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 EL CENTRO DE LA RAZA | eNews November 2013
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Mil gracias to those of you who visited our Día de los Muertos exhibit during the month of November! Our beautiful ofrendas were on display from November 1st to November 21st, and over one thousand visitors stopped by on opening night and throughout November to enjoy the artistic and cultural displays. A special gracias to all of our volunteer docents who lent us their knowledge and time to provide school groups and families with an educational and enriching experience.

As we put away our Día de los Muertos decorations and begin to replace them with holiday decorations, we are reminded of the thousands of families and individuals in need who face particularly difficult times during the holiday season. Join us in celebrating the holidays alongside our fellow community members in need, and sharing what we can in order to ensure the holiday season is warm and enjoyable for all.

Additionally, we would like to remind everybody that the current enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is currently underway. Visit the website between now and March 2014 to apply for affordable health insurace, and don't forget that immigrants may enroll eligible family members without triggering immigration enforcement activity. Click here to enroll, and click here for more clarification about immigrants and enrollment.
Keep reading to learn about some of the great ways that El Centro de la Raza is making waves in the community and pushing one step closer to social justice every day. Mil gracias for your support, and we hope to see you at El Centro de la Raza this holiday season!

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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.

El Centro de la Raza Staff Arrested for Standing Up for Rights
As dedicated staff of El Centro de la Raza, Brenda Mendoza and Hilda Magaña are no strangers to the fight for social justice, so it came as no surprise that they were both willing to engage in civil disobedience for a good cause. The cause: immigration reform. An issue all too familiar to Hilda and Brenda, who not only are affected personally by immigration laws, but also work with many families who are directly affected. Having both immigrated to the United States from Mexico, Brenda and Hilda both have experienced the realities of family separation and the increasing obstacles to gaining citizenship. They agreed that as women who have overcome such adversities, they felt morally obligated to participate in this demonstration. Hilda and Brenda joined 33 other women in a peaceful occupation of Washington GOP headquarters to demand that Washington State representatives sign on to HR-15, a necessary immigration reform bill that  aims to treat women and families more fairly. The focus of the appeal was onbrenda arrested the burdens that women bear in regards to immigration laws, as women and children make up 51% of all undocumented people in the United States.The group of women occupied the office and refused to leave until they got a response from the politicians, singing songs and sharing stories while they waited. Eventually, police were forced to arrest the women for trespassing.
Hilda and Brenda also share a unique bond that exemplifies what El Centro de la Raza stands for in our dedication to social justice. As a child on Beacon Hill, Brenda attended the José Martí Child Development Center, where Hilda was her pre-school teacher. “I never thought that I would ever be sharing a jail cell with one of my students,” said Hilda, “it just goes to show how inspiring our work here at El Centro de la Raza is."

National League of Cities Honors Estela Ortega!

 Estela Ortega_National League of Cities On Friday, November 15th El Centro de la Raza's Executive Director Estela Ortega received an outstanding local achievement award for her tireless work dedicated to empowering the Latino community. The award was presented to Estela at the National League of Cities' (NLC) Joint Constituency Group Reception on behalf of T. Oscar Trevino, fellow Texan and recently appointed president of Hispanic Elected Officials (HELO). Hispanic Elected Local Officials constituency group was established by NLC in 1976 to serve as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues. Click here to learn more about the Hispanic Elected Officials and the National League of Cities. (Pictured from left: Former HELO President Karen Avilla, HELO President T. Oscar Trevino, El Centro de la Raza's Executive Director Estela Ortega).

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, Unleashing the Power of the Affiliate Base 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:
When Juanito started coming to the José Martí Child Development Center, he loved playing with blocks but rarely visited the book area. When it came time for the health screenings El Centro de la Raza performs on all of the preschoolers, his mother, Ada, was nervous. The screening revealed that Juanito had 20/100 vision in one eye, and he needed glasses. At first, Juanito didn't want to wear his glasses. The teachers helped him to adjust through teaching activities, role-modeling, and lots of love. Today, Juanito loves his glasses, and he loves looking at books with his improved vision. "I feel proud of El Centro de la Raza for all the positive changes my son has experienced," Ada says.
Follow these easy steps to vote:
  • Visit and search for the picture shown above submitted by El Centro de la Raza.
  • Select the photo and click NEXT PAGE 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 December 22.
  • Share on all social media sites!
  • Mil Gracias for your support! Click here to start voting now!
The organization that wins the photo contest will receive:
  • A Free Round Trip Ticket with Southwest Airlines
  • Tickets to NCLR's 2014 Capital Awards in Washington, D.C.
  • A Free Android Phone!
Help El Centro de la Raza win these prizes, which we will use to raise funds at our next annual fundraising Auction Gala! Start voting today!

