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  • Upcoming Conference: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the U.S.

    On May, 1, 2015, Centro and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) will host a conference highlighting research on the interactions between Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Centro and DSI joined forces on this shared initiative to disseminate new findings on the issues that affect New York’s two largest Latino groups.

    A group of scholars from around the country will discuss recent developments on a variety of topics on issues ranging from intermarriage and inter-ethnic relations, nutrition, educational attainment, economic mobility, successes and challenges that affect these groups.

    Please click here to see program details, scheduled presentations and guest speakers.

    If you’re planning to attend, RSVP HERE
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    Exhibit Opening and Roundtable Discussion

    Thursday May 14, 2015
    Silberman School of Social Work
    2180 Third Avenue
    Centro Library, Rm. 121

    Homar: Art Binding Ties from
    Puerto Rico to NYC

    Join us as we launch the new gallery space at Centro Library with an exhibition celebrating the artistic legacy of Lorenzo Homar, and the influences of New York on his life. Featuring selected works from Centro’s collection.

    Panelists: Arcadio Díaz, Quiñones, Antonio Martorell, Lena Burgos-Lafuente, Cristina Pérez Jiménez



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    Puerto Rico se une a Día Mundial de Solidaridad con Venezuela
    Escrito por Red en Defensa de la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela

     

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    Con un acto denominado CAMINANDO POR SAN JUAN EN DEFENSA DE VENEZUELA BOLIVARIANA distintas organizaciones políticas, culturales y sociales invitan a la prensa del país y al pueblo en general a la 1:00 de la tarde a la Plaza Colón del Viejo San Juan este domingo, 19 de abril donde se darán expresiones de los portavoces de la Red de Solidaridad con la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela y de las distintas organizaciones que la componen.

     

    Homenaje en Cuba a Don Pedro Albizu Campos
    Escrito por Pedro Martínez Pírez / Moncada

     

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    El Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos y la Misión de Puerto Rico en Cuba han organizado una jornada de homenaje a la vida y la obra del líder independentista boricua Pedro Albizu Campos, fallecido hace medio siglo, pero cuyo ejemplo sigue vivo en esa nación latinoamericana y caribeña que soporta desde hace más de cien años la dominación colonial de Estados Unidos.

     

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    El 19 en Mayagüez, Solidaridad con Venezuela Bolivariana

     

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    BETSY! The vibrant Appalachian-Puerto Rican musical continues this week!

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    SYNOPSIS: A Nuyorican singer and performer uncovers secrets of her maternal family's history and twin Spanish-Caribbean/Scots-Irish roots. Her dilemma stirs up the ghosts of six generations of American women, and a musical current spanning four continents.

    BETSY! is alive with the fire of Jazz, Bluegrass, and Latin music compositions
    delivered by three powerful vocalists:

    poet/performer Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja"
    Broadway veteran Elise Santora
    and big voiced Pat D. Robinson

    and a 5-piece band led by Desmar Guevara

    APRIL 17 - 26, 2015

    Performed in English and Spanish with supertitles

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    April 17, 2015


    LULAC Concerned by Lack of Accountability Measures in New Education Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, released the following statement regarding the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 which was passed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

    “Although we agree that the No Child Left Behind Act is in need of an overhaul, we are disappointed that the Senate HELP Committee voted the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 out of Committee without a single dissenting voice.

    In its current form, the bill fails to provide the necessary protections for underserved and minority populations, leaving them to fend for themselves. Specifically, the legislation fails to include the subgroup accountability language needed to ensure that schools intervene and take action to assure the success of vulnerable minority populations.

    Furthermore, it fails to address gaps in resource equity and lacks language requiring individual states to intervene where schools have high dropout rates. This language is necessary to ensure that minority populations are not left behind, and they need to be included in any overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.

    As a result, LULAC opposes the bill in its current form and will continue to work with key Senators on the issue as it works its way through the Senate."

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    National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey

    Latino Opinion Leaders

    on U.S.-Latin American Relations

    The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report (April 17, 2015)

    This is part 3 of a 5-part series on the results of this survey

     

    To explore Latino views on U.S.-Latin American relations, Latino opinion leaders provided their views on a number of select issues. These include relations with Cuba, the fiscal crisis and political status of Puerto Rico and the U.S. role in Venezuela and Mexico.

     

    These findings are from the results of the National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey conducted by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) over the Internet during the period April 6-13, 2015. It is a survey of 345 of the subscribers to The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report. The responses to this poll were all anonymous.

     

    Cuba. Latino opinion leaders are overwhelmingly support of President Obama's initiative to normalize relations with Cuba. Most (89 percent) support this Obama initiative, particularly those who identified as Democrats (97 percent) as well as the independents (86 percent). A majority (54 percent) of the Republicans opposed the U.S. normalization with Cuba, although a significant 39 percent supported normalization.

     

     

    All major Latino national-origin groups strongly support the U.S. normalization of relations with Cuba, except for Cubans. However, the majority (54 percent) of Cuban opinion leaders also support normalization, with 35 percent disapproving.

     

     

    The next step in the Cuban normalization process is the question of the future of the U.S. embargo. Most Democrats (95 percent) and independents (84 percent) support ending the trade embargo while a majority (57 percent) of Republicans wishes to continue it.

     


    The Latino opinion leaders are positive about the future of democracy in Cuba as a result of normalization, with 53 percent feeling it would become more democratic. However, the Latino opinion leaders were more mixed on Cuba's democratic prospects: 73 percent of Republicans believe it will become less democratic or remain the same, compared to 31 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents.

     

     

    The Latino opinion leaders of all the major Latino subgroups, except Cubans, were positive about the future of democracy in Cuba, w2ith majorities feeling it would become more democratic. The Cuban opinion leaders were more divided, with 47 percent feeling that the Cuban political system would remain the same and another 12 percent feeling t would become less democratic.

     

     

    Puerto Rico. The United States territory of Puerto Rico is currently facing a major fiscal crisis. Not being a state this Commonwealth is not covered by American bankruptcy protections and if unable to repay its public debt it would have to default financially. There is currently legislation being considered by the U.S. Congress that would bring Puerto Rico's public authorities to fall under U.S, bankruptcy protection. The Latino opinion leaders were asked in which way they think the United States should assist Puerto Rico during this crisis.

     

    A slim majority (51 percent) of the Latino opinion leaders feel that the United States should assist Puerto Rico with bankruptcy protections and financial assistance to address this problem. This was the case with those identifying as Democrats and independents (54 percent each) while only 21 percent of the Republicans support such U.S. intervention. The largest percentage of Republicans (33 percent) feel that the United States should play no role and that Puerto Rican should resolve this crisis on its own. Overall, there was little support for the United States taking direct control of Puerto Rico's economy during the crisis, except for a significant 21 percent of the Republicans.

     

     

    The position that the United States should provide bankruptcy and other assistance to Puerto Rico is held by almost two-thirds (65 percent) of the Puerto Rican opinion leaders. The other Latino subgroups also support this position, but not by majorities: Mexicans (36 percent), Cubans (29 percent), Dominicans (38 percent) and Central/South Americans (36 percent).

     

     

    Some argue that the main problem facing Puerto Rico is the unresolved issue of its future political status. The Latino opinion leaders were asked what they feel that status should be with the largest, but no majority, percentages, despite party affiliation and national-origin, supporting the position that the decision should be up to the people of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican opinion leaders indicated the greatest support for independence (27 percent), while statehood seemed the second-highest preference of Dominicans (13 percent), Mexicans (10 percent) and Central/South Americans (16 percent), while Cubans equally support statehood and independence (23 percent each).  The Puerto Ricans also stood out in the highest percentage (15 percent) feeling that the United Nations needed to decolonize Puerto Rico first.

     

     

    There is currently a major campaign within the Puerto Rican community to petition President Obama to pardon the Puerto Rican nationalist activist Oscar Lopez Rivera. A majority (56 percent) of the Latino opinion leaders support the freeing of this political prisoner. However, while most (73 percent) of the Puerto Rican opinion leaders support Lopez' release, there was less support for this among the other Latino subgroup leaders. A signficant percent of non-Puerto Rican Latino opinion leaders indicated they didn';t know enough about this case to offer an opinion. It is also interesting that alnost none of the Latino opinion leaders felt that the United States did not have political prisoners.

     

     

    Venezuela. In March, the United States declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven of that country's officials. The Latino opinion leaders were asked if they feel this action is justified. The results were mixed, with pluralities of the major Latino subgroups feeling it was not justified, except for Cubans. On the other hand, most (82 percent) of the Cuban Latino opinion leaders agreed with President Obama's sanctions against Venezuela.

     

     

    Mexico. Another issue in the news is the serious problem of drug violence in Mexico. The Latino opinion leaders were mixed in who is primarily to blame for this situation in Mexico. Regardless of party affiliation and national-origin, large majorities agree that it is the fault of both Mexico and the United States. The Latino opinion leaders who identified themselves as bring Republicans were the group that felt most (33 percent) that Mexico was primarily to blame, while the Democrats (22 percent) and independents (19 percent) tended to blame primarily the United States.

     

     

    Discussion

     

    Despite their strong connection to their homelands in Latin America and the Caribbean, Latino views on U.S.-Latin American relations are rarely explored. The Latino opinion leaders were asked their positions on a same of issues facing some of their countries of origins. In these areas, partisanship, although still a factor, was not as strong as it was in determining positions on domestic policy issues.

     

    There was strong support overall for the U.S. normalization of diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba, with weaker but still majority support even from the Cuban opinion leaders. However, on support for ending the Cuban embargo and their view of the future of democracy in Cuba, partisanship differences were significant.

     

    On the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico, the Latino opinion leaders agreed that the United States needed to provide Puerto Rico with bankruptcy protections and provide financial assistance. There was also broad support for the position that the future political status of Puerto Rico needed to be determined by the people of Puerto Rico.

     

    There was also broad agreement that the drug violence in Mexico has both Mexico and the United States to blame. There was no such agreement on the Latino opinion leaders' views on whether U.S. sanctions against Venezuela are justified.

     

    Although U.S.-Latin American relations was not identified by the Latino opinion leaders as a top problem or issue facing the Latino community, there are areas of concern for Latinos in the definition of these relations. In the issues raised in this survey above, their support for the normalization of relations with Cuba and the need for the United States to actively assist Puerto Rico in resolving its fiscal crisis is apparent. These positions have important legislative implications for the United States that Latino advocates need to pursue.

     

    Methodology

     

    This is based on respondents from the influential online national information network of the National Institute for Latino Policy that represents a broad cross-section of Latino opinion leaders throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. These are made up of elected officials, government officials, heads of community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, religious leaders, business leaders, academics and others. Through our National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey, we poll this group from time to time on important issues facing the Latino community given this stratum's important role in Latino agenda-setting and framing.

     

    While the polling that is being conducted on Latino issues by the media and polling organizations is of the broader community, this more select group of opinion leaders has a unique place from which to view these questions within our community. While not a scientifically generated sample of Latino elites, we expect this survey will result in useful insights on the main issues facing the Latino community in New York City today. While the findings of this survey are not generalizable to the community as a whole, they represent the views of an influential set of opinion leaders within this community who help set the framework for its issues and priorities. These findings should be seen more as a heuristic device as one might take the results of a focus group.

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    The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report is an online information service provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), edited by Angelo Falcón. For further information, visit www.latinopolicy.org or contact editor@latinopolicy.org.

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    April 17, 2015




    Take Action NOW and Tell Your State Leaders to Stop Attacking President Obama's Administrative Action


    On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration-related administrative actions to address Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The announcement expanded the previously created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and established the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. These two programs have the potential to help over 5 million people – many of them Latinos. The programs provide qualified undocumented people with temporary protection from deportation, the ability to pursue higher education, and the necessary papers to work, pay taxes, and contribute to the economy.

    Ever since the President’s announcement, DACA and DAPA have received a barrage of attacks in Congress and the courts. Just two weeks ago, a federal court dismissed a challenge to DACA stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2012 when the program was originally announced.

    Today, a second lawsuit filed by 26 states is proceeding through the court system with the aim of dismantling DACA and DAPA –subjecting millions of Latino immigrants to deportation and a cruel state of immigration limbo. A U.S. District Judge has halted the implementation of the expanded DACA and the new DAPA program for the time being, and President Obama is appealing that decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The oral arguments for this particular challenge are set for today, April 17, 2015. LULAC has joined other civil rights groups in filing an amicus brief in support of DACA and DAPA. We need your help to stop these State Leaders from trying to dismantle these programs in the courts.

    STATES THAT ARE TRYING TO DISMANTLE DACA AND DAPA: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin

    CLICK HERE if you live in one of these states, and contact your State Leaders today and tell them to stop spending taxpayer dollars on lawsuits aiming to deport millions of hardworking Latino families.

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    Easter Egg Hunt at El Rescate

    By Zenaida López, El Rescate

     

    Easter is perhaps the most important of the Christian holidays, because it celebrates Christ's resurrection from the dead following his death on Good Friday. Considered a rebirth that is commemorated around equinox, which coincides with the arrival of spring, and symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of life around us.

     

    The history of Easter reveals rich associations between the Christian faith and the unrelated practices of the early pagan religions. Easter traditions that we practice today evolved from pagan symbols, from the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs and the Easter egg hunt. 

     

    In celebration of Easter, El Rescate staff organized an Easter egg hunt for the residents. This was not your ordinary egg hunt, although some eggs were filled with delicious candies at least half of the eggs were filled with money, ranging from $1 $5, $10, and $ 20 inside the eggs. 

     

    Some residents were hesitant to participate because they considered the egg hunt a game for children and they did not want to play a children's game but once they found out money was involved all rose up to the occasion.

     

    The residents scattered throughout the office and outside the building searching for the eggs, some becoming frustrated when they found eggs with only candy inside. It was such great fun seeing the residents laughing and running after each other searching for eggs. 

     

    The big winner was Kishawna Irvin who literally ripped the hand sanitizer container off the wall to claim her $20 egg. The egg hunt culminated with an Easter cake and ice cream for all the residents and staff.

     

    Staff donated the money used for the event.

     

    Women for PASEO Program at the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church event.


    By Sandra Candelaria, Director, Women for PASEO
     
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    The Women for PASEO Program attended the annual Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church event, "Women of Divine Perfection Conference", on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The theme of the conference was, "Love is Embracing a New Direction"...Spiritiually, Physically, Mentally and Emotionally" The purpose of the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, through this type of event, is to empower the African American community women. This conference provided tools to women from various areas of Chicago to become empowered with the idea of "Stir up the Gift of God that is Within each Woman". The event was organized, well planned and very successful. Over 50 professional African American women participated in the conference. The guest speakers all had strong religious backgrounds. There messages through worship were inspiring, full of words of wisdom and encouragement. Dr. Delena Winston and the Dance Ministry and Dr. Carole Clark from the Praetorium Sign Language Church "Praise Danced" by using sign language to interpret spiritual music.

    As part of the commitment to the community, with the idea of the well being of the Stone Temple Church conference, they offered free health care services to their participants, families, friends, and members of the community. Among the services provided during the conference were: Breast Cancer Awareness and Education-Sinai Health System; Glucose Testing and Diabetes Education-Sinai Health System; Family Education-Children's books and Pamphlets-Sinai Health System; Eye Exams-Illinois College of Optometry; Blood Pressure Testing-Midwestern Education; Education Materials-American Heart Association; Dental Examinations-Dr. Glenn J. Evans, and Women's HIV Testing-PRCC/Women for PASEO. Women for PASEO had the opportunity to engage with participants and established excellent rapport. We tested 20% of the women that participated in the event. This represents 75% of the participants tested during this conference. Besides our women services, we promoted all of the other PRCC programs, such as programs for the LGBTQ community, El Rescate Transitional Living Program, and our ACA services.

    The above event allowed us to reach out to the African American Communities and to encourage our future collaboration. The Women for PASEO program would like to thank, Ms. Florencia Carmona from Mount Sanai Health Services, for extending this invitation. She was pleased with the services and information provided by our organization.

     

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    Sophomores Prep for Summer Post-Secondary Experiences

    By Roberto Clemente Community Academy staff
     

    While most high school sophomores in Chicago will be enjoying their summer on vacation, Clemente sophomores will be on college campuses being college students! For the past few weeks sophomores have been applying for summer college programs offered by some of Chicago's top universities. Students have applied for The University of Chicago's College Bridge Program and Depaul University's College Connect program. Both programs provide students with a real college experience that includes taking courses and meeting with each university's faculty. Clemente sophomores have already visited both campuses as part of their post-secondary exposure, so they were pumped to have the chance to spend a summer getting more acclimated to the campuses, building their critical thinking skills, and truly getting to experience being college students.

     

    In order to apply for these programs, students had to prepare essays and letters of recommendation for teachers. Students worked on their essays diligently over the past 3 weeks and submitted their applications earlier this week. As part of this process, students reflected on their post-secondary goals, their successes in high school so far, and how either programs would send them off into their junior and senior year with a vision for who they can be after graduation. Applicants have worked hard and understand the value of taking part in such awesome programs. For example, Eduardo Cervantes said, "not many students get this privilege, but for me it will be a honor to attend and get an idea of what I want to do in my future." Karina Luz said, "I want to grow up to become someone, a success. I know that being a part of this great opportunity will help me get there."

     

    We'll all be sending well wishes to all of applicants as they wait to hear from these prestigious universities and keep everyone posted on the results of their hard work.

     

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    Ciclo Urbano Custom Build Bikes

    By Angie Vera, West Town Bikes

    What makes a Ciclo Urbano Custom Build so special?  Well, we're here to help answer this question!

     

     

    Ciclo Custom Builds are a thoughtful mix of both old and new parts.  As a best-value bike shop, our Custom Builds are without a doubt our best-value bikes. They are lightweight, zippy, fun to ride, and incredibly practical. 

     

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    Ciclo Urbano mechanics have worked on all types of bikes - from $10 thousand custom carbon bikes with Campy Record 11-speed gruppos, to department store cruisers.  At Ciclo Urbano, we're not necessarily concerned about what's the newest, coolest or most expensive when it comes to bikes and bike parts. Our biggest concern is that your bike works well, fits well, and is purpose-built for your specific needs.  

     

    Not every used bike we sell at Ciclo Urbano is a Custom Build, and they do cost a little bit more than the average bike, but owners of Custom Builds are never disappointed. Keep an eye out for the Ciclo Urbano Custom Buildtags - they're only on bikes in the shop.

     

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    Submit Your Applications for CHCI's Nationally Acclaimed 

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    CHCI is seeking full-time college undergraduate students who are interested in participating in the 2015 Fall Congressional Internship Program. Selected individuals will receive unmatched experience by working in a congressional office and learning first-hand about our nation's legislative process. Participants will also receive stipends, housing, and round-trip airfare.

    Students of ALL majors that have an interest in the development of public policy and who have demonstrated leadership abilities should apply. Forward this message to friends and family who may be interested in becoming a future Latino leader!

    Click here to learn more about the program and its requirements.

    Selection Process
    The selection process is competitive. CHCI receives over ten applications for every one available internship opportunity. The CHCI Alumni Review Committee reviews applications to identify the most qualified candidates. CHCI staff will select top candidates for internship positions.

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    Desde los tiempos en que el grito de libertad e independencia retumbaba por cordilleras y sabanas, los hijos e hijas de Puerto Rico, abonaron con su sangre las tierras de Nuestramérica.

     

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    on Public Policy Issues

    The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report (April 16, 2015)

    This is part 2 of a 5-part series on the results of this survey

     

    Latino opinion leaders were asked a series of questions relating to key public policy issues facing the United States. Overall, they feel that things for Latinos in the United States have pretty seriously gone on the wrong track. The majority (61 percent) feel this way, compared to only 29 percent who feel Latinos are on the right track, with 10 percent being unsure.

     

    These findings are from the results of the National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey conducted by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) over the Internet during the period April 6-13, 2015. It is a survey of 345 of the subscribers to The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report. The responses to this poll were all anonymous.

     

    Top Problems. Asked to identify the top problems facing the United States in general versus the Latino community, in particular, the Latino opinion leaders find similarities with some differences. Although the majority see economic issues in general as most important (jobs and income inequality), for the Latino community they thought the most important problem was income inequality while for the country in general it was the economy and jobs.

     

    Other top problems facing the Latino community more so than the country, in general, according to these leaders, are immigration/undocumented immigrants and education. They identified for the country in general specifically political problems, more so than for Latinos, of partisan politics and the role of the Congress.

     


    Immigration. Our past surveys have documented the large support by Latino opinion leaders for a more humanitarian form of comprehensive immigration reform, in the current survey we asked them to assess President Obama 's executive action on immigration. A large majority (58 percent) feel it did not go far enough, compared to only 10 percent who believe it has gone too far  and 26 percent who feel it is about right. There is a sharp partisan division on this question, with 64 percent of Democrats feeling that the President's action on immigration do not go far enough, compared to 70 percent of Republicans who feel they have gone too far. The majority (55 percent) of independents agree with the Democrats on this issue.

     

     

    Net Neutrality. The recent passage of a significant "net neutrality" ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extending federal regulation over the Internet has wide support but has been controversial within Latino civil rights circles. The Latino opinion leaders were asked if they support this ruling. A large majority (62 percent) indicate they support this "net neutrality" ruling. Support was especially strong among Democrats (67 percent) and independents (71 percent), but was opposed by a large majority of the Republicans (61 percent).

     

     

    Voting Rights. There was almost unanimous agreement by 91 percent of the Latino opinion leaders that the federal Voting Rights Act was still necessary to protect the ability of Latinos and other protected classes to vote. The exception was among the Republicans who were divided. With 50 percent feeling that the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary, compared to 96 percent of both Democrats and independents who felt it was still necessary.

     

     

    Labor Unions. The Latino opinion leaders were asked how much influence they felt that labor unions needed to have today. The majority (59 percent) feel that unions should have more influence (as do 65 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents). An even larger percentage of Republicans (70 percent) feel that unions should less influence.

     

     

    Minimum Wage. With past surveys indicating that Latinos strongly support raising the minimum wage, the Latino opinion leaders were asked whether the find  the finding by the Congressional Budget Office that raising wages will result in job losses for the country. While most of those having an opinion on this trade-off felt that it was acceptable for their support of a minimum wage increase, the most interesting result was the majority who rejected the Congressional Budget Office's findings. A majority (56 percent) of the Democrats rejected the CBO findings, along with 33 percent of the Republicans and 41 percent of the independents. On the other hand, among the Republican, 46 percent find the trade-off between minimum wage increase and job loss unacceptable. The minimal influence that an official government report has in the opinion of these Latino leaders is striking.

     

     

    Global Warming. To get a sense of their support or opposition of proponents of the problem of global warming, the Latino opinion leaders were asked if they felt claims about it in the news were accurate. A large majority (87 percent) feel that these claims have been either under-estimated or generally correct. However, only 36 percent of the Republicans agreed, with 58 percent feeling it is being exaggerated.

     

     

    Islamic Religion. A major debate is underway about the nature of the Islamic religion's role in terrorist violence. The Latino opinion leaders were as asked if they felt that the Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers. The largest percentage (42 percent) feel that it does not, compared to 24 percent who feel that it does encourage violence. While pluralities of both Democrats and independents feel it does not promote violence, a large majority (70 percent) of Republicans feel that it does.

     


    Discussion

     

    This review of the views of Latino opinion leaders on key public policy issues begins with a pessimistic note with a strong feeling that things for Latinos have gone seriously off the wrong track. The key issues identified by these leaders were economic,

     

    There was, however, some difference in the identification of top problem between those for the population in general and those specifically facing the Latino community. While those facing Latinos included immigration and education, it was interesting that they view explicitly political issues --- partisanship[ and the Congress --- to more general problems.

     

    In the specific policy areas the Latino opinion leaders were asked to assess, the key role played by partisanship is striking. In this clear division between Republicans and Democrats, those characterizing themselves as independents generally sided with the Democrats. This was the case even with issues such as immigration and voting rights that many views as "naturally" Latino issues.

     

    The inability of Latino racial-ethnic group consciousness to override partisanship raises interesting questions about assumptions of a natural Latino voting bloc. Although the vast majority of the Latino opinion leaders are Democrats, and similarly-issue oriented independents, the clearly strong Republican counter-current on public policy opinion warrants close watching given increased resources going to conservative organizing among Latino voters.

     

    Future reports on the results of this survey will examine the view of the Latino opinion leaders on other issues areas. These will include those related to race, the criminal justice system, and U.S.-Latino American relations. Also to be covered in future reports are their views on President Obama and of the state of Latino political leadership.

     

    Methodology

     

    This is based on respondents from the influential online national information network of the National Institute for Latino Policy that represents a broad cross-section of Latino opinion leaders throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. These are made up of elected officials, government officials, heads of community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, religious leaders, business leaders, academics and others. Through our National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey, we poll this group from time to time on important issues facing the Latino community given this stratum's important role in Latino agenda-setting and framing.

     

    While the polling that is being conducted on Latino issues by the media and polling organizations is of the broader community, this more select group of opinion leaders has a unique place from which to view these questions within our community. While not a scientifically generated sample of Latino elites, we expect this survey will result in useful insights on the main issues facing the Latino community in New York City today. While the findings of this survey are not generalizable to the community as a whole, they represent the views of an influential set of opinion leaders within this community who help set the framework for its issues and priorities. These findings should be seen more as a heuristic device as one might take the results of a focus group.

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    16 de abril de 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico. - El legislador municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) en San Juan, Lcdo. Adrian González Costa, anunció esta tarde con júbilo las recomendaciones que contendrá el informe final que preparan las Comisiones de Gobierno y Urbanismo de la Legislatura Municipal de San Juan, como culminación de la investigación sobre la construcción del Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra en la Capital. La investigación se logró tras la aprobación de la Resolución Número 61, Serie 2014-2015, de la autoría del legislador pipiolo en dicho cuerpo. "Para investigar todo lo relacionado con la construcción del Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra en San Juan".

    "Presenté esta Resolución investigativa, luego de que las comunidades de la Isleta de San Juan levantaran su voz ante la apresurada y atropellada construcción de este Paseo Lineal, que comenzó con la tala desmedida de cientos de palmas y movimiento de terrenos cerca o encima de donde hay yacimientos arqueológicos. Era necesario que el Municipio como ente regulador de los permisos entrara en la escena a través de las facultades investigativas que la ley le confiere a la Legislatura Municipal", apuntó el Portavoz del PIP en la Legislatura Municipal de la Capital.

    "Arquitectos, ingenieros, biólogos marinos, vecinos y comerciantes alertaron de las gravísimas consecuencias de una construcción a gran escala en un espacio amenazado por la erosión, y que a su vez, la edificación amenaza los arrecifes de coral, el litoral costero y la existencia de yacimientos arqueológicos. Estos testimonios vertidos en las vistas de esta investigación, la prensa y en manifestaciones pacíficas, tuvieron el efecto de concluir forzosamente-por el país y los miembros de las Comisiones a cargo de la investigación- que la 'Terraza al Mar' es un proyecto mal diseñado, en perjuicio de la naturaleza y el patrimonio histórico, que no puede seguir su marcha.", añadió el Legislador pipiolo.

    González Costa indico que espera que el informe final sobre la investigación sea pronto radicado y cuente con la mayoría de los votos de ambas comisiones. Dicho informe contiene como recomendaciones de las Comisiones las siguientes:
    1. Que se detenga la construcción de la fase 3, que no se construya la terraza al mar, y que la administración municipal retire el endoso a la construcción de la fase 3, según proyectada, con la terraza al mar, en vista de los hallazgos de la Comisión, y del consenso de los y las residentes del Viejo San Juan y de Puerta de Tierra a favor del paseo lineal, pero en contra de la terraza al mar.
     
    2. De aún estar vigente la oferta del Municipio para otorgar una exención de arbitrios de construcción de hasta un máximo de $800,000 al proyecto, que dicha exención sea condicionada a que el desarrollador del proyecto - la AFI- esté de acuerdo con la posición recomendada al Municipio por esta Comisión, a favor del paseo peatonal y la ciclovía, y en contra de la construcción de la terraza al mar.
     
    3. Que la administración municipal presente una consulta a la Junta de Planificación sobre los permisos de construcción del proyecto. La Comisión reconoce que la administración municipal así lo hizo el 17 de marzo de 2015, mediante carta firmada por la Lcda. Zaira Z. Girón Anadón, directora de la Oficina de Asuntos Legales, dirigida al Plan. Luis García Pelatti, presidente de la Junta de Planificación de Puerto Rico.

    "Entiendo que estas recomendaciones son el reflejo del consenso comunitario en cuanto a este tema- a pesar de existir otros asuntos preocupantes como la reducción de carriles- y significan una gran victoria para la comunidad de la Isleta de San Juan a quiénes me uní en este esfuerzo aportando desde donde podía, ejerciendo mi labor fiscalizadora como minoría en la Legislatura Municipal. Sólo resta esperar que una vez radicado se acojan las recomendaciones contenidas en el mismo..", puntualizó González Costa.

     

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    El Capitolio. 14 de abril de 20115.- "Inaceptable a estas alturas", así catalogó hoy la Senadora del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, la vaguedad de las propuestas para la reformulación de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) presentadas hoy por la oficial de reestructuración, Lisa M. Donahue, durante la vista pública del Senado.

    "Más allá de un recuento del ajuste realizado a ciertos elementos operacionales de la AEE, la Sra. Donahue sólo pudo dar cuenta, en apenas página y media, de seis generalidades, las mismas que cualquier ciudadano en Puerto Rico podría plantear tomándose una taza de café.", declaró la senadora independentista, quien fue la única senadora que habló en español, indicando a la deponente que "creo firmemente que una vista tan esperada como ésta, debe llevarse a cabo en nuestro idioma y no el suyo".

