September eNews - El Centro de la Raza


Click to view this email in a browser
ElCentroHeader_Tagline for eNEWS

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

On October 5th, 2013, we will be honoring the people in our community who are building the Beloved Community by striving for multi-racial unity and social justice. We have selected the winners of the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards! Congratulations to Mary Flowers and Michael Woo!

The "Building the Beloved Community Gala", October 5th, will feature a three-course dinner, mariachi music, a live and silent auction, and the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships. Tickets are selling fast! Don't wait to reserve your seat! We are also still looking for Table Ambassadors! Table Ambassadors play a critical role in inviting and welcoming guests to their table, and setting the mood for the evening. We also have advertising space available in our event program booklet and we are always looking for great auction items! If you'd like more information on how to purchase a ticket, become a Table Ambassador, purchase advertising space, or donate an item, please visit

Auction items to be featured:

    ♦  Original artwork by Alfredo Arreguín, Fulgencio Lazo, Jose Orantes, Blanca Santander and             Marcio Diaz!
    ♦  A week long stay at a condo in South Africa!
    ♦  A YMCA family membership!
    ♦  Zip-lining with Canopy Tours Northwest!
        Click to see more!

August 15th marked the one-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program's inception. Immigrant youth and their allies successfully pressured the Obama Administration to enact the law which would allow certain undocumented youth to obtain work permits and to be immune from routine deportation.

We have achieved much over the past year, but there is much we have yet to do to make the DACA program a complete success. This year, 557,412 people have applied for DACA. But, according to estimates, as many as 1.9 million people could be eligible for it. As part of the "Own the Dream Campaign", the National Immigration Law Center has created a new mobile DACA app to encourage more people to learn about DACA and related resources “Pocket DACA” is now available for download. Click here to watch the how-to video.

Visit NILC's website to access DACA educational materials including information on in-state tuition, health care reform and DACA and workplace rights.

This year nearly 500,000 young people realized their dream of living and working without fear. Let us continue to fight for an immigration system that allows all undocumented people and aspiring citizens to have the chance to realize theirs!

Estela resized 2
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.

Announcing the Roberto Maestas Legacy Award Winners!

Congratulations to these phenomenal individuals for their hard work and commitment! The "Beloved Community" is possible because of you!

Mary Flowers
Mary Flowers is a deeply insightful advocate for communities of color, especially those that are affected by the criminal justice system. Mary is a Sr. Grants and Contracts Manager with the City of Seattle and has engaged in projects around Homeless Intervention, Transitional Living and Stable Housing. Mary is also a Core Trainer and Organizer with the People's Institute NW. She has been facilitating "Undoing Racism" Trainings since 1995 and grounds her organizing in the principles of undoing racism. Mary has trained thousands of diverse people of all races and ages locally and nationally. The diversity of people she has worked with includes professors, youth, students, and professionals from a vast array of professions and institutions. Her insightful and experiential guidance to trainees earned her an invitation to join the NAACP in 2004. With the NAACP, she works with incarcerated people to help identify problems in the education system, and connects prisoners with educational institutions and other institutions that are doing the most harm to communities of color. She believes in the power of multi-generational dialogue that helps both young and old to overcome the trauma that has been accruing with each generation due to racism and violence, in order to move past the violence of today. She is a long-time member of the Black Prisoner's Caucus, a support network for inmates who are in the re-entry process. She has helped to plan education summits at Monroe Prison and is currently involved with a Career Bridge program at both Monroe and Clallum Bay Prisons. The individual who nominated Mary wrote, "A voice for the poor, Mary Flowers is a kind and caring person who often visits people sitting in prisons and jails to bring her beautiful smile, warm hugs and good news of hope."

Michael WooMichael Woo is well-known in Seattle for building partnerships and mobilizing communities. He brings a strong belief in giving voice to workers and a history of community organizing that dates back to the early 1970’s when he helped racially integrate Seattle’s building and construction trades as an organizer with the United Construction Workers Association; and supported immigrant cannery workers in Alaska and migrant farm workers in WA fight back against discrimination, unfair treatment and working conditions.

