Showing posts from October, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Source: NCLR) Oct 31, 2005 NCLR REPORT COMPILES NEW DATA ON THE BURGEONING LATINO COMMUNITY IN GEORGIA Atlanta, GA – Responding to concerns over the lack of data on Georgia's fastest-growing community, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today released Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, a demographic analysis of Georgia's Latino community, which grew almost 300% from 1990 to 2000. The report, produced by NCLR's Georgia Latino/Hispanic Health Agenda and Leadership Project with the support of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc., examines the economic, education, and health status of Latinos in the state. "This report clearly shows that Latinos are a growing and important share of the workers and taxpayers of Georgia and that the entire state's economy depends on their well-being," stated Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO. Unfortunately they are also a v
REFLECTIONS ON BLOGS By Clarisel Gonzalez, BLOGS Curator NEW YORK CITY -- It all started in Puerto Rico. That enchanted island inspired me to shoot photos and more photos. It also inspired me to want to share those images with the world. That's what started the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news e-magazine back in 2002, which later (in 2004) became the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news/photoblog because it was easier and quicker for me to maintain. I remember I first joined a photo sharing and storage site called "Flickr" in 2004 with the idea of posting my photos from there to the Puerto Rico Sun blog. But I discovered a whole new world full of photography and interactive communication on Flickr. I immediately started the Puerto Rico Sun photoblogging group and began joining other groups based on my many interests. I also started meeting people from all over the world online who shared a common love for photography and became part of a live and vibrant online community. Last summ
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Three Kings ( Tres Reyes Magos )

Three Kings ( Tres Reyes Magos ) Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . The Yuca Festival in Isabela


IMG_6040 Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo . Barceloneta, P.R.

Yunta de Bueyes

Yunta de Bueyes Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . Boricua491000 says: "When I was growing up I used to see this scene a lot, today is like non existent."

Aguadilla View

Aguadilla View Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .
NCLR RELEASE Oct 26, 2005 STATEMENT OF JANET MURGUIA, NCLR PRESIDENT AND CEO, ON THE PASSING OF CONGRESSMAN EDWARD ROYBAL Washington, DC – It is a profoundly sad day for civil rights advocates as we mourn the passing of two civil rights pioneers. Both Rosa Parks and Congressman Edward Roybal embodied the notion that a single courageous person can change the course of history. Congressman Roybal began his career working to improve the health status of Hispanics, a concern and passion he sustained throughout his career. He served with distinction in World War II. Mirroring the experience of luminaries such as Dr. Hector P. Garcia who founded the American GI Forum in Texas, Roybal was deeply frustrated by what he saw when returned home from the war. Despite the heroism displayed by Mexican American soldiers, the community was still being subjected to widespread discrimination and that, for all too many, the American Dream was still out of reach. It was this concern and commitment t
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Kayaking in Lajas

Kayaking in Lajas Originally uploaded by dulcelife .


Cangrejos Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . "This is another example of the crafts created by our artisans." -- boricua491000


Raíces Originally uploaded by Markus Masataka .


sally_caberellos Originally uploaded by clarisel . Samaris Ayala shares poetry in photos with the Puerto Rico Sun. Old and meaningful images of family.

Sally Luna

Sally_Moon Originally uploaded by clarisel . Samaris Ayala's poetry in photos. Old and treasured family photos. A moment in time.
REMINDER TODAY IS THE ARTISTS' TALK! MediaNoche presents BLOGS: An exhibition of photoblogs -- NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, and East Harlem October 14 - November 26, 2005 ARTISTS' TALK: Saturday, October 22, 3PM MediaNoche 161 East 106th Street, First Floor (between Lexington and Third Avenues) New York City For information: 212.828.0401 or MEDIANOCHE's BLOG EXHIBITION made news in Chile! ======================================= Judith Escalona Director PRDREAM.COM 161 East 106th Street (212)828-0401 Empowering community through technology ========================================

Observation Deck

Observation Deck Originally uploaded by dulcelife .

Crashboat Beach

Crashboat Beach Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .

Fun and Dance in Old San Juan!

Fun and Dance in Old San Juan! Originally uploaded by clarisel .


CABO ROJO Azulado Originally uploaded by DeLares .

