistance. The East Harlem Merchant Association has set-up a drop-off location for anyone willing to donate goods and services.  Some the items needed are: clotes, non-perishable goods, toys for kids, medical supplies, pro-bono legal services, and translators. Drop-off is between 9:00am and 7:00pm. For more info, call Clark Pena at 917-710-1467.

     

    The Griselde Camacho 

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    Hunter College is establishing a Fund in honor of the service and memory of Griselde Camacho, a public safety officer at our East Harlem campus, who died in an explosion in Harlem on March 12. For more info, click here.

     

    Help Liseth Perez Recover

    Liseth lost her husband Andreas and all her possessions in the devastating East Harlem building explosion. 

    For more info, click here.

     

    Help Barrios Hernandez Family

    Rosaura Barrios, 44, and Rosaura Hernandez, 21, were among at least eight people killed in the earth-rattling blast. For more info, click here.

     

    Hunter Supports East Harlem Fund 

    Hunter College is establishing a "Hunter Supports East Harlem" fund on behalf of all those in the community who are suffering and in need. Please give generously. 

    For more info, click here.

     

    Spanish Christian Church Harlem - Healing Friends and Family 

    On March 12th two buildings collapsed in East Harlem after a massive explosion, leaving 8 people dead. As we prepare for funeral arrangements, we also are trying to help the survivors move forward. Many have truly lost everything. They have lost their loved ones, their homes, and for some all of their possessions. 

    For more info, click here.


     
    FUNDRAISERS

    Friday, March 21 at 4:00pm 
    Candle Vigil for Victims of East Harlem Explosion 

    Taino Towers

    2253 Third Ave

    Maria Cruz, Executive Director of Taíno Towers asks all residents to join her along with members of City Gate International Church for a Candle Vigil. We will walk together in solidarity to East 117th Street and Park Avenue.  If you have a battery candle, please bring it with you. Please do not bring a real candle due to safety reasons. It is not necessary to bring a candle to walk with us.  For more info, please call 212-369-3755.

     

    Friday, March 21 at 8:00 pm
    Healing El Barrio

    Camaradas El Barrio 

    2241 First Ave
    Please join us as we come together to help those affected by the tragic explosion that took place in our beloved Spanish Harlem.

    Mambo & Friends will dedicate their live performance to the victims of this truly sad incident along with artists Adrian "Viajero" Roman, Marthalicia Matarrita, Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo, and Andrew J. Padilla will donate artwork for a silent auction.

     

    Sunday, March 30 at 7:00pm - 12:00am
    El Barrio Pinta!

    Camaradas El Barrio 

    2241 First Ave

    Join El Barrio Pinta! East Harlem Relief Efforts at Camaradas El Barrio. In light of the recent tragedy in East Harlem. I'm dedicating this one to relief efforts. Food, clothing, supplies and donations for the victims and families of those affected will be collected.

     

    Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5

    Park Avenue Relief 

    Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center 

    1680 Lexington Ave

    La Fortaleza Project in El Barrio is presenting an international film festival at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center. We are offering our event's support in the relief effort by encouraging audiences to purchase a 2-day festival pass for $25 of which $5.00 will be contributed for relief.


     

    Hours of operation:

    Las Galerías

    Sunday - Tuesday
    Closed
    Wednesday - Saturday
    11am - 6pm
     
    La Tienda
    Sunday - Tuesday
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    El Café
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    Tuesday - Friday
    11am - 3:30pm
    Saturday
    12pm - 3:30pm

     

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    Oscar López Rivera: Una vida de lecciones para la libertad y la autogestión
    Escrito por Eduardo Villanueva Muñoz / Portavoz Comité Pro Derechos Humanos

     

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    Oscar López fue arrestado el 29 de mayo de 1981. Fue acusado por el delito de conspiración sediciosa, que es un delito que existe en el Código Penal federal desde los tiempos de la guerra civil en Estados Unidos.

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    Masacre de Ponce

    El 21 de marzo es una fecha de triste recordación para Puerto Rico. 
    Ese día se rememora el suceso más trágico en la historía de la nación 
    puertorriqueña: La masacre de Ponce. Ocurrida el domingo de ramos de 1937. 
    En este suceso, la policía insular, bajo el mando del gobierno colonial 
    de Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico, masacró a un grupo de personas 
    desarmadas que marchaban pacíficamente.
     
     

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    Tel. (787) 774-8585

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    For full conference agenda, speaker information, and to register, visit www.nhmc.org/mediacon.
     
     
     
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    From Puerto Rican Cultural Center programs


    Condolences from Jose E. López, 

    Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 

    to the Molina Family

     

    On behalf of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and my family I want to express our deepest sense of condolences to the Molina family on the physical loss of their beloved mother, Bertha Alanis de Molina. We will greatly miss her presence, her eternal smile, her contagious grace, and most importantly her humanity. But we know she will be forever enshrined in our collective memory. She will also live on in the commitment, dedication, unswerving loyalty and empathy of her son Alejandro Luis Molina, and her grandson Matt McCanna-the 2 greatest gifts she bestowed upon the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. 

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    Bertha was a pioneering educator in the realm of bilingual education but she was an activist in her own right. The most sublime attributes of her son and grandson are mirror images of the humbled practices and lessons she taught them through her lived examples. 

     

    Visitation will be at:

    The Cremation Society of Illinois

    6471 N. Northwest Highway

    Chicago, IL 60631

     

    on Friday, March 21, 3-8pm.

     

    She has chosen to be cremated. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

     

    Congratulations to the PRCC-Clemente College Pipeline!
     

    Due to the hard work of our College Pipeline Mentors, Maria Borrero, UIC Mentor, Matt McCanna, Columbia College Mentor and Rebecca Rios and Alyssa Villegas, our Northeastern Illinois University Mentors, the following students have been accepted into college.

