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BX3M, a film by Judith Escalona at the Havana Film Festival New York

Bx3M Trailer

BX3M, a film written anddirected by Judith Escalona, is in competition for the Havana Star Prize at the Havana Film Festival NY!

For Maria and Mona, graduation means fulfilling a dream. For Michael, it means dashing all hope of a better future. You either make the grade or you don’t— in academics or love— and that makes all the difference.

The film will screen Thursday, April 12 at 8:30PM––AMC Loews, West 34th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.  See you there!




GREENMARKET on 99th Street and Madison Avenue


Buy fresh fruits and vegetables at your very own farmers’ market!

Mount Sinai has partnered with Greenmarket (a program of the Council on the Environment of New York City) to bring seasonal, healthy, nutritious produce grown regionally to the neighborhood.

On East 99th Street and Madison

Every Friday, July 14 – October 14, 8am to 4pm

The Greenmarket accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition Vouchers, and Foodstamps.

For more information call:

Community Relations at Mount Sinai 212-731-7888.

Greenmarket Map Summer 2006 (PDF 992k)


You are a Star!

Centro Gallery
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
At Hunter College


You Are A Star

A Group Show

Manuel Acevedo — Luis Carle
Javier Cintron — David A. Cruz
Ricardo Hernandez — Yasmin Hernandez
Miguel Luciano — Wanda Ortiz
Rafael Rosario — Tufinyito
Rafael Velez

Curated by José Vidal

September 18–October 13, 2006
Reception on September 21, 2006

6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Gallery is open
Monday-Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Centro is located on the third floor of the East Building
Hunter College at the corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue





106th Street
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)

BRAGGING RIGHTS is an hour-long video documentary that chronicles the vibrant history of the urban game of stickball through its colorful players.

Stickball has been played in the streets of New York City since the early 1920’s and is known as “the poor man’s baseball.” Stickball is the ultimate in improvising much with very little. Up until the 1960’s, hydrants, cars and sometimes old men sunning in chairs were bases. During that time, many ethnic communities that would fight each other any other day of the week, would compete on the stickball field on Sundays. Over time, racial barriers were broken and many of the players became lifelong friends.

Through the persistence and the passion of a tight-knit community brought together by tradition, the documentary chronicles what has become a national game of all family members. BRAGGING RIGHTS underscores the struggle to overcome and embrace difference and triumph over adversity.

Thursday, September 14th @
8pm on PBS/Ch. 13
and re-aired Friday, September 15th @ 1am

For information:

Politics Con Sabor

We’re excited to have completed Politics Con Sabor, a two-year project which highlights the history of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics in New York State politics from the late 1800’s to the present.

The pilot program was funded by a grant from the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. Your attendance at the screening is highly encouraged. You will be entertained and enlightened by the history of Hispanic political empowerment in New York State, a truly amazing era and an experience not to be missed.

The film screening will be held on Friday, September 15 at El Museo Del Barrio on 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street. We will begin with a reception at 5:00PM.

Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera

Videoteca del Sur 17th Anniversary Celebration

Videoteca del Sur
1989 – 2006



Dir.: Saul Landau  
CUBA – USA    96’

This documentary is a personal profile of Fidel Castro and a view of the developments since the revolution teen years before. There are a lot of images of Fidel: listening to complaints, arguing, laughing and philosophizing. As he is traveling the countryside in a jeep with the film crew, he is trying to explain the Cuban revolutionary experience. There is beautiful footage of the
Bay of Pigs invasion, and of Fidel and Che Guevara in the mountains. Classical made in 1969 by outstanding author and filmmaker Saul Landau.

Documental que traza un retrato personal de Fidel Castro dando una mirada al desarrollo de los diez primeros años de la revolución cubana de 1959. Incluye abundante imágenes de Fidel: escuchando las peticiones de su pueblo, discutiendo, riendo y filosofando. Mientras viaja en un jeep a través del país Fidel trata de explicar la experiencia revolucionaria cubana al equipo de filmación que lo acompaña.
Clásico realizado en 1969 por el destacado documentalista estadounidense Saul Landau.

