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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.

Opening Night CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06


CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06

The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean

At the Puerto Rico Convention Center San Juan

Opening Night – May 25, 2006

Roberto J. Nieves, President Anabelle Lampón, Executive Director Elvis Fuentes and Celina Nogueras Cuevas, Artistic Directors Celia Sredni de Birbragher, Paco Barragán and Fernando E. Gutiérrez, Consultants

Deadline for Exhibitor Applications: March 27, 2006

Circa Puerto Rico ’06, the first international art fair in the Caribbean, will launch on May 25 – 28, 2006, at the new Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. The fair will feature some 100 exhibitors from Puerto Rico, Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Scheduled to occur shortly after arteBA, the Buenos Aires art fair, and opening on the heels of the Latin American art auctions in New York, CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06 will bring the best of Modern and contemporary art to a local and international audience of collectors. It will be the first and only art fair of its kind in the Caribbean and Central America, where an important group of collectors has emerged in the past few years, in response to the region’s burgeoning and dynamic artistic community and prominent museums and galleries.

For galleries who wish to apply, please visit www.circapr.com or contact:
CIRCA Puerto Rico
Portfolio FIAC, Inc.
Drive-In Plaza 2135 Carr. #2
PMB 455 Suite 15
Bayamon, PR 00959-5259

Tel. +1 787 279 7675
Fax. +1 787 797 4502

Deadline for Applications: March 27, 2006
A committee will then gather to select a final list of exhibitors, which will be made public before April 1st.


Free Screenings of the CIRCA 2006 Short Films Program

Direct from San Juan, Puerto Rico! Come see the latest in Caribbean
and Latin American short films! Curated by Carmen Oquendo-Villar

June 9 – 11
7PM – 9PM
Friday, Saturday and Sunday

At MediaNoche

161 East 106th Street, First Floor

(between Lexington and Third Avenues)

For more info: 212.828.0401

Directions: Take IRT #6 train to 103rd Street, walk North 3 blocks,
and turn right.

UN Special Committee on Decolonization of PR

6th Annual Peoples’ Reception for Puerto Rico Delegation and
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign Invites You To Join:

Ismael Guadalupe, Viequense Leader/Freedom Fighter
Ramon Nenadich, National Congress for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico (CONADE)
Licenciado Nelson Rochet Santoro, CONADE
Licenciado Manuel Rodríguez, Spokesperson, Socialist Front of Puerto Rico & Other Ant-Colonial, Pro-Vieques, Pro-Independence, And Political Prisoner Activist Presenters Before The 2006 United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization Hearings This year.

Monday June 12, 2006
Hunter College West Building
Room 217, 2nd Floor
68th St. & Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
#6 Lexington Avenue train to Hunter College
68th Street Stop

6:30pm-7pm Reception
7:00pm-9pm Panel Presentations/Comments/Questions & Answers

Perspectives & Updates:
Vieques Landgrab: The Second Invasion!
Crisis & Bankruptcy of the Colonial Model in Puerto Rico Continues.
Attacks on Workers and the Labor Movement.
FBI Repression of the Independence Movement/Colonial Government Complicity.
Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War
Puerto Rican Students/Youth Lead The Fight Back.

Donation Requested/No One Turned Away
All Proceeds Go To:
Antonio Camacho Freedom Fund
Commissary For the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners
and Prisoners of War


Pregones Theater welcomes
Luz y Color/Light & Color 
March 29 thru April 2

– an exhibit of some of the most extraordinary paintings of this Master Artist… a perfect evening!… “The Red Rose” on stage and “Light & Color” in the halls of the new Pregones Theater!


Join with us the extraordinary week of theater and the visual arts. The cast of “The Red Rose”, featuring Danny Rivera, welcomes renown painter Pablo Marcano García, from Puerto RicoLuz y Color/Light and Color opens in New York, after making its distintictive feature in Pablo Marcano Garcia’s work. It is a vision of the personal, the national, the Caribbean. And it is perfect match for the newly installed mural of New York‘s muralist Manny Vega, commissioned by Pregones for the inauguration of the theater. Marcano Garcia’s works reflect outstanding Caribbean figures like Martí, Betances, Hostos and Albizu Campos. He creates a world of color, a dramatic immersion in the environment. Flowers, urban landscapes and the disquieting lights in his night scenes, are all part of this magnificent collection.

Luz y Color/Light and Color are tools with which Maestro Marcano gives shape to a diverse and single body of work, encouraged by his love for the best in the life of his homeland, the desire to bring historical facts closer to a broad audience and a desire to fill our daily life with beauty and brightness.

Performances and Exhibit
ONE WEEK ONLY! March 29 thru April 2
Tickets On-line: www.pregones.org
By phone: 718-585-1202


Roy Brown to perform at free concert at El Museo del Barrio on March 23rd

Roy Brown
? Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This musical tribute features ALAS, Argentina’s most successful progressive group formed in 1974, the folkloric fusion sounds of VIVA QUETZAL and Roy Brown, the renowned activist singer from Puerto Rico.
Come early and see The Disappeared (Los Desaparecidos), galleries will be open until 7:00 pm .
Admission: Free with Ticket. Ticket Distribution at theatre box office between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. Seating is Limited to two tickets per person.

