El Centro de la Raza - October eNews (2)
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October 30, 2015

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

El Centro de la Raza is putting on our 11th Annual Ofrenda Exhibit Opening and Celebration this coming Monday, November 2nd! Join us from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for dinner, children’s activities, and viewing of the ofrendas.


This year we stand in solidarity with and honor the Black Lives Matter movement, to remember those that were lost this year due to the racism against People of Color in the United States. As a community we come together to build a better community for the generations to come. Thank you to the many different groups who created an ofrenda this year, and to our sponsors 4 Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Public Utilities, and KUOW 94.9. Thank you also to La Mexicana for their generous donation of tortillas for our event and Sysco's donations of rice and beans.

The ofrenda exhibit continues through November 19th and is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 AM – 6 PM, and Thursdays from 12 PM – 8 PM. Even if you are unable to make the opening event, still stop by to see the beautiful ofrendas! For more information call (206) 957-4605 or RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Be sure to pick up a t-shirt at the event. They will be sold for $12 each or 2 for $20. Here is what the 2015 Día de los Muertos design looks like:

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El Centro de la Raza is honored to be hosting Bessie Rodriguez on the same day as our Día de los Muertos event that Monday, November 2nd. Bessie, mother of Santos Rodriguez, will be visiting to see the park dedicated to her son who was killed by police in Dallas, Texas in 1973. Two articles in the Dallas Morning News have recently highlighted the Santos Rodriguez park at El Centro - you can read them here and here. The reception will begin at 10:30 AM, and we will hear comments from Jesus Aguirre, the Superintendent of Seattle Parks; Roberto Corona, Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU; and a poem by Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna. We invite all to attend this special event, as well as our annual Día de los Muertos event in the evening. Read more about this event in another article by the Dallas Morning News, and we hope to see you there.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

King 5 New Day Northwest

newdayOn Monday, October 26th, Miguel Maestas and Hilda Magaña from El Centro de la Raza were featured on a segment on New Day Northwest about our Día de los Muertos ...read more

Wells Fargo Check Presentation

newsEl Centro de la Raza is so grateful to have received a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo for the Plaza Roberto Maestas. We held the check presentation ceremony ...read more

Buy-a-Brick Campaign and Plaza Roberto Maestas

PRM_banner-brickHave you been thinking about buying a brick but haven't yet? There is still time, because our Buy-a-Brick Campaign is still going on! We've already sold $21,250 in bricks, and we need to  ...read more

Initiative 122

honestelectionsEl Centro de la Raza was mentioned in an article by The Seattle Times about supporting Initiative 122, which would limit big money interests and give regular voters ...read more

Flu Shot Success

photo2 by Ramiro Reyes edit for enewsEl Centro de la Raza held a free flu shot event last week and were able to provide 89 individuals with flu shots for the year. United Healthcare ...read more

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Best Starts for Kids Proposal

El Centro de la Raza needs your participation when voting next week, November 3rd. We are asking for your support of King County Executive Dow Constantine's Best Starts for Kids proposal. "Best Starts for Kids" is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention ...read more

Giving Tuesday

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday on December 1st! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that starts off the giving season. Following a weekend of shopping and spending money on ...read more

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

Tamale Class TY 2 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  ...read more

English Classes-Fall/Winter Program

Free English Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM and run until December 15th. Classes are held at El Centro de la Raza ...read more

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Poetry and Prose Reading
We are hosting a poetry and prose reading event on November 10th from 6 PM-8 PM. This event features a diverse group of 10 different writers including Claudia Castro Luna, Georgia McDade, Robert Flor, Jim Cantu, and youth from ...read more

Meet the Award-Winning Activists

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Don’t miss out on hearing two amazing Honduran activists speak at El Centro de la Raza on November 16th from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. This event ...read more

Christmas Tree Sales

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Buy your Christmas tree at El Centro de la Raza this year! Tree sales start on November 27th and end on December 23rd, or while supplies last. Proceeds from Christmas tree sales ...read more

Holiday Spirit Lighting

holiday lightTake the hassle out of your holiday decorating and have Holiday Spirit Lighting put up your lights this year! Holiday Spirit Lighting will cover all of your lighting needs ...read more

Public Film Nights

Final PosterGarfield High School and El Centro de la Raza are putting on two public film nights and will be showing the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. Each night will consist of one hour of watching the documentary followed ...read more

Tutoring for Adults (in Spanish)

The Bellevue Library offers tutoring in Spanish for adults that started on September 28th. These free classes are on Mondays and Fridays from 10 AM-1 PM in Room 6. ...read more

ECDLR's Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking CessationIn King County, 10% of Latino adults are smokers and 10% of Latino high school students have smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days (Public health data watch 2012). ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program

Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a new transit fare program! The new reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses will be $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Coalition on Human Needs
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The Washington State Community Action Partnership worked with the Coalition on Human Needs and recently came out with a report showing the high rates of poverty and lack of progress.
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My Mañana Comes


ArtsWest is putting on a play entitled My Mañana Comes, which will run from October 29-November 22. The production provides a glimpse into the lives of four busboys in the Upper East Side of New York, and promises to be both humorous and haunting as ...read more

Healthy Home Check-up

HEAL Flyer Vertical - spanishThe Master Home Environmentalist Program through the American Lung Association is offering free home visits for those interested in learning more about improving their indoor air quality. ...read more

SANA Cancer Survivor Support Group

SANAThe Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is looking for participants in a support group study. This is open to Hispanic and Latino cancer survivors ...read more

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

seattle city lightHaving 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, ...read more

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In This Issue:

Día de los Muertos

King 5 New Day Northwest


Poetry and Prose Reading

Christmas Tree Sales

Coalition on Human Needs

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Events Calendar:

Nov. 2 Bessie Rodriguez reception
Nov. 2: Día de los Muertos   
Nov. 5 Café con El Centro  
Nov. 10 Poetry and Prose Reading  
Nov. 14 Tamale Making Class     
Nov. 16 Meet the Activists
Nov. 21 Pozole Making Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

The Molina Foundation.
In-kind grant of children's books for Parent-Child Home Program participants

Seattle Office of Labor Standards.
$25,000 to conduct outreach and education on Seattle Labor Standards

Media Sponsor:



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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
Norma Cuevas
Christina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

Room Rental Ad

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
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
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

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

GoodShop Ad

Bartells Ad


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