    La Sra. Donahue señaló que se debe erradicar la politización de la AEE, pero no contestó la pregunta de cuál, para lograrlo, debe ser el mecanismo para nombrar a los integrantes de su cuerpo directivo, o qué cambios debe haber en el sistema de contratación de empleados y servicios. De la misma manera, anticipó que habrá cambios en la estructura tarifaria, de tal forma que con el cobro del servicio eléctrico se cubran los gastos de la corporación pública, pero no pudo precisar, a preguntas de la Senadora, a cuánto asciende, en dólares y centavos, la diferencia entre lo que hoy se factura y la cantidad necesaria para solventar tales gastos.

    "Hoy, después de un ejercicio legislativo tan publicitado, (y tras varios meses y el pago de 9 millones de dólares) no podemos decir que tenemos una visión más clara del rumbo que debe seguir la AEE", puntualizó la Senadora Santiago.

     

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    Ponce, Puerto Rico 15 de abril de 2015- El legislador municipal por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño en el Municipio de Ponce, Justiniano Díaz Maldonado, informó que se opuso a tres proyectos que presentó la Administración Municipal de Ponce al iniciar la sesión ordinaria del mes de abril de 2015.

    "Para empezar, el informe de la Comisión Especial de Asuntos del Contralor, presidida por el Hon. Gaddiel Morales Olivera y que trataba sobre los más recientes señalamientos de la Oficina del Contralor de Puerto Rico al Municipio de Ponce, fue presentado para aprobación del pleno de la legislatura Municipal estando este incompleto. El Hallazgo Número 2 trata sobre el arrendamiento ilegal de una propiedad del Municipio sin haber sido aprobado por la Legislatura Municipal. La persona que tenía que comparecer a la Comisión era la Lic. Carmen E. Torres, Directora de la División Legal, quién se excusó a última hora y se comprometió a radicar la explicación y solución por escrito y hasta la noche del lunes no había radicado nada. Esto me parece una falta de respeto y de consideración al cuerpo legislativo municipal y no es la primera vez que lo hace, retando la autoridad que este honorable cuerpo tiene sobre ella como funcionaria municipal.", mencionó el líder pipiolo.

    "Por otro lado, se enmendó la Resolución # 107 Serie 2013-2014 que autorizaba a la Alcaldesa para que se nombrara el Parque de Pelota y Softball del Polideportivo Frankie Colón Alers con el nombre de Sports Authority por tres años a cambio de un donativo de $60 mil. La Resolución fue enmendada a los efectos de sustituir el lugar con el Coliseo Salvador Dijols. A preguntas de este Legislador, el representante de la Secretaría de Recreación y Deportes no estaba seguro si se crearía una cuenta especial para el depósito y usos de ese donativo o si sería depositado en el fondo general del Municipio. Es mi pensar, que aprobar una resolución como, esta es sinónimo de firmar un cheque en blanco a la Administración Municipal para que use ese donativo para cualquier otro propósito que no sea el designado por Sports Authority, como ya ha quedado demostrado en el pasado inmediato con fondos legislativos estatales." siguió diciendo el también líder sindical.

    "Y por último, aprobaron una Resolución Interna que autoriza a la Secretaria de la Legislatura Municipal a enviar al Archivo General del Municipio varias cajas de documentos de la Legislatura Municipal al Archivo Histórico en el Edificio de Ponce Servicios, por haber transcurrido el periodo reglamentario para su conservación en la Legislatura. El Archivo Municipal está ubicado, que es el lugar que ha sido designado históricamente para depositar este tipo de documentos, está ubicado en quinto piso de dicha estructura municipal y está cerrado por instrucciones de la Secretaria Municipal, Sra. Crucita Maldonado, ante la intervención de la Oficina de OSHA al este lugar violar las disposiciones de la Ley de Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo. Los planes son habilitar el sótano, que a pesar de haber invertido cerca de $1 millón provenientes de fondos de FEMA, continúa anegándose de agua, lo que estaría poniendo en riesgo vidas, seguridad de los empleados y la integridad de los documentos a ser archivados allí." terminó diciendo Díaz Maldonado.

     

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    on the 2016 Presidential Election

    The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report (April 15, 2015)

    This is part 1 of a 5-part series on the results of this survey

     

    Although they are largely Democrats, support for Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee among the Latino Opinion Leaders who are enrolled or affiliated with the Democratic Party was not overwhelming. Less than half (48 percent) state they want Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, with Elizabeth Warren coming in a strong second (34 percent), followed by Bernie Sanders (6.4 percent).

     


    These findings are from the results of the National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey conducted by the National Institute for Latino Policy over the Internet during the period April 6-13, 2015. It is a survey of 345 subscribers to The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report from 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The responses to this poll were all anonymous.

     

    Among the small percentage of the Latino Opinion leaders who identify as Republican, Jeb Bush is clearly the favorite as the presidential nominee of that party (42 percent). He is trailed by Marco Rubio (12 percent), Scott Walker and Ted Cruz (each at 9 percent). It is interesting that, even among Latino Republicans who are opinion leaders, the two major Latino candidates did relatively poorly.

     


    The pattern of support for each party's nominees by those Latino opinion leaders who consider themselves independent voters is different. In terms of the Democratic candidates, it is Elizabeth Warren who is the top choice (36 percent), with Clinton coming in second (28 percent, followed by Sanders (7 percent). In terms of the Republican candidates, Bush still leads, but only with 17 percent. He is followed by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul (7 percent each).

     

    Close to two-thirds (65 percent) of the Latino opinion leaders identify with the Democratic Party, compared to 10 percent with the Republican Party. Another 25 percent consider themselves largely independent or enrolled in a third party.

     


    Asked for whom they would vote for President of the election was held today, a large majority (58 percent) state they would vote for the Democrat, while 9 percent for the Republican. About a quarter (24 percent) state that it will depend on the candidates and 7 percent would support a third party candidate or none of those listed. 

     

    However, the Latino Opinion leaders of both major political parties find them largely unresponsive to the needs of the Latino community. Among the Democrats, an overwhelming 76 percent, and among the Republican 62 percent feel that their political party is not being responsive to their community.

     

     

     

    Discussion

     

    At this early stage in the 2016 Presidential election season, it is clear that the Latino opinion leaders, who will be important in giving political cues to the average Latino voter, have not developed a consensus on whom they will be supporting for US President. Among the Democrats, Clinton is leading, but Warren has emerged as a strong second, getting major support from independents. Among the Republicans, Bush is leading over the Latino candidates, Rubio and Cruz, but in a much weaker position than Clinton is among the Democrats.

     

    It is also interesting that the Republican Latino opinion leaders are significantly less decided on their candidate than are the Democrats, While only 16 percent of the Democrats indicate that they do not support any of the candidates listed or are unsure, 42 percent of the Republicans are in this category.

     

    But most disturbing are the large majorites of both the Democratic and Republican Latino opinion leaders who feel that their political party is not being responsive to the needs of the Latino community. This raises serious questions about the major parties' role in mobilizing the Latino voter in 2016.

     

    Methodology

     

    This is based on respondents from the influential online national information network of the National Institute for Latino Policy that represents a broad cross-section of Latino opinion leaders throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. These are made up of elected officials, government officials, heads of community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, religious leaders, business leaders, academics and others. Through our National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey, we poll this group from time to time on important issues facing the Latino community given this stratum's important role in Latino agenda-setting and framing.

     

    While the polling that is being conducted on Latino issues by the media and polling organizations is of the broader community, this more select group of opinion leaders has a unique place from which to view these questions within our community. While not a scientifically generated sample of Latino elites, we expect this survey will result in useful insights on the main issues facing the Latino community in New York City today. While the findings of this survey are not generalizable to the community as a whole, they represent the views of an influential set of opinion leaders within this community who help set the framework for its issues and priorities. These findings should be seen more as a heuristic device as one might take the results of a focus group.

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    Perelló firma convenios con los municipios de
    Río Grande y Loíza para mejoras en infraestructura vial


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    LULAC Comments on the Historical Significance of Latino Presidential Candidates

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, issued the following statement regarding the announcement made by Senator Rubio that he was running for President of the United States.

    "In 2008, Governor Bill Richardson announced his intention to run for President of the United States, marking the first time our nation had a Latino candidate. In 2015, we have two Latino candidates announcing their intention to run for office with the announcement of Senator Ted Cruz earlier this month and Senator Marco Rubio today.

    It is important that we acknowledge this remarkable development for what it represents - Latinos have gained a broad base of support among various demographics sufficient to run for our nation's highest office. But, even with such broad base support, these candidates will only prevail if they win a large portion of the Latino vote.

    To that end, both candidates tried to appeal to Latinos in their announcement speeches by emphasizing their personal story and realization of the American dream. However, personal stories alone will not win the Latino vote. Instead, both should know that they need to develop specific policy positions that address the needs of the Latino community."

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    Citan reunión para determinar futuro del paseo de Levittown
    Escrito por Michelle Estrada Torres / El Nuevo Día

     

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    Luego de que la organización Toabajeños en Defensa del Ambiente impidiera este lunes la deforestación de parte de la playa de Levittown para darle paso a la construcción de un paseo para bicicletas y peatones, la Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportación (ACT) citó a una reunión para dilucidar el futuro del controvertido proyecto.

     

    René Pérez rememora su encuentro con Eduardo Galeano 

     

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    Nos contó sobre todos sus viajes por Latinoamérica, el tiempo cuando acampó con mineros en Chile, las historias de sus amigos arrojados desde un avión con las tripasal aire durante la dictadura en Argentina, sus años en la revista, su tiempo en España. Nos habló sobre su familia, su compañera, sus hijos, su sobrina, sus amigos escritores, sus no tan amigos escritores, sus encuentros, sus despedidas; toda una vida contada frente a una mesa a la que le salieron raíces y ramas que rompieron las ventanas de aquella tarde que ya era noche.

     

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    El escritor uruguayo Eduardo Galeano (3 de septiembre de 1940) ha fallecido este lunes a las 8:20 en Montevideo, a los 74 años de edad. El también periodista ha sido una de las personalidades más destacadas de la cultura uruguaya y un referente en el mundo de habla hispana.

     

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    New York, NY 10011
    800-590-2516800-590-2516 FREE

     

    Board of Directors
     
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    Edgar DeJesus
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    Israel Colon
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    Maria Rivera
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    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    Puerto Rico Exports

    Its Drug Addicts To Chicago

    Island police and mayors direct heroin addicts to

    Chicago and other cities with promises of housing and treatment.

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    April 14, 2015

    CONTACT:
    Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org                     
    (202) 546-2536(202) 546-2536, (361) 548-6989(361) 548-6989 (cell)

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

     
    White House Task Force on New Americans Releases Recommendations
     
    Proposed plan strong step towards making naturalization more accessible for
    nation’s 8.7 million eligible legal permanent residents
     
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans outlined the federal government’s goals to strengthen its integration efforts nationwide and build welcoming communities.  The Task Force, which is a formal interagency body created by President Obama in November 2014, is comprised of representatives from sixteen federal departments, agencies, and White House offices. 
     
    Led by Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and León Rodríguez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Task Force aims to further strengthen the federal government’s integration efforts by making them more strategic and deliberate. 
     
    “Nearly 9 million legal permanent residents are eligible to take the next step and become U.S. citizens,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director. “Unfortunately, cost and accessibility can be very real barriers for many potential new citizens and their families. The plan set forth by the Task Force on New Americans is a positive first step in making the naturalization process more accessible for eligible legal permanents who are ready to become full contributors to our nation’s rich economic and civic life.”
     
    Vargas went on to say, “We look forward to continuing to work with the Task Force on implementation of these goals and increased efforts to make the cost of naturalization more manageable for immigrants and their families.”
     
    The plan includes many of the recommendations proposed by NALEO Educational Fund and the Naturalization Working Group in letters sent to the Task Force on February 9.  The Naturalization Working Group, which is co-coordinated by NALEO Educational Fund and the National Immigration Forum, is made up of national and local organizations committed to helping legal permanent residents become American citizens.  Copies of those letters can be found here and here
     
    Notable goals announced by the Task Force include the following:
     
    • Identify Opportunities to Inform Individuals Eligible for Naturalization: USCIS will notify permanent residents about their potential eligibility for naturalization.  This will include leveraging its existing case status and e-filing tools to notify permanent residents seeking to renew or replace a permanent resident card about potential eligibility for naturalization.
    • Expand Citizenship Outreach Partnerships: Over the past five years, USCIS has increased efforts to coordinate with cities and public libraries to provide information about citizenship in local communities.  In 2015, USCIS will double the number of formal letters of agreement with local governments and seek out additional opportunities to expand these local partnerships.
    • Citizenship Public Awareness Campaign:  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will launch a national, multilingual media campaign to raise awareness about the rights, responsibilities, and importance of U.S. citizenship, and available citizenship preparation tools.
    • Increasing Mobile Immigration Services:  USCIS will assess the feasibility of providing mobile services where underserved populations are located and will partner with federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), that have footprints in rural and other underserved communities.
    • Highlight Promising Practices and Resources for Serving English Learners (ELs):  U.S. Department of Education will highlight effective, evidence-based interventions for ELs and new Americans, for use in federal programs such as the existing program for immigrant children under Title III.  These interventions should include professional development for educators to meet the unique needs of new Americans and ELs as a whole.
     
    In addition to working with the Task Force on New Americans, NALEO Educational Fund will continue its citizenship promotion efforts by hosting hundreds of citizenship workshops nationwide and operating its toll-free bilingual hotline 1-888-839-86821-888-839-8682 FREE and yaeshora.info website to provide potential new citizens with vital information on every aspect of the naturalization process. Individuals with questions can call the hotline to speak with a live operator regarding any aspect of the naturalization process and their eligibility for citizenship. 

    NALEO Educational Fund also will continue to expand this work in partnership with the multi-ethnic and multi-faceted New Americans Campaign
     
    Media Note: Spokespersons are available to discuss the Task Force recommendations and the organization’s ongoing citizenship efforts.  For interview requests, please contact Amanda Bosquez (abosquez@naleo.org, 202-546-2536202-546-2536) or Paula Valle Castanon (pvalle@naleo.org, 213-747-7606213-747-7606 ext. 4414).
     
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    A Call for Solidarity
    A Real-Time Networked Performance
    linking Hawaii, Alaska and NYC

    ......FREE ADMISSION | WED. APRIL 15 @ 8PM @ Pregones In The Bronx!

    On Wednesday, April 15th you can experience this exciting event without leaving your own home! Join us in an innovative online live performance with cultural groups from across the country.

    As part of the Ford Foundation/Art Space "Art Bridge" program, our Pregones Ensemble artists collaborated with youth artists from La MaMa, drummers from Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and Hula dancers from the Pa'l Foundation in Honolulu.

    The event showcases Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and theater, mixed live to bring a contemporary take on timeless cultural traditions out of Hawaii, Puerto Rico via The Bronx, and Alaska.

    Imagine Bomba Alaskan style,
    Hawaiian chants to a beat box rhythm,
    and the poetics of identity transformed into
    an interactive networked theatre event!

    This unique group of artists joined forces with Artspace and CultureHub to push the boundaries of using video conferencing technology as an art-making platform, allowing geographically remote artists to exchange multimedia performances in real time across the country.

    Experience this ambitious and lively cultural experience!

    The event will be livestreamed on http://howlround.com/tv

    Join us from your home or better yet, come see it live and be part of the audience at Pregones!

    FREE ADMISSION| Wednesday, April 15 @ 8PM
    Limited seating, RSVP: 718-585-1202718-585-1202

    At Pregones Theater

    575 Walton Avenue, Bronx NY

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    Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 304 W 47th St., New York, N.Y. 10036

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    Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future

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    Latina Writers: Writing Between Countries

    Our phone is down! We apologize for the inconvenience but we cannot answer the phone or receive voicemails. We have reported it and expect it will be working very soon. In the meantime, please contact us through email. You can reach Mary Rivera, our executive director, at mrivera@raicesculturales.org. You can reach Erika Guadalupe Nunez, our Program and Marketing Manager, at erika@raicesculturales.org. You can also contact us through our social media accounts.

    ¡Nuestro teléfono no esta funcionando! Pedimos disculpas por la inconveniencia, pero no podemos contestar el teléfono o recibir mensajes de voz. Lo hemos reportado y esperamos que lo arreglen muy pronto. Mientras tanto, por favor contáctenos por correo electrónico. Se puede comunicar con Mary Rivera, nuestra directora ejecutiva a mrivera@raicesculturales.org. Se pueden comunicar con Erika Guadalupe Nunez, nuestra gerente de programas y marketing a erika@raicesculturales.org. También puede contactarnos a través de nuestras cuentas de redes sociales.
     
     
    Latin Roots Live! 
     
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    Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. is honored to be partnering with WXPN/World Cafe Live and AfroTaino Productions to co-produce a live music series called Latin Roots Live! Our kick off concert featuring Ana Tijoux and Eco del Sur has already sold out! Be sure to stay up to date with the series by visiting the WXPN's website here.
     
    Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. esta orgulloso de nuestra colaboración con  WXPN/World Café Live y AfroTaino Productions. Estamos co-produciendo una serie de música en vivo llamada Latin Roots! El primer concierto con Ana Tijoux y Eco del Sur se ha vendido por completo! Asegúrese de mantenerse informado sobre la serie visitándonos a el sitio web de WXPN aqui.

     

     
     
    Part-time Financial Clerk Position Available!

    Raíces is seeking to hire a part time position to our staff.
    Raíces está buscando a emplear una posición a tiempo parcial a nuestro personal. Por favor revisa nuestra publicación y comparta entre sus redes. 
     
     
     
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    6th Annual DARLA Celebration
    Congratulations to our Program & Marketing Manager, Erika Guadalupe Núñez!

    GALAEI, a queer Latin@ social justice organization, will be holding their 6th annual DARLA celebration for local revolutionary leaders on April 24th, 2015. The David Acosta Revolutionary Leadership Award (DARLA), was created in 2009 in honor of the organization's founder, David Acosta

    The year, GALAEI will be honoring Ada BelloLGBT rights activist, with the DARLA award, local community organization  Juntos with the DARLA organization award, and our Program and Marketing Manager and local immigrant rights activist Erika Guadalupe Núñez with the DARLA youth award. Congratulations! To read more about the recipients and their work in the community, click here.

    Want to join in on honoring the recipients? Purchase tickets here!

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    GALAEI, una organización Latin@ queer para la justicia social, llevará a cabo su sexta anual celebración de DARLA por líderes revolucionarios locales el 24 de abril de 2015. El David Acosta Revolutionary Leadership Award (DARLA), fue creada en el año 2009 en honor del fundador, David Acosta.

    Este año, GALAEI rendirá Ada Bello, activista de los derechos LGBT, con el premio de DARLA, organización comunitaria Juntos con el premio de DARLA para organizaciónes, y nuestra gerente de programas y activista de los derechos immigrantes Erika Guadalupe Núñez con el premio de DARLA de la juventud. ¡Felicidades! Para leer más acerca de los destinatarios y sus trabajos en la comunidad, clic aquí.

    ¿Quieres participar en honor a los destinatarios? ¡Compra boletos aqui!
     
     
     

     

    Save the Date: May Tertulia on Gabriel García Márquez
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    Be sure to join Raíces on May 29th 2015 to celebrate the life and writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This Tertulia will be held in collaboration with Acción Colombia

     

    Asegúrese de unirse con Raíces el 29 de mayo de 2015 para celebrar la vida y escrituras de Gabriel García Márquez. Esta tertulia será en colaboración con Acción Colombia.

     


    WHEN/CUANDO: May 29th, 2015/ 29 de Mayo, 2015 ~ 7:00-9:00PM
    WHERE/DONDE: 1417 N. 2nd Street between Jefferson and Master/ 1417 calle 2 entre Jefferson y Master
    ADMISSION/ENTRADA: $10 General, $5 Student 

     

     

     
     

     

    Stay in touch with Raíces by following us on social media!

     
     
     
    Raíces provides cultural presentations and tailored arts education programs including assemblies and workshops.
     
    Contact Raíces if you're interested in having a performance at your school, private event, or work function.
     
     
    Special thanks to our new and ongoing funding partners
     
    Si necesitas una traducción de este boletín en español, mándanos un correo electrónico a: info@raicesculturales.org
     
    Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, Inc. is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
     
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    LULAC Mourns the Passing of Arizona’s First Latino Governor Raul Hector Castro

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National President Margaret Moran issued the following statement following the death of Raul Hector Castro, Arizona’s first Latino Governor:

    “Last week, our community lost a diligent public servant and champion for Latino rights. Growing up in the shadows of rampant discrimination and intolerance toward Latinos, Raul Castro defied the social conventions of his time. His extraordinary career in public service cemented his reputation as a true trailblazer for the Latino community.

    Whether serving as a US Ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina or breaking down social and political barriers by becoming Arizona’s first–and only–Latino governor, Castro exemplified the determination and pioneering spirit that continues to strengthen our community each day. His legacy has paved the way for generations of young Latinos to seek our nation’s highest offices of public service, and we will continue to celebrate his contributions. “

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    En Panamá el Imperialismo sufrió una descomunal paliza
    Escrito por Carlos Aznárez / Resumen Latinoamericano

     

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    Para Míster Obama la Cumbre panameña se transformó en un abismo. O en otras palabras: el tiro le salió por la culata.

     

    La pertinencia del foro ¨Estados Unidos y Cuba: Mirando hacia el futuro¨
    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH

     

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    El martes 14 de abril, a partir de las 8:30 a.m., se efectuará un foro en el Teatro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras en torno al restablecimiento de las relaciones políticas entre Cuba y Estados Unidos.

     

    Quinto aniversario de la Juventud Hostosiana 

     

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    Viernes Hostosiano: Cincuentenario de la revolución dominicana 

     

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    Este próximo 24 de abril, la Zona de Trujillo Alto -  Carolina del MINH  conmemora el cincuentenario de la revolución de la República Dominicana y la posterior invasión y ocupación estadounidense.

     

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    National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

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

     

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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
     Angelo Falcón
       President

     

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    Mail check or money order to the above address to the order of "National Institute for Latino Policy"
      
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    Does the GOP still see Marco Rubio

    as the answer to its problems?

    By Lisa Mascaro | Twitter: @lisamascaro

    Los Angeles Times (April 13, 2015)

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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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    Opinion

    Hispanic Voting Bloc

    Gaining Political Clout

    By Edward Vargas and Gabriel Sanchez

    Albuquerque Journal (April 13, 2015)

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    On the next Puerto Rican Panorama, a panel composed of members of the Susan G. Komen Organization will discuss breast cancer AND the upcoming Mothers DayRace for the Cure.

    All you ladies, as well as husbands, brothers, fathers, and friends ought to see this.

    And, yes, there will be Latin music played by local musicians.  All this on 6abc-TV this coming Saturday afternoon, April 8, at 1 p.m.

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    En el próximo PuertoRican PANORAMA, un panel compuesto de miembros de la OrganizaciónKomenhablarán de diferentes aspectos del cáncer del pecho, y de un evento que se llevará a cabo el Día de las Madres para combatir el cáncer del pecho.

    Todas ustedes, al igual que sus esposos, hermanos, padres, y amigos deben ver esto.  Se transmite este sábado que viene, 18 de abril, a la una de la tarde por el Canal 6.

    Y, sí, también habrá música latina interpretada por artistas del patio.

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

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

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

     

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

     

    A call from former Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    Carmen Valentin                    Lucy Rodríguez           Adolfo Matos

    Luis Rosa                                Dylcia Pagan               Alberto Rodríguez


     Download the letter to Obama (in English and Spanish)

     

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    Oscar Everywhere in Puerto Rico

     

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    Emotivo saludo de líder de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo a Oscar López

    Pide su excarcelación durante la manifestación denominada "33 mujeres por Oscar hasta su regreso"
    Por Michelle Estrada Torres
     
     

    La presidenta de la organización Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, le expresó solidaridad al preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera y se comprometió a hablar de su caso en Argentina, durante una breve comunicación que sostuvieron hoy, domingo vía telefónica.

     

    De Carlotto se encuentra en Puerto Rico y fue la invitada especial de la manifestación 33 mujeres por Oscar hasta su regreso, que como cada último domingo de mes se lleva a cabo en el Puente Dos Hermanos de San Juan.

     

    Como suele suceder cada vez que se efectúa la actividad, López Rivera llamó a su hija Clarisa y esta le pasó el teléfono a la activista argentina. El reloj marcaba las 4:14 p.m.

     

    "Don Oscar, le habla una abuela argentina que le acompaña a su hija y a su pueblo, como ustedes nos acompañaron a nosotros durante tantos años", fue el saludo de la mujer que lleva 26 años liderando las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo, entidad no gubernamental que se dedica a buscar los niños y niñas desaparecidas durante la última dictadura militar en Argentina.

     

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    Oscar López en mi memoria, 28 de marzo del 2015...
    Por Eduardo Villanueva, Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos
     

    Visité a Oscar el día 28 de marzo del 2015. Lo vi  alerta, enterado de todo el acontecer nacional, internacional y de EE UU. Planteó lo que tantas veces: Que hay que diseñar un plan para incorporar la diáspora al rescate de puerto Rico, tanto en lo económico social como en lo político.

     

    Insistió en que hay que  pensar y actuar fuera del cajón, es decir, ensayar cosas nuevas. Comunicó que quisiera ver al Puertorriqueño  desarrollando huertos caseros para hacerse lo más independiente posible en términos alimentarios. Insiste en que se  identifiquen problemas sociales en áreas particulares y que s e organicen grupos para atacar esos problemas uno  a uno, con especial énfasis en la incorporación de mujeres al trabajo. Recordó que en sus luchas como organizador tuvo muy buenas experiencias y logros con las mujeres que incorporó a la lucha.

     

     
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    "Russia Today" Hosts Eva Golinger interviews Prof. Ana M. López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera
    By Alejandro Luis Molina, May 30th Coalition to Free Oscar López
     
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    On April 8, 2015, the "Russia Today" television program, "Detrás de la Noticias" interviewed Prof. Ana M. López on the humanitarian case of Oscar López Rivera.  The host, Eva Golinger, is an
    attorney and award-winning author of The Chávez Code and human rights, and international law expert. Ana M. Lopez was interviewed and asked key questions about the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera as well as his continued imprisonment. The program will be aired at the end of the month at which time we will share the link.
     

    Nelson A. Denis presents War Against All Puerto Ricans in Chicago

    By La Voz de Paseo Boricua
     

    On Friday April 3, 2015 Nelson A. Denis, author of the recently released book, "War Against All Puerto Ricans", presented on Paseo Boricua at Nellie's restaurant.

     

    He discussed his work before a packed audience, including a question and answer period. "The War Against All Puerto Ricans" is a powerful and tragic history of U.S. domination of Puerto Rico that explores the Puerto Rican independence revolt of 1950, the FBI and CIA's involvement, and the life and mysterious death of it's charismatic leader, Pedro Albizu Campos.

     

    The public included a number of prominent figures, including New York State Assemblyman Jose Rivera, HITN T.V. executive Mike Nieves, journalist Gelson Borrero, Puerto Rican lawyer and activist Alejandro Torres-Rivera, and the president of Puerto Rico's oldest institution, the Puerto Rican Bar Association's Mark A. Bimbela.

     

    Nelson A. Denis also spoke at the 21st Pa'lante annual UPRS/UIC student conference on Monday April 6, 2015. There he engaged students in a lively presentation about the book, as well as the history of political repression in Puerto Rico. That same day, he was a guest on WBEZ radio where he also discussed his new book.
     

    A TRIBUTE TO ISABELITA ROSADO MORALES

    AT HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

    By Ana López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera
     

    On March 11, 2015, a celebration of International Women's History Month honored the life and legacy of Isabelita Rosado Morales at Hostos Community College sponsored by the Puerto Rican Student Organization. Over 400 students attended this amazing event. Most, if not all, were born decades later and had never heard of these amazing women like Isabelita Rosado Morales and Alicia Rodríguez. After the student leadership welcomed the students and faculty and staff, Professor Ana M. López presented the Keynote speaker, Alicia Rodríguez, that spoke about Doña Isabelita Rosado.


    Who was Isabel Rosado Morales?
    Doña Isabelita, as she was commonly known as was born on November 5, 1907, was an educator, social worker, activist and member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. Influenced by the events of the Ponce Massacre, Rosado became a believer of the Puerto Rican independence movement and was imprisoned because of her commitment to the cause. She was born in the barrio Chupacallos in the town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico to Simon Rosado and Petra Morales. Her father was a leader in the barrio and was often sought by the people of the barrio for his opinion on local matters regarding the community.  Rosado received her primary and secondary education in the public schools of the towns of Ceiba, Fajardo and Naguabo. Isabelita, as she was known, was only eighteen years old when she became a student at the University of Puerto Rico. There she earned her teachers certificate. For years, Rosado taught at the rural schools in the towns of Ceiba and Humacao
     
     

    Oscar López Rivera Art Part of

    Upcoming Bay Area Exhibit:

    ReVisions: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence - Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day


    By Mirk Mirkinson, Bay Area Free Oscar Campaign
     


     

     

    When people came by on a "First Friday"(April 3) in downtown Oakland to view Re-visions:  An art exhibit of Black and Browns Resisting State Violence and commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day, they were greeted at the door by a life size statue of Oscar Lopez Rivera and signs calling for his release.  First Friday occurs every month in downtown Oakland and is an art and food crawl. Hundreds of people, who probably never of heard of Oscar before. picked up postcards and signed letters. In addition to the statue, a painting by Oscar in honor of Marilyn Buck and a poster by Doug Minkler calling for Oscar's release were part of the exhibit.  We're hoping to see even more people on April 17 when there will be a round table discussion with representatives from organizations ranging from Malcolm X Grassroots to Arab Resource Center.

     

     Watch this space for info on our May 30 events!
     