El Museo del Barrio’s Teatro Heckscher, 1230 5th Avenue (104th/105th Streets), New York

THE BORINQUENEERS – Theatrical World Premiere

The Borinqueneers

Friday, July 13, 6PM – 9:30PM

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ.

Reception and Q&A Session with the film’s producer Ms. Noemi Figueroa Soulet

This event is a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Hispanic Research and information Center (NJHRIC) at the Newark Public Library.

The Borinqueneers chronicles the story of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic segregated unit in U.S. Army history. Using rare archival footage and intimate interviews, this film explores the exploits andpainful tribulations of these now-forgotten veterans. Risking their lives to further the cause of democracy, these soldiers from the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico, were drafted but were not afforded full citizenship rights. Many served and died valiantly. During the Korean War they would face their toughest challenge,.


To RSVP call Newark Museum at call (973) 596-6550 or email arquelio.1.fraticelli@verizon.com.
For more information, including directions to Newark Museum, visit www.newarkmuseum.org.
The museum is easily accessible from New York City.
It is 3 blocks from the NJ Path Station – Broad Street Station.

We hope you will be able to join us for a well-deserved and long-overdue recognition of the Puerto Rican 65th Regiment.

Visit www.borinqueneers.com!

El Pozo Productions
P.O. Box 302
Crompond, NY 10517
(914) 739-3989

El Grito de Lares

Join us Sunday, September 23rd in a march and rally for Puerto Rican independence and self-determination. (Details follow)

Sunday September 23rd.
!Todos somos Macheteros!

12PM Begin gathering at Times Square (Broadway between 41st & 42nd)
1PM: Begin marching towards the United Nations
2PM: Rally at the UN- Dag Hammarskjold Plaza featuring speakers from Puerto Rican and ally communities and live hip hop and bomba performances.



Puerto Rico is the oldest colony on the planet, first invaded by Spain in 1493, then in 1898 by the United States. After 109 years, it continues under U.S. colonial rule.

Within those 500 plus years of invasion and occupation, the Puerto Rican people have been engaged in anti-imperialist/ anti-colonial resistance that continues to this day.

The Significance of the September 23rd date September 23rd, 1868 is traditionally celebrated and commemorated as the birth ofthe Puerto Rican nation, when Puerto Ricans rose up against Spanish colonial rule in a revolt known as El Grito de Lares. By 1898, Puerto Rico had achieved a form of autonomous self-rule, which came to an end later that year with the United States invasion of the island during the Spanish- American War. Puerto Rico has been under the political rule of the United States ever since and has continued to struggle throughout that time for its independence
and self-determination.

Well aware of this date’s significance to the independence movement, on September 23rd, 2005, U.S. FBI agents assassinated Filiberto Ojeda Rios. Comandante Filiberto, who founded el Ejercito Popular Boricua (the Puerto Rican People’s Army) – Los Macheteros, was a revered revolutionary leader of the Puerto Rican liberation struggle. The assassination of Filiberto on this date was a clear attempt to kill the spirit of the ongoing Puerto Rican liberation struggle.

Why the UN location? In spite of their attempt to kill our spirit, the FBI assassination of Ojeda Rios served to rally additional support for the independence movement. Since his death, the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization voted unanimously on a resolution calling for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico. This resolution, in addition to several declarations made on the colonial situation of the island reiterates: “the Puerto Rican people constitute a Latin American and Caribbean nation that has its own unequivocal national identity.” If picked up by the UN General Assembly the Puerto Rican status question will be addressed in September of 2008. This historical decision would put Puerto Rico’s status
issue on the UN agenda for the first time since 1953. The September 23rd march will rally national and international support so that the United Nations will make it a priority to resolve the colonial situation in Puerto Rico once and for all, through its natural right to be a free nation.

What, when and where?: On Sunday, September 23rd of 2007:

12PM Begin gathering at Times Square (Broadway between 41st & 42nd)
1PM: Begin marching towards the United Nations
2PM: Rally at the UN- Dag Hammarskjold Plaza featuring speakers from Puerto Rican
and ally communities and live hip hop and bomba performances.

For more information and march route/ program details visit:


Vicente ” Panama” Alba
(917) 626-5847

“if you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are comrade of mine.”
“Let’s be realistic, let’s do the impossible”
Ernesto “Che” Guevara


Antonia Pantoja

Dr. Antonia Pantoja, Social Work ’54, a pioneer in education, social work, feminism, and civil rights. The founder of ASPIRA, the Puerto Rican Forum,
Boricua College, and Producir, Dr. Pantoja demonstrated the true value of leadership in our community: the ability to create profound change in
all that she touched with her kind hands.

Dr. Pantoja’s life, from her girlhood in San Juan, to her community organizing in New York City and San Diego, to her social and political activism (retirement) in the foothills of El Yunque, Puerto Rico. It is a wonderful work that reminds us to never forget one of our greatest heroes.


Friday, November 9th, 2007

Light Dinner, Film Screening, Q&A with Film Director: 7-9:30pm

Columbia University
Broadway Room, Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York City

Please RSVP to LAACUevents@gmail.com.

Admission: Students, $3; LAACU Members, $10; Non-Members, $15
* Free t-shirt for the first 25 attendees.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Latino Educational Media Center for the completion of the documentary on Dr. Pantoja’s life.
Please support this project in honor of this legendary Latina.

Brought to you by Latino Heritage Month, the Latino/a Caucus, the Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.