In 2008 Michael realized that Green Jobs was an area poised for growth, so he brought together the first group of young people to study the issue in Seattle/King County. What started as an exploratory research project became an advocacy and organizing group with the goal of ensuring that low-income communities will fully participate in opportunities that the Green Economy creates. Since founding the South Seattle community organizing group, Got Green, Michael has helped lead campaigns to expand affordability and access to healthy food and bring federal stimulus dollars and union-certified green job trainings to local communities of color. He is current passion is an effort to get a Targeted Local Hire Ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council that would turn local tax dollars into living wage construction jobs for workers of color and women workers.

We look forward to honoring Mary Flowers and Michael Woo on October 5th!

Building the Beloved Community Gala October 5th, 2013
Beloved Community Gala graphic
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.  and will be joined on stage by this year’s Masters of Ceremonies, Patricia Lally, and Nate Miles!
Click here to see a preview of some of the items! 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:

Congratulations to ESL Class Graduates!

On August 13th, our English as a Second Language class students received certificates of excellence recognizing their participation in the summer quarter 2013. Many of the students who take ESL classes through our partnership program with Seattle Central Community College come from immigrant and refugee families. We had Spanish speaking students from all over Latin America including Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile and Cuba and several non Spanish speakers who come from China and Gambia. These students gained important written, spoken and listening language skills, crucial to negotiating employment and citizenship opportunities in the US. The classes are free and we award participants who come to both classes in the week a bag of groceries from our food bank to incentivize attendance. Being located on Beacon Hill, where so many different languages are spoken and so many cultures intersect, the ESL classroom became a space of cultural exchange where our English learning exercises ranged from singing songs about the days of the week to discussing language barriers to gaining citizenship to sharing foods from our various cultures. El Centro de la Raza has the privilege of awarding 21 certificates of excellence to our participants who completed the program. We are looking forward to our next quarter starting on September 24th. Call 206-957-4634, or see below, for more information about fall classes!
ESL Class triumphant
A triumphant finish to a great quarter! Congratulations ESL Class Graduates!

Mil Gracias City of Seattle!
Summer meals

Mil gracias to the City of Seattle for helping to feed young people in our community through the Free Summer Meals Program! At El Centro de la Raza, we served 625 lunches and 600 snacks to youth ages 17 and younger. This service was 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.

Join us for a Preview Screening of "The Graduates/Los Graduados"
Juan Portrait_edit (2)
Saturday, September 7
2:00 PM (doors 1:30 PM)

The Frye Art Museum Auditorium
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, 98104 - No cost parking across the street

*This is a FREE event!

Wilmer Valderrama, actor and vocal advocate for the Latino Community, PBS Keynote Clip

Darlene Portrait_edit (2)Much more than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the student profiles in The Graduates/Los Graduados offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy, and pressure to contribute to the family finances. The stories in this compelling documentary make you root along with the successes and challenges of los graduados. The Graduates/Los Graduados is an eye-opening introduction to many of the determined and resilient young people who will shape America’s future. Click to watch the trailer!

The Parent-Child Home Program is Looking for Families!

Children readingThanks to additional funding through United Way of King County, the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) now has space available for 20 additional families. The PCHP is a research-based early literacy and school readiness program for families with children ages 16 months to 2 1/2 years. At the family's invitation, specially-trained visitors come twice weekly over a two-year period with gifts of books and educational toys. Using these materials, the visitor teams with the parent in exercises to stimulate the child's development. The program is completely free and we are currently recruiting families that live in the City of Seattle who have children ages 16 months old up to 2 1/2 years old.

  ♦  Assistance preparing your child for school
  ♦  One-on-one Weekly Guidance
  ♦  FREE books and toys
  ♦  Twice weekly visits for two years (required)

Register today!
Lucero Cueva-Estrella, Family Involvement Coordinator 

(206) 957-4642

El Programa de Inicio Padres e Hijos se busca familias!

