El Centro de la Raza - September eNews
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September 25, 2014

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

The time has finally come to celebrate our community during the Building the Beloved Community Gala this Saturday! Our event is not only about raising money for our wonderful programs; it is also about discovering connections, building friendships, and having fun. Saturday night will be a time to come together and celebrate the love and support we recieve from one another. We are honored to play an active role in many of your lives; mil gracias for being a part of our community here at El Centro de la Raza. I look forward to seeing all of you there! You can register here if you haven't already.  

Speaking of supporting our community, it is important that we stick together in this time of frustration over the delay to grant deferred action from deportation to undocumented immigrants. 
President Obama, breaking his promise to act before the end of the summer, has prevented millions of families facing the threat of deportation from recieving assistance. 

Although we have been let down time and again, we cannot back down. In the 2012 presidential election, Latinos came out in unprecedented numbers and made up 10% of the electorate. Therefore, Latinos were key to President Obamas re-election. Today, the number of Latinos eligible to vote is even greater and we must continue to show our strength! I urge all eligible voters to register to vote and get to the polls this November! It is important to have our voice heard and make it clear that our community will not be taken for granted. After you register, make sure to tell your friends and family! You must register to vote online before October 6th or in person before October 27th! Don’t forget to register before the deadline is up. Click here
for more information.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias
El Centro de la Raza Celebrated the Latino Community at Fiestas Patrias

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15th to October 15th, celebrates the independence of five Latin American countries. During this time, we recognize the contributions and celebrate the heritage of Latin@s in the United States. People from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered to celebrate the multicultural customs of the Latin American community during Fiestas Patrias a couple of weekends ago.

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Representatives from El Centro de la Raza participated in the festival and parade at the event. The annual festival celebrates the cultures of Latin America with music, dancers, art, and food. We had a great time seeing friends and meeting community members. We are proud to announce that El Centro de la Raza won the first place award for cultural pride! Mil gracias to Chip Veatch for driving his beautifully decorated car in the parade and to all those who came out to support us at the event!  


Auction Item Highlights

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An original Fulgencio Lazo painting will be in the live auction this Saturday, September 27th, at our Building the Beloved Community Gala! Trained as a print maker, Lazo works predominately with acrylics on canvas in his studios here in Seattle and in Oaxaca, Mexico. Take home this original acrylic on wood relief painting titled, "El Nacimiento del Arco Iris" (The Birth of a Rainbow).

View all live auction items here!


Estela Ortega Honored by Women of Color Empowered

Estela Ortega, Executive Director here at El Centro de la Raza was honored this past week as one of sixteen Amazing Women Mentors in the Seattle area by Women of Color Empowered. ¡Felicidades Estela! Women of Color Empowered (WCE), a nonprofit organization started by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, holds a luncheon and meeting three times a year to network, develop support groups, and celebrate the achievements of women of color in Seattle. Each meeting provides a different theme, honoring women from all backgrounds and careers who have worked hard to break social, political, and economic barriers. This meeting’s theme was "Amazing Women Mentors – Volunteering as a Way of Life" which honored women for being mentors to Seattle women inside and out of their respective communities. We would also like to congratulate the numerous other award winners, specifically those who have been involved here at El Centro de la Raza: Regina Glenn, Bonnie Glenn, Patricia Lally, and Lourdes Salazar. Mil gracias Estela, Regina, Bonnie, Patricia, and Lourdes for inspiring women to empower themselves, value diversity, and give back to their communities! To view all of the women honored, click here.  

El Centro de la Raza Held Another Successful Day of Caring

El Centro de la Raza hosted 155 volunteers last Friday for United Way of King County’s Day of Caring, which has become a yearly event at El Centro de la Raza. On that day, volunteers participated both at El Centro de la Raza and around King County to work together and build community ties. We hosted volunteers from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Seattle Pacific University, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Providence Health & Services, Nordstrom, and Community Volunteers. The volunteers worked on multiple projects in and around our building; including Building the Beloved Community Gala projects, Dia de los Muertos decorations, file organizing, and yard work. 

Mil gracias to all of this year’s volunteers and to all other participants who helped make this event possible!


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

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
I can't make it to the event, but I'd like to donate.

Register Now for our Fall Spanish Classes!

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Summer 2014 Spanish Class Students 

Enrollment is now open for El Centro de la Raza’s Fall Quarter of Cultural Spanish Classes. These classes are a fun and exciting way to support El Centro de la Raza as you develop your Spanish skills. If you are interested in learning Spanish or improving your skills, register today and help spread the word.
Fall Quarter: October 7th through December 11th
  • Class fee- $300 (All proceeds go directly to support our 44 services and programs)
  • 2x/week from 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Classes are taught by engaging, native Spanish speakers
  • Emphasis is on 1-on-1 conversational development
For more information or to enroll, visit our website. You can also contact us by email execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org or call us at (206) 957-4605.

