Sunday, June 8, 2014 ─ Fifth Avenue (NYC)

National Puerto Rican Day Parade - Sunday, June 8, 2014 ─ Fifth Avenue (NYC)

Special thanks for your contributions to the 2014 National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The NPRDP Board would like to extend a heart felt thank you to the following people for their time and commitment dedicated to the 2014 Parade:

Teresa Santiago
Leticia Rodriguez
Rafael Merino Cortes
Monse Torres
Janice Torres
Tato Torres
Erica González
Norberto Alvarado
Positive Work force
Frank Medina
Congressional Gold Medal Association
Mark Bracero
Dr. Aida Rosa
Dr. Lillian Hernandez
Mayor of Guanica, PR Santos Seda “Papichy” Otorgó
Mayor of Anasco, PR Hon. Jorge Esteves Martinez
Herber Celi —Talent PA
Anthony Ferro—Graphic PA
Janice Garcia— Producer
Orlando Lee Rodriguez- Producer
Jenny Ramirez—Editor

STATEMENT FROM LORRAINE CORTES-VAZQUEZ, CHAIRPERSON OF THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE, INC.

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez NPRDP Chairperson

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
NPRDP Chairperson

On behalf of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. and its Board of Directors, I thank New York for one of the most glorious and moving National Puerto Rican Day Parades in recent history. The display of flags, joy, pride and unity yesterday through Fifth Avenue, is an example that together, as one community embracing and celebrating multiple voices, sí se puede/yes we can! Over 125 delegations, 67 floats and double the ratings for the parade’s television broadcast, are some of this year’s accomplishments, the result of a close partnership between community leaders, corporate partners who invested in our community and Parade, and New Yorkers of all cultural backgrounds who came together to make sure that the National Puerto Rican Day Parade remains one of the City’s and the Nation’s greatest traditions.

I thank Melissa Mark Viverito, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and countless others who never doubted that this event was going to happen, and that it would be the great Parade that our community deserves. I also thank the City agencies, the Police Commissioner and the members of the NYPD for their exceptional work and support. My gratitude also goes to the sponsors and funders, and to the hundred of thousands of Parade spectators, volunteers and marchers, who combined said presente and made this event possible.

As we now look toward the future, we remain committed to enhancing the new era of rebirth and rebuilding of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Organization. We have a board with the professional and cultural skills and experience required to meet the new direction. We have established major transparency, accountability and structural measures, and we will make sure that our governance will make and keep the organization strong for years to come.

Our mandate to refocus the Parade on culture, education, development, inclusion, and diversity, is already having a tremendous impact on this iconic event and its official programming. This will remain at the core of our work, as the Parade honors its mission to serve as a tool for community empowerment, bridging generations of Puerto Ricans and rooting them in tradition, pride, cultural awareness, achievement and excellence.

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Remembering Our Puerto Ricans (2013-2014)

Below are extraordinary Puertorriqueños that passed away recently:

Jack Agüeros (1934 – 2014)

Jack_AguerosJack Agüeros was born September 2, 1934 in East Harlem, NY and died May 4, 2014 in Manhattan, from complications related to Alzheimer’s. He was a community activist, poet, writer, playwright, and translator, and the former director of El Museo del Barrio.

Agüeros grew up in East Harlem. His parents, Carmen Diaz and Joaquin Agüeros, had migrated separately from Puerto Rico to New York. Carmen worked for many years as a seamstress, while Joaquin was in the merchant marine and also worked in restaurants and factories. Jack attended Public School 72 (now the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center) and then Benjamin Franklin High School, East Harlem’s first public high school, from which he graduated in June 1952.

After serving for four years in the United States Air Force as a guided missile instructor, he attended Brooklyn College on the G.I. Bill, intending to become an engineer. Inspired by a charismatic professor of English, and his lectures on Shakespeare, Agüeros began writing plays and poems, and instead graduated with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in speech and theatre. Continue reading

EL DESFILE NACIONAL PUERTORRIQUEÑO RINDE HOMENAJE A OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA COMO PATRIOTA BORICUA

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EL DESFILE NACIONAL PUERTORRIQUEÑO RINDE HOMENAJE A OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA COMO PATRIOTA BORICUA

Realiza un llamado a la acción para terminar con la encarcelación de casi 33 años del prisionero político puertorriqueño

29 de abril de 2014, Nueva York – Siguiendo el espíritu de su tema para 2014: “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces”, el Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño ha pedido oficialmente la liberación del prisionero político, Oscar López Rivera. Arrestado en 1981, López Rivera fue condenado por conspiración sediciosa en relación a su lucha por la independencia de Puerto Rico. Defensor activo por muchos años de la independencia de Puerto Rico, López Rivera fue sentenciado a 70 años en prisión, de los cuales ha pasado 12 en prisiones del más alto control disciplinario, bajo dolorosas condiciones de incomunicación y aislamiento sensorial. En la celebración de este año, el desfile rendirá homenaje a López Rivera para reconocer su voz única y buscar apoyo entre las comunidades puertorriqueñas y latinas, junto con los casi 2.5 millones de personas que participan del desfile en la 5ta avenida de Nueva York, para firmar una petición por la liberación de López Rivera.

Puertorriqueños de todos los orígenes políticos e ideológicos apoyan la liberación de López Rivera dado que generalmente se considera que su sentencia no es proporcional a sus acciones. De hecho, los otros 14 compatriotas que fueron encarcelados en la misma época que López Rivera fueron liberados en 1999 cuando el presidente Bill Clinton autorizó su puesta en libertad, determinando que sus sentencias eran desproporcionadas en comparación a sus acciones.

“Oscar López Rivera no fue condenado por un crimen violento”, declaró Orlando Plaza, miembro de la junta directiva del Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño. “Fue encarcelado por sus ideas y afiliaciones, y ya es hora de que su encierro de casi 33 años llegue a su fin. Por eso, nos orgullecemos de aumentar la concientización sobre su caso y de movilizar a nuestra comunidad en apoyo del movimiento ‘Free Oscar López’ (‘Liberen a Oscar López’)”. Continue reading

NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE HONORS OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA AS PUERTO RICAN PATRIOT

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NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE HONORS OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA AS PUERTO RICAN PATRIOT

Delivers Call-to-Action to End the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner’s Incarceration of Nearly 33 Years

April 29, 2014, New York City – In the spirit of its 2014 theme, “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces”/”One People, Many Voices”, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) has officially called for the release of long-time political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. Arrested in 1981, López Rivera was convicted of seditious conspiracy related to his actions in the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico. A long-time, vocal champion for Puerto Rican independence, López Rivera received a 70-year prison sentence, having spent more than 12 years in prisons that rank highest in punitive control, under torturous conditions of isolation and sensory deprivation. With this year’s celebration, the Parade honors López Rivera to recognize his unique voice and rally support from the Puerto Rican and Latino communities, as well as the nearly 2.5 million parade-goers that line the streets of New York City’s Fifth Avenue, to sign a petition for the release of López Rivera.

Puerto Ricans of all ideological and political backgrounds support the release of López Rivera since his sentence is widely viewed as not being commensurate with his actions. In fact, the 14 other compatriots that were imprisoned around the same time as López Rivera were released in 1999 when President Bill Clinton authorized their release, determining that their sentences were disproportionate with their actions.

“Oscar López Rivera was not convicted of a violent crime,” says Orlando Plaza, Board Member for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. “He was incarcerated for his beliefs and affiliations, and it is time that his prison sentence of nearly 33 years comes to an end. For that reason, we honor him to generate awareness and mobilize our community in support of the ‘Free Oscar López’ movement.” Continue reading