     

    The following 8 students have been accepted into University of Illinois at Chicago:

    Amanda Marciano  Jessica Robinson

    Miguel Luz  Jasmine Gonzalez

    Felipe Crespo  Anthony Justinano

    Giovanni Islas  Angel Davila

     

    The following 8 students have been accepted to Columbia:

     

    Destiny Ares   Brandon Gonzalez
    Shavone Matthews   Beatris Osorio
    Alexis Burgos   Sormaris Burgos
    Argenis Hernandez   Jakoby Lopez

     

    The following 6 students have been accepted to Northeastern Illinois University:

    Alina Santana   Angel Davila 

    Gina Vega    Luis Susana

    Jovani Salgado   Marisol Ortiz

     

    During Monthly General Assembly


    Luis Nieves Falcón memorialized by 
    Eduardo Villanueva
     

    On Friday, March 14th, 2014 the monthly General Assembly of the PRCC was dedicated to the memory of the Puerto Rican patriot Luis Nieves Falcón. A short video of Luis Nieves Falcón last trip to Chicago was played in which he rendered homage to the patriot Oscar López Rivera. This was followed by a moving and powerful presentation by the renowned Puerto Rican lawyer, writer and human rights activist Eduardo Villanueva. Villanueva's presentation zeroed in on Nieves Falcón's political transformation from a leading position in the Popular Democratic Party to becoming one of Puerto Rico's most important spokesperson, on a national and international level, for the independence of Puerto Rico. He also touched on Nieves Falcon's scholarship and deep commitment to social justice, equity and human rights. Nieves Falcón fought the good fight in every major Puerto Rican struggle during the past 50 years: from the anti-militarism campaign to the struggle to withdraw the US navy from Vieques and Culebra; from the efforts to stop strip mining in Puerto Rico to the efforts to make Spanish the official language of the island; from the movement to stop the building of a gas pipeline on the island to the struggle for workers and women's rights; from the battle to democratize the University of Puerto Rico to the crusade to release Puerto Rican political prisoners. According to Villanueva, Nieves' words, both spoken and written, became the spears and shields in the quest for liberation.

     

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    Joshua, Amayah, and Bella all prepare for Spring by planting strawberry seeds in their little flower pots. 

     

    2nd Annual Unified Puerto Rican People's Parade to Honor 40th Anniversary of Clemente Community Academy and Borinqueneers
     
    On Sat June 14th at 2pm, the 2nd annual Puerto Rican Peoples Parade will start on Division and Western motivated by the huge success of last years unified efforts, the organizers from Casa Puertorriqueña and the PRCC are extremely excited about this years upcoming celebration. They have decided that the parade will highlight the historic Puerto Rican Borinqueneers/ 65th Puerto Rican Infantry Regiment of the US Army- whose valor and courage is being memorialized by a major housing and health project for Latino veterans at Norwegian American Hospital, sponsored by Hispanic Housing Corporation. 

    The Parade will also showcase the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Roberto Clemente Community Academy. And, particularly, its new focus as an International Baccalaurate (IB) school, which will transform it into the jewel of the crown of the community's quest for creating a culture of educational excellence. The parade organizers are inviting Clemente students to submit their artwork for a poster competition for this years parade poster, which will integrate the themes of education, the 40th anniversary of RCCA and the celebration of the community's cultural expressions.

     

    From Our Community Partners


    Clemente Student Awarded Carson Scholarship

    The sophomore team is proud to announce Marilyn Gonzalez as a Carson Scholarship recipient! A Carson Scholar must have a GPA of at least a 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service.  Since only one student from each school can be nominated, Marilyn competed against her peers in an essay selection round by writing about her community work and what this scholarship would mean for her future. After being selected by the counseling department and GEAR UP as the most qualified candidate, Marilyn spent countless hours during lunch and after school writing and editing her application.  Her hard work paid off when she received the notification that she had been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship that will continue to accrue interest until she graduates from Clemente! Carson Scholars are also awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments.

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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

     

    Note: We urge you to write or call Governor Cuomo to let him know the importance of his calling for special elections right away to fill the 12 vacant seats in the NYS Legislature that currently exist. That's close to two million New Yorkers who do not have representation in the Legislature. Just this week we saw the difference one or two votes can make in Albany when the DREAM Act failed to get the support of the State Senate.

     

    You can call or write:

     

    Hon. Andrew Cuomo

    Governor

    State of New York

    State Capitol

    Albany, NY 12224

    Phone: (518) 474-8390

    Fax:(518) 474-3767

    gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us

     

    ---Angelo Falcón

     

    Major Civil Rights Groups Urge NYS Governor Cuomo to Order Special Elections Vacant Legislative Seats

    New York Voting Rights Consortium (March 18, 2014)

     

    To view letter to Gov. Cuomo, click here

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    Sintoniza hoy a partir de las 10:00 a.m.

    El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla anuncia el proyecto el Paseo Puerta de Tierra. 
     

    Conéctate en directo por  www.fortaleza.pr.gov 


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    Javier G. Torrijos, Chair

    Phone No. 302-894-6329

    DHC_Chair@state.de.us

     

    ACF would like to share this fellowship opportunity from Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools, which has an application deadline of Tuesday, April 1.

     

    The Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools Graduate Fellowship Training Program seeks candidates for its paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students and recent graduates interested in working on Hispanic health research.

     

    Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools highly encourages undergraduate students as well as business, public administration, policy and communications degree students to apply also.

     

    2014 Graduate Fellowship Training Programs include: 

     

     

    Apply Today: http://www.hshps.org/programs/gftp/application

     

    Fellows are placed throughout the United States and Latin America within government agencies and academic institutions. All HSHPS fellows work alongside a mentor, an experienced researcher or senior staff member; assist with a research project as it relates to minority health issues; and participate in a series of professional development seminars.

    For more information about this fellowship opportunity, please contact Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools at programs@hshps.org.

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    ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program. The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets.