Tuesday, September 5    7:30pm

Millennium Film Workshop
66 East 4th Street
between Bowery & 2nd Ave., downtown Manhattan
Trains F to 2nd Ave. or #6 to Blecker St.
info: (212) 673-0090

next program / próximo programa:
September 12



Radio 740 AM

Dear Friends in Solidarity with Peace and Justice on Vieques:

Warm greetings from the Peace and Justice Camp, headquarters of the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques (CRDV) and Radio Vieques.

Radio Vieques is dedicated to the continuing struggle for justice and peace on Vieques: for decontamination, health services for our people who suffer from military toxics; return of our lands still in the hands of the US Federal Government; for a development in hands of our people instead of the powerful economic and political interests that displace our families.

This week we’ll have a very interesting conversation with distinguished Vieques writer, Carmelo Rodríguez Torres (Veinte siglos después del homicidio, Cinco cuentos negros, Vieques es más dulce que la sangre) about his current literary projects related to the struggles of Vieques.

Myrna Pagán (CRDV Health Commission) and Millito García (Milivy Foundation) will speak on the horrible conditions and the lack of health services in Vieques and the ‘epidemic’ of cancer that attacks our families.

Our collaborator, Ismael Guadalupe, will bring us news on the mobilization in the Santa María sector (Vieques) in defense of its beaches.

On the Youth Focus segment, Josué Cruz and Carmiann Céspedes will discuss topics that affect our youth community of Vieques. We’ll have a Momento of Vieques History, news and info. on upcoming activities.

Representatives of the group, Alliance for Ceiba’s Development, will talk by phone about the situation there as part of our process of regionalizing the demands for community/democratic development.

Radio Vieques transmits live from the Peace and Justice Camp (CRDV), at 3PM on Radio Puerto Rico 740 am, also on the internet

For more information or to participate in the program, please contact us at: 787 741-0716; 787 375-0525;; skype: rrabin1.

This educational project of community dissemination and mobilization is very costly. Any economic help will be greatly appreciated. Cheques may be sent in the name of the CRDV or deposited directly in our account in the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico : # 112 868231

Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques



Screening and discussion

Saturday, September 9, 8PM

White Park
East 106th Street
between Lexington and Third Avenues

Filiberto: Entrevista Clandestina is an interview with Filiberto Ojeda Rios by Puerto Rican reporter Daisy Sanchez. The screening marks the first anniversary of his death at the hands of the FBI last year on September 23, a date that also commemorates El Grito de Lares.

The interview was conducted while he was in clandestine, after cutting off an electronic ankle shackle. Ojeda was on trial for his alleged involvement in the Macheteros’ Wells Fargo armored truck robbery in Hartford Connecticut. Filiberto speaks for himself and the Macheteros on the colonial issues confronting Puerto Rico.

The interview aired uncut on Puerto Rican television and was the most watched television program in the history of Puerto Rico. This film is an excerpted version of that television program.

If it rains, the screening will take place at PRdream / MediaNoche, across the street from White Park, 161 East 106th Street, First Floor.

2 Heroes at Hostos — A screening

2 Heroes
a documentary by Dylcia Pagan

U.S. Premiere Screening
Thursday, September 14, 6PM

Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture

450 Grand Concourse @149th Street

The Bronx


For more information or to purchase advance tickets: 718-518-4455

Oscar Lopez Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres are Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and Prisoner Of War who have served over 25 years in US prisons for trying to liberate their country Puerto Rico from US colonial rule. “DOS HEROES” is a new documentary, directed by former Political Prisoner and Prisoner Of War, Dylcia Pagan, that reviews the historical development of the campaign for the release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoners from 1991 to the present. You will witness testimony of prominent leaders, religious supporters, family members of both Carlos and Oscar as well as an opportunity to learn about their lives and commitments of struggle.  “DOS HEROES” is presently in Spanish. Your entrance donations will enable AVANZA PRODUCTIONS to create a narrative in English so that all freedom loving people can become enlightened about the struggle for Puerto Rican Independence and its Freedom Fighters incarcerated over 25 years……

” Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!”

2 Heroes