Join Us for Our Annual Las Posadas Event!

Our cultural events are not only fun, family oriented events, but they are also an important part of our mission to promote social justice through cultural engagement. Join us for our next cultural event, Las Posadas. Las Posadas is a traditional Mexican celebration in which communities and families gather to reenact the biblical story of Joseph and Mary using songs and often traditional clothing. The children in our José Martí Child Development Center have been working hard to present this year's posadas. We will also be serving a traditional Mexican stew called Pozole served free of charge to all guests, and you can enjoy performances by the Seattle Fandango Project, Grupo El Cajon, neighborhood caroling group A La Carte, and a visit from Santa!
  • When: Thursday, December 12th from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave South)
If you would like to lend a hand while also having fun, we are looking for help with set-up, greeting, food service, children’s activities, and more!  Please contact Alexia Klatt, volunteer coordinator, at or (206) 957-4602 to sign up to volunteer!

Don't Miss Our December Tamale Classes!
  • Next Tamale class is on Saturday December 14th from 10am-12:30pm
  • Class Fee: $75 per person, per class- includes recipe & a dozen uncooked tamales.
  • Taught by Master Tamalera Jamie Bautista! Click here to learn more!
Fees Suppor 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 call (206) 957-4611 or email.
New Vegetarian Tamale Class
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Due to the success of our tamale classes and the generosity of our volunteers, we are able to respond to the requests to hold a vegetarian tamale class! Now is your chance to learn how to make tamales from a master tamalera!

The class focuses on the traditional preparation of two types of authentic veggie tamales: Cheese & Jalapeños and Vegan Mole &Potato wrapped in banana leaf. The tamales are prepared in the handmade and traditional fashion using cultural ingredients. You'll also enjoy a brief presentation of the history of tamales.
  • When: Saturday, December 7th from 10 AM - 12:30 PM.

  • Where: El Centro de la Raza Kitchen (2524 16th Ave South)

  • Class fee: $75 per person per class - includes recipe and one dozen uncooked tamales. Class fees go to support our Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program that provides balanced daily congregate meals, daily social and educational activities, exercise classes three times a week, and delivered meals to homebound seniors each week.

  • Class will begin promptly at 10:00 AM in the kitchen at El Centro de la Raza. All cooking supplies and ingredients will be provided, but please bring your own apron.

Reservations can be made online here. Questions? please call (206) 957-4611 or email Private group classes available upon request. Space is limited so sign up today!

Get Your Christmas Tree at El Centro de la Raza!

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Make your Christmas tree purchase this year more meaningful by purchasing your tree from El Centro de la Raza! When purchasing your tree from El Centro de la Raza, you are not only supporting a local small business, but also helping families and individuals in need as proceeds from our Christmas tree sales go towards supporting our 44 human service and community building programs. Take home a beautiful tree for your home, or purchase a tree for a family in need!

Our fresh selection is stocked with locally-grown trees, wreaths, and garlands from the forests near Chehalis, Washington. The tree farm is owned and operated by Adrian and Evencio Gonzalez, brothers from Oaxaca, México.

  • Our lot will be open starting November 29th until December 24th.
  • Hours will be Monday - Friday 4-8pm and Saturday & Sunday 12-8pm and we will be located at 2524 16th Ave S (at the kiosko on south side).

Bring your family and make this a season to remember!

To place an order or for more information call (206) 957-4605 or email us. You can view the complete price list by clicking here.

Make a Difference on #GivingTuesday 2013!