     

    Deadline for applications: Monday, May 12, 2014

     

    Read the funding opportunity announcement

     

    For more information about ACF grants, programs and HHS jobs, visit the March edition of Infórmate.

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    Patria jardín de todos los amores
    Escrito por Rafael Scharrón  

     

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    Palabras de don Rafael Scharrón pronunciadas en la actividad de la Misión de Puerto Rico en Cuba, Juan Mari Brás, el pasado domingo 9 de marzo de 2014, día en que se le rindió homenaje a su vida como músico y patriota puertorriqueño.

     

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    Charlie Chaplin “se une” a la campaña mundial por la liberación Oscar López Rivera

     

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    San Juan, 17 mar (INS).- En la muestra “Simultáneas de Chaplin”, que exhibirá el escritor y artista Josean Ramos en la Universidad de Angers, Francia, el Chaplin boricua pedirá por la excarcelación del prisionero político Oscar López Rivera.


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    13 de abril - La Colmenita de Cuba en Puerto Rico

     

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    Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano de Puerto Rico (MINH)
    Tel. (787) 774-8585

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    the Puerto Rico Store
    is Closing

    All Puerto Rico Caps and Visors on Sale

    CLOSEOUT SALE PRICE $2.99  and $3.99 EACH. Assorted Styles, Limited Quantities available. When they SELL OUT they will be gone.

    Boricua com, 1511 Garfield Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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

     

    Long Time Prejudices Between 

    Latinos and African-Americans

    By Bill Smith

    African-American - Latino World (March 16, 2014)

     

    Personally, I and other African-Americans have had good relations with members of the Latino community, but then again, this was back in New York State. However, even today, living in California, I generally get along well with Spanish speakers presumably because i speak to them in Spanish and show a genuine interest in Latin American culture. However, lately, I've been meeting more and more who seem to only tolerate my presence or simply want very little to do with me even though I can speak Spanish.

     

    I once got into a discussion with an African-American on BlackVoices.com who said to me the only reason the Latinos are cool with me here in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live (Oakland) is because there are more of us African-Americans here. He insisted that I try someplace where Latinos are the majority and I will see an entirely different picture. Maybe the man has a point. I don't know.

     

    Below is a reprint from an article published by Tanya K. Hernandez,  a professor of law at Rutgers University Law School [currently at Fordhma Law School],  January 7, 2007 about long time prejudice between Latinos and African-Americans. I'm glad that the writer emphasized African-Americans and not "blacks" because in the Americas, there are many more black Latinos than there are black Americans.

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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

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    By Reid J. Epstein And Seung Min Kim

    Politico (March 14, 2014)

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  • FILM

    Puerto Rican Filmmakers Film and
    Video Screenings

    Burundanga! Spotlights Puerto Rican Filmmakers
    Poli Marichal and Ricardo Méndez Matta

    Tuesday, April 1; Wednesday, April 2
    Hunter College
    Silberman School of Social Work
    2180 Third Ave. E.119th St. Room 217

    Meet filmmakers Poli Marichal and Ricardo Méndez Matta, who are known for their independent feature film Ladrones y Mentirosos, at Burundanga!, a two-day series in East Harlem showcasing their video and film projects. This acclaimed film was selected to be Puerto Rico's entry to the Academy Awards for 2007and was well received at festivals in the United States and abroad.
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    Four Puerto Rican Bilingual Pioneers
    Honored by Education Group


  • Four Puerto Rican pioneers in the field of bilingual education in New York were honored and remembered by their peers at this year’s annual conference of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE). The trailblazers, all of whom passed away in the last two years are: Dr. Aurea E. Rodríguez, Anthony S. Amato, Luis A. Cartagena and Prof. José Vázquez-Faria

    Luis O. Reyes, Centro’s director of education, noted that these four deceased educators represent the leadership role that Puerto Ricans have played in the history of bilingual education in the state and in the nation. Reyes emphasized that their contributions spanned New York’s public schools and college classrooms and included bilingual curriculum development as far as Puerto Rico and Chicago in the case of Aurea Rodríguez and school district administration as far away as Hartford, Conn., New Orleans, La. and Stockton, Calif. in the case of Tony Amato.
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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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

     

    The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda's Latina Task Force

    and Political Parity present

    LatinasRepresent

    Policy & Leadership Summit

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Washington, D.C.

     

    To RSVP, click here 

    To view introductory video, click here

     

    To launch NHLA's new Latina Task Force and bring LatinasRepresent to the nation's capital, NHLA and Political Parity are organizing a day-long summit that is free and open to both Latinas and allies.

     

    LatinasRepresent is a special non-partisan partnership launched in February of 2014 is designed to:

    • Embolden Latinas to pursue public service leadership roles,
    • Unite stakeholders and communities,
    • Lift up effective strategies and models of success for public service leaders, and
    • Drive a national conversation about the need for a political system that fully reflects all Americans, including Latinas who are currently just 1 percent of all elected officials.

     

    Summit Schedule

     

    At 9:30 a.m. - The day will begin with registration, opening remarks, and a panel of policy experts highlighting the Latina perspective around key issues like civil rights, economic empowerment, education, health, immigration reform.

     

    At Noon - We've invited inspiring Latina elected officials, appointees and leaders to join us for lunch to share their advice and reflections related to their personal experiences moving up the leadership ladder.

     

    In the afternoon - We'll have workshops to help you strengthen your skills as a Latina leader and to connect with you with a small working group of professionals to discuss how Latinas can advance the policy and leadership issues discussed during the day.

     

    From 5:30-7:30 p.m. - We'll wrap up the day with a special networking reception celebrating Latina leaders making a difference in the nation's capital.