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!

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

Task Force to create a Youth Action Plan!

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El Centro de la Raza is part of the King County Youth Action Plan Task Force to develop a plan that recomments to the King County Council a set of priorities in serving infants through young adulthood. You are invited to come learn about the Youth Action Planning process and share your perspective at one of the community discussions!

You can also help by encouraging young people between the ages 12-24 to fill out the survey. The results will be used by a Task Force to create the Youth Action Plan, which will be presented to the King County Council and Executive Dow Constantine.

The King County Youth Survey will be open from September 17-October 31. The purpose of this survey is to understand the ways young people want to be engaged in local government, as well as identify the most pressing issues they face.


Seattle City Council to Vote on Declaring an Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Seattle City Council met on Tuesday, September 2nd to vote on a proposal declaring that Columbus Day also be known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle. The Council instead decided to send the resolution to a committee for further discussion. Mayor Ed Murray supported the resolution, however he wanted to sign it closer to the actual holiday so the city had time to educate Seattle public. On September 16th, parts of the City Council met again to discuss the resolution. At this time, members of the Order of the Sons of Italy were there to provide testimony against it. They believe that recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an attack on Italian culture and heritage. However, attacking Italian culture and heritage is not the aim of this resolution. It was proposed to celebrate tolerance and friendship among all cultures on that day. After discussion, the committee voted unanimously in favor of the resolution. It will be brought before the entire council for a final vote on October 6th. Read the full Seattle Weekly article here

City of Yakima Changes Election System
Mateo ArteagaRogelio Montes, and the American Civil Liberties Union stood up for voting rights in Yakima and came out with a victory! Latinos currently make up 41% of the population in the City of Yakima, however no Latino has ever been elected to the City Council. This election system violates the Voting Rights Act because the voting preferences of the minority community are pushed aside by the non-Latino vote. A federal court ruled that the City of Yakima must change its election system and give the Latino community a voice in the city government! Read the full story here.

King County Public Health to Close Many Necessary Services
Due to drastic budget cuts, King County Public Health is facing massive deficits. Therefore, this November, King County will decide whether or not to cut many vital public health services! The programs at risk include: family planning, maternity support, primary care, and many others. These cuts will increase health disparities along race lines and increase rates of disease across King County. There is currently a petition to stop these cuts from taking place. They have 85 signatures so far but they need 100. You can help by contacting your county council member (council@kingcounty.gov) and asking them to sign the petition to save our public health. Contact Communities 4 Public Health for more information and click here to view the petition.   

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 show will remain open 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.

Picket Line in Front of the Grand Hyatt Seattle

On Thursday, September 25th from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, there will be a rally held by workers and community supporters at the Grand Hyatt Seattle. A year ago, Hyatt workers across the country called for a boycott due to a lack of respect and dignity while working. Workers also called for a fair process to form a union. At this time corporate management at Hyatt Hotels and UNITE HERE came to an agreement to have a fair elections process. The owners of the two Seattle hotels have refused to implement the fair elections process. Therefore, the workers here are still unable to choose whether or not to join a union. If you would like to join the rally to help support these workers’ rights, it will be held at the Grand Hyatt Seattle on September, 25th!

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

Wonderful List of Novels by Latin@ Authors


Feel like picking up a new novel for casual reading? Make sure to read through this list of beautifully written novels by Latin@ Authors in the U.S. Each novel on the list is followed by a description and reasons as to why it is important to read! Click here to view the complete list.


Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having trouble paying your electric bills? You may qualify for Seattle City Light's Utility Discount Program, which offers free home energy visits to help you maximize your discount, as well as assistance with other utilities such as water, sewage, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email
SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov. Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

Fiestas Patrias Celebration

Estela Honored by WCE

Day of Caring

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:

October 4: Tortilla & Pinto Bean Class
October 11: Enchiladas & Salsa Class

October 18: Tamale Class
October 25: Vegetarian Tamale Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

WA State Housing & Finance Commission
$150,000 for Foreclosure Counseling Program 

United Way of King County
$120,000 for PCHP 

National Council of la Raza
$20,550 for Housing Counseling

City of Seattle Arts & Culture
$13,495 for Work Readiness Arts Program
City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund
An additional $5,000 for Community Technology Access

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 Indigenous Peoples' Day Scheduled

Family devastated by immigration executive action delay

Churches Offer Sanctuary to Immigrants in Danger of Deportation
Encouraging Latinos Not to Vote is Irresponsible

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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