El Centro de la Raza - December eNews
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December 4, 2014

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On Monday, November 24th the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed, unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. This decision has led to protests across the country as people in the U.S. continue to counter large racial divides. El Centro de la Raza is committed to working for social justice and combating systemic racism; this event only proves the amount of work that has yet to be done! We stand in solidarity with the community of Ferguson in hopes of fostering open discussions about race in our nation. 

Speaking of demanding change, a few weeks ago, President Obama  announced his new plan to fix our immigration system and assist millions of undocumented Americans. Although the proposed strategy will reach over 4 million undocumented people, comprehensive immigration reform is needed to extend assistance to the other 7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. President Obama's executive action focuses on creating programs in which undocumented immigrants can apply for a work permit without the fear of being deported.

To learn more about how these changes will be implemented, read this document provided by the National Immigration Law Center. You can also read up on the new DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) and DACA programs. Attend one of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s free educational events or legal clinics to learn more and receive advice about how to avoid scams

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Executive Development Institute Team Supporting our Building the Beloved Community Gala 
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Gracias to Amanda, Sandra, Alexander, Yessenia and Theo with the Executive Development Institute for supporting El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala on September 27, 2014. The team’s support before and during the event helped El Centro recruit 844 attendees, and raise over $350,000 towards their programs and services, making this El Centro’s most successful auction gala yet! The volunteer team helped El Centro advertise more effectively on the radio, in company newsletters, and through social media. Their approach was personalized and provided El Centro with new connections and ways to promote their auction gala. With the insight of the EDI team, El Centro reached an even broader, more diverse audience.
El Centro looks forward to celebrating with the Executive Development Institute in 2015—mil gracias!

Save the Date: Las Posadas Celebration

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Our next cultural event, Las Posadas, will take place on Friday, December 12th from 5:30-7:30pm at El Centro de la Raza. Las Posadas is a traditional Mexican celebration in which communities and families gather to reenact the biblical story of Joseph and Mary. There will also be a free traditional meal, music, children's activities and Santa! Please stop by and enjoy time with your community during the holiday season.

Our D
ía de los Muertos Exhibit was a Success 

Mil gracias to those of you who visited our Día de los Muertos exhibit during the month of November! Our beautiful ofrendas were on display from November 1st to November 20th, and over 1,200 visitors stopped by on opening night and throughout November to enjoy the artistic and cultural displays. A special gracias to the students from Ballard High SchoolChief Sealth High School and Denny Middle School who worked hard to decorate the hallways and create our beautiful El Centro de la Raza ofrenda, which called attention to the humanitarian crisis of the refugee children of Central America and the children who have died from violence in their countries and along the journey to seek refuge. 

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Christmas Tree Sale

Christmas Tree Flier 2012 2This holiday season, you can make your Christmas tree purchase more meaningful by purchasing a tree from El Centro de la Raza. You can either buy a beautiful tree for your family, or purchase a tree for a family in need! All proceeds go towards supporting our 44 human service and community building programs. The fresh trees and wreaths are supplied by a small, locally owned Latino business operated by Adrian and Evencio Gonzales.

    Dates: November 28th-December 23rd
    Times: Monday-Friday 4:00-8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00-8:00pm 
    Location: 2524 16th Ave S (El Centro de la Raza)

Please call (206) 957-4605 or email us with questions. 


Sign Up for Our New Cooking Classes Today!

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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.

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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.

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.

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Plaza Roberto Maestas (PRM) will break ground in March of 2015 and be fully leased by the end of 2016! We have raised 96% of the funding needed to complete this $46M project, however we cannot reach our goal without your continued support

For Plaza Roberto Maestas, we plan to utilize a high number of WMBE certified sub-contractors and Section 3 workers. If you are interested, please join Walsh Contruction and El Centro de la Raza staff to discuss the project on December 15th. If you have any project or bidding questions please email one of the Walsh Construction team members, Sandi Tovias or Dick Hutchison

To make a donation to Plaza Roberto Maestas and help make the vision a reality, contact Stephen Deal, Capital Development Director, at (206) 957-4607 or stephendeal@elcentrodelaraza.org

Sound Transit New Reduced Fare for Low Income Riders

This November, the Sound Transit Board approved of a reduced fare for low income riders on the Link light rail in Seattle to keep transit affordable for all. The new fare will be $1.50 per ride aligning with the low income fare on the King County Metro busses. The new fares will go into effect on March 1, 2015 and will be available to adults who have incomes that are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Click here to learn more about the changes. El Centro de la Raza will be one of the agencies partnering with King County Metro to verify program eligibility. If eligible, stop by El Centro de la Raza with proof of income to receive a special low income ORCA card to be used for King County Metro and the Link light rail. Read here for more information on program eligibility.
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On Thursday, December 11th from 6-8pm there will be an opening reception of Portraits of Beacon Hill. The photos, accompanied by words from Beacon Hill residents, were taken by Kathryn Schuessler. The event will take place at Victrola Coffee on Beacon Ave


Protests for Justice in Mexico 

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On Thursday, November 20th, El Centro de la Raza joined the protest in front of the Mexican Consulate, standing in solidarity with those in Mexico demanding justice and responsibility from the government during a time of violence and corruption in Mexico. During a protest in Iguala, Mexico on September 26th, 2014, 43 students from Escuela Normal Rural Raul Isidro Burgos, a small school studying politics and social justice, disappeared. Mexican officials claim that the students were executed by the Guerreros Unidos cartel but that response was met with public outcry. November 20th commemorates the day that started the Mexican Revolution in 1910 and so chosen as the day that people from across the world stood together to show support for those 43 students and for those asking for justice in Mexico. 
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In This Issue:

Thank You EDI Team

Christmas Tree Sale

Holiday Giving

Las Posadas

Nuestra Comunidad

Sub-Contractors Meeting for PRM

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Events Calendar:

December 6: Pozole Making Class
December 12: Las Posadas
December 13: Tamale Making Class

Now - Dec 23: Christmas Tree Sale

Mil Gracias Funders:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$75,000 for Youth Leadership Institute

Comcast Foundation
$13,000 for Digital Connectors Program

King County
$82,868 for Homeless Assistance

Seattle Foundation
$10,000 for Human & Emergency Services and $10,000 for General Support

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

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News Roundup:

Foreclosure assistance outreach program

Many protest 43 missing students from Guerrero
How seattle reacts to ferguson

Undocumented immigrants speak about immigration reform
Key elements of Obama's immigration plan
Giving back during the holiday season

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

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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

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Bartells Ad

El Centro De La Raza



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