June eNews - El Centro de la Raza


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Every day we work with young people through our College Readiness program who want to go to college, who dream of a better life, who work hard to excel to get accepted into college. We teach them that education is the great equalizer, a way out of poverty. We teach them that to be educated is to be free. At this time, undocumented youth who migrated to the U.S. at a young age cannot apply for the State Need Grant to go to college due to their immigration status, even though they qualify financially. They must either fund their own education, or they cannot go to college. Countless rallies have taken place, countless meetings have been held with legislators to garner their support, youth have told their stories to legislators, pleading for an opportunity to go to college. And in response, senate leadership has blocked legislation on this issue.

Sunday, June 23rd, staff and participants of El Centro de la Raza,
Latino/a Educational Achievement Project, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Progreso - Latino Progress, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and Washington Community Action Network went to Olympia to express our outrage at the senate leadership not allowing House Bill 1817 to go to the floor for a vote. This bill would authorize DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) eligible youth to access the State Need Grant to help finance their College Education. We hoped to speak to Senator Rodney Tom, a member of the Senate Leadership Committee, to determine why there could not be a vote. Senator Linda Evan Parlette, also a member of Senate Leadership Committee, met with us instead. She told us, "We passed aEstela speaking DACA 3 resolution this year not to vote on any social issues, just the budget. We couldn't agree on any of the issues so we are just not voting on any of the social issues" The entire senate has decided not to take any social legislation to a vote because they can't agree on it. 

As I said at the press conference, this is not democracy. Democracy is about courage. Our children and our community have courageously participated in the democratic process. Now the senate leadership needs to be courageous and allow a vote to happen.

From preschool through college, education is the great equalizer. We want to thank teachers, administrators and all school staff for another great year of doing the phenomenal work you do. Cultivating knowledge, wisdom and respect in our young ones is no easy task, and we send you our deepest mil gracias. In the words of José Martí "It is for the children that we work, for they are the ones who know how to love, they are the hope of the world."  Click to read Superintendant José Banda's letter to the SPS community, and have a wonderful summer!

There is still time to nominate yourself or someone you know for the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award!  This award honors those who are dedicated to eradicating poverty, racism and social inequity by building multiracial unity. From the nominees, we will select one man, and one woman. Each award recipient will have $1,500 donated in their name to an organization of their choice, and will be honored at our "Building the Beloved Community" Gala on October 5th. The deadline for nominations is July 9th, click here to access the application.


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Estela Ortega
Executive Director

P.S. - And of course, visit our website to stay up to date on the happenings at El Centro de la Raza and in nuestra comunidad - our community.

JMCDC Celebra a Los Niños y Sus Exitos del Año 2013
On Thursday, June 20th, friends and family gathered for the José Martí Child Development Center’s largest ever, annual year-end celebration. We celebrated the achievements of the 134 students in the José Martí Child Development Center and 24 students in the After School Program who participated during the year, and we honored the 44 preschool students who are graduating to kindergarten. JMCDC had much to celebrate this year, including our recent NAEYC re-accreditation and the opening of two new classrooms so far, Gotita de Agua and Rayito de Sol. The program began with a potluck, and then the graduating classes shared a dance and a graduation poem with their families. As a gift to the children, our friend, children’s singer Marco Cortes, performed for the students and their families. Lastly, the teachers and CiKeithia Pugh of the Seattle Public Library presented all of the children with a certificate for their participation in the program and a bag and a book for their dedicated participation in the Raising a Reader program this year. We would like to thank and congratulate all of the children, families, teachers and all others for their hard work and contributions in making this another memorable and successful year in José Martí CDC and the After School Program!
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Proud preschool graduates recite a graduation poem!

El Centro de la Raza's Senior Program: Providing a Second Home to our Seniors

SeniorsSeniors who come to El Centro de la Raza's Senior Program know how to stay busy! From playing Loteria to arranging flowers, making crafts, dancing, lifting wieghts, or just enjoying some coffee and social time with friends, there is never a dull moment in the Senior Nutrition and Wellness program. The main objective of the program is to promote nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity, and to prevent social isolation. Research shows that socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation may postpone the onset, and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. So four times a week, seniors congregate in El Centro de la Raza's dining room at 10 am for coffee and social hour. Then comes lunch: cantaloupe, broccoli, quiche and chicken mole, just a few examples of the nutritious items served. After lunch, they head into the "Salvador Allende" room for exercise or a fine motor activity. Program Coordinator Raquel Garcia says "I love the Senior Program because its a great way to incorporate Seniors into the community. They decorate and volunteer for Día de los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo, and they even go downtown to advocacy events such as for the rezoning for Plaza Roberto Maestas." 

