Latino Agenda

 Vieques Cleanup: Island at Odds With U.S. Government Declaration That 400-Acre Bomb Site Cleanup Is Complete

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. government has a new fight in Vieques, the Puerto Rican island that was used as a Navy bombing range for decades. An extensive cleanup of the eastern portion of Vieques is years from being finished, but the government says it is ready to declare work completed on a nearly 400-acre site on the western side that was used to store and detonate expired

"300 Years of Political Prisoners" Film Series and Lecture

On November 10th & 11th the Latin@ Coalition, a group of Latino student organizations from different Universities around Chicago that work together, toured a film series, along with guest speaker Dr. Hugo Velazquez, across three different Universities in Chicago, Columbia College, UIC, and DePaul. The event, titled “3 Centuries of Political Prisoners” screened 3 films, the first “María Mercedes Barbudo: The Road of No Return” is about María Mercedes Barbudo


Oscar López Rivera es un preso político. En un libro, Luis Nieves Falcón, describe su lucha por liberar a Puerto Rico y su encarcelamiento por más de treinta años en prisiones de los Estados Unidos. ¡ABUSADORES! Lo acusaron de “conspiración sediciosa” para derrocar al gobierno yanki, como si el pepiniano llevara en sus bolsillos par de bombas atómicas. Sus manos se ensangrentaron solamente cuando, en el uniforme de los imperialistas,

Congratulations to Compañero Luis Sanabria!

Luis Sanabria, long-time activist and compañero from Philadelphia, has been chosen by the Fuego Dance Company to receive the 2012 City Impact Award for his leadership and contributions to the city of Philadelphia, including his presidency of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Boricua Human Rights Network. He will be awarded this honor at the upcoming 16th Annual Latino Gala of 2012 (the first in Philadelphia) on Saturday, February 4,

Pasteles for Human Rights!

ON SALE NOW NBHRN Sale to benefit Campaign to free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and Holiday Commissary Drive! Vegetarian and Traditional Pork. Pick up will be Wednesday, November 23. To order, contact

¿Quien Mato a Pinto Gandía?

(Who killed Pinto Gandía?) A novel by writer and poet Carlos Quiles, based on the disappearance of the Puerto Rican Nationalist leader Julio Pinto Gandía in 1976. Precio de venta $10.00. Spanish edition only. Information: 787-614-0088

"La Crucifixción de Don Pedro" Mural restored

“One of the country’s oldest outdoor murals covers a storefront on Chicago’s Northwest Side. People who care about the 40-year-old painting are finishing a facelift. The mural restoration is doing more than brightening up a gritty stretch of North Avenue. It’s got Puerto Ricans in the Humboldt Park neighborhood talking about their heritage.” Hear or read this four-minute report here.  

Former Political Prisoner Speaks

    Puerto Rican Nationalist Carlos Alberto Torres to Lecture on His Incarceration, Political Prisoner Campaigns, and Puerto Rico Thursday, October 6, 2011 by INDY STAFF This week, the UCSB MultiCultural Center (MCC) presents Art as Activism: Political Prisoners, and Puerto Rican Independence, a talk by Puerto Rican independentista Carlos Alberto Torres. Torres will speak about his experiences as a political prisoner in the U.S. for 30 years, Puerto Rico’s status as a

Obama: Cuba Must Reform Before US Eases Position

Obama: Cuba Must Reform Before US Eases Position Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 Obama: Cuba Must Reform Before US Eases Position U.S. President Barack Obama says he will always be prepared to change U.S. policy toward Cuba, but has not seen the steps from Havana that would justify lifting the longstanding U.S. embargo. President Obama made the comment Wednesday during an online roundtable discussion aimed at the Hispanic community. The