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Feliciano & Domino Players • El Barrio, New York

Photo: Andre Lee Muñiz. Location: El Barrio/ East Harlem, New York

Photo: Andre Lee Muñiz. Location: El Barrio/ East Harlem, New York

For 35 years people have played dominoes on this East Harlem block. Feliciano, in the white shirt, is originally from Loíza, but has been here over 60 years now.

“We play dominos because it’s part of our tradition and culture since we were kids. We also play because it relaxes the mind and is a good way to spend time with your friends.”

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A Day In New York For Oscar López Rivera

On Thursday June 5, 2014, the City of New York once again saw a growth in support for the release of Chicago community organizer, Puerto Rican patriot, and U.S.-held political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

In the morning, some 30 people attended an 11a.m. press conference in East Harlem’s Julia de Burgos Cultural Center on the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board’s decision to officially honor Oscar López Rivera this year. Speakers included Clarisa and José López, the daughter and brother of Oscar, and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Click here for the video we captured of Speaker Mark-Viverito’s statement.

Later in the afternoon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, jointly with Speaker Mark-Viverito, hosted the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade reception at Gracie Mansion. At the reception, Puerto Rico-based music group Calle 13 was awarded a proclamation by the City of New York and recognized for their activist work in addition to the social content of their music.

Calle 13 lead singer René Pérez Joglar, known as Residente, has also been officially named King of this Sunday’s parade up 5th Avenue. We were able to record his address to the audience, which included words of appreciation for the strong national identity of the Boricua Diaspora, and a call for the freedom of Oscar López Rivera.

The evening ended back in the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center with the second day of an art exhibition and fundraiser titled ‘postcards4oscar.’ Bringing together 25+ artists, the project saw the creation of original artwork on 4×6 postcards that were sold anonymously for $50 each, with the artist being revealed upon purchase. All proceeds support the campaign for Oscar’s release. We were unable to attend for photo coverage.

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