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Centro Voices | Vol 3, Issue 12


Week after week, Centro Voices attempts to 'do our part.' By that, we mean reaffirming our mission to the stateside Puerto Rican community, and in many cases, it means highlighting the contributions of our people. So this week, we have a profile of Armando Pacheco, a long time community organizer in the South Bronx who is also an advocate for bilingual education. Next, we continue to take a serialized, fictional look at the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. The prologue and first chapter of the series is available here. And lastly, we revisit our list of women active in Puerto Rico's thriving indie music scene. We are also continuing to promote our events related to the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act, as well as listing job opportunities and fellowships and grants. A memorial will also be held for Carmen Delgado Votaw next week. That's it for this week. We hope you enjoy!

Armando Pacheco’s roots in community organizing began in his hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico as a young adolescent. He described himself as a natural leader, organizing and leading his elementary school and junior high school in parades during the week of Carnival celebrations. As a youth, he jumped at opportunities to recite poetry and participate in plays during school assemblies. His charisma and natural ability to lead a crowd grew over the years and rooted him firmly into community organizing in the South Bronx. Pacheco arrived in New York’s South Bronx from Puerto Rico in 1967...


Colonel Cordero frantically issued commands and counter commands on the radio in the clear. Everyone, from the American top brass to Chinese intelligence could hear and sense the desperation in Cordero’s voice. “Hold the hill to the last man!” demanded Cordero. There was no response from the men fighting desperately to defend Outpost Kelly. Colonel Juan César Cordero had assumed command of the regiment the first day of February, 1952. He had been well received by the men. That All Puerto Rican Regiment, the Borinqueneers...


The Women of Puerto Rico's Thriving Indie Music Scene

With new music from many of the women and bands that appear on this list, it makes sense to revisit our list of Puerto Rican women in honor of Women's History Month. Check out some names you may have heard of (and some you have not) and listen to some of the leading figures of the Puerto Rican indie scene. 


Save The Date: 100 Years of Puerto Rican American Citizenship

Here is a list of upcoming events, including an event on April 5th to be held at the Hunter College Roosevelt House on April 5th. For more information, click on any of the dates below to view a flyer or click the registration link to learn more about the event and RSVP via the Centro Nation Builder Website.

March 28, 2017 University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR at 7:30 p.m.

March 29, 2017 Colegio de Abogados, Miramar, PR at 7:00 p.m.

March 30, 2017 Barry University, Orlando, FL at 5:00 p.m.  

***April 5, 2017 Roosevelt House, Hunter College, NYC at 6:00 p.m. 

April 6, 2017 National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC at 6:00 p.m.


NYLPRW Accepting Submissions for 2017 College Award Scholarship

The New York League of Puerto Rican Women is currently accepting applications for our 2017 CollegeAwards. These scholarships are granted annually to undergraduate Puerto Rican women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community. Applicants must send, by the deadline date of May 26, 2017, a completed College AwardApplication form to our address listed on the application, and an email copy to Rozmed@aol.com


 New on the Centro Website

Memorial Service for Carmen Delgado Votaw

Last month, Carmen Delgado Votaw, a trailblazing and internationally recognized figure in the struggle for women's rights, who was active for years in DC politics and a leader among the Puerto Rican community in the DC area, passed away at the age of 81. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 10am at the Washington National Cathedral [3101 Wisconsin Ave. Washington, DC.]

Centro Voices

Centro Voices is open for rolling submissions for paid contributors! Send your work (800-1,500 words) along with any additional queries to centrovo@hunter.cuny.edu

We're looking to publish work related to the Puerto Rican experience here in the United States, including:

*Book reviews on Puerto Rican texts (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, academic)
*Puerto Rican cultural or historical essays
*Interviews with Puerto Rican artists (music, film, literature, etc.)
*Photo Essays focusing on Puerto Rican community and culture
*Community reporting cultural events or on organizations serving Puerto Rican neighborhoods 

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more articles, more news, and more updates on all things related to the Puerto Rican diaspora!


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