El Centro de la Raza - February eNews
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February 26, 2015

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On Tuesday, February 10th, police shot and killed unarmed Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, WA for throwing rocks at police officers. Four men have been shot and killed in Pasco in the last seven months and this type of unjustified police brutality needs to change. There is a growing distrust of the police force not only in Pasco, but in all of Washington State. The Washington State Legislative Members of Color Caucus made a call to action for an open discussion between community leaders and public officials to propose how the government can keep our communities safe. (The News Tribune) El Centro de la Raza supports this call to action in hopes of creating secure neighborhoods and safety for all residents.
In the city of Pasco, 56% of residents are of Latino descent but only 22% of the police force is Latino. Not only is the police force largely white, the city council has only one Latino member and the school board has none. This calls attention to a huge division between the majority Latino population and a majority white power structure that causes large racial tensions in Pasco. (The GuardianThe NY Times) El Centro de la Raza is committed to working for positive change as we strive for equity in local and global communities, and we believe Washington State as a whole needs to begin fixing these issues.
At El Centro de la Raza, we are disappointed in U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to issue an injunction on President Obama’s immigration executive action. Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement on the matter, demonstrating his support of President Obama’s executive action and dissatisfaction with the injunction (Office of the Mayor). El Centro de la Raza fully supports his statement as we hope for continued progress in fixing our immigration system. President Obama and the Department of Justice have already filed a notice of appeal and we all must remain confident that the executive actions will be upheld. 

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

PRM Groundbreaking 2

Plaza Roberto Maestas Groundbreaking will take place next Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00am! The ceremony will be outside on the South parking lot, rain or shine, with a reception immediately following on the top floor of El Centro de la Raza. You can support us at the groundbreaking event by purchasing a customized brick to be placed in the plaza! Admission is free, so please stop by for live music, food, refreshments, and special presentations. Please RSVP to Yunuen Castorena at (206) 957-4605 or email

Mil gracias to all those who have donated and supported Plaza Roberto Maestas. Your contributions will help us further develop the comprehensive programs and services that will strengthen our neighborhood, residents, and children. A special thank you to our Plaza Maestas Funders: City of Seattle, Enterprise, Impact Capital, Low-income Housing Tax Credits, Raza Development Fund, US BANK, Washington Community Reinvestment Associate, Washington State Communities of Concern, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and Washington State Taxpayers. 

Undoing Racism Training at El Centro de la Raza

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On Friday, February 16th, the People’s Institute Northwest hosted and coordinated an Undoing Institutional Racism Community Organizing Workshop at El Centro de la Raza. Their work is part of a movement to address and teach about racial inequalities in the Seattle region. The People’s Institute Northwest provides organizing support to educators and community based organizations such as El Centro de la Raza. The workshop challenged participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder racial equality through presentations, dialogue, reflection, and role-playing. For more information about their workshops or to register, view their website

The Roberto Maestas Youth Leadership Institute invite you to attend our new monthly workshop series!

We are looking for youth, young adults and others in the community that would be interested in being part of our learning community where we explore how leadership is interconnected with community organizing, culture, history, politics and social justice.

Upcoming General Workshop Schedule:

March 18: Intl. Women’s Day
April 15: Arts for Civil Rights
May 1: Rally for Workers Rights
June 17: Why Ban on Ethnic Studies

The program is free and you can earn service-learning credit for school. Please contact Alex Bautista for more information: 206-957-4620 or 
abautista@elcentrodelaraza.org. Classes are hosted at El Centro de la Raza in Rm. 300.

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Our 2015 Cooking Classes Today!

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C+C Public Relations & Social Marketing joined us for a Tamale Class in November 2014. They participated in the class as a team building event and had a great time learning to cook authentic tamales. Mil gracias C+C!  

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.

Please help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey. 

Upcoming cooking classes:

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

New Low-Income Transit Fare Program

Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center now has a low-income transit fare program! The new reduced fare for low-income riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses will be $1.50 per ride. 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. For more information about our Human and Emergency Services check out our website or call us at (206) 957-4634.


Cinco de Mayo 2015 2

El Centro de la Raza’s 10th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2nd from 3:00-8:00pm at the Jefferson Community Center! Our celebration, free to the public, features live entertainment, local vendors, a health and social services fair, and traditional food for sale. We are seeking local vendors to engage with our community, share information and sell crafts, textiles, and more! Vendors will pay a flat fee, and we will gladly provide you with promotional Cinco de Mayo flyers or posters if you would like to advertise the event. 