Many seniors in our community are not able to travel to El Centro de la Raza. So, we go to them. Our Home Delivered Meals program
serves 25 seniors in West Seattle, Delridge, White Center, North Burien, South Park and Georgetown, bringing a hot, nutritious meal to each person 3 days per week, and frozen meals for the days in between. Says Raquel, "Many family members and caregivers tell us they would have difficulty caring for their loed ones if it wasn't for the help of the Home Delivered Meal Program."

By providing meals to home-bound seniors, and a place for seniors to come and have fun four days a week, the Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program, the Home Delivered Meal Program and other programs like these help families avoid costly alternatives to in-home care, which eases the strain on family finances as well as the State budget. We consider our senior programs an investment in families and community. Mil gracias to the seniors in our senior programs for helping to build the "Beloved Community".

"I like to be here because I like to be with other people of different cultures and learn how to get along with different beliefs." -Noli Dacanay

Smoking Cessation Program Visits Proyecto Saber

Students in Proyecto Saber made time for a lively, powerful and informative discussion on the effects of smoking and other tobacco products.  Students learned about first, second and even third hand smoke, and heard several true stories of smokers who deeply regretted their decsion to take up the habit. This was all part of El Centro de la Raza’s effort to raise the level of awareness about the dangers of smoking to not only the smoker, but also friends, family and anyone who breathes secondhand smoke. The presentation sparked a lively discussion and analysis among the students who agreed that
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smoking is an unhealthy and costly habit that people take up because they have been fooled at a young age. In the words of one student, "Tobacco companies are trying to make us sick while getting rich!"  Tobacco companies target youth ages 14 to 21 more than any other group, which means prevention of tobacco use starts with our young people. We look forward to returning to Chief Sealth and Ballard, as well as other schools, in the fall to continue the discussion with our youth about the risks of  smoking.

FREE Summer Meals at El Centro de la Raza!
We will be providing FREE Lunch and Snacks all summer long for young people ages 17 and below, starting next Monday, June 24th!
All Summer Meals will be served in the Kiosko/Gazebo on our South Lot during the following days and times:

June 24th - August 22th
Monday -Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 12noon – Lunch
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Snack
All Meals are Free of Charge to any youth ages 17 and younger! Spread the word. This is a service for everyone in the community! This service is being coordinated through the Hope for Youth Program of the Frances Martinez Community Services Department in partnership with the City of Seattle’s Summer Meals Program 2013!

Mil gracias to South King County Stand Down Participants!
Veteran 2Mil gracias to the many supporters volunteers, service providers and attendees of the South King County Stand Down! We estimate that over 200 veterans and their families attended the event to gain access to critical services like healthcare, rental assistance and VA claims assistance, and on-site services including haircuts, and groceries! A special thank you to Kristina Setchfield (Marine) for taking the role of Event Coordinator. Your experience with organizing Veterans events was invaluable. And special thanks to Scot Pondelick (Army) for taking the role of Assistant Event Coordinator, and for your "get-it-done" spirit! Special thanks also goes to Homestreet Bank, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auburn Post 1741, Wells Fargo, Green River Community College, University of Phoenix and BECU for sponsoring this event! Together, we were able to give a proper salute to the heroic men and women who have served their country!

This gentleman rode his bike from West Seattle to Auburn at 6:45 a.m. to be ready for the Stand Down when it started! He walked away with so many supplies, Stand Down staff decided to coordinate a ride home for him.

Learn Spanish or Improve Your Spanish!

Spanish Class Image for E-blastSpring Quarter Spanish Classes Begin July 16th at El Centro de la Raza

Explore a language you’ve always wanted to learn or fine-tune your Spanish skills in a fun and interactive community-based setting!

Classes start Tuesday, July 16th and there is still space available! The classes are taught by native Spanish speakers with a focus on one-on-one conversational development for adult beginner to intermediate levels.

Summer Quarter Schedule
July 16th - September 19th
Tues/Thurs 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Enroll today to reserve your spot!

