El Centro de la Raza - September eNews
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September 10, 2014

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

It's finally September! That means our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala, on September 27th, is only 2 weeks away! The Gala, which celebrates our anniversary, will feature a three-course dinner, music, a live and silent auction, and the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships. We have been working hard to procure some excellent auction items, and we can’t wait for you to see them at the event!

On that day, we will be honoring the winners of the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards. These outstanding leaders, working in our community, are building the Beloved Community by striving for social justice. ¡Felicidades to the selected winners: Diane Narasaki, Lisa Daugaard, and Daniel “King Khazm” Kogita!  

I would also like to thank Congressman Adam Smith for taking a necessary step in the effort to secure the release of Nestora Salgado. A year ago, Ms. Nestora Salgado was unjustly imprisoned in Guerrero, Mexico on charges related to her leadsrship position in an indigenous community police force. Congressman Smith, troubled by her prison conditions, wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary John Kerry bringing attention to the situation and advocating for her release. In the letter, he asks Secretary Kerry for assitance to ensure that Nestora is afforded due process and brought safely home to her family. Click here to view the full context of the letter. For more information about her story watch the press conference held at Seattle University. 
Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias
Roberto Maestas Legacy Award Winners

Congratulations to our winners! Mil gracias for your hard work and commitment to building the Beloved Community!
Diane Head ShotDiane Narasaki is a co-chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission and Executive Director of Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS). ACRS is nationally recognized for its culturally competent, Asian Pacific American community-based social justice advocacy and wide range of multigenerational behavioral health and human services in nearly 40 languages for 25,000 community members. She was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She co-founded the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, and served as an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services on the Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council. She was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority’s Governing Council, and by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. She co-founded and chairs the King County Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, co-chaired the Committee to Reverse the Japanese American Wartime Cases and the Asian Pacific Women’s Caucus, and chaired the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, the Minority Executive Directors Coalition and its Racial Profiling & Police Accountability Task Force. The Ford Foundation recognized her with its Leadership for a Changing World Award, the International Examiner recognized her with its Community Voice Award, Seattle University with its Ignite Award for Change, and the Puget Sound Business Journal with its “Woman of Influence” Award.
Lisa DaugaardLisa Daugaard is the Co-Chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission and Interim Deputy Director of the King County Department of Public Defense, and Policy Director at the Public Defender Association. Since 2001, under Lisa's leadership, the Racial Disparity Project at PDA has focused on racial disparity in Seattle drug arrests, and since 2005, they have worked to develop LEAD, a pre-arrest diversion alternative to traditional arrest and prosecution for low-level drug and prostitution suspects. Prior to becoming a public defender in 1996, she directed the Urban Justice Center Organizing Project and was Legal Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, both in New York City, and was a fellow at the ACLU National Legal Department.
King Khazm-Zulu-NationKing Khazm has been a formative force in the International Hip Hop community for years, and his momentum as an artist, emcee, producer, educator and community organizer has only grown since he founded MADK Productions in 1995 and 206 Zulu Nation in 2004. 206 Zulu is a non-profit organization that uses urban arts and culture as a platform for self empowerment, civic service and violence prevention. As an artist, Khazm’s contributions to the culture have been significant as well, releasing various material as a producer and performing artist. His breadth and skill as a visual artist fueled his work in graphic design, and his art installations have been featured in various locations. Khazm’s current pursuits in Hip Hop activism, his participation in the curriculum development and delivery of Hip Hop classes, workshops, panel discussions, and other educational-oriented activities centered on youth empowerment, has led him to a more comprehensive perspective of Hip Hop in the global age and its role in society. Some notable merits include a Kingship award from Afrika Bambaataa (Godfather of Hip Hop) and the UZN, Community Leadership award from Seattle Mayor Nickels, and Hip Hop History Month Proclamations from Seattle Mayor McGinn and Bremerton Mayor Lent. King Khazm believes that arts and culture are key components in mobilizing youth and communities towards education.

We look forward to honoring these phenomenal individuals on September 27th at our Building the Beloved Community Gala! Purchase your admission here.

Fun and Educational Summer for the Luis Alfonso Velásquez After School Program

When school is out, the students of the Luis Alfonso Velásquez After School Program (ages 5-12) come to El Centro de la Raza every weekday. They had a very busy – and fun! – summer full of educational activities, cultural programming, nutrition and health exercises, and hosting visitors from around the community.

Highlights of the summer include weekly cooking classes with SNAC (the Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium), science lessons with the Pacific Science Center, three separate reading challenges, Zumba classes, swimming, and field trips to Woodland Park Zoo and Henry Moses Aquatic Center. And all summer long, the students continued extracurricular work in math, reading and writing in order to maintain their academic proficiency.

The new school year began September 3rd and the students will continue participation in the After School Program’s dual-language curriculum. The curriculum has three main goals: academic achievement through homework assistance; community involvement and cultural programming; and non-violence training.  