     

    Featured Speakers include:

     

    Latina Members of Congress

    Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez
     

    Marni Allen , Director of Political Parity

    Ann Marie Benitez, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

    Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics

    Vilma Colom, Former President National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and Former Alderman to the 35th Ward in the City of Chicago

    Claudia Flores, the Bridge Project

    Melody Gonzales, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Latino Appointment Program Director

    Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

    Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy at Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

    Erin Hustings, Senior Policy Analyst with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund

    Ignacia Moreno, Former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental and Natural Resources Division

    Hector Sanchez, Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda & Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

    Patti Tototzintle, CEO of Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

    . . . and other special guests! 

     

    LatinasRepresent is joint initiative of Political Parity (a project of the Hunt Alternatives Fund) and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (a coalition of the nation's 37 preeminent national Latino organizations).

    Escucha aquí el Turno en Contra al Proyecto Sustitutivo de la Senadora María de Lourdes Santiago, para "reformar la AEE":

     

    Turno en contra al Proyecto Sustitutivo de Energía

     

    Voy a expresarme en contra de la aprobación de esta medida y quiero referirme, en primer lugar, al proceso de consideración de este Sustitutivo. A nosotros se nos eligió para que trabajáramos y creo que lo mínimo que se le puede pedir a  una legisladora o a un legislador es que llegue al hemiciclo preparado y sabiendo sobre lo que se va a votar. La reunión ejecutiva para discutir esta medida se canceló en el momento para el que había sido citada porque la Comisión no había hecho su trabajo y no tenía el proyecto listo. Yo tuve un borrador de este proyecto ayer en la mañana, pero no es hasta que ha recomenzado la Sesión, luego de la ejecutiva, que he tenido en mis manos la copia de la medida. Y vamos a decir que la asistencia a la reunión ejecutiva no fue abundante.

    Aquí se expresaron decenas de personas sobre distintas medidas, ninguna de las cuales son las que están bajo consideración hoy. Esto es otra cosa que nadie había visto en su forma final hasta que estábamos a punto de regresar del receso. Esa no es manera de legislar; eso es un engaño, es una falta a la democracia y es una soberana irresponsabilidad legislativa. Como si aquí el proceso legislativo fuera la finca privada de dos o tres. Sí, este es el Senado abierto al pueblo, y la formula es "tu participas, yo participo y el Presidente decide". Así no es.

    Pienso que en todo este proceso era posible seguir otra vía. Aquí en Puerto Rico, yo creo, que estamos claros que hay un consenso sobre muchos puntos. Primero, que el acceso a energía eléctrica es un derecho humano, es un recurso indispensable para una vida digna y un recurso indispensable para el desarrollo económico del país. Y como corolario de ese derecho tenemos que procurar que esa energía eléctrica  sea accesible a todos y todas de la manera más razonable y económica posible. Todos estamos de acuerdo en que es necesario reformular la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica y agilizar su procedimiento, modernizar su visión. Todos estamos de acuerdo que hay unos elementos que tienen que ser revisados de manera seria. Por ejemplo, los subsidios. Porque todos nosotros tenemos que pagar en la factura los $385 millones que cuestan los subsidios, de los cuales, $285 millones se van a los municipios para que pueden tener los parques de pelota prendidos a la hora que les de la gana. Y estamos todos de acuerdo en que está muy atrasada la agenda de diversificar la generación, que hace tiempo tenemos que movernos a la generación de energía de fuentes renovables, a la masificación de la energía, a la democratización de la generación de energía. Y todos estamos de acuerdo en que, por lo menos en teoría, creo que en realidad solo en teoría, de que el monstruo de la politización hay que erradicarlo de la AEE. Y digo que es en teoría porque todo el mundo lo dice, pero cuando hay que ir a buscar chavos con energéticos coloraos o energéticos azules, ahí es buena la política en la AEE.

    Así que, hasta un punto u otro estamos de acuerdo en los lineamientos generales que debe ser una reforma energética. El problema es cómo nos acercamos a la solución, y este Sustitutivo es una de las peores formas posibles de acercarse a la solución. En primer lugar, porque en la medida que sea el producto del trabajo de la consideración y de la aportación solamente de la mayoría legislativa y se excluya a los otros sectores del país de la consideración real sigue siendo un ejemplo de politización dentro de la AEE. En segundo lugar, porque con demagogia no vamos a llegar a ningún lado. Aquí se le ha querido vender al país que este es el proyecto que mágicamente va a bajar el costo de la energía eléctrica. Eso es completamente falso porque eso no se legisla y eso lo sabemos todos. Aún aquellas cosas que se han querido hacer bien, como la revisión de la contribución en lugar de impuesto, que es ese contrato desigual entre los municipios y la Autoridad, la versión que finalmente tenemos aquí es una tremendamente aguada porque la Asamblea Legislativa completa es rehén de los alcaldes de este país. Los alcaldes, para quienes no hay chavos para pagar la luz, pero sí hay chavos para que le liquiden sus vacaciones. Porque dentro de la cargada agenda legislativa de tres o cuatro resoluciones que estamos aprobando por sesión, no ha habido espacio para que mi proyecto para eliminar eso sea considerado. Sin embargo, para pagar la luz, entonces, los alcaldes no tienen dinero. Y lo que ustedes van a aprobar hoy es una versión tremendamente aguada de lo que pudo haber sido una reforma de los subsidios municipales.

