PRCC is named after Juan Antonio Corretjer, the celebrated Puerto Rican national
poet and one of the most significant political theorists of the 20th century.
It serves as a place where people gather to: address critical problems confronting
the community; recover their history, and share in the music, poetry, and drama
of the Puerto Rican people at home and throughout the Diaspora.
educates, organizes, and struggles for the social, economic, and political
empowerment of Puerto Ricans within a context that is holistic in nature and
organic in form. All of the PRCC’s programs encourage participants to think critically
about their reality and to promote an ethics of self-reliance based on social responsibility.
The programs enhance diverse issues that include wellness, social, educational,
cultural, and quality of life matters for Puerto Rican/Latino and other marginalized
communities. Our programs take on HIV/AIDS, education, literacy, housing,
homophobia, substance abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy, police brutality,
racism, economic and community development, human rights violations, and the
devastation of generational trauma.
The PRCC promotes the self-actualization, self-determination
and self-reliance of the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the study,
recovery, and celebration of Puerto Rican culture. These efforts are devotedly
undertaken through programs and annual events such as: The Three Kings Day
celebration, mural projects, the Casita de Don Pedro project, the Puerto Rican
People’s Parade, Fiesta Boricua, the Community as a Campus project, and the Greater
Humboldt Park Community of Wellness.
With our affiliate, The National Boricua
Human Rights Network, the PRCC has also played a key role in human rights
campaigns such as the defense of political prisoners, the struggle for peace in
Vieques, the defense of undocumented immigrants, and against the
criminalization of youth. The work of the PRCC is informed by a socio-ecological
model, which recognizes the interplay among key factors including social
justice, community and institution building, policy, advocacy, environmental justice,
education, housing, and access to equitable health care.
For small business assistance, please visit Division Street Business Development Association, an affiliate of the PRCC.