El Centro de la Raza - March eNews
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March 12, 2015

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

I would like to extend a heartfelt mil gracias to everyone who attended the groundbreaking for Plaza Roberto Maestas last Friday, March 6th. We feel honored by your presence and support for this vital housing project that will help carry out our mission as well as provide housing that’s affordable for working families, located in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood – close to transportation, jobs and quality education.

Residents of Plaza Maestas will no longer have to choose between paying the rent and buying food, paying the rent and keeping the utilities on, paying the rent and filling a prescription.

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Turning the first shovels of dirt during the historic groundbreaking of Plaza Roberto Maestas on March 6, 2015. Check out the KIRO 7 News story. 

A special mil gracias to all of those who made our groundbreaking event possible including Banda Vagos, Beacon Development Group, El Centro de la Raza Staff & Volunteers, Floressence, Groundbreaking Organizing Committee, Kantor Taylor, Randy Lewis, Plaza Roberto Maestas Steering Committee, Raza Development Fund, R & R Tent Rentals, SMR Architects, US Bank, our funders City of Seattle, Taxpayers of Washington State, Washington Community Reinvestment Association, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Washington State Communities of Concern, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Impact Capital, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., and 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. 


Remember to buy a plaza brick and help us build affordable homes at Plaza Roberto Maestas. Buying a brick or making a donation will help complete construction on Plaza Roberto Maestas and help to provide housing that’s affordable for working families, quality early childhood education, a community that honors all cultures, and a chance at economic self-sufficiency. Your brick and your unique message will become a permanent part of the central courtyard – the heart of Plaza Roberto Maestas. Please help us build a community Brick by Brick! Click here for more information or order your brick now.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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Help Us WIN the NCLR Photo Contest!
El Centro de la Raza is proud to announce that we are finalists in the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) Affiliate Photo Contest! The contest highlights the great work that NCLR Affiliates all over the country do to empower Latinos to transform their lives. El Centro de la Raza's entry has been selected as a finalist, and online voting is currently happening here. See the photo entry and read the story about it below:

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Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park. In April 2014, El Centro de la Raza opened up a newly renovated Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park for the children and families in our José Martí Child Development Center and local community. The park is named in honor of Santos Rodriguez, a 12-year-old boy from Dallas, Texas whose tragic death is a reminder that our fight for racial equality is far from over. Santos was killed in 1973 by a white police officer who had arrested Santos and his 13-year-old brother under wrongful suspicion of robbing from a vending machine. The families and children in our community are overjoyed and grateful to have such a safe and beautiful place to play together.

Follow these easy steps to vote:

  • Visit http://www.nclr.org/index.php/nclr_affiliates/program-entry/affiliate_photo_contest/ and search for the picture shown above submitted by El Centro de la Raza.
  • Select the photo and click CAST MY VOTE at the bottom of the page.
  • Enter your e-mail address and click SUBMIT.
  • Repeat EVERY DAY until the end of the contest! You may vote once a day, as many days as you can through March 16th.
  • Share on all social media sites!
  • Mil Gracias for your support! Click here to start voting now!

Help El Centro de la Raza win a Samsung Chromebook or $100 voucher on any Southwest Airlines flight, which we will use to raise funds at our next annual fundraising Auction Gala! Start voting today!

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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.

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Our 2015 Cooking Classes Today!

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined us for a Tamale Class in June 2014. They participated in the class as a team building event and had a great time learning to cook authentic tamales. Mil gracias Gates Foundation!  

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. 

Make sure to check out the Seattle Weekly article about our cooking classes! Mil gracias Seattle Weekly and Brown Paper Tickets for helping us raise over $50,000 in 2014 for our Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program. 

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 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 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.


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

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Take the stress out of filing your taxes – have United Way of King County prepare your return for free!
United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services in 25 locations, including El Centro de la Raza, throughout King County until April 18th – waits are shortest in March!  Households making under $60,000 can have their taxes prepared plus they can get connected to one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits. 

To find a location near you, languages available, a list of what to bring, and other details, visit their website at www.uwkc.org/taxhelp or call 2-1-1. ​Click here for information in Spanish.

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

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.


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.


Aztec New Year Celebration!
Click here for more information!
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In This Issue:

Plaza Roberto Maestas Groundbreaking

KIRO 7 News Story on the Groundbreaking

Cooking Class Survey

NCLR Photo Contest

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Nuestra Comunidad

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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:

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:

State Farm
$10,000 for Financial Empowerment and Youth Job Readiness Training

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News Roundup:

Meeting to confront hate crimes on Capitol Hill
Cooking Classes Raise over $50,000 for Senior Program

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

Room Rental Ad

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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
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

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El Centro De La Raza


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