    Ahora nadie tiene culpa de lo que está pasando en la Autoridad ¿verdad? Los mismos que niegan la paternidad del niño, ahora lo quieren disciplinar. Y en lugar de hacerlo de la forma sensata y fiscalizadora, ahora alegan  que no se puede. ¿Cómo que nadie fiscaliza la Autoridad? ¿Y para qué es que estamos nosotros aquí? Pero ese niño rebelde hay que disciplinarlo ahora a través de un ultimátum. Y el ultimátum se ha conceptualizado en el proyecto a través de lo que llaman el plan de "ALIVIO ENERGETICO" en letras mayúsculas, y a través de "Concepto Operacional Innovador". Y esto es lo que dice la disposición sobre alivio energético: "La Autoridad deberá en un periodo que no exceda dos años contados a partir de julio 2014, asegurarse que la electricidad transmitida y distribuida en Puerto Rico sea generada en un mínimo de 60% por generadores altamente eficientes, según ese término sea definida por la Comisión, que deberá incluir como factor principal la eficiencia térmica de la planta o instalación eléctrica y cualquier otro parámetro de la industrias sea la eficiencia en la generación de la energía". ¿Exactamente qué quiere decir eso? Por lo menos tuvieron el pudor de eliminar la razón de eficiencia térmica después que se barrió el piso con el término en las vistas públicas, pero ahí sigue escondida. Le estamos confiando a una comisión que no ha sido creada -aunque, evidentemente, de la forma que se redactó se tiene ya el nombre y el apellido de quienes van a ser los comisionados- las determinaciones del futuro de nuestra principal corporación pública. Porque si la Autoridad no se ajusta a esos criterios -que nadie conoce- entonces es que va a venir el cantazo, en la eventualidad, dice el proyecto, de que el plan de alivio energético y el CONOPS (el concepto operacional innovador) no sean sometidos por la autoridad. Pero, ¿a qué es que van a estar sujetos? "A que los mismos no sean sometidos de manera satisfactoria para la Comisión".  ¿Y cuál es la manera satisfactoria para la Comisión?  "O en caso de determinarse que  los mismos estuvieron incompletos".  ¿Y qué quiere decir que van a estar incompletos? Va a decir lo que la Comisión le de la gana que quiera decir.

    Esa incertidumbre en los requisitos va a acarrear la penalidad de la privatización. La Comisión ordenará entonces, si no cumplen con los requisitos que no conocemos, en esos estándares que no conocemos, "un proceso competitivo para integrar al sistema eléctrico de la Autoridad otras compañías generadoras de energía que sí cumplan con esas disposiciones". Si eso no es abrirle las puertas y ventanas a la privatización, que venga Dios y lo vea. Para añadirle sal a la herida, ya no es solamente que la Autoridad se tenga que someter al verdugo que evidentemente va a ser la Comisión, sino que también la tiene que pagar. La Comisión tiene que salir de los fondos de la propia Autoridad. La Oficina Independiente de Protección al Consumidor, que es una gran idea, tiene que ser también con fondos de la Autoridad, y la única forma en que alguien pueda hablar aquí realmente de reducción de tarifas es porque en la Ley se dispone que la Autoridad, de ahora en adelante, va a ser el único negocio del mundo que no puede recuperar sus costos. Actualmente, se dispone que "la Autoridad podrá cobrar tarifas que sean suficientes para cubrir los gastos incurridos en la preservación, desarrollo, mejoras, extensión, reparación, conservación y funcionamiento de sus facilidades y propiedades". Toda esa frase ha sido eliminada. De pronto, el costo de operación de esa corporación pública, el único costo de mantenimiento de su facilidad, eso no puede entrar en el cómputo de la tarifa. ¿Pues cómo es que va a subsistir? Así, cualquiera, con ese engaño, baja artificialmente una tarifa. Pero naturalmente, sí se quedan aquellas sumas que sean necesarias para cumplir con el pago del principal e intereses de los bonos.

    Lo que aquí se está firmando, lo que aquí se va a aprobar con los votos de la mayoría y algunos de los votos de la minoría del PNP, es la sentencia de muerte de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica. Es imponer requisitos que nunca podrá cumplir para  caer de nuevo en la trampa de la privatización, que tan mal le ha servido a nuestro país. No porque es inherentemente malo establecer colaboración con entidades privadas, sino porque aquí el gobierno siempre ha apostado al lucro de unos pocos en detrimento de la gente nuestra. Podrán pintarlo de la manera que quieran, pero aquí hay dos cosas claras: éste es el proyecto para abrir la puerta a la privatización, éste es el proyecto para llevar a Puerto Rico por la peor ruta posible, porque la experiencia en todas las jurisdicciones con privatización y con comisiones reguladoras dictan mucho de lo que nos han querido proyectar aquí. Yo no me presto para esa faena. El voto del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño será en contra de esta medida. 

     

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    Taking Latinos to the Next Level

    In the Netertainment Industry

     

    March 27, 2014

    Universiy City, CA

     

    General Registration

    Register now for NHMC #MediaCon 3/27/14: www.nhmc.org/mediacon. It's the perfect opportunity for aspiring professional to network with media executives, corporate diversity and marketing representatives, producers, directors and writers

     

    Register now for NHMC #MediaCon on 3/27/14: www.nhmc.org/mediacon! MediaCon is the premier annual event that convenes industry executives, media insiders, as well as diversity, public relations and marketing professionals to network, share best practices, and discuss the role Latinos are playing in trends and emerging issues in the entertainment industry

     

    Keynote Panel

    Join the heads of entertainment of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC at the 2014 NHMC #MediaCon on 3/27! Register today to hear from these top level executives at the premier annual conference designed to advance the image and careers of Latinos in media. www.nhmc.org/mediacon 

     

    Just announced: the heads of entertainment of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC--Paul Lee, Nina Tassler, Joe Earley and Jennifer Salke--will be the keynote speakers at the 2014 NHMC #MediaCon on 3/27! Register today to hear from these top level executives at the premier annual conference designed to advance the image and careers of Latinos in media. www.nhmc.org/mediacon

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    Dalmau repudia aumentos en costos UPR


    Contacto: Calixto Negrón Aponte
    787-447-0058

     
    San Juan, Puerto Rico. 19 de marzo de 2014. - El secretario general y ex candidato a la gobernación por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Juan Dalmau, catalogó como un insulto a la comunidad universitaria que el gobernador, Alejandro García Padilla, se niegue a reconocer como aumento de matrícula el alza en el costo de los créditos a partir del próximo agosto.

