From Extra Newspaper
On April 7, the Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) marked the start of a week of events for the 20th Pa’lante Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) that ends on April 11. The Pa’lante Conference was created as a means to promote critical dialogue on themes related to the political, social and cultural realities of the Puerto Rican people in the island and in the Diaspora.
Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, the first Latino in the Midwest to be elected to Congress, a Chicagoan and Puerto Rican, was invited to speak at the conference. Gutierrez read an excerpt from his memoir “Still Dreaming: From the Barrio to Capitol Hill,” which has both English and Spanish editions. He explained that his memoir illustrates his life in Chicago, Puerto Rico, and the people that were involved in any way possible in his life that led to his current political career. Continue reading.