El Centro de la Raza - May 2016 eNews
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May 12, 2016

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

Mil gracias to all who attended our 11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration! On Saturday, May 7th we hosted an estimated 1,200 guests at the Jefferson Community Center. Guests saw beautiful performances by groups DJ Sonido Impacto, Seattle Fandango Project, Chief Sealth Mariachi, Herencia Bonita, Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin, 4 en la Mira, Chilean Folk Dance group, and the José Martí Desfile Multicultural. Traditional Latin American food for sale prepared by esteemed chef Francisco Paco Reyes, craft and informational booths, raffle prizes, and children's activities made for a wonderful day of fun and celebration of Cinco de Mayo! Mil gracias to our sponsor the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and in-kind donors Jefferson Community Center, El Rey 1360 AM, Charlie's Produce, Sysco, Pepsi, Carniceria El Paisano, La Mexicana, Rainier Valley QFC, and Hilltop Red Apple.
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Also this weekend on Friday, May 6th, El Centro de la Raza hosted a press conference to address Donald Trump's visit to Washington State. Speakers Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Adam Smith, SEIU 775 President David Rolf, Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner from group Mom's Rising, youth leader Varisha Khan, and myself were introduced by Yasmin Christopher. We the people of Martin Luther King, Jr County, people of all races, are working for racial unity and are building our “beloved community” for a more just society for all people. Donald Trump’s shameful bigotry, stereotyping, scapegoating, and his attack on the character of millions of people is not welcome in Washington State. Our children are listening and are being impacted.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a respected nonprofit specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation, released a report this April entitled, "The Trump Effect, The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on our Nation’s Schools." The report concludes that the discourse of intolerance and hate in the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on students across the country, in large part due to the involvement of Donald Trump. Additionally, a survey was given to approximately 2,000 educators, asking them about the impact of the 2016 election campaign on students and schools. 5,000 comments were received, and the results show teachers have noticed “an increase in bullying, harassment, and intimidation of students whose races or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates on the campaign trail.” (Read the report here, and the comments from the survey here.) Donald Trump, you are not welcome in Washington State - your hate speech is a crime against our children. Read more about the conference at El Centro de la Raza and watch the video here.


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias
GiveBIG Results
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Mil gracias to everyone who donated to El Centro de la Raza for GiveBIG! We raised an amazing $10,900 from individual donations, and are still excitedly awaiting to hear how much more we will receive from The Seattle Foundation's matching funds stretch pool. If you missed out on this years' GiveBIG, you can still donate to our 48 programs and services here.

2015 Annual Report
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Learn more about El Centro de la Raza by reading our 2015 Annual Report! It is filled with success stories, photos, program information, donor lists, and funding information from 2015.

Welcome Table Christian Church Donation
Welcome Table Church donationThe children at Welcome Table Christian Church picked and sold pumpkins to raise money for El Centro de la Raza's Food Bank, and were able to raise $309.75! In addition, the children and the congregation gathered food and items to donate to the Food Bank. Mil gracias to Welcome Table Christian Church for thinking of us!
(pictured are Bridgett Chandler and Reed Wolch from Welcome Table, and Sylvia Rubio and Franz Perez from El Centro de la Raza)

Gardening Advice Clinic
Want to identify a plant in your garden? Looking for plant ideas to attract bees and hummingbirds? On Saturday, May 21st between 10 AM and 2 PM the King County Master Gardeners will be at the César Chávez Demonstration Garden at El Centro de la Raza at 2524 16th Ave S, just North of the Light Rail station. Stop by and get answers to your gardening questions, visit our demonstration vegetable garden, and pick up some great tomato plants and more at our Plant Sale, which starts on May 14th.

Tax Prep Results/Extended Tax Prep
Post tax prepEl Centro de la Raza's tax prep site prepared 720 tax returns in 2016! Thanks to our tax prep professionals, we were able to help clients receive $1,012,314 back in total refunds this year. If you still need help with taxes, the Seattle Public Library is offering extended tax prep help through May 28th. Hours are Monday - Wednesday from 4 -7 PM and Saturdays from 11 AM - 3 PM. See the flyer here. If you are wondering about the status of your delayed return, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040. ...read more

El Centro de la Raza is Hiring!
El Centro de la Raza is hiring Early Childhood Education Teachers! We encourage diverse teachers to apply in order to reflect the diversity of our children. Bilingual teachers - particularly Mandarin/English speakers - desired for some positions. For more information visit our website, contact sarmstrong@elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-957-4626.