    L: Pierre Labossiere, Haitian leader, West Coast, and
    Lara Kissani of Arab Resource Organizing Center

     

    Melissa Montero Showcases Her Film "Isabel" at University of Illinois Chicago Pa'lante Conference

    By La Voz del Paseo Boricua
     

    Melissa Montero, a young Puerto Rican/Ecuadorian activist and filmmaker shared her experiences, as well as part of her film about the life and the struggles of one of Puerto Rico's most prominent Nationalist leaders, Isabel Rosado, who recently passed away at the age of 107. The film itself is a work in progress and Melissa's hope is to integrate herself into the film as part of her process of political consciousness.  Melissa is a New York based filmmaker and activist who was politically transformed as she explored the life of this extraordinary Puerto Rican woman.

     

    During National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) Meeting, President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association Announces Special Award for Oscar Lopez-Rivera

    By NBHRN staff
     

    At a regularly scheduled meeting of the NBHRN held on Sunday April 5, Mark A. Bimbela, president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, announced that his organization, which will celebrate its 175th anniversary on September 12, 2015, is dedicating a special recognition to the Puerto Rican patriot Oscar Lopez-Rivera. They will be contacting the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to request that Oscar be given permission to travel to the island to receive this prestigious award.

     

    Live Art Fundraiser to Support the Restoration of 107th St. Mural Honoring Oscar López Rivera
    By Marina Ortiz, East Harlem Preservation
     
    East Harlem Preservation has long showcased the neighborhood's "buildings as canvases" tradition through public awareness and outreach, and worked to preserve and repair endangered community art.
     
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    This spring, we will restore the 107th Street mural honoring Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera with support from the Historic Districts Council.

    Local artists Natalie del Villar, Marthalicia Matarrita, Xen Medina, and Carlito Rovira will repair and re-imagine the badly weathered and vandelized mural, which has served as a cultural landmark for Puerto Ricans throughout New York City who regularly visit the site for public memorials, rallies, musical performances and poetry recitals.
     
    We hope you will join us at a live art fundraiser on April 30th and support this important initiative!

    WHAT:
    Meet the Artists / Live Art Show!
    WHEN:
    Thursday, April 30th
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    WHERE:
    East Harlem Café
    1651 Lexington Avenue
    El Barrio, NYC
    Suggested donation $20.00 To RSVP, email EHP10029@gmail.com

     

    Help Us Bring Oscar Home/Como puede ayudar
     

     

         Demanding Oscar's immediate release.

     

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

     

         Published online by the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia. 

     

         We are in many cities across the US.

     

    * Write to Oscar

        Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024

       Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943

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

     

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    Submission guidelines/Directrices de presentación
     

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

     

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

     

    TWE@boricuahumanrights.org

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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    Discurso de Raúl Castro en Cumbre de las Américas
    Escrito por Raúl Castro Ruz / Presidente de Cuba

     

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    Agradezco la solidaridad de todos los países de la América Latina y el Caribe que hizo posible que Cuba participara en pie de igualdad en este foro hemisférico, y al Presidente de la República de Panamá por la invitación que tan amablemente nos cursara. Traigo un fraterno abrazo al pueblo panameño y a los de todas las naciones aquí representadas.

     

    Puerto Rico en Panamá
    Escrito por Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano

     

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    Dos organizaciones puertorriqueñas se unen en la Cumbre de las Américas y en la Cumbre de los Pueblos en Panamá para llevar nuestro mensaje de Independencia y por la liberación de Oscar López Rivera. En la foto junto a Oscar: los compañeros del Movimiento Unión Soberanista (MUS), Lcda. María de Lourdes Guzmán, Presidenta del MUS, y el Ing. Héctor Alejandro. Al lado de Oscar, la Lcda. Wilma E. Reverón Collazo, Copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano.

     

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    Escrito por José A. Delgado / El Nuevo Día

     

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    CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ  –  En distintos momentos, el presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, el presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, y el líder del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), Rubén Berríos Martínez, le advirtieron a Barack Obama en la VII Cumbre de las Américas que Estados Unidos tiene aún pendiente garantizar en Puerto Rico un verdadero proceso de libre determinación.

     

    Rivera Santana: “Ilegal” la construcción del Paseo de Puerta de Tierra
    Escrito por El Nuevo Día 

     

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    El planificador José “Tato” Rivera Santana catalogó este viernes de ilegal la construcción del Paseo Lineal de Puerta de Tierra y expuso que el proyecto debe ser detenido porque sus permisos son “nulos desde el principio”.

     

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    Nelson A. Denis presents War Against All Puerto Ricans in Chicago

    By La Voz de Paseo Boricua
     

    On Friday April 3, 2015 Nelson A. Denis, author of the recently released book, "War Against All Puerto Ricans", presented on Paseo Boricua at Nellie's restaurant.

     

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    He discussed his work before a packed audience, including a question and answer period. "The War Against All Puerto Ricans" is a powerful and tragic history of U.S. domination of Puerto Rico that explores the Puerto Rican independence revolt of 1950, the FBI and CIA's involvement, and the life and mysterious death of it's charismatic leader, Pedro Albizu Campos.

     

    The public included a number of prominent figures, including New York State Assemblyman Jose Rivera, HITN T.V. executive Mike Nieves, journalist Gelson Borrero, Puerto Rican lawyer and activist Alejandro Torres-Rivera, and the president of Puerto Rico's oldest institution, the Puerto Rican Bar Association's Mark A. Bimbela.

     

    Nelson A. Denis also spoke at the 21st Pa'lante annual UPRS/UIC student conference on Monday April 6, 2015. There he engaged students in a lively presentation about the book, as well as the history of political repression in Puerto Rico. That same day, he was a guest on WBEZ radio where he also discussed his new book.

    Thank you to all the organizations, sponsors, partners, individuals, inters, volunteers, performers and the Greater Humboldt Park Community for saying Presente! at this year's Move for Life! 2015. Sunny and windy as it was, I hope everyone had the opportunity to Move! 

    For additional images and listing of service providers please visit, www.facebook.com/TheHumboldtParkDiabetesEmpowermentCenter and www.facebook.com/Muevete


     

    For additional questions or concerns, 

    call or email, 7773-342-0855, muevete@prcc-chgo.org

     

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    Melissa Montero Showcases Her Film "Isabel" at Pa'lante Conference

    By La Voz del Paseo Boricua
     

    Melissa Montero, a young Puerto Rican/Ecuadorian activist and filmmaker shared her experiences, as well as part of her film about the life and the struggles of one of Puerto Rico's most prominent Nationalist leaders, Isabel Rosado, who recently passed away at the age of 107. The film itself is a work in progress and Melissa's hope is to integrate herself into the film as part of her process of political consciousness.  Melissa is a New York based filmmaker and activist who was politically transformed as she explored the life of this extraordinary Puerto Rican woman.

     

    Urban Agriculture 2015 Growing Season

    By Abel Fernandez, PRCC Urban Agriculture 

    Gardener/Food Coordinator

     

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    Urban Agriculture is getting ready to start planting our community gardens. Since mid February we have staring our indoor planting in soil blocks in the green house of PACHS. Some of early spring vegetables that are going to be transplanting out at the community gardens are onions, broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale and kohlrabi. We are looking forward to start our growing season this month. 

     

    If you want to help and learn how to grow food please don't hesitate to reach out to me, with your help we can feed our community.

     

    During National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) Meeting, President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association Announces Special Award for Oscar Lopez-Rivera

    By NBHRN staff
     

    At a regularly scheduled meeting of the NBHRN held on Sunday April 5, Mark A. Bimbela, president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, announced that his organization, which will celebrate its 175th anniversary on September 12, 2015, is dedicating a special recognition to the Puerto Rican patriot Oscar Lopez-Rivera. They will be contacting the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to request that Oscar be given permission to travel to the island to receive this prestigious award.

     

    WTB & AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS SPRING PROGRAMS

    By Lebster Pabón, West Town Bikes
     
     
    The good weather marks the start of our joint WTB/After School Matters "Bike Safety and Repair" youth program!!
     
    Already in its third week, the "Bike Safety & Repair" program features a curriculum for high school students with prior bicycle and mechanical experience to fine-tune skills and develop awareness of bicycle safety through continued education and training while serving as "interns" or "apprentices" at the WTB shop.  This competitive ten-week long program boasts a 25% selection rate amongst qualified applicants, and currently has 20 handpicked students participating in the ten-week long course.
     
    Interns in this program serve a minimum of ten hours per week in the WTB shop learning how to overhaul and refurbish bicycles and bicycle parts, while apprentices devote three days per week in the shop with a minimum of three hours each day.  Through this program, both the interns and apprentices spend time at WTB acquiring and developing more advanced bike repair and mechanical proficiencies by learning new skills that can be shared and taught to each other as well as learning best practices that promote bike safety and awareness for urban cycling.  Not only will our interns and apprentices learn knew skills to add to their repertoire of bicycle knowledge and know-how, but they'll also be empowered to see that they can use bicycling as a tool to create future opportunities in their own lives.

     

    Meet Our Safe Passage Community Watchers

    By Ivan Vega, Safe Passage Staff, PRCC
     

    Our Safe Passage Community Watchers (SPCWs) are committed to creating a safe passage to and from school, no matter how cold, no matter how early, no matter what the situation may be. We have a committed group of parents at Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Wells Community Academy who always make sure to put the students and the students' safety first. Many SPCWs are community members that have lived and worked in Humboldt park their entire lives, some having graduated from Clemente Community Academy themselves. Not only are these amazing people making sure our students have a safe walk to and from school everyday, they are also the first participants of the Parent University at Clemente. These are some of the faces that our children in the neighborhood see everyday on their way to and from school. Meet some of the Safe Passage Community Watchers: Isabelino Landor, and Melissa Cintron.

     

     

    From Our Community Partners

     

    Calibán Opening- A Historic Event at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

    By Bianca Declet, 

    Director of Exhibitions and Education Programming

    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

     

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    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture presented their first traveling exhibition coming from the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico. This is the first time the Puerto Rico Tourism Company sponsors an exhibit that comes from the Island. Calibán, features San Juan, Puerto Rico as a city to watch in Contemporary Art. This initiative comes from the book Art Cities of the Future, from Phaidon Press, which dedicates a chapter to the city of San Juan including selected Contemporary Artists from Puerto Rico. Marina Reyes Franco, whom selected five of the eight artists featured in the book, curated Calibán. The artists that take part in Calibán are Jesús "Bubu" Negrón in collaboration with Alia Farid Abdal, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Melvin Martínez, Karlo Andrei Ibarra and Radamés "Juni" Figueroa. Calibán represents the contemporary art scene in Puerto Rico with artists that work from the Island and at the same time have an international career. This project was managed by Georgina Vega Porrata and worked in alliance with the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture creating an open bridge between Puerto Rico and Chicago.

     

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    In attendance at the opening of Calibán were Suzanne Rodríguez, from Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Commissioner Michelle Boone from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Melissa Cherry, Choose Chicago Vice President of Cultural Tourism. Also, not pictured, the Director of the Illinois Art Council, Tatiana Gant. As part of the museum's programming, a panel discussion was offered by the artists having José Lerma, Puerto Rican Contemporary Artist and Faculty member at School of the Art Institute as the moderator. Many individuals including students and professors from the School of the Art Institute, University of Illinois and De Paul University visited the museum and got the chance to know the artists and their work in this presentation. Calibán will be open for the public from April to July 2015. 


     
    The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture opens Tuesday- Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. Information: 773.486.8345773.486.8345https://www.facebook.com/iprac

     

    Puerto Rican Children's Book Author launches "Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural"

    By Bruni Diaz
     

    On Wednesday, April 8th Faculty Facilitator Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz and illustrator Maria Dominguez celebrated the publication of the children's book Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el mágico mural musical (Arte Público Press / Piñata Books). Held on the Boricua College campus in Williamsburg there were over one hundred people, including students, staff and faculty members from the Graham, Manhattan and Bronx Boricua College campuses. Everyone enjoyed live music by JuanMa y su Sonido Costeño as they celebrated a book about Puerto Ricans in the United States and Puerto Rico set to a plena beat. 

     

    Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el m mágico mural musical written by Raquel M. Ortiz and illustrated by Maria Dominguez is the story about an imaginative girl and a magical mural. It is an engaging exploration of Puerto Rico's rich cultural traditions as well as an ode to public art and the community it depicts. The story is inspired by the community mural El Pueblo Cantor (The Bronx, 1994) created and designed by Maria Dominguez and students from I.S. 193. After reading this book children, and adults, will want to celebrate Carnival.

     

    This Saturday, April 11th at 9pm Dr. Ortiz will be interviewed on De Noche en New York by Wilfred Serrano of Emisora Sol Latina (www.emisorasollatina.com or http://tunein.com/station/?StationId=241931)

     

    Both Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz and Maria Dominguez will participate in the 20th Annual Lorain Hispanic Leadership Conference on April, 25th, 2015 in Lorain, Ohio. Dr. Ortiz will be a keynote speaker and Maria Dominguez will lead an art-making workshop.

     

    The book, Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el mágico mural musical, published by Arte Público Press, is about a little girl who enters  into a mural, leaving her cold, grey urban reality behind.


    When Sofi walks through her barrio to the local store, she always passes a huge mural with images from Puerto Rico: musicians, dancers, tropical flowers and-her least favorite-a vejigante, a character from carnival that wears a scary mask. One day on her way home from the bodega, she stops in front of the mural. Is one of the dancers inviting her to be his partner? "Okay, let's dance," Sofi giggles, and suddenly she's in Old San Juan, surrounded by dancers and musicians. She begins to dance and sing with her new friends, but her pleasure turns to fear when a  vejigante- a carnival personality in red and yellow with a three-horned mask-spins her around and around! What does he want from her? How can she get away?


    This story about an imaginative girl and a magical mural is an engaging exploration of Puerto Rico's cultural traditions as well as an ode to public art and the community it depicts to the rhythm of plena. After reading this book, children and adults will want to dance, sing and celebrate Carnival!

     

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    Senior Year Reflections

    By Caleb Deltoro, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Class of 2015

     

    Wow, it's almost the end senior year already! It amazes me how fast time flew by these past few years. I have learned and grown so much here at Roberto Clemente Community Academy.   I have dropped many tears; good tears and sad tears. I still remember the first day that I transferred in to Clemente from a charter school during my sophomore year. Clemente's environment was new to me and I did not know what to expect. I had heard negative things about the school, but to my astonishment, those things were not true.  I would sit in class and not say anything for weeks, just observing the actions of others. 

     

    In my eyes, Roberto Clemente Community Academy has made tremendous strides. When I first arrived at this school, the hallways were crowded, the homework was not challenging enough for me, the staff did not have as much control in the classroom as they should have, and the classwork was boring.  Now, thanks to the leadership of my principal, Marcey Sorensen and the IB curriculum that we are a part of, a lot of things have changed for the better.  The hallways are clear, the staff is maintaining a strong level of discipline in the classrooms, teachers and students have strong relationships, and more importantly, every student is challenged and has a fair opportunity for a successful, quality education.  I really do believe that some schools have teachers who only teach for a paycheck. Fortunately for me, I have teachers here at Clemente who love, honor, and respect what they do.  They teach to give back to the community. I remember crying in the arms of Mr. Stephenson, one of my English teachers.  I remember Ms. Grimaldi, another one of my English teachers, telling me to stay strong.   I also really appreciate my Senior English teacher, Ms. Williams, who always makes her classes interesting and fun.   She also always pushes me to excel and gives me multiple chances and opportunities to complete missing work.

     

    These teachers along with others, believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.   They taught me that it is possible to overcome any obstacle. They taught me to be independent and open-minded. They also taught me something I will never forget; pain is temporary.

     

    It is also good to know someone will always be there for you. In my case, that person is my principal, Mrs. Sorensen. Mrs. Sorensen has pushed me more than my parents. I mean that. She calls me to wake me up so that I will not be late for school. She lets me know when I am doing wrong and she acknowledges me when I do well. She talks to me and broadens my perspective on school, on the world, and on my life. It is so good to know that I have someone to catch me when I fall. At my old school, I spoke with my principal once, maybe twice the entire time I was there. Now, I am fortunate enough to have multiple conversations a day with someone who wants success for me just as much as I do for myself. I can't thank Mrs. Sorensen enough with words, so I will thank her by walking across the stage and graduating.

     
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    El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), representado por la Copresidenta, Wilma  E. Reverón Collazo y el delegado de la Misión de Puerto Rico en Cuba, Edwin González, celebraron el natalicio de Ramón E. Betances en La Habana con una ofrenda floral en el busto del Padre de la Patria puertorriqueña ubicado en el Parque de la Fraternidad y con una visita al Instituto Cubano de Amistad Con los Pueblos (ICAP), donde fueron recibidos por el Héroe Antiterrorista cubano, Fernando González.

     

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    “Cuba no se ha ido del Foro de la Sociedad Civil; Cuba ha esta discutiendo, haciendo aportes. Donde han estado los mercenarios los hemos sacado; donde no han estado, ha habido debate, ha habido respeto”, aseguró. Yoerkis Sánchez en conferencia de prensa de los representantes de la sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe en el hotel El Panamá. Foto: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate.

     

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    El próximo sábado 18 de abril estaremos ofreciendo una orientación sobre el programa y otros aspectos relacionados al viaje del 13-24 de junio a Cuba.  Nos reuniremos a las 10:00 am en el local de la Hermandad de Empleados Exentos no Docentes (HEEND) de la UPR.

     

    De los dos  grupos programados ya se completó el viaje que sale del 28 de junio al 10 de julio.  Esta reunión es para las personas interesadas en el viaje del 13 al 24 de junio. Estaremos visitando: La Habana, Pinar del Río, Matanzas, Santa Clara, trinidad, Camagüey, Bayamo y Santiago de Cuba.  Es requisito asistir a esta reunión para participar del viaje.

     

    Para llegar al local de la HEEND se toma la avenida Roosevelt, se pasa el cuartel general de la policía y en la próxima luz (ahí está el local del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño) se dobla a mano derecha. En la primera bocacalle a mano izquierda verás el local, el cual es el primero a mano derecha.  La reunión será en el segundo piso.

     

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    Saludos, comparto una columna que publiqué ayer en El Vocero, "Valientes desde lejos". Espero les sirva de orientación sobre lo que encontramos cuando llegamos, lo que hemos hecho y hacia dónde vamos. Además, contesta muchas de las mentiras que la oposición política intenta difundir. 

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    El pueblo lleva años pidiendo que el Gobierno sea más eficiente, y por primera vez en mucho tiempo una administración ha escuchado y tomado el toro por los cuernos para atender con responsabilidad y eficacia los retos que encaramos.

    Mientras tanto, los líderes del PNP perpetúan lo único que saben hacer, hablar por hablar, porque son valientes desde lejos. No se han enterado que con hablar no se resuelven los problemas, es necesario trabajar y, sobre todo, hacerlo bien. Para muestra con un botón basta, pero con el PNP sobran los remiendos y faltan los botones a la hora de ajustarse los pantalones.

    Cuando la presente administración llegó al gobierno, Puerto Rico se encontraba en el peor estado en torno al tema de seguridad. Por ejemplo, en 2011, bajo la administración del PNP, en nuestra Isla se rompió el récord de asesinatos, alcanzando la cifra de 1,136 crímenes violentos. Esta marca solo la había ostentado otro gobierno PNP, cuando en 1994 se llenó de luto nuestro País con 995 homicidios.
     
    Desde que el Partido Popular asumió las riendas del gobierno este cuatrienio, la cifra de muertes violentas ha venido reduciéndose, de 902 en 2013, a 681 en 2014. Este dato representa la disminución más dramática en asesinatos en las últimas décadas, concretamente casi la mitad de muertes en 2014 que aquéllas de 2011. En efecto, aunque no es razón para celebrar, a mediados de marzo de este año se habían confirmado 112 homicidios en Puerto Rico. De continuar esta tendencia, este año podría terminar con una merma estadísticamente significativa en los asesinatos, estimándose en un 56 por ciento menos en comparación con el desastre de 2011.

    Por otra parte, ahora surge el cacareo de los líderes de la oposición de que hay que reducir los gastos del Gobierno. Vamos a remitirnos, otra vez, a los números. Cuando el PNP asumió el poder en 2009, el presupuesto del País era de $9,484 millones y en un año aumentó a la astronómica cifra de $10,170 millones.

    Pero eso no es lo más desconcertante. En solo cuatro años, el PNP se las ingenió para despilfarrar $43,847 millones en gastos contra ingresos que alcanzaron escasamente $31,744 millones para el mismo periodo. Concretamente, la Administración actual recibió un gobierno que estaba ingresando $8,573 millones en 2012, pero que estaba gastando la exorbitante cantidad de $11,966 millones el mismo año. Hoy, por primera vez en 22 años, un Gobierno ha logrado balancear su presupuesto bajando gastos y reduciendo la nómina gubernamental sin despedir empleados.

    Para continuar con su secuela de mentiras, el PNP dice ahora que el problema fiscal del País no se resuelve haciendo una reforma contributiva que beneficie a la clase trabajadora, sino que se soluciona mejorando la captación del IVU. Pero, ¿por qué no se les ocurrió hacerlo durante los ocho largos años que mantuvieron el control de la Cámara y el Senado, incluyendo cuatro de ellos bajo el infame gobierno del ‘Banquete Total’? Veamos, otra vez, los números.

     

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    Durante el cuatrienio de 2009 a 2012, el PNP aumentó la captación del IVU solamente en un uno por ciento. Sin embargo, en los últimos dos años, la actual administración logró ampliar la captación del IVU en un nueve por ciento. Entonces, ¿con qué fuerza de cara dice ahora el PNP que la solución es mejorar la captación del IVU?

    Este Gobierno no solo está encaminando el País por el sendero de sensatez, mesura y austeridad que debió emprenderse hace tiempo. También se ha preocupado por rescatar los sistemas de retiro de los empleados públicos, estabilizar las finanzas de las corporaciones públicas mediante legislación prudente y responsable, devolver la dignidad y el rendimiento a nuestro sector de la agricultura, reformar nuestro sistema educativo e impartir vitalidad a las industrias del turismo, los Pequeños y Medianos Comerciantes y demás empresas.

    Todos estos esfuerzos se han hecho por encima del torpedeo de quienes no quieren bien a Puerto Rico porque, a la hora de la verdad, la inteligencia abunda y las palabras sobran. Lo que hace falta es perseverancia y buena voluntad. Al pueblo, en su momento, le tocará juzgar, no por las palabras sino por las obras, que ser valientes desde lejos no es suficiente.

     

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    The Nuyo presents four free Summerstage concerts, featuring Tony winner Sarah Jones, Brownsville Bred, Caridad de la Luz and more; our 2nd Annual Block Party brings poetry, tunes, games and food to East 3rd Street on May 9; the Pen World Voices festival returns to the Nuyo; our annual Grand Slam and Slam Runoffs celebrate the best in NYC poetry; and Rebel Theater presents a Civil-War-themed Romeo and Juliet!
     
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    The Nuyo presents free Summerstage performances by Tony winner Sarah Jones, Caridad de La Luz, Elaine del Valle,
    Pamela Sneed, Jive Poetic, Jamaal St John and more! 

    In partnership with the NYC Parks Department, the Nuyo will stage four FREE outdoor performances this summer, featuring some of our most talented and renowned performers! Check the Summerstage website for venues and showtimes.
    • On 
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      the Nuyo presents Elaine del Valle's off-Broadway hit show Brownsville Bred, an autobiographical tour-de-force in which crime, drugs & poverty mix with the joys of family, salsa & hip hop. The NY Times calls the show "A triumph". Brownsville Bred originated at the Nuyo; June 13 will mark the first time Elaine has performed the show in Brownsville, her childhood home. 
    • On June 27, the Cafe showcases a talented lineup of multi-genre, multi-generational and multicultural spoken word artists and musicians, including Jamaal St John, Shanelle Gabrielle, Roya Marsh, Daniel Gallant, Pamela Sneed, Crystal Valentine, JP Howard, the Cafe's 2014 Slam Team and host Jive Poetic
    • On July 10, Caridad de la Luz (aka La Bruja) headlines a concert in the Bronx featuring socially conscious hip hop/spoken word by Reph Star and Patty Dukes (aka Circa '95), DJ Fred One and Nene Ali. La Bruja was praised by the New York Times for her "irrepressible, ebullient energy and talent." 
    • And on August 7Tony-Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones brings her renowned performance work to East River Park. Sarah is a former Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion; she won a Tony Award for her multi-character show Bridge & Tunnel and has been widely praised for her TED talks and her solo shows. The New York Times calls her "a master of the genre." 
    On May 9th, join us for poetry, music, food and games at the second annual Nuyorican Poets Cafe Block Party!

    The Nuyo throws a free party outside our East 3rd Street building on Saturday, May 9 from 11am-5pm. All ages are welcome; enjoy poetry, jazz, hip hop, games for kids and tasty eats. Check out pictures from our previous block party here, or RSVP here.


     

    The Nuyo's Slam Season culminates with the Grand Slam, followed by the Slam Runoffs

    The Cafe's marquee poetry event happens on April 17, when poets who have won Friday night slams and semifinal matches compete for the title of Grand Slam Champion! Past Grand Slam Champs include Tony winners Sarah Jones and reg e. gaines, among many other distinguished artists. After the Grand Slam, outstanding poets compete during three runoff events for a slot on the Cafe's national poetry slam team. Grand Slam tix are here; runoff tix are here.
     

    Rebel Theater's Civil-War-themed Romeo and Juliet 

    opens this Friday! Performances run through 4/26.
     

    This world-premiere production transplants Shakespeare's tragedy to the border state of Kentucky during 1863, where Romeo, son of former slaves, meets Juliet, daughter of a Confederate family. Adam Mace directs the production, which was adapted by Kaitlyn Schirard and choreographed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. Co-produced by the Nuyo and Rebel Theater Company. Performances: 4/10-26; click here for tickets. To learn more about the production, check out this Broadway World article.
     


     
     

    Next month, we welcome back the PEN World Voices Festival


     The PEN World Voices festival celebrates its 11th year with an exploration of African literary culture. For the second straight year, the Nuyo will host multiple PEN events; admission for each event is $10-$12.

    • May 6: Stories That Traveled. Three authors of books for children and young adults reveal how the African continent inspires their work and influences their identities as writers. An exploration of craft, archetypes, and dilemmas in writing for young people. Moderated by Fatima Shaik. For tickets, click here.
    • May 7: African Poets: The New Generation. This lavishly hip and intellectually robust event, presented in association with Akashic Books, brings together Festival authors with editors Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for a discussion about Africa's vibrant poetry scene. For tickets, click here.
    • May 7:   This event features formerly incarcerated people in discussion with their prison-writing mentors. When all other freedoms are taken away, imprisoned writers turn to their mentors for guidance and feedback. Moderated by Michael KeckFor tickets, click here.
    • May 8: Translation Slam; a PEN World Voices Festival event What happens when a poem migrates into another language, not just once, but twice?  Find out when poets, translators, and audience square off in a spirited exchange at this perennial Festival favorite. Hosted by Michael F. Moore. For tickets, click here.

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    LULAC Responds to the Release of the Senate Bipartisan Agreement on the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes released the following statement following Tuesday's unveiling of bipartisan legislation to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill was introduced by Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA).

    "There is no doubt that ESEA needs to be reauthorized and LULAC is encouraged by the ongoing bipartisan work of Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray.”

    “However, we are concerned that the proposed legislation does not include critical subgroup accountability measures that ensure Latino students and other underserved minorities do not fall through the cracks. Ensuring the success of underserved students with subgroup accountability measures should be a central part of ESEA, which at its core is a civil rights bill.”

    "In addition, although much progress has been made to improve graduation and college enrollment rates among Latino students, the bill does not require intervention for schools with high dropout rates. The lack of strong language requiring action could substantially undermine the progress we have made over the years.”

    "While the bill still needs much review, LULAC is encouraged by the language that attempts to strike a balance on assessments. LULAC looks forward to continue working with the Senate HELP committee to address these critical needs.”

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    Upcoming Conference: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the U.S.

    On May, 1, 2015, Centro and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) will host a conference highlighting research on the interactions between Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Centro and DSI joined forces on this shared initiative to disseminate new findings on the issues that affect New York’s two largest Latino groups.

    A group of scholars from around the country will discuss recent developments on a variety of topics on issues ranging from intermarriage and inter-ethnic relations, nutrition, educational attainment, economic mobility, successes and challenges that affect these groups. This event is coordinated by CUNY DSI Director Ramona Hernández, Centro Director Edwin Meléndez, and Centro Research Associate Carlos Vargas-Ramos.

    If you’re planning to attend, RSVP HERE

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  • In preparation for our upcoming conference Puerto Ricans in Social Media: the New Barrio, to be held on May 12, 2015, we are opening the floor for discussion with our followers. Have you joined our #boricuasonline campaign? If you haven't, take the opportunity to join the conversation with this week's question: Aside from you, of course, who is your favorite Boricua online? Your answer will greatly contribute to our ongoing efforts to understand the experience of our Puerto Ricans community online and offline.

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    El respaldo mundial que ha recibido el pueblo venezolano obligó a Estados Unidos a recapacitar su política previo a la Cumbre de Las Américas.

     

    Organización Educadores Hostosianos repudia eliminación de Estudios Sociales hasta tercer grado

     

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    Educadores Hostosianos (EH), colectivo de maestros del sistema público y profesores universitarios que busca impulsar las ideas de una educación liberadora, repudia los planes del Departamento de Educación, anunciada en su Carta Circular de Organización Escolar # 24 2014-2015 de eliminar la materia de Estudios Sociales desde kinder hasta tercer grado.

     

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    En Conferencia de prensa que se celebró en el Auditorio José D. Moscote, de la Facultad de Economía, de la Universidad de Panamá, se ha presentado esta mañana la “Declaración de los representantes de Cuba en los Foros Paralelos de la Cumbre de las Américas”.

