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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

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

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

Un Dia en El Barrio/A day in El Barrio

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 • 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month in El Barrio with these events:

2PM: Meet the Author: Carolina Gonzalez and Seth Kugel talk about their new book on Latin New York called Nueva York. Maite Junco moderates.

161 East 106th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues)

2:30 PM: Poetas con Café – season finale,
featuring a tribute to the Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos

Modesto Flores Garden of Hope Community
Lexington Avenue, between 104th and 105th Streets

3 PM: Destination: El Barrio Walking Tour
Meet at Southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 104th Street

East Harlem Board of Tourism
164 East 116th Street

5 PM: Community reception and “meet and greet” the authors
Camaradas del Barrio Bar & Restaurant
2241 First Avenue at 115th Street

7 PM: Film screening, “Hangin’ with the Homeboys
Directed by Joseph Vasquez
In English, Color, 35mm, 89 minutes, 1991
The Nuyorican film classic that launched John Leguizamo’s career and put da Bronx back on the map!

161 East 106th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues)
212 828 0401

10 PM: Live music at Camaradas NO Cover
Camaradas del Barrio Bar & Restaurant
2241 First Avenue at 115th Street


Hosted by the East Harlem Board of Tourism. For more information, call212.876.1242
or visit or


Come and Join

¡Retumba! An Afro-Caribbean Dance & Music Ensemble

At the Bronx Zoo this

Hispanic Heritage Weekend

at the
Dancing Crane Pavilion

Saturday, September 16 and

Sunday, September 17,

Show times: 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

Put on your dancing shoes and
come sing, clap and dance with


Rain or Shine

for additional info visit:


“Loisaida Cultural Wire” Internet Radio Show

MON 12PM-2PM Podcast XML
“Loisaida Cultural Wire” with Luis R. Cancel
Listen to the most recent show here

“Loisaida Cultural Wire” with Luis Cancel

Every Monday from Noon – 2:00 PM

The Monday Sept. 11th program (listen now) included segment interviews with:

  • Edy Ferguson, a visual artist and musician
  • Gabriel Romance, one of the featured singers appearing on
    Tuesday Sept. 12, 2006 in the “Singers in September” vocalists program at CSV Cultural Center 8:00 PM
  • Downtown Movement & Dance with Regina Miranda, a weekly segment on the downtown contemporary dance scene.
  • Musical tribute to Willie Colon (various selections from the albums “El Malo” and “Siembra.”)

Other segments included upcoming cultural events calendar for CSV and other Loisaida cultural venues; musical selections and commentary on NYC cultural policies and its effects on creative individuals.


  1. Launch the iTunes program on your computer. Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  2. Select “Advanced” from the top level commands.
  3. From the drop-down menu select “Subscribe to Podcast…” this will open a pop-up window.
  4. Copy and paste this address into the pop-up window:
  5. Click on the “OK” button.
  6. The iTunes program will begin to download the initial podcast of the Loisaida Cultural Wire. Depending on your connection speed the program may take 15 to 25 minutes to download to your computer.
  7. Select the podcast and click on the “Play” button to listen after it has downloaded.

CSV Cultural Center wants to thank all of the folks that make East Village Radio possible! (

The iTunes program can be downloaded for free, for either Windows or Apple computers, from:

PRDream mourns the passing of Little Ray Romero

Little Ray Romero:
Master Rumbero
June 18, 1923 – August 16, 2006

A percussionists’ percussionist, this master rumbero lived a life of music spanning more than six decades. Born Hernan Romero in Ponce, Puerto Rico on June 18, 1923, Little Ray played with legendary bandleaders and musicians in both the Latin music and American music scene. His percussion solos have become standard rhythmic patterns for young percussionists today. Little Ray passed away peacefully in Florida surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 10 p.m.

Kicking off his career in the late 30s with Puerto Rico’s leading songstress, Ruth Fernandez, Little Ray began playing bongos before picking up the congas. His conga playing was influenced by Chano Pozo whom he met while Chano was performing with Dizzy Gillespie. During the 40s, Little Ray performed with the legendary Xavier Cugat Ochestra before joining the U.S. Army. After his army tour, he played with Noro Morales, Joe Locco, Jose Curbelo, and Miguelito Valdes. By the 50s, he was performing in Puerto Rico and composed part of the percussion section for Cortijo y su Combo when the great Puerto Rican percussionist Rafael Cortijo organized his first band in the early ‘50s.