    "Aquí está nuevamente el Gobernador intentando engañar al país con el juego y manipulación de las palabras. Sea en la matrícula o en el costo de los créditos, lo cierto es que aumento es aumento. Y otra vez el gobernador de turno le impone a los estudiantes la pesada carga de enfrentar las deficiencias fiscales y económicas de la UPR y el país con dicho aumento en el costo de los créditos", puntualizó Dalmau.
     
    El líder independentista acusó a García Padilla de intentar distanciarse del nuevo atropello que se pretende perpetrar escondiéndose - como lo han hecho todos los gobernadores anteriores- tras una "autonomía universitaria" inexistente. "Si existió en algún momento, la "autonomía universitaria", la misma fue burlada y destruida por todas las administraciones del PNP y el PPD que históricamente han tomado por asalto y como botín de guerra a la UPR, siempre estimulando su debilitamiento, politización y reprimiendo al que piense o actúe críticamente. El Gobernador le dio un cheque en blanco a la Junta de Gobierno que el designó y que responde a él, porque, repito, la "autonomía universitaria" es una mentira, para que sean estos los que le hagan el trabajo sucio de imponerle otro aumento a los estudiantes", sentenció el también Comisionado Electoral del PIP.

    "En lugar de lavarse las manos como Poncio Pilatos", añadió Dalmau, "amparándose en una autonomía universitaria que no existe, el Gobernador debe promover el diálogo entre todos los componentes de la comunidad universitaria para evaluar y darle paso a las propuestas presentadas por estudiantes, profesores y empleados no docentes, y evitar que se imponga un costo más alto a la educación superior del país. No es momento para demagogia ni de lavarse las manos", concluyó el dirigente pipiolo.
     
     
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    On behalf of LULAC National Women’s Commission, I invite you to participate in our 14th Annual LULAC National Women’s Conference in Milwaukee, WI March 28-30, 2014. This conference will bring together influential Latinas from across the country to speak on the most pressing issues and opportunities facing women today.

    This year’s conference will feature workshops on education, health, the importance of the female vote, immigration, civil rights, domestic violence, women in military, nutrition, online dangers and more. There is something for everyone from our youth, to our young adults, adults and our elderly.

    Hispanic women are gaining prominence in the U.S. and are becoming a strong influence on the mainstream economy. Within the overall Hispanic demographic, however, the women are the ones in the driver’s seat, according to a recent report published by Nielsen. Hispanic women are the growth engine of the U.S. female population, and are expected to represent 30 percent of the total female population by 2060, while the non-Hispanic white female population is expected to drop to 43 percent.

    Our mission is to continue rising their consciousness and continue building their capacity in the United States and Puerto Rico. Latinas are becoming more educated, tech savvy and connected, they are writing their own destinies. Today, Latinas are at the helm of decisions being made not only in our homes, but in business and government.

    Once again, I along with our entire LULAC Women’s Commission look forward to seeing you there!

    Cordially,

    Elsie Valdes
    National Vice-President for Women

     

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    • Location: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
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    • Date:
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    National Latino Groups Meet with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Immigration Reform

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), NCLR Action Fund, League for United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Hispanic Federation, Mi Familia Vota, and CASA de Maryland met with Governor Martin O’Malley to discuss the need for Congress to pass immigration reform this year. Specifically, the group requested that Governor O’Malley work with the Maryland Congressional Delegation to pass an immigration reform bill that meets the needs of the Latino community, including an earned path to citizenship.

    Last summer the Senate, in a bipartisan effort, passed the immigration reform bill, S.744. While voters across the country support immediate action to fix our broken immigration system, the House of Representatives has refused to act and to date millions of undocumented Americans continue to live in limbo. Each day of inaction by the House results in about 1,100 needless deportations, and one-fourth of all deportees are parents of U.S. citizen children.

    In response, the group of advocacy organizations issued a letter to national leaders requesting a meeting to discuss how they could help with the fight for immigration reform. The bipartisan group of leaders the coalition asked to meet included Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R-NJ), former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Governor John Kasich of Ohio (R-OH), Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Governor Rick Snider of Michigan (R-MI), Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA), Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R-IN), and Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin (R-WI).

    Maryland's Governor Martin O’Malley is the first leader to respond to our call of action. Maryland has a significant Latino and immigrant population. Latinos make up about 9 percent of the state’s population with rapid growth in Maryland’s DC suburbs. In 2011, Governor O’Malley signed into law the Maryland DREAM Act granting in-state tuition to undocumented youth with significant ties to the state, a victory he was later successful in defending at a voter referendum. And, last year, with the help of legislators, Governor O’Malley made Maryland the first state this side of the Mississippi River to permit undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses.

    “We thank Governor O’Malley for meeting with our coalition at such critical juncture of the immigration reform debate,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA. “Collectively our organizations have mobilized our members all over the nation to reinforce the urgency of getting a vote on immigration reform in the House of Representatives. LCLAA looks forward to working with Governor O’Malley to complement our efforts and get immigration reform legislation with a path to citizenship on President Obama’s desk.”

    “Passing immigration reform is the right thing to do for the millions of undocumented people who contribute to this country every day,” said Brent Wilkes, Executive Director of LULAC. “It’s time for Congress to put people over politics and pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

    Governor O'Malley has been a vocal supporter and advocate for immigration reform for some time. Today we met with him - asking him to escalate his involvement in urging Congress to finally take action on the issue and for the White House to follow through on its evaluation of the current deportation process. We need the increased leadership of people like Governor O'Malley - the current system is broken and it is destroying Latino families nationwide," said Matthew McClellan, Executive Director of NCLR Action Fund.

    "It's clear that many of our nation's governors, regardless of political party, have recognized the need for commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. This should not be about politics. Immigration reform is an economic issue and a moral issue as it affects the lives of real people and speaks to our national values. Governors understand the need for reform and can send a clear message to Congress of the national benefits that would come from comprehensive immigration reform," said Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota.