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!
The 2016 cooking class schedule is available now! Learn how to cook your favorite Latin dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people at the same time. See spring classes here. Already attended a cooking class? Leave a review on our new Yelp page!
Upcoming classes include:

Immigrant Voting Rights Task Force Survey
The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs created a survey with a goal of collecting data about immigrant voting patterns in order to better inform participants about voting processes and make positive changes. This survey is only for foreign-born residents currently living in Seattle-King County who are at least 18 years old. Answers will remain anonymous. If you meet these requirements, please fill out the survey here

Regístrese Ahora/Register Now

Debt Seminar/Clase de Deudas y Crédito
Debt seminar
Quieres salir de deudas y empezar a ahorrar para tu futuro? Quisieras tener solo un pago para todas tus tarjetas de crédito? Estas invitado a una clase gratuita ofrecida por El Centro de la Raza y Express Credit Union. Venga y aprenda como le podemos ayudar! 14 de mayo 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Habrá cuidado de niño! Para Registrarse: 206-957-4610
. *This class is only offered in Spanish.

Youth Marijuana Prevention Summit 2016

Marijuana Prevention SummitEl Centro de la Raza estará participando en una cumbre sobre la marihuana, el sábado 21 de mayo de 9 AM - 4:30 PM. El propósito de la cumbre es educar a los padres sobre la marihuana y darles la herramientas necesaria para construir puentes de comunicación entre ellos y sus hijos cuando se habla de la marihuana. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Rocío Martínez en rmartinez@elcentrodelaraza.org o por teléfono 206-973-4404. Registrate ahora. In English

Homeownership Education Workshops
Homeownership El Centro de la Raza’s Homeownership department invites you to a free seminar sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, where professionals can answer your questions about becoming a homeowner, provide an overview of the homebuying process, and share key concepts about mortgage loans. Each class is from 9:30AM – 3:00PM in Room 307 at El Centro de la Raza. The next classes will be held on
Saturday, May 28th, June 25th, or July 16th. Registration is needed - contact Stephanie Chavez at 206-957-4610 or intake@elcentrodelaraza.org. ...read more

Volunteers Needed!
Interested in getting more involved? Current volunteer needs include:

  • Social Media Assistant: This volunteer would be working with El Centro's social media campaigns. Come in once a week to help with writing and distributing ads for all programs and to help the executive assistant with office assistance and misc. projects. Shifts: Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm (Flexible within business hours)

Contact Carlos Reyes at volunteer@elcentrodelaraza.org or 206-957-4602 for more information. See more volunteer opportunities.

Latinos Vote 2016 Campaign
Voting Widget
Did you know that there are more than 10 million Latinos eligible to vote? National Council of La Raza teamed up with MiTú to make a voter registration website specifically for the Latin@ community. Be sure to make your voice count and register to vote now! ...read more

Building the Beloved Community Gala
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Our 2016 Building the Beloved Community Gala will be on September 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Early bird prices are $125 for a single ticket, $625 for a half table (5) or $1,250 for a full table of 10. Register now, learn more here, and RSVP to the event on Facebook!

Child Development at Hirabayashi Place Coming July 2016
Hirabayashi English BW - updated againA new child development program is opening at Hirabayashi Place in July 2016. We are also opening a new childcare center at Plaza Roberto Maestas on Beacon Hill in September. To enroll your child or for more information, please call 206-957-4619 or email jmcdc@elcentrodelaraza.org. ...read more

'Eat Right When Money is Tight' Workshop Series
Come learn how your family might eat more nutritious meals on a budget! The food bank hosts a free monthly workshop series: Eat Right When Money is Tight. The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss healthy eating for cost-conscious families. ...read more

English Classes/Clases de Inglés
Spring quarter English classes take place between April 5th and June 16th. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 PM in Rooms 309 and 310 at El Centro de la Raza ...read more. 