Sugar Cane Crane

Sugar Cane Crane Originally uploaded by david6of7 .
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PRESS RELEASE Contact: John Garcia, PRLDEF (212) 739-7513 Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund A Cause Worth Celebrating: PRLDEF Hosts Gala to Promote Equality and Justice Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons Leads Effort to Honor Contributions to Latino Community, Raise $1 Million for Legal Education New York -- The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) will host its 21st Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, to honor individuals who are Broadening the Reach of Justice through Latino-rights advocacy and education. The black-tie gala is at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York, located at 109 E. 42nd St., between Park and Lexington avenues. Richard D. Parsons, Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO, is the dinner chairman. The event is expected to raise more than $1 million in support of PRLDEF and the organizations mission of promoting equality and justice. Proceeds raised will fund legal aid programs and scholarships for minori
Originally uploaded by minusbaby . Reminder: The artists' talk for the BLOGS exhibit is tomorrow at 3 p.m. at MediaNoche in Spanish Harlem. Speakers include *Your Guide, DeLares, Hellophotokitty, Raquez, Minusbaby and yours truly.

Tips Are Appreciated

Tips Are Appreciated Originally uploaded by igualmente .
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Only a Mother Could Love

Only a Mother Could Love Originally uploaded by dulcelife .
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Antique Store

Antique Store Originally uploaded by Markus Masataka .

Combate Honeymoon

Combate Honeymoon Originally uploaded by Runs With Scissors .

Rincón Sunset

Rincón Sunset Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .
STRAY DOG By Samaris Ayala Please don't be blue I love you I love you I love you Your cool My diagnose is stray dog syndrone I hear those words and I run somewhere under the sun NYC-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at

Lorna (Quimera)

Lorna (Quimera) Originally uploaded by DeLares . DeLares says: "Lorna una bella india .......en frente de un Monet......en el Museum of Modern Art....." "Lorna is a beautiful 'india' front of a the Museum of Modern Art..." NYC Lorna is in town from Puerto Rico. Her work is also featured in the BLOGS exhibit.
Originally uploaded by minusbaby .

El Morro

El Morro Originally uploaded by John Anthony .

palm tree

palm tree Originally uploaded by lukescheminger .

Picture 083

Picture 083 Originally uploaded by GinoPR .
COMMUNITY EVENT BORICUA AGENDA SUMMIT Saturday, October 15, 2005 Mission Statement: The Mission of the Boricua Summit is to provide a forum by which Puerto Ricans residing in New Jersey can examine our present role in the New Jersey community and create a proactive agenda to improve our economic, educational, social/cultural, and political well-being. Program: 8:30-9:30 AM Continental Breakfast / Registration Community Resources Fair 9:30-10:15 AM Opening Plenary Session Welcoming Remarks National Anthems Morning Speaker- Assemblyman W. Caraballo 10:30-12:00 Noon Morning Workshop Sessions 12:15-1:15 PM Lunch Invited Keynote Speaker – Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vila Roll Call of NJ Puerto Rican Elected Officials 1:30-3:00 PM Afternoon Workshop Sessions 3:00-6:00 PM Invited NJ Gubernatorial Candidates Plenary Session - Presentation of workshop recommendations Closing Remarks Workshops: Morning session; 10:30-12:00 Noon A) “You have t

puerto rican pride

puerto rican pride Originally uploaded by gypsyrican .


NYC expo postcard Originally uploaded by Hugo Provoste .
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Old San Juan Necropolis II

Old San Juan Necropolis II Originally uploaded by DeLares .

Cementerio de San Juan

Cementerio de San Juan Originally uploaded by Markus Masataka .

El Morro y el Cementerio

El Morro y el Cementerio Originally uploaded by DeLares .
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blue shutters

blue shutters Originally uploaded by luckd .

