Sunday, July 31, 2005

La espera...


La espera...
Originally uploaded by Eros Leafar.
Loiza, Puerto Rico

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Community happenings

MediaNoche

presents

THIRD ANNUAL HANDBALL COURT SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL

Every Saturday at Sunset (8:30PM)

July 30 - September 3, 2005


OSVALDO VEGA PARK (WHITE PARK)
East 106th Street
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)

For info: 212.828.0401



FILM PROGRAM
(running time, approx. 120 minutes) :

Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY!
Gaviria's LA VENDEDORA DE ROSAS
Schnabel's BASQUIAT
Cremata's NADA (courtesy of Havana Film Festival in NY)
Barmak's OSAMA
Sembene's FAAT KINŠ (courtesy of African Film Festival)

***SPECIAL SCREENING OF SHORT FILMS
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO BEFORE EACH FEATURE!


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Judith Escalona
Director

PRDREAM.COM
161 East 106th Street
(212)828-0401

http://www.prdream.com
Empowering community through technology
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Featured article
The Kentucky Standard OnlineCommonwealth or state -- does it really matter?

While several states still use the term "commonwealth," the only real commonwealth with U.S. connections is Puerto Rico.
Community News

source: Puerto_Rican_Events@yahoogroups.com

Subject: IPR POLITICA LIST: PUERTO RICANS AND THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

July 27, 2005


Puerto Ricans and the Voting Rights Act:
40 Years of Influence


Monday, August 8, 2005
6:00 pm
Community Service Society
105 East 22nd Street, Rm. 4A
corner of Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010

RSVP at 212.614.5462 or jcartagena@cssny.org


Speakers:

Herman Badillo

Gilberto Gerena Valentín

Juan Cartagena

Section 4(e) of the VRA of 1965 was passed pursuant to an amendment
proposed by NY Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits. Effectively, it is the
"Puerto Rican Section" of the VRA of 1965 because it exclusively
benefited Puerto Ricans in the U.S.


The untold story however, is that Section 4(e) was the catalyst for 3
major developments in the United States:

1) It led to the designation of 3 counties in NYC (New York
[Manhattan], the Bronx and Kings [Brooklyn]) to be covered under Section 5. That's
right, without Section 4(e) litigation in NYC, we never would have had Section
5 coverage in the city and this lead to the significant rise in Black,
Latino and Asian voices in all levels of government. Section 4(e) lawsuits
brought by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund proved that
discrimination in voting existed in NY (as if that needed further proof
in the 1960s and 70s) and re-captured the 3 covered counties after NY had
successfully convinced the federal courts not to include them under
Section 5. By demonstrating that voting rights discrimination was a feature of
life in the North (and of all places, in NY), this led to a broader,
national debate that focused voting rights abuses outside of the deep South.


2) Section 4(e) cases provided the legal foundation to expand Section 5
coverage to areas of the country where voting rights abuse and
intimidation against Mexican Americans was rampant (especially in Texas). Section
4(e) cases ruled that English only election systems were a "test or device"
for voting that operated to unlawfully exclude eligible citizens (i.e.,
Puerto Ricans), just like literacy tests were a "test or device." The
Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund took those Section
4(e) cases and made the convincing case in Congress in 1975 that English
only election systems, coupled with other indicia of low voter turnout,
required Section 5 to cover new jurisdictions. The result? All of Texas was
covered; parts of Arizona, parts of California, parts of Florida. This is major.


3) Section 4(e) cases proved that a bilingual election system worked.
If it worked in NYC, the largest city in the country, it could work anywhere.
As a result, creating the new bilingual assistance provisions under the VRA
in 1975 was not, in the words of the relevant House Committee, a "radical
step" for Congress to undertake because it was already accepted practice in
NYC. The result? Election systems were opened up for Latinos throughout the
country; and for Native Americans, Asian Americans and Alaskans as well
-- another major element in American democracy today.


Herman Badillo, Gilberto Gerena Valentín and Irma Vidal Santaella all
testified in Congress in the 1960s to obtain federal protection for
Puerto Rican voters who were stopped from registering to vote in NYC. The
result was the adoption of Section 4(e).

The rest is history. Come hear it and appreciate it on August 8th --
two days after the historic 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Voting
Rights Act of 1965.

IPR Política List is an e-newsletter published by the Institute for
Puerto Rican Policy (IPR) for persons and institutions interested in the study
of Puerto Rican/Latino politics and policy.

IPR, Inc., 99 Hudson Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10013;
212-739-7516, www.prldef.org/policy.htm
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pr flowers 02


pr flowers 02
Originally uploaded by trevorbrklyn.

chicken


chicken
Originally uploaded by trevorbrklyn.

The Old "Teatro Puerto Rico"


The Old "Teatro Puerto Rico"
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
The old theater on East 138th Street in the Bronx is now a church: a "Pare de Sufrir," "Stop Suffering" Universal church.

In its day, the Teatro Puerto Rico was a vibrant center for variety shows and entertainment in Spanish-language show business. It was like the Puerto Rican Apollo. Too bad it wasn't preserved as the Apollo was.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Monday, July 25, 2005

Sunday, July 24, 2005

FYI

Featured chart
OrlandoSentinel.com: NewsComparing 2003 murder rates in San Juan to other major U.S. cities -- the latest statistic available.

Featured story
Feuds among drug gangs turn deadlier every year This is in Puerto Rico.

The crime rate is the No. 1 problem for Puerto Ricans," Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, who took office in January, told the Orlando Sentinel. "It's been the No. 1 concern for the last 30 years."
Featured story
Death comes daily to the mean streets of the poorest areas Story from the embattled Luis Llorens Torres housing project in Puerto Rico.

Sunset


Sunset
Originally uploaded by crashxtreme.
Sunset at La Guancha Ponce,PR

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Castillo San Felipe del Morro


Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Originally uploaded by RicanGeek.
Photo by RicanGeek

He says: "From the outmost end of the fort, this panorama was constructed from 3 separate shots. "El Morro" protected the entrance to the San Juan Bay- on the left is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the right the bay.

This picture also bring back lots of childhood memories of playing with my brothers through all the different tunnels in the fort."

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Featured story:
Puerto Rican office's future hazyThe island closed 3 U.S. offices this week as a result of budget and power struggles.

Puerto Rico Parade 2005


Puerto Rico Parade 2005
Originally uploaded by Venaslarguisimas.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sunday, July 10, 2005

44


44
Originally uploaded by avigon.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Sunday, July 03, 2005