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Labor Standards Outreach and Education Program
Labor Standards
Our Labor Standards Outreach and Education Program helps Seattle workers with wage theft, paid sick/safe time, fair chance ordinance (for people with criminal backgrounds), and minimum wage. Please contact Enrique at 206- 973-4290 or eespinosa@elcentrodelaraza.org to learn more. ...read more


Generocity2El Centro de la Raza is honored to be participating in the Third Annual GENEROCITY event in June, put on by the Seattle Met and Vulcan. GENEROCITY is a showcase of 30 Seattle-based nonprofits who are working to make a difference in our community and around the world. If you will be at the event, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi! (photo from http://www.eventbrite.com/e/generocity-2016-tickets-24867013908)

May is Community Action Month
WSCAP photoThe 52nd Annual Community Action Month will be this May. El Centro de la Raza is one of many
Community Action agencies in Washington State, who focus on creating local solutions to the needs of
(http://www.wapartnership.org/)  the local communities. ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program
Orca liftDid you know that our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a transit fare program? The reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro buses is $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community/Nuestra Comunidad

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra
Landfill Harmonic
Landfill Harmonic is a Paraguayan youth orchestra that plays musical instruments made entirely out of garbage from the landfill they live next to. Now globally-known, they tour around the world to play music and tell their story of hope for escaping extreme poverty. The group will be visiting Seattle on June 2 & 3 - be sure to make one of their concerts in West Seattle, Columbia City, and Green Lake. See more information here. ...read more

DREAMer's Roadmap

DREAMersRoadmapDREAMer’s Roadmap is a new app to help undocumented students find scholarship opportunities. Founder Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca has been recognized by the Voto Latino Innovator’s Challenge for her work on the project. Both the app and website compile state policies for undocumented individuals as it relates to who can qualify for in-state tuition and aid, and offer a growing list of scholarships available to all students regardless of immigration status. Learn more about
the project here. ...read more

Uber Scholarship
uber scholarship twitter photoUber and the College Success Foundation are working together to offer the Partner & Family Scholarship for current Uber driver-partners and their spouses or children to attend Washington State universities. Twenty King or Pierce county residents will be selected for this one-time, non-renewable $2,500 scholarship to be used for the cost of attendance during the 2016-2017 academic year. Deadline to apply is Monday, May 16th. Click here for more information and to apply. ...read more

FDA Finalizes Regulation to Reduce Tobacco Use
On May 5th the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
finalized a rule that now applies to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco, and others. This rule will help to improve public health and restricts access to youth. Read the press release here, and learn more about the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products here.

Rocketry Showcase
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A Rocketry Showcase for middle and high school students, teachers, and families will be on May 14, 2016 from 11 AM - 3 PM at Pacific Raceways, 1001 144th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042. Attendees are asked to bring an empty soda bottle to turn into a water rocket. Email nwessp@uw.org with the subject line South King Rockets to RSVP. ...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

El Centro de la Raza in the News/en Las Noticias

Citizen University TV features Estela Ortega
Estela Ortega was also recently featured on Citizen University TV with Eric Liu to discuss El Centro de la Raza's history, the importance of community organizing, civic agenda setting, and Plaza Roberto Maestas. Watch the episode here!

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In This Issue:

GiveBIG Results

Jobs at El Centro de la Raza

Youth Marijuana Prevention Summit

Homeownership Workshops

Volunteering Opportunities

New Childcare Center at Hirabayashi Place

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

DREAMer's Roadmap App

El Centro de la Raza in the News

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Events Calendar:

May 14 Clase de Deudas y Crédito
May 21 Youth Marijuana Prevention Summit
May 21 Vegetarian Tamale Cooking Class
May 21 Gardening Advice
May 25 Legal Clinic
May 28 Homeownership Workshop

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Register today with your smartphone

Mil Gracias Funders:

Washington Federal
$1,500 for the Food Bank

HUD Continuum of Care
(McKinney) $17,603 renewal for ECR Transitional Housing

Washington Service Corps
One AmeriCorps member for Hope For Youth Program 2016-2017

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Board of Directors:

Juan Cotto, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Emma Catague
Norma Cuevas
Christina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ramon Soliz

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
Health Coverage Enrollment
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
Labor Standards Outreach and Education
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

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