All proceeds from course fees go to support our services and programs: Tuition is $300 per quarter. For enrollment information call
or email (206) 957-4605 Yuni Castorena. (Click to view the online flier)

Mayor McGinn to Reappoint Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) as Police Oversight Auditor
City of SeattleMayor Mike McGinn is reappointing retired Judge Anne Levinson to a second term as the Civilian Auditor for the Office of Professional Accountability, to help oversee investigations of allegations of police misconduct. The OPA Auditor is an outside consultant with legal expertise who provides oversight to help ensure that all complaints of possible misconduct are appropriately addressed and all investigations that are conducted are objective and thorough. The OPA Auditor also makes recommendations to the Mayor, Council, City Attorney and the Police Department for systemic reforms and suggests ways to improve performance through changes to policies, procedures and training.
First appointed in July 2010, Levinson has issued several reports highlighting, among other things, needed changes in supervision, training, stops, de-escalation of minor incidents, interacting with those with mental illness and with juveniles, use of force, and in-car video, as well as improvements to the internal investigations system.
“Judge Levinson’s oversight and recommendations have highlighted the significance of a strong police accountability system,” said Mayor McGinn. “Her work has been particularly helpful as we have implemented a range of important reforms that will address some long-standing community concerns. I am very appreciative of her willingness to continue to serve in this important position.”
“As the Mayor said when he first asked me to serve in this role, he knows I will raise whatever issues need to be addressed that will help rebuild trust and mutual respect between the community and the Police Department as well as improve the ability of officers to successfully address whatever challenges they may face day-to-day,” Levinson said.  “The complexity and long-standing nature of some of these issues mean that they won’t be solved overnight, but a lot of good work is well underway.”
The OPA Auditor serves a three-year term and may be reappointed to two additional terms by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Support El Centro de la Raza by Shopping at Bartell Drugs!

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El Centro de la Raza has enrolled in the 'B' Caring program at Bartell Drugs! When you sign up for a 'B' Caring card, and elect to support El Centro de la Raza, 4% of your purchase price will go to support El Centro de la Raza's life-changing programs! Signing up is easy and FREE! You can sign up for the 'B' Caring card at the store by asking at the register, or you can print the form, and bring it with you the next time you shop at Bartell Drugs! Mil gracias to Bartell' for your generous involvement in the community!

Building the Beloved Community Gala October 5th, 2013
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This year’s Building the Beloved Community Gala will be held at the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday, October 5th, 2013. The evening will begin at 5:00pm with a silent auction and reception with mariachi music, appetizers and drinks. A three-course dinner will follow, accompanied by a live auction and the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships. Auctioneer Laura Michalek will lead the exciting live auction (updates on our items coming soon!), and will be joined on stage by this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Patricia Lally! For more information on opportunities to purchase a table, buy tickets, make a donation or volunteer, please visit our Building the Beloved Community Gala webpage: www.LegacyAwardsGala.org

"Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities" on Now at the Burke Museum

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June 12th – Oct. 27th, 2013

From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives.

Empowering Women provides an intimate view of the work of ten artisan enterprises in ten countries. This exhibition illustrates the power of grassroots collaborations to transform women's lives, through inspiring personal stories, stellar photographs and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts. El Centro de la Raza is a Community Partner for this exhibit. 

The Seattle Sounders FC International Family Festival
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June 30th, 2013
CentruyLink Field
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

$10/person -  children 0-4yrs, free

SSFC International Family Festival provides fans unique and memorable Sounders FC brand experiences that deliver meaningful connections between the diverse group of attendees, players, and coaches.
  • Sounders FC player/coaches meet and greet
  • Autograph sessions
  • Instructional activities by Sounders FC youth camp coaches
  • Locker room tours
  • Soccer celebration inflatables
  • Face painting
  • International cultural displays
  • 10% discount on all Sounders FC Pro-Shop merchandise
Click here to register
Youth Poetry

Roanen Leal was born in a little town called Bakersfield, California. He likes to read, play games and football. He has one goal: going to college and getting a good job. His inspiration for this poem is his sister, Averie Rose Leal.

A Playful Rose for a Sister

Like a rose
Growing and changing.
Tend to her carefully
As she might poke you.
If you tend to her often
She will grow beautifully
And will not wilt.
After some time she will grow tall.
Have fun with the rose,
For now she is yours.
And to believe it all started with one seed
My only seed.
And we named that seed
                               Averie Rose


El Centro de la Raza Events!            

               July 10:    Legal Clinic              
               July 16:    Summer Quarter Spanish Classes begin

               July 20:    Tamale-Making Class

Anuncios y Felicitaciones
Announcements & Congratulation


Financial Education Classes and Homebuyer Education Classes!

Looking to buy a home? Improve your credit? Obtain a loan or manage your bank account? Then these classes may be for you! Financial Education classes are offered in cooperation with local credit unions and banks to answer your specific money management questions. Two class series are offered in English, Español, or both, depending on student needs. Click here for more information.

Parking for a Cause at El Centro de la Raza!

