El Centro de la Raza - June eNews
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June 10, 2015

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Last Monday, June 1st, El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR) celebrated our youth graduates at our Annual Youth Graduation Luncheon, presented by ECDLR and Proyecto Saber. Congratulations to the 125 students from our youth programs that are now moving on to the next stages of their education! Of the 73 high school seniors participating in our programs, 71 are graduating this year. We also celebrated 6 elementary students and 48 middle school students who will be moving on to middle school and high school, respectively. With a 97% graduation rate, El Cento de la Raza is proud of all of our graduates representing Ballard High School, Chief Sealth International High School, Denny International Middle School, Washington Middle School, and Beacon Hill International School. Mil gracias to Seattle Public Schools and all of those who helped make this event a success.

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Chief Sealth International High School Mariachi (top left) played for the graduates and their families at the luncheon after the youth were presented with their certificates (top right). Then they all gathered on the steps outside of El Centro de la Raza (bottom).

Two weeks ago, the panel of judges from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay to lift the injunction that blocked the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and the DACA (expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs. This decision denies relief to millions of families and hardworking people who are at risk of being torn apart. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) advises people who are eligible for the DAPA and expanded DACA initiatives to continue to prepare to apply for these initiatives, but not yet file any applications. Although a setback, this is not the final decision from the 5th Circuit Court. There will be a hearing tentatively scheduled for the week of July 6th. For more information, read the NCLR Press Statement.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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Join us for our 2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala!

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Our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala is coming up this year on Saturday, September 26th at The Westin Seattle! The gala celebrates our anniversary, and is our biggest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds from the event go directly towards funding our 48 human services and programs, so I encourage you to get involved. There will be a reception, dinner, raffles, silent auction, Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards, scholarship presentations, and a live auction!

All are invited to join so make sure to tell your family, friends, co-workers, and business partners. Early bird tickets are $120 each, purchase yours now before the price increases! If you would like to get involved in some other way, please view the following opportunities: Become a Sponsor, Become a Table Ambassador, Purchase an Ad in the Catalog, Donate an Aution Item, or Volunteer. For more information, contact our Events Coordinator at (206) 957-4649 or events@elcentrodelaraza.org. If you can't make it to the event, you can still donate.


Seattle Flag Day Festival
Come join us as we celebrate citizenship at a free festival for all Seattleites on June 14th! The Flag Day Festival will welcome new Americans into our community. The festival will take place at Seattle City Hall from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm with food, live music, kid’s activities, and free civic action toolkits. All are welcome! Click here for more information.  

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Children in JMCDC Bought Plaza Bricks!

The children in our José Martí Child Development Center decided to hold various fundraising activities to purchase bricks in Plaza Roberto Maestas to support their community. The students of El Viento and Crystal Classes raised enough money through popcorn and hotdog sales to buy their very own bricks last week! Mil gracias to all of the students, teachers, and parents who worked hard to raise enough money to buy a brick.

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The children, who chose to put the phrases “Somos niños de paz” and “Las caras de mi gente” on their bricks, are here to tell you that every person, no matter how small, can have a huge impact on their community. Stop by in the month of June for a yummy treat or a raffle ticket and help our kids buy bricks!


Buying a brick or making a donation will help complete construction on Plaza Roberto Maestas and help to provide housing that’s affordable for working families, quality early childhood education, a community that honors all cultures, and a chance at economic self-sufficiency. Your brick will become a permanent part of the plaza – the heart of Plaza Roberto Maestas. Buy a brick and be a part of history at El Centro de la Raza. Click here for more information or order your brick now.

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5th Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award
Nominations now being accepted

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Roberto Maestas’ life was dedicated to building Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beloved Community” through multi-racial unity. He deeply believed that poverty, racism and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so.
In honor of Roberto and his legacy, the Fifth Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award recognizes two individuals, a woman and a man, who have exemplified Building the Beloved Community through multi-racial unity and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity.
El Centro de la Raza will celebrate awardees and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice.  Award recipients will be recognized at El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at The Seattle Westin.
Legacy Award applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. Recipients are asked to participate in a video interview and attend El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala.
Deadline for application submission is Monday, June 26, 2015 at 5:00pm Pacific Time. Please see application hereE-mail applications to: execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.


Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

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El Centro de la Raza has expanded its 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. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes. Please help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey. 

Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611


César Chávez Social Justice Festival 2015

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All are invited to celebrate a great civil rights leader and labor organizer on Saturday, June 20th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at César Chávez Park. There will be a festival and celebration with music, dancers, speakers, snacks, and refreshments. They will be featuring special musical guest, legendary Tejano Music Hall of Famer Juan Barco y Su Conjunto! For more event information, please call Adrian Moroles at (206) 790-0160.

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New ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program

Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a new transit fare program! The new reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses will be $1.50 per ride. The new fares went into effect on March 1, 2015 and will be available to adults who have incomes that are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Click here to learn more about the changes. El Centro de la Raza will be one of the agencies partnering with King County Metro to verify program eligibility. If eligible, stop by El Centro de la Raza with proof of income to receive a special low fare ORCA card to be used for King County Metro and the Link Light Rail. For more information about our Human and Emergency Services check out our website or call us at (206) 973-4405. See information in Spanish.

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

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In This Issue:

Youth Graduation

DAPA & DACA Program Setbacks

2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Seattle Flag Day Festival


Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award Nominations

Nuestra Comunidad

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Help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey.

Events Calendar:

June 13: Tamale Class
June 16: Chile Verde Class
June 27: Vegetarian Tamale Class
July 11: Tamale Class
July 25: Pozole Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

4 Culture
$3,500 for Dia de los Muertos over two years

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Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Emma Catague
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

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Programs and Services:

Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Business Opportunity Center
Café con El Centro de la Raza
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
Comadre Monthly Workshops
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Organizing
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
DSHS People Point Washington Connections
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Health Coverage Enrollment
Healthy Cooking Classes/Nuestras Comidas
Historical & Educational Presentations
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

Low-Income Transit Fare Enrollment
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
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

Tax Prep Site
Veteran’s Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

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