     

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    Hector Figueroa

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    Chicago Reelects 

    Rahm Emanuel Mayor

    García Turns-Out Record Number of Latinos

     

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    * "Voters re-elect Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fix Chicago's problems" By Mary Wisniewski, Reuters (April 8, 2015)

    * A Message from Chuy Garcia

    * "Jesús "Chuy" García's Turns-Out Record Number of Latinos to the Polls," Latino Victory Fund  (April 7, 2015)

     

    Voters re-elect Mayor

    Rahm Emanuel to fix Chicago's problems

    By Mary Wisniewski

    Reuters (April 8, 2015)

     

    A Message from Chuy Garcia

    A message for Chicago and the nation

     

    Dear Friend--

     

    The past six months have been so inspiring. When I announced I was running for Mayor, we had just a few short weeks to get the ballot signatures together. You came out, you hit the streets, and you made it happen.

     

    When all the pundits thought we'd never force the first mayoral runoff election in Chicago history, you knocked on doors, you made phone calls, you turned out voters, and you proved the conventional wisdom wrong.

     

    You see, we were never supposed to be here tonight. But the coalition we built across the city of Chicagoans from all walks of life made the improbable a reality. You showed that you're hungry for change and for a Chicago that works for all. 

     

    While we fell short tonight, I'm confident that the message we sent will resonate across Chicago and across the nation. We will continue to organize to make our city work for everyone. We will continue to fight for working people and for families.

     

    I couldn't be prouder of what we've accomplished together. I thank you for coming on this journey and the faith and trust that you put in me.

     

    Thank you,

    Chuy Garcia

     

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    Jesus Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago

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    Jesús "Chuy" García Turns-Out

    Record Number of Latinos to the Polls

    Latino Victory Fund  (April 7, 2015)

     

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, a record number of Latino voters showed their support for Mayoral Candidate Jesús "Chuy" García as he fought to unseat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Cristóbal Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund, released the following statement:

     

    "Chuy has energized the Latino community, not only in Chicago, but across the country. A champion of his community, he is the kind of authentic candidate that Latino voters are eager to see on the ballot, and I'm hopeful that this enthusiasm will carry over to other important races across the country. For Latinos to be elected to office, not only do they need to run, but we need to support them with financial resources that these trailblazing candidates do not often have access to. We congratulate Mayor Emanuel and hope to work closely with his administration to continue to engage the Latino residents of Chicago."

     

    For more information on the Latino Victory Fund, visit www.latinovictory.us.

     

    Latino Victory, co-founded by Eva Longoria and Henry R. Muñoz III, is an ambitious, non-partisan effort to build political power within the Latino community to ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation forward. Latino Victory develops leaders for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them. Partnering with leading national organizations, it shapes public policy that reflects the growing influence of the Latino community while also building cross-constituency alliances that can move the country forward.

     

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    Activists Call On De Blasio

    To Follow Cuomo's Lead On MWBES

    By Sarina Trangle

    City & State (April 7, 2015)

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    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

     

    Declaraciones de Rubén Berríos Martínez

    Presidente del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño y

    Presidente Honorario de la Internacional Socialista

     

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    San Juan Puerto Rico. 8 de abril 2015- He convocado esta Conferencia de Prensa en el día de hoy para denunciar de la forma más enérgica posible el prepotente y antidemocrático intento de los Estados Unidos por impedir que este servidor participe en la próxima Cumbre de las Américas a celebrarse en Panamá. Durante los pasados días el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, en violación de los más elementales principios de no intervención, ha intentado impedir mi acreditación y presencia como miembro de la delegación de Nicaragua ante la Cumbre.


     

    Esto constituye una intervención descarnada en las decisiones soberanas del gobierno de la República de Nicaragua y representa además un intento de acallar el reclamo de la América Latina que en reiteradas ocasiones se ha expresado a favor del derecho de Puerto Rico a su autodeterminación y en contra del colonialismo.


     

    Los Estados Unidos pretende darle marcha atrás a la historia. Pero ya no estamos en los tiempos de sumisión, cuando ese país dictaba sus pautas a los gobiernos latinoamericanos e intervenía en nuestra América a su discreción.

    Ante los intentos intervencionistas que estoy denunciando es necesario recordar:


     

    Primero, que en el Artículo 1 de las dos Convenciones de Derechos Humanos firmadas por todos los participantes en la Cumbre de Panamá (incluyendo a los Estados Unidos) dispone que el derecho a la libre determinación es un derecho fundamental de los pueblos sin el cual los demás derechos individuales, sociales y políticos carecen de sostén.


     

    Segundo, que la CELAC en sus dos cumbres recientes ha reclamado a Puerto Rico como parte de la América Latina y se ha pronunciado en contra del régimen colonial vigente en Puerto Rico.


     

    Tercero, que en votación celebrada en el 2012 el pueblo de Puerto Rico repudió de forma contundente el actual estatus colonial.


     

    Ya es hora de que el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, que se proclama a sí mismo defensor de los derechos humanos, cese en su pretensión de amordazar al independentismo puertorriqueño. Estoy seguro que en Panamá la América Latina se dará a respetar.


     

    Por último, quiero informar que, no importa la actitud del gobierno norteamericano, estaré llegando a Panamá en el día de mañana jueves a primeras horas de la mañana. Allí ya se encuentra nuestro Presidente Ejecutivo, el compañero Fernando Martín.

     

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    Our mailing address is:

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    En el Partido Nuevo Progresista estamos claros: ¡NI UN IMPUESTO MÁS!

     

    El mayor problema que enfrenta Puerto Rico es la falta de crecimiento económico y la solución a esa crisis está en nuestro sector productivo,  entiéndase, la clase trabajadora, el sector empresarial, el tercer sector y el sector cooperativista.

    La solución al problema económico no es que el gobierno tenga más dinero para gastar sino que nuestra gente tenga más dinero en su bolsillo y que nuestro sector productivo tenga más ingresos para invertir y crear empleos.

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    BETSY! The vibrant Appalachian-Puerto Rican musical premieres Off-Broadway

    Featuring Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja", Pat D. Robinson andElise Santora

     

    SYNOPSIS: A Nuyorican singer and performer uncovers secrets of her maternal family's history and twin Spanish-Caribbean/Scots-Irish roots. Her dilemma stirs up the ghosts of six generations of American women, and a musical current spanning four continents.

    BETSY! is alive with the fire of Jazz, Bluegrass, and Latin music compositions
    delivered by three powerful vocalists:

    poet/performer Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja"
    Broadway veteran Elise Santora
    and big voiced Pat D. Robinson

    The production includes a mighty five-piece Appalachian-Puerto Rican band:

    Antonio Guzmán on cuatro & guitar
    Desmar Guevara on piano
    Sylvia Ryerson on banjo & fiddle
    William Rodríguez on drums
    and Jonny Morrow on bass

    Directed by Dudley Cocke and Rosalba Rolón.
    Book by Dudley Cocke and Ron Short with Rosalba Rolón and Beegie Adair.
    Music by Ron Short, Beegie Adair, and Desmar Guevara.
    Presented in collaboration with Roadside Theater.

    APRIL 9 - 26, 2015

    Performed in English and Spanish with supertitles

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    Escrito por Salim Lamrani / Al Mayadeen

     

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    El hijo espiritual de José Martí se ha ubicado

    del lado de los humildes y de los humillados.

     

    Cumbre de Panamá: el fantasma de Luis Posada Carriles
    Escrito por Yldefonso Finol / Aporrea

     

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    Bomba en Panamá debería hacer alusión a la presencia de Puerto Rico en la Cumbre de las Américas, en calidad de país soberano, cuyo pueblo celebraría con panderos y congas, improvisando cantos alegres por la libertad.

     

    Detienen construcción de paseo en playa de Levittown
    Escrito por Alex Figueroa Cancel / El Nuevo Día

     

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    TOA BAJA - Miembros de la organización Toabajeños en Defensa del Ambiente detuvieron en la esta mañana el inicio de una construcción en la playa de Levittown.

     

    Toabajeños en Defensa del Ambiente paran construcción que amenaza el litoral (Ver fotos)

     

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    (Toa Baja, 6 de abril de 2015) La organización Toabajeños en Defensa del Ambiente detuvo una construcción en la carretera PR-167 de Levittown en Toa Baja, que se vería impactada por un paseo lineal que comprometería la estabilidad y la integridad de la costa toabajeña. Retirar la vegetación costera aumentaría el peligro de inundaciones provocadas por marejadas, y la amenaza ante eventos ciclónicos. Fotos: Luis López/MINH

     

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    Israel Colon
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    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR

    and the Menéndez Investigation

    By Álvaro Fernández

    Progreso Weekly (April 6, 2015)

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    Women held in Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison work for $3/day, their children's health is deteriorating, and many haven't been given the opportunity to post a reasonable bond for their release.1

    Conditions at an ICE detention center led 40 immigrant women to start a hunger strike.

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    Tell ICE to release them immediately!

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    Conditions have gotten so bad that 40 women went on a five-day hunger strike last week. Many of these women fled to the United States because they feared for their lives. Now they, and even their children, are being put in solitary confinement cells in the medical wing of the prison for participating in the strike. The mother’s ended their hunger strike this past weekend and have given ICE ten days to release them before escalating their demands.    

    Will you sign our petition asking ICE to immediately release these women and their families? By doing so, you'll help us tell a powerful story in the media that increases scrutiny on ICE and forces the agency to treat these women like human beings.

    Tell ICE Director Sarah Saldaña to immediately release the women and families held at Karnes County Residential Center!

    If the Karnes County Residential Center sounds familiar to you, it may be because this isn't the facility's first brush with controversy. Last year, women who had been held at Karnes reported being sexually abused by male guards, who had 24/7 access to the rooms of the women and children held there.2

    According to some reports, 80 women began the hunger strike on Tuesday, but nearly half quit because they feared reprisals from prison officials, who threatened to separate children from any mothers caught organizing inside.

    It's no wonder they're protesting — few of us would stand for the conditions in which these women are being held:

    • Children are being intimidated by prison guards, including interrogations without a parent or an attorney present.

    • Women earn just $3 each day doing laundry and other menial cleaning tasks at the prison.

    • Water in Karnes City has been contaminated by fracking, so many women buy their water.

    • Paralegals and other legal aid workers have been banned from the facility for reporting what it's like inside.

    But most importantly, the women inside aren't being given the opportunity to pay a reasonable bond for their release until they can see an immigration judge who will decide on their requests for asylum.

    Tell ICE Director Sarah Saldaña to immediately release the women and families held at Karnes County Residential Center!

    Thanks and ¡adelante!

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

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    If you are artistically inclined, we invite you to:
    ART PAGES,
    All Art is Welcomed

    This is the final week to submit artwork to this upcoming exhibition, and we encourage you to do so!

    Opening Reception:

     Friday, April 17th 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    2721 N. 5th St.

    in Taller Puertorriqueño's Lorenzo Homar Gallery

     
    Building on the premise that creativity is not exclusive, and that art is for everyone, from April 17th to May 9th, 2015, Taller’s Lorenzo Homar gallery will host an art show of work submitted by our talented community. The only guidelines for submission are that the artwork is the artist’s own and can fit in a painted 11 inches square box on the wall. Each work will be sold anonymously for $15. Proceeds from exhibition sales will help support Taller's crucial work in the community.
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    We hope that you can join this exhibition by submitting artwork and/or attending the opening reception. We'll see you soon!

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    LULAC Hosted its Annual National Women's Conference in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico


    Santa Ana Pueblo, NM – With the theme, “Leadership, Opportunity, Education and Family: Celebrating the Latina Spirit,” this year’s women’s conference was attended by more than 400 people and included workshops on domestic violence, child abuse, entrepreneurship, running for public office and other issues that directly impact women’s lives.

    The educational attainment of women ages 25 to 64 in the labor force has risen substantially over the past 20 years. In 2012, 38 percent of this group held college degrees, compared with 25 percent in 1992. However, there are still critical leadership roles where women are underrepresented, such as in the corporate sector. Today, women make up only 5% of CEOs and 17% of the corporate board members among Fortune 500 companies. The mission of the LULAC National Women’s Conference is to engage women from across the country and ensure they have the necessary tools in order to become effective leaders.

    LULAC is grateful to our sponsors for making this event possible, and their generous support that helped to make the 2015 Women’s Conference a rousing success. This year’s sponsors included Diamond Sponsor The Coca-Cola Company; Emerald Sponsors Ford Motor Company Fund and Southwest Airlines; Pearl Sponsors Denny’s, Tyson Foods, iHeart Media, Master Your Card Oportunidad, Walgreens, and Walmart; Sapphire Sponsors United Airlines; and Partner MillerCoors.

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    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 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.lulac.org.

     


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    Over 400 people attended the conference, with workshops focusing on working in the federal government, running for public office, and entrepreneurship.

    LULAC National Vice President for Women Elsie Valdes Ramos addressed the Women Líderes Luncheon.

    LULAC thanks its many event sponsors including The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company Fund, Southwest Airlines, Denny’s, Tyson Foods, iHeartMedia, Master Your Card Oportunidad, Walgreens, Walmart, United Airlines, and MillerCoors.

    During the luncheon, LULAC National President Margaret Moran spoke about the important role women have in shaping the future of this country.

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    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
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       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    Candidate for Chicago Mayor

    Struggles to Unite Latinos and Blacks

    By Julie Bosman

    New York Times (April 3, 2015)

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       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
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       Development Chair

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    Opinion

    GOP Will Make Latino History

    But Not How You Think

    By O. Ricardo Pimentel | ricardo.pimentel@express-news.net

    San Antonio Express-News (April 4, 2015)

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    Participate Today in

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    Latino Opinion Leaders Survey!

     

    To access the survey, click here

    This survey must be completed no later than Monday, April 13 2015 at 5pm (Eastern Time).

     

    Has the Obama Administration been responsive to the needs of the Latino community? What are the most important issues facing Latinos today? Who is most responsible for the drug violence in Mexico? Is the criminal justice system fair to Latinos? How are race relations in the United States from a Latino perspective? By filling out the National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey you can provide valuable insights into these and many more issues of concern to the Latino population of the United States.

     

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    The results will be published in The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report, an information network of the National Institute for Latino Policy that represents a broad cross-section of Latino opinion leaders throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. These are made up of elected officials, government officials, heads of community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, religious leaders, business leaders, academics and others.

     

    Through our National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey, we poll this group from time to time on important issues facing the Latino community given this stratums' important role in Latino agenda-setting and framing.

     

    While the polling that is being conducted nationally on Latino issues by the media and polling organizations is of the broader community, we think this more select group of opinion leaders may have a unique place from which to view these issues within our community. While not a scientifically generated sample of Latino elites, we think this survey may result in useful insights on major issues facing the Latino community today. And remember, NiLP is thoroughly nonpartisan, and your responses to this survey are all anonymous. No one will have access to any information that can identify you.

     

    We look forward to hearing from you on these critical issues facing the Latino community in the United States.

     

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    Author of preschool-learning books entitled DLee’s Color Hunt, DLee’s Outdoor Countdown, and DLee's First Day of School, the first of three educational books in the series. The main character, DLee, is based on the author’s own physical appearance as a child and “DLee’s World” based on a compilation of her own childhood and experiences as an adult and teacher.

    As a woman of Hispanic descent, she understands that children need to see characters that are representative of themselves even at the early ages of two to five. Thus, she has ensured that the illustrations are bold, fun, and bright with quirky, unique, and diverse characters. Diana Lee Santamaria has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. As an educator, Diana Lee wanted to create books that were authentic to her students, while enhancing their overall developmental abilities.

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    Because the audience keeps asking for it, the next PuertoRican PANORAMA will feature different genres of Latin music, including: a sentimental favorite of Puerto Ricans, a bachata, a song that is considered the signature song of México, and even a polka that was popular in Puerto Rico, and yes, a couple of semi-classical pieces performed by tango dancers & by a Puerto Rican tenor).  This potpourri of the music we left behind airs on 6abc-TV this coming weekend (both days): Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 12, at 5 a.m.

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    A petición de la audiencia que sigue pidiendo más música, el próximo PuertoRican PANORAMA, consiste todo de música latina, incluyendo: la canción más sentimental de Puerto Rico, una bachata, un corrido considerado como el símbolo musical de México, y una polka que fue muy popular en Puerto Rico, y hasta un par de interpretaciones semi-clásicas (una pareja de tango y un tenor boricua).  Este potpurrí de la música que dejamos atrás sale por el Canal 6 este fin de semana (ambos días): el sábado, 11 de abril, a la una de la tarde y el domingo, 12 de abril, a las 5 de la madrugada.

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    Why We Write To You
    The founding members of La Respuesta magazine are preparing for an exciting new phase and would like to be open with you, nuestra gente, about this transition.
     
    The statement you are reading is the end result of many weeks of conversation and work that was both refreshing and challenging. In the course of running this magazine, the Editorial Core lost track of our desire for collective-run media by forgetting the importance of critical dialogue and mutual support among all parties involved.
     
    We hope the effort to produce this statement inspires the development of collectivity, dialogue, and mutual support among organizers, despite its challenges. In the end, we have done all of this because we endeavor to connect and unify a Boricua Diaspora that needs not only a vision, but a vehicle to discuss on-the-ground solutions that produces new ideas and debates.
     
    What We’ve Done, Con Orgullo
    La Respuesta rose organically from the heart of many Puerto Rican Diaspora communities as ‘The Response’ to the issues that affect, motivate, and agitate us. It is an accomplishment within itself that we've been able to run a publication with zero funding and an all-volunteer staff from around the country. Many of the Editorial Core members are more than just writers but activists in their communities since before La Respuesta started. With no money and just human dedication we’ve published hundreds of writers and written pieces across genres and perspectives, building an audience in the hundreds of thousands!
     
    We’ve also recognized that Puerto Rican culture does not exist in isolation and have worked actively in solidarity with other oppressed people, such as Palestinians, Black folk, Dominicans, and the undocumented, to name just a few. We have done this by supporting and writing about their struggles and projects. We’ve also engaged the academic community and have been recognized by such organizations as the Puerto Rican Studies Association, and inspired Dominicans to launch their own diaspora publication.
     
    Furthermore, La Respuesta has featured the experiences of those most marginalized in our community, such as mujeres, afrodescendientes, queer and trans folk, our gente in the ‘hood, and those living with disability - and by the very people who embody these experiences! Very few media platforms can say they do this (even if they intend to), let alone Puerto Rican-focused publications.
     
    New Directions, New Process
    We represent a young generation of Boricuas seeking to start a new trend. Many movements and organizations important to our collective formation have gone down a path of decay, in many cases due to an inability to implement conflict resolution when political or personal differences arose. La Respuesta seeks to learn and grow from this. Our generation’s desire for collective development and liberation takes precedence over any type of conflict preventing unity.
     
    With the intent of developing coalitions and being a voice of a nascent Diaspora movement, La Respuesta decided to stake a claim in the Internet (Boricuas need to do this in all institutions and spheres!). Although cyberspace falls short of the face-to-face, grassroots interactions necessary in moving from theory to action, La Respuesta is trying to push the envelope of what is possible. We are working towards bridging the gap and connecting social media with meaningful social interaction. This will be an intricate part of our new phase.
     
    Our transformation will also include: the revisiting and critical reflection of our past work, a deep revamping of our mission and vision, and a new editorial structure to reflect the collectivity we desire. And while we prepare for our new phase, we will shift to a rolling submissions cycle.
     
    Our Historic Purpose
    Puerto Ricans exist within an historic crossroad. We are migrating from the Caribbean archipelago at levels unseen in almost half a century. Historic Diaspora communities are fading due to economic devastation and gentrification, while new ones are in development. And if political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is released by the end of Obama’s administration, it will be the first time in a generation that the Puerto Rican people haven’t had someone in prison by the U.S. for their belief in independence. These are just a few issues that both plague our people but also give us purpose.
     
    It is thus with the act of denouncing that the responsibility of announcing inspiring alternatives and a world of possibilities is born.
     
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    The Second Oscar – Mandela March in New York City 2015

     

    We will be having our 2nd Oscar – Mandela Protest March on Monday, June 22, 2015.  We will start marching peacefully at 9 AM from Hunter College on East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, to East 43rd Street and Lexington Avenue.  We will then go East (turning left) to end up at the Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue (across from the United Nations).

     

    We will be at the park until 5 PM.  We will be giving out flyers and talking to people about who Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is.  We will also be educating the public about Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the government of the United States (US).

     

    Most people don’t know that every year, usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day, the United Nations holds its hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico.  The petitioners will usually join our protest after this meeting. 

     

    The UN determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity.  Since then, the UN has issued 33 resolutions asking for the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico.  The US government has ignored these resolutions.  What kind of democracy is that? 

     

    The US government tries to keep these hearings a secret.  What we are trying to do is to get them out of the closet. The UN is in its 3rd decade trying to make the world colony-free.  Please help us!

     

    Most people also don’t know that the United States government takes out 14 times more money than what it invests in Puerto Rico.  But, that is what colonies are for!

     

    This savage exploitation impedes Puerto Rico’s ability to provide opportunities for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico.  That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans living away from Puerto Rico than in their homeland. 

     

    Oscar López Rivera has been incarcerated for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize Puerto Rico.  Since colonialism is an international crime, international law gives Oscar the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize his homeland.  Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years for doing the same thing as Oscar.  This is why we say, Oscar López Rivera is our Nelson Mandela!

     

    United Partners for Puerto Rico Decolonization invites the public to be part of the tsunami of people that will be necessary to make the US government comply with the UN resolutions.  These annual protests in Puerto Rico and at the UN are absolutely necessary, because, those who maintain colonies, don’t believe in justice for all!

     

     

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    Es momento de recordar el mandamiento del amor que arropó todo el sacrificio de la Cruz. Es momento de agradecer tantas bendiciones que se nos ofrecen cada día. Es tiempo de pensar en el amor de Dios y de mirar al futuro con esperanza.

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    On the Importance of

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    NiLP Note: Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition reflects below on the significance of the recent victory at the Federal Communications Commission for an open interest. This is followed by a critique of his position by Rob Atkinson characterizing net neutrality as a "Yuppie issue" of little relevance to the Latino working class. One problem with his critique of the NHMC is that the issues he feels they should be addressing instead are issues that they are already addressing. We thought you would find the contrast between these two positions of interest.

     

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    * "We Just Won One of the Most Important Civil Rights Victories of the 21st Century" by Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition (March 30, 2015)

    * "What Would Cesar Chavez Think?" By Rob Atkinson. The Innovation Files (March 31, 2015)

     

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    Latino Leaders Support

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    Highlights from the strong showing of support for Senator Menendez from leaders in the Latino community and immigrant rights community. This roundup of key statements (issued Wednesday and Thursday) is not exhaustive.

     

    National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

    Janet Murguia, President and CEO

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    "Under the American justice system, those accused are presumed innocent until proven otherwise, and Hispanic Americans have every reason to give the senator the benefit of the doubt. For when it comes to assessing Senator Menendez's record in Congress, there is no doubt about his effectiveness.

     

    "For millions of Latinos across the nation, Senator Bob Menendez is more than just the senior senator from New Jersey. To the Hispanic community, Senator Menendez has been our voice and our champion in the United States Senate. In the more than 20 years he has been in Congress, Senator Menendez has consistently been one of the most thoughtful, constant, and eloquent advocates not only for Latinos, but for working families, consumers, and the country's interests abroad...

     

    "NCLR highly values the partnership we have with Senator Menendez and are proud of the work we have done together on behalf of the 55 million Hispanics in this great nation. We owe him a large debt of gratitude for his efforts, for his unwavering commitment, and for his courageous dedication. As he has been there for us, we will be there for him."

     

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez

     

    "Bob Menendez has never given me any reason to question his integrity, his dedication to honest public service or his commitment to the American people.  As a leader in the House and in the Senate, he has been a key ally in fighting for sensible immigration reform and a touchstone for all matters related to Latinos in this country.  He is a friend who is quick with advice, encouragement and good ideas.  I am particularly proud of his leadership on foreign policy matters related to Latin America.  My hope is that these legal matters are resolved quickly so he can go back to concentrating 100 percent on his service to the people of New Jersey and the United States."

     

    America's Voice

    Frank Sharry, Executive Director

     

    "Senator Bob Menendez is a leader who I have worked with on immigration reform for over a decade.  I know him well and love him dearly.  He has been a tireless fighter for immigrants and immigration reform.  He has been relentless and effective.  He was a key member of the Senate 'Gang of 8' who birthed the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed in 2013 on a bipartisan basis by a whopping vote of 68-32.  He has consistently fought for an achievable path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, for the speedy reunification of families separated by our outdated immigration system and for the immigrants to be treated fairly in immigration proceedings.  He has courageously stood up for those marginalized by political system and dehumanized by a nasty streak of nativism in American society.  And he is a major reason why Dreamers won relief under DACA, why some 5 million undocumented immigrants are on the verge of living without fear in the country they now call home, and why comprehensive immigration reform is an idea whose time has come for some three quarters of the American public.

     

    "My fervent hope is that Senator Menendez emerges from the current troubles stronger than ever.  For he is not only the senior Senator for New Jersey; he is also the senior Senator for Latinos in America."

     

    Rep. Tony Cardenas

     

    "Senator Menendez has been a friend to me personally and a public servant dedicated to the betterment of communities in New Jersey and throughout America. His efforts continue to positively impact the lives of American families every day. He plays a fundamental role in ensuring that every voice in discussions, throughout our nation's capital, is heard. I know he will not only continue this role, but will grow stronger as a legislator and a resource for the people of his state. As his friend and his colleague, I believe in Senator Bob Menendez, I support him and will continue to do so."

     

    Latino Leaders Network

    Mickey Ibarra, Founder and Chairman

     

    "The Latino Leaders Network-an organization dedicated to 'Bringing Leaders Together,' first honored Bob Menendez in 2004 at its inaugural Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Boston during the Democratic National Convention. Over 500 Latino leaders from across the country assembled to honor the newly elected chairman of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus and to listen to Bob's personal story of obstacles overcome to achieve success.

     

    "For his entire career, Bob Menendez has been a remarkable and indispensable public servant for New Jersey residents and the national Latino community. As the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, he has continuously broken glass ceilings and prioritized the importance of inclusion at all levels of government and the private sector.

     

    "As the political influence of the Latino-American community continues to grow to better reflect our nation's demographic landscape, we recognize that Senator Menendez has been at the helm of that transformation from the very beginning. Bob Menendez embodies the promise of America-that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in our country.

     

    "Leaks and innuendo do not equate to guilt, and the Senator deserves a fair and just trial, not a political witch hunt. We owe someone who has fought so hard for us these basic American rights.

     

    "The Latino Leaders Network stands-by the Eagle Leadership Award presented to Congressman Bob Menendez in 2004 and again to Senator Menendez in 2006 for his outstanding contributions to the Latino community and our nation."

     

    Rep. Albio Sires

     

    "Bob Menendez and I have worked together for years to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. When you look at his work, making laws that give working families the support that they need and ensuring that our communities have the resources they need, it's clear that he will never stop fighting for our state.

     

    "All Americans, not just Senator Menendez, are entitled to a presumption of innocence. These charges are just an accusation. My friend, Bob Menendez is not going anywhere. I know that he will get through this and nothing will distract him from doing what he does best, fighting for New Jersey."

     

    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

    Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director

     

    "As the Nation's largest and oldest Latino membership organization, the League of United Latin American Citizens regularly works with members of Congress on issues of importance to our community.

     

    "Senator Bob Menendez has been the Latino community's biggest and most consistent champion during the entire time he has been in Congress.

     

    "From leading the charge on comprehensive immigration reform to ensuring Latinos were covered by the Affordable Care Act and from protecting Latino consumers from deceptive practices to opening new doors for small business owners, Bob Menendez has delivered hard-fought legislative victories to Latinos on our top priorities throughout his career.

     

    "As the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, Senator Menendez has also prioritized the importance of inclusion at all levels of government and the private sector.

     

    "For these reasons, LULAC has honored Senator Menendez on multiple occasions, including bestowing upon him the LULAC National Legislative Award-our organization's highest award for Members of Congress.

     

    "As the Hispanic-American political agenda and influence grows and changes to finally reflect our nation's demographic landscape, we recognize that Senator Menendez has been at the helm of that transformation from the very beginning. Bob Menendez embodies the promise of America - that if you work hard and stay the course, you can make it in our country.

     

    "The League of United Latin American Citizens stands with Senator Menendez and we will continue to support and work him as one of our biggest champions."

     

    United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Javier Palomarez, President and CEO

     

    "The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was pleased to have the participation of Senator Bob Menendez - along with other senior government officials and Congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle - last week during our Legislative Summit, an annual gathering of business advocates, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives in Washington, DC. During the Summit, Senator Menendez addressed our group and discussed his efforts to promote more diversity and leadership in corporate America. This issue has been a focal point of our association since its inception.

     

    "While the membership of our organization is quite diverse, the USHCC's primary constituency is Hispanic business owners. Their interests are at the heart of Senator Menendez's newly updated survey on corporate diversity. Additionally, their interests have driven Senator Menendez's wider efforts in the Senate on several policy issues that affect American enterprise.

     

    "Throughout his career, Senator Menendez has devoted his time and energy to ensuring Hispanic entrepreneurs have a voice in America's policy debates. As the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, he has continuously broken glass ceilings and prioritized the importance of inclusion at all levels of government and the private sector.

     

    "The USHCC appreciates its long standing partnership with Senator Bob Menendez, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with him."

     

    National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts (NHFA)

    Felix Sanchez, Chairman and Co-Founder

     

    "The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) stands with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. Under our system of justice a person is innocent until proven otherwise.

     

    "U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has been a champion of Latino Civil Rights, Immigration Reform, expanded trade with Latin America and a strong proponent of peace in the Middle East. U.S. Sen. Menendez, who represents the State of New Jersey, is a respected leader of the United States Senate, a pillar of the Democratic Party and an national Latino icon, who has dedicated his life to public service. U.S. Sen. Menendez has never given us any reason to doubt his integrity.