Our Cinco de Mayo event will also include a "Desfile Cultural” or multicultural fashion show where we invite children, youth, families, and community members to participate by wearing their traditional clothing. We invite people of all cultures to participate by wearing their own traditional dress in a fashion show that will express racial diversity and unity in our community. We are excited to share and celebrate all of our cultures together!

Due to the Plaza Roberto Maestas groundbreaking, there will be on-site construction at El Centro de la Raza with limited parking for the next two years. Therefore, we have chosen to move this year’s Cinco de Mayo event to the Jefferson Community Center where we hope to continue to offer our events until the construction is finished.

For more information about vendor booths or participating in the fashion show, please call (206) 957-4630 or contact cultura@elcentrodelaraza.org.


Save the Date for Latino Legislative Day!

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Latino Legislative Day 2014

Every year the El Centro de la Raza community participates in Latino Legislative Day, a day designed to engage in policy sessions, meet with legislators, participate in informal seminars, and meet with legislators regarding issues impacting the Latino community. This year, Latino Legislative Day is celebrating 10 years of civic engagement and advocacy! The event is organized by the Latino Civic Alliance, and will take place on Monday, March 16th from 8:00am-4:00pm at the Capital Campus in Olympia, WA. It is free to the public and will address issues such as economic development, labor, civil rights, education, health care, and immigration. Click here for more information or to register to participate in this year's Latino Legislative Day. 

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Free Tax Prep at El Centro de la Raza

United Way of King County offers free tax preparation at 21 locations in King County including El Centro de la Raza! More information is below. Click here for information in Spanish.

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For site locations, hours of operation, maps and more information visit uwkc.org/taxhelp or call 2-1-1. Anyone making under $58,000 annually can also file online by visiting www.myfreetaxes.com/kingcounty. 

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Changes to the City of Yakima Electoral System

On Tuesday, February 17th, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) won the lawsuit they filed two years ago against the City of Yakima for their exclusive city council election system. The old system, comprised of a city-wide general election, was found to be in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act by diluting the 41% Latino population. The general election will now consist of a system where only voters living within the particular geographic district will be allowed to vote for their single-member district candidate. The new system will allow for fair representation of the Latino vote specifically in the majority-Latino districts. Click here to view the full ruling. (Courtesy of the Latino Coalition of Yakima County)


Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) Position on Body-Worn Cameras

The CPC have engaged with partners and community members on the issue of police accountability and the use of body-worn cameras for Seattle Police Department. After many discussions, they recommend that Seattle does not implement its body-worn camera program until after further deliberation of the challenges regarding the balance of police accountability and individual privacy. Read the full news release here. 

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Sin Fronteras Concert in Shoreline
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Madama Butterfly at the Moore Theatre
Lyric Opera Northwest presents Madama Butterfly on Friday, March 13th and Sunday, March 15th at the Moore Theatre. Eduardo Villa, a California native of Mexican heritage and an acclaimed tenor will appear as Pinkerton in the upcoming performances. To learn more about Eduardo Villa and how he got started in operatic training, click here.


Puget Sound Energy Pathway to Apprenticeship

Puget Sound Energy is seeking people interested in qualifying for future Pathway to Apprenticeship (PTA) opportunities in the energy sector. PTA jobs are entry level positions in the electrical trades that may lead into Apprenticeship opportunities. You can sign up online at pse.com/careers between February 2nd and March 1st. For more information, please contact pseapprentriceship@pse.com. Program standards can be viewed at http://www.lni.wa.gov.

Aztec New Year Celebration!
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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:

Pasco Police Shooting

Plaza Roberto Maestas Groundbreaking

Undoing Racism Training

Roberto Maestas Youth Leadership Institute

Cooking Class Survey

Nuestra Comunidad

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

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Help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey.

Events Calendar:

Feb 28: Vegetarian Tamale Class
Mar 6: PRM Groundbreaking
Mar 14: Tamale Class
Mar 31: Paella Class

Apr 11: Tamale Class
Apr 25: Vegetarian Tamale Class
May 9: Tamale Class
May 2: Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Mil Gracias Funders:

501 Commons
15 hours of IT consulting through Deep Dive Program. 

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News Roundup:

Federal voting rights violation in Yakima
M. Lorena González for city council

Board of Directors:

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

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Programs and Services:

Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Business Opportunity Center
Café con El Centro de la Raza
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
Comadre Monthly Workshops
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Organizing
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
DSHS People Point Washington Connections
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Health Coverage Enrollment
Healthy Cooking Classes/Nuestras Comidas
Historical & Educational Presentations
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

Low-Income Transit Fare Enrollment
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
Seattke Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

Tax Prep Site
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Veteran’s Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

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