Tribute at NYU Honors Puerto Rican Poet Tato Laviera
Organizers to Establish Foundation to Help Struggling Poets
Student organizations, poets, musicians and community groups will present a tribute to Puerto Rican poet and playwright Tato Laviera on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at NYU’s Kimmel Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Continue reading
Internationally acclaimed artists Set to Perform in East Harlem For Freedom CD Release Party
Yomo Toro, Roy Brown, Zon del Barrio, Siete Nueve & The Welfare Poets take a musical stand for the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners
Funeral Mass for The Hon. Olga A. Mendez to be Held on Monday, August 3rd from 9:00 – 10:30 am at the Church of the Holy Agony, 1834 Third Avenue @ 101st Street
While she raised lots of eyebrows with controversial political alliance, everyone agrees that the former New York State Senator was a trailblazer for Puerto Rican women and a popular fixture in East Harlem. Click here to learn more.
Governor Paterson Announces RFP For Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative
A request for proposals from potential program administrators has been issued for the $10 million Healthy Food-Healthy Communities Revolving Loan Fund program to help develop food markets in underserved communities in NYS and increase availability of nutritious foods in areas lacking access to fresh food markets. Deadline: September 3rd. Click here to read the press release.
Cesar Perales has fought his share of critics over the years, in legal battles for minorities denied jobs, bilingual classes in schools and more Latino police officers. But none of those efforts compares with the tempest his Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund has stirred because of the dozen years that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor served as one of its board members.
Conservatives have called the group’s stances against capital punishment and for abortion rights, as well as its advocacy of affirmative action in worker discrimination cases, “extreme” and “shocking.” Some have suggested Sotomayor’s longtime association with the group is an indication that she is biased and would be unable to render impartial decisions as a Supreme Court justice. Continue reading