     

    "We urge NHFA's friends to stand with Bob Menendez. Bob Menendez has stood with us and now we should stand with him. A person is innocent until proven otherwise and until that day, Bob deserves the beemfit of the doubt. #istandwithbob"

     

    Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ)

    Michael J. Plata, HBA-NJ President

     

    "The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey ('HBA-NJ') stands by and supports United States Senator Bob Menendez for his tireless work on behalf of the Hispanic community in New Jersey and across the country to cultivate a more inclusive society and a government that is responsive to an all too often ignored demographic. The HBA-NJ is confident in Senator Menendez' devotion and commitment to ensuring that all people, whether born here or abroad, can have a chance at a better life and fulfill our Nation's founding promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

     

    "Senator Menendez has had an extraordinary record of championing issues of interest for Hispanics not just in New Jersey but throughout the country. The Senator continues to have a major impact on the everyday lives of all New Jerseyans. Senator Menendez plays a fundamental role in ensuring that our community's voice is heard in the halls of Congress and before the most deliberative body in the world. We are confident that Senator Menendez will remain committed to the advancement of all people regardless of age, color, ethnicity, or creed, and we stand ready to continue to work with him on our shared goal of making our nation more inclusive."

     

    New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC)

    Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Vice-Chair

     

    "Senator Menendez has been a leader for New Jersey and a true friend to labor. He has fought for policies that have put people to work, upgrade our crumbling infrastructure, improve conditions for women, and advance the middle and working class.  He has stood up to big corporations and special interests, and refused to back down from his core principles, no matter who has challenged them.

     

    "There is a special place for Senator Menendez in the hearts and minds of everyone in the Latino community. He has been our champion and an inspiration to future generations of young Hispanics in pursuit of the American Dream. New Jersey's Latino community is greatly indebted to Senator Menendez for his life-long commitment to comprehensive immigration reform.

     

    "I have known Bob Menendez for decades. He is as passionate as his compassionate. He has devoted his entire career in public service to lifting up the most vulnerable in our society and lending his voice to the voiceless. He fights for the issues he believes are in the best interest of our state and the nation. Nothing I have heard changes my opinion of the Bob Menendez we all know, respect and admire."

     

    For further information

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    U.S. Senator Bob Menendez

    528 Hart Senate Office Building

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    Senator Robert Menendez's

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    Esperanza, Fe y Caridad

    Como puertorriqueño aprecio nuestra cultura y raíces cristianas, que son distintivos de los valores de nuestro pueblo…

    Por eso mi deseo es que esta Semana Santa, sin importar el credo que profeses, sea una de profunda y real  reflexión… Reflexionar sobre la esperanza de lo que podemos alcanzar unidos… Fe de que en este caminar tendremos la protección Divina… y que aumente la caridad hacia nuestro hermano, vecino, familiar y para el desconocido…

    Que en estos días, y siempre,  nos enfoquemos en lo que nos une… que recordemos esas raíces que nos distinguen y aunque estemos en caminos impensados, que la paz y sabiduría, que proviene de la certeza de que Él camina con nosotros, nos acompañen eternamente…

    Son los anhelos de mi esposa María Elena y el mío propio para ti y tu familia…

    Que nuestro buen Dios bendiga nuestra Isla.

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    Willie Perdomo Helps Celebrate 

    Batey Urbano 11th Anniversary 

    By Eduardo Arocho, Division Street Business Development Association
     

    Thursday March 19, Batey Urbano celebrated its anniversary with a fundraising event at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC).  Several Batey alumni poets performed including Queen of HP and Reyes. The Albizu Campos Louder Than A Bomb slam team also performed.

     

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    Batey Urbano is a youth space on Division Street that provides after school arts related after school programs to youth in the Humboldt Park Community. Jessica Fuentes was the host of the event and introduced the feature of the evening, Prize winning nuyorican poet Willie Perdomo. Perdomo read from selections from his latest book, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon to the delight of the audience. Perdomo praised the organizers and looks forward to visiting the community in the future. View our Flickr album.

     

    CPS Introduces Interdisciplinary 

    Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum 

    By Chicago Public Schools
     

    District continues commitment to diverse studies with newest academic program


    Members of the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today introduced the Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum, which focuses on the history, arts and culture, and contributions of Latinos and Latin Americans, along with the cultural diversity of the Americas, including Central and South America and the Caribbean. This new curriculum is a direct result of the work of the Chicago Public School Latino Advisory Committee established by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO Byrd-Bennett last year.

    "To learn about Chicago is to learn about our diverse culture and identity," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "That is why we are making sure the study of Latino history and culture is a core part of education in Chicago - in history class, literature, art, music and social studies. Latino culture runs through every part of our city, and I am proud that it will now run through every part of our curriculum."
     
    "Latinos are now the largest student demographic in Chicago Public Schools, but for far too long their ancestral story was relegated to the back pages of our history books," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. "The history of Chicago cannot be written without celebrating the contributions of immigrants from Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Their triumph over ignorance, prejudice and discrimination is the quintessential American story - and finally that story will be told in every grade and in every school across CPS."
     
    Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum (ILLASC) is based on the universal themes of culture, dignity and identity and it's the district's second cross-disciplinary curriculum that engages ethnic American studies.  The units of study and launch lessons that are available are in literacy, social science, fine and performing arts, physical education and health, mathematics and science.  Each unit of study and its accompanying launch lesson include specific instructional guidelines for English learners, developed by a team from Office of Language and Culture, Office of DiverseLearner Supports and Services and the Office of Early Childhood Education. This feature allows for the curriculum to be taught by a variety of teaching and support staff, for all types of students and learners in CPS.
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    Educating the public and helping them understand health terminology is one of the most important responsibilities of The Affordable Care Act Program's In-Person Counselors. That is why our staff has been visiting different colleges, universities and schools and putting together presentations for parents and students alike. They have also been assisting many individuals apply for health insurance. Some of the places they have been to are Little Village Elementary School, Yates Elementary School, West Town Academy, DeVry University, Northeastern University of Illinois, and Humboldt Park Vocational Education

     
     

    Illinois State University Students and Faculty visit Paseo Boricua

    By Michael Kurshan-Emmer, Safe Passage Staff, PRCC

     

    On Wednesday March 11, 2015 a group of students and faculty members from Illinois State University visited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and engaged its executive director José E. Lopez in a lively conversation and forum about the greater Humboldt Park community, and particularly the economic and cultural enclave known as Paseo Boricua.

     

    The focus of the discussion centered on the Puerto Rican diaspora, the challenges of gentrification, sustainable community building, and even the future of the city itself.

    The group toured Paseo Boricua and ate lunch at Nellies Puerto Rican restaurant.
     
     

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    Job Title: In-Person Counselor (IPC) (Full-time, temporary position)

     

    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1973 to serve the social and cultural needs of Chicago's underserved communities.

     

    We are seeking bilingual (English and Spanish or other languages), motivated, and organized who are already certified or have an inactive In-Person Counselors (IPCs) license. IPCs will maintain expertise about the newly expanded Medicaid program and the Health Insurance Marketplace that are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IPCs will provide information and services in a fair, accurate, and impartial manner to the community members. Additionally, IPCs will be comfortable as public speakers and conduct activities to facilitate enrollment in health coverage.

     

    Qualifications:

    • Seeking Certified IPC - or IPC with inactive license
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    Availability to work during non-traditional hours, including limited evening and weekend hours, and throughout the different seasons under Chicago weather conditions. Download the full description and contact info here.
     
     

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    CICLO URBANO'S TIPS FOR SPRING BICYCLING

    By Michael Bush, West Town Bikes
     

    One day it's winter, the next day it's springtime! Oh, wait a minute, this is Chicago...

     

    Well, Chicago cyclists know that winter is hard on a bike, whether you ride it through the slush and salt, or leave it to languish in the basement (or heaven forbid, outside in the elements).

     

    Bikes that have been ridden hard and put away wet could really use some love and attention. This is the perfect time of year to give your bike the special treatment it so desperately needs. 

     

    Here's a quick list of the Top 3 ways to show your bike some springtime affection:

     

     1.  Stop by your local bike shop for a free assessment! 

    Once you find a good shop with mechanics you trust, you can bring your bike by at any time to make sure everything is in good working order. Ciclo Urbano's staff will never try to talk you into buying something you don't need. We'll help you identify which parts of your bike are working well, as well as which have seen a lot of wear, and we'll give you a sense of how much longer they may last. Routine bike maintenance and repair will save you money and frustration in the long run. Remember, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure!


    2.  Clean it up!

    Dirty bikes don't work as well, or last as long as clean bikes. Salt and sand, grit and grime accelerate rust and corrosion. And chains and gears wear out much more quickly when they're coated with grit-- it acts just like sandpaper!

     

    Stop by the bike shop and have us put it in the bike wash! Or, if you've got that DIY spirit (like we do!) take some time to wipe everything down with a mild solvent (soapy water is just fine). Make sure to get all the crud off the chain and gears, and around any other moving parts, like brakes and derailleurs. Don't spray solvent or soap directly on the bike; spray it on a rag instead, and try not to get too much of it inside of the moving parts before you...


    3. Lube it up!

    Using a basic multi-purpose bike lube, like Tri-Flow, can really get things moving again. Lubricate your the rollers of your chain (but not your gears), and all the moving pivots on your bike, like on your derailleurs and brakes. Careful not to get any on your brake pads!

     

    Happy Springtime, and hope to see you riding!

     

     

    From Our Community Partners

     

    Lolita Lebron Family Learning Center recognized by the American Educational Research Association

    By Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School staff

     

    The Lolita Lebron Family Learning Center (FLC) will be recognized for their educational accomplishments by Division G (Social Contexts of Education) of the American Educational Research Association at their Annual Meeting, held April 16-19th in Chicago. The FLC is a program for student-parents attending Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Alternative High School.  Staff, students, and mentors from the program will present at a panel entitled, "Listening to Voices From Chicago: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Local Knowledge Through a Joint Session With Community-Based Organizations," on April 19th,  along with representatives from Kuumba Lynx, an arts and education organization, also being recognized. Dr. Enid Rosario-Ramos, University of Michigan, will provide introductory comments and Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson, Northern Illinois University, will serve as the discussant for the panel. The program will also receive a $2500 award at the Division G Business meeting on April 17th.

     

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    In the Bronx

    El Maestro Celebrates Dinner and Fundraiser By Honoring Community Leaders

     

     

    On Saturday, March 28, 2015, El Maestro Cultural Center celebrated its Annual Dinner Dance by honoring five community leaders. The honorees were William, Sanchez, Bronx Puerto Rican Parade Board member and supporter of El Maestro, Prof. Ana M. López, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera, Sonia M. Cruz, a long-time supporter of El Maestro and singer of the 5 en Plena Group, Carlos Pagan, President and CEO of the El Regreso Foundation and Rev. Danilo La Chapel of La Iglesia Evangelista Española del Bronx, a long-time advocate of peace and justice, a fighter for human rights and supporter of undocumented immigrants and director of Give Them to Eat, a food pantry that feeds thousands weekly.

     

     

     

    The keynote speaker was Alejandro L. Molina, who spoke on the nature of community work as one large piece of the puzzle in our struggle for freedom. Alejandro began by speaking about the work of the youth programs of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, Cafe Teatro Batey Urbano and Barrio Arts, Community and Culture Academy (BACCA) and El Maestro Cultural Center in the Bronx, acknowledging their decades-long patient work, as well as that of Prof. Lopez and Carlos Pagan and all others involved in the same type of work. "This work must be seen as sowing seeds-seeds which when cared for with love and patience- by those who sow them, result in engaged, critical and forward thinking community youth who are part of the our struggle against those forces which try to destroy us." Alejandro told the 125 plus members of the audience.

     

     

     

    During the delicious dinner, which was broadly supported by neighborhood businesses and leaders who were present, the audience enjoyed the the music and song by 5 en Plena. El Maestro Cultural Center remains an example and beacon of hope for those invested in working with our community's youth.

     
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    Why Latino 'Leaders' Reject Ted Cruz

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    OEA Panamá, 31 mar (PL) La selección de los representantes de la sociedad civil que asistirán al foro previo a la Cumbre de las Américas lo decide la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) según requisitos no revelados, dijeron hoy a Prensa Latina organizadores de la reunión en Panamá.

     

    Betances y la revolución de 1848
    Escrito por Francisco Moscoso

     

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    Betances, en entrevista con un periodista de Le Voltaire (París) en 1889, dijo: “Yo también soy un viejo soldado de la República francesa. En 1848 cumplí con mi deber. Cuando de la libertad se trata, todos los pueblos son solidarios”.

     

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    Estela Barnes de Carlotto: “De aquí me llevo una gran alegría, la alegría de su gente. Pero también me llevo su tristeza, la tristeza de un país que todavía es una colonia. Los tiempos han cambiado y ya es tiempo de que Oscar López Rivera y Puerto Rico sean libres”. Foto: Alina Luciano/Claridad

     

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    Centro Library, Rm. 121

    Discussion of the Puerto Rican Genealogy movement and personal examples of researching family roots. A look at the use of Centro resources and how the archives and data center can be used in the development of family archival history

    Presenters: Dr. Jorge Camuñas, Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini Moderator: Alberto Hernández
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    La presidenta de la organización Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, le expresó solidaridad al preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera y se comprometió a hablar de su caso en Argentina, durante una breve comunicación que sostuvieron el domingo vía telefónica.

     

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    (San Juan, Puerto Rico - 30 de marzo de 2015) La Unión Nacional de Educadores y Trabajadores de la Educación (UNETE) denunció que el Secretario de Educación, Rafael Román, “liquidó la materia de Estudios Sociales de kínder a tercer grado, con la nueva Carta Circular de Organización Escolar # 24-2014-2015.
     

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    What Would Ted Cruz Do,

    Ask Pro-Immigration Evangelicals?

    By Suzanne Gamboa

    NBC News (March 31, 2015)

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    Study: Law Faculties Short

    on White Christians, Republicans

    By Karen Sloan

    The National Law Journal (March 24, 2015)

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    Buenas tardes,

    Esta semana, los puertorriqueños y puertorriqueñas celebramos en familia. Quiero compartir contigo el Plan de Semana Santa, para que te orientes sobre los planes y servicios del gobierno.

    Puedes ver el plan y orientarte en fortaleza.pr.gov.

    Primero, quiero informarte que los servicios de transportación pública estarán operando en horario regular durante toda la semana, excepto el Viernes Santo. Detalles abajo.

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    Si planificas visitar alguna de las facilidades recreativas administradas por el Departamento de Recursos Naturales o la Compañía de Parques Nacionales, debes saber que algunas tendrán cambios en sus horarios.

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    Para tu seguridad y la de tu familia, el Departamento de Recursos Naturales aumentará la vigilancia marítima y terrestre en toda la Isla.

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    Además, la capilla de la Fortaleza, "Capilla Santa Catalina", estará abierta a los compatriotas que acostumbran visitar el Viejo San Juan en Jueves y Viernes Santo. La Capilla abrirá jueves en a las 8:30PM hasta la medianoche; y Viernes Santo, de 8:00 am al mediodía. 

    Esta histórica Capilla es un espacio de reflexión único y un verdadero tesoro para el pueblo de Puerto Rico. Te invito a que la conozcas.

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    Espero que tu celebración de la Semana Mayor esté llena de momentos inolvidables con tu familia. Disfruta de tu Isla y cuídala para que tus hijos y nietos tengan la oportunidad de regocijarse en esta tierra bendecida.

    Saludos,

    Víctor Suárez
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    Aumenta presión latinoamericana por la independencia de Puerto Rico
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    En entrevista exclusiva a Adital, la copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano de Puerto Rico (MINH), Wilma Esther Reverón Collazo, habla de la fuerte dominación estadounidense sobre Puerto Rico y la ropa nueva del colonialismo, que han perseguido y atacado a la cultura de la isla.

     

    Adán Chávez: Venezuela quiere seguir la senda del socialismo
    Escrito por Adán Chávez Frías

     

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    Cuba y Venezuela son y seguirán siendo referencia para la construcción de relaciones diplomáticas que conducen a la verdadera unión entre los pueblos / Foto EFE.

     

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    27 de marzo de 2015, La Habana.- CUBA y Puerto Rico confirmaron hoy el interés de fortalecer sus vínculos en el ámbito deportivo con la firma de un acuerdo de colaboración mutua.

     

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    (San Juan, 29 de marzo de 2015) - El pasado domingo, 33 estudiantes de trabajo social se reunieron en el Puente Dos Hermanos en la ciudad capital, por la libertad de Oscar López Rivera. Junto a ellas estuvo la invitada especial la compañera argentina Estela Barnes de Carlotto, presidenta de Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo. Fotos: Luis López / MINH

     

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    El Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño lamenta el fallecimiento de Doña Alejita Firpi, profesora jubilada del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la UPR, líder comunitaria e Independentista siempre. "Una independentista cabal, firme y combativa", Senadora María de Lourdes Santiago.

    Sus exequias se llevarán a cabo mañana martes, 31 de marzo en la Casa de la Cultura Ruth Hernández Torres (787-296-1440) en el casco de Río Piedras de 10:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. y luego en la Funeraria Ehret (787-763-1030).

     

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    20th Anniversary

    The Murder of 

    Selena Quintanilla-Perez

    BBC Witness (originally aired on March 27, 2015)

     

    To listen to the story (10 minutes), click here

     

     

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    On March 31 1995, Latino superstar Selena was shot dead by her fan club manager in a Texas motel. The Grammy-winning singer was just 23 years old at the time. Her husband, Chris Perez, tells Witness about the day he lost his wife.

     

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    "Selena Quintanilla-Perez's grave" 
    by Terry Ross
     
     
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    VOXXI, the Popular Independent

    News Outlet, Closes its Doors

    By Latin Post Staff (staff@latinpost.com)

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    Inside Voxxi's Closure:

    6 Lessons to be Learned

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    Issue and Ideas

    New Debate On Race Among Latinos

    By Brenda Medina | bmedina@Elnuevoherald.com

    Miami Herald (March 28, 2015)

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    Deadline Editor Apologizes For "Insensitivity" In "Ethnic Castings" Article

    "We will move forward determined to do better," editor Mike Fleming Jr. wrote in a column Sunday.

    By Claudia Koerner

    BuzzFeed (March 25. 2015)

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    Six months ago, local police in Iguala Mexico attacked a group of students who were planning to attend a demonstration against state violence perpetuated on October 2nd of 1968.

     

    Six people were killed, more than 20 injured, 43 students suffered enforced disappearance. Presumably they were handed in to organized crime for execution. The Mexican government has not given a meaningful response, it has been insensitive, and their inquiries have covered up military, police and politicians’ responsibility considering it as an isolated case.

      

    Caravana 43 was formed in response to the Mexican government’s lack of transparency for the Ayotzinapa case. Relatives and peers of the 43 disappeared students have traveled to Europe demanding justice, accountability and support, and now they are traveling through the United States. We are very pleased to welcome Caravana 43:

     

      

    Calling for Justice:

     

    A Dialogue with Relatives of Ayotzinapa’s Disappeared Students

     

    (Talk in Spanish with English translation)

     

    First Event

     

     

    April 8th

     

    7:00 PM

     

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    Please join us for a dialogue with:

     

     

     

    Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz

     

    Sister of Oshivani Guerrero de la Cruz

    Clemente Rodríguez Moreno

     

    Father of Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre

    Felipe De la Cruz Sandoval

     

    Teacher and Father of Ángel Nery survivor

     

     

     

    Caravana 43 will hold several activities in the Philadelphia area, I have attached a flyer in case you or your students are interested in attending.

     

     

     

    Sponsored by:

     

    Spanish Department of Haverford College

     

    Spanish Department of Bryn Mawr College

     

    Provost's Office

     

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    More that 180 organizations in USA, including Frente Ayoztinapa USA and RIUM (Network of Immigrants United for Mexico)

     

     

     

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    Consumer, Public Service, and Science Groups Seek Ban on Household Products With Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants

    97% of U.S. residents at risk from toxic organohalogen flame retardants in their bodies

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a broad coalition of groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products — children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics — if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens. Among the petitioners that included LULAC were Earthjustice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Worksafe, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan and the Green Science Policy Institute.

    This entire class of chemicals has been associated with serious human health problems, including cancer, reduced sperm count, increased time to pregnancy, decreased IQ in children, impaired memory, learning deficits, hyperactivity, hormone disruption and lowered immunity. Nevertheless, the chemicals continue to be used at high levels in consumer products.

    These chemicals migrate continuously out from everyday household products into the air and dust, such as when a guest sits on a sofa or a baby is laid down on a crib’s mattress. As a result, more than 97 percent of U.S. residents have measurable quantities of toxic organohalogen flame retardants in their blood. Children are especially at-risk because they come into greater contact with household dust than adults. Studies show that children, whose developing brains and reproductive organs are most vulnerable, have three to five times higher levels than their parents.

    “It’s critical that the Latino community understand the health risks associated with toxic exposure to dangerous chemicals in consumer products,” said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “LULAC joins this petition as part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness about environmental health issues that disproportionately impact Latinos at home, in the workplace and beyond.”

    A growing number of firefighter organizations have expressed concern about the use of this class of chemicals as well. When consumer products containing these chemicals burn, the fire and smoke become more toxic. The International Association of Fire Fighters has determined that there is a link between exposure to the fumes created when toxins burn and the disproportionately high levels of cancer among firefighters.

    No law or government regulation in the country compels the use of flame retardants in the products that are the subject of this petition. However, no law or regulation prohibits using chemicals from this toxic class in consumer products either. Over the last decade, as evidence mounts that one flame retardant chemical is dangerous, the chemical industry has responded by phasing it out and replacing it with a structurally similar chemical that eventually also turns out to be harmful.

    The most effective solution is to ban products containing this entire class of chemicals. Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the CPSC has this authority.

    Read the petition to the Consumer Product Safety Commission here and supporting statements here.

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    A continuación, les presentamos el boletín informativo


    del 22
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    Presidente Perelló y Monitor Federal de la Policía evalúan mejoras a la academia como eje del sistema de seguridad y cumplimiento de la reforma


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    LULAC Reflects on the Legacy of Cesar Chavez

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes released the following statement:

    “Today, we celebrate the achievements of Cesar Chavez, one of the greatest advocates for social justice and equality in our nation’s history. Throughout his exemplary life, Chavez used his humility and determination to ensure that corporations provide workers with fair wages and safe working conditions. His indomitable spirit and commitment to nonviolence continues to inspire generations of activists. His words and actions have resonated not only within the Latino community, but with all Americans.”

    “I can proudly say that LULAC continues to build upon Chavez’ legacy through our efforts to ensure fair wages, increased access to quality education, and comprehensive immigration reform. LULAC will continue to tirelessly work toward improving the well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, ensuring that ‘Sí se puede!’ doesn't remain an abstract ideal, but a concrete reality.”

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    Se solicitan donantes de sangre para el Sr. Ramón Márquez, padre de nuestro compañero Denis Márquez,  Secretario de Organización PIP. Favor de llamar a uno de los siguientes centros para  coordinar la  Donación:

     

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    Christie Turns Back On NJ Migrants

    In Bid For Gop Right, Critics Contend

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    NJ Spotlight (March 30, 2015)

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    THE 2015 LULAC NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

    Leadership, Opportunity, Education, & Family: Celebrating the Latina Spirit


    Santa Ana Pueblo, NM – The LULAC Women’s Commission hosted its annual National Women’s Conference in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. With the theme, “Leadership, Opportunity, Education and Family: Celebrating the Latina Spirit,” this year’s women’s conference included workshops on domestic violence, child abuse, entrepreneurship, running for public office and other issues that directly impact women’s lives.

    “The women’s conference is geared towards ensuring that women use their political and electoral power to impact policy,” said Elsie Valdes Ramos, LULAC National Vice President for Women and Chair of the Women’s Commission. “Traditionally, the conference has benefited from overwhelming support. Now, more than ever, women play an important role in the future of our country and we must be ready to lead. This women’s conference plays a pivotal role in that effort. ”

    The mission of the LULAC National Women’s Conference is to engage women from across the country and ensure they have the necessary tools in order to become effective leaders. The educational attainment of women ages 25 to 64 in the labor force has risen substantially over the past 20 years. In 2012, 38 percent of this group held college degrees, compared with 25 percent in 1992. However, there are still critical leadership roles where women are underrepresented. Despite the number of women serving in Congress increasing steadily, women remain heavily outnumbered in both the House and the Senate. In addition, women are underrepresented in the corporate sector. Today, women make up only 5% of CEOs and 17% of the corporate board members among Fortune 500 companies.

    “The work of the women’s commission is dedicated to remedying these disparities by providing education, training and resources to help women advance. We are very proud of the success this conference has achieved due to the commitment of the Women’s Commission and the generosity of our corporate partners,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.




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    "In the coming days, we will discuss wage inequality and the under-representation of women in the federal government. This year we plan to make a significant leap in female empowerment," said Elsie Valdes Ramos, LULAC National Vice President for Women.

    The ribbon cutting ceremony signified the official start of the conference and LULAC's continued commitment to supporting women's issues.

    LULAC leaders from across the country, including National Executive Director Brent Wilkes and LULAC National President Margaret Moran attended the conference.

    The conference included a variety of workshops focusing on domestic violence, child abuse, entrepreneurship, and running for public office.

    The Honorable Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Congresswoman, New Mexico addressed conference participants at the Women Líderes Luncheon.

    Hundreds of women participated in the workshops and conference activities.


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    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    The Puerto Rican Problem

    By James Surowiecki

    The New Yorker (April 6, 2015 issue)

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    Las elecciones en la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía: el ascenso de PODEMOS
    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH

     

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    El pasado domingo se efectuaron las elecciones parlamentarias en la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía. Mediante estas se escogieron los diputados que pasarán a formar parte de la Junta de Andalucía, y en consecuencia, el proceso hacia la selección del nuevo(a) Presidente(a) del Gobierno de dicha Comunidad.

     

    MINH convoca a Rogativa contra el IVA
    Escrito por Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano

     

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    Harán públicas las denominadas carpetas de los subversivos
    Escrito por Waldo D. Covas Quevedo / Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

     

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    El Archivo General de Puerto Rico ya terminó el reglamento para hacer públicos los expedientes de miles de simpatizantes independentistas, recopilados ilegalmente por la Policía y las llamadas “agencias de inteligencia” estadounidenses entre las décadas de los 1950 y los 1980.

     

    El conflicto Estados Unidos/Venezuela y la VII Cumbre de las Américas
    Escrito por Carlos Fazio / Rebelión

     

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    América Latina y el Caribe, principalmente las naciones de la Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), y en particular, Venezuela, son el teatro de operaciones de un sordo juego geopolítico entre Estados Unidos y sus socios de la OTAN, contra China y Rusia, dos potencias emergentes que han venido desarrollando vínculos económicos y de cooperación técnico-militar con naciones situadas en lo que tradicionalmente Washington ha considerado su “espacio vital”.

     

    Celac aborda en Ecuador objetivos regionales para próximos cinco años 

     

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    Ecuador, Costa Rica y República Dominicana, que junto a Bahamas integran este año el cuarteto de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac), iniciaron la primera reunión del bloque desde la cumbre de enero pasado.

     

    Actividades

     

    Jornada a Betances en Cabo Rojo

     

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    10mo. Festival del tinglar

     

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

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

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

     

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    Join 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar Tomorrow in El Barrio!

    By Marina Ortiz, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar
     
     
    This month, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar will gather in front of the Julia de Burgos mosaic on East 106th Street in East Harlem/El Barrio.

     

    Please join us at 4:00 pm to create awareness among our communities here and help build a movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

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

     

    EVERY LAST SUNDAY AT 4:00 PM

    Sunday, March 29th

    4:00 pm to 4:33 pm

    in front of the Julia de Burgos Mosaic

    East 106th Street & Lexington Avenue

     

    Directions: # 6 train to 103rd Street or FDR to 106th Street

     

    Oscar en la Feria del Libro de Venezuela

     


     

    Puerto Rico Human Rights Situation to be Denounced before OAS

     

    San Juan, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) For the first time, the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights (ICHR), attached to the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold in Washington a public hearing on the situation in Puerto Rico, it was known here today in this capital.

    The organization that has historically evaded petitions so the Puerto Rican reality under the colonial regime imposed by the United States is known, pretends to listen next Tuesday in its Washington headquarters the report of different Puerto Rican groups that advocate for human rights.

    Among the main topics that Puerto Rican organizations will present to the attention of the ICHR, is the case of political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been in jail for 33 years in the United States, 12 of them in solitary, for fighting for his homeland's independence.

    Lopez Rivera, 71, is condemned for seditious conspiracy due to the link he had with the already disolved Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN) of Puerto Rico, which operated in the 70 and 80 decades of the past century in New York and Chicago.





    International News/Noticias internacionales
     
    Fuerte reclamo a favor de excarcelar a López Rivera
     

    WASHINGTON.- En su momento más enérgico de la audiencia de ayer ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), el secretario de Justicia de Puerto Rico,  Cesar Miranda, mantuvo que no se puede hablar de derechos humanos y civiles sin demandar la excarcelación del prisionero político  Oscar López Rivera.

     

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    A su lado estaba aún el consejero político de la misión de Estados Unidos ante la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA),  Anthony Pahigian, quien durante toda la hora que duró la sesión se limitó a presentar inicialmente al secretario de Estado de Puerto Rico,  David Bernier.

     

    En el salón había representantes de los departamentos de Estado y de Justicia federal, así como el director ejecutivo del Grupo de Trabajo de la Casa Blanca sobre Puerto Rico,  James Albino.