    “While Governor O’Malley has taken leadership to advance civil rights for Latinos with state reforms, the most critical advances remain federal in nature and we need him to use his significant stature to move Washington forward,” said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland.

    “There is broad consensus among the American people that our immigration system is deeply broken and failing our families, workers, business and economy. Governor O’Malley understands the need for immigration reform and has supported pro-immigrant state measures such as the Maryland DREAM Act and driver licenses for undocumented residents. Today we met with him to urge he increase his leadership in moving Congress forward and work with the President to end the needless pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from Congressional inaction,” said Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation.

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    The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

    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 900 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.

    The National Council of La Raza Action Fund (NCLR Action Fund) works to expand the power and influence of the Latino community to shape public policy and opinion in ways that strengthen the nation and improve the social, civic, and economic well-being of Hispanics through grassroots and national advocacy and lobbying. For more information visit www.nclraf.org

    Mi Familia Vota is a national non-profit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation by promoting citizenship, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country with operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. www.mifamiliavota.us

    CASA de Maryland is the Maryland’s foremost Latino and immigrant organization, with over 50,000 members, and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core supports necessary for full participation in society. www.casademaryland.org/

    The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. Hispanic Federation provides grants and services to a broad network of Latino non-profit agencies serving the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community and advocates nationally with respect to the vital issues of education, health, immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement and the environment. For more information, please visit www.hispanicfederation.org.

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    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    New York State DREAM Act Fails in State Senate

     

    CONTENTS

    * "NY Dream Act fails in state Senate by two votes" By Teri Weaver, The Post Standard ( March 17, 2014)

    * "Democrat Leadership Not Fighting Hard Enough for NY DREAM Act " By Cesar Vargas, Huffington Post (March 12, 2014)

     

    NY Dream Act fails 

    in state Senate by two votes

    By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

    The Post Standard ( March 17, 2014)

     

     

    The Blog

    Democrat Leadership Not Fighting 

    Hard Enough for NY DREAM Act

    By Cesar Vargas | @DREAMerJ_D

    Huffington Post (March 12, 2014)

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    The Last Prisoner  tells the story of Oscar López Rivera, the sole remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner. The decorated Vietnam veteran and community organizer who would subsequently work for the independence of Puerto Rico is now at the center of a struggle to set him free from a long and difficult imprisonment.

    He has been in prison since May 29, 1981. Twelve of those years were spent in solitary confinement despite the fact that Oscar was never convicted of crimes that resulted in deaths or injuries or ever accused of any act of violence.

    The fight for Oscar’s freedom has united Puerto Ricans and many others from across the United States, Puerto Rico and around the world. In 2013, artists, politicians, famous athletes and ordinary people went to symbolic prison cells on the anniversary of Oscar’s incarceration. And the cries for freedom are growing louder: Five Nobel Peace Prize winners including Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa have all joined the call for his pardon and release.

    The Story

    In a cinema-verite style, the film will begin by following the characters that are currently working to free Oscar through marches, sit-ins at mock prisons cells among other forms of protest. Then, the film goes back in time to illustrate the story of Oscar, the challenges he faced in Chicago’s poverty-stricken Puerto Rican enclave, his drafting into the military, and how those experiences forged him into an impassioned community organizer, then an Independentista and now a symbol of unity for Puerto Ricans.

    We will also shoot reenactments of the prosecutions of the former Puerto Rican political prisoners, which the federal government sought to imprison for most of their lives. The second part of the film will focus on the prison time and how a movement climaxed in 1999 when Clinton granted clemency to most of the prisoners. At the time, Oscar refused the clemency because he did not want to leave the two other prisoners behind. They had not been given clemency, but now they are free. Finally, we touch on the beginning of the current fight to free Oscar by activists, religious and political leaders, and of course his family.

    My Filmmaking Experience

    I am an independent filmmaker with 15 years of experience, which include shooting music videos, news packages, commercials, short films and the award-winning documentary, Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream. I like to tell stories from the perspective of people who do not have equal voice in the large media. With my last film, we were able to reach a national audience through PBS and the film festival circuit where we won many awards. You can see more of that here: http://www.clandestinofilms.com/projects.html

    www.immigrantnationfilm.com 

    What We Need. This is for a full rough cut. 

    50% of this funds will go towards production in Puerto Rico, NY and other cities in the US. 30% will post productions and 20% for administration research. 

    MAKE AN IMPACT!

    Films have power and the time to tell this story is now. These stories are usually told from the side of those in power and not from the people. Your support is crucial.

    This story is about Oscar López Rivera, but it is also about Puerto Ricans and the larger Latino family and its relationship with the US.

    This film will serve as a tool to educate the community as it continues to call for Oscar's freedom.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Anyone interested in seeing this story in film can help.

    Please spread the word. Tweet. Email. Post on Facebook. Make phone calls.

    Don’t hesitate. This story must be told.

    WE CAN FREE OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA

    Alejandro Luis Molina
    alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org
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    Board of Directors
     
    José R. Sánchez
       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's

    Latino Appointments: An Update

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (March 18, 2014)

     

    A racial-ethnic breakdown of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's the latest batch of appointments to this administration reveals that although Latinos have seen significant gains in representation over the past administration, this community remains the most underrepresented in city government. Among the Latino appointees, Latina women have experienced the most gains. 

     

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    As of the 88 appointments announced by Mayor de Blasio as of March 17, 2014, there were 13 Latinos (15 percent of the total). This is a major improvement over Latino appointments by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who ended his terms in office only appointing one Latino to his top 11 executive positions (9 percent) and only 4 Latinos of the 80 heads of city agencies (5 percent) listed on the administration's website in 2013.

     

    Despite this significant improvement, Latinos remain the most underrepresented group in the municipal government workforce. Making up 16 percent of Mayor de Blasio's appointments so far, this is in comparison to Latinos making up 20 percent of the overall city government workforce and 29 percent of the city's population.

