On May 18th, 2017 we welcome our Patriot home! The welcoming Parade will kick off at La Casita De Don Pedro on Division St!
4:00pm – Welcoming at La Casita de Don Pedro
4:30pm – March to the Unveiling of Oscar Lopez Rivera Rd
5:00pm – March to the Humboldt Park Boathouse for Main Event
5:30pm – Main Event for Oscar Lopez Rivera
Oscar returned to Chicago from Vietnam, on the heels of the 1966 Puerto Rican Division Street Riot. Upon his return, he felt a deep sense of responsibility to be part of the process of rebuilding our community, as well as building solidarity with those who were waging the struggles at that time.
Oscar returns to a community which is facing a major threat in the form of gentri cation, but is nonetheless, a thriving center of resistance- much of it built upon his legacy. He will see the many initiatives on Paseo Bo- ricua, that the Puerto Rican Cultural Center- which he co-founded 45 years ago- o ers. He will also marvel at Bickerdike’s La Estancia Apartments and Hispanic Housing’s Teresa Roldan Apartments. He will experience the educational programs at Roberto Clemente Community Academy- which he organized to build in the 1970s, as well as the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, which he co-founded 45 years ago.
Oscar will also realize the vitality of programs which he organized for more than 4 decades ago, including the Latin American/Latino(a) studies program at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the LARES program at UIC as well as the El Rincon Family Services, the Spanish Coalition for Housing and ASPIRA of Illinois. May 18 will be a day of Oscar’s presence and persistence for the past 5 decades.
Please join us in welcoming Oscar. Your support has been important to the campaign throughout the years. We hope you can give a brief welcoming message (1-2 minutes) as well as to join us in a procession with your sta or organizational members. A short program will be held at La Casita de Don Pedro and Doña Lolita, 2625 W. Division, at 4pm and will proceed to Mozart and Division (beneath the ag of steel), where Ald. Ro- berto Maldonado will unveil, with Oscar, the honorary streetway that will bear his name. e procession will continue inside the park to the Humboldt Park Boathouse, were the welcoming ceremony will take place. We ask that your contingent have some identi er (i.e. banner, t-shirt or placard).