Regresa a Puerto Rico
Carlos Muñoz quien llegó a trabajar en la organización hace más de un año regresa a Puerto Rico para continuar sus estudios doctorales en Liderazgo en Educación en la Universidad de Puerto Rico y se despide en las próximas semanas del Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño. Carlos Muñoz está actualmente encargado de la data que se colecta en la organización y también colabora en el grupo “Los Tequis” compuesto también por Kevin García y Alejandro Molina, donde realiza labores de diseño web y manejando las redes sociales. El jóven de 26 años posee un bachillerato en Comunicaciones Audiovisuales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico y una maestría en tecnología educativa con más de 10 años de experiencia y ahora va en busca del título doctoral en Puerto Rico.
En conversación con Carlos, él nos expresa: “Me siento agradecido por esta oportunidad de crecimiento y aprendizaje que para mi fue toda una aventura. Esto fue para mi una experiencia enriquecedora que se extiende más allá de lo que es el concepto trabajo, tuve la oportunidad de involucrarme en eventos culturales que me hicieron entender mas sobre mi propia cultura puertorriqueña y sobre todo aprender a amarla y valorarla mas. Viaje a diferentes ciudades en los Estados Unidos, luchando por la libertad de Oscar Lopez. Regreso a Puerto Rico con una nueva mentalidad, con una nueva conciencia de lo que es el trabajo para la comunidad y a seguir luchando desde la isla por la liberación de nuestro gran patriota, Oscar López. Gracias, mil gracias.”
El Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño y su staff le agradece por su activa labor en todos los programas del centro y apoyo en la campaña de Óscar López. Le deseamos éxito en sus proyectos futuros y lo esperamos con puertas abiertas tan pronto termine su programa doctoral. Su salida está pautada para finales de este mes. Actualmente El Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño se encuentra en la búsqueda de un nuevo coordinador de data y contenido, pendiente a nuestras redes sociales en los próximos días para ver la convocatoria oficial. Para más información, comuniquese con Carmen Perez al firstname.lastname@example.org
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and the National Boricua Human Rights Network join the progressive community in mourning the passing of Mary Powers.
Mary Powers became engaged as a result of the slaying of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark of the Black Panther Party. As a new member of Citizens Alert, she was instrumental in reenergizing it (along with others) determined to fight police repression. She also helped push the organization into a more active, visible leadership role against police brutality. She and Citizen’s Alert played a vanguard role in the successful campaign that helped expose the political conspiracy behind the killings and boosted the civil lawsuit on behalf of the victims.
“Mary,” stated L. Alejandro Molina, Secretary of the Board of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, “was very supportive of the Puerto Rican community’s efforts to achieve justice in the 1977 Cruz-Osorio police murders, attending meetings, helping to publicize and develop support for the families and community workers. She was a regular observer for the 1st Puerto Rican People’s Parade and thereafter, standing with us, when CPD sharpshooters and federal agents continuously tried to intimidate us.”
“She was everywhere,” he continued, “I remember meeting her at a celebration of the Wounded Knee veterans just outside of San Francisco in 1992, when I had moved to the West Coast to work on the International Tribunal of Indigenous Peoples and Oppressed Nations. She laughed at seeing me, (knowing me from Chicago) hugged me, and said it was good to see a fellow traveler.”
Through her leadership, Mary helped created a strong voice that has become a thread of anti-police brutality work that has flourished today.
Police watchdog Mary Powers dies
by Michael Miner, Reader
Years before there was the Invisible Institute suing Chicago’s police department in hopes of cleaning it up, there was Citizens Alert, doing the same thing. And by years, I mean decades. In 1970, three years after it was founded to monitor the police, Citizens Alert filed a suit charging the city with racial discrimination in the hiring of recruits.
Citizens Alert became such a thorn in the city’s side that the police department infiltrated it. Mary Powers, the soft-spoken North Shore woman who ran the organization, recalled figuring out that the CPD’s Red Squad had planted agents in CA’s midst. “For a long time we had no idea these people were spying on us, she told the Reader’s Bob McClory for a 1992 profile. “Maybe we should have. They were the best volunteers we had. They’d come out at any time of day or night and do any kind of work, from sweeping floors to leading a demonstration.”
by Marvin Garcia, CAAC Coordinator
The Yates Local School Council selected Israel Perez as their new principal beginning the next school year. Mr. Perez served as a resident principal at Rickover Naval Academy. He holds a Masters degree in both Educational Leadership and and Bilingual Education and a Bachelors in Communication. He aims to make Yates Elementary a “school of choice” for the community.
Congratulations on behalf of the Community as a Campus strategic planning committee.
OAS INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION HEARING ON PUERTO RICO: PUBLIC DEBT AND POVERTY
by Anthony de Jesús, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
The Puerto Rican Agenda, the PRCC and the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera, co-hosted the hearing, at which almost 50 people attended. Afterwards, Puerto Rican Cultural Center Executive Director José E. López responded to questions from the audience and summed up by speaking about the April 22-23rd conference in NYC, Puerto Rico/Puerto Ricans: A Diasporic Conference, which will be focusing on the above points.
Puerto Rico has become a victim of poverty, colonization, and systematic gentrification. This economic crisis has afflicted the educational system by forcing schools to close and jobs have been sacrificed to “save money.” Individuals have lost their homes and these vacant properties are now being purchased in large quantities by conglomerates, corporations, and big businesses for privatization.
The Washington-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) conducted a hearing on the public debt, fiscal policy and poverty in Puerto Rico on April 4. The hearing took place in order to discuss possible solutions for the crisis, one being declaring bankruptcy, but it is possible that not much can be accomplished unless the United States Congress makes the decision. Puerto Rico belongs to but is not a part of the United States prevents any outside entity and Puerto Rico from making decisions regardless of best interest. Representatives from Puerto Rican civil society testified about the impact of the crisis, from education to healthcare to housing. The US and Puerto Rican governments also gave testimony and responded. The importance of the short, albeit important, hearing was the international character, as it opened yet another venue for mobilizing solidarity around this very important issue.
Where is the justice for the people of Puerto Rico?
By Shannon L. Alder, Esperanza Program, PRCC
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