    "Flanqueado por los representantes del Departamento de Estado y del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, y frente a ustedes, representantes de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, tengo que decir: que para hablar de libertades individuales sin sonrojarnos todos, a coro tenemos que exigir la liberación de Oscar López Rivera. Este hombre lleva 34 años encarcelado por hechos no vinculados a actos de violencia. Reitero el pedido que ha hecho el gobernador, el liderato político, y el pueblo de Puerto Rico: libertad para Oscar López Rivera ahora", indicó el secretario Miranda. quien luego tendría reuniones en Justicia federal.

     
     


    Venezuela and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

    By Hans Vogel

     

    Years ago at a state dinner, I was sitting next to a member of the visiting Venezuelan government delegation. Knowing that Venezuela's oil revenues from the 1940s to the 1960s exceeded 13 billion US dollars, more than the total amount of "Marshall Aid" allotted to Europe (1948-52), I turned to my neighbor wondering what had happened to all that money. After all, Venezuela's population in 1950 was only 5 million and had reached 10 million in 1970, while Europe had hundreds of millions of inhabitants.

     

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    "You had a lot of money to spend among just a few people," I remarked, "yet Venezuela is clearly not better off than Europe. How come? Where did all that money go?"

     

    "Well, I don't have it," my neighbor answered with a big smile.

     

    Perhaps he did not, but many of his friends obviously did. Indeed, most of the oil revenues were taken by the small Venezuelan ruling class, made up of a few traditional families and a number of political hangers on. Such as President Marcos Pérez Jiménez who in 1958 was chased out of the country by a massive popular uprising. As he was dashing to the plane taking him to exile in Miami, it is said that dollar bills were falling out of his overstuffed briefcases. With leaders like that, it hardly comes as a surprise that most Venezuelans remained poor and continued to be deprived of the amenities of modern life, although in the meantime a precarious middle class had developed.



    Activista argentina pide excarcelación de Oscar López
    Por Michelle Estrada Torres, El Nuevo Dia
     

    "No hay edad, no hay tiempo. Hay amor, hay paz, hay lucha y se puede".

     

    Estela Barnes de Carlotto lo afirma porque lo ha vivido, porque luego de 36 años de búsqueda ininterrumpida encontró a su nieto desaparecido bajo la última dictadura militar argentina, y porque cree firmemente que la perseverancia abre las puertas al cambio y la justicia social.

     

    Y esa invitación a no rendirse fue el mensaje que le dejó esta noche a la audiencia puertorriqueña que copó el Teatro de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico en San Juan, donde impartió la conferencia "Testimonio de las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo sobre la lucha por el derecho a la identidad".

    "El pueblo es el que tiene la fuerza, el soberano es el pueblo. Entonces, si el pueblo se moviliza, si el pueblo demanda, a nivel interno y externo, porque hay que salir al mundo a propagar, las cosas se consiguen", aseveró la presidenta de las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo.

     

    La conferenciante resaltó que en la búsqueda de justicia social es imprescindible formar intelectualmente a la juventud porque la conciencia ya la tienen.

     

    "Piensen en la juventud de este país. Los chicos piensan muy bien ahora en esta modernidad y tienen conciencia de lo que pasó, del rol que tienen que desempeñar ahora donde están y más adelante cuando sean adultos. Pero hay que enseñarles a pensar, a discernir. Esa es la riqueza que tenemos en nuestros países, la juventud", expresó.

     

    Entrando en materia política, Barnes de Carlotto se pronunció a favor de la independencia de Puerto Rico y exhortó a pedirla con una sola voz.

     

    "Me duele a mí pensar que escucho todavía acá en este país 'somos una colonia'. Me duele. No tiene que haber más colonias. Nosotros tenemos Las Malvinas, que estamos peleando con la ley en la mano, con paciencia. Abran el diálogo. Tengan presencia en Washington, en la Comisión Interamericana, en la OEA, vayan a Naciones Unidas. Ahí están los pueblos del mundo, que los escuchen con sus delegados, y que digan con argumentos válidos que ustedes quieren ser un país soberano", recomendó. 

     

    "Los van a escuchar, no son muy rápidos en sus decisiones, y la burocracia existe ahí también. Pero los van a escuchar, se van a solidarizar y el clamor ya no va a ser de un solo pueblo. Nosotros (los argentinos) vamos a estar con ustedes, seguro", manifestó.

     

    Además, la educadora argentina se solidarizó con el reclamo multisectorial por la excarcelación del preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, quien lleva 33 años confinado en cárceles estadounidenses tras ser acusado de sedición, sin vínculo a hechos violentos.

    SIGA LEYENDO.



    Venezuela propone crear movimiento de solidaridad con Óscar López Rivera
     

    El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, propuso este jueves crear un movimiento de opinión y solidaridad con el luchador Oscar López Rivera, quien está preso en Estados Unidos desde hace más de tres décadas por su lucha a favor de la independencia de Puerto Rico.

     

    Maduro planteó un movimiento como el de los 5 antiterroristas cubanos, para en un futuro poder verlo en libertad.

     

    Asimismo, el mandatario aprobó recursos para 1 millón de bibliotecas antiimperialistas "Oscar López Rivera".

     

    "He ordenado la impresión de un millón de bibliotecas para nuestros niños, con diferentes libros. Oscar López Rivera será su nombre".

     

    El proyecto tiene como objetivo que la población consulte obras sobre la lucha de los pueblos ante los ataques del imperio norteamericano.



    From/Desde Puerto Rico


    Donde manda capitán...
    Por José Delgado, El Nuevo Dia
     

    Hace unos días, el secretario de Justicia de Puerto Rico, César Miranda, ante la presión de grupos pro derechos civiles, dio a conocer, y la fiscalía federal confirmó, que el memorando de entendimiento sobre los esfuerzos conjuntos contra el crimen no se divulga públicamente, sin trabas, por decisión del gobierno estadounidense.

     

    El que lo quiera leer, que lo pida a través del proceso que establece la ley federal de acceso a información (FOIA), dicen los federales.

     

    En la audiencia de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Puerto Rico, el secretario Miranda también cuestionó que se le pidiera cuentas al gobierno de Puerto Rico sobre los esfuerzos federales en contra de la pena de muerte. A su lado, estaba un representante de la la misión estadounidense ante la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), que yno emitió una sola palabra sobre el asunto. Ningún miembro de la CIDH tampoco considera apropiado perdile su parecer.

     

    En esa misma sesión, el secretario Miranda elevó el tono de su voz para reclamar la excarcelación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera. "Flanqueado por los representantes del Departamento de Estado y del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, y frente a ustedes, representantes de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, tengo que decir: que para hablar de libertades individuales sin sonrojarnos todos, a coro tenemos que exigir la liberación de Oscar López Rivera. Este hombre lleva 34 años encarcelado por hechos no vinculados a actos de violencia. Reitero el pedido que ha hecho el gobernador, el liderato político, y el pueblo de Puerto Rico: libertad para Oscar López Rivera ahora", indicó el secretario Miranda.



    From the/desde la Diaspora


    ANCHOR Contributing Artist Highlights Past, Present Struggles
    By Alejandro L. Molina, May 30th Coalition to Free Oscar López Rivera
     

    ANCHOR is an exhibition centered on the work of Hiram Maristany whose photographs documented East Harlem throughout the 1960's-1970's. He was an original member and official photographer of the Young Lords Party in New York. This unique exhibition features some never before seen photographs and also includes new projects from artists Nicole Cohen, Selena Kimball, Miguel Luciano, Steven Perez, Saul Williams, and Caroline Woolard, each inspired by Hiram's photography.

     

     

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    One of Miguel Luciano's projects recreates Maristany's photograph of the original storefront window of the Young Lords Party's first office in East Harlem in 1969. The window of the office was covered with political posters and graphics from Puerto Rico and New York, reflecting the social struggles of the late 1960's. Luciano's recreation in the gallery window features reproductions of many of those original poster graphics, sourced from the archives of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies. In addition, the artist has inserted new poster graphics that speak to contemporary community struggles. Many of the issues from the past to the present remain the same, from police brutality and the murders of Black and Brown youth, to the incarceration of Puerto Rican freedom fighters and the struggle to free our political prisoners. Two new posters are dedicated to Oscar López Rivera and announce the NYC march for Oscar's freedom on May 30th.  
    View our Flickr album here.
     
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    ANCHOR runs through June 13th at Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 

    2180 Third Ave (at 119th) NY, NY 10035.

     

    For information on the exhibition and the schedule for artists' projects and events, visit this  link.

     

    PUERTO RICAN/HISPANIC TASK FORCE OF THE

    "SOMOS UNO CONFERENCE" URGES the FREEDOM of

    OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA

    by Ana M. Lopez, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

     

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    SOMOS UNO CONFERENCE IN ALBANY held in March 20-22, 2015 this year had a different flavor.  A trend of Unity was in the air, a new speaker, vibrant Latino leadership were caucusing.  On March 21, 2015 during the Labor Breakfast of the New York City Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in a room filled to capacity, the spirit of hope, of a new beginning and solidarity, was the commonality addressed by the various speakers like New York State Assembly Speaker Honorable Carl E. Heastie,  Chair to the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force Marcos Crespo, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Public Advocate Letitia Jones to mention a few. 

     

     Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark Viverito's words were the icing on the cake: she urged everyone there, all union leaders and activists to join the many voices which have united for the humanitarian freedom campaign of Oscar Lopez Rivera. Her words resonated with the many palm cards that were distributed on the tables. In the audience sat José E. López Rivera, humbled by the show of solidarity for his brother Oscar. So many legislators commented and expressed their desire to become involved.

     

    What followed this wonderful beginning of the day, the panel discussion on Caribbean Antilles and their respective diasporas.  The conference room welcomed its audience with Oscar López presence on both sides of the wall. The various speakers were introduced by political trailblazer José Rivera, a State Assemblyman representing the Bronx, NY.  We heard a common theme of the experience of the Caribbean diaspora from panelist Guillermo Linares, the Dominican representative of Washington Heights, Manhattan, José E. López Rivera, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, Ill. and brother of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. 

     
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    Although no Cuban representative was present, in the analysis of Cuba was interjected in the discussion of the unification of the diasporas of the Caribbean Antilles.  A common discourse came from all the panelist: What unite us all is that we are all from the same racial mixture, have similar history of struggle against colonialism and forced migration. José E. López said "Our flags are similar in shape and colors, our histories have intercepted at different points as well as our solidarity".  The urgency a continuation of a dialogue as well a call for unity for the release of Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rico's longest held political prisoner was also a key point.  Jose urged everyone to mobilize their respective communities on May 30th  in NYC to Free Oscar.

     

    Boston Organizes for May 30 Mobilization
     

    On March 13, 2015, former Political Prisoner Edwin Cortés traveled to Boston to participate in an event for the mobilization of a bus to Philadelphia on May 13 for the 30th anniversary of the attack on MOVE family as well as the participation in the May 30th East Coast March in New York. Edwin also had the privilege and honor to be among several ex-political prisoners such as Raymond Luc Levasseur, Pam Africa, Jimmy Barrett, and Kazi Toure who also celebrated his 65th birthday.

     

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    There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room especially among the youth, with the rhythms of Ernesto Eroc Arroyo y Optimus which form the group the Foundation.  Ernesto's father Feliz D Eroc Arroyo gave Oscar's book to Uruguay President Mojica.

     

    The following day Edwin addressed the audience at an event at Encuentro 5 and was moved by the folk songs of Rafael Medina (Argentine), Sergio Reyes (Chilean  Political Prisoner), Myriam Ortiz, (Puerto Rico), Suyapa Perez (Project Honduras), and poetry by Suheir Hammad, (Palestine) as well as the words of Roberto Collazo on the plight of the Palestinian women.

     

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    NYC Sculptor/Activist Contributes to May 30 Buildup
     

     

    NYC-based artist Jesús Mangual has carved a bust of Oscar López Rivera as a fundraising effort for the May30th Mobilization and Rally to Free Oscar López Rivera. For raffle tickets, please contact him at: libresoy1898@gmail.com

     

    Oscar López Rivera Art Part of

    Upcoming Bay Area Exhibit:

    ReVisions: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence - Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day


    By Mirk Mirkinson, Bay Area Free Oscar Campaign
     
    For Marilyn Buck, compañera. By Oscar Lopez Rivera

     

    More info on the opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/531060420367787/ 

    Participating organizations (list in formation): All of Us or None, Art Forces, Asian Prisoners Support Committee, BAYAN-USA, CAL Students for Justice in Palestine, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Critical Resistance, Eastside Arts Alliance, Fred Alvarado, Haiti Action Committee, Juan Fuentes, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Middle East Children's Alliance, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Nidal Elkhairy, Oceania Coalition of Northern California, Onyx Organizing Committee, Xicana Moratorium, AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center. 

     

    Help Us Bring Oscar Home/Como puede ayudar
     

     

         Demanding Oscar's immediate release.

     

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

     

         Published online by the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia. 

     

         We are in many cities across the US.

     

    * Write to Oscar

        Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024

       Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943

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

     

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    Submission guidelines/Directrices de presentación
     

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

     

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

     

    TWE@boricuahumanrights.org

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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    Please support!

    Dear Friends, 

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    For the past 43 years Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School has served as a beacon of hope and possibilities for the diverse communities in the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Chicago. This small, alternative school has truly become what Latin American educational philosopher Paulo Freire called “ a critical space for the development of cultural workers” where students are encouraged to engage with the issues of the day, particularly the generative themes of their own lives and the experiences of their community.
     
    Though the school has faced many challenges it has become a sound academic institution serving 180 students a year, graduating 95% of its seniors and ranked as a 1+ school, the highest tier on the CPS school rankings. Our school offers an Urban Agriculture program with three different community gardens and a beautiful green house. Young mothers have an opportunity to finish their high school diploma through the Family Learning Center, which offers their children on-site pre-school services. When students enroll, the school provides them with a counselor to help ease their transition and prepares them for their post-secondary lives.
     
    Recently, steep budget cuts have jeopardized the fiscal future of the school. The School has not been able to find sufficient revenue to meet these gaps. We will need to address a $130,000 shortfall by June 1, or we will be forced to cut services.
     
    Please help by sending your contributions by mail: 2739 West Division Street Chicago I 60622 or Click here and go to our website Donate button .

    Thank you in advance for making a donation to our remarkable school and supporting its future.
    All donations are tax deductible.
     
    Best regards,

    Marvin García
    Board Chair, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

    Alejandro Luis Molina
    alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org
    Google Hangout: alejandroman@gmail.com
    (773) 969-6757(773) 969-6757

    Comité Coordinador
    Red Boricua Nacional Pro-Derechos Humanos
    2739 W. Division Street
    Chicago IL 60622
    www.boricuahumanrights.org
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    Saving Steph's Home, her beloved Boat
    All - Star Benefit Concert 
    Sunday
    April 12th
    5:00pm - 10pm / Doors at 4:30pm


    at Il Pirata 2007 16th Street (@ Utah), San Francisco 

    www.ilpiratasf.com

    Suggested donation $20 - bring a potluck dish if you like (no alcohol, you can buy drinks at the bar)

    For more information or to donate please visit:

    http://www.gofundme.com/oykdj8?pc=
     
    FEATURING AN ALL STAR LINE UP THAT INCLUDES:
    • La Mantia Lil Mo Love - Trinidadian Soul Music! -www.lilmolove.com
    • Monica Fimbrez - Music from a beautiful heart -www.monicamariefimbrez.com
    • Alexandra Tejeda - The Cabaret of Red & Blue -www.thecabaretofredandblue.com/#
    • Tony Saunders - Soulful, FUNKY Bass - www.tonysaunders.com
    • Musical Art Quintet
    • Lavay Smith and Chris Siebert - www.lavaysmith.com
    • Kellye Gray - Jazz from Austin - www.kellyegray.com
    • CHELLE! and Friends! - ain't a party without New Orleans in the HOUSE! - www.chellenfriends.com
    • Guardar la Banda Barco - Descarga con Panchanga 
      • featuring Bay Area's Afro - Cuban All-Stars that include:
      • Anthony Blea, Louie Romero, Tito Gonzalez, Bill Ortiz (trumpeter for Santana), Camilo Landau, Vic Castro, Brian Andres, Suzanne Cortez, Gloria Amaral, Ben Heveroh, Scotty Thompson, Javier Cabanillas, Ahkeel Mestayer, Carlos Kookie Gonzalez and more!

    DJ Jose Ruiz of KPOO 89.5 radio and KPFA 94.1 radio
    www.kpoo.com
    www.kpfa.org

    Mistress of Ceremonies
    Paula Rieloff Tejeda of Chile Lindo Empanadas

    www.chilelindo.com

     



    A Note from Mistress of Ceremonies Paula Rieloff Tejeda

    Help Save Steph’s Boat! 

    Hey y’all, if anyone deserves the support of the music community—producers and artists—you know it is Stephanie Eby. She has selflessly invested herself in promoting musicians through her Urban Music Presents newsletter, and she has been at the forefront of countless battles that have been fought to protect the interests of performance artists.
     
    When The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS) decided to eliminate the Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY, Stephanie passionately petitioned to reinstate the Latin Jazz category. She joined forces with GrammyWatch.org, made up of a committed group of amazing musicians to support REAL MUSIC and attained over 25,000 petition signatures to ask for the reinstatement of the category, and the following year the category was reinstated. On a different note, when Saxophonist Dayna Stephens’ medical costs hit the stratosphere, Stephanie’s full-steam-ahead modus operandi got the word out and she helped organize the jazz community to produce benefit concerts to help offset his ongoing medical costs. Please visit helpdaynastephens.org to learn more. She also brought the artists together for Salsa 4 Obama in 2008, launched a fundraising campaign for Jazz Mafia's Brass, Bows, and Beats Hip-Hop Symphony, organized the Latin Jazz All-Star Benefit Concert for Sionfonds for Haiti devastated by the earthquake, helped organize fundraisers to save pianist Fred Harris’ and bassist Rustee Allen’s house from foreclosure, organized a grass roots community effort to save Encantada Gallery from gentrification and she even staged a protest rumba in front of Port of San Francisco when they closed the beloved Jelly’s where she danced to LIVE SALSA on Sunday afternoons for years.
     
    Now it’s pay back time. Let’s show our champion of Latin jazz, blues, and swing that we have HER back. You can do so by donating to the Help Save Steph’s Boat! Gofundme campaign. Or, better yet, join us on Sunday, April 12th at Il Pirata at 2007 16th Street, San Francisco, from 5 to 10 pm for an all-star lineup of top Bay Area musicians.
     
    Please join me in thanking Stephanie for keeping jazz alive and for passionately supporting artists, producers, and venue owners. Yours truly has the honor to be the MC for the evening. See you there!
     
    Paula Tejeda
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    A note from Stephanie
    Many of you know I live on a 40 foot fishing boat, named La Gata del Alma, named after my love for Latin Jazz and my animals. I live aboard with my two kitties, Otis and Ruby and a 5 month old puppy Miel. I was in a 2 year contract position, as an executive personal assistant that ended in November 2014 and I did not imagine I was going to be without full time work for over 5 months now quickly approaching 6 months and thus I have fallen behind on all my bills, and the most crucial bill of them all are the slip fees that I owe the marina, where my boat (and home) is berthed.

    My boat has been impounded (chained in its berth) and will be issued a lien notice on April 1, 2015 which will allow the marina to legally sell my boat for an amount considerably less than the real value of my boat at 30 days from lien notice, so I'm reaching out to my community to help me save my home, my boat, and my solace.

    I was shy to ask for help and strongly encouraged to do so and I have received overwhelming support from so many musicians to come perform to help me save my home! I hope you can come out and join us ... suggested donation is $20 and bring a potluck dish to share, so we can enjoy a meal together (please no alcohol, you can purchase drinks at the bar).

    Also, there will be a silent auction for a Bay cruise with lunch on my boat, a sunset sailing cruise on my neighbor Bobby's boat with tasty snacks (he is expert sailor) and my dear friend Gloria Simoneaux has donated two nights at her timeshare in Akumal, Mexico in a beautiful resort!

    Also, we will also raffle off hair styles by two fantastic stylists Chinine Jacobsen and Micaela Sadonia Larsen and a fabulous body massage by massage therapist Sandy Owens!

    If you cannot attend, but would like to support, you can make a donation here: 
    http://www.gofundme.com/oykdj8 - any donation of $20 or more will put you on the list to attend the concert!

    I am so very grateful of the life I have been blessed with and the supportive community that surrounds me. It is very humbling to be in need and I want to send a special shout out to Vic Castro, Tina Abbaszadeh, Chinine Jacobsen and Suzanne Cortez for your encouragement to really reach out to all of you for help... I have been amazed by the love I have received by you so many people, some of you I haven't seen in a long time... LOVE WINS!

    With love, 
    Stephanie, Ruby, Otis and Miel...

     

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    Parent University at Clemente High School Opens its Doors

    By Michael Kurshan Emmer, Safe Passage staff, PRCC
     

    Dr. José E. Lopez, first lady of Chicago Amy Rule, and 

    Clemente principal Marcey Sorenson

     
    March 26, 2015 marked the grand opening of the Parent University at Clemente High School, something the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and the Community as a Campus initiative (CAAC) have been working on bringing to fruition for quite some time now. A new concept in education, the Parent University at Clemente in Humboldt Park is the very first of its kind, serving as a model for other programs with similar objectives.

     

    As the Master of Ceremonies of today's grand kickoff, Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) Dr. Shaun Jackson introduced a video showing Parent University participants hard at work, followed by speeches by Professor José E. Lopez and CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ms. Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

     

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    Also addressing the media and the crowd in attendance were Jose Rico of United Way, Sybil Madison Boyd of the Digital Youth Network at De Paul University, and Matthew Summy of Comcast, all important partners working in collaboration with CPS, the PRCC, and the Parent University at Clemente. Also presiding over the event was Clemente principal Marcey Sorenson, without whom the Parent University at Clemente would not be able to function. 
     

    In attendance were such noted guests as Amy Rule, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's wife, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, former Alderman Billy Ocasio, as well as over a hundred community partners, participants, and guests.

     

    As the speeches concluded guests were given intimate tours of each Parent University classroom, with each classroom spotlighting a particular Parent University course. Among the courses presented were Erie House's manufacturing bridge program, Grace media's digital video mini-course, a culinary arts mini-course, and an African drumming mini-course.

     

    In addition, as the inauguration of the very first Parent University in the city was getting set to begin, guests were served delicious hors d'oeuvres made by Clemente students participating in Clemente's amazing culinary arts program. While guests tasted the delicacies made by Clemente students, they were also treated to a feast of the eyes. In addition to the beautifully presented photos of Safe Passage parent participants, Puerto Rican art from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies from the Hunter College art collection was on display.

     

    As the very first program of it's kind, Humboldt Park's Clemente Community Academy's Parent University is a remarkable model. Married to the Safe Passage Program at Clemente and Wells High schools, and founded on the concept of community as a campus and in tandem with the Parent Popular Initiative, it is sure to be a model followed by other educational institutions and community organizations across Chicago and beyond.

     

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    "AT&T INVESTING IN ILLINOIS AWARD"

    By Sylvia Aldrete, AT&T External Affairs Manager
     
     
    Chicago, IL March 16, 2015 -  AT&T Illinois today announced the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is the winner of an "AT&T Investing in Illinois Award."

     

    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center receives public recognition and a contribution of $2,500.00 from AT&T to be used for the  Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center which supports 50 children.  

    "In a digital world and an Internet economy, AT&T is helping consumers and businesses move forward by delivering wired and wireless broadband solutions.  We're also helping the communities we serve move forward through corporate contributions to Illinois non-profit groups and programs that are making a difference locally," said Sylvia Aldrete, AT&T External Affairs Manager. 

      Illinois State Representative Cynthia Soto nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois. 
     

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

     

    Research Presentation on Civic Engagement among Puerto Rican Youth in Humboldt Park

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    Dr. Michele Kelly, UIC School of Public Health, Dr. Mayra Estrella, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and Amber Kraft, student UIC Department of Psychology and volunteer with the PRCC's anti-underage drinking campaign recently presented research at the Fourth Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research in Mérida, Yacatán, Mexico.

     

    They presented qualitative research on the process of social and political development of Puerto Rican youth in the Humboldt Park community, as well as the role of community settings in influencing youth's civic engagement and sociopolitical development. The authors discussed the significance of the community context for social justice as a factor that influences and promotes local youth civic engagement.

     

     The theme of the Congress, hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, was "Dialogues for Intercultural Health." It was organized by a group of qualitative researchers who wish to learn, communicate, and share qualitative inquiry as it pertains to health. The Congress is not a formal organization. It is a movement of researchers who are committed to advancing the field of qualitative health research.

     

    Resident's participation in Story Corps

    By Jackie Gonzalez, El Rescate
     

    Ms. Mitra Bonshashi, editor from Story Corps, organization which is a non-profit organization that collects and archives interviews of random individual throughout the United States, contacted El Rescate to share her interest towards the work that is done at El Rescate  with the homeless LGBTQ/ HIV- positive youth. She wanted to interview and record Kayla Toledo, one of the program residents that is a success stories and the Program Director- Jackie Gonzalez. The conversation was recorded in a sound proof recording studio, the CD of the interview will be shared, and is preserved at the American Folk life Center at the Library of Congress. The recording took place on March 15, 2015, in down town at the Chicago Culture Center. It was a fun and interesting experience, because the interviews were conducted by Kayla and myself among each other; And we were able to learn more about each other and our lives including our childhood experiences. In the near future, we will coordinate an in house interview sections with all the resident as part of many other upcoming fun activities that we are planning to  incorporate at El Rescate for our residents (youth).

     

    BACCA Mentor and HS Activist Earns Spot in 
    Chicago Metro HS Regional History Fair
    By Diana Castillo, National Boricua Human Rights Network
     
     
    Congratulations to BACCA youth mentor Mia Espinosa, a high school junior student at George Westinghouse College Prep, has earned a coveted spot in the Chicago Metro High School Regional History Fair. The fair seeks to encourage young people to explore Chicago's history through performances, documentaries, exhibits, research papers and websites. Mia's research paper-Chicago's Puerto Rican Independence Movement and the FBI-takes in depth look at FBI tactics to discredit the movement to prevent it from developing supporters who challenged U.S. authority in Puerto Rico.

     

     

    As a young Puerto Rican activist, Mia is not completely foreign to the history of the Puerto Rican movement in Chicago, but wanted to get more in depth knowledge of her own history and community. Mia has been able to expose her peers and teachers and has the opportunity of reaching an even larger audience in the City of Chicago.Mia's achievement as a young researcher invites other young people to inquire and question the history of their own communities.

     

    Batey Urbano Film Series

    By Christian Roldan, Batey Urbano
     

    Along with tutoring and recreational and activities, Batey Urbano is presenting a series of films, starting today. These films take place each Wednesday at 5:00pm, after tutoring at Batey Urbano. In addition to providing entertainment to community youth, they call for critical reflection and social imagination.

     

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    At each showing, we present films as well as tasty refreshments from Nellie's Restaurant to accompany the evening. Invite your friends so they can also enjoy this entertainment. Significantly, we have healthy recreational activities such as table tennis, chess, art, board games and card games.

     

    Illinois State University Students and Faculty visit Paseo Boricua

    By Michael Kurshan-Emmer, Safe Passage Staff, PRCC

     

    On Wednesday March 11, 2015 a group of students and faculty members from Illinois State University visited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and engaged its executive director José E. Lopez in a lively conversation and forum about the greater Humboldt Park community, and particularly the economic and cultural enclave known as Paseo Boricua.

     

    The focus of the discussion centered on the Puerto Rican diaspora, the challenges of gentrification, sustainable community building, and even the future of the city itself.

     
    The group toured Paseo Boricua and ate lunch at Nellies Puerto Rican restaurant.

     

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    Violeta, Sara and Ydalis are the first three kids to be at school. The daycare opens at 7:00 and everyday they come early. The three of them are in different classrooms and by them coming in early everyday they really got to know each other and now they are the bestest friends and when they see each other they always say hi to one another.

     

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    The second round of IB applications have opened!  If you are a student that did not apply to IB in the first round, or did not apply to Roberto Clemente Community Academy but would like to attend our school, please have fill out the IB Second Round Application (download) and return to Roberto Clemente Community Academy (either to kelenbaas@cps.edu or eakelley@cps.edu  via e-mail, fax, in person, or mail) by next Thursday, April 2nd.

     

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    NiLP Note: The DREAM Act, child poverty in the state, the problem of political corruption in Albany, the controversy over honoring NYC Mayor de Blasio as "Champion of the Hispanics," and so on, were among some of the pressing issues discussed at this year's Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany, New York, that brought together Latino state legislators with community leaders from throughout the state. However, it turned out that the most controversial issue at this conference was none of these, it was actor Tony Plana's keynote speech at their Gala Banquet this past Saturday night! Apparently Mr. Plana made a spectacle of himself, making all sorts of offensive comments at this formal dinner. His performance was so offensive that it prompted the Chair of the Conference, Bronx Assemblyman Marcos Crespo to issue the letter below to the conference participants.

     

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    Letter from

    Assemblyman Marcos Crespo

    on the "Plana Situation"

     

    March 25, 2015

     

    Dear Friends,

     

    On behalf of the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican & Hispanic Task Force, I wish to thank you for participating in the 28th Annual Somos conference held this past weekend.

     

    We are thrilled that with your participation, our conference was filled with substantive discussions of the issues that are of vital importance to Latinos throughout the state. We had a wonderful time celebrating our culture and most importantly we were able to assist hundreds of students to further their academic goals.

     

    Mr. Tony Plana was invited by the Somas el Futuro, Inc. Board of Directors to speak to over 1000 attendees of the Gala in what we thought would be enlightening and entertaining remarks. Mr. Tony Plana is an accomplished film and television personality with a long professional career which includes his starring in as Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera's Ugly Betty, in ABC's landmark, groundbreaking hit

    series for which he received the 2006 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy and an Alma Award nomination for best supporting actor in a television comedy. Furthermore, he has a track record as an activist  for national immigration reform.

