News (December 2014)

Danny Rivera hospitalizado – El Nuevo Día, 14 de diciembre de 2014 Coquito Master: orgullo boricua allá afuera – Primera Hora, 12 de diciembre de 2014 Tercera boricua al Senado de Nueva Jersey – El Diario-La Prensa, 14 de diciembre de 2014 Puerto Rican Action Committee of South Jersey to host Three Kings Day event – NJ.com, December 14, 2014 …

News (November 2014)

Madres solicitan excarcelación de prisionero político boricua – Prensa Latina, 30 de noviembre de 2014 Exigen liberación de Óscar López Rivera en El Barrio – El Diario-La Prensa, 30 de noviembre de 2014 Clarisa López and Melissa Mark-Viverito Join 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar in East Harlem (Video) Con doble reclamo, mujeres exigen liberación de Oscar López y justicia para …

News (October 2014)

Pintor puertorriqueño plasma su pasión en murales – Primera Hora, 31 de octubre de 2014 Florida’s Puerto Ricans: Ultimate swing voters in the ultimate swing state? – BBC, October 31, 2014 Latinos and the Great Cuomo Misdirection – NiLP, October 31, 2014 Celebration of Puerto Rican poet Pedro Pietri coming to Hoboken Historical Museum – NJ.com, October 31, 2014 Puerto …

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Got rep? Latinos Call for More Representation on Community Board 11

According to a recent census report, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Dominicans represent 52% of the population in East Harlem. (Considering the large presence of undocumented Spanish-speaking immigrants in the neighborhood, the percentage of Hispanics is probably more.) Despite such high numbers, local stakeholders report that less than one-third of Community Board 11 members are Latino. The imbalance is worsened, they …

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Welcome to El Barrio, Speaker! But, watch out for the “Trampilla” that may get you on your way out!

Dear Speaker Quinn: I know you’re not here tonight, but hopefully you are listening. If you recall, we welcomed you to East Harlem when you came to hear our concerns about affordable housing. (Of course, you ignored the solution we proposed to turn thousands of vacant lots and empty buildings in El Barrio and elsewhere in the city into homes …

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Artesanos at El Museo del Barrio – September 17, 2011

On Saturday, September 17th, 2011 almost a dozen Boricua artesanos and book vendors set up shop along Fifth Avenue to promote and sell their crafts. The public act of free expression attracted hundreds of pedestrians en route to El Museo del Barrio’s day-long “Super Sabado” extravaganza – thus lending a uniquely Puerto Rican touch to the festivities. More photos here.

Melissa, Yolanda and Julia de Burgos – Rumble in El Barrio?

Note: There has been some controversy for some time over charges of the mismanagement of the city-owned building housing the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center in Manhattan’s East Harlem. In a highly controversial move, alleging mismanagement by Taller Boricua, New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverto intervened to change the management of the center working through the city’s Economic Development Agency. …

Community Organizing will Save our Youth

The sixteen page report released by the Community Service Society in early November on Latino Youth in New York City is cause for alarm in all Latino neighborhoods, especially in the Puerto Rican community. Puerto Rican youth who are concentrated in the poorest areas of this wealthy metropolis are among the most deprived, the most unemployed, and the least academically …