Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
EL MAESTRO, INC.
JUAN LAPORTE'S BOXING GYM
1029 EAST 167TH STREET
BRONX, NEW YORK 10459
TEL.: (646) 337-6775
LAST TIME OPORTUNITY TO SAVE EL MAESTRO, INC.
To: All our Friends, Family and Comrades
From: Ponce Laspina
These are the programs we offer:
1- EL MAESTRO, INC. (CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM)
2-JUAN LAPORTE'S BOXING GYM (BOXING, MENTORING & FITNESS PROGRAM)
3- 5 EN PLENA (BOMBA & PLENA GROUP)
4-LAS PRINCESSAS DEL CARIBE (BOMBA & PLENA DANCE GROUP 5 -15 YRS. OLD)
5-LOS ADOLESCENTES DEL CARIBE ( MERENGUE & BACHATA DANCE GROUP 12-18 YRS OLD)
6-JUAN "IGOR" GONZALEZ LITTLE LEAGUE (16 TEAMS- BOYS & GIRLS 4-15 YRS. OLD)
7-ROBERTO CLEMENTE SOFTBALL LEAGUE (14 TEAMS YOUTH- 17 YRS OLD & UP)
WE NEED TO GET 100 FRIENDS TO DONATE
$100.00 EACH PAY RENT AREARS OR WE GET EVICTED. THIS ACTION WOULD SAVE EL MAESTRO AND HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH. * WE HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 12TH TO RAISE THESE FUNDS. ON THAT DAY WE CELEBRATE OUR YEARLY FESTIVAL AT VYSE AVENUE IN THE BRONX. PERFORMING:5 EN PLENA,CONJUNTO SWING Y SABOR, LAS PRINCESSAS DEL CARIBE,LOS ADOLESCENTES DEL CARIBE,JOSIE “LA GATA NEGRA “ & THE WILD STYLE,LIVE BOXING SHOW, ARTS & CRAFTS. YOU CAN BRING THE DONATIONS ON THAT DAY. PAYABLE TO: EL MAESTRO, INC. OR MAIL IT TO: EL MAESTRO, INC. 1029 EAST 167TH STREET, BRONX, NEW YORK 10459
$100.00 EACH PAY RENT AREARS OR WE GET EVICTED.
THIS ACTION WOULD SAVE EL MAESTRO AND HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
* WE HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 12TH TO RAISE THESE FUNDS.
ON THAT DAY WE CELEBRATE OUR YEARLY FESTIVAL AT VYSE AVENUE IN THE BRONX.
PERFORMING:5 EN PLENA,CONJUNTO SWING Y SABOR, LAS PRINCESSAS DEL CARIBE,LOS ADOLESCENTES DEL CARIBE,JOSIE “LA GATA NEGRA “ & THE WILD STYLE,LIVE BOXING SHOW, ARTS & CRAFTS.
YOU CAN BRING THE DONATIONS ON THAT DAY.
PAYABLE TO: EL MAESTRO, INC.
OR MAIL IT TO: EL MAESTRO, INC.
1029 EAST 167TH STREET, BRONX, NEW YORK 10459
Friday, August 21, 2009
The organization “For a Better Bronx,” a community-based organization in the South Bronx, which fights to achieve environmental, social and food justice through education, community organizing, and empowerment held a special event earlier this year at St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx. That day, long-time activist Vicente “Panama” Alba was honored for many years of service to the organization and his commitment to people. Vicente has done it all in his many years of activism, including being a member of the influential Young Lords Party, which this weekend celebrates its 40th anniversary, and being a member of the underground group the F.A.L.N. (Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nationalista). He has fought against police brutality and against the war. He is an environmentalist. He was also active in the movement to get the Navy out of the Puerto Rican town of Vieques.
With the anniversary and reunion of the Young Lords, Alba reflects on his time with the organization and says it continues to shape his work as an activist.
Q: Let’s talk about the Young Lords. It’s been close to 40 years since they took over the church at 111th Street and Lexington Avenue. Why are the Young Lords still in the minds of people to this day?
A: As far as the history of my involvement, I am a proud former member of the Young Lords Party. That experience has paved the road I’ve been walking since.