     

    Unfortunately, Mr. Plana's speech became an ongoing set of pejoratives that were considered by many in attendance as misogynist, anti-Catholic and an endorsement of hurtful stereotypes. For this reason, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all those who were offended by the remarks of Mr. Tony Plana.

     

    I want to make it clear to our conference attendees and supporters that those comments are not in any way a reflection of the history, values and mission of the Task Force or of Somos el Futuro,Inc. While his remarks were unpleasant and insulting to many, the overall work and focus of both these organizations is to improve Latino communities and the quality  of life of its residents.

     

    Overall our conference this year was a great success. We look forward to building on this momentum to further educate  and empower our community and to set an ambitious yet attainable agenda for change, opportunity and progress.

     

    Gracias nuevamente por su apoyo y participacion.

     

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    Chairman, NYS Assembly Puerto Rican & Hispanic Task Force

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    Legislador municipal de Arecibo denuncia derroche de 90 mil dólares de fondos públicos

     

    Contacto : Rubén Marín 787-408-7869 

     

    El legislador municipal de Arecibo por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño en Arecibo, Rubén Marín Miranda denunció la aprobación de 90 mil dólares, el pasado 10 de marzo del 2015 al otorgar 600 becas cada una por la cantidad de 150 dólares sin haber identificado que partida dentro del actual presupuesto se va a utilizar para realizar dicho desembolso.

     

     "Esta administración violenta continuamente el artículo 1.004 de la Ley de Municipio Autónomo que    procura establecer los controles de buena práctica de política pública fiscal y administrativa para que no haya al final del año fiscal ningún déficit presupuestario. Sin embargo ante la grave crisis fiscal que padece el municipio para realizar las obras municipales y los servicios que necesita el pueblo, si existe dinero para malgastar 90 mil dólares y hacer política  para resaltar la figura del alcalde", comentó el legislador Marín.


     

      " Es una falta de respeto al pueblo de Arecibo; ver como el presidente de la legislatura, el señor José Maldonado, ante la falta de capacidad para dirigir los trabajos y menosprecio al reglamento de este cuerpo, violentando el derecho de expresión a la  minoría parlamentaria , continuamente solicitaba receso para consultar al licenciado Raúl Márquez y mediante mensaje de texto al alcalde Carlos Molina para conducir los trabajos de la noche.


     

    " Actualmente el municipio de Arecibo tiene un déficit sobre 15 millones de dólares y tiene una deuda con el Banco Gubernamental  de Fomento de unos 71 millones de dólares. Durante estos 2 años de administración se han tomado prestado 11 millones de dólares" terminó, diciendo el legislador Marín.

     

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    LULAC National Women's Commission, Tyson Foods and The Roadrunner Food Bank Provide a Truckload of Protein to New Mexicans


    As part of LULAC’s commitment to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, LULAC, Tyson Foods, and the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico have joined efforts to distribute a truckload of protein to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Through LULAC programs, services and advocacy, LULAC will continue to tackle important issues by making information and resources available to the community.

    Eradicating hunger is an important issue for LULAC as Native Americans and Latino children have some of the highest rates of hunger in the nation and the southwest region includes high concentrations of these populations. According to recent data from the Roadrunner Food Bank, 66% of participants are Hispanic or Latino and 40% of Mobile Food Pantry recipients are children.

    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 New Mexico possible.”

    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.

    “Over half of the individuals supported by the Roadrunner Food Bank are faced with having to choose between paying utilities or buying food,” said Tyson Foods’ Director of Federal Government Relations Nora Venegas. “It is our goal to help alleviate this need by providing protein to those in need but also raising awareness about how important protein is in a diet.”

    Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “New Mexico is ranked #1 for childhood hunger and #4 for overall hunger among all states in the U.S. Protein donations such as this one from Tyson and LULAC are critical in helping us provide an important source of meals for our hungry neighbors. Often hungry people tell us they are unable to afford all the food they need for their families. They turn to us and our network of partners across the state to supplement the food they cannot afford on their own. This donation of protein will go a long way in helping us provide a source of healthy food to our hungry neighbors. Thank you Tyson and LULAC for making this possible.”

    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 over 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org

    About Tyson Foods:
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods that include leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee® frozen bakery, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. Tyson Foods provides a wide variety of protein-based and prepared foods products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, supplying customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 124,000 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.

    About Roadrunner® Food Bank:
    New Mexico is ranked as one of the hungriest and most poverty-stricken states in the nation. Roadrunner® Food Bank, a Feeding America member, is the largest nonprofit dedicated to solving hunger in New Mexico and operates locations in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 28 million pounds of food through its own programs, a statewide network of partner agencies and regional food banks, helping 70,000 children, seniors and adults weekly. Roadrunner Food Bank kept 22 million pounds of food out of landfills last year through its Food Rescue Program. For more information on solving hunger in New Mexico, visit www.rrfb.org, or follow us on social media at: www.facebook.com/roadrunner.food.bank, www.twitter.com/roadrunnerfdbnk, www.instagram.com/roadrunnerfoodbank or www.rrfb.org/blog.

    "We are grateful to Tyson Foods for their commitment to feeding hungry communities like this one with their generous donation and partnering with the LULAC National Women's Commission," said LULAC National Vice President for Women Elsie Valdes Ramos.

    “New Mexico is ranked #1 for childhood hunger and #4 for overall hunger among all states in the U.S," said President and CEO of the Roadrunner Food Bank Melody Wattenbarger.

    According to recent data from the Roadrunner Food Bank, 66% of participants are Hispanic or Latino and 40% of Mobile Food Pantry recipients are children.

    “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.

    “Over half of the individuals supported by the Roadrunner Food Bank are faced with having to choose between paying utilities or buying food,” said Tyson Foods’ Director of Federal Government Relations Nora Venegas.

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

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    Los números, certificados por el Negociado de Estadísticas federal, reflejan que el empleo total tuvo un aumento de 11 mil personas, comparado con febrero 2014 (994,000) y de 10 mil personas en comparación con enero 2015 (995,000).

    La tasa de desempleo se redujo a 11.6%, la más baja para el mes de febrero desde el 2008.

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    Es innegable que los esfuerzos enfocados en la creación de empleos están rindiendo frutos. La política pública del Gobernador Alejandro García Padilla tiene como norte la creación de empleo en el sector privado para que más puertorriqueños gocen de una mejor calidad de vida.

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    Este jueves 26 de marzo, los movimientos internacionales de solidaridad con Venezuela repetirán la experiencia del gran tuitazo mundial exigiendo al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, la derogación del decreto imperial firmado el pasado 9 de marzo, que declara a Venezuela como una amenaza para la seguridad nacional estadounidense.

     

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    El Salvador conmemoró este martes el Aniversario 35 de la muerte del monseñor Oscar Romero, quien será beatificado el próximo 23 de mayo, con una eucaristía en la capilla donde fue asesinado en 1980 y una marcha por la capital en la que participaron miles de personas, quienes clamaron justicia.

     

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    Los organizadores de la Cumbre de los Pueblos anunciaron este martes (24 marzo 2015) que invitaron a los presidentes de los países de la Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), para que asistan a esa cita.

     

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    Falleció en la mañana de hoy (24 de marzo de 2015) esta gran amiga y compañera, trabajadora de la vida encaminada a la plenitud personal y comunal. Hay tristeza en nuestros corazones en estos momentos, sin embargo, reconocemos que fue una alegría intensa llegar a conocerla.  Asumió su reto de vida como le correspondía. Vivirá para siempre, en nuestros corazones. 

     

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    NiLP Note: With the news that New York Governor Cuomo has indicated that the political situation with the State Legislature is such that he may have to remove the financial aid component of the DREAM Act from his budget proposal and student Dreamers reacting yesterday  with a hunger strike, it looks like time to reconsider the strategy on this and related immigration reform issues. It is clear that the Somos El Futuro Conference, which brought together community leaders from throughout the state, was a missed opportunity to forcefully press for this legislation, and now it may be two years before the DREAM Act has a chance at becoming a reality.

    Last year I wrote the commentary below calling on our Latino state legislators to raise the ante for immigration reform in New York State. With the new leadership of Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and a younger generation of legislators, there is a need for some new thinking and a greater militancy. It is now time to expand the immigration reform agenda in New York State to make us a national leader on this issue as a precursor to a revitalized national comprehensive immigration reform movement. Our state legislators must begin now to work together to make this more than just a dream.

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    Beyond The Dream Act

    Latino Leaders' Lack of Legislative Imagination at the Moment They Must Think Big

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    City & State (September 18, 2014)

    Appeared as part of new series by City & State magazine, "The Road to Somos," edited by Gerson Borrero

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    Deadline Backlash

    Black, Latino, Asian, Native American Advocacy Groups Slam Site for 'Offensive' Article

    Coalition urges Hollywood trade to hire more reporters and editors of color to "broaden its coverage"

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    New report 

    In States, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Construction Are Top Industries
    In a reflection of changes in the overall economy since the Great Recession, the U.S. unauthorized immigrant workforce now holds fewer blue-collar jobs and more white-collar ones than it did before the 2007-2009 recession, but a solid majority still works in low-skilled service, construction and production occupations, according to new Pew Research Center estimates.

    The size of the unauthorized immigrant labor force did not change from 2007 to 2012, but its makeup shifted slightly. The number of unauthorized immigrants in management or professional related jobs grew by 180,000, while the number in construction or production jobs fell by about 475,000, mirroring rises and declines in the overall U.S. economy. The share of all unauthorized immigrant workers with management and professional jobs grew to 13% in 2012 from 10% in 2007, and the share with construction or production jobs declined to 29% from 34%.

    Despite these shifts, unauthorized immigrant workers remain concentrated in lower-skill jobs, much more so than U.S.-born workers. In 2012, 62% held service, construction and production jobs, twice the share of U.S.-born workers who did. The 13% share with management or professional jobs is less than half of the 36% of U.S.-born workers in those occupations.


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    New Poll Suggests Both Campaigns Are Ignoring Latinos

    A new poll shows most Latino voters have not heard directly from the Emanuel or Garcia campaigns.

    By Elias Cepeda

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    Puerto Ricans in Social Media: The New Barrios



    At Centro, we are deeply interested in best understanding the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Today, that Puerto Rican experience includes a whole new world we have yet to explore: the internet. The old and new migratory wave of Puerto Ricans are now more dispersed than ever and have a new way of creating communities online.

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    Discussion of the Puerto Rican Genealogy movement and personal examples of researching family roots. A look at the use of Centro resources and how the archives and data center can be used in the development of family archival history

    Presenters: Dr. Jorge Camuñas, Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini Moderator: Alberto Hernández
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  • BRIDGING HISTORIAS CONFERENCE


  • Latino/a History and Culture in the Community College Classroom

    Including the participation of Virginia Sánchez-Korrol and José Luis Morín among other prominent scholars.

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    De Paco Daco a los Megacruceros ¡Contrastes!

    Recordemos al más cómico, pintoresco pero inepto secretario de agencia bajo Fortuño y Pierluisi, Luis Rivera Marín.

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    • Don Paco fue secretario de DACO en la nefasta época de Luis Fortuño y Pedro Pierluisi.

    • Luego de no dar pie con bola en DACO y ante la inminente pela que se acercaba, Fortuño lo mueve a dirigir Turismo.

    • Todos comentaban que la razón de la movida era obvia. No tenía capacidad para dirigir la agencia pero al menos podía entretener a los turistas con sus boberías.

    • La época de Fortuño y Pierluisi fue una de las peores para la industria turística en la isla.

    • No solo abandonaron la isla compañías de cruceros, sino que las promesas de Fortuño y Rivera Marín se las llevó la corriente.

       

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    • Sin hablar de las obras de infraestructura y construcción de hoteles detenidas bajo esa mala administración PNP.

    • También, y luego de perder las elecciones,  Paco Daco metía miedo por los medios con que las compañías de cruceros se irían de Puerto Rico.

    • Prometieron turismo en el 2010, en el 2011 y tragando agua en el 2012 y que traer cruceros por Ponce y hasta por Mayagüez, pero, nadita de nada.

     

    Pero, los tiempos cambiaron y bajo la administración del Gobernador Alejandro García Padilla la industria turística está a otro nivel.

     
    • Se han roto todos los récords de pasajeros y cruceros en San Juan.

    • Más compañías con sus mejores embarcaciones llegan a la isla todas las semanas.

    • Miles de turistas impulsan la economía del país.

     

    Y hoy recibimos la próxima buena noticia.

     

    ¡LOS CRUCEROS MÁS GRANDES DEL MUNDO VIENEN A

    PUERTO RICO!

     

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    Oasis of the Seas


    “Es con mucho orgullo que Royal Caribbean anuncia que los dos barcos más grandes e innovadores del mundo, el Oasis of the Seas y el Allure of the Seas, estarán llegando a Puerto Rico por primera vez en el verano del 2016. Las mejoras realizadas al Muelle 3 han sido claves para hacer este viaje inaugural una realidad”.

    -Michael Bayley, presidente y CEO de Royal Caribbean International-




     

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    Allure of the Seas

     

    “La llegada de ambos barcos representa un impacto económico para Puerto Rico de aproximadamente $6.4 millones de dólares, solo en esta primera temporada”

    -Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, Directora Compañía de Turismo-

     
    • Hoy celebramos los grandes logros que este gobierno ha tenido, especialmente haciendo brillar a Puerto Rico ante el mundo como el mejor destino turístico del Caribe.

    • Atrás quedaron los tiempos de Pérez Riera y Rivera Marín con sus pompones prometiendo cruceros por Ponce y Mayagüez.

     


    Y esto sigue…

     

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    Mirando al Sur: Puerto Rico solidario
    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH

     

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    El llamado a la solidaridad con Venezuela ha tenido su caja de resonancia en Puerto Rico. Bajo aquella consigna acuñada por el Presidente Hugo Chávez Frías, cuando decía Estamos resueltos a ser libres, pase lo que pase, y cuéstenos lo que nos cueste, el pasado 17 de marzo de 2015, un total de 20 organizaciones independentistas de Puerto Rico suscribieron una Declaración de los Movimientos Sociales y Organizaciones Políticas en Puerto Rico en solidaridad con la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.

     

    Rechazo mundial de la agresión de Estados Unidos a Venezuela
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    La comunidad internacional ha rechazado de modo unánime la declaración de la Casa Blanca de decretar un estado de emergencia nacional cuyo objetivo es romper el orden constitucional en Venezuela.

     

    MINH lamenta el deceso de la Profesora Luz “Mayín” Vega
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    El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), lamenta el deceso de la Profesora Luz “Mayín” Vega, quien por años fuera destacada líder comunitaria del barrio Mariana en Humacao y profesora de la Escuela Graduada de Trabajo Social Beatriz Lassalle de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

     

    Monseñor Romero: Si me matan, resucitaré en el Pueblo
    Escrito por Adolfo Pérez Esquivel Premio Nobel de la Paz

     

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    Romero soportó muchas incomprensiones dentro de la misma iglesia, su voz, sus reclamos y denuncias no quisieron ser oídas en el Vaticano; hubo corrientes ideológicas y mala información sobre lo que ocurría en El Salvador.

     

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    Will President Obama Remove

    the Governor of Puerto Rico?

    The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report (March 25, 2015)

     

    Congress shall make no law respecting an

    establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise

    thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;

    or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and

    to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    ---The First Amendment, United States Constitution

     


    Probably not. But it seems that 104,799 people have signed a petition asking him to do so.

     

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    The White House has this program, "We The People," in which citizens can petition the President on different issues and the President is required, of a certain number of signatures is reached, to officially respond. As of last Friday, the petition to remove  the Gorbor of Puerto Rico from office exceeded the required 100,000 signature, requiring President Obama to give an official response. We received a few calls from Puerto Rico asking if this means that Obama will be removing the Governor from office. The assumption is that he will be making some reference to the Constitution of Puerto Rico and how he doesn't have the authority to do so --- but being a territory of the United States, we wonder if he or the US Congress ultimately do have the right to do so. But that, as the President might say, is above our pay grade to answer at the moment.

     

    Here is the petition that was submitted and accepted:

     

    Petition to Remove Governor of Puerto Rico from Office

     

    We Petition the Obama Administration to:

    To take out Alejandro García-Padilla from the governorship of Puerto Rico: Now!

    To ask from Congress and the White House, immediate action, in deposing Governor Alejandro García-Padilla's from office. His Administration is a threat to the economy and the people of Puerto Rico - even to democracy.

     

    Puerto Rico doesn't need an electoral process, it need an impeachment process. The time is ripe for an investigation and action, over what has been done with the people's money over the last two years. Congress, under Art. IV, Sec. 3 of the U.S. Constitution, has the power to intervene with it: as a territory; a condition reiterated judicially by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Published Date: Feb 18, 2015

     

    SIGNATURES NEEDED BY MARCH, 2015 TO REACH GOAL OF 100,000: 0

    TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION: 104,799 (as of March 203, 2015)

     

    But not to be outdone, the members of the opposing political party in Puerto Rico followed with their own petition a month later to have the President remove the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. That petition still needs about about 99,740 signatures by April 9th to meet the threshold set by the White House. Here it is:

     

    Petition to Remove Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico from Office

     

    We Petition the Obama Administration to:

    Remove Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's congressional delegate commisioner , from his position for promoting corruption.

     

    This petition is meant for congress to remove Pedro Pierluisi Puerto Rico's Commisioner delegate to Washington D.C for promoting corruption. Pedro Pierluisi has failed the people of Puerto Rico, using our tax dollars to travel and not attend the position the people of Puerto Rico voted for him to be as a Resident Commissioner to Washington D.C. in November 2012. It is no secret Pedro Pierluisi is the political figure in Washington who spends the most of all legislators.

    Published Date: Mar 10, 2015

     

    SIGNATURES NEEDED BY APRIL 09, 2015 TO REACH GOAL OF 100,000: 99,740

    TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION: 260 (as of March 23, 2015)

     

    What is all this? It's a White House program called the "We the People" petition. As they describe it: "The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.

     

    "The idea of petitioning the White House or the government isn't new, but this online platform is. Since the White House has never featured anything like this, we expect to make some adjustments to improve the platform based on how people use the system and your feedback. We may change the signature threshold so that the workload for responding to petitions in a timely fashion is manageable. You can always view the current signature thresholds on the Terms of Participation page."

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    PIP reitera apoyo a Liza M. García para presidir CEE

     

    El Capitolio. 25 de marzo de 2015.- Durante el proceso de Vistas públicas para la confirmación de la licenciada Liza M. García Vélez para presidir la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones (CEE), la Portavoz del Partido Independista Puertorriqueño (PIP) en el Senado, María de Lourdes Santiago, mediante expresiones en sus cuentas de Facebook y Twitter, reiteró el apoyo institucional de su colectividad a la nominada.


     

    "El nombramiento de la licenciada Liza M. García Vélez, como presidenta de la CEE, me parece un gran acierto y creo que su proceso de confirmación ha servido para recordarnos la importancia de reconocer los méritos y la voluntad de servir de personas de todas las ideologías.


     

    No tengo duda de que la licenciada García Vélez -con su compromiso de promover el escrutinio electrónico, la educación electoral y la multifuncionalidad de las Juntas de Inscripción Permanentes- aportará a la CEE un dinamismo y una modernidad muy necesitadas, que contribuirá a aumentar la confianza en el sistema electoral esencial en toda sociedad que aspire a llamarse democrática", expresó la líder pipiola. 


     

    En la Vista Pública asistieron como muestra de apoyo a la confirmación de García Vélez, Juan Dalmau y Roberto Iván Aponte, Comsionado Electoral y Comisionado Electoral Alterno del PIP, respectivamente.

     

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    Cuarenta municipios en marcha por excarcelación de Oscar López
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    Cuarenta municipios puertorriqueños formarán parte de la "Segunda Caminata Nacional por Oscar", con el propósito de pedir la excarcelación del independentista Oscar López Rivera, quien lleva 33 años preso por conspiración sediciosa en cárceles de EE.UU

     

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    La intención de realizar este trabajo investigativo es que se conozca la verdadera dimensión de la lucha de Oscar López Rivera y levantar conciencia sobre las injusticias a las que ha sido sometido por los pasados 33 años.

     

    Encuentro con el Héroe Nacional Rafael Cancel Miranda en UPR-RP

     

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    (San Juan, 23 de marzo de 2015) – Se invita a los medios de comunicación, estudiantes y público en general a compartir este miércoles 25 de marzo, a las 11:30 de la mañana, en el anfiteatro CRA 108, de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la UPR con el Patriota y Héroe Nacional Rafael Cancel Miranda.

     

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    Latino Victory Fund

    Announces Slate of

    2015 Endorsed Candidates

    Latino Victory Fund (March 23, 2015)

     

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Latino Victory Fund announced their 2015 slate of endorsed candidates as decided upon at their recent board meeting: Nelson Diaz for mayor of Philadelphia, Jesús "Chuy" García for mayor of Chicago, and M. Lorena González for Seattle City Council. Cristóbal Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund, released the following statement:

     

    "Latino Victory Fund continues its dedication to supporting strong Latino candidates across the country and at all levels of government. We are pleased to announce our 2015 slate of endorsed candidates who we believe will magnify the voice of the Latino community from coast to coast.

     

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    "We are proud to endorse Nelson Diaz for Mayor of Philadelphia. Nelson's record as a civil rights activist and a dutiful public servant with four decades of experience speaks to his character and level of commitment to lifting all Philadelphians up. Nelson became the first Puerto Rican to be accepted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1973 - and has broken barriers ever since.  We look forward to supporting his bid to become the first Latino mayor of the City of Brotherly Love. We know that Nelson will be a strong advocate for the Latino community and will fight for the education standards that all Philadelphia children deserve.

     

    "We are proud to endorse Jesús "Chuy" García, whose trailblazing candidacy for Mayor of Chicago has energized the Latino community, not only in Chicago, but across the country. Chuy is a life-long Chicagoan and the son of a Mexican farm worker who has dedicated his life to serving the city of Chicago and fighting for issues that matter most to the Latino community. Chuy made history when he became the first Mexican-American member of the Illinois State Senate, and has shown how one Latino voice dedicated to making a difference can help to create change and empowerment across the board. We enthusiastically stand with Chuy in his campaign to be Chicago's next Mayor.

     

    "Finally, we are excited to endorse M. Lorena González in her bid as the first Latina to be elected to the Seattle City Council, especially because the Latino Victory Fund actively worked to recruit her as a candidate. As the child in a Spanish-speaking home, who worked as a migrant farmworker alongside her parents and siblings, she fully understands the challenges facing the Latino community and has spent her life advocating for immigrant rights, economic justice and the end to gender discrimination. We know that Seattle will only be stronger with the inclusion of this Latina on their city council."

     

    To read full candidate bios of all endorsed Latino Victory Fund candidates visit http://www.latinovictory.us/our-candidates/.

    Spanish version of this press release can be found here.

     

    Latino Victory, co-founded by Eva Longoria and Henry R. Muñoz III, is an ambitious, non-partisan effort to build political power within the Latino community to ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation forward. Latino Victory develops leaders for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them. Partnering with leading national organizations, it shapes public policy that reflects the growing influence of the Latino community while also building cross-constituency alliances that can move the country forward.

     

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    Opinion Leaders Survey - March 23, 2015

    The NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report (March 23, 2015)

     

    Contents

    Introduction

    Leadership

    Policy Issues

    Most Important Media

    Discussion

     

    IntroductionIntroduction

     

    This New York City Latino Opinion Leaders Survey was conducted by the National Institute for Latino Policy over the Internet during the period March 15-20, 2015. It is a survey  of 109 of the New York City subscribers to the NiLP Latino Policy & Politics Report. The respondents to this poll were all anonymous.

     

    This is the influential online national information network of the National Institute for Latino Policy that represents a broad cross-section of Latino opinion leaders throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. These are made up of elected officials, government officials, heads of community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, religious leaders, business leaders, academics and others. Through our National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey, this one focused on NYC, we poll this group from time to time on important issues facing the Latino community given this stratums' important role in Latino agenda-setting and framing.

     

    While the polling that is being conducted on Latino issues by the media and polling organizations is of the broader community, this more select group of opinion leaders has a unique place from which to view these questions within our community. While not a scientifically generated sample of Latino elites, we expect this survey will result in useful insights on the main issues facing the Latino community in New York City today.

     

    LeadershipLeadership

     

    Mayor-GovThe Mayor and Governor. The Latino opinion leaders' view of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is decidedly mixed. While 44 percent approve of his handling of the job as Mayor, another 44 percent disapprove. However, their view of the Mayor is stronger than their assessment of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, of whose job a large majority disapproves (68 percent). Mayor de Balso received his highest approval ratings from those who consider themselves politically progressive/left (66 percent approve) and the highest disapproval ratings from conservatives (67 percent), moderates (61 percent) and liberals (57 percent).

     

    In a recent poll, Mayor de Blasio received a 54 percent approval rating from Latinos, which is very positive but significantly lower than that of Blacks, which was 78 percent. The lower Latino opinion leaders approval rating for the Mayor could be a bellwether of a possible weakening of support for him among the broader Latino community.

     

    However, most surprising was the negative approval rating the Latino opinion leaders gave Governor Cuomo. In the same recent poll, 70 percent of Latinos approved of his handling of the job of Governor. About the same percentage of the Latino opinion leaders in our survey (68 percent) disapproved of the job he was doing. He received negative e3 ratings from those of all political orientations from conservative to progressive/left.  Since our survey focuses on city issues, we cannot account for this difference, but it requires further analysis.

     

    ElectedsMost Important Latino Elected Officials. Within the Latino community, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is viewed as by far the most important Latino elected official by the Latino opinion leaders. A majority (51 percent) see her as the most important, followed by only 8 percent who named Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., 5 percent Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, 4 percent Congressman José Serrano and 3 percent Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. A significant 24 percent could not point to or weren't sure there was an important Latino elected official.

     

    Mark-Viverito is the only leader holding a citywide office as Council Speaker, which provides her with greater exposure and potential power. It is interesting that all of the top Latino elected officials selected as being most important are Puerto Rican despite the increasingly diverse Latino political class in terms of national-origin. It is also of interest that of the five who were identified, four are connected to the Bronx, and among them two are women (including Mark-Viverito, the one identified as most important).

     

    Despite being identified as by far the most important Latino elected official by the majority of Latino opinion leaders, their view of Council Speaker Mark-Viverito's job performance was mixed as it was with Mayor de Blasio, but slightly more positive. The largest percentage (43 percent) approved of the job she was doing as Speaker, compared to 34 percent who disapproved, with 23 percent stating they did not know.

     

    Mayor-SpkrMayor-Speaker Relationship. A recurring issue is the relationship between the Mayor and the Council Speaker as the heads of separate branches of city government. The Latino opinion leaders are mixed on this question. The slightly largest percentage (34 percent) thinks the relationship between the Mayor and Speaker is too close and compromises the Speaker's independence. A near 31 percent feel the jury is still out on this question, while 21 percent think the relationship is close but doesn't hamper the Speaker's independence. Another 7 percent feel that they are independent enough of each other.

     

    DemPartyThe Democratic Party. While the vast majority (78 percent) of the Latino opinion leaders are registered or affiliated with the Democratic Party, a large majority (63 percent) do not feel that their local County Democratic Party is being responsive to the Latino community, with only 15 percent feeling that it is. The Latino opinion leaders in Queens  and the Bronx feel that the Democratic Party in their borough is most responsive (but only 20 and 17 percent, respectively, feel it is), while those in Staten Island (100 percent), Brooklyn (77 percent) and Manhattan (68 percent) feel it is not responsive to Latinos.

     

    To get a sense of the depth of support there is among the Latino opinion leaders for Mayor de Blasio, they were asked whom they voted for in the September 2013 Democratic Primary for Mayor. About half (49 percent) voted for de Blasio. This was followed by a much smaller percentage recalling that they voted for Bill Thompson (12 percent), Christine Quinn (9 percent), John Liu (6 percent), Sal Albanese (1 percent) and, significantly, none recalled voting for the only Hispanic candidate, Erick Salgado. This support that de Blasio received from these Latino opinion leaders is significant given that the Latino political establishment at the time largely supported the African-American candidate, Bill Thompson, revealing a major political disconnect within the Latino community.

     

    PolicyIssuesPolicy Issues

     

    TopIssuesTop Priority issues. Overall, the majority (58 percent) of Latino opinion leaders are dissatisfied with the way things are going in New York City. This is in contrast to 42 percent who are satisfied.

     

    The Latino opinion leaders were asked to identify the most important problem facing New York City in general and specifically for the Latino community. In general, they view housing as the most important problem facing New Yorkers (30 percent), followed by education (22 percetn) and unemployment/jobs (17 percent). On the other hand for Latinos they identify the top problems as education first by far (41 percent), followed by unemployment/jobs (26 percent) and housing (12 percent). This indicates that policy priorities for the city as a whole and specifically for the Latino community are not necessarily the same. 

     

    It was surprising that despite all the attention police-community relations was getting in the city these past few months that this was not seen as a top issue by the Latino opinion leaders in general or for the Latino community. Only 10 percent saw police-community relations as a top concern in general, but none for the Latino community. This was the case as well for the issues of crime and violence, which only 3 percent saw this as a top problem in general and 1 percent for Latinos.

     

    The gentrification of Latino neighborhoods is another issue that is a major concern in the Latino community, along with homelessness, as consequences of the city's housing affordability crisis. These were not seen as top policy concerns by the Latino opinion leaders, in general (9 percent gentrification; 2 percent homelessness) or for Latinos (11 percent gentrification; none about homelessness).

     

    Do the policy priorities identified by the Latino opinion leaders reflect the true needs of the Latino community, or do they reveal a significant class division within the Latino community? These findings point to the need for a serious and critical discussion within the Latino community about its policy needs.

     

    RaceRelationsLatino Race Relations. Polling on race relations in New York City always focuses on Black-White relations, leaving out the role of Latinos. To get a sense of where Latinos fit within this question, the Latino opinion leaders were asked to grade the state of Latino relations in New York City with non-Latino Blacks and Whites.