Possiblidad de ganado

Possiblidad de ganado Originally uploaded by DeLares .
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Plaza Salvador Brau

Plaza Salvador Brau Originally uploaded by Markus Masataka .
Broken Glass By Samaris Ayala My mom was silent in my childhood Not her fault I was confused in high school I still got my diploma Never talked about her The moment I whispered it in the university They said You have to do something else Because we are too high class to talk about broken glass and I became sad NYC-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at


Rompeolas Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .
Sweet Companions By Samaris Ayala My sweetest companions have been clowns and angels. A park has a statue as a companion. The children elderly and animals All love the statue My solitude is a companion to peace Music is a companion to its listener It creates a road to imagination Illusions of solitude appear in my dreams Often my loneliness is an opportunity It is a comfort rather than a perturbance Darkness is the color of my emotions Consequently I live my life through shadows An outline is present, its definition is conceived through transparency NYC-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at

standing above

standing above Originally uploaded by luckd .
Community Happening Note: I am curator of the BLOGS exhibit. The Puerto Rico Sun photo group and this blog will be featured. Clarisel MediaNoche presents BLOGS: An exhibition of photoblogs -- NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, and East Harlem. October 14 - November 26, 2005 Opening Reception: Friday, October 14, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Viewing: Tuesday - Saturday, 3PM - 7PM Artists' talk: Saturday, October 22, 3PM MediaNoche 161 East 106th Street, First Floor (between Lexington and Third Avenues) New York City For info: PRdream/MediaNoche, 212.828.0401, MediaNoche BLOGS, the new fall exhibition at MediaNoche explores how photoblogs are changing the photographic landscape and opening up new possibilities for visual communication and exchange. Learn how photographers worldwide are sharing their work and building online communities using photoblogs. See how the nature of exhibiting photographs is being transformed. BLOGS represents a rupture in the way photographs are trad

contra ella y yo

contra ella y yo Originally uploaded by qUiMeRa .
Community News Press Release Banco Popular Celebrates 112th Anniversary and Hispanic Heritage With Los Emigrantes Art Exhibit and Five DreamMaker Awards Los Emigrantes to City Hall, An Exhibit with Works by Antonio Cortes ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Banco Popular North America (BPNA), one of the country's leading community banks, today celebrates its 112th Anniversary and National Hispanic Heritage Month with the unveiling of "Un verano en Nueva York - Serie Los Emigrantes", an art exhibit featuring the works of renowned Puerto Rican artist Antonio Cortes, and by Making Dreams Happen for five local organizations selected to receive this year's DreamMaker Award from the Banco Popular Foundation, dedicated to support community empowerment initiatives. "I cannot think of a better way to honor Banco Popular's 112th year of history and community legacy than to recognize the invaluable contributions community-based organizations make every day tow
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Tres Reyes Magos

Tres Reyes Magos Originally uploaded by boricua491000 . "Wood carving representing Los Tres Reyes Magos. This is another creation of our local artisans." -- boricua491000 says.
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House Boat II

House Boat II Originally uploaded by dulcelife . By Dulcelife Lajas is a small town located in Puerto Rico's southwest. The town was founded in 1883 by Teodoro Jacome Pagan. Lajas is famous for its main tourist attraction, Phosphorescent Bay, a place where luminescent dinoflagellates of different colors appear when the water moves. The origin of the colored lights is the object of many legends.

Atardeceres de Rincon ( Wallpaper )

Atardeceres de Rincon ( Wallpaper ) Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .

Crashboat Beach 1

Crashboat Beach 1 Originally uploaded by boricua491000 .

Picture 097

Picture 097 Originally uploaded by GinoPR . Old San Juan Cathedral, (Fisheye lens)
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no title Originally uploaded by lukescheminger .

Vieques al Atardecer

Vieques al Atardecer Originally uploaded by jps_pr .
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Museum in My Heart By Samaris Ayala A museum, thats what my apartment from childhood resembled It is not unlike my dreams portray. Among the crimson red sofa and wooden bed sets, was the comfort of presence. A presence of history. My childhood no longer has evidence. Places of my life seem to have a coherence of study. Books and needlepoint remain embedded in the small space Temptation to destroy and begin have suffered over the years Always hoping for a new beginning For this reason there is no burial for my brother His home is an altar I create altars where Ive lived Yet it seems to have a birth of livelihood On my own I manage in most risky places People places and things, yet I concentrate on my assignments. I always had a space for a desk and a few books In the museum the books were salvaged for years Then they are lost Yet they are in my imagination We study to forgive Those around me have forgiven Therefore, I too forgive The museum is in my heart NYC-based writer Samaris Ayal

Caida del Coco

Caida del Coco Originally uploaded by luckd .