FROM ABC7 CHICAGO (WLS)
The Ñ Beat is an Emmy award-winning half-hour show that turns the spotlight on Chicago’s vibrant Latino community! ABC7 Chicago brings you another episode of The Ñ Beat Saturday, March 24th at 6PM. Six months after Hurricane Maria roared through Puerto Rico, you’ll find out how Chicago has rallied to support that island’s storm-weary survivors.. including a talented artist and his family. Also, meet another Puerto Rican artist whose love for her Chicago neighborhood inspired her recent MCA exhibit. He gained fame on the reality cooking show, ‘Top Chef’.. now, you’ll meet the Mexican chef who is marking a milestone with his first Chicago restaurant and see how a Brazilian native is getting her pupils ‘moving’..with her lively lessons straight from Rio’s Carnival!! ABC7’s Stacey Baca hosts the show from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s new child development center… or ‘Consuelo Lee Corretjer Centro Infantil’. Correspondents include Roz Varon, Tanja Babich, John Garcia, Michelle Gallardo, Rob Elgas and new to our Ñ Beat family, Mark Rivera!
Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief/Artist Richard Santiago
Hurricane Maria stormed the shores of Puerto Rico last fall…. leaving a trail of destruction. It is the worst natural disaster in the history of that island and the recovery has been slow to happen. In the meantime, thousands of ‘survivors’ of the storm have fled. In fact, at least 2,500 have made their way to Chicago. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is one of the key outposts for support as the evacuees look to start over. In fact, one former art professor in San Juan has made Chicago a ‘second home’ for his family largely, thanks to the PRCC. Richard Santiago is artist-in-residence for the PRCC’s new child development center..or Consuelo Lee Corretjer Centro Infantil. Richard has moved his entire family to the Windy City… and is bringing his artwork to the walls that will liven up the child care center for years to come!
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2546 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
NEW Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center(Opening Soon)
1345 N. Rockwell
To connect with artist, Richard Santiago, on Facebook:
“I’ve landed in probably the home away from home,” said Richard Santiago, who evacuated from Puerto Rico to Chicago a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
Seventeen years ago, Santiago worked as a visiting artist for a local school that had just hired him for a new project before the storm. This time, Santiago decided to resettle in Chicago with his wife and children.
Don’t forget to watch THE Ñ BEAT and see the inspirational story of Richard Santiago, an artist-in-residence at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, who brought his family to Chicago after the devastation of #HurricaneMaria.
Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 PM and Sunday, March 25 at
4:30 PM on ABC 7 Chicago
Stacey Baca ABC7 hosts and features other inspirational stories.
On Thursday, March 8th of 2018, Women for PASEO: Raise Your Voice Program celebrated International Women’s Day by putting together a community discussion with special speaker; Dr. Rebecca M. Singer from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Over forty-five participants were in attendance. The discussion included interactive activities and education on how domestic violence affects the overall health of the community and personal health. A participant closed the conversation by sharing an emotional piece of poetry that focused on women empowerment. The community discussion was followed by a full hour of physical activity led by Lisa Gonzalez and Carmen Rivera.
Join us at our monthly Self-Empowerment group: for a self-defense class 4/20/18 4pm-6pm . RSVP by calling 773-342-0855
On March 14th, 2018 at 10:00am, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School walked out for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 lives that were taken in the school shooting in Parkland, FL. Students and staff spent the morning making signs and discussing the importance of student voice and activism. Student stood on the corner of California chanting “No more guns, only books!” Florida, Albizu Campos is with you.Students from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School express their right to rally
around the issue of gun violence in schools. They participate in making history with their fellow students
around the nations. They are joined with students from Erie Charter in solidarity.
There is an urgent call to action I am requesting.
The founder of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, Oscar Lopez Rivera, has served 35 years as a political prisoner for his commitment to a free and liberated Puerto Rico. Oscar Lopez Rivera was a fierce advocate of alternative education for disenfranchised youth in the city of Chicago, which allowed for school like ours to provide culturally relevant education, using critical pedagogy to incorporate the critical thinking of Black and Latino youth.
In these last critical days of the Obama administration, we are asking your campus to activate your students and community to sign this online petition to call the White House to release Oscar Lopez Rivera. The petition can be found at bit.ly/obama-free-oscar-now
Please click on this link to a list supporters for his release, which include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and YCCS Board Member Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson, to name a few.
Please encourage your students, staff and teachers to participate! We need 100,000 signatures before Dec. 10.
All the best in this time of solidarity,