     

    The Latino opinion leaders feel that Latino-Black relations were more positive than those between Latinos and Whites. A large majority (63 percent) feel that Latino- Black relations are good, while only 41 percent feel that Latino-White relations are good.

     

    A recent poll of New Yorkers found that Latinos was mixed in their grading of the state of race relations in the city: 46 percent thought they were, and 45 percent thought they were bad. However, as the Latino opinion leaders indicate, when Latinos are included as part of those race relations, their assessment depending on which race is being discussed.

     

    Moreover, the racial self-identification of the Latino opinion leaders defied the more simplistic dominant Black-White binary of most polling. While the majority identified themselves as racially White (54 percent) and 12 percent as Black, 41 percent identified themselves as being of "some other race," 6 percent as American Indian and 1 percent as Asian.

     

    EducationEducation. In the area of public education, the Latino opinion leaders were asked to rate the job performance of the school system's top leaders. They were mostly positive about Carmen Fariña's handling of her job as Schools Chancellor, with 41 percent approving and 21 percent disapproving. On the other hand, they were very negative about Mayor de Blasio's handling of the public schools, with 46 percent disapproving and only 19 percent approving. Perhaps an indicator of the mixed messages going to the public about the schools, fairly large percentages of the Latino opinion leaders indicated for both Fariña and the Mayor's performances with the schools that they "didn't know" (37 and 35 percent, respectively).

     

    The issue of the continuation of Mayoral control of the public schools is coming before the State Legislature this year. Mayor de Blasio has already gone on the record before the Legislature requesting that Mayoral control be made permanent. When asked about whether Mayoral control of the public schools should be continued, the majority of the Latino opinion leaders do not support its continuation. While 22 percent support continuing Mayoral control, 38 percent thought the Mayor needs to share control with other elected officials, and 33 percent felt that the schools should be controlled by a totally independent body.  Given the Mayor's lack of public consultation on this issue, his position advocating permanent Mayoral control of the schools appears to be premature and a minority position, at least with the Latino opinion leaders.

     

    Another important and controversial educational issue coming before the State Legislature is whether or not to increase the number of charter schools to be established. On this issue, about two thirds (68 percent) of the Latino opinion leaders oppose increasing the number of charter schools. Only 23 percent support the increase while 45 percent support a decrease, and 23 percent believe the number should stay the same. In this regard, the Latino opinion leaders support Mayor de Blasio's position of opposing the increase of charter schools.

     

    CriminalCriminal Justice. Asked about the top leadership of the New York Police Department, the Latino opinion leaders were very negative about their job performance. A majority (56 percent) disapprove of the job Bill Bratton is doing as Police Commissioner, with  larger majority (63 percent) disapproving of Mayor de Blasio's handling of crime in Latino neighborhoods and 66 percent disapproving of his handling of police relations with the Latino community. Close to two-thirds (64 percent) also disapprove of the job the police department is doing in general.

     

    Close to half (48 percent) of the Latino opinion leaders feel that police brutality is a serious problem in Latino neighborhoods, and another 44 percent think it is a somewhat serious problem. An overwhelming 83 percent of the Latino opinion leaders feel that the police are tougher on Latinos than on Whites. These findings indicate that police-Latino relations are currently very poor in New York City.

     

    However, the Latino opinion leaders were very supportive of the Mayor's decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. Almost all (88 percent) were supportive of this measure.

     

    HousingAffordable Housing. Mayor de Blasio has announced an ambitious plan to created 200,000 new units of affordable housing. However, questions have arisen whether or not Latinos as the city's lowest income community will benefit from this initiative. The Latino opinion leaders were divided over whether the Mayor's plan will benefit the Latino community: half (50 percent) feel it will not benefit Latinos, compared to 35 percent who think it will and 16 percent who didn't know.

     

    ImmigrantsImmigrant Inclusion. On a more positive note, the Latino opinion leaders are very supportive of Mayor de Blasio's general handling of immigrant rights and inclusion.  About two-thirds (65 percent) approve of his handling of immigrant issues. However, a large majority (63 percent) also support the granting of noncitizen voting to legal immigrants, a position that Mayor de Blasio has not adopted at this point. The majority of progressive/left (77 percent)  and liberals (61 percent) support noncitizen voting, while the majority of conservatives (67 percent) and plurality of moderates (47 percent) do not.

     

    MinimumWageMinimum Wage Increase. The Latino opinion leaders are almost unanimous (97 percent) in supporting the rise in the minimum wage. The majority (57 percent) support raising it to $15 per hour.

     

    InclusionLatino Inclusion in City Government. The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation, to which National Institute for Latino Policy acts as a technical advisor, has criticized Mayor de Blasio for his poor record of Latino appointments to his administration. The Latino opinion leaders were asked if they felt this criticism was valid. Most (84 percent) feel that the criticism is valid. Asked if by raising this criticism Latino advocates are undermining the Mayor's progressive agenda, 65 percent feel it does not while 26 percent feel that it does. Those thinking most this would undermine the Mayor's progressive agenda were those who identify their general political orientation as progressive/left (38 percent), although a majority even of these 53 percent) feel it doesn't.

     

    Asked more generally if they feel the de Blasio Administration is fully inclusive of all communities, 82 percent of the Latino opinion leaders say it is not. Most (94 percent) feel that Latinos are the most excluded, followed by 30 percent who think it is Asians, 10 percent Blacks, and 2 percent Whites.

     

    MediaMost Important Media

     

    In order to get a sense of where the Latino opinion leaders get most of their news about the Latino community, they were asked to name which they saw as the most important media outlet for this purpose. The largest percentage (18 percent) identified Univision 41 television as most important. This was followed by 11 percent who listed El Diario-La Prensa newspaper, 8 percent for NY1 Noticias, and 7 percent for NY1 News (15 percent combined for Time Warner NY1 News in English and Spanish). The next tier, each receiving 5 percent, includes the New York Daily News and WBAI radio. Those who could not identify important media on Latinos made up 14 percent of the respondents.

     

    DiscussionDiscussion

     

    Opinion polls of New Yorkers, for the most part, have inadequate Latino samples and frame issues in ways that ignore Latino opinion and experiences. This New York City Latino Opinion Leaders Survey is an attempt to explore Latino elite opinion on critical issues facing New York in ways that can promote more rigorous discussion and debate within the Latino community. While the findings of this survey are not generalizable to the community as a whole, they represent the views of an influential set of opinion leaders with this community that help set the framework for its issues and priorities. These findings should be seen more as a heuristic device as one might take the results of a focus group.

     

    The results of this survey raise the following questions:

     

    1. Despite receiving an estimated 87 percent of the Latino vote in the November 2013 Mayoral election, why is Mayor de Blasio's approval rating among Latino opinion leaders 15 months into his term so mixed? In terms of the general Latino likely voter, polls have the Mayor with majority approval levels, but they are significant lower than those he is getting from the Black community. Does Mayor de Blasio have an emerging "Latino problem" as some in the media have noted?

     

    2. The views of the Latino opinion leaders in this survey appear very negative in terms of Latino political leadership. Besides the high-profile Council Speaker, they had difficulty in identifying what they consider important Latino elected officials and, as largely Democrats, are very negative about the responsiveness of their county Democratic Party organizations to the Latino community. What is the basis of this disconnect from the political system and how is it affecting the political mobilization of this community?

     

    3. Although the Latino opinion leaders are supportive of Mayor de Blasio's initiatives in terms of immigrant rights and inclusion, the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and support his opposition to increasing the number of charter schools, there are also a number of other important issues of which they are critical of the Mayor's positions. These include being skeptical about whether his affordable housing plan will benefit Latinos, his proposal to make Mayoral control of the public schools permanent, his lack of support for noncitizen voting, and a generally negative view of police relations with the Latino community..

     

    4. The Mayor's proposal to the state legislature calling for the making of Mayoral control of the public schools permanent does not have the support of the Latino opinion leaders nor apparently of the general public as evidence by poll data and public forums being held by Public Advocate Letitia James. It is, therefore, interesting that the Mayor would make such a proposal without any serious consultation with the public. This is especially problematic for him given the Latino opinion leaders feeling that Mayor de Blasio is doing a poor job in this handling of the public schools.

     

    5. Although Mayor de Blasio gets high marks from the Latino opinion leaders for his initiatives concerning immigrant rights and inclusion, in keeping with this support they also advocate the adoption of noncitizen voting for legally resident immigrants. The Mayor, however, has not been supportive of this proposal. The reason for his lack of support, despite wide endorsement of the City Council of this measure, are unclear and raises questions about his commitment to the full incorporation of immigrants into the city's polity.

     

    6. Although viewed as largely a Black issue by the media, the Latino opinion leaders also display considerable concern with the state of police-Latino community relations. Feeling that police brutality is a  serious problem in the Latino community, and that the police are tougher on Latinos than on Whites, the Latino opinion leaders were very negative about the role of police and their leadership by the Mayor and Commissioner Bratton. This would indicate that problems with the city's policing policies and practices are as important in the Latino as in the Black community.

     

    7. The identification of the most important issues facing the Latino community by the Latino opinion leaders raises questions about what policy priorities should be within this community. The results of this survey indicate that there is a difference between general policy priorities in the city versus those specific to the Latino community. The reasons for these differences and their implications for the de Blasio Administration's overall policy determinations needs further analysis and discussion.

     

    8. Given all of these differences, the underrepresentation of Latinos in the city government work force and its policy leadership is troubling. The Latino opinion leaders agree with the Campaign for Fair Latino Representation's criticism of the Mayor's poor record of Latino appointments and this survey points to the problem of the lack of Latino policy perspectives that result in municipal decision-making.

     

    9. The Latino opinion leaders' identification of media sources for Latino community news reveals a very thin penetration by those listed as most important. Only 18 percent identified the top media outlet, and fewer identified what were once major sources such as El Diario-La Prensa newspaper. One interpretation of this finding could also be that there is a wider variety of news sources available today, but it appears from voluntary comments made by the respondents to the survey, that there is much dissatisfaction with the quality of media coverage of Latino issues in New York City today.

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    March 26-27, 2015

    On Thursday, March 26, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 5:00 p.m. On Friday, March 27, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 1:30 p.m.

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    The NAC will meet in a plenary session on March 26-27, 2015. Last-minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent giving advance public notice of schedule adjustments. Please visit the Census Advisory Committees Web site for the most current meeting agenda at: http://www.census.gov/cac/

     

    The NAC will address census policies, research and methodology, tests, operations, communications, messaging and other activities to ascertain needs and best practices to improve censuses, surveys, operations and programs. The NAC comprises up to thirty-two members. The Committee provides an organized and continuing channel of communication between race, ethnic, and other populations and the Census Bureau. The Committee advises the Director of the Census Bureau on the full range of economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, behavioral and operational variables affecting the cost, accuracy and implementation of Census Bureau programs and surveys, including the decennial census.

     

    The Committee is established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix 2, Section 10(a)(b)). All meetings are open to the public.  A brief period will be set aside at the meeting for public comment on March 27.

     

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    Dr. Julie Dowling

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    dowlingj@illinois.edu

     

    Pauline Medrano

    Former Mayor Pro Tem and City Council

    Dallas, TX

     

    National Association of Latino Elected and

    Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational

    Fund

    Arturo Vargas, Executive Director

    1122 W. Washington Blvd, 3rd Floor

    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Phone: 213 747-7606

    avargas@naleo.org

     

    For Further Information contact:

    Kim Collier

    Assistant Division Chief

    Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office

    Department of Commerce

    U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H185

    4600 Silver Hill Road

    Washington, DC 20233

    kimberly.l.collier@census.gov

    Telephone 301-763-6590.

    For TTY callers, please use the Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339.

     

    John H. Thompson,

    Director, Bureau of the Census

    March 2, 2015

    Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 45 / Monday, March 9, 2015 / Notices 12433

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    La verdadera amenaza es EEUU y no Venezuela, afirma canciller ecuatoriano
    Escrito por Russia Today

     

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    El canciller ecuatoriano, Ricardo Patiño, declaró el viernes en una entrevista en el programa alternativo ‘Democracy Now’ que es un “sinsentido” afirmar que Venezuela constituye una “amenaza” para la seguridad nacional de EE.UU., ya que no posee ni la más mínima posibilidad material, ni los deseos, de amenazar a nadie. Sin embargo, aseveró que EE.UU. sí ha invadido permanentemente a gobiernos de la región latinoamericana, donde ha participado en golpes de Estado y ha apoyado a dictaduras.

     

    Miembros del Congreso de EEUU en contra política de Obama hacia Latinoamérica
    Escrito por Mark Weisbrot

     

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    En lo que constituye una impresionante irrupción de cordura en Washington, existe finalmente cierta reacción por parte del Congreso contra la extrema derecha y el “centro” en cuanto a la política de los EEUU hacia Venezuela y América Latina, algo que no había ocurrido bajo la sombra del macartismo que ha prevalecido durante años.

     

    Obama se quitó la careta
    Escrito por Aram Aharonian / Revista Punto Final

     

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    Al final del carnaval, Barack Obama se sacó la careta de Nobel de la Paz, y como presidente de Estados Unidos dio una orden ejecutiva -sin necesidad de pasar por el Congreso- para declarar como “emergencia nacional” a Venezuela por su “amenaza inusual y extraordinaria a la seguridad nacional y política exterior” de EE.UU. No creo que ningún estadounidense se haya sentido o se sienta amenazado por Venezuela. Lo que no ha cambiado, son las apetencias de Washington por adueñarse del petróleo venezolano.

     

    Celebramos un paso necesario hacia la igualdad, la justicia y la ejecución de los derechos humanos
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    La decisión del Secretario de Justicia, César Miranda, en representación del Gobierno del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico de no insistir en la constitucionalidad del Art. 68 del Código Civil de Puerto Rico definiendo el matrimonio como entre hombre y mujer, es un paso en la dirección correcta hacia la igualdad, la justicia y la ejecución de los derechos humanos, declaró.la copresidenta del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), Lcda. Wilma E. Reverón Collazo.

     

    Actividades

     

    24 de marzo - En memoria de Santiago "Chagui" Mari Pesquera

     

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    Les esperamos en el puente por Oscar el 29 de marzo

     

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       Chair
     
    Edgar DeJesus
       Secretary
     
    Israel Colon
       Treasurer
     
    Maria Rivera
       Development Chair

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    New York State

    Agencies Disconnected 

    From Hispanics

    By Marcos Crespo

    City & State (March 20, 2015)

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    In Sun-Times article

    Ald. Moreno reiterates support for 

    Community Effort to Refurbish 

    Von Humboldt and DuPrey School

    By Sergio Rolon

     

    On Friday, March 14, 2015, CPS announced its intention to sell several building that were shuttered in 2013, including the 3 story, 100 year old located at 2620 W. Hirsch. In response Ald. Joe "Proco" Moreno announced his intention to fully support the refurbishing of these buildings for housing and education ao uses including the creation of a teachefrs village and a possible middle lab school.

    In the article, the reporters note the following about the entire effort: Equally intriguing about Moreno's plan is the proposal to create housing for current and retired teachers. Like the LGBTQ senior affordable housing on the site of the Old Town Hall Police

    District at 3600 N. Halsted, the project would market to teachers so it wouldn't violate fair-housing laws. It would also be not-for-profit despite interest fom private developers, he said.

     

    Puerto Rican Cultural Center director José E. López said his organization was pulling together together a bid with the Illinois Facilities Fund to create a "Community as a Campus."

     

    There would be space for parent and teacher training, and some housing that teachers could afford as the gentrifying neighborhoods rent rise, López said, describing it as "a little educational hub" where the 11 elementary schools feeding into Roberto Clemente High School also could interact.

     

    From La Voz del Paseo Boricua Newspaper

     26th Ward Organization Shows its Power

    Alderman Maldonado Handily Beats 

    2 Challengers with 1209 votes over closest opponent

  • By Sergio Rolon
     
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    On Tuesday, February 24, the voters of the 26th Ward overwhelmingly re-elected Roberto Maldonado as their alderman.

     

    Despite the vicious attacks on the Alderman by his detractors, Ald. Maldonado prevailed with an advantage of 1209 over his nearest opponent by popular vote and won 41 precincts out of 49.

     

    Ald. Maldonado proved that his record of delivering services to his constituents, his tireless commitment to improving the quality of life of the residents of the 26th, particularly in the area of housing, education, city services and safety. He has been embarking on framing the housing question in the community with a new vision based on specialty housing. Examples of this are the Paseo Boricua Arts Building, which will provide live and work spaces for artists, and the Borinqueneers Veterans housing project at Norwegian American Hospital.

     

    Under the guise of progressive politics and good government, a wholesale attack was launched against the empowerment of our community. In this election veiled racist attacks launched against Ald. Maldonado by the supporters of Adam Corona were joined by the echoes of Juanita Irizarry's followers (so-called progressives) who come into our community as the deliverers to save the Puerto Ricans and Latinos from the evil designs of incumbent Roberto Maldonado. These proved baseless, but more importantly, they were rejected by our community's support for Ald. Maldonado.

     

    Ald. Maldonado is looking forward to 4 more years of community driven growth and development. With his support, the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Daycare and Head Start program will soon be housed in the former Parent Child Center at 1345 N. Rockwell St. to serve the more than 100 pre-schoolers.

     

    The Alderman has recently met with several businesses and banks to increase investment in Paseo Boricua corridor, as well as, to insure that three more businesses will open shortly. In his own words, Ald. Maldonado states: "I look forward to building on the work we have accomplished since I took office in 2009. Providing the best educational options for our children, keeping our streets safe, and encouraging economic development will make Humboldt Park and the 26th Ward one of the best places to live and work in the city."

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    From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

     

    Exciting New Events Planned by!

    Humboldt Park Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition

    By Maria Borrero, Barrio Arts, Culture and Communication Academy

     

    The Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition met last Wednesday March 18th to prepare two thrilling upcoming events:

     * North Grand Bilingual Parent Fair- On March 27th the Coalition will be representing and sharing efforts with North Grand HS community to engage bilingual parents in alternative ways of celebrating cultural events with tasty alcohol free options. If you're interested in participating please contact Maria Borrero mariab@prcc-chgo.org

     

    * Batey Urbano and the Coalition Underage Drinking Prevention will be engaging community members to join us in a Ping Pong tournament as well as water bottle distribution. The main focus is to provide alternative fun ways of being proactive that don't require alcohol. This will be part of Muévete Conference on Saturday April 4th from 10am-1pm at the Diabetes Empowerment Center. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cristian Roldán - christianr@prcc-chgo.org

     

    Move for Life! Coming April 4th

     

    By Leony Calderón

     

    Move for Life!  is an annual one day community-driven outdoor event to kick-off the Spring/Summer physical activity seasons. Saturday, April 4th 2015, from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Join us as we Kick-off the Spring with an afternoon of physical activity; walking, biking, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, games, boot camp, nutrition information, music, games and much more.

     

    Free and For all Ages!

     

    Service Providers join us and showcase your physical activity, nutrition program to the community. To register or volunteer 773-342-0855773-342-0855 Moveforlife@prcc-chgo.org.

     

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    Batey After School Program Flourishes

    By Cristian Roldán, BACCA

     

    The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is delighted to present the Batey Urbano after school program for high school aged students in the Humboldt Park community and surrounding neighborhoods. The purpose of the after school program is to improve the academic performance of youth from Clemente Community Academy and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and help them orient themselves towards a better future. Batey Urbano provides a safe and educational space where youth can do their homework with assistance from tutor mentors, and with access to computers and the internet. With tutoring focused on math, Spanish, english, and essay writing, (3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Monday-Friday) as well as yoga, the student participants are encouraged to become self-actualized learners with increased engagement in their educational process.

     

    With the collaboration of the local restaurants Café Colao and Nelly's, students are offered delicious food daily. Batey Urbano would like to welcome high school students to come study with us and to bring friends along to take advantage of this excellent program!

     

    CICLO URBANO is Expanding This Spring

    By Eduardo Arocho, Executive Director, DSBDA 

     

    Ciclo Urbano is a full service Bike Shop that has expanded their show room at the Paseo Boricua Business Center (2459 W Division St.). This expansion will allow Ciclo room to display over 80 used/refurbished bikes, as well as, new model bikes for sale each with the same warranty and 60 days of free adjustments and tune-ups valued at $75.00. Several new apprentices who have gone through West Town Bikes Youth Programs will now be starting as Bicycle Mechanics this Spring. They are Deorey, Hector and Max, in addition to the return of Anthonly Cruz as a full time Senior Mechanic. All have great customer service skills and are talented mechanics that speak Spanish and English. Ciclo Urbano was opened in 2009 and since then has been one of the most successful new businesses on Paseo Boricua.

     

    New Spring hours are: M-Th 11:00am to 7:00pm

    F-Sat  11:00am to 6:00pm

    Sun     11:00am to 5:00pm

     

    For more information visit: http://westtownbikes.org/retail or call 773-772-4870773-772-4870

     

    SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES * 2015 Puerto Rican Cultural Center * Annual Events

    Puerto Rican People's Parade                    22nd Fiesta Boricua "De Bandera a Bandera"

    Sat June 20, 2015                                        Sept 5 - 6, 2015 * 12pm - 8:30pm

    Starting 2PM-Division/Western                Honoring: Cayey, Puerto Rico, Orlando, Florida

     

    West Town Bikes programs are growing by leaps and bounds
    By Andriana Vera, West Town Bikes
     

    West Town Bikes youth programs are growing by leaps and bounds this spring! We're proud to be launching five new programs at middle schools along the Bloomingdale Trail (dubbed the '606') in time for its much-anticipated grand opening this June.  We look forward to engaging new 6th-8th grade participants at Stowe, Yates, Moos, Funston and McAuliffe with our diverse programs focused on safe cycling, basic bike mechanics, health and wellness, and social responsibility. Ultimately, we hope these programs will help spread enthusiasm for the trail and prepare our local young people and their families to take full advantage of this new community asset. Instructor training is currently underway: we are excited to say that half of our new middle school instructors are young men and women that graduated from our own youth programs; other instructors were selected from our dedicated community of apprentices and volunteers. Please donate your new/used tools, bikes, or school supplies to help us start these programs, and join us for the opening of the 606 on June 6th!

     

    From Our Community Partners

     

    Clemente Nears the End of 

    IB Authorization Journey

    By Elizabeth Kelley, Roberto Clemente Community Academy

     

    Back-to-back IB Verification Visits in March marked the final active steps in Clemente's journey to become authorized in the Career-related Programme (CP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).  On Wednesday, March 11 the school was visited by two evaluators from the IB CP who spoke with teachers, students, parents and LSC members, and toured the facilities for Broadcast Technology, Allied Health, and Culinary Arts.  Upon authorization, the Career-related Programme will provide a combination option for juniors and seniors who want to pursue career education but also challenge themselves with IB Diploma Programme classes.

    On March 16-17, the verification team for the IB Middle Years Programme visited the school and conducted a similar review process.  In addition to the steps for the CP, they also met with MYP (grades 9-10) teachers from every subject area, participated in 24 classroom observations, and reviewed unit plans and samples of assessed student work.  They were eager to hear about sophomores' experience working on Personal Projects this year, as well as the many service projects students have engaged in.

     

    The teams' reports are part of the evidence that will be used by IB Americas and the IBO to make a final determination on authorization in these two programs.  Both teams left with high praise for the school's inclusive approach and the culture that has been established at Clemente in recent years.  Roberto Clemente Community Academy is an IB World School authorized to offer the Diploma Programme.

    Bomba as We Know It-"Buya Vive"

    By Brenda Torres Figueroa, Art Teacher, PACHS 

     

    Bomba has been at the heart of the Puerto Rican community in Chicago for many decades dedicating cultural spaces for its presentation, education and community engagement. The exciting history of bomba particularly written and celebrated in our streets, community centers, and events by bomberas/os from all walks of life has served to frame a process of healing and to communicate the histories of perseverance of our community.

     

    Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance Bomba, Puerto Rico's oldest surviving African-rooted tradition. Buya means 'good spirit' in Taino, the language spoken among Puerto Rico's indigenous population, and the group strives to embody this idea while sharing the tradition through concerts, workshops, and community engagement. This includes artistic dialogue with historians and performers from Puerto Rico, and collaborative work with various Chicago-based groups such as Jarochicanos (Mexico), Laruni Hati (Belize), and Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company (Haïti). The ensemble celebrated its fifth anniversary this past November, but members of Bomba con Buya have been committed to studying and sharing the Bomba tradition for more than twenty years.

     

    After five years of performing and touring, Buya a Chicago-based bomba ensemble has recorded its first album, "Buya Live." The album captures Buya's innovative yet traditional approach to bomba along with the ensemble's infectious live performance. Buya is pleased to announce its new album "Buya Live" with a release concert at the legendary House of Blues in Chicago at the end of March 2015. This historical event for the entire Puerto Rican community celebrates the imaginative, hardworking and inspiring group and their extraordinary journey years in the making, one that has been highlighted in Windy City Live, B96 radio and recently with exciting performances at Cumbiazazo, Trinity United Church, Mr. Browns among others. For more information, please visit: http://bombaconbuya.com

     

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    Respuesta del ALBA a los documentos emitidos por Obama contra Venezuela
    Escrito por Alejandro Torres Rivera / MINH

     

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    El pasado mes de diciembre de 2014 el gobierno de Estados Unidos, dentro del marco de su política injerencista contra la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, aprobó la ley titulada Ley en Defensa de los Derechos Humanos y la Sociedad Civil en Venezuela. Se trata de un proyecto de ley que fuera sometido en el mes de marzo en el Senado de Estados Unidos por el Senador Bob Menéndez. Se trata de un senador demócrata por el estado de Nueva Jersey de origen cubano, enemigo de la Revolución Cubana, quien recientemente ha sido señalado por actos de corrupción.

     

    Juventud Hostosiana en solidaridad con la Revolución Bolivariana
    Escrito por Juventud Hostosiana

     

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    La Juventud Hostosiana, brazo del Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano, hace eco al llamado a la solidaridad con el pueblo venezolano y con la Revolución Bolivariana, debido a las recientes expresiones del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, en que implementó sanciones en contra del gobierno venezolano.

     

    América Latina en la dinámica de la guerra global
    Escrito por Jorge Beinstein

     

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    Todo al mismo tiempo: al promediar el mes de marzo de 2015 Estados Unidos acaba de dar un salto cualitativo de claro perfil belicista en sus acciones contra Venezuela, también desarrolla ejercicios militares en países limítrofes con Rusia en la llamada operación “Atlantic Resolve”, algunas de esas operaciones son realizadas a unos cien kilómetros de San Petersburgo , además se intensifican las informaciones acerca de una nueva ofensiva del gobierno de Kiev contra la región de Donbass, aumenta la circulación de naves de guerra de la OTAN en el Mar Negro, continúan las viejas guerras imperiales en Irak y Afganistan a las que se  agregó luego la ofensiva contra Siria (pasando por Libia)... y mucho más...

     

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    A continuación, les presentamos el boletín informativo


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    Perelló reitera protección de las PyMEs en Proyecto de Reforma Contributiva


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    Legislatura enaltece legado de Mujeres Ilustres en
    Plaza en Honor a la Mujer Puertorriqueña


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

    Hector Figueroa

    Tanya K. Hernandez
     
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    The Fed Page

    Is Federal Hiring Program

    Really New or Just Newly Packaged?

    By Joe Davidson, Columnist

    Washington Post (March 12, 2015)

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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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    Latino Voices

    A New Strategy for Immigration Reform:

    What Can an Incremental Agenda Look Like?

    By Isabel Anadon

    Huffington Post (March 19, 2015)

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    Carnaval en Philly
    A Closing Party for
    Filadelfia: New Perspectives

     

    Friday, March 27th, 7 pm to Midnight

      
    Taller Puertorriqueño’s Education Building
    Roberto Hernández Theater

    2557-59 N. 5th St.

     

    Tropicalismo presents a celebration of Carnaval, hosted and curated by Juanderful (Juan Bustamante) and Gregzinho (Greg Scruggs), the adventurous DJ pair behind Tropicalismo. The event will be held in Taller Puertorriqueño’s Roberto P. Hernández Theater as a closing party for Filadelfia: New Perspectives, a group exhibition of Latino artists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art in Philadelphia. The exhibition is on view through April 4th, 2015 and open  to the public Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Join Tropicalismo, Philly’s leading platform for Afro-Latin-Caribbean culture, as they explore the unique Carnaval traditions of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection — from Mummers to Carnaval de Puebla to Philly Caribbean Carnival to Brazilian and Puerto Rican celebrations — with an interactive salon on Carnival culture, visual displays, festive food and refreshments, LIVE dancers, and, of course, the soundtrack that keeps the Carnaval massive partying in the streets.

    Featured guests: Edgar Ramirez, San Mateo Carnavalero; Sheila Buchanan, Jesse Engaard, Rabble Rousers NYB; Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Pennsylvania; Alex Shaw, Alô Brasil; & Los Bomberos de la Calle

    With special guests: Jaime Alvarez, Grimaldi Baez, Miguel Antonio Horn, Mark C. Martinez, Michelle Angela Ortiz, José Ortiz Pagán, and Roxana J. Pérez-Méndez

     

    Suggested donation $10
    Learn more here.

    *The party proceeds will benefit Taller’s many arts and cultural programs and keep Tropicalismo going!

    **FREE parking across the street in the municipal parking lot. Super-easy access via SEPTA! Directions here.

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       Chair
     
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       Secretary
     
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       Development Chair

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    NY Governor Cuomo Announces

    5 New Latino Appointments

    State of New York | Executive Chamber (March 20. 2015)

    Spring has Sprung at The Latin Center!

    As spring approaches, please consider donating to the Latin American Community Center to help us continue fulfilling our mission to the community. Your support directly helps our children bloom and grow! Learn more here: www.thelatincenter.org