El Centro de la Raza - October eNews Part 2
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October 29, 2014

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I want to remind and encourage you all to fill out your ballot before or on November 4th! Make sure to mail it back or place it in a designated drop box before the end of the day on November 4th. 

Proposition%201B%202One of the measures being voted on, Proposition 1B, will directly support the children in our community. At El Centro de la Raza, we believe children are our most valued resource and see the promise and potential in every child. The proposed plan, based on past research:

  • Provides free preschool for lower income families and a sliding scale for everyone else so that quality pre K is affordable to all. 
  • Allocates funding for higher teacher wages.
  • Supplies teacher training, skills development, and weekly coaching for teachers.
  • Offers flexibility so experienced teachers who do not have a B.A. but demonstrate that they know how to provide quality teaching will have the B.A. requirement waived! 
  • Produces a program that is fully paid for, unlike Proposition 1A.

Vote yes on Proposition 1B to ensure successful futures for all Seattle children. To learn more, visit the Quality Preschool Plan website. You can also view an informational video about the proposition.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

10th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration!

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El Centro de la Raza will hold its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event this Saturday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm. This year we call attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America, the children who have died from violence in their countries, and the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond humanely to this catastrophe. Our exhibit will
continue through November 20th and we welcome group and fieldtrip visits Monday through Friday, 10am
to 6pm. Groups, please RSVP to 206-957-4605. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Mariachi Seattle Azteca      
 Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin                      

Dio_De_Los_Muertos-6824We would like to highlight two performance groups we are honored to have at our Día de los Muertos event. 
Mariachi Seattle Azteca is a local group that plays beautiful Mariachi music and is committed to keeping the tradition of Mariachi alive in Seattle. Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin is a talented non-profit dance group that teaches Mexican Folk Dancing to teens in the Seattle area. They strive to cultivate the love for Latino traditions and culture within the younger generations. We look forward to seeing you and your families at the event!


Marigolds in the Greenhouse at El Centro de la Raza
Mick and Miguel in the Garden

Pictured above Miguel Maestas and Mick Duggan viewing the flowers in the El Centro de la Raza Greenhouse. Mick, from Master Gardners of King County, is growing marigolds in the Greenhouse for our Día de los Muertos Celebration. Stop by and take a look!  

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Our New Cooking Classes Today!


Learn how to cook traditional cultural dishes, and support your community at the same time!

El Centro de la Raza has expanded its popular Tamale Making Classes to include a wider variety of cooking classes! Learn how to cook our favorite dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Classes are held on select Saturdays at El Centro de la Raza. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes. Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611.


Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed for El Centro de la Raza’s Free Tax Prep Site!

Tax VolunteersUnited Way is looking to recruit and train over 1,000 caring volunteers in order to serve 20,000 clients this year. Bi-lingual volunteers make an incredible difference by helping populations who don’t speak English make sense of the often confusing tax system and helping to get them all the credits they’re eligible for.
Two volunteering options are available:

1. Volunteer Intake and Benefits Specialists (VIBS) – VIBS help clients get paperwork in order and connect them to other financial services they may qualify for.
2. Volunteer Tax Preparers – All of our Tax Preparers are IRS certified to help clients complete their tax returns and ensure they get the credits they’re eligible.

To learn more and get involved, visit uwkc.org/taxvolunteer.


#GivingTuesday is a day to celebrate generosity and dedication to your community. As integral members of our community, participants here at El Centro de la Raza need your help! On December 2nd, give back to your community by donating here! Your donation puts food in the food bank, helps a family secure sustainable housing and employment, and empowers youth to attend college! Mil gracias for all of your support. 

NEW - Health Coverage Enrollment Program at El Centro de la Raza

Need help registering for health coverage? El Centro de la Raza has a new Health Coverage Enrollment Program!  If you need help registering for health coverage, sign-up for a one-on-one meeting with the enrollment navigator located in the Frances Martinez Community Services Center Rm 213. For more information, contact the Enrollment Navigator, Ramiro Reyes by email or at (206) 957-4625. 

El Centro de la Raza Offering Financial Education Classes

Bring your financial questions, and we'll be sure to cover the topics that are most important to you, from getting affordable car loans to preparing yourself financially to buy a house! At the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a financial counselor, as well as receive a certificate of attendance making you eligible for a $100 incentive! Click here for dates and more detailed, bilingual information.