We wish all of Seattle’s students a happy and successful new, school year! 

Donate now to ensure that bright young students continue to be a part of this program and learn to work hard towards a successful future. 

Don’t Miss the 2014 Roberto Maestas Legacy Wine!
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We are excited to debut the limited edition, custom label for our 2014 Roberto Maestas Legacy Wine! This label reflects Roberto’s belief that “it is for the children that we work, for they are the ones who know how to love . . . for they are the hope of the world.” -José Martí

Take home a bottle of Northwest Cellars 2012 Serenade, a red varietal composed of 42% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 4% Malbec from the Columbia Valley. This wine has a great balance.

Join us September 27th at the Building the Beloved Community Gala to purchase a bottle, or go online to www.belovedcommunitygala.org


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Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

El Centro de la Raza’s 2014 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Register Now for our Annual Fundraising Gala:

  • Saturday, September 27th, 2014
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Reception, Dinner, Silent Auction & Live Auction

Join us on September 27th to:

  • Raise vital funds for El Centro de la Raza’s 44 programs and services 
  • Celebrate with the winners of the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarship

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Sign Up for Our New Cooking Classes Today!


Learn how to cook traditional cultural dishes, and support your community at the same time!

El Centro de la Raza is excited to announce that we are expanding our 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.
 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 - Health Coverage Enrollment Program at El Centro de la Raza

Need help registering for health coverage? El Centro de la Raza has a new Health Coverage Enrollment Program! This program will be assisting people already enrolled in health care plans by guiding them through the state regulated website. We will also be re-directing people who are not eligible for state assisted health coverage to appropriate free clinics and community health centers in Washington State. There are new eligibility requirements for Washington Apple Health so more people are now eligible, including undocumented children and pregnant women! Stop by for information about your rights under the Affordable Care Act. If you need help registering for health coverage, sign-up for a personal one-on-one meeting with the enrollment navigator located in the Frances Martinez Community Services Center. For more information, contact the Enrollment Navigator, Ramiro Reyes by email or at (206) 957-4625 ext. 325

Foster Parents Needed in our Friends of Youth Program

The current border crisis involving so many children from Mexico and Central America has many local adults asking the question: “How can I help?”

For almost six years, Friends of Youth, located at El Centro de la Raza, has licensed caring parents to take in undocumented and unaccompanied young people. The children have already been screened for health, behavior and education needs. These children do not have a relative to sponsor them and need a home to stay in while they progress through immigration court. They will be assigned a local attorney to represent them in court.

We have several foster homes already and have cared for many children. Some of the children have stories of being trafficked and many talk about the trauma they experienced in their home country and along their journey here. 

As a foster parent, you do not interact with the federal government or with the courts. Your responsibility is the same as any parent – to help your child thrive in family, in school, in social groups, and learn the necessary living skills to be ready for life as an adult. We have bi-lingual staff to support you.

The primary requirement for foster parents of our Unaccompanied Youth is the ability to become licensed as a foster parent with Friends of Youth. Please visit our website for more information about licensing your home. We will help you with the necessary training and support as you complete the steps to get a foster parent license. If you have any interest in ways to help, please contact Paul Tan or Karla Sanchez in our El Centro Office, Room 205. Our phone number is (206) 859-6290 ext. 221 (Paul), ext. 222 (Karla).

10th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration!

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El Centro de la Raza will be celebrating its 10th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event on Sunday, November 1st from 5pm to 9pm. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm. Our community ofrenda/altar exhibit is focused on encouraging social change while honoring loved ones who have passed away. We would like to invite you or your organization to contribute to our exhibit. Interested in participating? Here is what you need to do:
  • Create and design an ofrenda/altar representative of social issues that you are passionate about.
  • Write a short piece on the social issues represented in your ofrenda/altar.
  • Fill out an application by clicking here. Contact cultura@elcentrodelaraza.org with questions.
We look forward to hearing your ideas!

United Way Day of Caring

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 United Way’s Day of Caring is dedicated to giving back and doing good for the community. El Centro de la Raza participates in the United Way of King County’s Day of Caring annually. This year’s Day of Caring will be held on Friday, September 19th from 8:30am to 3pm. Last year, El Centro de la Raza hosted 130 volunteers for various projects, such as grounds beautification and preparation for our Building the Beloved Community Gala. Day of Caring is not only a day for volunteerism, but also a day for building partnerships, making friends, and having fun. We look forward to hosting new groups this year! If you would like to join the volunteers at El Centro de la Raza on that day, please email Ruby Montes de Oca 

State Financial Aid for DREAMers, Apply NOW!

Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, a new state law will expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the program's income and eligibility requirements in addition to all three residency criteria listed below.

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED.
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to earning the high school diploma or equivalent and continuously since.
  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a resident of the United States when eligible to apply.
The free web-based WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) allows non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. Many colleges also require additional applications with separate deadlines, so make sure to check with your college for specific dates! Click here to access the WASFA application, and click here for detailed instructions that will guide you through the application.