Children readingGracias a la financiación adicional a través de United Way del Condado de King, el Programa de Inicio Padres e Hijos (PCHP) ahora tiene espacio disponible para 20 familias adicionales. El PCHP es una alfabetización temprana basada en la investigación y el programa de preparación escolar para las familias con niños de hasta 16 meses a 2 1/2 años. Por invitación de la familia, los visitantes especialmente entrenados vienen dos veces por semana durante un período de dos años con los regalos de libros y juguetes educativos. El uso de estos materiales, los equipos visitantes con los padres en los ejercicios para estimular el desarrollo del niño. El programa es totalmente gratuito y actualmente estamos reclutando familias latinas que viven en la ciudad de Seattle que tienen los niños mayores de 16 meses de edad hasta 2 1/2 años de edad.

♦  Asistencia para prepara a su hijo/a para el comienzo de la escuela
♦  Orientación y asesoramiento personalizado
♦  Libros y jeguetes GRATIS
♦  Recibirá2 visitas por semana por 2 años (requerido)

¡Regístrese hoy!
Lucero Cueva-Estrella, Coordinadora de Participación de la Familia
(206) 957-4642

Important Information on The Affordable Care Act - The Next Steps

Starting October 1, 2013, Washington State residents who want to apply or renew their health care coverage for children, parent/caretaker relatives with children, someone who is pregnant, or an adult age 19 up to 65, must apply through a new web portal called WA Healthplanfinder.  See more information at The application process will begin October 1, 2013Coverage will begin January 1, 2014 for the New Adult Medical Program and October 1, 2013, for the Family, Children and Pregnancy Medical programs.

New applicants who might be eligible for “Classic Medicaid” will be directed to Washington Connection benefit portal to complete the forms.
People who qualify for Classic Medicaid are: aged, blind or disabled individual, long-term care and waivered services recipients, supplemental security income cash recipients, refugees or foster care children.

Between now and their next eligibility review, clients are reminded to report any changes in personal information, such as an address change through Washington Connection, by mail, or by phone to the Community Services Customer Service Center at 1-877-501-2233.

Estas interesado en emprender un negocio?
Washington CASH
Inscribete al
Taller de Emprende!

Fechas y Horario:
Taller Emprende en la ciudad de Tukwila:
Sabado 21 de Septiembre de 9:30am a 2:00pm
Taller Emprende en la ciudad de Everett:
Miercoles,18 de Septiembre de 5:00pm a 9:30pm
El taller es gratuito y se les pide mucha puntualidad. Traiga algo que comer ya que no esta incluido el almuerzo, tampoco tenemos cuidado de niños.

Help Seattle Become the World's Most Compassionate City!

compassion games
Are we, at El Centro de la Raza, a compassionate group? Of course, we are! We’ve been a beacon of compassion, growing the Beloved Community right here on Beacon Hill, for 41 years. And we can get together – in the spirit of fun and goodness – to show our stuff in the Compassion Games September 11 – 21.  We can join in the Compassion Harvest food drive, clean graffiti, pick up litter – we decide. We can work together or individually. All that really matters is that we play! 

How do we keep score? It’s easy. After doing any act of compassion during the week of Sept. 11-21, just access the website,and click on the Compassion Map in the title bar. At the end of the week we’ll see which group racked up the most points.

We’ll also host the closing ceremonies here at El Centro de la Raza on September 21, at 4:00 PM.  Come and celebrate the eleven days of compassionate action that Seattle has generated during the Compassion Games! Make a difference to someone else and help Seattle become the most compassionate city in the United States!

Community Technology Projects Receive $320,000 in Assistance
City of Seattle Seattle City CouncilThis month, Seattle City Council approved $320,000 in matching funds to support twenty-four community technology projects across the city. The grants will provide technological resources for youth and families, immigrants and refugees, seniors, people with disabilities and job seekers. Mil Gracias to the Seattle City Council for approving El Centro de la Raza as a project site to expand wi-fi capabilities throughout our building, which will provide internet access to our seniors!   Click here to see the complete list of project sites

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington
Latinos Documentary
Thursday, September 5th, 12:00 pm
Seattle Public Library
Screening of Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington followed by a panel discussion with Enrique Cerna, Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney and Erasmo Gamboa

The webpage for Enique Cerna's. KCTS9 documentary Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington is now 'live'. You can view the full documentary as well as individual segments, plus other important information. Please check it out.

