Showing posts from October, 2004
pr politics Want to know more about the three major political parties in Puerto Rico? Want to know more about the candidates running for governor? Take a look at the following sites: The pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party (gubernatorial candidate is Resident Commissioner Anibal Acevedo Vila): The pro-statehood New Progressive Party (gubernatorial candidate is former Gov. Pedro Rossello): The Puerto Rican Independence Party (gubernatorial candidate is the PIP's Ruben Berrios Martinez): Worth visiting all the sites. The elections in Puerto Rico are Tuesday. Boricua VOTE! The only way to be heard is with your vote!!!

Flags Wave

Flags Wave Originally uploaded by clarisel . See collection of photos of the Dominican/Hispanic Parade in Puerto Rico. Dominicans make up a vibrant community on the island. Enjoy.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat Originally uploaded by clarisel . Happy Halloween! Stay safe.
Opinion Aprendamos de las Oportunidades de Crecimiento por Manuel Hernández Rene Descartes dijo que “cada problema se convirtió en una regla para resolver otros problemas.” En una cultura tan agitada y maltratada verbalmente, es necesario un cambio de actitud hacia los problemas que nos aquejan a diario. Cuando lo que vemos y lo que oímos va en contra de la verdad, podemos adaptar la percepción como realidad. Desde que el primer hombre desobedeció, entró la mentira, el engaño y la muerte. Luego vino otro que le ofreció la oportunidad a la humanidad de hacer de cada problema una situación y de cada situación una oportunidad de crecimiento. En vez de llamarlos problemas, son oportunidades de crecimiento que sirven de enseñanza para consolidar la vida en paz, gozo, justicia y poder. Las oportunidades de crecimiento van forjando el carácter y desarrollan el potencial de liderazgo. Oportunidades que llegan esperadas e inesperadas igual de accesibles a todos y tienen como objetivo el
Education Corner Commentary The Latino Nation: An Educational Vision By Manuel Hernández According to the United States Census, Latinos are the fastest growing minority population projected to increase from 39 million to 63 million by 2030. By 2025, 25 percent of the K-12 grades will be Latinos, though in some regions they already make up a far greater percentage. Because of its size and peculiar needs and challenges, many have taken to call Latinos a nation within the nation. In many states within the nation, Latinos have the highest dropout rate and the lowest test scores, and many are not prepared to enter institutions of higher learning. At the present, only 17 percent of Latino fourth-graders at the national level read at their grade level, and the percentage is even lower in mathematics. As a consequence, the Latino nation has become aware that the educational empowerment of their community is intrinsically related to their struggles
Community News source: National Council of La Raza New Report Finds that U.S. Criminal Justice System is Unjust and Unfair to Latinos Latinos are Disproportionately Incarcerated and Face Systemic Discriminatory Practices Washington, DC - The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Latino civil rights organization in the U.S., released a report (last week) which found that Hispanics are overrepresented in the U.S. criminal justice system, with Hispanic defendants imprisoned three times as often as Whites and detained before trial almost twice as often as Whites, despite being the least likely of all ethnic groups to have a criminal history. According to Lost Opportunities: The Reality of Latinos in the U.S. Criminal Justice System, Hispanics represented 13% of the U.S. population in 2000, but accounted for 31% of those incarcerated in the federal criminal justice system. Latinos in the U.S. have one chance in six of being confined in prison during their life

Rincon Sunset

Rincon Sunset Originally uploaded by clarisel .

Havana Streetband

Havana Streetband Originally uploaded by deVos . See this wonderful collection of photos from Cuba by deVos.

La Rogativa

La Rogativa Originally uploaded by clarisel .
Education Corner Marijuana use Negatively Impacts Teen Learning And Academic Success, Experts Say White House Drug Policy Office and Leaders in Education and Health Urge Parents to Protect Their Teens’ Futures Washington, DC--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--October 8, 2004--With over one million high school juniors and seniors preparing to take college entrance exams this fall, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) today announced a new outreach effort focusing on marijuana’s negative impact on teen learning and academic success. The "Marijuana and Learning" effort features a new “Open Letter to Parents” that will appear next week in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and U.S. News and World Report. The letter will also be available for viewing online at and The “Open Letter to Parents” is signed by leaders in the fields of education, health, and youth drug prevention including the Center
Community events It is my honor to introduce myself as the representative for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and to humbly request your assistance in helping us promote NSHMBA’s 15th Annual Conference and Career Expo. NSHMBA is a 501(c)(3), which was started in 1988. The mission of the organization is to foster Hispanic leadership through management education and professional development in order to improve society. There are currently 29 chapters through out the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The conference will take place on October 21-23 in Fort Worth, Texas. The national conference attracts Hispanic MBA students and professionals from across the country. Thursday, October 21, offers a full day of professional development. On Friday and Saturday, there is a Career Fair that hosts more than 280 companies, mostly Fortune 500. There is an anticipated attendance of over 6,500 Hispanic professionals. We would greatly appreciate any efforts that you could lend in ed

Manny Hernandez

book Originally uploaded by Manny . Hernandez will speak about his textbook and other Latino issues at an upcoming activity in Rhode Island. Hernandez regularly contributes opinion pieces on education issues to the Puerto Rico Sun.
Comunicado de Prensa División de Asuntos Educativos Puertorriqueños de RI Contacto: Abigail Mesa, Directora 401-785-9533 Fecha: 1ero de octubre de 2004 Asunto: Presentación del Educador y Escritor, Manuel Hernández El educador y escritor puertorriqueño, Manuel Hernández, confirmó su visita a Providence, Rhode Island, para una disertación y presentación de su libro titulado: "Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom", el cual fue nominado como el Libro de Texto Latino 2004. Hernández es una autoridad a nivel nacional, conocido por sus ensayos sobre literatura. Ha conducido un sinnúmero de talleres, simposios, entrevistas televisadas y trabajos periodísticos sobre este tema. Hernández, quien actualmente vive en Luquillo, tiene una trayectoria en el análisis de la literatura latinoamericana a nivel nacional. Dedicado a la motivación a la lectura y la escritura, Hernández se concentra en la preparación y estudio de exámenes a nivel estatal como
Community happenings source: This is the new info on PRDREAM/MEDIANOCHE/MANHATTAN NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK's workshops: These begin in October. Classes are now forming! PRDREAM/MEDIANOCHE/MNN FREE WORKSHOPS: Hands-on, 10 weeks. 1. Basic Digital Camera and Editing Workshop Leads to MNN public access certification. Classes now forming. PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS: Registration: $25 Plus Workshop fee 1. Screenwriting: The basics, STARTS OCTOBER 7 Workshop fee: $250, Ten sessions, Thursdays, 6PM - 8:30PM 2. Cinematography: Optimize Your Lighting for Film and Digital Video Workshop fee: $250 Two-day session: Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 One-day Intensive session: Saturday, October 23 3. Create a Website for your Artwork: For artists. Workshop fee: $350, One-day. Knowledge of computers and basic software operation necessary. All classes and workshops are held at PRDREAM/MEDIANOCHE MANHATTAN NEIGHBORHOO
Featured Site: Virtual Boricua ( This cultural site offers news articles from various media sources on issues of interest to boricuas; cultural, political and justice community information; photos; and a forum. I am a forum member. This is a site worth visiting.

Cueva de Camuy

Cueva de Camuy Originally uploaded by clarisel . Check out the Sunrise, Sunset -- Anything Sun photo group at flickr. Wonderful collection of sun shots from around the world. Places range from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Japan and Brazil.