July eNews - Today is Roberto's birthday


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Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

Today, July 9th, is Roberto’s birthday. It is a bittersweet day because Roberto is remembered and celebrated by all at El Centro de la Raza, and at the same time my daughters and I feel the enduring sadness of his absence and wish he were still here with us, being his loving, friendly and outrageous self. Those of you who knew Roberto personally remember that he lit up a room, with a unique fullness of life, and that he brought excitement and dynamism in all of his interactions with you. How could we not miss this magnificent husband, father, friend and fighter for justice.  

This day also evokes special memories of the celebrations we had in years past around this time of year. Curiously enough, we never held birthday celebrations for Roberto himself. He used to joke that he was the President and CEO of the Youngest Siblings of the World Society, which beheld elder siblings as the great tormentors. As a result, he felt it was most important to have a grand and festive party on July 4th for our youngest daughter, Adriana, whose birthday falls on July 5th. As an important aspect of the society’s work, the celebration had to be huge. We spent all night roasting a whole pig in a fire pit for the occasion and invited hundreds of people to our home to enjoy the magical moments created when family and friends, hot summer days and delectable food come together. Roberto would tell Adriana that the July 4th fireworks were for her. The annual party was pure joy for Roberto.

Today, I send my beloved “Viejo” Las Mañanitas (click here to listen) por sus Cumpleaños, the Mexican birthday song, which he sang if he knew it was your birthday. He even sang it to Senator Patty Murray as she shares the same birthday as El Centro de la Raza. We remember him in this newsletter with the photographs in the collage below. Roberto Felipe Maestas - ¡PRESENTE!

Roberto would be 75 years old today, and he should have at least lived to be 84 based on the average life expectancy for Latinos. His life would likely have been much longer had he managed to stop smoking. Through the generous support of the Muckleshoot Tribe, El Centro de la Raza is in its second year of a Smoking Cessation Program that is targeted at helping our youth and others overcome dangerous and deadly cigarette addictions.

Roberto used to say, "We are going to begin to heal this beautiful world of ours and its people...and El Centro de la Raza is going to be a tiny little part of that." Today we celebrate Roberto's birthday and honor his life that was dedicated to social justice. I urge you to be a tiny little part of that with us, and now is the perfect opportunity. President Barack Obama has stepped up to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, and has also drafted a comprehensive energy, carbon-reduction, and climate change plan. We need to come together and thank him for his leadership, and support him in facing the powerful opponents of this plan. Please read the article below, and sign the CREDO petition.

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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.

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Roberto Maestas!

Roberto Maestas Collage 3

FREE Summer Meals at El Centro de la Raza!
Summer meals

June 24th - August 22th
Monday -Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 12 (noon) – Lunch
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Snack

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:
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!

Summer Meals Program Provides Employment to Youth
Chris Summer meals
Meet Chris! Chris is a summer youth intern who is helping out with the Summer Meals program through the Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Distributing healthy lunches that include fruits and veggies, turkey sandwiches, taco and ceasar salads and more to neighborhood kids, Chris works 28 hours per week at El Centro de la Raza! A Case Manager from SYEP visited Chris's high school and told him about the program. "I do sports," Chris says "but all my friends have summer jobs. So this internship helps me to not stay home doing nothing." This is Chris's second time as a summer intern at El Centro de la Raza. When he was 14, he assisted with the art classes in the summer Hope for Youth program. Help us welcome Chris back to El Centro de la Raza by visiting him in the Kiosko/gazebo 11-noon or 3-4 p.m Monday through Thursday, and remember, kids and teens eat free!

Thank President Obama for taking major steps forward against climate change
Thank President Obama
"Thank you for doing two of the biggest things you could do today to help the United States lead the world in the fight against climate change: moving forward on rules to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, and committing to reject Keystone XL if it increases carbon pollution - which it does. Sincerely, {FIRST_NAME}"

The Keystone XL fight is now, officially, on our terms.
In a surprise announcement, in his first major address on climate change in four-and-a-half years as President, Barack Obama said that he would not approve Keystone XL if it significantly increased carbon emissions.

This is huge. It is a huge sign that the pressure we have put on the administration is working. More than 62,000 people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience if necessary to stop Keystone XL, precisely because it will lead to “game over for the climate” by lighting the fuse to detonate the carbon bomb of the Alberta tar sands into our atmosphere. Also in today’s speech was the President’s announcement that his administration was moving forward on a rule to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Click here to see the President's Climate Action Plan.

Setting the terms for rejecting Keystone XL and moving forward on limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants were the two most important things President Obama could have done today. More than anything else, we are grateful for this leadership. So while we have a lot of work to do, today is an important day to thank the President for his leadership.

Sign the petition thanking President Obama for leading on climate change. Click here to automatically add your name.


Seattle Mabuhay Lions Club Offers FREE Health Screenings to the Public at El Centro de la Raza
NW Lions truck
August 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems. This year, the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. El Centro de la Raza is proud to partner with Seattle Mabuhay Lions Cub for this commendable activity.

Learn Spanish or Improve Your Spanish!

Spanish Class Image for E-blastSpring Quarter Spanish Classes begin on 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 (206) 957-4605
or email Yuni Castorena. Click to view the flier.

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

Youth Poetry

Alianno is from American Samoa and is entering 7th grade. In his free time, he likes to play rugby and football, cook, shop for new games, and hang out with friends and family. His goal for the future is to be a lawyer or an engineer. This poem was inspired by his love for crickets and insects. Every time he hears their songs, he pretends that he is the conductor and they are the band.

Orchestra Night

As night grips the light
And the crickets sing
I lead them out the night
And the crickets go Ding!
Everybody’s silent
Then the first note plays
I raise my hand to conduct
All the crickets sing
And bullfrogs leap
This is morning to all nocturnal animals
As they come out at night
They all join my song
And this is how I know to sing along


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 & Congratulations


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!


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



Feliz Cumpleaños Roberto Maestas!

Thank President Obama for Taking Major Steps Forward on Climate Change

Free Summer Meals at El Centro de la Raza

Summer Meals Program Provides Employment to Youth

Summer Quarter Spanish Classes begin July 16th

Building the Beloved Community Gala, October 5th

Youth Poetry

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Support El Centro de la Raza's 33 programs by simply clicking here! Automatic monthly donations are a great option to give all year long!
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Tamale Making Classes
at El Centro de la Raza
10 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturdays: 
Next class will 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, August 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 $91,068 for one year of Youth Job Readiness

KUOW $2250 for Día de los Muertos advertising

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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