Experience Latino Art in Seattle!

Visions and Environments
Latino Art Exhibit
July - October 2013
Washington State Convention Center
Level 2, South Galleria
800 Convention PL Seattle, WA 98101

Hispanic Heritage Month Reception
Friday, September 13, 2013
5-8 pm

Alfredo Arreguín
Blanca Santander
Fulgencio Lazo
Jose Orantes
Marcio Diaz
Tatiana Garmendia

Click here for more information about this exhibit and the artists

To Give in Return
To Give in Return
On exhibit through September 6th, 2013
Closing reception September 5th 2013, 4 - 6 pm
Remarks at 5 pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room

City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery
600 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Gallery Hours: M-F 7 - 6 pm

Shinzaburo Takeda
Fulgencio Lazo
Jesús Mena
Juan Alonso
Oswaldo Ramírez
Ponciano Germán Vargas Martínez Kum-Baash

Click here for more information
Clases Gratuitas de Inglés / Free ESL Classes

ESL graphicSe ofrecen clases de inglés como segunda lengua (ESL) para ayudar a las personas a comunicarse en inglés a traves del desarollo de cuatro habilidades fundamentales - escuchar,  hablar, leer, y escribir.

English as a Second Language classes are offered to help non-native speakers to communicate in English through the development of skills in listening, observing, speaking and writing.
24 de sept - 5 de dic           
    Sept 24th - Dec 5th
Martes y Jueves                           Tuesdays and Thursdays
De 5:30pm a 7:30pm                    
5:30 - 7:30pm
Habrá cuidado de niños.

Para mas infomación / for more information:


El Centro de la Raza Events!            

             September 11:   Legal Clinic
             September 20:  United Way Day of Caring
             September 21:  Compassion Games Closing Ceremony


             October 9:   Legal Clinic
             October 5:   Building the Beloved Community Gala
             October 19: Tamale-Making class


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.

Office Space for Lease

The space is 295 square feet located on the top floor of our historic school building. Our building is located across the street from the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station and parking is available for tenants and their guests. Please contact Elisa Miranda, our Facilities Manager, at (206) 957-4603 or for more information.



►Students and Activists Mourn the Closure of Indian Heritage School - Story
►"FAKES! Counterfeit Signs Send a Message in Ballard" - Story

►"Arizona: Immigration Activists Released" - Story
Rubio: Immigration Reform Better than Obama Executive Order" - Story

Connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute news and information!

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


Announcing the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards!

Building the Beloved Community Gala, October 5th

Congratulations to ESL Class Graduates!

Mil Gracias City of Seattle!

Join us for a Preview Screening of "The Graduates/Los Graduados"
The Parent-Child Home Program is Looking for Families!

El Programa de Inicio Padres e Hijos se busca familias!

Important Information on The Affordable Care Act - The Next Steps

Estas Interesado en Emprender un Negocio?

Help Seattle Become the World's Most Compassionate City!

Community Technology Projects Receive $320,000 in Assistance

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

Experience Latino Art in Seattle

Clases Gratuitas de Inglés / Free ESL Classes

If you use GoodSearch as your search engine, or do your online shopping through Goodshop, you can raise money for El Centro de la Raza without spending an extra cent! You may actually save money with Goodshop coupons!
GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

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 programs! Signing up is easy and FREE! Just print the form, and bring to Bartell Drugs, or ask at the store.
bartells logo
Support El Centro de la Raza's 44 programs by simply clicking here! Automatic monthly donations are a great option to give all year long!
Learn More About El Centro de la Raza!
Visit our website by clicking here!
Be our friend! Join us on Facebook and
Want to keep updated on what
El Centro de la Raza is doing?
Tamale Making Classes
at El Centro de la Raza
10 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturdays: 
Next class will be October 19th, 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:
Fall 2013 Class Schedule:
October 8, 2013 – December 10, 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!
Café con El Centro logo
Café con El Centro de la Raza:
At El Centro de la Raza
Next Café - Thursday, September 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,
Lauren Kastanas:
(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:

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

Non-Profits Email Free with VerticalResponse!