Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Apply NOW for the National PR Day Parade's 2015 Scholarship Awards Program

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) has extended the deadline to apply for its 2015 Scholarship Awards Program, to Saturday, March 14th. The extension is meant to allow qualified candidates extra time to gather documents for the application package, while ensuring that the largest possible amount of students, will get to apply for the program that in 2015 is doubling the total scholarship awards and dollar amounts.

NPRDP established the Scholarship Awards Program to help promote the pursuit of higher education within the community. In 2015, the organization will double the total dollar figure and number of scholarships awarded in 2014, to 30 scholarships in the amount of $2K each. Applications are available for download at the Parade website, www.NPRDPinc.org or requested via email at NPRDP.Scholars@gmail.com.

To be eligible to participate in the 2015 Scholarship Awards Program, applicants must:
Be of Puerto Rican descent
Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
Participate in an interview with a member(s) of the Selection Committee
Be between the ages of 17 and 25 and enrolled in a 4-year institution, for applicants already in college
Be in their senior year, for high school applicants

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Latino Stats American Hispanics by the Numbers

The Reading Corner

Last Christmas I received in the mail a new book titled Latino Stats by Idelisse Malave and Esti Giordani, a Puerto Rican mother-daughter team who take a closer look at Hispanics in this country. The recently released paperback book (published by The New Press) is now part of my Puerto Rican/Latino library collection, and it is expected to become a go to guidebook for anyone who wants to better understand the new reality of our nation's widely diverse Latino population. It has been described as the go-to book for anyone who wants to understand the future of America.

This book serves as an important resource for advocates, educators, journalists and policy makers because it cuts through the rhetoric and sensationalism in the mainstream media and highlights with actual numbers the reality of Latino life in the U.S.

Latinos are both the largest and fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the country while many continue to fight for status as Americans. There are 53 million Latinos in the U.S.: one in six Americans is Latino. Thirty years from now, it will be closer to one in three. In about 15 years, Latinos will be 40 percent of the U.S. electorate. As of 2013, Latino buying power stands at an impressive 1.2 trillion, with women driving the purchases.

With statistics on jobs, family, lifestyle, identity and more, Latino Stats is a multi-generational source aimed at being a starting point to delve deeper and educate ourselves on the very broad Latino population and work towards a more equitable future.

Here is a snapshot of sample stats from Latino Stats:

On voting, education and social issues
*Seven out of ten Latino registered voters identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party. Latinos accounted for 10.8 percent of all registered voters in 2012.
* Over the past four decades, the number of Latinos receiving college degrees grew by sevenfold.
* With a median annual household income at $39,000, Latinos earn $11,000 less than the median for the total U.S. population and have the lowest weekly earnings out of any other group.

On immigration
* During the Obama administration, a record-breaking 400 thousand immigrants a year have been deported at a cost of billions of dollars.
* Undocumented immigrants contributed $10.6 billion to state and local sales tax, property tax (even if they rent), and income taxes in 010.
* The majority (two-thirds) of Latinos were born in the U.S. Only 17 percent of all Latinos are undocumented immigrants; the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. has been declining since 2007.

On lifestyle and family
* Just over half (53 percent) of Latinos identify as Catholic. Twelve percent identify as mainline Protestant, 13 percent evagelical Protestant, 6 percent with a non-Christian religion, and 12 percent are unaffiliated.
* Latino millennials living with their parents spend 21 percent of their time with family, and those who live on their own commit 31 percent of their time to family. Latino millennials also spend 14 percent of their time on "me time," slightly more than non-Latinos (10 percent). Interestingly, Latino millennials also carry the least amount of credit card debt compared to their non-Latino counterparts.
* Latinos account for 15.4 percent of same-sex couple households. Contrary to media depictions of Latino homophobia, 59 percent of Latinos also agree that homosexuality should be accepted rather than discouraged by society.

For more information, http://thenewpress.com/books/latino-stats.

Latino Stats will soon be available in the PRSUN aStore as well.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Memories of Puerto Rican Heritage Month '14

For Puerto Rican Heritage Month I attended a series of cultural and social events in New York, including Mayor Bill De Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's reception at Gracie Mansion, Mark-Viverito's celebration at the City Council Chambers, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s luncheon at Don Coqui in the Bronx, and a jibaro Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Luke's Church in the South Bronx. November is always a great Puerto Rican time in New York City. It ushers in the holiday season for sure.

Here is an album dedicated to Puerto Rican Heritage Month that I created:

So far, it features photos taken at the City Council Chamber celebration. More images to be added to this album.

-- Clarisel

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween Latin Horror Style

It's not too late to get your naughty Halloween viewing list in order. Here are a few suggestions by Latin Horror's Edwin Pagan.
There will be SANGRE!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Join New York Solidarity with Vieques

In the mailbox:

Join New York Solidarity with Vieques (NYSV) for an evening of discussion, friendship, and solidarity with our special guests from Vieques:

Elda Guadalupe Carrasquillo, Member of the Vieques Legislature and a
Local science teacher


Carmen Valencia, founding member of the Alianza de Mujeres Viequenses (Vieques Women’s Alliance)

Proceeds from this reception will go to Radio Vieques, a community radio project that serves as the only voice for the residents of Vieques. We might be able to hear from representatives of Radio Vieques over Skype.

Saturday November 22nd, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
229 E. 115th St. Apt.# 1 El Barrio, New York
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Take the 6 train to E. 116th St.

If you are going to attend please RSVP to:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Like NEW Puerto Rico Sun FB Page

Hi, Puerto Rico Sun Communications is back. I have decided to create a new Puerto Rico Sun FB page, which is an extension of this blog.


Thank you.