¡Feliz Cumpleaños Roberto! July eNews
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July 9, 2015

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Today, El Centro de la Raza staff and community members will gather to honor our beloved Roberto Maestas on his birthday. Although he is no longer with us, his memory and legacy continue to inspire us daily. His passion for education and social justice had a huge impact on our community and the many other lives that he touched. ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto! With the recent groundbreaking and progress on Plaza Roberto Maestas, we know he would be proud to see how much El Centro de la Raza has grown.
Please also remember to RSVP for our Plaza Roberto Maestas event on Thursday, July 30th! It will take place from 11:00 – 1:00 pm in the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park at El Centro de la Raza, we will honor the generosity of the Boeing Employees' Community Fund, celebrate Roberto Maestas’ Birthday, and launch our final push to complete the Plaza Roberto Maestas Capital Campaign! The event, sponsored by Boeing, will include check presentations by the Boeing Employees' Community Fund and campaign donors as well as an appearance by Mayor Ed Murray. There will also be a musical performance by Julio César y El Imperio and hardhat construction tours! Please RSVP to Valeria Saucedo at execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 957-4605.

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Construction on Plaza Roberto Maestas continues! View monthly Walsh Construction updates here and stop by on July 30th to see for yourself.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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La Plaza Roberto Maestas

by: Sal Ramos

Sneaking their way through the darkness, looking for that beacon of light that would help lead us all to a new day. Roberto, never shying away from the responsibility of standing his ground, to expound upon his convictions, without the fear of any evictions or jurisdictions. Standing within the collective strength of his comadres y compadres, he accepted the challenge.
Climbing this hill, he and his mates carrying the weight of the world on their backs. Making us put our souls to the test, helping all the rest reach their best.
They say that those that follow their hearts, will wake up feeling the glory of God, knowing full well they're not lost. Walking alongside the people that have carried the burdens at all cost, tossed, crossed and bossed along their struggling paths to acceptance and pride.
Can't pretend to walk on water, making the police blotter for trying to help out all the sons and daughters from the social slaughter that is the fodder for all the cheating marauders.
Roberto stood strong against all the risks he and his mates had taken on. Trying to bring us all the colors of the dusk. Even when the sky was falling, he stood his ground, shaking off the rust from being doused and cussed, for the reason of searching for and keeping the peoples trust, and not letting it turn to dust.
Reaching the top of the hill, he and his mates found the beacon of light that would show us the way to the gardens that we could all share, along with child care and the families’ welfare.
Some people only dream in their sleep. Roberto dreamt wide awake, daring to put his dreams out for all to see and feel, he showed courage and faith that they would all come true.
Roberto now sits in the shadow of El Centro, in middle of the plaza that he left for us to struggle for and celebrate, a shy smile on his face, showing his grace, and faith. Holding an icy raspada made from the sweet nectar of his beautiful life, reaching over and turning the beacon of light on, shining down over our beautiful City, for all the people to see and feel.
La Plaza Roberto Maestas will look down over us, from where else, but the Beacon Hill.

Honor Roberto on his Birthday and buy a Plaza Brick today! Your brick will become a permanent part of the plaza – the heart of Plaza Roberto Maestas. Buy a brick and be a part of history at El Centro de la Raza. Click here for more information and order your brick now.

2015 Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) Graduation

On Wednesday, June 24th we hosted our 2nd annual PCHP Graduation. We celebrated our second year program children completing and entering preschool, but also the amazing commitment and achievement that the parents/caregivers have made throughout the year.

PCHP provides two years of twice-weekly visits to families with children between the ages of 16-30 months of age. Each week, a high quality book or educational toy is provided to the family as a gift. Using the book or toy, home visitors model reading, conversation, and play activities designed to stimulate parent-child interaction, develop language and literacy skills, and build school readiness.

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The evening consisted of 27 families where each child received an activity bag for the summer, a certificate and their very own library bag and book from the Seattle Public Library. Siblings and other young children who also attended were able to pick out a book for themselves. A special thank you to our guest speakers: Evelyn Tirado, 1st Year PCHP parent, Cikeithia Pugh from the Seattle Public Library and Paula Selis and Jon Fine, CEO of United Way of King County. Felicidades niños y padres!


Roberto Maestas Summer Youth Leadership Institute

Roberto Maestas Summer Youth Leadership
Pictured above is an all Latino student panel sharing with the Roberto Maestas Summer Youth Leadership Institute students about their college experiences. Each member of the panel came up with 5-6 things the students need to know going into college. Especially helpful to our students, they discussed the process of how they translated their passions into actual majors and career paths.

Estela Ortega provided the students with a formal welcome to the organization and talked about the history of El Centro de la Raza, her leadership development process early on, and the tremendous work accomplished by her two daughters in accessing higher education.

The Roberto Maestas Summer Youth Leadership Institute, which kicked-off a few weeks ago, consists of college-bound young adults from El Centro de la Raza’s youth programs. The students take part in a 6-week leadership session dedicated to helping them grow as leaders and positively engage in their communities as they prepare for college.

Both the student panel and Estela’s presentation anchored the purpose of this summer’s institute to develop their college readiness skills and at the same time see the value of continuing to be involved in community work.

Support our youth by donating today!

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Building the Beloved Community Gala

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Remember to register for our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala on September 26th if you haven't already! This event is not only our biggest fundraiser of the year, it also honors Roberto Maestas' legacy as we present Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships to outstanding community leaders and high school students.