Become a Knowledgeable Homeowner at Our Homebuyer Education Workshops

El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership Center is holding a series of monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops. These classes will give you an overview of the home buying process and will be led by fully bilingual volunteers and staff. Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like Homebuyer, Health Coverage, and Financial Education classes, click here or call (206) 957-4652.

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Latino Film Festival!
The Tenth Annual Hispanic Film Festival at University of Puget Sound will run from Wednesday, October 22nd until Wednesday, November 19th in Rausch Auditorium, Room 003, McIntyre Hall at University of Puget Sound. Each of the five outstanding foreign films which are free and open to the public will be at 6:30pm on consecutive Wednesdays. Here is the list of featured films:
Nov. 5th:  7 Cajas (Seven Boxes)
Nov. 12th:  A Busca (Father’s Chair)
Nov. 19th:  Chico & Rita
For more information and film descriptions, check out their website.


Seattle Art Museum-Community Night Out

The Seattle Art Museum is celebrating Día de los Muertos on Thursday, October 30th from 6pm to 9pm with music dancing and hands-on art activiites and workshops. They will also have exhibitions featuring City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from and India and Pop Departures. The fisrt 600 people get in free. For more information visit their website.    

Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jiménes Playing at Town Hall


Los Texmaniacs, a group with complex musical and cultural heritage, will be playing at Seattle Town Hall on Friday, October 31st from 8pm to 10pm. They play a mix of Tex Mex conjunto, R&B, blues, and Tejano rock. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. However, there is a special offer! If you buy your ticket online and use the special code “BACA”, your ticket will only be $10. For more information visit the Town Hall website

Sign the Petition for Increased Access to Affordable Dental Care

Last weekend, almost 2000 people from all over Washington lined up for medical and dental care at the four-day, free clinic at KeyArena in Seattle. Many of these individuals were unable to receive care because the clinic was at capacity. This is just another example of the amount of people who are in desperate need of routine and preventive dental health care in Washington. Due to this, there is currently a petition for increased access to affordable dental health care. They have 4,200 signatures so far but they have a goal of 5,000. You can help by signing the petition today! View the Washington Dental Access Campaign website for more information and click here to view the petition.      

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having trouble paying your electric bills? You may qualify for Seattle City Light's Utility Discount Program, which offers free home energy visits to help you maximize your discount, as well as assistance with other utilities such as water, sewage, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov. Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

Vote Yes on Prop 1B!

ía de los Muertos Celebration

Marigolds in our Garden

Health Coverage Enrollment Program

Nuestra Comunidad

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

Tamale Class Ad 2

Events Calendar:

November 1: Día de los Muertos
November 8: Pozole Class
November 15: Tamale Making Class
December 2: #GivingTuesday
December 13: Tamale Making Class

Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Clear Channel Outdoor

Clear Channel

Chase Bank
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Bank of America
Ben Bridge Jewler
HomeStreet Bank

Catholic Community Services
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare
Seattle City Light
Walsh Construction
Washington Education Association

Kantor Taylor
Plaza Bank
PNW Carpenters
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Education Association
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Seahawks
SEIU Local 6
SMR Architects
Sprague Israel Giles
Union Bank
United Healthcare
United Way
Washington Dental Service Foundation
Washington Federal
Watson McDonnell
Washington Community Reinvestment Association

Cafe Ad 2


News Roundup:

City Council discussion on affordable-housing plan
El Centro de la Raza Building the Beloved Community Gala
Proposition 1B vs. the alternative

Latinos in the U.S. House
Ft. Lauderdale and many other cities restrict feeding the homeless

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Emma Catague
Juan Cotto
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres

Room Rental Ad

Parking Lot Ad

Programs and Services:

Basic Healthcare Enrollment
Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Café con El Centro
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Health Coverage Enrollment
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

José Martí Child Development Center
Latino Hot Meal Program
Legal Clinic Site
Local, State, National & International
Coalition Building

Luis Alfonso Velásquez Flores
After School Program

Parent-Child Home Program
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

Youth Violence Prevention

GoodShop Ad

Bartells Ad

El Centro De La Raza



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