El Centro de la Raza has opened its temporary light rail parking lot to the public located at 2524 16th Ave S in Seattle next to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station. The lot is minutes from downtown and the stadiums for Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games! Proceeds benefit El Centro de la Raza’s 49 human services and community building programs. Please call (206) 957-4603 or email facilities@elcentrodelaraza.org for monthly parking or airport passes.

We have 2 Zipcars living in our South Parking Lot!

Conveniently located next to the lightrail station, this neighborhood now has access to "wheels when you want them"! Click here to visit the Zipcar website and set up a Zipcar membership in support of El Centro de la Raza's programs and services!


"Fresh Bucks" promotes food stamp use at farmers markets - Story
►King County proposal for detaining undocumented immigrants - Story

►"On the Migrant Trail: Beauty and War on the U.S. Borderlands" - Photo Essay
►Long live the Whistleblower - Editorial
►"Recruitment Abuses Emerge in Imigration Reform Debate" - Story


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El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave. South | Seattle, WA 98144
Tel: (206) 957-4605 | Email: donor@elcentrodelaraza.org


JMCDC Celebra a los Niños y sus Exitos del Año 2013

El Centro de la Raza's Senior Program: Providing a Second Home to Our Seniors

Smoking Cessation Program Visits Proyecto Saber

Free Summer Meals at El Centro de la Raza

Mil gracias to South King County Satnd Down Participants

Summer Quarter Spanish begins July 16th

Mayor McGinn to Reappoint Judge Anne Levinson as Police Oversight Auditor

Support El Centro de la Raza by Shopping at Bartell's

Building the Beloved Community Gala, October 5th

"Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities" on Now at the Burke Museum

The Seattle Sounders FC International Family Festival

Youth Poetry
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Tamale Making Classes
at El Centro de la Raza
10 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturdays: 
Next class wil be July 20th, 2013
Taught by Master Tamalera, Jaimie Bautista!
Click here to learn more!
Class fee: $75 per per class - includes recipe & a dozen uncooked tamales.
Fees support our Senior Wellness Program which provides balanced daily congregate meals, social & educational activities, exercise classes three times weekly and meal delivery for homebound seniors.
For more details: 206-957-4611 or email.

Spanish Classes
6-7:30 PM Tuesdays/Thursdays:
Summer 2013 Class Schedule:
July 16 – September 19, 2013
Learn Spanish from native speakers in a unique educational setting! Class fees help support our 49 Human Service and Community Building Programs. Adult beginner to advanced level classes are available.
Click here to sign up!
For more details: 206-957-4605 or email.

Un grupo de apoyo y de conversación para la mujer Latina!
Para más información favor de contactor a Brenda Mendoza: (206) 957-4641.

                    You're invited!
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Café con El Centro de la Raza:
At El Centro de la Raza
Next Café - Thursday, July 4th
8:00 AM
How can you become an integral part of the community at El Centro de la Raza? You can start by RSVPing to an upcoming Cafe con El Centro de la Raza!

The Café is a great way to introduce yourself to our executive director, Estela Ortega, a board member, and staff from our programs. Learn the history of our roots, tour our building and programs, learn ways to get involved and network with like-minded folks. Share coffee & pan dulce with us!

Café con El Centro de la Raza takes place the 1st Thursday of every month. Call 206-957-4652 or email to RSVP. 
Coffee generously donated by Starbucks!
Get more involved! Can you devote 2-3 hours or more a week, month, year, or just one time? We always have the need for volunteers.
For details contact our Volunteer Coordinator,
Taylor Skoglund:
(206) 957-4602 or by Email.
Also see our website's volunteer section!
El Centro de la Raza relies on donations from our individual supporters to keep our programs running.

We are also fortunate enough to have corporate and foundation sponsors and grants for many of our programs and services:

City of Seattle Summer Meals Summer meals for youth in our programs and other youth in the community.

Teens in Public Service (TIPS) Youth intern to help out in the Frances Martinez Community Center

Mil Gracias to all of our wonderful funders, sponsors and donors!
Ramon Soliz, President
Jeff Middelton, Vice President
David Gasca, Treasurer
Roxana Amaral, Secretary
Victoria Kill, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon

Dorry Elias-Garcia
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Rhonda Gossett
Pablo Mendoza
Janet Jaime Rodriguez
Madrienne Salgado
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres
With over 24,950 volunteer hours, El Centro de la Raza serves 18,633 individuals and 9,389 families annually through the following 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
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Healthy Cooking Classes /
   Nuestras Comidas
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
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training
Youth Violence Prevention
Volunteer Opportunities
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