Take a look at some of the amazing items that will be in the live and silent auctions!

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          Victoria Clipper Cruise                         Signed Seahawks Jersey

Early bird tickets are $120 each, purchase yours now before the price increases! If you would like to get involved in some other way, please view the following opportunities: Become a Sponsor, Become a Table Ambassador, Purchase an Ad in the Catalog, Donate an Aution Item, or Volunteer. For more information, contact our Events Coordinator at (206) 957-4649 or events@elcentrodelaraza.org. If you can't make it to the event, you can still donate.

El Centro de la Raza Now Hiring a Full-Time Volunteer Coordinator

We are now hiring for a full time volunteer stipend position. The Volunteer Coordinator recruits, screens and places individual and group volunteers, coordinates volunteers for events, and follows volunteer program procedures. The ongoing development and support of our volunteer program allows El Centro de la Raza to provide quality services to low-income communities and communities of color. This position provides experience in non-profit planning, fundraising, administration, relationship building, computer skill building, networking, events and social justice and community building. For more information about the position, please read more here.

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

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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. 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


Kids and Teens Eat Free All Summer at
El Centro de la Raza!

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El Centro de la Raza is a site for the City of Seattle's Summer Food Service Program again this year! The program provides no-cost breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children and teens ages 1-18 and is open now through August 30, 2015.

Many children rely on free and reduced meal lunches at school for their daily nutrition, and as a result are often left stranded during summer break. The Summer Food Service Program began in the early 1970's in an effort to keep children healthy and fed during the summer and has grown immensely since then. The Summer Food Service Program is open to all children and teens and requires no application. Just show up at El Centro de la Raza's Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park from 12:00 - 1:30 pm and enjoy a free meal in the sun!

Click here to learn more about the program, and click here to find more summer meal sites throughout the City of Seattle.


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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). El Centro De La Raza’s Smoking Cessation Program supports Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s cancer prevention goals by prioritizing tobacco cessation education and enhance outreach and education of cancer risk to Latino communities and other underserved populations. Through culturally and linguistically competent workshops with youth and adults, the program raises awareness about the risk of tobacco use, provide strategies to reduce second hand smoke exposure and offers tobacco quitting resources to communities that may or may not otherwise have access to such information. The program also offers one-on-one case management to support clients in developing and implementing a quit plan. El Centro de La Raza is a regional lead with the Nuestras Voces: National Network to Reduce Tobacco – Related and Cancer health disparities project implemented by the national Alliance for Hispanic Health. For more information or to help quite please call (206) 973-4404 or email our new Smoking Cessation program coordinator Rocio Martinez at rmartinez@elcentrodelaraza.org.

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. The new fares went 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 fare 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) 973-4405. See information in Spanish.

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Please Join Communities of Color advocating for Climate Justice

Experiencing increasingly polluted neighborhoods, higher asthma rates, and lack of access to clean energy, communities of color and lower income communities are most affected by climate change. Formed in 2014, Communities of Color advocating for Climate Justice is a powerful, grassroots, statewide movement of community of color and economic justice organizations and leaders advocating for public policies that address climate change and reinvest in our communities. Please join Communities of Color and Economic Justice Organizations statewide in supporting the Principles of Climate Justice. These are our principles for climate justice. If you are an individual, not representing an organization, contact Aiko Schaefer at 206-941-4817 or aikoschaefer@gmail.com. Read more about how Seattle’s poor is most affected by climate change.  

Housing Development Consortium Event

The Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, in partnership with Puget Sound Sage, is hosting a community event entitled Seattle Can't Afford to Wait: Expand our Affordable Housing Toolbox. Register here to attend this free community event and find out more information.

Word of Mouth - Food Truck Launch!
Word of Mouth Food Truck
Ventures, a local nonprofit, is launching their new food incubator program and celebrating the grand opening of Word of Mouth, a food truck in which aspiring food business owners will cook and sell food under the guidance of Ventures staff. Clients will generate revenue, gain experience, and receive training and support so that they can successfully operate their own food businesses. Entry is free, food will be available for purchase. Join the event and invite friends on Facebook.

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White River Amphitheatre is holding Family Friday Nights at the drive in movies as part of their 2015 Community Event Series. Watch the movie from your car, or bring a blanket or chairs and sit out under the starts! Sound will be broadcast through a sound system for those seated in front, and simulcast via FM radio for the cars. Toy Story will be playing on Friday, July 31st and Up on Friday, August 21st. The gates open at 7:00 pm with shows starting at dusk. Check out www.facebook.com/WRAcommunityevents for more information.

From Hiroshima to Hope Annual Lantern-Floating  

From Hiroshima to Hope

There will be an annual lantern-floating ceremony honoring victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of violence on August 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm on the Northwest shore of Green Lake in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.fromhiroshimatohope.org for more information.

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

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In This Issue:

Roberto Maestas' Birthday

Plaza Construction Update

La Plaza Roberto Maestas


PCHP Graduation

Roberto Maestas Summer Youth Leadership Institute

2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala

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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:

July 11: Tamale Class
July 25: Pozole Class
July 30: Plaza Maestas Event
Oct 10: Tamale Class
Oct 24: Veg. Tamale Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

$3,500 to purchase storage materials for our historic art and posters.

Radio spots for Dia de los Muertos

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News Roundup:

Catching Up With 179 – A Latina Street-Artist
Seattle-area home prices continue to rise

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Emma Catague
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 / 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
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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Bartells Ad

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