Tomorrow, December 3rd is the second annual #GivingTuesday and we need your help!
  • #GivingTuesday invites you to join a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the Holiday Season. How will you give back?
  • Help us spread the word by sharing your giving on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
  • #GivingTuesday proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. It celebrates how Americans can do more with their wallets than just shop - and that we Americans can give as good as we can get.
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CLICK HERE to make your gift to El Centro de la Raza now! Your donation puts food on the table, helps a family secure sustainable housing and employment, and empowers youth to attend college. Click here to learn more about the #GivingTuesday movement.
El Centro de la Raza Co-Sponsors Legislative Summit on Racial Equity
El Centro de la Raza is excited to be one of 21 co-sponsors for the Legislative Summit on Racial Equity on Tuesday, December 3rd. The goal of the event is to bring together legislators and community members to discuss issues impacting communities of color and low-income communities in Washington. The focus of the event will be sharing personal stories, and outlining a proactive policy agenda that will move our state towards racial equity. There will be a call to action/commitment from the larger group to work on these issues, and we'll be asking legislators to be champions for the various bills we're advocating for. See below for more information.
  • When: Tuesday December 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm
  • Where: New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave South)
  • Registration link:
    Childcare and interpretation will be provided. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
Click here to register for the event online. 

Anuncios y Felicitaciones
Announcements & Congratulations

Financial, Homebuyer and Lending Circle Education

The fall season of lending circle formation and information meetings, financial education classes and homebuyer education is about to begin. Click here to view the complete schedule.

Financiero, para Compradores de Vivienda y Lending Circle Educación

La temporada de otoño de la formación del círculo de préstamos y reuniones de información, clases de Orientación de Propiedad de Vivienda y Taller Para Compradores de Casa está a punto de comenzar. Haz clic aquí para ver el calendario completo.

Sign Up for Spanish Classes Offered by El Centro de la Raza
  • Learn and improve your Spanish skills while you support El Centro de la Raza!
  • Class fees help support our 44 Human Service and Community Building Programs.
  • Classes are instructed by professional native Spanish speakers in an interactive community-based setting.
Winter Quarter Dates:
January 21st - March 27th
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:00-7:30 PM
Questions? Please call (206) 957-4605 or e-mail

Hold Your Next Event at El Centro de la Raza
  • Our historical community space is a unique and practical venue for all types of events from meetings, trainings or workshops to parties and cultural celebtrations.
  • Ammenities include TV's, wireless internet connection, white boards, tables and chairs for your use, and of course the cultural art that makes El Centro de la Raza special.
For more information or to book a reservation at El Centro de la Raza contact our Facilities Manager at (206) 957-4603 or

New 'RACE' Exhibit at Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center
is currently hosting a brand-new exhibit that explores the meaning of "race" on a scientific and social level. The exhibit challenges us to re-evaluate our pre-existing notions of race and the way we view and experience race in their everyday lives. In a city rich with cultural diversity, "RACE: Are We So Different?" is especially significant, as it reminds us of our humanity in an engaging, entertaining, and thought provoking manner. The exhibit is open now and will continue to be open until January 5th, 2014.
Click here for more information about RACE and the Pacific Science Center
Affordable Apartments for Artists
Artspace is proud to introduce our third project in Seattle, Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, a new mixed-use arts facility adjacent to the Mt. Baker Light Rail Station. This Transit Oriented Development (TOD) will consist of 56 affordable apartments for artists and their families, and retail spaces on the ground floor. We look forward to the creation of a vibrant creative community at the gateway to Rainier Valley. Occupancy is scheduled for spring 2014. To be placed on the interested artist list for the residential apartments, or to inquire about a commercial space, please contact Rebecca Morton at

El Centro de la Raza Events!

  • December 2: #GivingTuesday
  • December 5: Café Con El Centro
  • December 7: Vegetarian Tamale Class
  • December 12: Las Posadas Event
  • December 14: Tamale Class
  • December 24: Last Day of Christmas Tree Sale


2014 budget to focus on public safety, education & moving homeless off streets 
Seattle district catches up on complex school-assignment plan

Ruling on Arizona Ethnic Studies law appealed 

Deportations on hold for spouses, children of military veterans


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Tamale Making Classes
at El Centro de la Raza
10 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturdays: 
Next class will be December 14th, 2013
Taught by Master Tamalera, Jamie 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:
Winter 2013 Class Schedule:
January 21, 2013 – March 27, 2013
Learn Spanish from native speakers in a unique educational setting! Class fees help support our 44 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, December 5th
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,
Alexia Klatt:
(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:
The Boeing Company. $30,000 for Youth Job Readiness Program.

City of Seattle Small & Simple Neighborhood Matching Grant. $25,000 for Elevator Rennovations & Safety Upgrades

 Walmart. $30,000 for Senior Congregate

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

Dorry Elias-Garcia
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
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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