He went on to become an essential part of the legendary percussion section organized and fronted by Tito Rodríguez. However, he was noticed by Eartha Kitt and recruited to play with her orchestra from 1952 to 1956.

Little Ray Romero went on to back up Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. By the late 60s and early 70s, Little Ray could be heard with the orchestras of Eddie Palmieri (on the Live in Sing Sing recording), Frankie Dante and Orchesta Flamboyan, Ray Baretto (on the Lps: Indestructible, Guarare, The Other Road, & Baretto Live Tomorrow where he plays the bata drums), and Machito just to name a few.

The 80s saw Little Ray give back to the younger generation through education. He taught at the Drummer’s Collective, the Johnny Colon Music School and Boy’s & Girls Harbor Conservatory for the performing Arts.

An exemplary family man, a good musician and a great percussionist are the three things Little Ray Romero embraced in his long road through life.

He was the recipient of the first Living Legends tribute at The Point CDC in the Bronx under the direction of Angel Rodriguez in New York in 1997. On Thursday, October 2nd, 2003 the community in East Harlem that saw Little Ray grow up honored him with a tribute at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center that was formerly P.S. 107 where Ray went to elementary school. Ray Barretto, Rene Lopez, Jimmy Delgado and many others were present. Little Ray was presented with a proclamation from the City of New York that recognized the many important contributions made to the cultural soul of this nation through the music of Little Ray Romero.

Ray Romero is survived by his wife Lucia Romero, his sister Irma Rosen, his four children Stephanie Soffi, Elaine Romero, Little Ray Romero, Jr., and Isabel Santiago, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He will be flown to New York to be viewed in the neighborhood where he was raised in East Harlem known as El Barrio on Sunday, August 20, 2006 at the Ortiz Funeral Home, 141 East 103rd Street
Between Lex. and Park Ave. 212-876-1913 from 2 to 10 p.m.

Elaine Romero who was with her father and prepared him for the transition has asked all who knew Ray to bring the gift of music and that in lieu of flowers, donations to defray the cost of the funeral should be sent to:

Lucia Romero
35 East 10th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Aurora Flores

Little Ray Romero


SPANGLISH GIRLS directed by Rob Santana
A wife discovers that she is pregnant by the husband she threw out for cheating, and decides to keep it a secret. To support her, her childhood girlfriend moves in, who has a secret of her own. Spanglish Girls is a story of love, betrayal and friendship.

Wednesday, August  9, 7PM

Director and cast will be present.  Q&A to follow screening.  Reception.
See movie trailer:

161 East 106th Street, First Floor
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)

For more information:  212.828.0401

MediaNoche is located in Spanish Harlem, just blocks from Museum Mile.  By subway:  Take the IRT #6 train to 103rd Street, walk up three blocks, and make a right.

Spanglish Girls Trailer

PRDream mourns the passing of Otilio Diaz

Otilio Diaz

Founder and Director of

La Casa de la Herencia Puertorriquena

He was a faithful and committed leader of our community.

May he rest in peace.

Otilio Diaz
Photo courtesy of Marina Ortiz

Viewing Wednesday and Thursday, August 30 and 31, 3PM – 9PM

Julia de Burgos Cultural Center

1680 Lexington Avenue, Room 103
(between 105th and 106th Streets)

His body will be taken to Puerto Rico for burial. A local Memorial Service is planned.

Yo Soy Boricua

CSV Cultural Center & Bodega de la Familia

cordially invite you to the screenings of the
film by Rosie Perez:

Yo Soy Boricua
¡Pa Que Tu Lo Sepas!
(I’m Boricua
Just so you know)

Friday, July 7 2006      7 & 9 PM 
Saturday, July 8 2006  5 & 9 PM
Sunday, July 9 2006    5 & 7 PM

at the

107 Suffolk Street (bet. Rivington & Delancey Sts.)

Tickets: $8 (Adults) & $5 (Seniors & Students)
Advanced booking through

This community screening is made possible in part by Independent Film Channel Executive Director, Evan Shapiro.