Q: Should there be a memorial in this (NY) city despite their birth in Chicago, Illinois?
A: As far as should there be a memorial for the Young Lords, it needs to be clear that the great majority of us never thought that we were making history. That was not our motivation. We just loved our people, hated what we were being subjected to, and dreamed of a better world. Those are the things that drive me to do what I do to this day. We, without realizing it, did make history. All the credit is deserved by Cha Cha, Sal, Omar, and the women who turned a gang into a revolutionary force and inspired young people in NY and then other parts of the country to join. I have to say, though, I believe that if the YLO had not happened in Chicago and moved people here, something else after that would have been born here because the reality we demanded it. As far as a memorial, that is not for me to say.
Q: Richie Perez was in the Lords with you. Can you tell us a little about him? He once stated that being in the movement keeps you young and strong.
A: As for as Richie Perez, the fact that from amongst all the people who lived for our people, you ask me about him speaks for itself. I first met Richie as one of the fellows when I was a teenager. He was soon after a teacher at Monroe High School where I was registered, but never went. Richie along with Cleo Silvers were the two most influential people at that time in my life. They knew me as an out-of-control rebel and guided me to the path I’ve been on since I joined the YLP. Until his death, he was my brother, my friend, companero de lucha, and is today one on whose spirit I call on. Richie was one of the most caring and committed people I’ve been honored to have in my life. Probably the most brilliant person I have ever come across. He never asked others to do something he would not do himself.
Ismael Nunez is a contributing writer to Puerto Rico Sun.
(photo by Ismael Nunez of Vicente "Panama" Alba, center, with his children at the Better Bronx event)
(Young Lords flier; click on image for larger text)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Coqui Mexicano is a new bodega/cafe on Brook Avenue in the South Bronx. It is also a cultural spot, featuring art and books.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
-- Ismael Nunez
Ismael Nunez is a contributing writer to Puerto Rico Sun.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sol, the mascot of Puerto Rico Sun Communications and the face of the PRSUN for the ASPCA campaign, turns 6. She is my beautiful feisty boricua cat. She is a rescue from the island.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I recently went to La Marqueta and hope not to return until there is new life there. It is a depressing place to visit and something must be done and very soon to revitalize La Marqueta in NYC's El Barrio, which at one time was a happening place. The place feels like a ghost town. It is sadly not worth visiting.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This year PRdream’s Summer Film Fest in East Harlem kicks off tonight with La Venganza de Correa Cotto.
PRdream presents two Puerto Rican crime films La Venganza de Correa Cotto, directed by Jeronimo Mitchel; and La Palomilla (tomorrow night), directed by Efrain Lopez Neris, as an exploration of crime as a form of protest. Classics in their own right, they were produced in Puerto Rico in the seventies and reflected an earlier period of transformation and transvaluation of island society brought on by U.S. investment policies known as Operation Bootstrap.
These films portray the law as an external imposition, foreign to the values of the common folk, and the outlaw as the unconscious expression of revolt. Both Correa Cotto and Jose Anibal Gerena Lafontaine (La Palomilla) were simple men, thrust by circumstances into extraordinary acts of transgression that challenged the colonial status quo. Correa and Gerena were men of their times, embodying the passions of a people experiencing the trauma of rapid urbanization and displacement. Anthony Felton who also produced Correa Cotto: Asi Me Llaman will be present for a Q&A after the film. Jaime Sanchez. A leading actor in both Puerto Rican and American cinema, who stars in La Palomilla will be present after that screening. Ritchie Velez, an actor who appears as a cell mate in La Palomilla will also be present. Some graphic scenes.
PRdream's summer films are in the 103rd Street Community Garden (103rd Street and Park Avenue). Free admission.
For the rest of the lineup for this year's outdoor film festival, go to www.prdream.com. For more information, Judith Escalona at 212.828.0401 or judith.escalona (at) gmail.com.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Coverage of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as she is officially sworn is as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts in Washington, D.C. Her mother and brother are with her. Felicidades to this boricua who hails from the Bronx.
source: PoliticsNewsPolitics, YouTube