El Centro de la Raza Offering Financial Education Classes

Bring your financial questions, and we'll be sure to cover the topics that are most important to you, from getting affordable car loans to preparing yourself financially to buy a house! At the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a financial counselor, as well as receive a certificate of attendance making you eligible for a $100 incentive! Click here for dates and more detailed, bilingual information.

Free Bilingual Legal Clinics at El Centro de la Raza

Need legal assistance but can't afford it? Mil gracias to Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington for graciously providing free legal clinics in 2014, on the second Wednesday of every month. We are excited to be hosting these bilingual clinics here at El Centro de la Raza! Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

Become a Knowledgeable Homeowner at Our Homebuyer Education Workshops

El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership Center is holding a series of monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops. These classes will give you an overview of the home buying process and will be led by fully bilingual volunteers and staff. Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like Homebuyer, Health Coverage, and Financial Education classes, click here or call (206) 957-4652.

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Undocumented Immigrant Exhibition at St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral! 

St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral will host an exhibition, created by Robert Adler and Tom Feher, about undocumented immigrants on their way to the U.S. The exhibition, “I Have A Name” features a collection of life-sized photographs and quotes from 30 Central American and Mexican migrantes. The paperback publication, describing each immigrant’s grueling journey, will be available for sale at the exhibition. The opening reception takes place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM and the show continues until October 12. The photographer, Tom Feher, will be there to discuss the project and respond to questions. Visit their website for more information or contact Nan Nalder with questions.

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Releases Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Delay Administrative Action on Immigration

On September 6th, President Obama announced that administrative action on immigration will be delayed until after the elections in November. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía said, “Today, President Obama gave in to the fears of Democratic political operatives, crushing the hopes of millions of hard-working people living under the constant threat of deportation and family separation.” This decision, made to avoid a political problem, will delay relief to millions of families across the U.S. Click here to read the entire press statement. 

Celebrate the Latino Community!


Come out and celebrate the cultures of Latin America at the parade and community festivals! Fiestas Patrias features a parade, health fair, music, dancers, art, and food. There are multiple events so make sure to check them out. Check out their website for more information. 

Parade and Festival: 11am-6pm on September 13th at 14th Avenue South and Sea Mar Plaza

Festival: 12pm-8pm on September 13th and 12pm-5pm on September 14th at Seattle Center


“Bless Me Ultima” Screening at Beacon Hill Library


On Saturday, September 20th, from 2-5pm, the Beacon Hill Library will be showing the film, “Bless Me Ultima.” The novel, written by Rudolfo Anaya, is a coming of age story about a young boy inspired by his curandera or healer, Ultima. With her guidance, he begins to see the world from a different perspective. Click here for full film description. After the film, there will be a short discussion about the controversial novel and its historical background. Read here about the novel and why it is controversial. The event is FREE and registration is not required. Call the Beacon Hill Library (206)-684-4711 with questions. 

 Seattle Latino Film Festival!


The Sixth Annual Seattle Latino Film Festival will run from Friday, October 3rd until Sunday, October 12th. The festival focuses on supporting Latin American culture in the Pacific Northwest by showcasing Latin American filmaking. For more information check of the SLFF website

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov. Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

Roberto Maestas Legacy Award Winners

Luis Alfonso Vel
ásquez After School Program

Wine Frenzy!

More Auction Item Highlights!

Spanish Classes Open for Enrollment

NEW- Health Coverage Enrollment Program

Friends of Youth Program- Foster Parents Needed

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

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Events Calendar:

September 20: Tamale Class
October 4: Tortilla & Pinto Bean Class
October 11: Enchiladas & Salsa Class

Mil Gracias Summer Funders:

KUOW - Media Sponsorship
Radio Advertisements for 2014 Día de los Muertos Event

Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Clear Channel Outdoor

Clear Channel

Chase Bank

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Bank of America
Ben Bridge Jewler
HomeStreet Bank

Catholic Community Services
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare

Seattle City Light
Walsh Construction
Washington Education Association

Kantor Taylor
Plaza Bank
PNW Carpenters
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Education Association
Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Seahawks
SEIU Local 6
SMR Architects
Sprague Israel Giles
Union Bank
United Healthcare
United Way
Washington Dental Service Foundation
Washington Federal
Watson McDonnell
Washington Community Reinvestment Association

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News Roundup:

Vote for Columbus Day Renaming Scheduled for October 13th 
Public Artists Selected for the Plaza Roberto Maestas

King County proposes 48 bus-route reductions for early 2015

Obama Weighs Risks and Rewards on Immigration Action

TODAY and Telemundo Team Up for Viva TODAY

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary

Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Cristina Garcia
Dorry Elias-Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Jeff Middelton
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres

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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
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
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
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

Youth Violence Prevention

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