     

    As illustrated by a recent article in Newsday on Mayor de Blasio's diversity track record in his appointments, utilizing such broad frameworks as "diversity" ignores the circumstances of specific communities. For example, while this article compares de Blasio's record with that of former Mayor David Dinkins, it doesn't address the specific problems faced by Latinos who were basically shut out of significant inclusion in city government over the last twenty years of the Bloomerg and Giuliani Administrations. The costs of such long-term exclusion in terms of this community's economic development, civic involvement and advocacy capacities are ignored. More problematic is the apparently low priority being given to the subject by even progressive analysts and advocates, as well as some Latino community leaders.

     

    Whites continue to be overrepresented in city government employment, both as Mayoral appointees and as part of the overall municipal workforce. Blacks are overrepresented in the overall city workforce in comparison to their share of the population, with which they have achieved near parity in terms of the de Blasio appointments. Asians are significantly underrepresented in the overall city government workforce, but well represented in the de Blasio appointments. Latinos were the only group to be underrepresented both in comparison to their share in the population in overall city government workforce, and as de Blasio appointees in comparison to their share in the overall city government work force.

     

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    By Type of Position. In terms of the type of appointed positions held by Latinos so far in the de Blasio Administration, they are best represented in the policymaking position Chief of Staff, of which they make up 33 percent, and  of Comissioners/Chanecellor, of which they made up 27 percent of persons appointed to this title. Latinos have been appointed to the key positions of Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Schools Chancellor, and the commissioners of the Department for the Aging, Administration of Children's Services, Probation Department and the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit.

     

    Whites were overrepresented in and dominated the other policy level titles of Commissioner, Chief of Staff, Deputy Mayor, Director, President, and stood out in holding all of the Senior Advisor positions. Blacks were overrepresented in Chairperson positions, holding two-thirds of those. The racial-ethnic diversity of these policy-level titles is very uneven and dominated by Whites.

     

    By Gender. Women were a majority (53 percent) of Mayor de Blasio appointments to date. Of all the groups, women were the best represented among the Latino appointments. They made up 69 ercent of total Latino appointments, followed by Black women, who made up 63 percent of total Black appointments. Women were least represented among White appointees, making up 45 percent of their total, while Asian women and men each made up 50 percent of the appointments for that group. 

     

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    Within Agencies. As we continue to monitor Mayor de Blasio's top and central appointments, the next level of attention required to assess the level of Latino representation in the municipal workforce has to be the individual agencies' staffs and boards. For example, the Department of Education, in which Latinos make up 41 percent of the public school enrollment, the largest group, is now headed by a Latina as Schools Chancellor, who has brought in other Latinos in key positions in that department. However, among teachers, only 14 percent are Latino.

     

    Latinos are also underrepresented in the Department of Education's Panel for Educational Priorities. Of the initial 10 appointments to this 13-member advisory body appointed by both the Mayor and Borough Presidents, there were no Latinos selected. Even the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., whose borough has the highest concentration of Latino public school students, making up 62 percent of the total, did not appoint a Latino to represent his county. After this Latino exclusion from a body overseeing policies affecting a student body whose largest segment is Latino became public, two Latinos were finally appointed by the Mayor. While both are well-respected educators, they were both selected from the same national-origin Latino group, ignoring the diversity of the city's Latino population. So that although Latinos make up 41 percent of the public schools' enrollment, Latinos only make up 14 percent of teachers, and 15 percent of the membership of the Panel for Educational Priorities.

     

    Another example is the Police Department, which has the highest number of Latino city employees, where they, make up 24 percent of the total. However, in terms of the department's top 29 positions, there are only 4 Latinos, making up only 14 percent, in the positions of First Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Chief of Housing Police, and Executive Director of the Support Services Bureau.

     

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    Agency Segmentation, In a previous NiLP Latino Datanote, the following agencies were identified as having the poorest representation of Latinos on their staffs in percentages: 

     

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    This previous NiLP report also found a high level of racial-ethnic segmentation among city agencies: of the forty agencies included in this report, the majority, 23, are predominantly White in employment, and 17 are predominantly Black (none is predominantly Latino or Asian). One consequence is that the median annual salary for the 10 most Latino agencies was $53,468, while, for the 10 least Latino agencies, it was $65,005, a difference of 22 percent.

     

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    Besides monitoring Mayor de Blasio's record of Latino appointments, it is also important for Latino advocacy organizations to monitor and engage individual agencies with the worst records of Latino hiring to address this problem of Latino exclusion. There is a need as well to hold those agencies with the largest number of Latino employees to be held accountable for promoting more Latinos in their leadership positions.

     

    Centrally, Mayor de Blasio needs to order a review of those city agencies most responsible for promoting employment diversity and the need for them to focus on the persistent problem of Latino employment underutilization. These include the Department of Citywide Administration Services, the Commission on Human Rights, the Fair Employment Practices Commission and the EEO Officers in each agency. Consideration should be given by the Mayor to establish a Latino Employment Opportunity Task Force to assume this task.

     

    In addition, the Mayor should immediately order the publication on the city's website of the latest Equal Employment Opportunity-4 data for each agency and commit to do so on a quarterly basis. These reports should also include EEO-4 data from the so-called individual agencies, like the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Department of Education and the City University.

     

    Achieving a truly diverse municipal government workforce is only possible by aggressively addressing the long-term lack of significant inclusion of one-third of the city's population represented by 2.4 million Latinos residing in New York City. Without a concentrated effort to bring the Latino community more equitably into city government at all levels, the projected growth of the Latino population will only result in a greater disparity in this community's role in New York City government employment. The consequences for the Latino community and the city as a whole is a continued  political, policy and socioeconomic marginalization of a major segment of New York.

     

    The NiLP Network on Latino Issues is an online information service provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visit our website at www.latinopolicy.org or write editor@latinopolicy.org.

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